This week on 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson, the guys discuss early 1993 WCW, and SuperBrawl III! Discussions include all the matches on the card, as well as Bill Watts and his exit from WCW, and the story behind Smoky Mountain Wrestling and Jim Cornette’s invasion with The Heavenly Bodies! Plus talk about Sting, Big Van Vader, Cactus Jack, The Rock N Roll Express, Dustin Rhodes, The Great Muta, Chris Benoit, Davey Boy Smith, Paul Orndorff, and more!
Since 1984 every wrestling promoter has tried to best Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation unsuccessfully… except one, Eric Bischoff. Eric beat Vince McMahon’s Monday Night RAW head-to-head in Monday Night Wars 83 consecutive times. 83 Weeks will take a deep dive into the highs and lows of Eric Bischoff’s unparalleled successes in the wrestling business.
On this week’s 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson, the NWO PPV Souled Out ’97 is the topic of discussion! How did the idea come about? Who came up with the look for the show? Why garbage trucks? The Ms. NWO contest! Plus all news and rumors from the time period are discussed, and each match on the card is analyzed, including matches featuring Hulk Hogan, The Giant, The Outsiders, The Steiner Bros., Chris Jericho, Masa Chono, Eddie Guerrero and more!
On this week’s 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson, the life, career, and legacy of Mean Gene Okerlund is discussed. Everything from Eric’s earliest memories of Gene, to bringing him to WCW, the WCW Hotline, The Mean Gene Burger, his relationship with Hulk Hogan, and so much more!
On this week’s 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson, Starrcade ’95 and WCW vs. NJPW and The World Cup Of Wrestling is on the menu! Hear all about the WCW and New Japan relationship, how this card was set up, how much politics were involved in the match results, and what did Eric hope to accomplish? Hear all about Eric’s thoughts on Jushin Liger and his match with Chris Benoit, Lex Luger vs. Masahiro Chono, and the Triangle Match between Ric Flair, Sting…
On this week’s 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson, they delve deep in late 1994 WCW, and that year’s Starrcade, featuring a WCW World Heavyweight Championship Main Event between Hulk Hogan and… Ed “Brutus Beefcake/The Butcher” Leslie! Conrad’s been waiting to take Eric to task for this match
On this week’s 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson, they follow last week’s controversial episode by talking about a show that may have had an even MORE controversial ending! Hear all about the ending of Goldberg’s streak by Kevin Nash, why and how that came about, why Nash was chosen for the spot, where Hogan fit in and more! Plus talk about Bischoff’s match against Ric Flair, the heart attack angle that preceded it, and Eric kissing Ric’s then wife! Also, talk about Billy Kidman and the WCW Cruiserweight Division, Perry Saturn, Konnan vs. Chris Jericho, DDP vs. The Giant, contracts expiring around that time in WCW, The Sandman joining the company, and Scott Steiner and Scott Hall’s vehicular incidents!
On this week’s 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson, they cover one of the most successful and controversial events in WCW history, Starrcade ’97! Enjoy this sometimes heated discussion, and hear the stories surrounding this event, including addressing and squashing the rumors behind the Hulk Hogan-Sting finish, what
Join Eric and Conrad this week as they delve deep into the subject of WCW Starrcade ’96! What was the story behind the Hollywood Hogan-Roddy Piper main event, and why did it wind up being non-title? What did Eric think of Lex Luger’s performance in the semi-main against The Giant? At this point in late 1996, what were his thoughts on his pal Diamond Dallas Page’s career, and what about Eddie Guerrero, who’d been with the company for over a year?…
On this week’s 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson, Eric delves deep into his entrance into the pro wrestling business, with Verne Gagne’s AWA! Eric talks about his earliest introduction to the Gagne family and the AWA, the investment and promotional opportunity that led him to calling Verne on the phone, the day he was caught by surprise and asked to act as the backstage interviewer, promoting AWA shows, working with AWA talents like Greg Gagne, The Midnight Rockers, Curt Hennig, Larry Zbyszko, Scott Hall, and more, plus the guys cover the newest WWE Network Hidden Gem sensation, The AWA Team Challenge Series pilot!
On this week’s 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson, they discuss Eric’s first year with the WWE, as Raw General Manager! Topics discussed include working with Vince McMahon, Stephanie, Triple H, John Cena, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, The Undertaker, Randy Orton, The Big Show, and more!
On this week’s 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson, they discuss Eric’s surprise debut on WWE Monday Night Raw, in July 2002! Hear about what Eric was up to in between the close of WCW and his WWE run, including TV projects, and even some MatRats talk! How did Eric wind up in WWE, who contacted him, why wasn’t he involved in the Invasion angle, how did the concept of his debut take shape, what were some of the reactions he saw around him, and how did he feel his first appearance went? All this and so much more!
On this week’s 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson, Eric and Conrad hit up the listener mailbag! Check out Easy E’s answers on a variety of topics, including dream booking committees, what is a “dingleberry,” did he really watch ECW, an answer to Vince Russo, how was it kissing Linda McMahon, and so much more!
This week on 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff, Eric and Conrad are ready for Halloween, as they travel back in time to Halloween Havoc ’95….and the Yeti! How in the heck did a 7 foot tall man dressed as a Mummy but named after the Abominable Snowman make air in the main event of a WCW PPV? Whose idea was it to push The Giant off the top of a building?…
This week on 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff, Eric and Conrad discuss the WCW run of 3 time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, VADER! Hear all about Eric’s early experiences with Vader, how their working relationship evolved, the name “Big Van Vader” and New Japan Pro Wrestling. and Eric’s memories of Vader working with Cactus Jack, Harley Race, Ric Flair, Davey Boy Smith, Sting, Hulk Hogan, Ole Anderson, Ricky Steamboat, and more, PLUS Eric’s take on Vader’s infamous exit from WCW and his legacy in the wrestling business!
Eric and Conrad travel back twenty years to WCW Halloween Havoc ’98! From the opening match between Chris Jericho and Raven, to the WCW World Title main event between Goldberg and Diamond Dallas Page, they leave no stone unturned! What did Eric think of the beginning of Raven’s “spoiled rich kid” angle? Disco Inferno in TWO matches on the card?!…
How did WWE Icon “Rowdy” Roddy Piper wind up working for the competition? Was there any difficulty setting up the matches against long time rival Hulk Hogan? What is the true story behind the locker room argument and incident between Roddy and Kevin Nash? What were the dynamics like between Roddy and his close friend Ric Flair? What was the story behind the boxing match with Buff Bagwell? All this and more as Eric and Conrad go over WWE Hall Of Famer Roddy Piper’s WCW run!
It’s WCW Monday Nitro, it’s live from the Nassau Coliseum, and Vince Russo is in a main event Caged Heat Match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship! Join Eric and Conrad as they watch the show live, and give their thoughts on Russo, The ICP, Lance Storm, Mark Madden, Pamela Paulshock, Mike Awesome, Disco Inferno, Konnan, The Nitro Grill, Goldberg, Jeff Jarrett, Hugh G. Rection, Big Vito, Booker T, gimmick matches, Sting, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, The Natural Born Thrillers, and so much more!
When and where did Ric and Eric first meet? When did the “heat” between them really begin? Did Ric try to hold up Eric for a new contract in 1994? What problems existed in 1995? What moment can Eric point to in 1996 when he thinks things started to really fall apart? What was the truth about Ric’s contract in 1998?…