May 5, 2004
Bischoff high on his Raw role
By KEVIN ENGSTROM - Winnipeg Sun

Eric Bischoff has the ultimate dream job -- he acts like a jerk and gets paid for it. The World Wrestling Entertainment star told The Sun yesterday he still feels a rush of adrenaline every time he steps into the ring and plays the role of Raw's authority figure -- an obnoxious, conniving ego-maniac who cares little for others.

"The feeling is hard to describe and it's the reason I still do this -- it's probably because I feed off of the emotions of the fans at ringside," said Bischoff. "It feels good to feel that energy and sometimes even create that energy -- the ability to manipulate the crowd's feelings and emotions can be very addictive."

Bischoff arrived in the city yesterday to promote WWE's July 5 Monday Night Raw show at the Winnipeg Arena. The show, as well as the Arena's July 6 Smackdown event, will air in more than 100 countries.

It wasn't too long ago that Bischoff's presence on a WWE show would have been considered unthinkable. The Scottsdale, Ariz., resident used to run Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling -- which competed with Vince McMahon's WWE for ratings.

Bischoff said he seldom thinks of the once-fevered war for wrestling supremacy.

"It's been almost two years since I started working for WWE and quite honestly I forget that Vince and I were ever rivals to the extent that we were -- only when I'm asked about it," said Bischoff.

Raw tickets go on sale Saturday at all Select-A-Seat outlets. Smackdown ticket-holders will have a crack at seats starting tomorrow.

Fans who bring their Smackdown tickets to Select-A-Seat outlets tomorrow and Friday will be allowed to purchase seats for Raw.


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