Eric Bischoff has spoken out about why WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels wouldn’t have worked as part of WCW’s most-famed creation, the nWo.
Former WCW President Eric Bischoff was the man responsible for bringing Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to the company as ‘outsiders’ before convincing Hulk Hogan to turn on his legions of Hulkamaniacs and bring a new dawn in the world of wrestling. That new dawn came at Bash At The Beach 1996 when Hogan turned on WCW joining Hall and Nash and the three men were pelted with trash by the angry crowd.
These days Bischoff is the co-host of his 83 Weeks podcast alongside Conrad Thompson. Speaking on a recent episode Bischoff gave his reasons why he never had his sights set on the World Wrestling Federation’s biggest star in 1996, Shawn Michaels.
“He was a basket case. Nobody in their right mind would want to bring that, especially to WCW. I have all the respect in the world for Shawn Michaels today, but I wouldn’t want him anywhere near me or my roster back at this point. He had issues man, he’s talked about them, he’s written books about it, he’s very transparent about it.”
“Yeah, he was great but especially because we brought Scott [Hall] and Kevin [Nash] in [to WCW]. I was even more convinced that I didn’t want Shawn anywhere near WCW once Scott and Kevin came in. I mean it was hard enough as it was, could you imagine bringing in Shawn Michaels before he cleared himself up and got his head straight and he found god, found his religion, and really cleaned his act up. But prior to that point? Nah, I don’t care how good he was.”
Michaels, Hall, and Nash were part of the backstage group that called themselves ‘The Kliq.’ Using their collective bargaining power to gain positions of prominence, their backstage politicking did not make them popular with their peers.
Bischoff also discussed if he’d ever had the notion to bring Michaels to WCW instead of Hall or Nash. He clung tightly to his theory that Michaels wouldn’t have worked for the nWo group in that capacity because his idea was that Hall and Nash were former WCW talents returning to take revenge on the company that misused them.
“It would not have occurred to me because Shawn had never been in WCW. The idea wouldn’t have come together in my own mind initially before I even talked to Scott or Kevin seriously when I knew I was going to be having conversations with Scott or Kevin, that was the premise, that was the idea, that was the catalyst that became nWo for me. I don’t think the idea would have popped into my head if it was Shawn.”
“If Scott and Kevin weren’t there and Shawn would’ve been available, I don’t think the risk of bringing Shawn in would’ve been quite as high because Scott and Kevin wouldn’t have been [in WCW]. I may have considered that, but I can tell you that I don’t think the idea would’ve percolated in my skull for anybody other than Scott and Kevin.”
Eric Bischoff has also recently given his thoughts on the use of factions in wrestling, saying that everyone is still trying to live up to his nWo twenty-five years later.