“Hulk Wanted Me There”- Eric Bischoff Reveals the Reality Behind TNA Deal

Published 02/10/2021, 8:32 AM EST


Eric Bischoff revealed TNA was “stuck” with him when he initially joined the company.

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According to Bischoff, TNA wanted to sign Hulk Hogan. However, Hogan decided to not join the company if Bischoff wasn’t coming along. As a result, the company signed both of them instead of letting Hogan go.

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“TNA wasn’t really interested in hiring me. They were interested in hiring Hulk Hogan. Hulk Hogan didn’t want to go work for TNA unless I was there. So, more or less, TNA got stuck with me.”

“TNA, them reaching out to Hulk, that was their initiative. I got involved in negotiating the deal at Hulk’s request, I oversaw a lot of that process. I was only there because Hulk wanted me there and not because TNA wanted me there.”

TNA frustrated Eric Bischoff

The host asked Eric Bischoff about his experience when he was working with TNA.

Bischoff revealed he enjoyed working with the company. However, there were moments that frustrated him because the lack of skills within the Management team was causing the company to miss excellent opportunities.

“I made a lot of good friends there and people I still consider close friends. I had a lot of fun there. There were times when I had a great time. Working with my son was a great opportunity that I’ll always be grateful for. There were a lot of great things about it.”

“There were some frustrating things about it. You know, because the people working in the company, the management, really knew nothing about the industry. It made it difficult. I think a lot of really big opportunities got missed and could have made a big difference for TNA.”

Bischoff and Hogan’s time at TNA

Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan changed TNA after they joined. Two of them worked together and tried to make TNA a company which could compete with WWE. Unfortunately, neither of them realized TNA wasn’t ready to compete with the wrestling giant.

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Bischoff and Hogan tried to push talents for the company, lend a helping hand to the writing team, and lend a hand to the creative team. Everything they did at TNA was for the company’s success, regardless of how it turned out.

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Do you think Bischoff and Hogan’s time at TNA was successful? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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