Nobody expected Eric Bischoff to be fired from WWE so soon after his return and so the news of his release from the company was a shocker for many.
A new report from Sports Illustrated takes an inside look on the WWE release of the former WCW President and provides some backstage details on the matter.
According to the site, the decision to fire Bischoff was made this past Monday Night and the now-former Executive Director of SmackDown Live was informed about it on Tuesday.
As for the reason behind this move, it’s said that the massive drop in the SmackDown viewership after Fox debut was the reason for it and Eric’s firing was a way for Vince McMahon to send message to his stockholders that he is ‘entirely committed to the future success of SmackDown on Fox.’.
As we noted before, SmackDown debuted with an astonishing 3.869 million viewers on Fox but the ratings dropped big time only a week later and the draft special of the show brought in 25% less viewers than the premiere, counting at a total of 2.899 million viewers.