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Eric Bischoff speaks about Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart

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On this week’s episode of his 83 Weeks podcast, Pro Wrestling personality Eric Bischoff spoke about a variety of topics, including Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart and Shawn Michaels.


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When asked about the time when Shawn Michaels became available to get signed by WCW, Bischoff mentioned that he had zero interest in signing the man who would become “Mr Wrestlemania” in the future.

“Shawn had a reputation as being difficult to work with and a little bit like Chris Jericho: a prima donna. When you reach a certain level of success, there’s a tendency to become prima donna-esc and I think that was Shawn Michaels reputation. I don’t remember anybody even suggesting for a minute to bring Shawn in,” Bischoff commented.

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“I like Shawn Michaels. We get along just fine and I have a ton of respect for him. I think Shawn would say during this period of time he was distracted by bad habits and probably wasn’t at the top of his game mentally or emotionally. WCW in 1993 didn’t have a lot of cash laying around. WCW was broken in 1993, we were coming off of a lot of transitions and I hadn’t gotten my feet underneath me yet. There was nobody that was willing to throw a lot of money at anybody at that point,” he added.

Bischoff Says Hart Cannot Have A Conversation Without Burying Someone

While Bischoff likes HBK, he cannot say the same about Bret Hart, whom he sees as a negative person.

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Speaking about the time when Hart termed WCW wrestlers “drug users”, he said: “Typical of Bret Hart then and now. If Bret doesn’t have somebody to bury, criticize or blame, he can’t really have much of a conversation. It didn’t resonate with me. I think partially because I don’t know, WWE, Vince McMahon, federal court, indicted, drug distribution?”

“I think Bret was probably trying to clear the smoke in his own room and creating it in somebody else’s. That’s just Bret. I don’t mean to say anything bad about anybody, but Bret tends to be a whiny bit*h. It is what it is,” Bischoff added.

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