On his “83 Weeks” podcast along with co-host Conrad Thompson, Eric Bischoff talked about his new position in WWE.
As announced on Thursday, Eric Bischoff has been hired by WWE to serve as Executive Director of Smackdown Live. Bischoff will also be working directly with executives from FOX as WWE transitions to that network in October.
Bischoff talked about his new role with the company and compared it to his responsibility of running WCW in the 1990s on his latest podcast.
“I want to let everybody know, the magnitude of this opportunity and the challenge and the commitment that goes along with it is not lost on me. There’s been a couple times over the last few days where I’ve been driving around in my truck or taking my dog for a hike and going, ‘Wow, this may be’ — it’s not maybe, this is the biggest opportunity I’ve ever had in this industry. Granted, when Bill Shaw made me president of WCW, obviously that was a very big moment, but I was learning on the job there. I had nothing to lose there. I was taking a company in WCW that had never turned a dollar of profit, that was such a distant number two to WWF at that time that we weren’t even really number two. A company that was fraught with a bad history and all kinds of internal issues, so I had nothing to lose.”
Bischoff went on to talk about the organization of WWE and his gratitude toward all the positive comments made toward him.
“In this situation, this is an entirely different ballgame here. This is a very sophisticated company in WWE. There is a great team already in place. They’re moving the SmackDown show to Fox network, which is going to obviously have a lot of eyeballs on it in every way. So the magnitude of the opportunity is not lost on me. I said this in a tweet, this is probably the only thing I’m really going to say beyond this, and I mean this, almost get a tear in my eye saying it, I’m honored, I’m humbled, and I cannot express, even here, because this is a different kind of excitement for me. I haven’t felt this way, maybe in forever but for at least 20 years. This is a whole different ballgame.”
Quotes courtesy of F4WOnline. You can listen to this week’s episode of “83 Weeks” below.