A WWE Hall of Famer has explained why he thinks no matter what ends up happening with WWE, Vince McMahon will always do what’s best for business.
Vince McMahon stunned the wrestling world in the first week of 2023 when it emerged he had forced his way back onto WWE’s Board of Directors. His daughter Stephanie McMahon then resigned from her position as WWE Chairwoman and co-CEO before the Board then installed her father as Executive Chairman.
With rumours swirling around the future of the company with many believing it will be sold, former WCW President Eric Bischoff has explained on his 83 Weeks podcast why he thinks no matter how distasteful something might be to Vince McMahon personally if it’s best for business, he’ll do it:
“You have to get inside of the head of Vince McMahon, and trying to do that is daunting. He’s a complex dude. But let’s just look at the patterns. What’s best for business? One of the things that we know is Vince McMahon makes decisions that all of us, at some time or another, were surprised at.”
“Whether it was bringing me in, after years of competing against him and almost putting him out of business, and I had some pretty crappy things to say, I did some pretty crappy things. I was the enemy, I was the Antichrist. Had I walked into WWE headquarters back in 1997, I don’t think I would have walked out until I got hired, and I was one of the key figures on-camera for whatever it was, three or four years.”
“Nobody thought that would happen, including me. Nobody thought that he’d bring back Ultimate Warrior. But this has been part of his public persona, is that he will do what’s best for the business, even if it’s distasteful as hell, even if it makes him throw up in his own mouth in his private time. If it’s best for business, that’s what he’s gonna do.”
Bischoff then added that he doesn’t necessarily think the creative process in WWE will change even if McMahon ends up taking the company private provided Triple H’s direction keeps working:
“Currently, I think the existing creative team, with Triple H and Bruce, all the way down to a lot of writers that I do know personally that are fantastic talent, what’s best for business is you let them keep doing what they’re doing because it’s working. So there’s a part of me that says, ‘Yeah, even if Vince takes it private, I could see him continuing to allow that process to exist as it does as long as it continues to be successful.”
“I believe that in my heart, having worked with Vince. Hell, he brought me in as executive director of SmackDown. Come on. It didn’t work out for a lot of reasons, most of them because of me, doesn’t matter. It didn’t work out. Maybe I just didn’t meet his expectations, I don’t know. But it doesn’t matter.”
“The fact is, that was a big position, and maybe he hated my guts, I don’t know, but he brought me in [and] gave me an opportunity. I think that aspect of Vince’s nature is what allows me to believe that even if takes the company private, I don’t think you’re going to see a radical change in what we’re seeing right now when it comes to creative.”