Former WCW President Eric Bischoff has weighed in with his thoughts on Vince McMahon being forced to step back as WWE Chairman amid misconduct allegations.
Vince McMahon is the subject of an investigation by WWE’s Board of Directors after information surfaced that he had paid $3 million to a former employee who he is alleged to have had a physical relationship with.
The investigation is then said to have uncovered historical payments linked to other non-disclosure agreements signed by female ex-WWE employees who levelled accusations of misconduct at McMahon and Head of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis.
As a result, McMahon has stepped back from his official role temporarily while retaining control of WWE’s creative direction. Stephanie McMahon has been named as interim Chairwoman and CEO in her father’s absence.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, the man who once vowed to put Vince McMahon out of business, Eric Bischoff, has had his say on the stunning situation:
“I was dumbfounded, shocked. I don’t know any other way to…I can’t imagine anybody felt any differently. You know, it’s a day that I never thought [would happen] even though it appears to be very temporary, it’s not a permanent situation.”
“At least that’s not the way it’s been presented or the way I’ve read it. But nonetheless, it’s a big damn deal, and it did shock me. I feel bad for a lot of people. You know, I have a lot of friends in WWE that I do care about a lot. And it’s going to, regardless of how this ends up, it’s going to adversely affect a lot of people and how do you feel anything other than bad for people that you have affection for that are having to go through this?”
“I feel bad for Bruce [Prichard]. I sent Bruce a text Friday night during the show going ‘Brother, what a hell of a ride.’ I mean, to be sitting in that seat to be there and in the eye of that f*cking hurricane. I mean, I feel for a lot of people.”
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