Re: WCW 2001- The Trio Ownership
Wednesday, November 28, 2001
Ric Flair, he was a changing man, everyone who knew the man, could notice it. Power, greed, ignorance and stubbornness, all playing a role in corrupting the man. Steve Borden could not be persuaded to return to WCW, as a wrestler and an owner, by a man he called friend for a long time. But Eric Bischoff didnít care about that. If Ric couldnít do it, then that just means thereís an even better chance Bischoff can. Well, that and the fact that he realizes how much they need Borden (and his money). Because of that, it is Bischoff who calls Borden this evening, backstage at the University of Alabama for Wednesday Nitro, desperately hoping to lure Sting back.
Steve Borden: Hello?
Eric Bischoff: Hey Steve, itís Eric. Iím in Alabama for Nitro right now, and I just wanted to, you know, give you a call. I wonít dick away your time; I know you want to spend time with your family, and I respect that, so Iíll be as quick as possible.
Steve Borden: Alright.
Eric Bischoff: Look Steve, I want you back. But not just me, everyone. We all miss you, Stinger. Steve, youíre the backbone of World Championship Wrestling. Without you here, we crumble. Youíre an icon to the fans, but most of all, youíre a role model and an inspiration to the boys in the back. They idolize you, Steve. We all miss you, and to be honest, I think you miss WCW too.
Steve Borden: And youíre right, Eric. I do miss it, but that doesnít mean Iíll come back. Sure, I love WCW; itís my home. But all of the drama and the BS going on now a days, I donít know if itís worth it. And I see the man that Ric has become, Eric, the man heís become ever since we bought WCW together, and I become afraid. I am afraid that the power that I help wield, will corrupt me, and make me like Ric. I donít want that, Eric, not at all. Iím staying home with my family. Look, weíre about ready to sit down and have lunch, so Iím going to go.
Eric Bischoff: Ö.Iím sorry.
Steve Borden: WhatÖ IÖ uh, what did you say?
Really, Borden didnít know what Bischoff said. It sounded like an apology, but cynical pricks like Eric Bischoff never apologized, for anything. Right?
Eric Bischoff: You knowÖ Iím sorry. I apologize, for all the shit I put you through with my arguments with Flair. I hate the guy more than Iíve ever hated anyone, and it doesnít change anything. I helped run you out just as much as Ric did, and Iím sorry. I may hate Ric, and I may be blind and stupid at times because of it, but I can admit when Iím wrong. You helped showed me that, in one way or another.
Thereís a long silence between the two men before Borden says anything again.
Steve Borden: Wow, Eric. Thank you. Coming from you, Eric, I know that it means a lot. You did what I expected from Flair, but never got.
Borden takes a long pause, contemplating his next move,
Steve Borden: AlrightÖ. Iíll do it. Iíll come back.
Eric Bischoff: Really!? I knew we could count on you, Stinger.
Bischoff is clearly ecstatic, while Borden still has some news to deliver.
Steve Borden: Öas just a wrestler, and on my own terms.
And the joy and giddiness leaves Bischoff like a baby through a birth canal.
Eric Bischoff: WhaÖ. What?
Steve Borden: As just a wrestler. I told you, Eric, I donít want myself to change from who I am today, all because of this company. I donít want WCW to run my life; I want to be in control of my life. I am right now, but if I stay with WCW, and run it like I have been, maybe Iíll end up like Ric has. Maybe Iíll end off even worse.
Eric Bischoff: Maybe you wonít even change at all. Hell, maybe youíll be an even better person.
Steve Borden: Eric, thatís a risk Iím not willing to take.
Eric Bischoff: But Steve, you more than anybody knows the predicament weíre in here. If the financial situation with the sponsors continues, weíre dead meat. This company needs you, Steve, and more than just as a wrestler.
Steve Borden: Eric, this company can survive without me. The sponsors, they can be replaced. The rest of the business decision, you can do easily. As long as you and Ric can work together, WCW will be fine without me. Money will be tight, yes, but if you guys work hard, I have faith in you.
Thereís another pause between the two.
Eric Bischoff: You mentioned youíd only come back on your terms. So, uh, what are they?
Steve Borden: My terms areÖ
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