On a recent episode of his 83 weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff discussed his apprehension in meeting and working with Vince Mcmahon after all the tension following the Monday Night Wars. Check out his comments below.
Eric Bischoff On Meeting Vince Mcmahon:
“I am a pretty good judge of character, at least I think I am in some ways. I am occasionally wrong. As I get older my percentages are much better. I am a pretty good read of people generally speaking. Keep in mind, I had not spoken with Vince McMahon since I had interviewed the broom over a decade earlier, and even that conversation was so brief it didn’t really qualify as a conversation. I didn’t know Vince at all, but I knew of him through other people, but I had already made up my mind years before that I don’t really care what other people–when other people tell me what someone else is like, you know, I listen but I take it with a grain of salt. People usually have their own issues and their own agendas or trying to be funny. Other people tell you what you think you want to hear. I crossed that a lot in my life, especially in wrestling. I am not going to name names because it doesn’t serve any purpose right now. The people who came from WWE to work for me told me all kinds of things about Vince McMahon; of course, when they came to WCW when they are trying to endear themselves to the new boss and to the new company it is human nature sometimes. I had learned that over the years so even though I didn’t know Vince McMahon, and knew of him from other people, I didn’t put much credibility into it. Like I said, when Vince and I had that first phone call my read, which I trust my own read, even though I am not 100% most of the time, but I do trust my read of people, my read was that this guy is genuinely a good guy. He just is. He didn’t have to go that far to make me feel as good as he tried to make me feel. He didn’t have to do that. It could have been just a business conversation and a little bit of light-hearted banter things would have been fine, but he make sure right off the bat that he wanted to put me at ease, which he definitely did. I just thought that was classy.”