Eric Bischoff Talks About Reason Behind Splitting Up Steve Austin & Brian Pillman In WCW

During a recent edition of his 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW Executive Vice President Eric Bischoff spoke at length about the story behind breaking up The Hollywood Blondes in the early 1990s.

Bischoff spoke about the reason why WCW decided to break up the steam of “Stunning” Steve Austin and “Flyin'” Brian Pillman, just as they were staking to gain some true momentum.

“What had happened with Brian [Pillman] and Steve [Austin] wasn’t so much of a booking decision about them being together as a tag team as it was a financial decision,” Bischoff said. “I could tell you this for sure — later on, when I did have creative control over wrestling operations around 1994-1995 I was not a big fan of tag team wrestling. Not because I didn’t enjoy watching it as a fan, but from an economic point of view.

Bischoff continued, “If you look at a tag team, and each one of them is breaking close to $200,000 a year and they are in the ring with those of equal value, now you have a million dollars worth of talent for a seven or eight-minute segment, so from an economic point of view to have two high profile guys in a tag team match and you start looking at the economics of it, you look at it like, wait a minute, I can have two separate stories here at two separate segments to fill my content requirements with for the same amount of money that I am spending on one.”

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