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Bischoff feeds on feuds
By SCOTT ZERR - Edmonton Sun


Eric Bischoff

LOS ANGELES -- Eric Bischoff and Hollywood are a perfect match. The storyline general manager of the World Wrestling Entertainment's RAW show, who is bound to have some sort of role in Wrestlemania XXI, has long had a passion for the business of wrestling, but his fingers are in a number of other pies, mainly centring the production of reality TV programs.

Of all his projects, a reverse-Simple Life that is slated to air this summer on NBC featuring Paris Hilton's mom, Cathy, begs at least a look-see. If you will, it's a Beverly Hillbillies for the new millennium.

Yet wrestling remains on Bischoff's plate, now as a character as opposed to his days when he oversaw the entire operation of Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling.

"I miss being in position to make decisions and generally having a say in the success or the mistakes of a company. It's the adrenalin in the anticipation," said Bischoff recently from his home in Cave Creek, Arizona. "I love manipulating a crowd. It brings out the performer in me."

When Bischoff held the reins of WCW, he almost single-handedly forced a war with the WWE as big-name, albeit aging, talent jumped at the outlandish money being thrown around by Turner. Ultimately, the plan backfired as WCW crumbled and was bought by WWE kingpin Vince McMahon.

Budding stars like Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero went underutilized under Bischoff's watch, and they didn't hold back their feelings. Thankfully for all parties, at least from Bischoff's perspective, it's all in the past.

"Time heals all wounds and when they look back on their time in WCW, maybe they didn't get the opportunities they deserved but it did get them this opportunity," said Bischoff.

But one feud has stood the test of time. Bischoff and former Extreme Championship Wrestling boss Paul Heyman, who has been an on-again, off-again writer/talent for WWE, to this day remain bitter enemies over past negotiations.

"It's two different guys with two different takes," said Bischoff. "One's opinion is grounded in facts and the other is a delusional, egomanical sychophant. I'll let you choose who is who."

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