Eric Bischoff Responds to Larry Zbyszko Claim of Inventing NWO

Inside WCW, priorities and narratives often diverged.

by Atia Mukhtar
Eric Bischoff Responds to Larry Zbyszko Claim of Inventing NWO
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In the ever-evolving narrative surrounding the creation of wrestling's New World Order (nWo), while most recognize Eric Bischoff as the primary architect, there's one outspoken voice that begs to differ: WWE Hall of Famer Larry Zbyszko.

Previously, Zbyszko has alluded to being instrumental in the initial concepts of the nWo. More recently, he went a step further, declaring himself the mastermind behind the iconic group. In response, during a recent segment on his popular podcast "83 Weeks," Eric Bischoff addressed Zbyszko's bold assertions.

Despite clarifying the record, Bischoff's response was seasoned with affection and respect for the wrestling veteran. "Larry is someone I deeply respect and have many fond memories of – whether it's working together or our shared experiences with flying airplanes," began Bischoff.

"Yet, claiming he was pivotal in the nWo's creation is far from accurate."

Zbyszko's Ring Focus

Eric emphasized that Zbyszko, during their time at WCW, was more engrossed in rekindling his wrestling career than in content creation.

"Larry was often pitching ideas, primarily centered on him re-entering the ring. His main priority was his in-ring performance," said Bischoff. While firmly refuting Zbyszko's overarching claim, Bischoff did acknowledge a kernel of truth.

During a "WCW Monday Nitro" broadcast, Zbyszko's commentary included a mention of the "New World Order." "Larry's offhand remark on 'Nitro' did resonate with me. It became the nWo's namesake," Bischoff conceded. "But implying a pivotal role in the nWo's storyline or its intricate workings? Larry was out of that loop.

I maintained the nWo's storyline close to my chest. Not even my wife was privy to it." This debate underscores the intricate tapestry of professional wrestling, where facts often blur with fiction, creating a compelling narrative both inside and outside the ring.

As this story unfolds, wrestling enthusiasts and SEO-focused platforms like MSN and Google News will be eagerly awaiting the next chapter.

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