Former SmackDown Executive Director Eric Bischoff has opened up about his recent firing from WWE on the latest episode of his 83 Weeks podcast.
Bischoff’s co-host Conrad Thompson asked Bischoff about his feelings regarding the sudden sacking.
“My feelings right now are, number one, I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work in WWE. It didn’t work out the way I wanted it to work out. It clearly didn’t work out the way Vince McMahon wanted it to work out.
“That happens. I’m not taking any of it personally. Professionally, I’m taking a hard look at it and thinking it through. More than anything, I’m grateful for the opportunity. Part of the reason is, I had a chance to work with a great team of people. The writing staff for SmackDown in particular, as well as a lot of other writers who were on Raw. They are very very talented and unbelievably hard working and dedicated group of people. To have the opportunity to work with people like that, was worth this experiment.
“I didn’t come here thinking I was going to be in WWE for 5-10 years. I looked at it as a relatively short term opportunity, meaning 2-3 years. I didn’t think it would be quite this short term, but sometimes this happens. WWE is a great company with a very defined culture and process. I didn’t necessarily fit into it. I’m not sad, disappointed, any of those things. Just looking forward to the next opportunity, whenever and wherever that may be.”
Conrad asked him whether the reports of bitterness between him and his successor Bruce Prichard had any truth in them.
“If there’s anything out there that suggests anything other than Bruce and I are the best of friends and that I’m fully supportive of him, it defines the bullshit and digital diarrhea that dirt sheets and the douchebags that write them live off of.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. Bruce is probably the reason I got the opportunity in the first place. This is a decision Vince McMahon made based on whatever was going through his mind. I’m 1000% sure that anything Bruce said had nothing to do with that. Bruce is one of my closest friends and will remain one of my closest friends.”
Finally, Bischoff was asked if he would do it over again.
“Yup. No regrets. When I took the job, I knew what the odds were about it being a long term opportunity. I’m not surprised. I’m disappointed, I’m not gonna lie. I would have liked to have met Vince McMahon’s expectations and I would have liked for it to have been a longer run. I would do it over again in a heartbeat.”