Ever since Triple H gained creative control of WWE a whole host of former stars have been linked with the company, so could Eric Bischoff ever see himself making a return?
As creative and philosophical change continues to blow through WWE, it appears that no idea is off the table.
A number of former Superstars have already returned to the company, and Triple H is slowly but surely imposing his vision on the main roster.
One man who has a long history with WWE is Eric Bischoff. The former WCW President famously went up against WWE and Vince McMahon in 1990’s before going to work for the former Chairman on more than one occasion.
Bischoff’s most recent WWE stint came in 2019 when he was made Executive Director of SmackDown. However, within months, Bischoff left the role and has only made cameo appearances in the years since. So he won’t be going back, will he?
During an appearance on SHAK Wrestling, Bischoff was asked if he could ever see himself returning to the company.
“No, because there’s no need for me. What I have to contribute at this point is — we’re beginning to see on television,” said Eric Bischoff. “Maybe this is just me being so hyper-optimistic because the last 10 years of wrestling has bored the F outta me. I want to be excited about it. I want to be interested, I talked about it. I’ve been in the business for 35 years. Damn, I want to be excited about the business. But it’s just bored me to death for such a long time.”
Bischoff went on to explain that he had hoped AEW would provide the wrestling product that he wanted, but began to see nothing new from their or WWE.
“I had a little bit of hope with AEW. I had some hope there. I thought, ‘Oh, man,’ I mean, up until probably six months ago, or eight months ago, I kind of threw in the towel, because I started seeing the same pattern of whatever over and over again,”
“I’d go, ‘Okay, something different, something different.’ But there’s been nothing different out of WWE either. I’ve been pretty critical of WWE as well. I make more headlines when I’m critical of AEW, but I’m actually just as critical of WWE. But now I’m seeing that, and maybe just because I’m getting a little bit of an indication that something really good is coming, I’m overly excited. But if I’m right, then what the hell would I have to contribute? But they don’t need me.
That discipline and that story structure and a commitment to the format and episodic television is the one thing that separated me from everybody else that was doing it for a long time. But if they’re figuring that out in WWE hell, they don’t need to spend the plane ticket on me.”
Reflecting on the regime change elsewhere, Bischoff explained that he was feeling positive about WWE’s latest creative direction.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.