Eric Bischoff revealed on the most recent edition of “83 Weeks” why he never tried to sign Shawn Michael or The Undertaker to join WCW during the Monday Night Wars.
Below are the highlights:
On Shawn Michaels:
I never got into the talking stage with either one of them. Never had a syllable of conversation with either one of them, and that’s really interesting. Shawn, not so much. I knew Shawn had a history. Shawn had a reputation, and I think he will admit — Shawn will admit — that he was not the easiest person to be in business with back during this period, and I knew that very well. And by this point, both Scott [Hall] and Kevin [Nash] were very, to say a handful, would be an understatement. And I had no — No. 1, I didn’t need him. We were top talent heavy by ’97 and ’98, so there was no real need to bring in somebody at Shawn’s level, especially with Bret Hart coming in the near future. And even if we did need somebody, bringing in somebody with Shawn Michaels’ history back at this point was not something I was interested in doing.
On The Undertaker:
The Undertaker, I just knew — well, I didn’t know, I should say. I had heard and respected the fact that he was extremely loyal to Vince [McMahon], and there would no way he would even entertain coming to WCW. So, I just never made the effort to even try to reach out to them. What’s really interesting, I think now, when I see Undertaker — I saw him when we were together in the UK several months ago before I came to WWE, we hung out together, and we don’t have any history, but we get along almost like we did or we do. I think I just have so much respect for the guy, not only for what he’s accomplished over the years, but he was one of the guys that never reached out to me, never had an agent, or a surrogate so to speak reach out to me on his behalf. He was loyal to WWE or WWF at the time, and you know, he stayed loyal and never reached out to try and improve his position financially. And I gotta respect a guy like that. And I enjoy his company to this day. I don’t spend a lot of time with him, but the little bit of time that I do, he’s one of the guys that I really like to hang out with and hear stories from.