Eric Bischoff has said he wouldn’t have taken part in the recent A&E Biography on Macho Man Randy Savage if he knew how it was going to turn out.
A&E has been airing a series of Biography specials on the great and the good of professional wrestling. The series premiered with an episode on Stone Cold Steve Austin with different personalities from the world of wrestling giving their take on the Texas Rattlesnake’s career.
That was followed by a special on the late, great Rowdy Roddy Piper, and then the third episode in the season on Randy Savage aired. The Savage documentary was met with widespread criticism from many within the wrestling world as they felt it was too hard on someone no longer around to defend themselves.
Sean Waltman on his Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast stated:
“I didn’t like it man. They went in hard on Mach. He’s not around to defend himself. He’s not around to say, ‘Hey, that’s not true.’ He’s not here man, and I just didn’t like it. I wasn’t a fan of it, and I don’t understand how Bubba the f**king Love Sponge ended up having so much air time.”
This was then followed up by comments from former WCW President Eric Bischoff on his own 83 Weeks podcast. Bischoff was the man who brought Savage to WCW from the WWF in 1994.
Bischoff explained his feelings on the documentary:
“I’m embarrassed that I was a part of that [the Macho Man A&E documentary] as well. Just so people understand and know both Mrs. B and I shot those segments while I was still working with WWE and both of us still living in Stamford a year and a half ago. I thought because I’ve been involved with so many WWE projects, and I hope to continue to be involved, maybe or maybe not because I’m pretty vocal about my opinions sometimes. I like to think my criticism is constructive, and I don’t like to pick on individuals, but had I known what this biography was going to be, neither my wife or I would have participated. Had I known they were going to put Bubba the f***ing Love Sponge in this thing, I would have said thank you, but no thank you.”
Further episodes in the Biography series will look at the lives and careers of Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Ultimate Warrior, Mick Foley, and Bret Hart.
Eric Bischoff has also recently shared his thoughts on Mick Foley and his role as an authority figure during his stint in TNA.