Eric Bischoff discussed his recent WWE hiring on the latest episode of his podcast and revealed he’s moving to Connecticut for a fresh start.
Bischoff addressed the big news at the end of the latest episode of 83 Weeks and reiterated being excited about the big opportunity he has ahead.
Here’s the bulk of what Eric had to say (h/t Fightful for the transcription):
First of all, I wanna say thank you. I’m overwhelmed with the support, the positive response that I got on social media after WWE made the announcement that I’ll be joining the team and getting involved with SmackDown. The amount of response[s] I got — I knew it was gonna be a good response, I knew it’d probably be a lot, but I was absolutely overwhelmed by the nature of that response and how positive it was and just the sheer volume of it all.”
“I think people are really excited. I wanna let everybody know, the magnitude of this opportunity, the challenge and commitment that goes along with it, is not lost on me. There’s been a couple times over the last few days where I’ve been driving my truck or taking my dog on a hike and going, ‘Wow, this may be…’ it’s not maybe, this is the biggest opportunity I’ve ever had in this industry, granted, when Bill Shaw made me President of WCW. Obviously, that was a very big moment, but I was learning on the job there. I had nothing to lose there. I was taking a company in WCW that had never turned a dollar a profit, that was just a number two to WWF at that time that we weren’t really even number two. A company that was fraught with bad history and internal issues, so I had nothing to lose, and in this situation, this is an entirely different ballgame here. This is a very sophisticated company. In WWE, there is a great team already in place. They are moving their SmackDown show to FOX network which is obviously gonna have a lot of eyeballs on it in every way.”
“So the magnitude of the opportunity is not lost on me but I said this in a tweet — this is probably the only thing I’m really gonna say beyond this, and I mean this, almost a tear in my eye saying it: I’m honored, I’m humbled and I cannot express, even here, because this is a different kind of excitement for me. I haven’t felt this way, maybe in forever but at least twenty years. This is a whole different ballgame.”
As for 83 Weeks, Bischoff and co-host Conrad Thompson said their live shows will be ending … but the podcast itself will continue.
In case you missed it, Bischoff will oversee the creative development of SmackDown as Executive Director. He’ll also “ensure integration across all platforms and lines of business.” The same goes for Paul Heyman on Raw. It’s unclear if either will make an appearance on the shows this week, despite an advertisement that went out by mistake to local markets.
Near the end of the conversation about his new position, Bischoff revealed that he and his wife are moving to Connecticut next month “with the clothes on our back” to get a fresh start with WWE.
Listen to the episode below (all of this begins around the 1 hour 33 minute mark).