To many people, Eric Bischoff is a visionary who created one of the hottest angles in wrestling history and took WCW to heights that the company had never dreamed of. To others, Bischoff is a moron who got lucky once and then leaned on that success for the rest of his career, while driving every business opportunity he had, as well as WCW itself, into the ground. And to those people, we have only one thing to say:
Why can’t he be both?
10. The New World Order
Let’s get the big one out of the way. Eric Bischoff, along with Hall, Hogan, and Nash, is one of the creative minds behind the New World Order, the faction which changed WCW forever, made the company profitable for the first (and only) time in history, and was one of the reasons why WCW defeated WWE for 84 straights weeks in the ratings, becoming the most dominant force in professional wrestling for nearly two years during the Monday Night Wars. Absolutely everyone thought Eric Bischoff was crazy when he asked for a live wrestling show on the same night as Monday Night Raw, when he signed a bunch of high-profile but aging wrestlers to big money deals, and when he centered the entire promotion around Hulk Hogan, who was thought to be basically finished as a draw. But Bischoff took all of those crazy ideas and crafted a nearly perfect invasion angle, which set the wrestling world on fire and made WCW the one thing WWE had never thought they would see after crushing the territory system in the late 80s: a direct competitor.