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Eric Bischoff Discusses Russo’s Departure, Working with His Son and More

– Eric Bischoff appeared on the VOC Wrestling Nation Radio show on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Melina also joined the show to talk about upcoming appearances and future plans, and Joey Styles was announced as next week’s guest. The VOC Wrestling Nation can be heard every Wednesday from 5PM – 7PM ET on 1360 WNJC Philadelphia and WORLDWIDE at The videocast from inside the studio can be seen every Thursday at 8PM at Go Fight Live TV by visiting

Here are some highlights:

On working with his son on TV: “It’s a challenge and I have mixed emotions about it. At the end of the day, he’s doing what he wanted to do…I have a certain point of view about the wrestling business and the current state of it, and the opportunities that exist in the business today versus what has existed in the past. I tried to dissuade him from getting involved, but he’s doing what he wanted to do. Regardless of how I feel about it, he’s sticking to his dream and that’s an admirable quality.”

On working in the business now versus in WCW: “I live for the day today and I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling in the past. There is a big difference between what I do today for TNA versus what I did for Turner Broadcasting. I don’t have to deal with talent issues. That is a stressful job, even when talent is on their best behavior. It’s stressful having the futures and the welfare of that many people in your hands. Wrestling is a tough business to break into, and knowing that you’re in control of them being able to feed their families…I don’t like that.”

On The Ultimate Warrior’s run in WCW: “There was a certain level of expectation and it fell flat. We thought we had a decent way to use him…I’ll never forget this, it’s like scar tissue, it never goes away. On his first Nitro, he was supposed to cut a 5 or 6 minute promo, and when he got near the TWENTY-FIVE minute mark, I wanted to dig out my eyes. It was the most painful, excruciating, non-seneschal, disconnected interview I’ve ever heard in my life…it was horrifying, and went downhill from there.”

On his role with TNA Booking: “Bruce Pritchard is head of creative, and I oversee things and make sure that the Network gets what is asked for. I wanted to develop a long term plan for booking, and Vince Russo liked running things on a short term planning basis. Right now, we are very much on track with the creative direction that we laid out in October. I work very closely with the team and Dixie on the day of TV, but I’m not involved in management on a day to day basis.”

On Vince Russo’s Departure: “I don’t know why Vince and TNA parted ways, and I wasn’t involved in it. I haven’t spoken to him since, aside from an email wishing him success in the future. I haven’t talked to anyone in TNA about it either. He and I had philosophical differences on how to create primetime television, but I don’t think it’s unfair or unprofessional to acknowledge that. I enjoyed the challenge of working with him.”

On whether or not Ric Flair should appear at the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony this year: “I’m not a decision maker, and whatever they decide, I’m going to support. But in my personal opinion, I think they should allow Ric to go to the Hall of Fame. Ric Flair is a very special individual…he is 63 years old…he’s not perfect, but there is not anyone in this business that deserves the respect and honor of taking center stage in the biggest event in our universe more than he does.”

  • lol

    @ jur….you do relieze he is under contract to tna?just because they arent wwe does not mean they dont have lawyers ect….i see it this way flair already has a ring….

  • chronoxiong

    Nice interview from Eric. I totally don’t remember the Ultimate Warrior having a 25 minute promo back then. Maybe I didn’t remember because it was so long that I switched the channel to RAW. Lol…

  • Jason

    Why People hate on Bischoff I will never understand. He has a value any type of entertainment company could use.

  • JIR

    Because he is like every good business man he plays his part to a tee
    I do think that Flair will be at the WWE HoF regardless of permission or not. Plus bonus points to Bischoff for acknowledging WWE for what it is the biggest stage for any Pro Wrestler

  • 1919dpg

    eric is saying ric deserves respect? bischoff has hated ric since they were working in wcw where he tried to burry him weekly.

  • Matt

    @omar, it means he’s doing his job both on and off camera.

  • Omar

    Why does Eric come as the biggest douche on camera and most sensible person in radio/magazine interviews?