Eric Bischoff on Dustin Rhodes big money WCW contract, thoughts on Scott Steiner as WCW Champion

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This week on “83 Weeks,” Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thomson lined WCW Starrcade 2000. This was the ultimate Starrcade occasion earlier than WWE bought the corporate.

Bischoff was not in energy on the time however he gave his ideas on the reserving on the time.

Bischoff commented on the large cash contract Dustin Rhodes had with WCW on this time interval regardless of inventive not having concepts for him. He began his contract in August of 1999. He bought $500,000 the primary 12 months, $600,000 the second 12 months, and $700,000 the third 12 months and a $50,000 signing bonus.

Bischoff responded: “That contract, if it was August of ‘99, that will have been one of many final huge cash contracts I executed. I used to be there for 30 days after that. I bought let go on September 10th of 1999, in order that contract would have occurred underneath my watch. That may have been my determination. You’re welcome Dustin. However the truth that WCW had nothing happening for him, the actual fact they weren’t utilizing them, I’ve no clarification for it. I wasn’t there at the moment. Sure, I executed the settlement. It was my alternative and my determination. I believed loads of Dustin and I nonetheless do. I believed loads of him as a performer.

Overlook about how I felt about him as an individual as a result of I’ve at all times been very pleasant with Dustin and we have been fairly shut at one time. He was an incredible expertise. Why they weren’t utilizing him at this level in 2000, I do not know. I’m not going to be as crucial of this present as I might be if it have been one thing underneath my watch, however there was completely no course right here. Zero course. This present is a mixture of unconnected moments. There was no continuity on this present in any respect. It was simply there. It was a sizzling shot present. It was slapped collectively. I wasn’t there. I don’t know. That was in all probability constant all through WCW by way of technique and artistic and course at that time.”

Bischoff was requested to provide his opinion on Scott Steiner as WCW Champion: “It labored for me. I appreciated Scott on the time. I appreciated what he may do within the ring. His in-ring skills have been nothing in need of wonderful. His bigger than life persona was arduous to match anyone to. The challenges I had with Scott was consistency and his persona. He was unstable out and in of the ring. He was able to doing issues outdoors of the ring that might have introduced nice hurt to the corporate’s reputations. So, that a part of me, though I like Scott, and appreciated hanging out with him, it was harmful as your World Champion. It was harmful for anyone on tv, however as you World Champion, much more so. So, I appreciated it creatively, however from a enterprise perspective, it was not with out danger.”

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