The noise around Vince McMahon and his decision to leave the WWE as CEO and Chairman has been going on for a long time. The reason for his decision is the affair with someone from the WWE, to whom he gave $3 million to keep quiet about everything.
Eric Bischoff commented on the whole situation: “I was dumbfounded, shocked, I can’t imagine anybody felt any differently,” Bischoff said, as quoted by Wrestling Inc. “It’s a day that I never thought, even though it appears to be very temporary, it’s not a permanent situation, at least that’s not the way it’s been presented or the way I’ve read it.
Nonetheless, it’s a big damn deal and it did shock me. Eric Bischoff laments the many people who have found themselves in this whole story, and who might have a problem in the end. “I feel bad for a lot of people, I still have a lot of friends in WWE that I do care about a lot, and regardless of how this ends up, it’s going to adversely affect a lot of people.
How do you feel anything other than bad for people that you know and have affection for that are having to go through this? I feel bad for Bruce [Prichard]. I sent Bruce a text [during Friday Night SmackDown] going ‘Brother, what a hell of a ride.’ To be sitting in that seat and to be there, in the eye of that frickin hurricane, I feel for a lot of people”.
Eric Bischoff on Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon wanted to go with style and appeared on Friday Night SmackDown. His charisma and energy are still there, although it is questionable whether that is really the case, or if he is acting well.
“When I watched it, I watched it a couple of times because I wanted to try and get a feel for Vince,” Bischoff said. “I don’t want to pretend like I know Vince, because I don’t and I’m not sure how many people really do, to be honest.
But I was trying to read him and Vince is really hard to read. After I watched it a couple of times, I thought maybe he is taking this one last opportunity just in case because he’s not really sure how this is going to end up.
If this was his goodbye, that was a good one”. “I’m going to say it, I’m going to be controversial, who gives a sh*t right at this stage in my life,” Eric Bischoff said. I hope this is a major problem that WWE and Vince McMahon will be able to overcome and move on [from]. However, whatever the outcome will be”.