Eric Bischoff has claimed he would have “kicked Vince’s McMahon’s ass” had the WWE CEO accepted the former WCW President’s invitation for a fight.
On the go-home Nitro for WCW’s 1998 Slamboree event, Eric Bischoff challenged WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to a fight at the pay-per-view. McMahon didn’t show up for the match, so Bischoff ordered the official to start the match and count to ten. With no opponent in sight, Bischoff was declared the winner via count-out.
In a recent interview with SK Wrestling, Eric Bischoff said the reason Vince McMahon didn’t show up was because he “knew” Bischoff would have kicked his ass.
“I would have kicked his ass.
“Why do you laugh? You laugh, but it’s true. And he knew it, that’s why he didn’t show up.”
Arn Anderson had previously opened up on ARN about what might have happened had Vince McMahon had accepted the challenge.
“Something tells me that would have gone south pretty quickly. I can’t even imagine that, but hey who knows, Eric Bischoff’s got that martial arts background right? He might have broke down some kung fu fighting. The fact that Vince was all jacked up, may and may not have come into play. It might have been one for the ages,. Let’s put it to you this way. It would have been really good or really bad. As a spectator it would have been one or the other, I’m sure,” Anderson added.
Bischoff also spoke of how there will always be a place for older talent in the interview, saying the best thing to do is establish younger talent by associating them with the likes of Goldberg, Sting and Ric Flair.
“So, there will always be a place for older talent. The key is to find a way to balance it so that the younger talent that is associated with that established talent, like Bill Goldberg, or like Sting, or like Ric Flair, you associate them with younger talent and the younger talent benefits from that association. They become bigger stars as a result of the proximity to legends and more recognized talent. But it’s all about balance. But there will always be a place, in my opinion, for older talent.”
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H/T to SK Wrestling.