Eric Bischoff has enjoyed a long and successful career in pro-wrestling despite not growing up with it or being a fan. He was brought in as an executive and creative figure in WCW and then became an on-screen authority figure.
And even though he lost the Monday Night Wars, he was still able to build an even bigger legacy during his tenures in WWE and later TNA/Impact.
And yet, for all his talk about how he fought Vince McMahon and tried to beat WWE once and for all, it’s a WWE-related distinction that Eric Bischoff holds dearest.
That was the last chapter, and I thought it was awesome” – Eric Bischoff
Eric Bischoff earned a few distinctions for his contributions to the wrestling business. He was named as part of Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Feud of the Year twice: once in 1996 for his ‘rivalry’ with Vince McMahon and then again in 2002 with Stephanie McMahon during the original Brand Extension era.
His involvement with the creation of the New World Order in 1996 also got him a mention as part of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Best Gimmick award in 1996 and the WON’s 1996 Feud of the Year award as well.
And in terms of actual wrestling accomplishments, Bischoff did win one title: the WCW Hardcore Championship, which he won by defeating Terry Funk.
But none of these were particularly important to Bischoff. Instead, he considers being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2021 as his biggest accomplishment. Speaking an episode of 83 Weeks After Party, Bischoff elaborated on why he loved that moment so much:
“That was pretty much the end of [my career],” he said. “I make an appearance here and there, once in a while…But to me, that was kind of like, that was it. That was the last chapter, and I thought it was awesome.”
One reason Eric Bischoff loved that moment so much was because it allowed him to “feel pride in his work for the first time”.
h/t WresltingInc for the transcription