Eric Bischoff gave Honky Tonk Man credit for his upcoming Hall of Fame induction despite admitting his dislike of the man behind the character. He also touched on other topics including Arn Anderson getting the axe from WWE. Check out highlights below.
Infamous NWo/Four Horsemen parody:
“I regret doing the segment. To try to break it down like, ‘that verbiage would have been okay but that verbiage would have been too much’, you know, by the time you’re done deconstructing a scene like that, you might as well start over with a whole new idea. So I don’t think it’s a matter of ‘I just would have not said this’ or change a phrase or wording combination. I think it would have been better just to stay away from the whole forced retirement/injury/old man/end of your road…it’s not the kind of heat that really works.”
Arn Anderson’s WWE Release:
“It’s so hard to say. It has to be in the sense that Arn Anderson has probably been working full time either as a wrestler and sometimes at the very highest level…working with some very experienced bookers over the last couple of decades, been through all of it. Seen it all, done it all. And then to transition into being an agent or producer or whatever they call them in WWE, there’s a lot of knowledge there. A lot of experience. You can’t just replace that. You can’t find that kind of experience out there in the marketplace.”
Honky Tonk Man:
“I want to say some smartass thing and keep it all going but I can’t. When it comes to this kind of thing, I’m happy for him. I’m not friends with Honky but despite what you hear and what you see, and how much fun I have bustin’ his chops, and probably how much fun he’s had and I know he’s had in the last twenty years bustin’ mine…at the end of the day I’m happy when a guy who has really all of his adult life was in this business. That’s been the largest part of his adult life and that’s been obviously his identity. He still wears the gimmick and shows up at a lot of these events. To have a moment like this and get that acknowledgement from your peers that you were important to the industry, it’s gotta make any human being feel good. He’s still a jackass, but I’m glad he’s gonna be a happy jackass.”