What Eric Bischoff Really Said About Vince McMahon Backstage

Vince McMahon stares down Eric Bischoff

The Monday Night Wars defined pro wrestling in the late nineties as WWE and WCW strived for dominance in the Monday night ratings.

Eric Bischoff led WCW which was owned by Ted Turner’s TBS into battle against Vince McMahon’s long-established WWE, with Bischoff making threats towards McMahon as he sought to rally his own troops.

Speaking on What Happened When long-time WCW announcer Tony Schiavone confirmed that he remembered Bischoff was very visceral when he explained what he wanted to do to McMahon:

“I remember it like it was yesterday, Eric had a meeting in catering with everybody, and said these words: ‘I will not rest until I’ve driven a stake through the heart of Vince McMahon.’ I don’t know if he remembers that or even acknowledges that he said that, but there’s no doubt in my mind he said it.”

In the end, Vince McMahon was the one to drive a stake through WCW when he bought the company in the spring of 2001 for just a few million dollars after TBS withdrew television time causing the Eric Bischoff-led consortium to withdraw from its own deal to take over the promotion.

The empire McMahon has built with WWE is now worth over $9 billion according to the company’s deal to be taken over by Endeavor.

h/t Wrestling Inc