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Eric Bischoff Recalls Enjoying Moment He Fired The Honky Tonk Man

Former WCW President Eric Bischoff had to pull the plug on many talents during his time at the top of the company, but there was one firing which gave him particular pleasure.

Originally replacing Bill Watts as Executive Producer of World Championship Wrestling, Eric Bischoff’s power continued to grow until he reached the rank of President, which gave him full creative direction over the company, including deciding which new competitors should get hired and those which had run their course.

During an interview with Lucha Libre Online, Eric Bischoff discussed the time he fired WWE Hall Of Famer The Honky Tonk Man, and that it was the one occasion he got rid of someone which brought him pure pleasure.

It comes back to the only guy I’ve ever really enjoyed firing. I mean, put a smile on my face. In this moment, when you ask me that question, I’m getting goosebumps, I’m beginning to smile from ear to ear because I had to fire the Honky Tonk Man. I would fire The Honky Tonk Man every single day of every single year for the rest of my life, and I would get just as much joy.

Giving himself the moniker of ‘The Greatest Intercontinental Champion Of All Time’, The Honky Tonk Man held the title from June 1987 when he defeated Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat, all the way through to SummerSlam in August the following year. After his time finished in WWE in 1991, he made the move to WCW in 1994 although he last just four months before Bischoff decided to end his contract.

With thanks to Sportskeeda for the transcription.