Eric Bischoff has revealed the weirdest pitch for a wrestling story he ever heard in his career, saying it was one of his own ideas.
Bischoff was taking part in a special Q and A episode of his 83 Weeks podcast with co-host Conrad Thompson. Thompson relayed fan questions to the former WCW President, with one fan asking for the most bizarre wrestling storyline Bischoff had come across.
Eric Bischoff explained that he was behind an off-the-wall idea that would have certainly generated headlines if he had gone through with it.
“I think the weirdest pitch I’ve ever come across has been my own. Like when I was going to create my own death in an airplane crash in Mexico, months before Halloween Havoc, so I could show up as the spirit of myself and continue to haunt the babyfaces. I was totally committed to do it.”
“No, I wasn’t high at all man, I was just so committed to doing things that were so off the wall, and unexpected and over the top. I went as far as to sit down with Harvey Schiller [then President of Turner Sports], and went ‘look Harvey, this is how this is going to work, here’s what I’d like to do’. I had it all planned out.”
According to Bischoff, he had the plan in place and there was method in his madness in picking Mexico as the place to supposedly perish:
“I lived in Arizona for a while, had a home in Arizona, and I thought ‘you know what, I’m going to’. This is before I bought my home in Arizona but Loree and I were going to Arizona a lot, and I had my own plane at the time, so I thought ‘I can’t die in a plane crash in the United States, because it would be too easy to verify that it wasn’t true, but in Mexico. You could die in a plane crash and it would take six months if you were working hard to find out if it was true’.”
“It’s just a little different. So I thought ‘that’s what I need to do’. Now I wasn’t really going to crash my plane in Mexico, or even land in Mexico, but I was going to plant the word. My family was in on it, my kids knew what I wanted to do. My wife – she did not like it at all, because I wasn’t telling the rest of my family – I was only telling my immediate family. So my wife had a really hard time with that storyline, and it never happened but I mean that was pretty bizarre, but I pitched it myself that one. I should say I pitched it to Harvey and I got shut down on that one.”
Eric Bischoff also discussed who he sees as the future of wrestling, mentioning names from both WWE and AEW.