83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff Podcast

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Description

Since 1984 every wrestling promoter has tried to best Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation unsuccessfully... except one, Eric Bischoff. Eric got his foot in the door with Ted Turner's organization as a "C-Team Announcer" and a few short years later, he was President of World Championship Wrestling. Eric signed Hulk Hogan, turned a profit for the company for the very first time, started Monday Night Nitro, created the nWo, and beat Vince McMahon's Monday Night RAW head-to-head in Monday Night Wars 83 consecutive times. 83 Weeks will take a deep dive into the highs and lows of Eric Bischoff's unparalleled successes in the wrestling business. Join Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson as they explore a new topic every Monday morning at 6AM Eastern!

Episode Date
Clash Of Champions 23
01:34:28

Bill Watts is out and Eric Bischoff is in. Clash 23 was one of the first major shows on Eric's watch so Conrad grills him about the state of the company. How did Eric apply for the job? What did it pay? Who did he interview with? What did he want to change? What could he change? Why was Jim Ross out? How was his stunt with the radio station and exodus to the WWF handled? The guys also discuss Tully Blanchard not coming in, Paul Roma becoming a Horsemen, Shane Douglas leaving, Vader being in the hospital just days before this show, why WCW ran MSG in 1993, the Flair for the Gold set, how they got the Sylvester Stallone rub, and of course they break down a card that featured the return of Ric Flair! Eric pulls no punches in this one and as a result, this is Conrad's favorite episode yet! Subscribe and tell your friends about 83 Weeks!

 

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Jun 18, 2018
Dusty Rhodes
01:56:37

From the first time he saw Dusty Rhodes on TV for the AWA through the entire WCW fun, Eric Bischoff breaks down his relationship with the American Dream. Conrad takes Eric through a timeline of their time together in WCW from when Eric was hired until WCW went out of business in 2001. Along the way they discuss Vince McMahon, Jim Herd, Ole Anderson, Bill Watts, and even Vince Russo. Eric discusses what a great family man Dusty was to what a creative genius he was as well. The guys also break down the uncomfortable discussions of when Dustin was fired or Dusty was replaced as booker. Why did Eric turn Dusty heel? And of course the guys have a few laughs along the way. Shockmaster anyone? But stay tuned til the very end because Eric has something that leaves Conrad speechless, which you thought would never happen! It's nearly two hours of the "American Dream" if you will!

 

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Jun 11, 2018
Chris Jericho in WCW
03:40:46

Eric Bischoff breaks down when, where, and how he met Jericho and brought him into WCW. Conrad takes him to task for the negotiation process that Jericho detailed in his book, the debut that Terry Taylor buried, the baby face kiss of death in August 96, a crazy tidbit about Jericho's contract and who missed it, what title Jericho despised, Jericho considering a jump well before his contract was up, what changed for Jericho creatively, who was responsible for the heel turn, the incredible Malenko feud, unmasking Juvy, the Goldberg situation in great detail, who had Goldberg's ear, the secret meeting with Vince, whether or not Jericho in the nWo was discussed, what Eric offered Chris to stay, and so much more that just can't make the list! That's right, over three hours of Jericho! Drink it in, maaaaaaan!

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Jun 04, 2018
The DX Invasion & Challenging Vince
01:47:26

On April 13, 1998, the WWF finally broke the WCW Monday Nitro win-streak of 83 Weeks. WCW bounced back the next week but the following week was perhaps the most memorable moment in the Monday Night War - the "DX Invasion" of Nitro at the Norfolk Scope. Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson discuss the events leading up to that night, what most have forgotten about Nitro that night, the silly detail everyone likes to embellish, and how everyone remembers the events of that day. Kevin Nash, Booker T, and Chris Jericho have all told their story, but what does Eric remember? The result is a hilarious meltdown and shouting match between Eric and Conrad. In hindsight, what would Eric change? What didn't he like about it? What was the key to this entire angle that Eric thinks is really overlooked in the scheme of things? When the WCW offices were "invaded" later, Eric had to respond on air and did so with a challenge to Vince McMahon. Who did Eric consult with before doing so? What did Meltzer think of that move? Conrad breaks down the challenge on Nitro, McMahon's public statement on the website, and Eric reading the letter from the WWF's attorney on Thunder before discussing the silly Slamboree display. They close the story with the lawsuit that WCW filed against the WWF that really gets swept under the rug and then as your main event: Conrad calls "BS" on Eric's Bret Hart 1996 story from two weeks ago. You don't want to miss this!

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May 28, 2018
Bash At The Beach 2000
02:05:43

After Bischoff was sent home, the Turner brass turned to Vince Russo to take the reigns of WCW.  By the time Bischoff returns the power dynamic in Turner had shifted yet again. What were the terms of Bischoff returning? What was his day-to-day role within the company? How did Russo react to Bischoff being back? It became a tangled mess with a television company losing money on a wrestling product they very likely didn't understand in the first place. The guy who turned a profit for WCW for the very first time is back, but things are different both corporately and creatively. And of course we can't forget that one guy is in the middle of all this, the biggest star in history: Hulk Hogan. He has creative control and Bischoff's ear, Bischoff has the ear at Turner, yet somehow things don't go as planned at Bash at the Beach. What was the original plan? What was Russo suggesting? Who veto'ed his idea? How was the compromise made for what did make the air? Who knew what, when? What did Jarrett think? How did Booker T fit into all of this? Many guess when the "beginning of the end" was for WCW, but one thing is for sure: this is the end of Hulk Hogan in WCW. You won't believe the decision Turner made, the lawsuits that followed, and the financial ramifications of one night. It's long, strange, crazy story about ego and the power struggle it created that helped ruin what was the biggest wrestling company in the world -- this is Bash at the Beach 2000

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May 21, 2018
Bret Hart in WCW
02:40:31

Did any one wrestler benefit more from the Monday Night Wars than Bret Hart? Meltzer wrote that Bret was at the center of a bidding war unlike anything in the history of pro-wrestling in 1996. This week Eric and Conrad cover the conversations with Bret about coming to WCW in 1996, the actual negotiating process in 1997 just before the "Montreal Screwjob" and the events that led to his debut in December 1997. Eric explains why Bret didn't have a match at Starrcade, why Bret started with Flair, what the plans were for Bret and Hogan, and then Eric painstakingly relives the highs and (mostly) lows of Bret Hart in WCW. Stay tuned to the end as Conrad reads Bret's exact quotes about Eric Bischfof and Eric finally responds! 

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May 14, 2018
The infamous "Finger Poke of Doom"
02:15:40

Hulk Hogan has said the "Finger Poke of Doom" was the "beginning of the end of WCW," and no one really disagreed with him... or did they? Find out what Eric Bischoff thinks of this angle with the benefit of nearly 20 years hindsight.  We address the rumor that Goldberg shot down the first idea for his angle with Liz and how Eric thinks Goldberg and Liz did in their acting roles that night.  Plus Conrad presses Eric to defend the silliness of a "Hogan running for President" angle, clarification on Kevin Nash's role behind the scenes, why Eric put him in that position, when the plan was in place to hand Hogan the title, who got Goldberg a 1000% raise from WCW, an incredible story you've probably never heard before about a huge mainstream deal Turner turned down, and a tidbit about a word you couldn't say on WCW TV that you just will not believe! Of all the things on this episode to discuss, only one decision made that night really mattered and it led to 600,000 folks changing the channel. Conrad breaks down "butts in the seats" in detail and makes Eric has to own it. 

Oh and Eric buries two legends in the business to the point it leaves Conrad speechless. Eric is fired up and ready to breakdown the FINGER POKE OF DOOM!

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May 07, 2018
Creating The nWo
02:32:34

Conrad Thompson joins Eric Bischoff for a brief history of one of WCW's most infamous groups: The N.W.O.

Apr 30, 2018
83 Weeks debuts MONDAY April 30th
00:00:39

The whole truth will be revealed!

Launching Monday April 30th: '83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff'. Conrad Thompson ('Something to Wrestle', 'What Happened When') joins Eric Bischoff to unveil the true story behind the legend of wrestling's Monday Night Wars.

Apr 27, 2018