- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; New Ed edition (3 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847390625
- ISBN-13: 978-1847390622
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eric Bischoff: Controversy Creates Cash (WWE) Paperback – 3 Sep 2007
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Jeremy Roberts (cowriter) has written on a variety of subjects. His nonfiction work includes biographies of Mussolini and Joan of Arc for A&E Books.
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At the beginning, Eric talks about his childhood and ambitions, alongside his earlier jobs, giving interesting insight into the real Eric Bischoff, rather than his on-camera persona that people may be more familiar with. He talks about why he feels WCW was successful at first, and where things began to go wrong.
I've read many autobiographies by wrestlers who've spent time in WCW but it's been great to learn Bischoff's version of events. I've often felt he really did care for WCW, and that comes through in this book. He is outspoken in his writing, and it will no doubt have caused some controversy. He doesn't complain about the company's plight, and just tells things how he saw them. In the book, Bischoff says that many wrestling fans are more fascinated by what happens behind the scenes than what happens on screen. If you're one of those people, you may really enjoy this book.
Controversy Creates Cash was written before Bischoff joined TNA, and focuses mostly on his time with WCW. You don't necessarily have to agree with what he says to enjoy the book. It's a very interesting read, and I have a great deal of respect for the man after reading this book.
Eric is very moved in this book by the backstage politics of wrestling and we can learn alot about the scenes behind closed doors that move the wheels in a company,eric reveals how he was stabbed in the back and the front by people that were in the business for the wrong reasons,he reveals how he snatched some of the wwe greats like hogan and savage away from his rivals and reveals the details that lead to the sacking of steve austin and casts an eye of jealously at what he then became.
Eric dishes out lashings of hate at some personalities and reveals whop he calls friends,we get insight to his career progression,his radical thinking and his family life,we learn alot in truth and thats why this was a book i read in two days ,great stuff.
Whilst not going into over detailed descriptions of events there is enough information to make this an interesting read.
Whatever anybody says about his methods the man has earnt a lot of money from the industry and he's right in what he says, behind VM he has been the most influencial person in wrestling in the last 30 years. Just watch any WWE event now and his method of formulating storylines are still being used today.
Well worth a read but approach it with an open mind, you won't get huge amounts of unknown information but it's an entertaining summary of the WCW/WWE wars.
Mark David Bradshaw
Well, now Eric is here to give HIS side of the story. He starts off by correcting several inaccuracies regarding his qualifications and his role within the now defunct American Wrestling Association (amazingly, the door of opportunity opened for Bischoff after the promoter Verne Gagne gave him some free air time to plug his idea for a new kids toy, "Ninja Star Wars").
Bischoff eventually became an AWA announcer (although by his own admission, he was terrible. It was simply a case of "right place, right time" and no-one else being available, or in some cases, being worse than him). He talks about his job interview with WWF (he tried out for an annoucing job there, but didn't get it), but it's when he moves onto WCW (World Championshhip Wrestling) that things get really interesting.
Contrary to what you may think of Eric Bischoff, but when talking about his former employers and co-workers, he doesn't rip into or "chew them out" for no good reason. He tries to see the positives in every situation (although in WCW, at least internally, there weren't all that many).Read more ›
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Terrible service, book came without the first 74 pages and when I came to return the book, I had to send it back off my own accord and they didn't offer a replacement, won't be... Read morePublished 4 months ago by C Ambage
a good read, tells you so much of what it takes to run an organization beyond what you'll see on tv. always had time for bischoff, have even more now.Published 16 months ago by Jason O'Connor
A very well written book with more insight into the business than you can shake a steel chair at. It's written exactly as if he were there speaking, he speaks frankly and doesn't... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2012 by Joe W
Not read all of it yet, but the pages I've flicked through look very interesting. Look forward to reading the whole thing.Published on 24 Jan. 2012 by Mr. M. Whiting
THis is a fascinating book for WCW/WWE and wrestling fans in general. Bischoff takes his business modelling to an industry that in the 60's and 70's never looked more than a week... Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2011 by Mike Progfan
After reading it once it quickly became one of my favourite books to read.
This book on every level is a highly entertaining read. Read more
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