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Worth a look- but be sure to get both sides.,
This review is from: Controversy Creates Cash (WWE) (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed reading this. I was an avid wrestling fan during the wars, and the issues that surfaced since the battle ended remain of interest. So much so that many a book has been published.
Eric Bischoff's book has plenty going for it in terms of credibility. He knew the financial details, and the insider information which (as he claims throughout)"dirt sheets" simply think they know, or make up.
Bischoff has the decency to admit to making mistakes with personal issues. Arn Anderson was a true "blue collar" worker, and his send-off, with the nWo mocking him for no felt reason (there was no angle with him or the Horsemen planned) was a disgrace. At least Eric admits to it now.
I still feel some mistakes were kept from us, which is why I suggest anyone with more then a passing interest looks for additional material. He talked about how Kiss were a marketing dream, yet fails to reason why the segments with them performing did nothing to improve the ratings war, the sole reason they were brought in.
However he does shed plenty light on how the company got taken away from him. He was forced to work under conditions which meant WCW were the inferior product, and I think he does a good job convincing people this was the case (it convinced me over other accounts anyway). The AOL-Time Warner merger was demonstrated to be a key issue, one of the best parts of the book came when he was meeting executives, who were trying to tell him what he could and couldnt do.
"What is my show called?"
"What night is it on?"
This, I feel, highlights superbly what he was up against.
He mentions "Chemical abuse" throughout. Following the time that this book was written, former WCW superstar Chris Benoit killed his wife and son, followed a day later by himself. WWE have come under scrutiny for refusing to recongise the drug problem in wrestling, at least Bischoff has to an extent here.
Bischoff's book gives a great insight into how a tiny organisation became a mulit-million dollar machine, then went out of buisness. Well worth a look, but as Ive said be sure to query some of his more dubious soundign claims.