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About 3/4 through my first Bischoff podcast. I like it a lot. Because I work in business, I like how he approaches things from not just a wrestling perspective but also from an executive perspective as well. Listening to how he had to thread so many needles between production, talent management, legal, and Turner Broadcasting is really interesting.
What you do in the business ?
Bit of a typo on my part. I don't work in the wrestling business. I work in business, in a general sense.
I'm a few Bischoff podcasts in now and really liking it. Bischoff does an excellent job of explaining the BUSINESS side of wrestling, and really adds color to the difference between wwe and wcw. It's for more complex than "one sucks and the other is better". One was a wrestling company, the other was a network television property. Governed two very different ways, under two very different rule sets. Bischoff is awesome at differentiating the two. It was painfully apparent, many times over, that no matter how profitable or successful the WCW product was, the executive brass' hubris and disdain for the product made it doomed for failure.
You gotta remember, at one point, wrestling was the hottest shit on television, doing over 5.0 ratings for just WCW Nitro alone. The fact that they de-resourced it and set it on course for the iceberg from a corporate and financial standpoint is pretty incredible. As Bischoff said, WWF was there to improve their wrestling product. WCW was there to draw eyes to the Network and lose as little money as possible. The actual wrestling product was inconsequential to any executive not named Ted Turner.
Conrad Thompson is at his best with Bischoff. He at times goes in on Bischoff big time for Bischoff's own bullshit and double talk.
Highly recommended if you really want an in depth understanding of why wcw succeeded and failed at various points. Huge myth debunker.