Eric Bischoff Calls DX “A Derivative Of The nWo”, Claims He Inspired Mr McMahon Character

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff has made some bold claims about WWE during the time he was running WCW against the company, including that the Mr McMahon character was just a ripoff of himself and that DX spawned from the nWo.

Speaking on his 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff recently discussed what element of his time as WCW President made him the proudest.

It used to bug me a little bit but I’m over it. It’s just another example of the things that WCW did first and did better that eventually, the WWE had to follow our pattern. Somebody asked me very recently what am I most proud of in regard to my career? That’s a hard question, but at the core of it, I would say it’s because I forced WWE and Vince McMahon to change the way that they did business.

Anybody that knows Vince McMahon or worked for Vince McMahon knows that’s not an easy thing to accomplish. Not only did I get Vince McMahon to sell and to react when everybody told me for so long ‘Vince will never sell anything, Vince will never acknowledge the competition, it’s not the way Vince McMahon does business.’

Well, it wasn’t the way Vince McMahon did business until I forced him to change and I’m proud of that because it made WWE a better place, a stronger company, a more successful product and the audience benefited as a result.

Eric Bischoff went on to discuss his character on WCW television, and reminded people that he became a villain boss when he joined the nWo more than a year before the Mr McMahon character did similar and waged war on ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.

That’s why you saw Vince McMahon become the evil boss that I had done a year sooner, that’s why you saw DX in the Attitude Era that was nothing more than a derivative of the nWo. Forced him to go live every week, all of those things were things that I did and I was almost solely, in many respects, responsible for.

Eric Bischoff would end up working for WWE, and was made General Manager by Vince McMahon himself. He also spoke recently of a time during this tenure he had to tell the WWE Chairman that a segment “made no sense”.

With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.

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