This week on “83 Weeks” with Eric Bischoff on Conrad Thompson, the end of WCW and what was planned after March 2001 was discussed. At one point in early 20021, Eric Bischoff had a group of investors that were in talks to by WCW and there were plans to have the company go dark and then return with a relaunched version.
Several of the big names that disappeared from TV (Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan, Goldberg and others) were expected to return for the relaunch and there were plans for a pay-per-view titled “The Big Bang.” As everyone knows by now, that never panned out because of WCW buying the company.
In February 2001, Jerry “The King” Lawler quit the WWF/E after his then-wife Stacy “The Kat” Carter was fired. During this episode, Bischoff revealed that Lawler reached out to him about making the jump to WCW.
Bischoff said, “Jerry called me. I remember because I had never had a conversation with Jerry. I mean, I certainly knew of Jerry and held him in high regard, but I had never even said hello to him. We hadn’t crossed paths. We hadn’t talked on the phone. Nothing. I was in Los Angeles. I’m driving and I get a phone call from Jerry Lawler. Obviously, I recognized his voice instantly. We chatted for a few minutes and he let me know he was free. He heard that I had something going and wanted to know if I was interested. I said, ‘Absolutely Jerry. Let’s follow this up.’ Nothing ever came of it. I don’t know what I would have done with him, but we would have done something with him for sure.”
When Lawler quit WWE, Vince McMahon replaced him with Paul Heyman. Lawler eventually returned to the company in November 2001. Lawler and Stacy Carter divorced in 2003.
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