Solie's Tuesday Morning Report

Volume 1, Issue 61
October 14, 1996

Eric Bischoff on Prodigy

Denies the $4 Million Offer Story

Here's yet another chat with Eric Bischoff from Prodigy

Do you plan on having any WCW superstars signing on Prodigy???

Eric Bischoff: No, but I do encourage them, those who have computers...to jump on the online services and engage a chat forum if it's available to them.

Any plans to broadcast Nitro in PA anytime soon?

Eric Bischoff: It's possible. I don't know of any immediate plans.

ERIC: ABOUT YOUR PRODUCTION CREW, HOW CAN ONE GO ABOUT GETTING ON THE CREW ON A MORE PERM. BASIS. ENJOYED DOING WORK IN FLA

Eric Bischoff: Submit a resume to WCW c/o David Crockett

NeutronSTAR (PRODIGY Member) Since Jeff Jarrett is in the WCW, and his father is part owner of the USWA, could we see WCW drivebys in Memphis?

Eric Bischoff: No

Since mergers seem to be going around these days (Turner and Time Warner, etc), is there any chance that a WWF &WCW merger? Also, is there any chance that Turner might try to buy out the WWF?

Eric Bischoff: Yeah, when I grow wings and fly myself to the moon.

What ever happend in that lawsuit with Vince Macmon when the WWF was suing WCW

Eric Bischoff: Which one...there's been many.

Eric, as a huge Japanese wrestling fan, I find it in bad taste that all Japanese wrestlers who come to WCW are heels. Don't you think this booking method is dated and xenophobic? Don't the Japanese wrestlers feel the same way? And if you do use the GAEA women against Madusa, PLEASE don't make them heels.

Eric Bischoff: Point noted. Thanks for the input.

Please do something to punish the riduclous display by the Nasty Boys on Nitro. Talking out one's buttocks is not quality tv or wrestling.

Eric Bischoff: It was in poor taste. It was embarassing television, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by that.

Hey Eric B., andy plans to put any WCW wrestlers into legitimate martial arts matchups like Antonio Inoki does with his wrestlers in New Japan?

Eric Bischoff: No plans at this time, although a number of new athletes have legitimate martial arts background, and have expressed an interest in competing in Japan in some of the shootfighting events that take place there.

Eric: Rumors are running wild about the bidding by the "Big Two" on Bret Hart. While you most likely can't give info on the negotiations, what is the likelihood that Bret Hart will be in WCW in the near future? And what do you expect from him on the Oct. 21 RAW? And what about the WON Hotline report that you have matched a $4 million for 4 yrs offer the WWF has made to Bret?

Eric Bischoff: I'm not engaged in any kind of a bidding war for Bret Hart, and I think the likelyhood of Bret Hart joining WCW is slim at best. I have no idea, nor am I really that concerned with anything RAW is going to do with Bret Hart on Oct 21. The idea of me matching a $4 Million offer is absurd. If Vince McMahon can pay anyone $4Million, hats off to him and to Bret Hart.

When are you going to have WCW start winning against the NWO ?

Eric Bischoff: I think WCW's future will start looking much brighter in the near future, possibly in the next month or two months.

Is the WCW going to mount a counter offensive this week on NITRO? I think that everyone is getting sick of every NITRO ending with Savage being laid out....

Eric Bischoff: I think we have something special in store for viewers this Monday night, and I don't want to suggest that Randy Savage is going to kick the hell out of the NWO singlehandidly. Randy's situation at WCW is tentative, to say the least. He is going through some problems and we may get insight into that.

Eric, what do you think about Terry Gordy working in ECW and apparently WWF....given his condition do you think he should be allowed to work?

Eric Bischoff: I'm not familiar enough with Terry Gordy's physical condition to comment on whether or not he should work.

Eric: Last time you visited us, I mentioned Jerry Lawler. In his latest debacle, Lawler wowed the USWA fans with a tirade in which he read directly from the Observer, speaking about WCW's latest draws, etc, and calling WCW 'rip-off' artists. Any thoughts, considering the fact that one NITRO may outdraw the last year of USWA Memphis shows combined?

Eric Bischoff: I think for Jerry Lawler to call me a rip-off artist given the current storyline in the WWF is laughable, and only solidifies the statements I made last time. Jerry Lawler is quite obviously a very bitter man. I wish him the best, but it's quite obvious he is obsessed. His bitterness is quite evident.

Seeing the NWO kill WCW week after week will gets old...but having WCW beat up the NWO takes away all the heat the NWO has as being unbeatable...how can you keep it up?!

Eric Bischoff: Stay tuned.

Eric,are you still planning on stripping the WCW World Champion soon and puting the belt up in WW3?

Eric Bischoff: I haven't made up my mind yet, but it's looking less likely by the day based on feedback I have heard and read.

Eric: Last time you were here, you mentioned that you would be continuing negotiations with Gene Okerlund? Are those talks still continuing, and if so, where do they stand?

Eric Bischoff: Yes, we are still talking to Gene. It looks quite possible that Gene will be returning, and we should know in the next week to 10 days.

What is the future of macho man and Sting?

Eric Bischoff: Randy Savage's contract is up in November and to be quite honest...I don't discuss ongoing discussions about ongoing negotiations, so I won't be able to comment on much. That being said, we would love for Randy to continue to be a part of WCW but at this time it's a big question mark. Sting....I don't know. It's my firm belief that Sting will remain a part of WCW for quite awhile. It's been reported that Sting has signed a longterm contract with WCW which is not accurate.Sting is in a good position right now because of the state of the wrestling business right now. I think he is happy with WCW right now. I know he just sold his house, and would like to do things other than WCW. You'd really have to ask Sting. I believe he will be with us for quite some time.

Eric: Halloween Havoc lights up the Vegas strip in just a couple of weeks. I'll be there, you'll be there, and in an even more bizarre matchup, Katz and Madden will be doing RealAudio play-by-play on the Internet. Any other technologic advances from WCW coming soon? :>

Eric Bischoff: Two tin cans and a string. I think we are about as cutting edge as we're going to get for awhile.

Eric: About the Horsemen. Flair's out of action, Dillon's in the front office...will Flair be introducing Jarrett as a Horseman? And will Dillon be taking any type of on-screen role?

Eric Bischoff: I've answered the Dillon part before. JJ Dillon will not have any onscreen role. That's definitive. I had a good talk with Ric Flair last week, and Ric and I are currently discussing several options as far as his role. Ric Flair will continue to be a part of the Four Horsemen. He represents the Horsemen more than anyone else. Quite frankly, I haven't decided yet. A lot of people would like for Jeff to become a part of the Four Horsemen. I haven't had a chance to talk to Jeff about it...and more importantly I haven'thad a chance to talk to Arn and Ric about it. Until I have a chance to talk to them about it I won't make any decisions about the Four Horsemen.

Why the decision to keep Jarrett on the side of WCW? Didn't want to add any more members to the NWO at this time?

Eric Bischoff: I think Jeff Jarrett in some ways represents more of what WCW is about. He's a second generation wrestler and is a little bit more of a traditional wrestlers wrestler and fits very well in WCW.

oops is there a man named Darion Collins coming into WCW

Eric Bischoff: Never heard of him.

Eric, thanks for being here. I have talked to a number of people and the general consensus is that the NWO angle is very good, but people are getting very frustrated with the NWO having their way every time. When does the WCW get it's turn?

Eric Bischoff: I think it could happen at Halloween Havoc, but I will promise you that before the end of the year...one way or another, WCW is going to take back some of it's turf. I don't mean to be cute here...it could start happening this Monday night. The shift of the balance of power will happen by the end of the year.action while networks are in commercial breaks. One reason we monitored RAW in the beginning of the year was to see if they had the ability to time their show to be in action during the

You stated in a interview to ML Curley that the WWF did not know how to produce wrestling on tv until july when the lawsuit let them open your books how could you make such a statement when the WWF production value still is better than yours

Eric Bischoff: I would suggest that their production values with their live effort is a far cry from the production values of NITRO. My point was in that interview that one of the aspects of producing television in a prime time competitive environment is what is refered to as quarter hour maintenence. What I mean by that is to be in quarter hours during commercial breaks. Invariably they would go to commercial break while we were in action. We laughed at that because someone with their experience could screw up quarter hour maintence. It wasn't until they got our information through the lawsuit that they took our notes and formats and figured out one of the ways we were kicking their butts every week and tried to correct that. With regard to their taped programs, I would agree that they do post production better than WCW does. When they had syndication and the things they post produce, they do a better job in some cases...but they have three times the staff and twice the resources. When it comes to live television....they aren't even in the same game.

Eric,do you think you can out do what Paul heyman did here wednesday by staying on here for 3 hours and answering all of our questions honestly?

Eric Bischoff: Absolutely not. I can assure you I won't be here for 3 hours, but I'll do my best to answer your questions honestly.

Eric What is your input on the ECW/WWF situation???

Eric Bischoff: I responded to that last time.

I had a conversation with Jim Helwig I believe last February, perhaps January. It became apparent to me in that conversation that there probably wasn't going to ever be a relationship with Jim Helwig and WCW. I haven't talked to him since then...nor do I plan to.

what is up with this NWO? they are saying the wrong thing to our kids

Eric Bischoff: Well, the majority of our audience on NITRO is made up of adults. I'm sensitive to that comment in that I have two young kids myself...ages 12 and 10. I spend a fair amount of time explaining to them about what they see on television, not only as it relates to the NWO, but as to other prime time shows. I think if someone has a problem with what NWO or wrestling says to kids, then it's there responsiblity to explain to the kids what they are watching, or to suggest another viewing option.

Eric, I know you must recieve some of the top sheets out such as the observer, I was wondering if you get the chance to read any of the top sheets online, and what is your opinion on online sheets?

Eric Bischoff: I do receive them occassionally...I don't on a regular basis. I'm given them if there is something I should see. I'm just not in the office anymore as much as I'd like, so I don't have the time to read through the sheets. As I stated in the past, my only problem with sheets is they tend to report 3rd and 4th hand information as fact. I have no problem if they repeat 3rd or 4th hand information as long as they don't present it as fact.

Are we going to see Dusty Rhodes again?

Eric Bischoff: Every Saturday night.

Eric,is there anything you regret doing in the NWO storyline?

Eric Bischoff: I regret not getting up and kicking Vincent between the eyes the night they took over the broadcast booth.

Mr. Bischoff (did I spell it right?) , could you please stop using the blue light when Glacier wrestles because it gives me a headache trying to watch athletes wrestle and everything's blue.

Eric Bischoff: Point noted.

Where did you go to college?

Eric Bischoff: I attended St Cloud State University in Minnesota briefly and the University of Minnesota.

How are you able to keep up with your hectic schedule?

Eric Bischoff: I don't. It swallows me on a pretty regular basis.

i enjoyed every moment of NWO beating you up-if u know kickboxing why??didnt u show NWO what u made of

Eric Bischoff: I'm a student of American Western History, and I read a book once on Indian warfare....and it's a lesson George Custer should have learned. When you're outnumbered...you're outnumbered. You pick your fight another time.

Eric, do you think WCW would ever try to institue a show like the WWF's Live Wire?

Eric Bischoff: No, that show sucks.

Eric-What do you think of the comment Vince said on AOL about you "that it doesn't take a genius to pick Hogan's mind",and he doubts your creative ability?

Eric Bischoff: If Vince McMahon has any doubts about my creative ability, he only has to look at the current situation as it relates to the WWF/WCW market share on Monday night. While he may find some comfort in believing the illusion that I'm picking Hulk Hogan's mind, the reality is that NITRO and everything else that has gone on at WCW has been the product of a lot of hard work from a lot of people, not excluding Hulk Hogan, but involving a team effort from all of us. When I think about it, it's hard not to laugh at Vince McMahon's comment, given the fact that he is the guy that dressed Ron Simmons up like the doorman at Caesars' Palace.

Mr. Bischoff, the last time you were on Prodigy, you said some unkind things about Jerry Lawler which leads me to believe that you don't have a very good relationship with him. What happened?

Eric Bischoff: I didn't say anything unkind. I responded to a question about some rather agressive tactics that Lawler took on his own show about WCW and Eric Bischoff. My opinion is that if he has said the thing he evidently said, and done some things I've he has done, the only conclusion is he is a bitter man. He had never made it to the bigtime, and before he went to the WWF, nobody outside of Tennessee knew who he was...and he's a clown there.

Eric: It has been stated in newsletters etc. that you book NITRO either 10 minutes before it goes on the air, or even while it IS on the air. If this is true, why do you use this unique booking style?

Eric Bischoff: It's not true. While being live gives the opportunity to change direction, sometimes rather abruptly...for the most part, we know where we are going in advance of the show.

Why did you dump Austin & Mero on the bad terms that you did?

Eric Bischoff: First of all, I didn't dump Mero...he basically threatened me and gave me an ultimatum. I don't do business that way. Austin had been out for a long time with an injury. We had been paying him a long time without benefit of his service, and I decided WCW could no longer afford a relationship with him.

after the NWO what Is next for WCW are you afraid that you put too much into the angle?

Eric Bischoff: No, I'm not afraid of that. I think WCW and the NWO have a pretty bright future. I'm looking forward to the next year or two years.

Eric Will several NWO members be competing against each other in World War III?

Eric Bischoff: That remains to be seen.

what do you think about the AWF?

Eric Bischoff: It's an interesting effort, and a very risky one...given the expense of syndication in the 90s and the cost of production. The wrestling business is an extremely difficult business at best. I hope they do well. I hope they do things to help create a larger wrestling audience and create more interest.

Who do you think is the best wrestler in your organization today?

Eric Bischoff: I refuse to answer that question, on the grounds that it may incriminate me to the 67 people I have under contract that I don't mention.

Is Jeff Jarrett going to have a singing career in WCW?

Eric Bischoff: Absolutely not. From what I understand, he can't sing a lick.

How does your chats with Prodigy members effect your company's relationship to Compuserve considering the sight you have there?

Eric Bischoff: I don't think it has any negative impact. The reason I have the chats on Prodigy is that if I was to do it on Compuserve I think fans would think it's self serving, and nothing but a PR move. While I admit being on Prodigy Chat has great PR benefit to WCW, hopefully because the questions are coming in through Bob Ryder as a moderator rather than through a WCW employee, the questions will be perceived to be less self serving.

Is there a chance that the NWO will get a woman "valet," as the WWF has done recently?

Eric Bischoff: I have no idea.

how much did vince pay you when you worked for him?

Eric Bischoff: I never worked for Vince.

I think instead of actually STRIPPING the champion of the title, you should have him DEFEND it against 59 other men, in the World War 3 battle royal...just a suggestion...

Eric Bischoff: One guy against 59? Go back to that Custer thing I mentioned earlier. Not very good odds.

Will WCW ever come to Pittsburgh? I don't remember it being in town for years. How about a Nitro in Pittsburgh soon?

Eric Bischoff: I'd love to come to Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, union costs there are extremely high. Because NITRO is such a huge production, the cost of doing it in Pittsburgh is almost prohibitive.

Eric, ya think there's any possibility of Alex Wright getting a shot at the Cruiserweight title on PPV soon? He seems to be getting lost in the shuffle... is he too tall to be an effective cruiserweight?

Eric Bischoff: Yes, there is a chance. However, Alex Wright weighs about 30 lbs more this year than last, and he's a bit too heavy for the cruiserweights. If he gets his weight down, he'll get a shot.

End of chat transcript

As usual Bischoff has been fairly up front about future storylines and the like. This particular chat seemed to be a little less self-serving then some of the previous ones.

His comments regarding his previous remarks about Jerry Lawler did seem a bit disingenuous...

Anyway, that's the way I see it...

Earl Oliver,
editor Solie's Wrestling Newsletter


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