Eric Bischoff talks how far in advance Sting vs Hulk Hogan was planned

Eric Bischoff recently joined the Sarah O’Connell Show and talked about his wrestling career. While Eric was in WCW, he was part of one of the most memorable storylines in the history of pro wrestling.



After getting agitated that his fellow WCW superstars did not believe in him until he proved there was an imposter, Sting cut a promo telling the ones who did not believe in him to “stick it”. A month later, Sting made a statement regarding his future in WCW, “the only thing that is for sure, is nothing’s for sure.” This would begin the storyline.

Sting declared himself as a ”free agent”, revealing that he was maintaining his loyalty to WCW, but as a lone wolf. He became the biggest rival to nWo, who were running roughshod in WCW back then. Sting went on defeat the leader of nWo, Hulk Hogan, for the WCW World Championship at the 1997 Starrcade pay-per-view.

Bischoff revealed that this angle was planned 12 months in advance, but was also open-ended in case it had to be changed.

“With Sting, we planned that one 12 months out. Now, I’m not gonna lie, we didn’t say, ‘okay, we’re gonna start this on this date, and 12 months later, it’s gonna end.’ We started it knowing that it was kind of open-ended. We didn’t know how long that build was gonna be effective, so we kind of kept it open. But, as we got deeper and deeper into it, we realized that it was really something that could sustain itself very easily, so we were in no rush to end that storyline or that character.”

The 12-month story arc featuring the ”Crow” Sting is “one of the only times that’s ever been done in the industry” according to Bischoff.

h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.

Harrison Carter
Harrison Carter
Harrison Carter has been a huge pro wrestling fan since 2002, and it's been his first love ever since then. He has years of writing experience for all things pro wrestling. His interests outside of wrestling include films, books and soccer.

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