WWE Legend Eric Bischoff Discusses Hulk Hogan Creative Clout in WCW

Eric Bischoff on Hogan's WCW role and impact.

by Noman Rasool
WWE Legend Eric Bischoff Discusses Hulk Hogan Creative Clout in WCW
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WCW's death is still very debated, not helped by the fact that the "Who Killed WCW?" docuseries just threw gasoline on that fire. At the same time, there have been a million answers, the series hasn't come up with an honest answer yet.

Some point to the immense creative control afforded the top stars, and WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff touched on this recently during his "83 Weeks" podcast particularly, how much creative control Hulk Hogan had. He reflected on the early days of Hogan's tenure in WCW, as far back as 1994.

WCW was really in wrong hands then and was lacking any form of effective leadership or direction. "There had never been any successful leadership or direction in WCW until the point in time when Hulk Hogan signed to become a part of the company," Bischoff said, pointing out just how things were before Hogan came along.

Hulk Hogan's Contract Caution

As it happens, Hogan and Bischoff didn't know each other then, so Hogan wanted to take a tough line when negotiating his deal. Bischoff noted WCW management's dangerous nature in the early '90s.

According to him, any commitment to the promotion's leadership at that time would have been equivalent to "career suicide." He added, "He didn't want to have career suicide; he had value in the Hulk Hogan brand, and he wanted to protect it." Bischoff confirmed he had indeed given Hogan creative control at the time he had come to WCW.

He acknowledges that Hogan was being conscientious because he was massive outside of wrestling. "Nobody in their right mind who had value as a character, and brand, and was doing business outside of wrestling. Why would you ever expect that person not to protect that brand?" Bischoff argued.

This insight into Hogan's dealings and his eventual influence on WCW operations details the complicated situations that could be inside a wrestling promotion. The argument over whether WCW should have been allowed to shut down or not continues, but it is perspectives like these from Bischoff that give one a clearer view of the internal power struggles that had taken place within the late promotion in its final days.

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