Eric Bischoff On Why He Hasn’t Spoken Out More About His WWE Departure & What He Thinks Wrestlers Need To Do Better

During his appearance on “Keeping It 100”, Eric Bischoff revealed that he signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement that has prevented him from speaking more freely on his departure from the WWE. He also revealed what he thinks wrestlers of today need to do better in order to be successful. Here are the highlights:

On Why He Isn’t Talking About His WWE Departure:

I can’t really discuss too much internal stuff and the process. I signed an NDA. So I have to be very, very general about the way I discuss this thing.

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On Feeling Like His WWE Tenure Could Be Short Lived:

There was a moment or two I guess, while I was there the first couple months. And I think the first month in a half in particular where I went home and I told my wife Laurie, ‘Do not fall in love. Do not fall in love with the furniture, do not fall in love with anything you buy here. We came here in a 5×8 U-Haul trailer, we’re going to leave here in a 5×8 U-Haul trailer. We may be leaving sooner than you think.’ That idea, that thought crossed my mind early on. And I was right.

On What Talent Needs To Do Better:

I agree that a lot of talent doesn’t really understand their characters deeply enough. They don’t believe in the characters, they don’t become the characters. And you look at some of the most successful characters in the industry. Stone Cold Steve Austin was successful because he was playing a louder, larger than life version of himself. That was an easy character for Steve to excel at because he wasn’t acting, and it became something that the audience really, really gravitated to. Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Macho Man. These are all characters [where] the talent and the individuals became those characters, and they believed in those characters.

On Which Wrestlers Have Succeeded In Embracing Their Character:

There’s exceptions to the rule, believe me. Randy Orton is probably for the last 15 or 20 years, been one of my favorite performers. Still is to this day. He keeps getting better every time he goes out. It’s an amazing character, an amazing talent. There are still characters out there that are strong characters that know who they are. But so many of them are just, their idea of a character is, ‘What wardrobe am I wearing tonight? What color of outfit, what’s my ring gear look like?’ That’s the extent of their character.

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