Eric Bischoff On If He'll Return To An On-Camera Role In TNA, His WWE Debut, Other Projects
|By Raj Giri||February 01, 2013 | Comments|
Source: Ministry Of Slam!The Ministry of Slam! radio show, which airs every Monday at 9pm (UK Time) / 4pm (EST) at ministryofslam.com and a number of talk radio stations across the US, recently interviewed Eric Bischoff. They provided us with the following transcript of the interview:
MOS: You've been away from TNA television for a number of months now. What has been going on in the world of Eric Bischoff?
Bischoff: I'm still very much involved behind the scenes creatively, as the Executive Producer at TNA. I've also been extremely busy with my own production company, Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment – which has around 7 or 8 different TV shows at various stages of production with different networks right now. We've also just launched a digital casino gaming site, which is up and running in the UK through Paddy Power, and a digital slot machine centered around Hulk Hogan.
MOS: Speaking of the UK, TNA have just announced they will be taping a number of TV shows whilst here in January. What are your thoughts on the relationship the company has with the fans here in the UK?
Bischoff: I'm very excited about it! I love the enthusiasm that the UK fans bring to the television screen, I think their passion and excitement makes the product even better. On a personal note, the time I spent over in the UK last year was very enjoyable and I look forward to coming back and hanging out with the fans.
MOS: Obviously to most wrestling fans, you're known for your time with both WCW and WWE, but also latterly TNA. Many throughout the years have focused on the negatives surrounding WCW, but do you ever look back with a sense of pride at what was achieved in such a short period of time?
Bischoff: The truth is, I don't really think much about the past – good or bad! I don't dwell on it. Of course, I know it was a very successful period of time and I'm sure if I allow myself to think about it then I can relive some very special moments. To be honest with you, it's in my nature to live for today and think about what I can do which will make tomorrow better, much more than thinking about the past. That time is over and done, so there's nothing I can do about it, good or bad!
MOS: Is it fair to say that you're focusing very much on TNA and the here and now?
Bischoff: Well, TNA is one focus for me, but then the television production company I run with my partner, Jason Hervey is very successful. We're probably one of the most successful television production companies in Hollywood, certainly at producing reality television, and have recently produced a sitcom for Nickelodeon – which marks our entrance into the scripted TV business.
Adding to the Hulk Hogan gaming machine, we're also launching another with David Hasselhoff at the end of October. The TNA digital slot machine will hopefully be launched around the time we tour in January too! There are several different celebrities and brands that we're negotiating with currently, so all these things are a big part of my focus. The TV production company is a very lucrative business, with both Jason and myself recently acquiring an equity interest in the company. We're excited about everything we have going on.
MOS: TNA will be launching the British Bootcamp show on Challenge TV here in UK, featuring some of the top talent on the British wrestling scene. Rockstar Spud, Marty Scurll and The Blossom Twins will all be competing for a shot at a TNA contract. Were there any other names or companies which stood out when scouting the UK for talent?
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