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83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff Podcast

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Since 1984 every wrestling promoter has tried to best Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation unsuccessfully... except one, Eric Bischoff. Eric got his foot in the door with Ted Turner's organization as a "C-Team Announcer" and a few short years later, he was President of World Championship Wrestling. Eric signed Hulk Hogan, turned a profit for the company for the very first time, started Monday Night Nitro, created the nWo, and beat Vince McMahon's Monday Night RAW head-to-head in Monday Night Wars 83 consecutive times. 83 Weeks will take a deep dive into the highs and lows of Eric Bischoff's unparalleled successes in the wrestling business. Join Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson as they explore a new topic every Monday morning at 6AM Eastern!

Since 1984 every wrestling promoter has tried to best Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation unsuccessfully... except one, Eric Bischoff. Eric got his foot in the door with Ted Turner's organization as a "C-Team Announcer" and a few short years later, he was President of World Championship Wrestling. Eric signed Hulk Hogan, turned a profit for the company for the very first time, started Monday Night Nitro, created the nWo, and beat Vince McMahon's Monday Night RAW head-to-head in Monday Night Wars 83 consecutive times. 83 Weeks will take a deep dive into the highs and lows of Eric Bischoff's unparalleled successes in the wrestling business. Join Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson as they explore a new topic every Monday morning at 6AM Eastern!
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Since 1984 every wrestling promoter has tried to best Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation unsuccessfully... except one, Eric Bischoff. Eric got his foot in the door with Ted Turner's organization as a "C-Team Announcer" and a few short years later, he was President of World Championship Wrestling. Eric signed Hulk Hogan, turned a profit for the company for the very first time, started Monday Night Nitro, created the nWo, and beat Vince McMahon's Monday Night RAW head-to-head in Monday Night Wars 83 consecutive times. 83 Weeks will take a deep dive into the highs and lows of Eric Bischoff's unparalleled successes in the wrestling business. Join Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson as they explore a new topic every Monday morning at 6AM Eastern!

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Episodes

The Giant in WCW

10/15/2018
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This week on 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff, Eric and Conrad discuss the WCW run of "The Giant" Paul Wight, also known as "The Big Show" in WWE. Hear about Paul's early days in wrestling, how he was discovered by Hulk Hogan, the WCW Power Plant, The Dungeon Of Doom, the infamous Cobo Hall angle, becoming WCW Champion, working with Hogan both in the ring and out, joining the NWO in 1996, his unfocused babyface and heel turns, smoking on the way to the ring, teaming with Lex Luger and Scott Hall,...

Duration:01:59:46

Halloween Havoc '98

10/8/2018
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Eric and Conrad travel back twenty years to WCW Halloween Havoc '98! From the opening match between Chris Jericho and Raven, to the WCW World Title main event between Goldberg and Diamond Dallas Page, they leave no stone unturned! What did Eric think of the beginning of Raven's "spoiled rich kid" angle? Disco Inferno in TWO matches on the card?! Who did Lodi replace in his match with Perry Saturn? What was with the Steiner Bros. calamity? And what about the infamous Hogan-Warrior rematch? Is...

Duration:01:49:35

Rowdy Roddy Piper in WCW

10/1/2018
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How did WWE Icon "Rowdy" Roddy Piper wind up working for the competition? Was there any difficulty setting up the matches against long time rival Hulk Hogan? What is the true story behind the locker room argument and incident between Roddy and Kevin Nash? What were the dynamics like between Roddy and his close friend Ric Flair? What was the story behing the boxing match with Buff Bagwell? All this and more as Eric and Conrad go over WWE Hall Of Famer Roddy Piper's WCW run! Support us on...

Duration:02:26:12

Nitro: September 25, 2000

9/24/2018
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It's WCW Monday Nitro, it's live from the Nassau Colliseum, and Vince Russo is in a main event Caged Heat Match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship! Join Eric and Conrad as they watch the show live, and give their thoughts on Russo, The ICP, Lance Storm, Mark Madden, Pamela Paulshock, Mike Awesome, Disco Inferno, Konnan, The Nitro Grill, Goldberg, Jeff Jarrett, Hugh G. Rection, Big Vito, Booker T, gimmick matches, Sting, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, The Natural Born Thrillers, and so...

Duration:01:42:41

Bischoff vs. Flair

9/17/2018
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When and where did Ric and Eric first meet? When did the "heat" between them really begin? Did Ric try to hold up Eric for a new contract in 1994? What problems existed in 1995? What moment can Eric point to in 1996 when he thinks things started to really fall apart? What was the truth about Ric's contract in 1998? What about the private plane costs Ric wrote about in his book? What can't Eric defend today? Did the infamous "locker room meeting" really take place? Why did Eric bury Ric on...

Duration:02:11:55

Fall Brawl 1998 (Warrior in WCW)

9/10/2018
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Why did Janie Engle quit? What happened with Nick Lambros? Why was the concept of War Games changed? What did Eric regret most about this show and feel the need to apologize for? Why was Stevie Ray in the main event? Plus Eric's thoughts on what could have been better about Jericho's segment, the best Steiner promo Eric remembers, what was going on with Scott Hall, and of course the good, the bad, and the ugly about the debut of the Warrior in WCW! Support us on Patreon for even more...

Duration:02:02:11

The First WCW Monday Nitro

9/3/2018
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Join Eric and Conrad fresh from Starrcast weekend as they live watch the first ever WCW Monday Nitro! They go back to September 1995 and talk about Jushin Liger vs. Brian Pillman, filming the Nitro open, Flair vs. Sting, Hogan vs. Big Bubba Rogers, The Mall Of America and so much more! Support us on Patreon for even more content from Eric & Conrad for just $9! Patreon.com/83Weeks Buy a shirt and get a call from Eric: www.EricBischoff.com Find tons of new merch at...

Duration:00:58:19

Sting's 1996

8/26/2018
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On this week's episode of 83 Weeks, Eric and Conrad go over the whole of Sting's 1996 in WCW. Teaming with Lex Luger, working with The Road Warriors, Booker T, Lord Steven Regal and more! Also, the arrival of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, and all about the beginnings of Sting's "Crow" character plus much much more! Want FRONT ROW seats to ALL IN? Pre-Order Starrcast on FITE for your chance to win the tickets, round trip airfare to Chicago, three nights in a hotel suite, Platinum Bracelets to...

Duration:01:51:02

The Last WCW Monday Nitro

8/19/2018
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Until this watch-a-long with Conrad, Eric Bischoff had never watched the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro. Join Conrad and Eric to go through this huge night in wrestling history, including talk about the sale to WWE, Scott Steiner, Booker T, Sting, Ric Flair, Brad Siegel, and so much more! Want FRONT ROW seats to ALL IN? Pre-Order Starrcast on FITE for your chance to win the tickets, round trip airfare to Chicago, three nights in a hotel suite, Platinum Bracelets to Starrcast, and...

Duration:01:40:47

Randy Savage's 1995

8/12/2018
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OHHHHHH YEAAAAAAH! Eric believes Hogan and Savage were almost interchageable as THE top star in the business. So it's no wonder he wanted the "Macho Man" in WCW. Find out when he was "sold" on Savage once he was in power, who introduced the two, the details of how his deal was put together, where Slim Jim fit in, what concerns existed based on the Hogan-Savage relationship, why he was debuted the way he was, comparing the Hogan debut to his, how he got along with Sting, why he worked the...

Duration:02:15:16

Monday Nitro from 8-9-99

8/6/2018
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Eric and Conrad believe this could be their best episode yet! There is so much to cover from Rap is Crap, Master P, a KISS wrestler, the boys abusing the injury clauses in their contracts, Nash losing some confidence as booker, and of course Hulk Hogan breaking out the red and yellow for the first time in years! This is the "State of WCW" from the Summer of 1999--just about a month before Eric was sent home! Don't miss it! Support us on Patreon for even more content from Eric & Conrad for...

Duration:02:11:35

Monday Nitro from 7-29-96

7/30/2018
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Hulk Hogan is officially a bad guy and WCW is now in the driver's seats for Monday night ratings. The angle they did on this show created real life chaos and was masterfully done. Of course Hog Wild was the next PPV but they were really building towards Clash of the Champions with Hogan vs. Flair and what many believed to be Horsemen vs. nWo at War Games in September. This week Eric explains the difficulties of shooting outdoors, why it was done here at Disney, what restrictions they had on...

Duration:01:27:04

Hog Wild 1996

7/23/2018
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A motorcycle rally in tiny town in South Dakota with no building and oh yeah you can’t sell tickets—perfect spot for a PPV, right? Eric Bischoff thought so, but why? Head the story of how Hog Wild came to be and what the “end game” for the show really was for Turner. Get “into the weeds” about the business side of WCW in a way that’s never been discussed before! Plus the guys tackle the “rumor and innuendo” about the Harlem Heat at this event, why the name was changed, who was supposed to be...

Duration:02:10:31

Bash At The Beach 1994

7/16/2018
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Bash at the Beach 1994 has the dream match everyone wanted for ten years and the result of it finally happening surpassed all expectations! Join Eric and Conrad as they discuss why WCW debuted Hogan with a ticker tape parade, what was more important to Hogan than money, why Flair-Hogan was always the plan, why Ted was involved, how all of the celebrities came about, and what single piece of marketing Eric thought paid off huge! Don’t miss Bash at the Beach 1994! Support us on Patreon for...

Duration:02:07:51

Brian Pillman

7/8/2018
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What REALLY happened with "I Respect You Bookerman," Pillman showing up in ECW, and the release that Eric Bischoff gave Brian Pillman? Find out as we share Eric's side of the story in great detail for the very first time! Try BlueChew.com for FREE, just pay $5 shipping when you use promo code: 83 Weeks Subscribe to our YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/83weeks Join Eric LIVE on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/83weeks Vote for what to hear next on Twitter: @83weeks Buy a shirt and get a call from...

Duration:02:30:20

Goldberg Beating Hogan on Nitro - 20 Year Anniversary

7/1/2018
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WCW had it's best week ever, this week 20 years ago! Join Eric and Conrad as they examine the first part of that phenomenal week when Goldberg defeated Hogan for the World Title in front of the largest cable audience to ever see wrestling and a record house at the Georgia Dome! But should it have been on Pay Per View? Why was it on free TV? Would Vince McMahon have given it away for free? Was Eric's job in jeopardy? Whose idea was it to have Hogan drop the title? Why was it only announced...

Duration:02:11:55

Great American Bash 1998

6/24/2018
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Eric wasted no time getting fired up at Conrad and the yelling was early and often in this one. Eventually the guys get around to discussing Dennis Rodman coming into WCW, Eric changing the schedule around for the boys, the end of the Orlando syndicated tapings, first day ticket sales for the Georgia Dome Nitro, the Jerry Sags lawsuit, the drug testing policy in more detail, what match Eric thinks you could put up against any Monday Night War era match, the silliness of Juventud's video on...

Duration:01:53:02

Clash Of Champions 23

6/18/2018
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Bill Watts is out and Eric Bischoff is in. Clash 23 was one of the first major shows on Eric's watch so Conrad grills him about the state of the company. How did Eric apply for the job? What did it pay? Who did he interview with? What did he want to change? What could he change? Why was Jim Ross out? How was his stunt with the radio station and exodus to the WWF handled? The guys also discuss Tully Blanchard not coming in, Paul Roma becoming a Horsemen, Shane Douglas leaving, Vader being in...

Duration:01:34:28

Dusty Rhodes

6/11/2018
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From the first time he saw Dusty Rhodes on TV for the AWA through the entire WCW fun, Eric Bischoff breaks down his relationship with the American Dream. Conrad takes Eric through a timeline of their time together in WCW from when Eric was hired until WCW went out of business in 2001. Along the way they discuss Vince McMahon, Jim Herd, Ole Anderson, Bill Watts, and even Vince Russo. Eric discusses what a great family man Dusty was to what a creative genius he was as well. The guys also break...

Duration:01:56:37

Chris Jericho in WCW

6/4/2018
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Eric Bischoff breaks down when, where, and how he met Jericho and brought him into WCW. Conrad takes him to task for the negotiation process that Jericho detailed in his book, the debut that Terry Taylor buried, the baby face kiss of death in August 96, a crazy tidbit about Jericho's contract and who missed it, what title Jericho despised, Jericho considering a jump well before his contract was up, what changed for Jericho creatively, who was responsible for the heel turn, the incredible...

Duration:03:40:46