Eric Bischoff, a pioneer of behind-the-scenes sports entertainment as well as an incredibly entertaining performer in front of the camera, is the last to be elected to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2021. He was surprised by the news of his induction. WWE After the Bell, which you can listen to and subscribe to Spotify or wherever you find your podcasts.
It will enter the WWE Hall of Fame during the 2021 induction ceremony on Tuesday April 6 and will air exclusively on Peacock in the US and the WWE network in the rest of the world.
Bischoff burst into the sports and entertainment industry in the late 1980s thanks to AWA, Hall of Fame colleague Verne Gagne. He started out in sales but soon became a talent on the air, hosting AWA shows on ESPN and interviewing the stars of legendary territory. But in the early 90s, the AWA was on the brink of bankruptcy, so Bischoff took steps that would ultimately change the industry.
He joined the World Wrestling Championships in 1991, hosting shows and appearing on the weekly WCW TV shows. But by the mid-1990s, Bischoff had climbed the rankings and became an executive producer for WCW. He helped bring Hulk Hogan to the company and launched WCW Monday Nitro, a WWE Monday Night Raw rival that kicked off the infamous Monday Night War that helped make sports entertainment a pop culture phenomenon.
Bischoff didn’t shy away from the camera either, joining the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame members The nWo as they roughly got involved in the promotion. After WWE acquired WCW in 2001, he brought his brand of ruthless leadership to the WWE in 2002 as Monday Night Raw’s first general manager. His arrival was one of the most shocking moments in WWE history, and his time running the red brand was summed up in one simple phrase: “Arguments create money.”
Bischoff never strayed far from controversy as CEO as he competed with the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Cena. He also continued to innovate with concepts like Raw Roulette and Elimination Chamber, which are one of WWE’s annual pay-per-view events.
There is no greater honor for Bischoff’s behind-the-scenes innovation and memorable performance in front of the camera than being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Don’t miss out on Eric Bischoff’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame during his 2021 Opening Ceremony on Tuesday April 6th, streaming exclusively on Peacock in the US and WWE Network elsewhere. The ceremony is dedicated to both the 2020 and 2021 classes.