Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff Reveals How DDP Won Over Locker Room During His WCW Run

Fresh off of his appearance as a member of the media for his “83 Weeks” podcast during The Inner Circle Press Conference segment on this week’s AEW Dynamite: The Crossroads “go-home” show for the AEW Revolution 2021 pay-per-view, Eric Bischoff’s show is in the headlines again.

On a recent episode of his “83 Weeks” podcast, the former WCW Executive Vice President spoke at length about the longstanding rumors regarding a secret relationship between himself and Kimberly Page, the wife of pro wrestling legend and his longtime friend Diamond Dallas Page.

Additionally, the former WCW boss-man explained how DDP eventually gained the respect of the locker room in WCW back in the day during the same episode of the podcast.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the “83 Weeks” episode where Eric Bischoff touches on the aforementioned topics.

On the rumors of a relationship between he and Kimberly Page, the wife of wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page, being untrue, as they did not even get along: “I happen to know who started the rumor, and I’m not gonna mention the individual’s name because it doesn’t really matter anymore. But one individual decided to spread the rumor that there was some open relationship between myself, Mrs. B, Diamond Dallas Page, and Kimberly. Nothing could be further from the truth. In real life, in 1996 and 1997, let’s just set aside the fact that I would’ve never participated in that for a whole lot of reasons. But one of those reasons is the fact that Kimberly and I did not get along at all. There were more than one occasions socially where if I was over Page’s house having beers and Kimberly happened to be there, it would get so uncomfortable that I would have to leave. We just didn’t get along, and I’m not exactly sure why. But whenever we were together socially, it wasn’t awkward, but it was uncomfortable. She didn’t like being around me, and I didn’t particularly like being around her. I don’t know what it was, but it just was not good. That changed as time went on, and it was a lot easier for us to be around each other. Like I said, I know who spread that rumor, and I guess the wiser and more enlightened version of myself understands why. Whatever.”

On how Diamond Dallas Page earned the respect of the WCW locker room: “You know what Page also had by this time? He had a lot of respect. A lot of the same people that were like, ‘The only reason he’s got this gig is because he’s Bischoff’s neighbor,’ there was a lot of that. I can understand that too because if you didn’t know me really well and you didn’t know Page really well, from a distance, the optics would make it look like here were two guys who were buddies, and Page actually helped Bischoff get the job in WCW, and here’s Bischoff returning the favor. What they didn’t know was Page was working his ass off in his own time to try to create those opportunities. What they also didn’t realize, and Page will tell you this if you set down and talk with him – I was tougher on Page than I was anyone else on the roster because he was my friend. Just like I would be with my own son or own daughter. I knew that he had to overcome his relationship with me. It wasn’t an asset, it was a liability for Page. He had to work twice as hard to get it. By 1997, Page had overcome a lot of that and actually had a fair amount of respect from all the boys.”

Check out the complete episode of the 83 Weeks podcast at H/T to 411 Mania for transcribing the above podcast quotes.


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