Shawn Michaels

Eric Bischoff Explains Why He Never Wanted To Bring Shawn Michaels Into WCW Or nWo

WCW never had interest in bringing in “The Heartbreak Kid.”

That is, according to the longtime former WCW Executive Vice President himself.

Eric Bischoff spoke about WCW never having interest in bringing in WWE Hall of Fame legend Shawn Michaels, despite rumors to the contrary, during a recent installment of his 83 Weeks podcast.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the show where he touches on this particular topic.

On WCW never having interest in bringing in Shawn Michaels: “He was a basket case. Nobody in their right mind would want to bring that, especially to WCW. I have all the respect in the world for Shawn Michaels today, but I wouldn’t want him anywhere near me or my roster back at this point. He had issues man, he’s talked about them, he’s written books about it, he’s very transparent about it. Yeah, he was great but especially because we brought Scott [Hall] and Kevin [Nash] in [to WCW]. I was even more convinced that I didn’t want Shawn anywhere near WCW once Scott and Kevin came in. I mean it was hard enough as it was, could you imagine bringing in Shawn Michaels before he cleared himself up and got his head straight and he found god, found his religion and really cleaned his act up. But prior to that point? Nah, I don’t care how good he was.”

On why “The Heartbreak Kid” would have never fit into the nWo faction: “It would not have occurred to me because Shawn had never been in WCW. The idea wouldn’t have come together in my own mind initially, before I even talked to Scott or Kevin seriously when I knew I was going to be having conversations with Scott or Kevin, that was the premise, that was the idea, that was the catalyst that became nWo for me. I don’t think the idea would have popped into my head if it was Shawn. If Scott and Kevin weren’t there and Shawn would’ve been available, I don’t think the risk of bringing Shawn in would’ve been quite as high because Scott and Kevin wouldn’t have been [in WCW]. I may have considered that, but I can tell you that I don’t think the idea would’ve percolated in my skull for anybody other than Scott and Kevin.”

Check out the complete episode of the 83 Weeks podcast with Eric Bischoff by visiting H/T to Wrestling Inc for transcribing the above quotes.


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