Eric Bischoff was not always the President of WCW. In fact, he used to be a martial artist before getting into the world of professional wrestling. He had experienced quite a lot in that time, to say the least.
Eric spoke to 83 Weeks, where he revealed how his time as a martial artist had paid off in ways he did not expect.
“That’s one of the reasons I love martial arts so much. Going to those karate tournaments were a blast. It was all about the roll tide. I had, I mean that period of my life was (clears throat) it was very influential, let’s put it that way.”
“People think only rock stars have groupies or movie stars but when you’re a pretty successful martial artist and you travel around to all these little martial arts tournaments and sometimes they’re in big cities and sometimes they’re in small ones, but it was amazing dude. I just — and that was the very first time in my life I’d ever experienced that.
I wasn’t much of a ladies man in high school or even afterwards, it was you know, I’d get lucky every once and a while, that type of thing but, man all of a sudden. When you’re a black belt and you’re traveling all around the country and you’re fighting in these tournaments, they just come out of the woodwork.”
“I don’t know if it’s because they have daddy issues and wanted somebody that was a badass you know to hang with or what the deal was but it was freaky fun.”
Needless to say, Eric will not be forgetting his days as a martial artist. He also ran a butcher shop, a landscaping company, and even acted in a training video for bank employees.