Eric Bischoff has stated that Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart vs. Goldberg at WCW Starrcade 1999, the match that ended Hart’s career, sucked.
In recent months, ‘The Excellence of Execution’ has opened up about the war himself and criticised Goldberg for the reckless kick which caused his concussion, forced his retirement and was an indirect factor in his stroke.
Now, Eric Bischoff – who has been critical of Bret Hart in his own right – has spoken about the match on his 83 Weeks Podcast while reviewing what he believed was an absolutely terrible pay-per-view put together by Vince Russo.
First on the agenda was the bout itself which was questionable on the night in question. Asked about why he thought the match sucked, Eric Bischoff didn’t pull his punches and placed the blame solely on the shoulders of ‘The Pink and Black Attack’:
“This match didn’t suck because Bret Hart suffered a concussion. This match sucked because of the finish. Who’s fault is that? Bret? Who are you going to blame on that? For such a long time, I’ve listened to Bret and his fans about how he was mistreated [in WCW], and not used correctly. Who is to blame for Bret Hart not saying, ‘no, I don’t want to do this.’
How many talents in WWE and in WCW have said ‘No, that’s wrong,’ because it’s wrong. That’s part of the responsibility of the talent. It isn’t to just take what the booker gives you, especially when you’re as experienced as Bret Hart. And then to get a f**ked up finish? This is the best match I’ve seen Goldberg have. This match was so good because of Bret Hart. I know that Hart laid out this match. What did he say? Let’s just forget about the finish?”
The subject then moved to the infamous kick which Bret Hart credits for ending his career:
“If Bret Hart says it was a sidekick, I’m going with that. Either bouncing your head off the concrete or getting kicked in the head by a 240 pound guy while you’re moving into that kick, either one of them could be the one that did the damage. Only Bret Hart and his doctors know. I can’t go there. Only Bret knows. I am not qualified to have an opinion on the subject.”
Eric Bischoff had nothing to do with WCW Starrcade 1999, having left the company in September of that year after being relived of his duties by Turner Sports Chief, Harvey Schiller.
Credit for the interview: 83 Weeks Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.