In the AdFreeShows.com edition of “83 Weeks,” Eric Bischoff and Conrad Thompson discussed the WCW pay-per-view of World War III 1996.
This show featured The Giant (Big Show) winning a 60-player 3-ring battle royale, Sister Sherri against Colonel Robert Parker, Chris Jericho against Nick Patrick and much more. Bischoff also shared a few stories and he spoke about some of the TBEN from that era.
Bischoff was asked about the issues he had with Rick Rude and Rude’s Lloyd’s of London’s insurance policy: “Rick Rude had cashed in on a policy from Lloyd’s of London and took the money, and in the process of taking the money from him, he was able to take from Lloyd’s of London. I don’t know what the amount was, but I have heard and read different amounts over the years. But once Rude took that check, part of that check meant that he was definitely unable to play in the ring as a wrestler. In order for Rick Rude to perform as a wrestler again, he would have to meet or return the lump sum of money he received because he was clearly able to return. He actually became able to at least get back to Rick Rude’s mind. So Rick Rude came to me and wanted me to pay his Lloyd’s of London policy for the money he had already received and spent. The money was gone. Rick received a lump sum and proceeded to spend it. A few years later when Rick wanted to come back in the ring he said, ‘Eric, can you pay my Lloyd’s of London policy so I can get back into the ring? “As much as I love Rick Rude at the time, and we were personal friends, I couldn’t do it despite the“ ATM Eric ”story. Clearly, if I had said, hey Harvey (Schiller), guess what? Buddy Rick Rude here we’re going to write a check for $ 300,000 to Lloyd’s in London and then by the way I want to pay Rick $ 500,000 a year or what he was worth back then as a talent in the ring. This conversion would have been a very short conversation with Harvey. I couldn’t do that. It was the underlying tension between Rick and me that lasted until his unfortunate death and why when I went to Rick’s funeral some of his family were very angry with me because Rick expressed to them his frustration about me. He told them, “I can’t believe Eric Bischoff won’t do this. He won’t let me return to the ring. He will not pay this Lloyd’s of London policy. I’m sure in Rick’s mind when he heard the kind of money Hogan was making and heard the kind of money other people were making and seeing WCW success unfold before his eyes he wanted a piece of this action. I was the focal point because I wouldn’t do what Rick wanted me to do with Lloyd’s of London to get Rick back in the ring. I couldn’t do it. It’s not that I didn’t want to do it. I couldn’t do it. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I think part of Rick Rude’s problem with drugs and alcohol was a result of his frustration and the position he held by having cashed in on a Lloyd’s of London policy and realizing it was a mistake and not being able to fix it. . “
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