Eric Bischoff Discusses Scott Steiner's Twitter Rants, 'Open Fight Night' & More TNA Changes
Source: The One Wrestling ShowRecently, TNA's Impact! Wrestling executive producer Eric Bischoff was interviewed by The One Wrestling Show, where he discussed some of the new thing staking place in TNA. During the interviews, Bischoff talked about; Scott Steiner's Twitter rants, 'Open Fight Night', and a few other changes that TNA will be undergoing. Here are the highlights:
On the recent rants that Scott Steiner has made via Twitter about TNA and some of it's employees: "I know that Scott has been saying some pretty negative things about a lot of different people. I haven't read them, so I don't know. I've seen a couple of them, some of them have been forwarded to me by people that think that I care. [Laughs.] So, I can't really comment on all of it, because honest to God, I don't know everything that he said or the vast majority of it.
"I don't know where Scott's coming from, to be honest with you. He's had a long run. He's 50-years-old, he's had a great deal of success in the business. I guess being someone who's also in my 50's, I kind of look forward -- my goal -- is to look back on my career and look back at all the positive things. The fact that I've been able to travel the world and see things and do things and make a great deal of money and provide security for my family. Make a lot of friends.
"There's a lot of things that when you're 50-years-old and you're at the twilight of your career, you should be looking back on them fondly. You should be embracing the good things. I think Scott is probably going through a little mid-life crisis and realizes that at 50-years-old, it's time to move aside. Something that he was very vocal about in his 20's and 30's. Now that he's in his 50's, he's not so anxious to move aside.
"But, there comes a time and Scott's time is unfortunately now unless WWE thinks that Scott has something to offer. Scott will probably be wrestling on small independent shows until that doesn't work out any longer."
On the changes he is hoping to implement in TNA, including the 'Gut Check' challenge and 'Open Fight Night': "In my role as executive producer, one of the things that I really wanted to do -- and I've been wanting to do this for a long time. My partner, Jason Hervey and I, we're in the television business and we work with many, many different television networks. In fact, just since we've been in TNA, we've wanted to produce nine different television series for eight different television networks in addition to executive producing Impact.
"One of the things that we've learned in producing different television series for different television networks is that in today's television environment, format is really king. There is no such thing as a successful television series out there. In any genre -- whether it be scripted, reality or action -- every successful television show has a successful format.
"Wrestling really doesn't. Wrestling has been produced much the same way as it always has for the last 15-25 years. What I wanted to do is change that. I wanted to create a very specific format for not only Impact, but for several. So, one of the things we did is that I got together with the creative team and we kind of worked through different formats.
"Week one, which is following the pay-per-view, is what we refer to as a 'Reset' format. Which means that we're really bringing everybody up to speed it they didn't order the pay-per-view. We have to reset our new stories going forward. I won't go into the details of that format because you've probably seen them many, many times before but there's a very specific purpose in the format.