Eric Bischoff explains what happened when he saw Steve Austin for the first time in WWE since firing him from WCW

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Eric Bischoff was interviewed on Corey Graves “After The Bell” podcast this week. Along with the massive announcement that Bischoff can be inducted into the WWE Corridor Of Fame, Bischoff additionally talked about his run in WWE and WCW and he talked about what it was like working with Steve Austin after he fired Austin from WCW in 1994 by way of FedEx.

Listed below are some highlights:

Bischoff speaking about initially going to WWE and being requested to work with Steve Austin:

“I stated that will be simply excellent.  We had a built-in backstory.  We didn’t should do a factor.  You could possibly have simply introduced the match and it will have been a draw simply due to the historical past.  It was so excellent.  Nothing might have been extra completely arrange than Austin-Bischoff.  I’m not a wrestler.  My in-ring performances are hideous, however the character, Eric Bischoff on the time, nonetheless had a good quantity of warmth due to the historical past and the notion of the viewers by way of what Bischoff felt about Austin and vice versa.  You didn’t even should do something.  It was already there after which to have the ability to construct upon that in such a enjoyable approach, however the inventive for the story and the build-up to it was a lot enjoyable.  It’s nonetheless one in all my highlights.  Individuals ask me ‘What are my favourite moments in wrestling?’, and there’s the issues that occurred on the enterprise aspect of wrestling that I’m actually enthusiastic about, however by way of on-camera moments, having the chance to work with Steve Austin is unquestionably a prime three second.”

Bischoff describing the primary time he had an interplay with Steve Austin when Bischoff first got here to WWE:

“I hadn’t seen Steve till the center of the storyline.  If you happen to guys bear in mind, I used to be operating throughout Texas searching for Stone Chilly Steve Austin as a result of Mr. McMahon charged me with the duty of getting him to affix the roster once more or one thing to that impact.  So I’m on a mad Easter egg hunt for the enormous Steve Austin egg in the midst of probably the most distant locations in Texas you will discover or not discover once more in the event you needed to.  It was a lot enjoyable, however a kind of places we had been taking pictures in, think about this, it was a bar in Texas. Sensible inventive.  Prichard and I and the crew had been already there and Steve got here alongside after we had been establishing for an hour or so.  This was the primary time Steve and I laid eyes on one another since he labored for me again in WCW earlier than I fired him.  He pulled me over to the aspect and we had a fantastic dialog.  It took about 45 seconds for us to really feel like we had been pals for 20 years, nothing dangerous ever occurred, no laborious emotions, every thing’s good, let’s go make some cash collectively.  It occurred that quick.  Our capability to place all that behind us, be mature adults and professionals and have enjoyable doing it, that complete transition was about 45 seconds.”

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