On a recent episode of the 83 Weeks podcast with Eric Bischoff, the former WCW president shared his insights on his biggest “what if?” moment in the world of professional wrestling, which was when he attempted to purchase WCW.
Eric Bischoff spoke with presenter Conrad Thompson on the July 17th edition of the 83 Weeks podcast and discussed the often criticised invasion angle, which involved former WCW stars “invading” the WWE in 2001.
At the beginning of their discourse, Thompson asked Bischoff about his attempt to purchase WCW from AOL Time Warner. Bischoff had spoken to Brad Siegel, who was the president of Turner Entertainment Networks at the time and inquired about acquiring WCW.
Siegel told Bischoff that Time Warner wouldn’t sell the company, but in less than a month, Siegel called Bischoff back to ask if he was serious about the purchase.
Speaking about the possibility of what would have happened had he gone through with the deal, Bischoff said:
Who knows? It could’ve been a disaster. It also could’ve been one of the greatest things that happened to me and my family, and to WCW fans. So, we’ll never know and I guess because of that I honestly don’t think about it that much.
When Did Eric Bischoff Join WWE?
Following WWE’s purchase of WCW in 2001, Eric Bischoff officially switched sides in 2002 when he was hired by WWE to be the on-screen general manager of Raw, behind the scenes Bischoff also pitched creative ideas.
Bischoff remained as the Raw general manager until he was “fired” in 2005 when John Cena gave him an AA, followed by Vince McMahon throwing Bischoff into a rubbish lorry.