It was announced this morning that former WCW President and on-screen WWE Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff will be part of the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame class. Bischoff will join Molly Holly in the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame class. It will be a unique Hall of Fame ceremony this year on Tuesday, April 6 because the 2020 Hall of Fame class will be inducted as well. The 2020 Hall of Fame class is the New World Order (Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman), Batista, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, The Bella Twins (Nikki Bella, Brie Bella), The British Bulldog and
Jushin “Thunder” Liger.
The announcement of Bischoff in the WWE Hall of Fame was made on WWE’s After the Bell podcast hosted by Corey Graves. The podcast is available now. Here’s a clip from that.
Truly an honor. Congrats @EBischoff!
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) March 18, 2021
Here’s the full WWE.com writeup on Eric’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Eric Bischoff, a pioneer behind the scenes in sports-entertainment, as well as an incredibly entertaining performer in front of the camera, is the latest inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. He was surprised with the news of his induction on WWE After the Bell, which you can listen and subscribe to on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
He will enter the WWE Hall of Fame during the 2021 Induction Ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday, April 6, streaming exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network in the rest of the world.
Bischoff broke into the sports-entertainment industry in the late 1980s for fellow Hall of Famer Verne Gagne’s AWA. He started off in sales but soon became an on-air talent, hosting the AWA’s shows on ESPN and interviewing the legendary territory’s stars. But as the 1990s arrived, the AWA was on the brink of going out of business, so Bischoff made a move that would eventually change the industry.
He joined World Championship Wrestling in 1991, hosting shows and calling the action on WCW’s weekly television shows. But by the mid-1990s, Bischoff had risen the ranks and became executive producer of WCW. He helped bring Hulk Hogan to the company and launched WCW Monday Nitro, the competitor to WWE’s Monday Night Raw that kicked off the infamous Monday Night War that helped make sports-entertainment a pop culture phenomenon.
Bischoff didn’t shy away from the camera either, joining up with 2020 WWE Hall of Fame inductees The nWo as they ran roughshod on the promotion. After WWE purchased WCW in 2001, he brought his brand of ruthless leadership to WWE in 2002 as the first General Manager of Monday Night Raw. His arrival was one of the most shocking moments in WWE history, and his time in charge of the red brand was defined by one simple phrase: “Controversy creates cash.”
Bischoff never strayed far away from controversy as General Manager, as he engaged in rivalries with the likes of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and John Cena. He continued to innovate, as well, with concepts like Raw Roulette and the Elimination Chamber, which lives on as one of WWE’s annual pay-per-view events.
For Bischoff’s innovation behind the scenes and his memorable performance in front of the camera, there is no greater honor than induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Don’t miss Eric Bischoff take his place in the WWE Hall of Fame during the 2021 Induction Ceremony, Tuesday, April 6, streaming exclusively on Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else. The ceremony will honor both the 2020 and 2021 classes.
Congrats to Eric. It’s well deserved and long overdue.