Eric Bischoff On If He'll Return To An On-Camera Role In TNA, His WWE Debut, Other Projects

Source: Ministry Of Slam!

If there's no explanation, no real follow up then it doesn't make sense. It's then hard to get the audience to invest in you again, because you spent a long time conditioning them that we may or may not follow through on the storylines you care about. As the Executive Producer, as well as somebody who feels strongly about storytelling and structure, we have to invest. Sometimes we may not get the results we had hoped for or expected, but that just means we have to dig in a little harder and commit to the stories and characters which drive our show. When you do that, it begins to pay off, and I think that's one of the things that people are starting to see more of in TNA.

MOS: When you joined TNA in late 2009, the company were very much centered around the Impact Zone and pre-taped shows. Do you think the fact Impact Wrestling now broadcasts live has an effect, not only on the talent, but the fans in attendance and at home?

Bischoff: Being live makes all the difference in the world. An audience at a live show, particularly one that's been conditioned to now know the excitement of a live experience, come to the event with an extra buzz. Whether it's in the UK or over here in the Impact Zone which is still very challenging to manage, due to the nature of a soundstage and tourist attraction the crowd come to the show with a different expectation when it's live. It's a higher expectation, they're more engaged and have a higher level of energy. That engagement and increased sense of energy really translates and connects with the performers. They feel that intensity from the audience.

These men and women are athletes, artists and performers, and as such react much differently to a highly energetic crowd than they do to a passive one. That's one of the reasons why we love coming to the UK, because the audience brings a whole new level of energy and actually become a character within the show themselves, due to the feeling they bring to the overall experience.

MOS: With that in mind, how long do you think it will be before we see a live TNA Pay-Per-View here in the UK?

Bischoff: I can't really comment properly on that, because I'm not involved in that side of the business. It's safe to say that Dixie Carter and the rest of the senior management at TNA would love for that to happen. I don't think there's a bigger supporter of the UK fanbase and the UK television market than Dixie Carter. That said, it's a financial and business-related decision. As soon as someone can figure out how to make sense of it financially, my guess is that we'll be over there on a regular basis.

MOS: WWE are a company you have both went up against and worked for, and another company who find it difficult to handle the logistics of running Pay-Per-View in the UK, partly due to the time difference. When you crash landed on Monday Night Raw in 2002, hugging Vince McMahon, it was almost like the entire wrestling world came to a standstill. It was kept quiet, as you've said in the past, but who knew that you were making an appearance?

Bischoff: Other than Vince and I, not many people. I can't speak for anybody on the WWE creative side, because I wasn't involved in any of those discussions prior to getting there. I was talking directly with Vince, but not with the rest of his staff, so I'm not absolutely certain who was involved in bringing me in on their side.

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