Eric Bischoff: “I’m still angry at Jeff Hardy…”
Apr 14, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck
TNA’s Eric Bischoff was one of the featured guests on this week’s live edition of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem: You can feel The Mayhem every Monday evening (at 7PM ET/6PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.AudioWrestling.com, www.Geekweek.com, www.Hybrident.tv, & www.iTunes.com). Join The Mayhem right now on Facebook (at www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem), and follow The Mayhem on Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/FeelTheMayhem).
Eric joined The Big Mosh & “The Chairman of the Board” Todd Vincent for his return to “Your Home of Wrestling Radio” & for another installment of his exclusive monthly interactive segment on Monday Night Mayhem, “The Hot Seat With Eric Bischoff” (flavored by Sizzlin Sauces), which is now available in Windows Streaming Media or via the official MNM Podcast on iTunes:
“The Hot Seat With Eric Bischoff” (flavored by Sizzlin Sauces) (MNM Streaming Audio): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/041111.wax
“The Hot Seat With Eric Bischoff” (flavored by Sizzlin Sauces) (MNM Podcast on iTunes): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/april11/041111.mp3
Questions were taken via Eric’s official Facebook page (located at www.Facebook.com/TheEricBischoff), along with The Mayhem Line (877.666.2110). Interview highlights courtesy of The Mayhem’s official correspondent, Paterson from New Jersey:
What Jeff Hardy could effectively give back to TNA if a return to the company facilitates itself & his reaction to the closing moments of the Victory Road Pay-Per-View: “I’m the wrong person to ask that question of, and I shouldn’t be. I can’t understand why I feel the way I feel, therefore I certainly can’t explain it. I’m still angry at Jeff Hardy, so it’s hard for me to discuss what I think he could do or should do, because until I quit being angry at him and about the situation, whatever would come out of my mouth would probably be counterproductive.”
How the TNA return of “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels came to fruition & why he was “very happy when he came back”: “I don’t really want to go into the behind the scenes of it. I was impressed with Chris when I first came to TNA. I was surprised when he left the company, but I understand it was business. There were changes, and decisions, and moves that had to be made, but I also knew that everyone in TNA fully expected to have Chris back at some point. I was very happy when he came back. He’s a good athlete, he’s a good character, and I’m interested to see how that character evolves as the weeks & months go by.”
His opinion of the wrestling promotion that used the Scott Hall incident from last weekend to promote their Internet Pay-Per-View: “I’m not gonna judge them. I wasn’t there, I don’t know what led up to it, I don’t know what kind of shape Scott was in before he went out. Was he stumbling around backstage for 2 to 3 hours? Was it obvious that he was in that shape? Did he show up two minutes before he had to go out and they had to scramble? I don’t know because I wasn’t there. I’m not going to pass judgment on them for letting him go out. I came across the video, and my wife & I watched it together, and it was very sad. I wasn’t angry at the promoters for showing it & recording it. I was just sad for Scott.”
His reaction to the WWE’s decision to re-brand its company, eliminating the word “wrestling” from its name: What is Eric’s thoughts about the WWE taking out the word “wrestling” from the name: “I think it’s kind of odd to be honest with you. I understand from a marketing point of view the pressure that he’s under. Professional wrestling is & has always been a tough sell in the advertising community & mainstream television community, simply because it doesn’t fit into a particular niche. That’s always been a challenge in our industry, but at the same time, it’s the thing that makes us unique, and it’s the one thing that makes wrestling fans as loyal as they are. To knowing alienate or turn your back to such a large passionate group of fans, I understand it but I don’t necessarily agree with that. Time will tell if Vince made a right decision or if this will be another XFL moment.”
More is contained in the latest installment of “The Hot Seat” (flavored by Sizzlin Sauces), including Eric’s candid thoughts on why he would turn down an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, whether TNA programming could appear in the future on MTV or MTV2, the likelihood of Goldberg coming into TNA, if he feels TNA needs more character development, the positives & negatives of social networking, the importance & significance of giving back to charity & the less fortunate throughout the country, why he believes he does not have to sell wrestling fans to buy this Sunday’s Lockdown, despite many many critics & fans panning the last two Pay-Per-Views (Victory Road & WrestleMania XXVII), plus much more! If you missed the live & interactive “Hot Seat” experience, then tune in to “Your Home of Wrestling Radio” on Monday evening, May 9th (beginning at 7:40PM ET/6:40PM CT), as “The Hot Seat With Eric Bischoff” (flavored by Sizzlin Sauces) will return LIVE! This is your chance to speak directly to TNA’s Eric Bischoff leading into TNA’s Sacrifice Pay-Per-View. Post your questions right now on Eric’s official Facebook page (located at www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem), along with that of Monday Night Mayhem (located at www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem).