Eric Bischoff Interview: Discusses EV2.0, ReACTION, Paul Heyman, Contract status plus more

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff

– Jeff Wilen of The Daytona Beach News-Journal interviewed Eric Bischoff in his latest JAWBreaker column. Among the topics discussed include the latest going-ons in TNA Wrestling, the big names working together, the tag-team division, Bound for Glory in Daytona Beach, Tommy Dreamer playing a bigger role in the organization, Linda McMahon running for a Senate seat, Paul Heyman and Rob Van Dam.

Bischoff claimed during the interview that he pitched the EV2 storyline back in February and suggested that Dixie Carter reach out to Paul Heyman. “The whole EV2 story line was something I pitched in February of this year,” said Bischoff. “It wasn’t a Tommy Dreamer idea. Tommy’s a great guy and has great experience. I called Paul and suggested to Dixie (Carter) and Vince Russo that we should reach out to Paul and see if he was interested in coming in. I don’t think it will happen with Paul. He is looking for something different. I don’t think Dreamer will be involved in creative. We have a solid team, with great chemistry. We’ve had great success the last couple weeks and months.”

When asked if he and Hulk Hogan plan on sticking around for a while, Bischoff replied, “We have a couple of years left on our contracts.” To read the interview, click “more” –>

Q: Good to talk to you again, Eric. Without getting into the spoilers too much, I see there are some interesting story lines the next few weeks. What’s your perspective on TNA Wrestling right now?

A: “It’s a company that’s growing. It’s a challenging time in the TV business and entertainment business. But it’s doing well. It’s trying new things. It has a great relationship with its network.”

Q: You have some big names working together — Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, EV2 (ECW Extreme, for those that don’t know) and many more. How is that working out?

A: “It’s great. It’s really interesting. I worked with a lot of those big names in WCW 10-12-15 years ago. It’s interesting to see how we evolve as people — changed our perspectives and approaches. It’s a lot more fun.”

Q: How so?

A: “We’re older, wiser and more mature and comfortable. We’ve lived through incidents. The creative process takes a certain amount of cooperation. People looking out for each other is better now than it was 10-12-15 years ago. It’s a lot more fun.”

Q: The tag-team division, led by Motor City Machine Guns and Beer Money, is one of the hot feuds right now in all of wrestling. Your thoughts?

A: “I think it pretty much exemplifies what TNA is striving for — to be different. I like Beer Money at individuals. They are phenomenal performers. Motor City Machine Guns are a young tag team. They really are the future of the business. The work ethic they have — people will be watching them 10-15 years from now.”

Q: We’ve got Bound for Glory on 10-10-10 right here in Daytona Beach. You and others have quite a history in the Ocean Center. Any chance any of it will be re-visited?

A: “It’s going to be a very special pay-per-view in a lot of different ways. I don’t want to go too much further into that. We’ve been laying the foundation since March of this year. I think people will have a hell of a time at the PPV. They will be amazed how intricate the story was going in and going out.”

Q: Anything on Paul Heyman coming in, Vince Russo going out and Tommy Dreamer playing a role in the head writer’s position?

A: “The whole EV2 story line was something I pitched in February of this year. It wasn’t a Tommy Dreamer idea. Tommy’s a great guy and has great experience. I called Paul and suggested to Dixie (Carter) and Vince Russo that we should reach out to Paul and see if he was interested in coming in. I don’t think it will happen with Paul. He is looking for something different. I don’t think Dreamer will be involved in creative. We have a solid team, with great chemistry. We’ve had great success the last couple weeks and months.”

Q: And you and Hulk Hogan plan on being around awhile?

A: “We have a couple of years left on our contracts.”

Q: Any thoughts about Linda McMahon running for a Senate seat?

A: “I think it’s great. Wrestling aside, history aside, I don’t want to suggest I know her really well. What time I have spent around her I think she’s a very intelligent, strong woman. She has a lot of integrity. If I lived in Connecticut, I would donate to her campaign and vote for her. She has done lots of great things. WWE doesn’t get enough credit. They are a great company to go to work for.”

Q: And Rob Van Dam?

A: “Rob needs to take some time off.”

Q: Anything else to add?

A: “We’re looking forward to “ReACTION” (which debuts Thursday at 11 p.m.). It’s a storytelling technique no one has attempted before. It will give fans a chance to know wrestlers better.”

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About Ray Mullan
Ray Mullan is a longtime wrestling fan and Owner/Editor of TNA UK . Also a contributing writer to a number of other online wrestling media including 1Wrestling.com, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

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