Eric Bischoff has discussed his relationship with former ECW supremo Paul Heyman saying that the perception of the two men’s feelings for one another doesn’t match the reality.
Bischoff presided over WCW in the mid to late nineties at the same time as Heyman was boss of his own Extreme Championship Wrestling. Through the heated competition for dominance in the wrestling world at that time, both companies didn’t hesitate to take shots at one another.
WCW famously captured the signing of then ECW World Champion Mike Awesome, who debuted on WCW Nitro while still reigning champion.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff has spoken about the true nature of his relationship with Heyman. Noting that the two men are closer than many would believe.
“I had worked with Paul in WWE. People don’t know this, I have been working on and off with Paul Heyman since the beginning, excuse me, the middle of 1987. So the idea of working with Paul wasn’t going to make me go ‘ooh wow, I wonder what that’s going to be like’. And we didn’t always get along all that great by the way. We weren’t adversarial or anything like that just he was doing his thing, I was doing mine kind of thing.”
“By the time I got to WWE and WCW was no more, and ECW was no more, and we were both talents at WWE, Paul and I spent a lot of time talking, creatively and historically and just our general feeling of things, and developed a great relationship. We kinda kept it kayfabe, because we never knew when we might have an opportunity to make some money together, so we kinda wanted people to buy into the ‘Heyman hates Bischoff’, ‘Bischoff hates Heyman’ story but it wasn’t true at all. We had dinner together in L.A. on occasions when Paul was in town and I was living in L.A. part-time.”
The two men were part of a historic promo on Raw in the run-up to the ECW One Night Stand event in 2005. For the first time Heyman, Bischoff, and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon shared the same ring at the same time.
Eric Bischoff has also recently discussed AEW’s Paul Wight getting heat in the WCW locker room for doing a dropkick during one of his matches.