Paul Heyman congratulated his old rival.
On March 18 it was announced that Eric Bischoff would be part of the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame class. Bischoff famously went head-to-head with WWE, running WCW during the Monday Night Wars. He not only served as executive producer but had an on-screen role as an announcer and as a member of the New World Order. Bischoff would join WWE as the Raw General Manager in 2002 after WCW went out of business.
On the latest episode of Talking Smack, Heyman, who ran ECW opposite WCW and WWF and then later worked with Bischoff in WWE, shared his thoughts on the news. He said the following:
"Eric Bischoff in the WWE Hall of Fame. I presume this will surprise a lot of people. I don't think the WWE Hall of Fame is complete without Eric Bischoff. This is an honor that is long overdue, and it's well earned. It's most deserved. The criterion to be in the WWE Hall of Fame is impact upon the industry, and it would be very hard for anyone to argue that Eric Bischoff did not make as significant an impact on this industry as almost anybody else in its history. I respect WWE for having the intelligence and for understanding just how much Eric Bischoff belongs in the Hall of Fame. I congratulate, profoundly congratulate my old rival, Eric Bischoff, for his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame class 2021."
Before the show moved on, however, Heyman took a moment to boast about the fact that he's the only one relevant enough to still be on television every week. Here is what he said:
"I would like to add, however, that if you look back in history, and I don't do that often, that the 1990s in this industry were ruled by Eric Bischoff, Paul Heyman, and Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Only one of us is still relevant enough to be on television each and every week. On top. In the main event of WrestleMania with the biggest star in the industry, the champ, Roman Reigns."
Bischoff joins Molly Holly as the only other inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2021.
The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony is set to stream on Peacock on Tuesday, April 6. Both the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted on that night. You can find more details by clicking here.
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