Eric Bischoff Explains Why He’d Turn Down $1 Million To Work In AEW

Eric Bischoff behind a podium during an AEW appearance

Eric Bischoff’s days of working on the road are behind him, and he recently explained why he wouldn’t accept a job offer from AEW.

Bischoff spent decades in the world of professional wrestling, serving as WCW President and going on to work in both WWE and TNA for an extended period of time. His last official job in wrestling came in 2019, when he briefly served as Executive Director of SmackDown. The job only lasted a few months, and while he’s made sporadic guest appearances in both WWE and AEW since then, he’s not eager to get back into the business full time.

Speaking in a new interview with Ariel Helwani, Eric Bischoff opened up about the idea of returning to wrestling, saying that while he would have jumped at the opportunity to rejoin WWE when he was younger, he’s content with his current life and loves where he lives.

“If I was 20 years younger, I’d [go back] in a heartbeat. If I get a call from my buddy Bruce [Prichard] and he goes, ‘Interested in coming back? I need one of your fingers.’ As long as I’m on my left hand and not right, I’d probably go for it. I loved my time, and can’t say enough about the quality of people that work in WWE.

But, I’m 68 years old, and I live in a beautiful part of Wyoming — right outside Yellowstone National Park. It’s been my dream to live here since I was a little kid, and I worked my ass out throughout my life to have what I have now. At this point, I don’t want to be away for extended periods.”

Turning his attention to AEW, Bischoff praised Tony Khan but explained that he wouldn’t accept a job offer from AEW either, saying it wouldn’t be feasible to make an impact if he were working remotely.

“Tony has a very, very generous heart. He’s a good human being. But the truth is, for me to have any sort of positive impact on the process, you have to be in it. You can’t do it remotely. If Tony calls me and offers me a million dollars to work via Zoom, I wouldn’t do it because I know it wouldn’t be fair. It won’t be successful.”

h/t WrestlingInc

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