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http://www.mondaynightmayhem.com/ had Eric Bischoff on their nine year anniversary today live today.

Bischoff took questions from fans. When asked about the Super Bowl, Bischoff said he used to live in Pittsburgh.

A fan mentions the ratings of TNA and how successful they were. Bischoff said one of the things that's resonating with the audience is integrating reality with characters, and keeping an edge. Bischoff says the storyline arc started back in October at Bound For Glory and is continuing and leading up to March 3. Bischoff said investment in a long term storyline arc and reality, and keeping a sharper edge. He said it's a combination of those things.

A question was about Fortune being revealed as "they". Bischoff said he hates the three-part questions. Bischoff says it wasn't close to seeing the return of the Main Event Mafia. He said there were some shifts, but they knew way in advance that there was going to be an issue. There were plans to adjust the plans accordingly. He said Nash signed an agreement with WWE. Bischoff said he isn't involved in talent signs of things. He said Nash/TNA departed as friends. He said nothing caught them off flat-footed. When wheels were off original plan, it was a matter of time before "Plan B" took place.

Bischoff says Plan B was well received and caught everyone by surprise. He said the guys were pretty excited about it. He said Fortune is a strong, aggressive, emerging group of talent. He said he'd prefer that you ask the talent because he doesn't like to speak for others.

Immortal vs. Fortune. Was it meant to occur too fast? Bischoff said he prefers not to get into it. He says where they are now is where they would be in a matter of time. He said it caught them flatfooted a bit.

Why is everyone ducking the Sting rumor? Bischoff says he is not aware of whether Sting is with TNA or not. He's not involved in talent acquisitions or discussions/negotiations, so he's not in the front line of it. Bischoff doesn't think Sting would go to WWE, but if it was, it would be for a short time, maybe merchandise/licensing. Bischoff says anyone that expects Sting to show up in WWE as a full-time wrestler will be disappointed.

Bischoff says he hasn't seen Desmond Wolfe on the next set of tapings and is unsure about the future of Wolfe as he doesn't know.

How does Bischoff react to people that discount Bischoff's abilities, such as TNA's downfall? Bischoff said last he checked, TNA is doing pretty well. Bischoff said 10% of the people make 90% of the negative noise. The smallest percentage of the Internet are giving wrestling fans in general a bad name.

An opinion of WWE's product. Bischoff says he hasn't been watching. He respects Shane, Vince, Stephanie. He says the company has taken this business to a new level: a television juggernaut. Bischoff says the youth movement is good. Bischoff says WWE's business is down and finds it ironic? Bischoff says WWE goes back to the older talent to bring business back up (Nash, Booker T, Sting, Jerry Lawler going for the title).

Bischoff says Nature Boy isn't going anywhere. He said there are two sides to every story, there may have been a lot blown out of proportion. He says there isn't an issue that he is aware of with TNA/Flair. He said he sees Flair's name on the next set of tapings and he doesn't hope Flair is going anywhere.

Question: how do you take experiences and mistakes from the past and apply them to current situations today? Bischoff says he goes by feel when it comes to creative, characters. He elaborated a little more about this.

Is the Vince Russo hate uncalled for? Bischoff says no doubt. Eric says nobody is perfect or 100% all the time. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and Vince is no different. Day in, day out, consistently, Vince is more than proven himself to be an extremely talented guy, proves he can change/adapt, strives to put out the best product. He says he never met anyone that worked harder and most of what people are enjoying right now can dfirectly be attributed to Russo.

How is Hulk Hogan doing? Bischoff says Hogan is doing well from all the discussions he has with him. He says you will see Hogan in Fayetteville on 2/24 - which will be March 3rd.

Bischoff says you will see a powerful show from a content point of view on March 3rd (2/24). He says you will see a show that is from a content point of view, going to be different than what you typically see. He says you will see a different kind of energy in an energized crowd. He didn't want to say better crowd. He says there are positives and negatives in Impact Zone. He says an audience that doesn't show up every tapings or hang out with the wrestlers at hotels. He says the show is going to "feel" much different?

Hulk/Eric's contract that is up this year - rumours. Bischoff doesn't comment on contractual issues? He won't comment on that.

Scott Steiner's return. Main event player at this point in his career? Bischoff says anyone that underestimates Steiner's in ring ability is kidding themselves. Bischoff says he is unsure about how he will be used, but he knows that Scott Steiner is a player, wherever he is. He's believable, intense, and is a workhorse in the ring.

Final question. With the road to wrestlemania, Eric is not afraid of competition. With that said, with the recent spike in Impact ratings, how pleased is Eric to see the progression of the company over the part of the past several weeks. What can the fans expect in upcoming weeks/months?

Bischoff said this past year, there were 7-8 weeks of the highest ratings in the history. He said TNA is slowly but surely are hitting in the right direction. He said there were some speed bumps, he said they are building momentum and good talent. He wants to take the show in the road, inject the show with different kind of energy. He says they have a good future and is very proud of it.
Monday Night Mayhem had Eric Bischoff on their nine year anniversary today live today.
 

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I'm sure the ratings increase is coz of Mr Andersons return...lol

Interesting Eric Bischoff sais he has no involvement with talent signing, on Impact he spend alot of time riding the praise of Jeff Hardy and alot of Immortal. Maybe it's just a worked storylne and he is not so involved behind the scenes.
 

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I'm sure the ratings increase is coz of Mr Andersons return...lol

Interesting Eric Bischoff sais he has no involvement with talent signing, on Impact he spend alot of time riding the praise of Jeff Hardy and alot of Immortal. Maybe it's just a worked storylne and he is not so involved behind the scenes.
Bischoff is just a TV personality. That's all. He has no involvement anywhere else.

Good questions, as usual.
 

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How does Bischoff react to people that discount Bischoff's abilities, such as TNA's downfall? Bischoff said last he checked, TNA is doing pretty well. Bischoff said 10% of the people make 90% of the negative noise. The smallest percentage of the Internet are giving wrestling fans in general a bad name.


So true!
 

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funny though everyone wants to say every thing would be so much better without Bischoff/Hogan and yet it seems pretty clear Bischoff doesnt even have that much power, but what he does have influence over seems to always turn out well.
 

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The sooner he leaves the company the sooner it will get better. The man is the devil when it comes to wrestling. He ran wcw out of business and now he's doing the same with tna.
 

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The sooner he leaves the company the sooner it will get better. The man is the devil when it comes to wrestling. He ran wcw out of business and now he's doing the same with tna.
I wouldn't say he's running it out of business because that place has been a sinking ship largely due to Dixie Carter's incompetence. Though an interesting thing about Bischoff is when something goes wrong he had nothing to do with it, but if it's a success he's ready to take full credit for it. Most people can see right through it, but his dedicated marks think he can do no wrong and if it wasn't for AOL shutting down WCW, Bischoff would have somehow put Vince out of business. Despite the fact that WCW had terrible buyrates and only cared about TV ratings while running up a massive bill for guaranteed contracts on guys that were rarely used.
 

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I like it when stupid questions are asked where people can only give one answer such as the Russo hate question. How did the person asking the question think Eric was going to answer that? They are associates... he can only answer that question one way right now.

Wasted question.
 

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Great interview, I've always known the Russo criticisms are uncalled for, whenever something bad happens you always see the "fire Russo" comments and then when there is a good storyline where most people are pleased (Fortune turning on Immortal) Vince gets no credit.
 

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Bischoff said one of the things that's resonating with the audience is integrating reality with characters, and keeping an edge.
This statement right here. I completely agree with Bischoff! 100% correct! That is what wrestling needs to be. Believable characters & situations with an edgy nature to it, while at the same time keeping in line with the fact that this is supposed to be presented as a sport.

too bad that is not what is going on TNA right now. Maybe they are closer than WWE, but in TNA, the storylines make nos ense half the time, which takes away from the reality, and the stupidity takes away from the edginess they are trying to achieve.
 

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Bischoff is just a TV personality. That's all. He has no involvement anywhere else.

Good questions, as usual.
If you watch that Hogan documentary on A&E , he's involved in the creative meatings so if he says he's not part of anything involving TNA ,then I don't believe him.It woudln't make sense in having him in TNA and just be some sort of on air personality, it makes no sense

I guarentee if TNA was doing EXTREMELY well,he'd be taking credit , maybe not all but he would be taking credit for it.

As for Russo , of course he's going to make him out to be a good guy or something they work together. If he talks badly he'll lose his job. Its simple as that

As for him making some good things well sure anyone can come up with a good idea but those good ideas are over shadowed by many bad ideas.Some wrestlers don't like him and say he sucks. I haven't heard many that say he's good without being under the same umbrella as he is
 

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Good interview.

Bischoff>>>>>Hogan.

Russo still needs to go. That, or TNA needs to get someone who can finish what Russo starts and also refine it. Russo's a mad genius when it comes to ideas, but he's never been able to grasp how to get from Point A to Point B. He goes through every other letter instead.
 

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I actually know somebody that called in to prank their show last night, got on and recorded it but he failed miserably and just didn't say anything that was funny. Yeah I'd like to listen to it but the archive for it isn't up yet.

He's getting pretty played out on their show now. I wished Taz would have went on their show again because he did a great interview with them the last time he was on. I don't think Flair should stay with TNA. It's not right what that man went through on the Europe tour and he'd be better in WWE in a non wrestling on screen managerial role than in TNA.
 

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I like it when stupid questions are asked where people can only give one answer such as the Russo hate question. How did the person asking the question think Eric was going to answer that? They are associates... he can only answer that question one way right now.

Wasted question.
Amen. Most of these questions are weak, but there are at least a couple good ones.
 

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I like it when stupid questions are asked where people can only give one answer such as the Russo hate question. How did the person asking the question think Eric was going to answer that? They are associates... he can only answer that question one way right now.

Wasted question.
And it's not like that question has never been asked to him before or like this is the first Monday Night Mayhem he's ever done. He's done like 10 of these stupid interviews already. I'm not blaming Bishoff but maybe if people are gonna keep asking him questions like this he should just move on and they should bring another person on to answer fan questions.
 

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Do you honestly believe that? Plus I'm sure he has something to do with the production side of things. He's the one that came up with that shaky camera mockumentary shit.
Naw thats all Russo
 
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