In a move that is long overdue, wrestling executive and TV personality Eric Bischoff is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. WWE.com announced the news:
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.
Eric Bischoff’s involvement in the professional wrestling industry dates back to his work with American Wrestling Association promoter Verne Gagne in the late 80s to his cutting-edge work in World Championship Wrestling where he helped launch Monday Night Nitro, igniting the Monday Night War with the WWF and infusing some much-needed vigor into a stagnant wrestling product. Bischoff presided over WCW during its peak and its later decline, but his positive influence on the industry cannot be denied.
Following WCW’s demise, Bischoff entered the WWE as an authority figure and later worked in TNA Wrestling in a similar capacity. Bischoff had a short-lived run as Executive Producer in charge of SmackDown’s
Eric Bischoff has always been a controversial figure in professional wrestling dating back to his time in WCW. For example, longtime fans will recall Bischoff giving away the results of taped Monday Night RAW episodes in order to discourage viewers from tuning in to the WWF. His generous contracts led to him earning the nickname “ATM Eric” for what some saw as overspending on wrestling talent. Last year’s announcement that the New World Order faction (a group Bischoff created and used to help WCW overtake the WWF at the time) led to criticism by fans who asked why Bischoff wasn’t included in the group. While “Easy E” played a big role in the nWo (both as its creative force and later, as an actual member), he deserves an induction all his own for his work in helping to launch the wrestling resurgence of the mid to late 1990s. Congratulations to Eric Bischoff on this much-deserved honor.