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Eric Bischoff Reveals Why He Fired Raven From WCW In 1999

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff has discussed why he made the decision to let former WCW United States Champion and “malcontent” Raven go from WCW in 1999.

Raven rejoined WCW in 1997 after previously competing for the company in the early nineties as Scotty Flamingo. Things had changed drastically since then with Raven going on to have a memorable run as the grungey character in ECW where he famously feuded with Tommy Dreamer.

Coming back into the fold of WCW in 1997, WCW was also a different beast since the beginning of the decades and Raven found himself in the middle of the card as he built his Flock.

Raven’s time in WCW came to an end in 1999 after Eric Bischoff held a talent meeting and simply told everyone if they weren’t happy they could have their release. As the story goes Raven took Bischoff up on his offer and was soon gone from WCW.

Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast [available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] Eric Bischoff has discussed why he wasn’t particularly sad to see Raven leave especially after he says the star disparaged the company during a radio interview:

“It wasn’t a very memorable occasion. Scott Levy was kind of a malcontent. His character was a malcontent. He lived his character. And everything that Meltzer said was probably true. You had talent mouthing off about the company or expressing their opinions about the company, which is fine, as long as you’re not taking a check from that company.”

“If you’re taking a check from the company and you’re out there publicly disparaging it, I got no f*cking time for you, man. Hit the road, especially if you’re kind of a non-contributing talent, meaning you’re not moving any needles. You’re not generating any revenue. You’re certainly not a ratings pull.”

“You’re just another cog in the wheel as Levy was at the time. To have a guy like that on a show as powerful as Mancow’s was at the time as one of the top-rated shows in Chicago, which is a major television market. Why would I want a guy like that around?”

Following a brief return to ECW, Raven ended up in WWE where he is best remembered for his role in the hardcore division after capturing the Hardcore Title twenty-seven times.

h/t Sportskeeda for the transcription