Although no longer a staple on weekly professional wrestling shows, former WCW and WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff is known for his solo appearances here and there.
Bischoff returned to WWE TV on the final Monday Night RAW of 2021, to direct The Miz and Maryse’s renewal of their covenants. Speaking on the 83 Weeks podcast, Bischoff explained how the look came about.
“Ms. Bischoff and I headed to Florida because we have our dog with us, and I don’t like to be on my dog for a long period of time,” Bischoff said. “It’s by the way a 33 hour drive to Tampa, about 2,500 miles or so. We drove there and were very excited, looking forward to it. It’s Christmas and Christmas with a new grandson. We finally got settled in, and I got a call from Bruce. [Prichard].
“Bruce and I don’t talk much because I know how busy he is. I told Bruce not to get hurt because I don’t spend much time talking to people on the phone anyway because I don’t like talking on the phone. I said, ‘Bruce, I won’t call you much.'” I don’t think it’s because I don’t love you. I do. I just don’t contact people in general. I especially don’t call someone like you, because I know the kind of hours you work and the pressure you’re under. I remember because when I was there last time, for four months or so.
“When that phone rings, it’s like, ‘Oh f-k. What now. Gosh. Is it Vince? You should sleep with the phone next to the bed because Vince might call you at 3 AM with a vague question and you have to get an answer to it. I told Bruce that that’s why I’d leave him alone and whenever he was in the mood to talk he could call me.
‘Anyway, he called me, and I think it’s two days before Christmas and he just called me to wish me Merry Christmas. He said, Oh Eric! So.’ And I knew as soon as he said “So.” “I can tell in the tone of it that something is coming.” “Do you think you can make television on Monday?” And this was Thursday afternoon. I said, “Well, first, where is he?” Because if it was a West Coast trip, I wouldn’t be able to make it. No, it’s in Detroit! your hometown!’ I say I can do it, and I ask, “What is it?” “Well, why don’t you get yourself a pastel-colored suit and expect to be rubbish. There’s going to be a wedding. That’s all he said to me. No details. Not from and not nothing.”
This particular RAW had several high-profile talent behind the scenes absent, including WWE President Vince McMahon and Executive Producer Kevin Dunn and Pritchard himself.
I arrived in Detroit this morning [of RAW]. I left early from Tampa. “I didn’t know Bruce wouldn’t even be on TV until 4pm,” Eric Bischoff said. “I know enough for the last 30 years. When TV day comes around, it’s busy like f-k. It’s just stressful, it’s busy, and I’m not the one who wants to walk around and say hi to everyone and make sure everyone knows I’m here. I headed straight out of the car.” who drove me to the dressing room and I stayed in. I knew that when Bruce finished or when Vince was done with all they had to do, they would come and take me.
It was about 4:30 and I hadn’t heard anything about Bruce yet. I thought he was busy. Finally, Ryan Ward, one of the writers, came over. Ryan is a good guy. He says, ‘Hey, just so you know Bruce isn’t here tonight. He’s not Alright. I go, “Okay, okay, where’s Vince?” “He’s not here either.” I said I was going to go to the van and say hi to Kevin. [Dunn]. Kevin is not here either. Well Well! Let’s do this thing! “
Regardless of the short cast, Eric Bischoff confirmed that he enjoyed returning to the WWE locker room.
“I had fun. I should hang out with Edge for a bit, and have a great conversation,” Bischoff said. “Kevin Owens, I dig Kevin. We keep in touch through social media. I enjoyed doing it.”
Speaking specifically for this segment, Eric Bischoff praised The Miz and Maryse for being “absolutely on top of the game” on the mic.
“I have to say, I’ve never done anything with Miz before. He’s never worked with him in any way or shape. I’ve worked with him and Mary on this, and they’re really, really good,” Bischoff said. “When you get the chance to work with someone on the Miz-quality mic, and Maryse is really good too, it’s so much fun. It’s so noticeable. There’s a huge difference between someone who absolutely tops the game when it comes to dialogue and performance in this kind of scenario and someone who isn’t on Familiar with him. There’s a reason Miz has been there as long as he’s been at the level that he is. He’s a really, really good performer.”
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