Eric Bischoff is very excited about his new role.
Eric Bischoff is back in a top position in professional wrestling as it was announced by WWE that Bischoff and Paul Heyman will be assuming the positions of Executive Directors of RAW and SmackDown Live, respectively. Additional details arose from the breaking news announcement and both Heyman and Bischoff were met with a massive response from wrestlers, former in-ring performers and fans alike. PWInsider added that Bischoff and Heyman are already on the job as Executive directors of WWE television and on the latest edition of Bischoff and Conrad Thompson's 83 Weeks podcast, Bischoff expressed his excitement level for his new role and says he has not had a feeling as such in 20 years.
“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." Bischoff shared. "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." He continued, "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.”
Eric stated that he and his wife, Loree Bischoff will be moving to Stamford, Connecticut on either July 9th or July 10th. To check out some of the reactions to the announcement concerning Bischoff and Heyman's new roles in WWE, click here.
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