Eric Bischoff

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Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955) is an American entrepreneur, television producer, professional wrestling booker and on-screen personality.wikipedia
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World Championship Wrestling

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He is best known for serving as Executive Producer and later President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and subsequently, the General Manager of WWE's Raw brand.
In 1993 Eric Bischoff was promoted to Executive Producer of WCW (later Executive Vice President), and he would go on to lead WCW for most of the decade.

Television producer

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Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955) is an American entrepreneur, television producer, professional wrestling booker and on-screen personality.
Eric Bischoff: WCW Monday Nitro

Controversy Creates Cash

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He wrote an autobiography, titled Controversy Creates Cash, which was released in 2006 under WWE Books.
Controversy Creates Cash (in logo stylized as Controversy Creates Ca$h) is the autobiography of professional wrestling promoter and personality Eric Bischoff, written with Jeremy Roberts and published by WWE Books.

WWE

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He is best known for serving as Executive Producer and later President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and subsequently, the General Manager of WWE's Raw brand.
Although Eric Bischoff, whom Time Warner fired as WCW president in October 1999, was nearing a deal to purchase the company, in March 2001 McMahon acquired the rights to WCW's trademarks, tape library, contracts, and other properties from AOL Time Warner for a number reported to be around $7 million.

Bill Watts

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In 1993, after WCW President Bill Watts resigned from the company, Bischoff went to TBS executive Bill Shaw and WCW Vice President Bob Dhue to apply for the job of Executive Producer.
He was subsequently replaced by Ole Anderson who was then succeeded by Eric Bischoff.

Impact Wrestling

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Bischoff has also worked with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) where he served as Executive Producer of Impact Wrestling.
In 2010, TNA hired professional wrestling legend Hulk Hogan and former WCW President Eric Bischoff.

Jim Ross

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As an announcer, Bischoff reported to producer Tony Schiavone and WCW's Vice President of Broadcasting, Jim Ross.
Ross worked his way up the WCW ladder to become head of broadcasting, but had a contentious relationship with WCW's newest commentator and future executive Eric Bischoff.

WWE Books

He wrote an autobiography, titled Controversy Creates Cash, which was released in 2006 under WWE Books.
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The Outsiders (professional wrestling)

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Two weeks later on Nitro, Hall was joined by Kevin Nash, most previously known as "Diesel" in the WWF, to become "The Outsiders".
A lawsuit from the WWF caused Eric Bischoff to ask The Outsiders point-blank if they worked for the WWF, which both emphatically denied.

WCW Hardcore Championship

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With an amateur background in taekwondo, Bischoff also sporadically performed as an in-ring competitor, and is a former WCW Hardcore Champion.
Terry Funk (a two time hardcore champ) also held the title for a period of almost two months, from April–June 2000 when he was defeated by Eric Bischoff at a WCW Monday Nitro in Atlanta, Georgia.

Diamond Dallas Page

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Throughout 1999, Bischoff reverted to focusing back completely around aging WCW stars such as Hogan, Diamond Dallas Page, Randy Savage, Sting, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Nash, Ric Flair, and Sid Vicious.
On February 20, 2017, WWE announced that Page would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2017, and on March 31, 2017, he was officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Eric Bischoff.

The New Blood

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In April 2000, Bischoff returned as an on-air character alongside Vince Russo to lead the heel faction The New Blood; Bischoff also worked on writing the shows with Russo during this time.
So, they decided to bring back former WCW president Eric Bischoff and former World Wrestling Federation head of creative Vince Russo, putting them together to run WCW.

Kevin Nash

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Two weeks later on Nitro, Hall was joined by Kevin Nash, most previously known as "Diesel" in the WWF, to become "The Outsiders".
At the time, WCW was offering large amounts of money to the WWF's talent by Eric Bischoff, WCW Executive Vice President, to jump ship.

Elimination Chamber

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Bischoff's wrestling innovations in WWE included the "Raw Roulette" and the Elimination Chamber, as well as feuds with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shane McMahon, John Cena, SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon, and former Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman.
The match was created by Triple H and was introduced by Eric Bischoff in November 2002.

Stone Cold Steve Austin

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Bischoff's wrestling innovations in WWE included the "Raw Roulette" and the Elimination Chamber, as well as feuds with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shane McMahon, John Cena, SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon, and former Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman. When the WWF rebranded their product as "WWF Attitude" and began to focus on new superstars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mick Foley, and The Rock, and made owner/longtime announcer Vince McMahon into a character, this eventually resulted in a ratings turnaround for WWF.
In 1995, Austin was fired by WCW Vice President Eric Bischoff after suffering a triceps injury while wrestling on a Japanese tour—Bischoff and WCW did not see Austin as a marketable wrestler.

Professional wrestling authority figures

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He is best known for serving as Executive Producer and later President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and subsequently, the General Manager of WWE's Raw brand.
Eric Bischoff (January 4, 2010 – October 16, 2011)

Scott Hall

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In 1996, Bischoff signed WWF superstar Scott Hall, better known at the time as "Razor Ramon".
They stated they were undertaking a hostile takeover of WCW, then slammed interviewer Eric Bischoff through the commentator's table.

American Wrestling Association

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Bischoff started in wrestling working for the Minneapolis, Minnesota based American Wrestling Association (AWA) in 1987 under the ownership of Verne Gagne.
In early 1989, Eric Bischoff, who was performing office work for the AWA at the time, mostly in sales and syndication, was placed in front of the camera to replace Larry Nelson as interviewer and occasional commentator.

WWE brand extension

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He is best known for serving as Executive Producer and later President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and subsequently, the General Manager of WWE's Raw brand.
When SmackDown general manager Stephanie McMahon announced that Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar was not going to appear on Raw, Raw general manager Eric Bischoff introduced the World Heavyweight Championship for Raw.

Roddy Piper

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Throughout 1999, Bischoff reverted to focusing back completely around aging WCW stars such as Hogan, Diamond Dallas Page, Randy Savage, Sting, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Nash, Ric Flair, and Sid Vicious.
On the November 18 episode of Nitro, Piper revealed that Eric Bischoff was a member of the nWo, which ended with the nWo attacking him.

Arliss

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Bischoff also enjoyed some mainstream exposure at the time, appearing on the HBO series Arli$$ as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
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New World Order (professional wrestling)

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During his segment, Bischoff stated, "Without Monday Nitro there would be no Monday Night Raw...without the nWo there would be no DX...and without Eric Aaron Bischoff there would be no Vincent Kennedy McMahon".
Apparently based on the Union of Wrestling Forces International (UWFi) invasion angle in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (this has been denied by then-WCW President Eric Bischoff) and fueled initially by the unexpected villainous turn of Hulk Hogan, the nWo storyline is generally considered one of the most successful angles in the history of modern-day professional wrestling, spawning several imitations and parodies, including groups such as the bWo, lWo and jWo.

Sting (wrestler)

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Throughout 1999, Bischoff reverted to focusing back completely around aging WCW stars such as Hogan, Diamond Dallas Page, Randy Savage, Sting, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Nash, Ric Flair, and Sid Vicious.
In January 1997, a "blackballed" Randy Savage returned to WCW for the first time since Halloween Havoc and aligned himself with Sting as a "free agent" as he refused to join the nWo although WCW Vice President Eric Bischoff, also one of the leaders of the nWo, declared he would not be allowed back in WCW if he didn't.

John Cena

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Bischoff's wrestling innovations in WWE included the "Raw Roulette" and the Elimination Chamber, as well as feuds with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shane McMahon, John Cena, SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon, and former Extreme Championship Wrestling owner Paul Heyman.
Cena immediately entered a feud with Eric Bischoff, after refusing to participate in the "war" against the Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) roster at One Night Stand.

Eugene (wrestler)

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At Taboo Tuesday 2004 Bischoff had his head shaved after failing to beat his (kayfabe) nephew Eugene.
On the April 5, 2004 episode of Raw, Dinsmore made his World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) debut as Eugene. He was portrayed as the "special" and overly excited nephew of Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff, who had savant-like wrestling ability from watching his favourites on TV. Bischoff soon placed him under the care of the newly returned William Regal.