Eric Bischoff gave his thoughts on the shocking news that his former foe Vince McMahon has retired from WWE.
Once rivals in the Monday Night War, Eric Bischoff and Vince McMahon were the respective leaders when WCW and WWE battled head to head in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Though McMahon purchased WCW in 2001 and put the company out of business, the relationship between the two was far from over as Bischoff was brought into the WWE in 2002 to serve as the General Manager of Raw and has had a variety of roles with the company in the last two decades.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast (available early via AdFreeShows), Eric Bischoff spoke to his cohost Conrad Thompson about the news that Vince McMahon has retired from WWE amidst an investigation into alleged misconduct and hush money payments, saying that it must be a strange feeling for those who work there.
“It was shocking. I’m still processing it. It’s still hard for me to believe. I woke up this morning, and I saw an image on my social media, and it was a picture of WWE Headquarters in Stamford [CT]. I thought, can you imagine what it’s like walking into that building knowing you won’t see Vince McMahon there ever again? At least not professionally as a leader?”
“It would be weird to walk down those halls and not anticipate his presence. It would be really weird. I try to place myself in the shoes of like Bruce [Prichard], our buddy, and a lot of other people that I know that I’m very familiar with and close to. Gonna be a weird day for them come Monday morning, man. Really weird.”
In the wake of the news, Nick Khan and Stephanie McMahon were named co-CEO’s of the company, while Triple H was named both Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and head of WWE creative.