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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 27 May 1955Detroit, Michigan, USA
Birth NameEric Aaron Bischoff
Nicknames Easy E
The Bisch
Uncle Eric
Ken Doll
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eric Bischoff was born on May 27th, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a minor in radio, television and film. He ran a successful construction company and pitched low-level marketing ideas to buyers until joining the American Wrestling Alliance in the late 80s. The company was falling into a black hole, and AWA CEO Verne Gagne gave the company to Eric when it was beyond repair (the AWA folded in 1991). After trying in vain to get a job at the WWF, the wrestling business's top federation, Bischoff joined World Championship Wrestling, a failing company owned by Ted Turner. After paying attention to the mistakes of those in power at WCW, Eric was promoted to Senior Vice President of WCW. In 1994, he signed the WWF's top draw, Hulk Hogan. Subsequent signings of wrestling legends Randy Savage, Lex Luger, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman, and Roddy Piper later followed. In 1995, the same year that WCW returned a profit for the first time in its history, Eric Bischoff convinced Ted Turner to give him a prime-time slot in order to compete with the WWF's top show, "Monday Night Raw". Thus the birth of WCW Nitro, wrestling's first week-to-week live prime time show. Insiders predicted short and certain death for WCW, as no other wrestling company had ever successfully competed with the WWF. In its first week, Nitro beat out WWF Raw in the Nielson Ratings. Eric Bischoff served as the head commentator on the show and shockingly declared war on the WWF by giving away the results to the WWF's taped shows and publically insulting their direction. On his 39th birthday in 1996, Bischoff revealed a WWF main-eventer, Scott Hall, to be working for WCW. It was an angle that led to the reason wrestling hit its boom period... the New World Order (or nWo, a heel faction that Bischoff eventually joined). The angle was immediately successful, and secured WCW's spot as the new number one wrestling promotion in America. WCW Nitro defeated WWF Raw by a wide margin for 95 consecutive weeks in the ratings. In 1997, the WWF came its closest to going out of business. Their top star and champion, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, left for WCW in November, under extremely controversial circumstances which left WWF owner Vince McMahon looking shady and deceitful. Insiders predicted it as the final nail in the coffin for the WWF, but amazingly, McMahon was able to capitalize on his bad reputation by playing it off on television in a much-publicized angle with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. This, coupled with the shocking "crash TV" gimmicks developed by then-head WWF writer Vince Russo (who Bischoff would later work alongside), allowed the WWF to finally compete with WCW again. It was a see-saw battle between WCW and the WWF in 1998, with the WWF gaining the upperhand by the year's end, and eventually being secure in its #1 spot by mid-99. Meanwhile Eric Bischoff, who was known for his smugness towards the competition, suddenly had to contend with not only the WWF growing in popularity, but also with the new "higher ups" at TNT who wanted to produce "family entertainment". Under these crippling restrictions, anyone would (and did) fail when trying to compete with the lewd WWF: Eric was relieved of his duties as WCW president on September 10th, 1999, after years of being seen as the WCW savior, once dubbed by sheet-writer Wade Keller as "the executive with the Midas-touch". When followers to his position only worsened the state of WCW, shockingly, Bischoff was brought back on April 10th of 2000, exactly six months after being demoted. Eric was to work alongside creative director Vince Russo (who had jumped ship from the WWF), but after disputes, Eric quietly walked away after seven weeks on the job. He returned in late 2000 with financial backers, Fusient Media Ventures, to purchase WCW from Time Warner. The deal was allegedly sabotaged, and Eric lost the company to the WWF. He then took some time off from wrestling to work on other television projects. In 2003, the unthinkable occurred: Eric was hired as an on-air talent by his old rival Vince McMahon, whose (renamed) WWE was nowhere near as popular as it had been during the famous "Monday Night Wars". On the February 23rd addition of RAW, Bischoff is finally scheduled to face McMahon in a match. Although Eric Bischoff is a solid talent in the WWE, his arrogance is more contrived than it had been during his glory years as the young, successful, in-your-face head of the only wrestling company to ever overtake the WWF as the top promotion in the business. Eric has truly changed the wrestling world and is second only to Vince McMahon in terms of overall importance to the current landscape. McMahon credits Bischoff for lighting a fire under the WWF and forcing it to revamp its style to fit with the times. Bischoff was a visionary and an innovator whose contributions are widely acknowledged and embraced. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Loree, and two children, Garett and Montanna.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Loree Bischoff (2 August 1984 - present) (2 children)
Kimberly Bowman (5 November 1977 - 25 March 1980) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Known for playing an image-obsessed pretty boy
Cocky Smile

Trivia (23)

WCW President from 1994 to 1999
Was Jackknife Powerbombed through the stage at WCW The Great American Bash (1996) by Kevin Nash.
Came up with the idea for the "Elimination Chamber" match at Survivor Series (2002).
Came up with the infamous HLA (Hot Lesbian Action) angle to compete against the "Billy and Chuck Wedding".
In a Boston, MA area radio interview circa 2003, Bischoff admitted that while he was a martial arts black belt in the '70s and competed in tournaments successfully, he hasn't kept up with the martial arts and was quoted as saying, "It's not like riding a bicycle.".
Sold meat from the back of a truck before he was hired by WCW.
Met longtime business rival Vince McMahon for the first time in over ten years in the backstage area just 15 minutes before hugging him on-screen on Raw. The two briefly met during a job interview where Bischoff tried out for a WWF announcing spot back in 1991.
Is the only wrestling promoter to successfully overtake Vince McMahon's promotion in terms of popularity. From the years of 1996 to 1998, Bischoff's WCW was the most profitable wrestling company in the world.
In 1991, he sent an audition tape to the WWF but was not hired.
Attended the University of Minnesota. Eric has a bachelor in natural sciences achieved one and a diploma in sciences of the television, the radio and the cinema.
While in WCW, was often referred to by Scott Hall as "Ken Doll," due to his uncanny resemblance to Ken, the "boyfriend" of Matell doll Barbie.
During the early days of WCW Monday Nitro (1995), he wanted the show to air at 7:57 PM, so he could give away the taped results of the WWF's WWE Raw (1993) three minutes before Raw even went on the air.
Wrestled for the first WWE Interactive Pay-per-view, _WWE Taboo Tuesday (2004) (TV)_ on Tuesday, October 19, 2004, challenging his "special nephew", Eugene.
Is a fully qualified Pilot, and has his own private jet.
Former WCW Hardcore Champion.
The idea of WCW Nitro came from a meeting with Ted Turner. Turner had asked him how they, the WCW, can compete with the WWF's Monday Night Raw. Bischoff in return wasn't prepared for that question, so he said off the top of his head "give me a slot on prime time" thinking that Turner will say no. Surprisingly enough Turner said yes and the rest was history.
Published author.
Orlando, FL, USA: Began showing up on the professional wrestling promotion TNA's (Total Nonstop Action) weekly wrestling show, entitled Impact Wrestling. [January 2010]
Currently taking a month-long vacation, as the four winners of the Survivor Series elimination match (Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Maven) take turns as the general manager of RAW for a week for the next month. [November 2004]
Just signed with WWE ENTERTAINMENT as General Manager on the Raw faction. [July 2002]
Fired from RAW by CEO Vince McMahon [December 2005]
Still on the RAW side as General Manager and is consistantly enteraining and backed the wining RAW team at this years Survivor series. [December 2003]

Personal Quotes (7)

Bite me!
Vince McMahon is the Jerry Springer of professional wrestling.
I love each and every one of you
We are in control!
Since I started working for WWE ... quite honestly I forget that Vince and I were ever rivals to the extent that we were - I think of it only when I'm asked about it. (Interview with the Winnipeg Sun - May 2004)
I am driven by my ego and I'm proud to say it.
I'm a mercenary, and I will do anything to succeed for those who pay me.

Salary (1)

WCW Monday Nitro (1995) $1,370,000

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