Throughout his WCW tenure, Eric Bischoff was often mockingly referred to as 'ATM Eric'. Ted Turner's billions flowed through the company honcho's checkbook to his money-grabbing stars' bank accounts like wine at a Bacchanal. For many, the end result of this inflated income had the same hazy outcome.
Inevitably, this excess led to WCW's closure in 2001, and with it Bischoff's oil-well dried up. The bank may have closed, but since fading from the forefront of the business, Easy E has been dispensing something else with reliable regularity: utter bulls**t. A frequent commenter on his contribution to the industry, the former Raw GM can often be depended upon for his unique version of certain events which prevailing wisdom otherwise totally contradicts. Let's call him IBS Eric.
But sometimes, amidst his jazzy improvisation of history, there's a glimmer of unaccepted truth - realities which don't quite align with WWE's carefully manufactured narratives. When it comes to revising the past, WWE make Bischoff look like Sancus. Heck, Stalin would balk at some of their more preposterous porkies.
Amongst their oft-repeated fables, there's a handful of stories about Bischoff hugely embellished by the victor. Who do you believe? It's just a question of whose nose is longer.