Eric Bischoff On Why Buff Bagwell Didn’t Get A WCW Main Event Push, “He Just Didn’t Have The Chops For It”



The latest episode of former WCW President Eric Bischoff’s podcast Bischoff on Wrestling was released this past Wednesday and featured WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross as his guest.

You can find Eric’s response to a fan submitted question transcribed below. If you have a question you would like to ask Eric or his guest Sean “X-Pac” Waltman this Wednesday use the hashtag #BischoffOnWrestling on Twitter.

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EB: He just didn’t have the chops for it, you know? It’s the same reason there are a lot of character actors out there that we’ve seen in a hundred different movies and we recognize them as great supporting cast members. They have great careers. They make a lot of money but they are never that leading character. It takes a lot to be that main event star or be that leading man or leading woman in the feature film industry or a television series. It’s the same way in sports entertainment. Not everybody that has great skills and makes a great supporting cast member has what it takes to be a main eventer or the leading character. Often times in sports entertainment because it’s got such a vocal and avid fan base of people that love the business. They are more interested in what is going on behind the scenes and the politics than they are about what’s going on on the screen in many cases. Every time I hear, “So and so DESERVES a chance to be in the main event.” You know, bullshit. Nobody deserves anything. You earn it. You earn it based off your talent, based off box office, based on your ability to convince people whose lives depend on whether they make the right decision or wrong decision. You deserve it based on your ability to convince them that you do and not everybody can. I wanna smack somebody in the head every time I hear somebody say, “So and so DESERVES a shot!”

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A new episode of Bischoff on Wrestling is released every Wednesday night. Next week’s episode features the return of Sean “X-Pac” Waltman to the show. This will be a special two part episode with the first part airing on Waltman’s podcast and the second half airing Bischoff’s next Wednesday.

Related: Eric Bischoff To Sean Waltman, “Why Did I Fire You?”

This week’s episode of Bischoff on Wrestling starts with Eric talking about his friend Kurt Angle being announced for the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame.

Eric also takes a moment to discuss a couple of the other top news stories of the week in his “Business of Pro Wrestling” segment including:

  • The passing of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
  • The road to the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania
  • Vince McMahon reportedly wanting Undertaker to work with a younger star at WrestleMania
  • More…

Eric then welcomes his guest for the week WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross! Ross speaks candidly to Eric about:

  • Reinventing himself since leaving WWE
  • Why he left WCW
  • His venture in to BBQ Sauce and Eric’s venture in to the craft beer markets
  • Why he enjoys his current schedule
  • Getting to do commentary for Wrestle Kingdom 11
  • World of Sports future
  • Working on his autobiography
  • WWE’s global expansion
  • Kenny Omega’s NJPW status and whether he thinks he will wind up in WWE
  • Who his One Bad Cat is
  • Something about him you don’t know
  • More…

Eric then closes the show by answering some fan questions from the #BischoffOnWrestling mailbag.

You can listen to the full archives from Bischoff on Wrestling in the embedded audio player below: