WWE broke the news via press release on Tuesday that, just a few months after he was hired for the position and brought back to the company, Eric Bischoff would no longer be the executive director of Friday Night SmackDown. The company did not specify if Bischoff was gone from the company, though it did announce that Bruce Prichard would be taking over the role. Bischoff had only appeared on television once since his rehiring, and the extent of his involvement backstage with the creative team had mostly been kept under wraps in the months since the announcement.
And yet fans were genuinely shocked to see the former WCW president lose his role so quickly. Check out some of the fan reactions to the news below.
SmackDown will take place this Friday at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Eric Bischoff's most recent WWE tenure. pic.twitter.com/XaCSpp3qnQ— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) October 15, 2019
Bischoff: There's a new sheriff in town— hehateme2012 (@hehateme2012) October 15, 2019
Fox exec: Someone told us having the draft room would be a good idea
Prichard: (points at Bischoff) - he did it! all him!
Bischoff: Well uh I was adv-#smackdown pic.twitter.com/Gpwe9jLWTf
Sooo Eric Bischoff lasted long.... pic.twitter.com/duT2XWyZil— Straight Edge Wrestling (@SEW_Podcast) October 15, 2019
bischoff showing up to AEW to recycle his WCW storylines pic.twitter.com/ypIlaEJonj— gio (@WalkWithGio) October 15, 2019
Bischoff not taking King Corbin with the first round is a fireable offense, bro— Kazeem Famuyide 🍎 (@Kazeem) October 15, 2019
Conrad’s next podcast 15 weeks and 5 days with Eric Bischoff— James Stewart (@IAmJamesStewart) October 15, 2019
ERIC BISHOFF WAS ALWAYS MY GUY TO PLAY IN WCW/NWO REVENGE BECAUSE HE DID KARATE— ONEY LORCAN (@_StarDESTROYER) October 15, 2019