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Eric Bischoff On The ‘Bullsh*t Narrative’ Of Ted Turner v Vince McMahon; Describes Various Tactics Vince Has Used Over The Years

The latest episode of former WCW President Eric Bischoff’s podcast Bischoff on Wrestling was released this past Wednesday. It features an in-depth look at the recent Something To Wrestle with Bruce Prichard episode about Eric and his time in WWE.

You can find some of Eric and I’s comments transcribed below.

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NH: Do you think Vince would have stooged off the WCW results on live TV like you did had the tables been turned?

EB: Of course he would. There is the bullshit narrative out there of the evil Eric Bischoff and big, bad, billionaire Ted Turner beat up on poor little Vince McMahon and his family business. There’s so much bullshit there. Ted Turner didn’t do anything, that was me. I didn’t sit down with Ted Turner and say, “Hey, do you think we should give away his finishes?” Or, “Hey Ted, should we bring in Lex Luger when we think he’s under contract?” None of that ever happened. All of that crap was on me. They won’t admit that Eric Bischoff got the upper hand. They’ll say Ted Turner got the upper hand because he engaged in all this underhanded stuff that was just beneath everybody. It was disgusting. Vince McMahon did the same damn thing. He raided territories and offered boatloads of money to guys who they wanted who were committed to smaller territories. He bought out markets and blackballed people. He did all the same stuff that I did, no, he did more than I did. It’s just the narrative. When Vince needed to be the underdog he needed his loyalist fan base. Remember, WWF is three generations old, Vince didn’t start the WWF, it wasn’t a start-up he acquired it from his father who acquired it through his father. Vince McMahon didn’t start it. WWF was not a start-up company and Vince was doing everything he could to protect it. That’s something I admire and respect, by the way, I am not diminishing it or being negative about it at all. That narrative was a false narrative. Vince McMahon did everything I’ve done and then some and would have done everything I did if he had been able to think of it first.

Related: Eric Bischoff Describes Ric Flair Attacking Him Backstage In WWE In ’03; Says Flair Threw Worked Punches

This week’s episode of Bischoff on Wrestling features Eric and Nick taking an in-depth look at the recent Something To Wrestle With episode about Eric and his time in WWE. Including:

  • What he’d have done differently when he had to “sell a broom” to Vince McMahon
  • Whether or not he considers himself a “wrestling person” or an “entertainment producer”
  • Hulk Hogan’s feelings about Vince McMahon when he was negotiating with Eric to come to WCW
  • If Eric believes that WWE would have stooged off the WCW results if the roles had been reversed
  • Vince preferring the narrative of “McMahon vs Turner” over “McMahon vs Bischoff”
  • The talk about bringing Eric into WWE to be part of the invasion angle
  • What he remembers about “wanting to put Vince McMahon out of business”
  • WWE’s attitude towards him as a creative mind
  • Who Eric most enjoyed seeing backstage at his WWE RAW debut
  • The truth behind Ric Flair “attacking Eric” backstage when he came to WWE
  • How Eric became friends with Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis
  • Eric’s thoughts when “Hot Lesbian Action” was pitched to him
  • Whether Eric would have liked the Billy & Chuck angle to have ended differently
  • The experience of kissing Linda McMahon in front of Vince
  • More…

Eric also takes a few minutes at the end of the show to give his thoughts on a few of the top pro wrestling news stories of the week. Including:

  • Samoa Joe as the #1 Contender to the WWE Universal Championship
  • Road Dogg as the creative force on Smackdown Live
  • The rumors that Hulk Hogan may be returning to WWE as an ambassador

You can find a special Bischoff on Wrestling Overrun on featuring Eric chatting with former WWE Superstar Steve Lombardi (aka the Brooklyn Brawler). Some of the topics they discuss include:

  • Lombardi’s upcoming book about his over thirty year career in WWE
  • Eric’s debut in WWE
  • Lombardi’s memories of growing up on the streets of Brooklyn
  • Vince McMahon as a commentator
  • What it takes to be a great enhancement talent
  • Why work rate does not always equal drawing power
  • Who the best finish men are in WWE
  • Shane and Stephanie McMahon
  • The future of the pro wrestling business
  • Backstage ribs
  • Vince McMahon’s loyalty
  • More…