Eric Bischoff answered several questions on his 2021 WWE Hall of Fame induction on Thursday night during the After 83 Weeks With Christy Olson show. The following recap was sent in by the show:
Now that Eric Bischoff’s surprise Hall of Fame induction is sinking in, he has a lot to say! The WCW legend appeared live Thursday night on After 83 Weeks with Christy Olson, answering questions about who would induct him, whether he’s preparing a speech, and more. Bischoff also revealed that he has not signed a WWE Legends contract and doesn’t expect to be involved in NWO’s Hall of Fame ceremony.
Excerpts are below and include timecodes.
[3:05] Do fans’ high expectations for his speech make him nervous: A little bit, but I’m pretty comfortable speaking from the heart and just ad-libbing and improvising. I made up my mind this morning actually that I am not going to spend a lot of time preparing anything. I’m just going to see how I feel in the moment, and whatever comes out comes out. So hopefully it will be great. Hopefully people won’t be disappointed.
[4:20] Is he under a WWE Legends contract: No.
[5:30] Did he expect the announcement on After the Bell with Corey Graves?: I’m not going to lie. The thought crossed my mind just because of timing…The interview on Corey’s podcast was already scheduled three weeks ago, and I didn’t really think too much of it when I scheduled it…Then after the Molly [Holly announcement], I’m just looking at the timing, I’m going, it could happen. But I’ve gone through this now for the past five or six years, where I suspected possibly, perhaps [I would be inducted] just because of all the chatter, and I’ve always just been able to go yeah well, if it happens it happens and if it doesn’t, it’s OK.
[10:40] Will he be involved in NWO’s induction? No, I don’t think so. They’re two separate things. A little bit of me goes a long way. I can’t spread this act too thin.
[13:50] On who will induct him: I don’t know that there’s an obvious answer to me. Clearly Hulk [Hogan] is one of my best friends, and the history that we have together in the industry and the friendship that we’ve maintained…Certainly, if I have to sit down and think about that that’s probably where I’m going to go to first. But I’ve got a family that I would love to see up there too, and sharing that moment. My wife, or my wife and my kids, or there are other people. Bill Shaw, Who gave me the real opportunity that I had in WCW, would be someone that I would think about. There’s a lot of people that come to my mind that make sense.
[36:05] His history with WWE and Vince McMahon: In ‘98 when WWE and WCW were at each other‘s throats I’m pretty sure that if I had been walking across the street in Stamford, Connecticut at the wrong time and I wasn’t looking, and I didn’t see that bad ass black Bentley coming, it would’ve run me over! It was that heated. Now it’s like it all comes full circle. It all comes back around, and some of the best relationships I have are with people in WWE. Some of the best friends I have are in WWE.
For more of Eric’s Q&A watch the latest After 83 Weeks with Christy Olson here: https://youtu.be/jDumusVmSQI.
About the show: After 83 Weeks with Christy Olson is the first ever podcast post-show. Pro wrestling news reporter Christy Olson, 83 Weeks channel producer Steve Kaufmann, and wrestler George Hermoza offer insight on the latest episode of 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff, covering revelations, fan reactions and more. The show airs live Thursday nights on the 83 Weeks YouTube channel and features a weekly Q&A with Eric himself. You can join the conversation by tuning in and submitting your questions in the live chat!