There were some complications. Sometimes there are stories that surprise you and other times there are stories that you were just waiting to see break. This is the case in every form of news and it is the case in wrestling as well, with Eric Bischoff’s recent firing as Executive Director of SmackDown not exactly coming out of nowhere. The move took place earlier this week after a few months of Bischoff not seeming to do much in the role. It turns out that the time he spent in the position did not go so well in the first place.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there were a few reasons why Bischoff was let go from the position. The core of the problem was that Bischoff was not familiar with the current WWE product and did not seem ready for the workload that came with the job. Bischoff was unfamiliar with several of the wrestlers’ names and had no major plans for the show, which became a problem with the big move over to FOX. In addition to this, Bischoff would leave the WWE offices at around 7pm and would be unreachable for the rest of the night. Bischoff was replaced with longtime Vince McMahon associate Bruce Prichard.

Bischoff might be better off doing something like this. Check out one of his appearances from over the summer:

Opinion: I can’t say I’m overly surprised by this one as Bischoff was such a random hire in the first place. His best success in wrestling came over twenty years ago and his time in charge of Impact Wrestling was hardly what most would call a success. There were only so many things that he would be able to offer and apparently even those were rather limited. Bischoff is a great choice as someone to make appearances as a legend, but it seems that time has passed him by, at least on a stage this big.

Are you surprised Bischoff was let go? Could he help a smaller promotion? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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