Originally Posted by RyanPelley
Was Bischoff acknowledged as being in control of WCW though? I know he was on commentary for a while, taking beatings from the NWO, before joining. Didn't JJ Dillon kayfabe have authority over them all? I know he had the authority to over rule the ending of Sting / Hogan at Starrcade 1997, but I just can't remember exactly what everyone's title / role was.
His on air title prior to the heel turn was executive producer. But it was also acknowledged Ted Turner was above him, in addition to TBS and an executive board was also referenced.
In February 1997, the president of TBS Sports, Dr Harvey Schiller, made an appearance and suspended Bischoff. Note: That was meant to be an appearance by Ted Turner on Nitro but it was cancelled at last minute. Bischoff still flexed his authority though, as the NWO was his. Think of the NWO like a rebel union in which powerhouses such as Hogan, Nash, Hall etc were contracted to.
In April 1997 JJ Dillion arrived in WCW as the chairman of the executive board (placing him above CEO/president yet not owner) and claimed Bischoff had no authority to fire or swap titles, yet had an iron clad contract. In real life Bischoff was promoted to President of WCW in 1997 and by 1998, during the feud with Flair, was being called that onscreen.