WARNING: We have detected your browser is out of date. For both performance, security and a better web experience you should keep up to date to avoid viruses, malware, hijacking and stay on top of compatibility features.
 
RSS Feed

 

 

Eric Bischoff Discusses Signing Hulk Hogan To WCW, Mishandling Ric Flair and More

Posted By: Ben Jordan Kerin on Oct 21, 2018

Eric Bischoff Discusses Signing Hulk Hogan To WCW, Mishandling Ric Flair and More

Former WCW executive Eric Bischoff recently spoke at about bringing Hulk Hogan to WCW to kick off the war between WWE and WCW in the 1990s. 

On Ric Flair's involvement:

"I didn't go to Ric Flair and reach out to Hulk Hogan. I did rely 100% on Ric Flair to get Hulk comfortable. Hulk was--and again, context is king, but he was not in WWF, so the urban narrative that I 'stole' Hulk Hogan from the WWF is a fabrication. It didn't happen that way. He had already left. Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan had parted ways over the steroid trial and Hulk had made up his mind that he was done with professional wrestling. He was going to go and do television and movies. He was working on a television series called 'Thunder in Paradise,' which was being filmed at the MGM Studios, the same time we were filming there, and that was when I put the word out that I sure would love to talk with Hulk Hogan and Hulk had called me in the middle of the night. It was 1:30 in the morning on a weekday, which I knew who the voice on the other end was. He has a pretty recognizable voice and we started chatting. At that point I tagged Flair in because Hulk didn't trust anybody. He didn't trust anybody in WCW. He looked at WCW for what it was at the time, which was a cluster and completely mismanaged. It was a revolving door with senior management and a political nightmare, and Hulk knew that."

On special deals Hogan was offered:

"He had liked the deal we presented him; look, Hulk's kids [Brooke and Nick] were really young so the idea to only work a handful of dates a year and a couple TV's to support those dates. His original deal was for four pay-per-views a year and then the television appearances that were required; I think three or four of them leading to pay-per-views, so I think you can do the math. It was like 16 dates total, or maybe 20. That meant that Hulk Hogan would be able to spend more time with his kids because at the time that was his main priority, but at the same time he didn't want to enter into the shark tank of WCW because it was everybody stabbing each other in the back at every opportunity, and Ric Flair was the one guy that Hulk knew he could work with and the one guy he could trust who would absolutely get in the ring for his comeback and can use Ric Flair, so I did use Ric Flair. Ric was down there during every meeting I had with Hulk, with the exception of when I was talking about money, which came at the very end, but in the beginning--if it weren't for Ric I don't think Hulk would have ever made the move."

On disrespecting Ric Flair and mishandling him during the rise of nWo in WCW:"

"Nobody was more enthusiastic about bringing Hulk Hogan in than Ric. Nobody was more enthusiastic about doing a job for Hulk Hogan than Ric Flair. He wanted to be the heel to Hulk Hogan's babyface because that was a perfect role for Ric. There seems to be a lot of bitterness and anger and I was the target of that for guys that were in WWF at the time, it doesn't surprise me, but it doesn't reflect what was going on. I loved Ric Flair. What he hasn't talked about in his book was that when he was part of the booking committee and he and his family--all of them, would come down to the MGM Studios and his family and my family were all staying down the yacht club together and we became really close friends. That is why when I hear about some of the stuff that supposedly happened during that period of time when I treated him like dirt, that just didn't happen. Granted, in 1996 when my attention shifted and when the nWo became the focus of the company, and by the way, rightfully so, because it was the first time within the company in its history that the company started making money," he continued. "It wasn't because I was a mark, or I was friends with Hulk Hogan or wanted to be, or Scott Hall or Kevin Nash. It was happening and the shift of focus and the energy that was being put in the nWo was being put in it because it was the first time we had made some money and it had to be that way. What happened with Ric was that he felt less important to the company. He felt less important to me, and this is where I f**ked up. Rather than communicating, which I could have done more effectively but I didn't. I am not making excuses, and I feel horrible about it, but it is what it is. It wasn't because I didn't respect Ric or that I didn't like him or that he didn't have any value, quite the opposite frankly, but all of the focus was going in a different direction away from Ric and it affected Ric. It made him angry and it caused a lot of problems."

Click here to listen to the full episode.

Tags: #wwe #hulk hogan #eric bischoff #wcw #ric flair
https://wrestlr.me/54860/  
Adding comments is disabled due to age of article.
 

» More News From This Feed

Oct 19
WWE Debuts A New Intro & Theme For Monday Night Raw
WWE has revealed a new intro package and theme for tonight's episode of Monday Night RAW, which served as the "season premiere" on USA Network. Watch and listen below. What do you think of the new[...]
Oct 19 - WWE has revealed a new intro package and theme for tonight's episode of Monday Night RAW, which served as the "season premiere" on USA Network. Watch and listen below. What do you think of the new[...]
Oct 19
Come Join Our Discord Server For Tonight's WWE Raw 'Season Premiere'
One of the greatest things about WNS is its community. Engaging with followers across the website and social media is fun, but we have an even better place for you to talk pro wrestling 24/7...our ver[...]
Oct 19 - One of the greatest things about WNS is its community. Engaging with followers across the website and social media is fun, but we have an even better place for you to talk pro wrestling 24/7...our ver[...]
Oct 19
WWE Reportedly Planning To Reveal SmackDown Hacker on Raw
In regard to tonight's WWE Raw, Ali is reportedly set to reveal himself as the Smackdown hacker on tonight's episode. Fightful Select revealed: "it wasn’t intended to be a focal point of the [...]
Oct 19 - In regard to tonight's WWE Raw, Ali is reportedly set to reveal himself as the Smackdown hacker on tonight's episode. Fightful Select revealed: "it wasn’t intended to be a focal point of the [...]
Oct 19
Three New Matches Announced for Tonight’s WWE Raw
WWE has announced three new matches for tonight’s Raw which is being touted as the season premiere episode airing on USA Network. AJ Styles go up against Matt Riddle, RAW Tag Team Champion Kofi[...]
Oct 19 - WWE has announced three new matches for tonight’s Raw which is being touted as the season premiere episode airing on USA Network. AJ Styles go up against Matt Riddle, RAW Tag Team Champion Kofi[...]
Oct 19
Matt Hardy Posts Behind The Scenes Look At His AEW Dynamite Return
On the latest episode of The Multiverse of Matt Hardy, the AEW star gives viewers a behind the scenes look at his return to Dynamite and being cleared to return to the ring.  Check out the video[...]
Oct 19 - On the latest episode of The Multiverse of Matt Hardy, the AEW star gives viewers a behind the scenes look at his return to Dynamite and being cleared to return to the ring.  Check out the video[...]
Oct 19
Sasha Banks Discusses Dealing With Racism Growing Up
Sasha Banks was a guest on the latest episode of The New Day's podcast in which she discussed dealing with racism as a child: “For me, it was so hard being a kid. First, I was living in Iowa [...]
Oct 19 - Sasha Banks was a guest on the latest episode of The New Day's podcast in which she discussed dealing with racism as a child: “For me, it was so hard being a kid. First, I was living in Iowa [...]
Oct 19
Kevin Nash: "Nobody Sells Shit"
Kevin Nash recently discussed the lack of selling in today's world pro wrestling during an appearance on That Hashtag Show. "Nobody sells shit. To me, it’s just like nobody sells anything. To[...]
Oct 19 - Kevin Nash recently discussed the lack of selling in today's world pro wrestling during an appearance on That Hashtag Show. "Nobody sells shit. To me, it’s just like nobody sells anything. To[...]
Oct 19
Lilian Garcia Is Returning To WWE
Lilian Garcia, best known as a WWE ring announcer is making her return to the company with her popular show, "Chasing Glory" which will now appear on WWE Network. Garcia revealed the show will be str[...]
Oct 19 - Lilian Garcia, best known as a WWE ring announcer is making her return to the company with her popular show, "Chasing Glory" which will now appear on WWE Network. Garcia revealed the show will be str[...]
Oct 19
WWE Superstar Paige Has Much To Celebrate Today
WWE Superstar Paige has a lot to celebrate today as she revealed on her official Instagram page that she is marking 2 years of sobriety.  She posted: "I’ve posted something like that be[...]
Oct 19 - WWE Superstar Paige has a lot to celebrate today as she revealed on her official Instagram page that she is marking 2 years of sobriety.  She posted: "I’ve posted something like that be[...]
Oct 19
AJ Styles May Be Getting A Bodyguard Storyline Soon
According to BodySlam, there was a pitch for AJ Styles to have a bodyguard assigned to him at some point in the future, similar to the Shawn Michaels/Deiseil dynamic. The person being lined up as his[...]
Oct 19 - According to BodySlam, there was a pitch for AJ Styles to have a bodyguard assigned to him at some point in the future, similar to the Shawn Michaels/Deiseil dynamic. The person being lined up as his[...]
Oct 19
‘Dark Side of the Ring’ Renewed For Extended Season By Vice TV
Vice TV has announced it has renewed hit professional-wrestling docuseries “Dark Side of the Ring” for an extended 14-episode third season, which returns to screens in 2021. The network h[...]
Oct 19 - Vice TV has announced it has renewed hit professional-wrestling docuseries “Dark Side of the Ring” for an extended 14-episode third season, which returns to screens in 2021. The network h[...]
Oct 19
Final Viewership For Friday's WWE SmackDown On FOX
The final viewership is in for Friday's WWE SmackDown on FOX and the number was up somewhat from the overnight numbers reported over the weekend. The episode scored 2.124 million viewers, up a tick o[...]
Oct 19 - The final viewership is in for Friday's WWE SmackDown on FOX and the number was up somewhat from the overnight numbers reported over the weekend. The episode scored 2.124 million viewers, up a tick o[...]
Oct 19
Kurt Angle Reveals His Greatest WWE Superstar Of All Time
Kurt Angle has revealed who he considers as the greatest wrestler of all time. That wrestler? John Cena. Angle made the reveal in reply to a WWE Network tweet which looked back on Angle forcing Cena [...]
Oct 19 - Kurt Angle has revealed who he considers as the greatest wrestler of all time. That wrestler? John Cena. Angle made the reveal in reply to a WWE Network tweet which looked back on Angle forcing Cena [...]
Oct 19
Jim Ross Comments On 2005 WWE Firing & Linda McMahon's 'Stunner'
AEW commentator Jim Ross recalled on the latest episode Grilling JR the night he was fired on the October 10, 2005 edition of Raw. He also gave some insight into Linda McMahon being hesitant to take a[...]
Oct 19 - AEW commentator Jim Ross recalled on the latest episode Grilling JR the night he was fired on the October 10, 2005 edition of Raw. He also gave some insight into Linda McMahon being hesitant to take a[...]
Oct 19
Eric Bischoff Says NXT Isn't As Good As TNA In It's Peak
During his podcast 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff stated that he doesn't believe NXT is as good as TNA was at it's peak. “I don’t think NXT is as good as TNA was when TNA was at its peak. Now [...]
Oct 19 - During his podcast 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff stated that he doesn't believe NXT is as good as TNA was at it's peak. “I don’t think NXT is as good as TNA was when TNA was at its peak. Now [...]
Oct 19
Backstage Information On Why SmackDown Acquired Nearly Every Major WWE Storyline in Draft
It's become obvious to fans who really payed attention to the WWE Draft, that SmackDown got nearly every major storyline going on in WWE right now. SmackDown currently has Roman Reigns & Paul Heym[...]
Oct 19 - It's become obvious to fans who really payed attention to the WWE Draft, that SmackDown got nearly every major storyline going on in WWE right now. SmackDown currently has Roman Reigns & Paul Heym[...]
Oct 19
NJPW Power Struggle Adds Matches to Card
New Japan Pro Wrestling has released the updated card for their upcoming Power Struggle event. NJPW Power StruggleNovember 7, 2020Edion Arena, Osaka, Japan Provisional KOPW2020 MatchToru Yano (c) vs[...]
Oct 19 - New Japan Pro Wrestling has released the updated card for their upcoming Power Struggle event. NJPW Power StruggleNovember 7, 2020Edion Arena, Osaka, Japan Provisional KOPW2020 MatchToru Yano (c) vs[...]
Oct 19
AEW Announces First Round Brackets For World Title Tournament
AEW has announced on Twitter that they will be holding a World Title Eliminator Tournament, starting this Wednesday on Dynamite. Pentagon Jr. vs. Rey Fenix Colt Cabana vs. Hangman Page Kenny Omeg[...]
Oct 19 - AEW has announced on Twitter that they will be holding a World Title Eliminator Tournament, starting this Wednesday on Dynamite. Pentagon Jr. vs. Rey Fenix Colt Cabana vs. Hangman Page Kenny Omeg[...]
Oct 19
Bret Hart Buries Goldberg, Blames Him For His Stroke and Losing $15 Million
During Confessions of a Hitman, Bret Hart spoke about Bill Goldberg, and ultimately the injury that ended his career. On Goldberg’s in-ring skills: “[Goldberg] was a gorilla. [Goldberg[...]
Oct 19 - During Confessions of a Hitman, Bret Hart spoke about Bill Goldberg, and ultimately the injury that ended his career. On Goldberg’s in-ring skills: “[Goldberg] was a gorilla. [Goldberg[...]
Oct 19
Lance Storm Explains Why He Dislikes Miro's AEW Direction
Lance Storm spoke on Figure Four Daily about AEW's Miro. “I personally am not a fan of his current direction of his character. But I don’t necessarily represent the AEW fan base. This i[...]
Oct 19 - Lance Storm spoke on Figure Four Daily about AEW's Miro. “I personally am not a fan of his current direction of his character. But I don’t necessarily represent the AEW fan base. This i[...]
Oct 19
Indy Wrestling Content Coming To IMPACT Plus
Impact Wrestling has released the following press release. Don’t miss two new full-length events from Lariato Pro Wrestling Guild and Alpha-1 Wrestling, streaming now on IMPACT Plus! Introdu[...]
Oct 19 - Impact Wrestling has released the following press release. Don’t miss two new full-length events from Lariato Pro Wrestling Guild and Alpha-1 Wrestling, streaming now on IMPACT Plus! Introdu[...]
Oct 19
Daniel Bryan: "I noticeably have lesser spring in my step as the match goes on."
Daniel Bryan recently appeared on Talking Smack, and “I am at a point now, in my life and career, where I want to test myself against the best performers in WWE. Whether that’s against [...]
Oct 19 - Daniel Bryan recently appeared on Talking Smack, and “I am at a point now, in my life and career, where I want to test myself against the best performers in WWE. Whether that’s against [...]
Oct 19
Kurt Angle Facebook Q&A Transcription
Kurt Angle did a Q&A on his Facebook page for fans to ask whatever they wanted. Here's some highlights. (The questions and answers have been retyped out a bit to clean up spelling, fix grammar, e[...]
Oct 19 - Kurt Angle did a Q&A on his Facebook page for fans to ask whatever they wanted. Here's some highlights. (The questions and answers have been retyped out a bit to clean up spelling, fix grammar, e[...]
Oct 19
Sami Callihan Confirmed For TalkNshopAMania 2
As we head into Impact Wrestling's Bound for Glory event this upcoming Saturday, Sami Callihan has reportedly dropped 25 pounds, working extremely hard to get back into shape after taking quite a bit [...]
Oct 19 - As we head into Impact Wrestling's Bound for Glory event this upcoming Saturday, Sami Callihan has reportedly dropped 25 pounds, working extremely hard to get back into shape after taking quite a bit [...]
Oct 19
T-Bar Threatens WWE Roster, Bray Wyatt Responds, T-Bar Threatens Alexa Bliss In Response
T-Bar of Retribution took to Twitter to tell the WWE roster that none of them are safe. No @WWE Superstar is safe. You’re all dead. #RETRIBUTION — T-BAR (@TBARRetribution) October 18, [...]
Oct 19 - T-Bar of Retribution took to Twitter to tell the WWE roster that none of them are safe. No @WWE Superstar is safe. You’re all dead. #RETRIBUTION — T-BAR (@TBARRetribution) October 18, [...]

© 2006-2020 wrestlingnewssource.com

All rights reserved. All other trademarks, logos, video, likeness and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.
Terms of Service · Privacy Policy · Π