In a recent episode of the "Eric Bischoff: Locked and Loaded" podcast, WWE Hall of Famer and former Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff took a trip down memory lane, shedding light on a moment in which he legitimately injured himself on live television.
This rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of WWE offers fans a perspective that transcends kayfabe. The segment in question dates back to 2003, when Bischoff was chokeslammed off the stage by WWE superstar Kane. Although he's not a trained wrestler, Bischoff was willing to take calculated physical risks for the show's entertainment value.
"I'm not that durable," he confessed, "but I'm durable enough to do it once. Whatever happens, happens, and I'll be good to go for TV in a week or two at the worst."
Opting to forgo rehearsals, Bischoff was confident that his experience and intuition would see him through the stunt safely.
However, a last-minute change in his body positioning proved to be a costly mistake. "I made the error of reaching back to determine how I was going to land," he recounted. This split-second decision led him to land on his thumb, breaking it in the process.
Notably, Bischoff doesn't consider this injury to be the result of another performer's actions but rather his own misjudgment. "That was me doing something to myself, so technically, I have yet to be injured by another performer," he clarified, adding humorously, "I think the score is actually never happened." Despite the physical toll, Bischoff appeared unphased by the incident, even as he discussed other career regrets on the podcast, particularly in relation to wrestling legend Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
For fans and industry professionals alike, these candid revelations from Bischoff serve as a cautionary tale. It also underscores the unpredictable nature of live television, where even seasoned veterans can become casualties in the quest for compelling entertainment.