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BISCHOFF BUYS TNA
The wrestling world was left reeling today, when earlier this morning, it was announced that a consortium, led by former World Championship Wrestling President Eric Bischoff and his good friend Jason Hervey have purchased Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from Dixie Carter. It is understood that Bischoff will run the company in a similar way to his WCW days, while Hervey will deal with off screen activities, that will involve promotiong the company and selling merchandise.
Bischoff, along with Hervey, tried to buy WCW in 2001 but it was ultimately sold to WWE kingpin Vince McMahon, a move that Bischoff has always been very bitter about However, wrestling fans, who have admitted that the WWE product just isn't what it used to be anymore will be hoping that Bischoff will be able to bring the best out of both TNA and the WWE.
We'll have an exclusive interview with Eric Bischoff later today and we hope to find out what his plans for the company are and what he plans on changing. One thing is for sure, today is an exciting day for the world of wrestling.
INTERVIEW WITH ERIC BISCHOFF
Today, we conducted an interview with the new TNA owner, Eric Bischoff. He had some very interesting things to say about his plans in TNA and also about working with longtime rival Vince Russo.
Thanks for the interview, Eric. We'll get straight down to business. Why did you buy TNA?
I wanted to get back in the wrestling business, pure and simple. I've teased fans for a few years but I wasn't teasing them for the sake of it, I've always known that I'd come back in some way. I was able to make a deal with Dixie Carter and the rest is history.
You've been highly critical of the company in the past, do you aim to change that?
Of course. TNA has had many problems and people in the company have tried to make it more like the WWE and it's just looked a laughing stock because it can't compete yet. It's full of great workers that haven't been used properly but I hope to change that. There's already a decent amount of veterans and potential stars, everything is already in place. I just need to make the show flow better and try and convince people to watch it.
So, you think that TNA needs to distance itself from the WWE?
In some ways, yes. In other ways, no. The WWE already has a fanbase in place but TNA aren't going to win over any WWE fans in particular because they have nothing unique. Lets make TNA unique in terms of matches, storylines and personalities. Lets give people something worth tuning in for. That's my intention. It is still a wrestling company however and the WWE formula has worked so that aspect shouldn't be changed.
Are you planning on challenging the WWE?
Well, that would be great. I can't even think about that at the minute though, I need to start rebuilding the company, that's just the first step. If we tried to challenge the WWE at the moment we would be slaughtered and wrestling isn't as popular as it was back in the nineties so that's another handicap. I love a challenge though.
One thing people are going to wonder about is the fact that Vince Russo is a writer in TNA. What will happen there? Will Russo be forced to leave?
No, I won't force Vince to leave. I've never gotten along too well with him and I think some of his ideas over the years have been ridiculous but I'll work with him and see what he can come up with. As long as Vince contributes to making the company a good show, I'll work with him.
Is that a way of making up for WCW?
Well, it could be I didn't buy the company to make up for WCW, I just wanted back in the business but it would be great if a few old-school WCW fans tune into the show and enjoy it. I'm hoping not to make the same mistakes that I did during There are certainly enough old-school WCW stars there to make WCW fans tune in.
Thanks for your time, Eric. Good luck with TNA.
Thanks and no problem.
TNA World Champion: Mick Foley
TNA X-Division Champion: Suicide
TNA Legends Champion: AJ Styles
TNA Tag Team Champions: Team 3D
TNA Womens Champion: Angelina Love
On Air Talent
Christy Hemme (Injured)
Sheik Abdul Bashir
So Cal Val
Suicide defeated Christopher Daniels with a sunset flip into a powerbomb to retain the TNA X-Division Title at 13:12.
Angelina Love defeated Amazing Kong due to pulling tights during small package to retain the TNA Womens Title at 8:12.
The British Invasion (Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus) defeated Beer Money (James Storm and Robert Roode) after Williams hit the Chaos Theory on Robert Roode at 10:39
Taylor Wilde defeated Daffney in the first ever TNA Knockout Monsters Ball with a DDT on a steel chair at 11:12.
Samoa Joe defeated Kevin Nash after Nash passed out in the Coquina Clutch at 11:47.
AJ Styles defeated Booker T in an I Quit match to retain the TNA Legends Title after a Styles Clash off of the top rope at 17:33.
Mick Foley defeated Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle and Sting after pinning Jeff Jarrett with a double arm DDT at 21:45 to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Title. Jarrett must now give up his authority in TNA.
Last edited by Andy362; 07-17-2009 at 06:32 AM.