Eric Bischoff has recalled meeting the Steiner Brothers for the first time as they “tortured” and taped up a referee backstage.
While the Steiner Brothers had a reputation for being hard as nails inside the ring, they also became notorious for their sometimes shocking practical jokes outside of it. Essentially, you didn’t mess with Scott or Rick Steiner.
One man who came to know the brothers well during their respective careers is Eric Bischoff. The WWE Hall of Famer, joined WCW in 1991 as an announcer before later becoming the President. This naturally meant that he worked alongside the tag team legends extensively.
Speaking on After The Bell with Corey Graves, Bischoff looked back on the 2022 Hall of Fame ceremony, which saw the Steiner Brothers inducted alongside the likes of Vader and The Undertaker. During the conversation, Bischoff recalled the first time that he met the former Tag Team Champions, not that it was such a pleasant occasion for the referee who happened to be involved.
“Shortly after I joined WCW in 1991, it might have been my very first pay-per-view actually, and I showed up, everything was new to me,” Bischoff said. “I didn’t know any of the talent. Everything was new and exciting and I was intimidated by most of it, and at that pay-per-view, we had to use that wrestling mat room as our dressing area. I show up, I find a cornerback away from everybody because I was intimidated, just wanted to keep my head down, keep my job, not upset anybody.
“I’m in there in the corner dressing getting ready and I look over, and the Steiner Brothers are torturing this referee, I mean, torturing him. Stretching him, bending him, squeezing him, breaking him until they got tired of it, and they wrapped him up like a mummy in gaff tape and left him in the corner. I’m thinking to myself, ‘this is going to be fun. I can’t wait to work with these two guys.’ That was my first impression of the Steiner Brothers.”
Bischoff went on to explain that despite the slightly bizarre first meeting, he became good friends with Rick, recalling a hunting trip that the pair went on. By contrast, the former Raw General Manager likened hanging out Scott to hanging out with a hand grenade.
“Subsequently, I went on to become really good friends with Rick,” Bischoff said. “Rick and I took a real and very special hunting trip up to the Yukon, just south of the arctic circle. We were up there for 10 days and 2 weeks, it was just amazing, I’ve had a lot of great experiences with Rick. Scott, I didn’t hang out with so much, personally. Scott was always a little different, it’s kind of like hanging out with a hand grenade, eventually, it’s going to go bad.”
Rick Steiner’s son, Bron Breakker is currently making waves in NXT 2.0, standing as a two-time NXT Champion despite only making his debut in September.
On a recent episode of the show, the family ties were brought into storyline with Rick being abducted by Joe Gacey and Harland.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.