The Bischoff Family
By Anthony Zevoteck
If you read the article title and hoped for me to talk about Garrett Bischoff, you may leave now.
The Bischoff of topic is Eric.
Arguably one of pro wrestling history’s greatest minds, the man worked his way up from the corporate office to become the face of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), an organization that almost put Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) out of business in the late 1990’s.
He first made an impact as a backstage interviewer and announcer in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), which allowed him to get a job for WCW, where he’d eventually change the wrestling world. After he positioned himself as Executive Vice President, he turned into a pivotal character and introduced the genius concept of television as he mixed the mainstream “New World Order” storyline with fast-paced ring action from international stars in Mexico. Before long, he’d be directly involved in the nWo storyline as their manager.
It’s common knowledge that WCW was the closest to WWE’s destruction, but WWE recovered with the “Attitude Era” and flipped the script on WCW and Bischoff, as they bought them out in 2001. Many thought Bischoff would fade into obscurity, but the was hired by WWE in 2002 and was brought in to be the Raw General Manager.
Since then, Bischoff would be a pro wrestling mainstay over the next 12 years with appearances in both WWE and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) to cement his status as one of the most creative and respected minds in the business.
As the brand split draws closer, now would be the time for the “most controversial man in the business” to make his triumphant WWE return, but not as a General Manager though. In a perfect world, he’d be a manager.
When the split happens, there’ll be no doubt that more than a few superstars who’ll need direction. What better than a throwback manager like Bobby Heenan to give these guys instant credibility?
To start off, this could be a new stable of sorts. At the forefront could be a main event level guy – an experienced Champion. Bobby Roode. He already has a previous relationship with Bischoff and has the charisma to lead a group. Since he has made his NXT debut, it’s only a matter of time before he’s on the main roster.
The group’s second piece could be someone in the midcard who’d be able to challenge for either the WWE Intercontinental or WWE United States Championship. Tye Dillinger has become an NXT favorite and one of mine as well. His in-ring skill and work ethic levels are extremely high. Who better to guide the “Perfect 10” than Bischoff?
Something that lacked from classic 1980’s stables were female wrestlers. Alexa Bliss has rapidly become one of the most popular heels and has the right attitude and in-ring talent to be elevated to the main roster. Unguided as a solo act, she needs a keen wrestling mind to show her the way.
Lastly, a vital component – a tag team. Only one WWE/NXT team fits this requirement and “look.” The Revival of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. It’s a throwback to the teams of old that Bischoff used to commentate for in the AWA. There are endless possibilities when you put two great in-ring technicians with a great mind.
One thing these five superstars have in common is potential. There are others who possess the same qualities and something gets lost along the way. What better than someone to collectively show them “the way”?
The one thing that stops this idea is Bischoff himself. Currently, he’s not with WWE and it doesn’t appear that’ll change. After all, you can’t blame a man who wants to stay out of the spotlight and further his own interests.
It’d be nice though if he did return as an on-screen figure once more in a different role.
“The Bischoff Family” could be the most intriguing WWE group in ages. Just has to happen first.
Posted on July 16, 2016, in Misc, WWE and tagged Alexa Bliss, Anthony Zevoteck, AWA, Bobby Roode, Discussions, Eric Bischoff, Opinions, Pro Wrestling, The Bischoff Family, The Revival, TNA, Tye Dillinger, WCW, WWE Brand Split. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.