Eric Aaron Bischoff was born on 27th May 1955 in Detroit, Michigan and is an entrepreneur, professional wrestling booker and television producer. Best known for serving as the Executive Producer and later the President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and after that the General Manager of WWE’s RAW brand.
Eric has also worked with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as Executive Producer on Impact Wrestling. Having an amateur background in Taekwondo he has performed as an in-ring competitor
and is a former WCW Hardcore Champion. Eric began working in wrestling for American Wrestling Association (AWA) in 1987.In 1989 he became an on-air interviewer and host of the AWA until the company folded in 1991. During the demise of the company he auditioned for an announcers’ job with the WWF but wasn’t hired at that time. In 1991 he joined WCW as a C-Show announcer and made his debut at the Great American Bash. In 1993 after WCW President Bill Watts resignation he went to TBS executive Bill Shaw and WCW Vice President Bob Dhue to apply for the Executive Producer job and was successful.
In 1994 he was promoted to Executive Vice President which put him in charge of everything in WCW, by 1997 he had become President of WCW. His last on-screen appearance was at the Bash at the Beach 2000 pay-per-view (PPV) in July 2000.
On 11th January 2001 Eric’s offer to buy WCW was accepted but the new head of Turner Broadcasting then cancelled all WCW programming from its TV networks which rendered the sale pointless. In the end the company’s key assets such as tape library, trademarks and selected contracts were bought by the WWF in March 2001.
In 2002 Eric was hired by WWE (formerly WWF) as the General Manager of RAW. He made his debut as RAWs General Manager on 15th July’s episode of RAW. He is the 2nd place of longest reigns as General Manager in WWE history with a total of 3 years. On 25th September 2006 Eric appeared on WWE for the first time in almost a year. After being brought to the ring he began to promote his new book “Controversy Creates Ca$h”. During his segment he stated, “without Monday Nitro there would be no Monday Night RAW… without the nWo there would be no DX… and without Eric Aaron Bischoff there would be no Vincent Kennedy McMahon”. After this statement he was escorted from the arena by security after his microphone was switched off.He made his last contracted appearance with WWE on RAW for its 15th Anniversary Special on 10th December 2007.
In October 2009 Eric helped to negotiate a deal among TNA, Hulk Hogan and himself. He premiered on 4th January 2010 alongside Hogan on TNA Impact! As part of an alliance to take over and rebuild the franchise. He was also given the role of TNA Executive Producer.In October 2013 he was told by TNA to stay at home to sit out the rest of his contract which expired in early 2014.
In 2016 WWE released a DVD about Eric with clips of the documentary airing on the WWE Network. On 21st March 2017 he was announced to induct Diamond Dallas Page into the WWE Hall of Fame on 31st March. On the 22nd January 2018 episode he made a guest appearance on the show along with other former General Managers of RAW.