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!
Bruce Prichard knew, as well as Kevin Dunn (WWE Executive Producer) and Stephanie McMahon. It's also likely that Triple H would also have been notified also, but I'd say less than ten people were clued in as to what was happening. On my side of the equation, my wife and family knew but that was pretty much it – I didn't feel the need to share it with everybody else.
MOS: Speaking of Bruce Prichard, you currently work alongside him in TNA. How have you enjoyed that working relationship?
Bischoff: I really enjoy working with Bruce. He's actually one of the few people with more experience in the wrestling business than me, having been in the industry for more than 30 years. I've been in for around 25 years now, and we've both experienced the territory system! Bruce has seen the business from so many angles, from producing to performing, and has seen some of the best and worst ideas in the WWE. He has a wide variety of experience in professional wrestling.
Bruce is also somebody, much likely myself, who values some of his failures much more than he does his successes. You can learn from the failure, and it doesn't mean much to me in that classic sense. You learn a lot and take away a lot of valuable experience, whether an idea is a huge commercial success of not. That's why I enjoy working with Bruce so much, because when we have a difference of opinion I still know that his reasoning is based on very solid fundamentals and experience. I really respect that, so I can't think of anybody else I'd rather be working with than Bruce.
MOS: You've had a very long and varied career in the wrestling industry yourself. Starting out in the AWA, working as part of the sales department, you were suddenly thrust into being an on-screen talent by Verne Gagne. What is it that attracted you to take up the offer of appearing on camera, and what did you like about it that made you wish to continue in that role?
Bischoff: Survival! (laughs) Appearing on camera came about through sheer coincidence and timing really. The writing was very much on the wall in the AWA, I knew early on that the company was financially stressed. It was just a matter of time before the inevitable occurred, but I feel fortunate to have been able to learn the syndication, production and backstage nature of the business, as well as being thrown out in the front of the camera.
Right about the time that I left, I was actually approached by WCW because they had seen my work on ESPN and they were familiar with my on-camera work. It's not especially that I aspired to be on camera in WCW, it's simply that that's the job they offered to me when the AWA was closing its doors. Had they offered me a job behind the scenes, it's likely that I would've taken that too, but they offered me the position of announcer instead.
MOS: Your autobiography, Controversy Creates Cash, was a New York Times best-seller. Having done a lot more since it was released, is it likely that we'll ever see a follow up book?
Bischoff: I don't think so, because I don't feel the need and really don't have the passion to sit down and write another book. Quite honestly, I don't think anything I'm doing is especially book-worthy! It's flattering that someone else might think so, but it would have to be commercially viable. There's not enough interest in what has happened after the conclusion of Controversy Creates Cash that it would warrant another book.
MOS: Having been off TNA TV for quite a while now, do you think it's likely we'll see you back on-screen anytime soon?
Bischoff: I doubt it, and I don't really look forward to it. Don't get me wrong, I've thoroughly enjoyed everything that I've had the opportunity to do in AWA, WCW, WWE and TNA – I've had a blast on camera. I love to perform, and I think I'm half-assed good at it, but I've also been there and done that. Unless there's a new character or something like that, there's really no desire on my part to go back and do things I've already done a hundred times.
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