Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Aug 29, 2013
Massive Backstage Heat On Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff

Massive Backstage Heat On Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff

During a Q&A in Toronto with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff over the weekend as part of a Fan Expo event, a fan asked Hogan what could be done to make TNA successful. Hogan said that Bischoff “needed to be given the keys to the car” and that, “somebody somewhere” needed to “drop all the resources we need like we had in the WWE and the WWF, whether it be cameras or money or vehicles or advertising” in order for TNA to work “in a perfect world.”

According to sources, those within TNA are upset about that statement for a number of reasons and there is “nuclear heat” on the two for hinting that the Carter family wasn’t giving TNA the proper resources. The comments are seen as a slap in the face of TNA President Dixie Carter from her top paid talent.

One wrestler said (while asking to be kept anonymous): “Even if you agreed with Hulk, the way it was said and the way it comes across in that video just completely disrespected Dixie, even if that’s not what he meant.”

Another reason they are upset is that Bischoff has been given creative control. From day one, he and Hogan have got their way with direction and ideas, including what talent was brought in, removing the six-sided ring, moving iMPACT! Wrestling to Mondays against RAW, taking TNA on the road and more. TNA agreed to the ideas hoping it would build their company. Basically, the two have gotten nearly everything they’ve asked for. The problem is that the company hasn’t grown since Bischoff and Hogan came on board in any aspect, including live events, ratings or licensing. With that being said, the two are placing the blame on everyone but themselves when it’s actually them who are screwing things up more and more. Let’s be honest though .. do you honestly think Bischoff or Hogan would ever put the blame on themselves? Of course not … they’ll blame the talents, management, Carter’s, etc and that’s exactly what they’re doing right now. That has pissed off a TON of people in the company including management and talent.

The company began touring but didn’t see any increased revenue that they were led to believe they would get. Instead, they had to restructure the company and become an “evil” company that let Jesse Sorensen go, as well as being in a position where money is an issue in re-signing AJ Styles. Again, many of these issues fall on the hands of Bischoff and Hogan.

TNA paid Hogan a good salary and put Bischoff in a position to be the liaison between Spike and TNA, even before Dixie Carter, who built the relationship between the two. The two continue to get rewards for being with the company while others have been fired or been given less money, and the company isn’t doing as well as they thought.

Several people are waiting to see what the interaction between the two and Dixie Carter will be at tonight’s show in Cleveland, the first time Hogan has been at a TNA taping in a month.

The anonymous wrestler added: “Hulk came across like he pretty much said that the company didn’t have anyone strong in charge and Eric was the savior. Well, they’ve been here years and Eric hasn’t saved anyone yet.”

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48 Responses to “Massive Backstage Heat On Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff”

  1. HolsG says:

    Honest to god, TNA need to get rid of them (specifically Hogan).
    They are overpaid for what they do (as stated – no ratings etc. increase) and TNA have lost loads of their decent talents including Lethan and Red (since they joined) and now are at risk of losing one of the few wrestlers who built the company to what it was in 2011.

    AJ goes, so do I!

    • nicholal79 says:


    • roodeariesdaniels says:

      i say tna are stuck a bit between a rock and a hard place due to if bischoff wasnt in creative control who is?

      i remember the pope (black guy, not the 1 that lives in rome) saying "for better or worse they've brought tna exposure". hogan's been in the GM role a while now so now its time for someone else. but im stuck on ppl they can have in the role. i dont think tna can get away with no one or a crazy girl, a laptop or a widow of a former wrestler. its got to be someone with a relative "name". in the past they've had dusty rhodes. a clear former wrestler in the business. jarrett is always an option. but after him theres? theres got to be a 2nd.

      i think they lost lethal, red, shelley, young bucks to name a few due to the amount of time they were getting. (lethal seems more to do with JJ tho).

      • Peckar says:

        Shelley and The Young Bucks should have been kept for sure. The tag division was peaking when they were here.

      • Bigmike885 says:

        need to really get off the "who can play the Gm role" thing..once again..wrestling did FINE when there wasn't that role (its only been around for a decade)..If anything, the GM role isn't supposed to be a draw, so you can basically put anyone in it…or just get rid of it.

        • Leg Drop Jobber says:

          I agree. It has totally run it's course. All it does is serve as a role for a veteran that can't wrestle anymore. TNA needs to stop relying on wrestling's past and move forward. Unfortunately, I've lost confidence in that ever happening.

          • Bigmike885 says:

            You know. It wouldn't really bother me if the person doing it wouldnt be do highly paid. If at the end of the day, if they decide to keep bischoff in charge of creative, if they put him in the roll it would make sense. But to be paying hogan as much as they are just go come on tv and play an authority figure is stupid.Sent from my iPhone

          • Leg Drop Jobber says:

            I don't really think an "authority figure" or even "match maker" is really all that necessary. It just takes away time from the actual guys in the match/feud.

        • Philly_Cheese says:

          Exactly, fans don't need someone coming out to tell everyone a match is "official" its stupid, pointless, and a waste of air time. WWE does it to consume tv time because they have more tv time than they have talent or stuff to air, TNA on the other hand has far more talent than tv time. The announces can say matches are official for later that night, or even do segments on what will be the card on the upcoming PPVs.

      • OzzfactorDro says:

        Nash as GM would be sweet.


    TNA will not compete against WWE in the sphere of 'entertainment', but wrestling? Absolutely possible. But they have to let Aries, Roode, AJ, Sabin go 20-30 minutes every week. Give people a reason to watch, some amazing matches and not have a 10 minute match that ends in a dq.

    • roodeariesdaniels says:

      i agree partially but it has to be rememmbered that tna have 1 show worth 1 hour 20 minutes in tv time (forget about adverts). in that respect in 1 week if the matches were say daniels vs aries (20 mins), aj styles vs roode (20 mins), samoa joe vs kazarian (20 mins) they would no doubt all be 20 mins worth of some amazing matches. but they've only managed 6 talents with 20 mins remaining.

      they have the x division, knockouts and tag team divisions to grow. but looking at a imo a great talent like kenny king. hasnt been on tv in a few weeks. when aj styles, daniels, roode, hardy, angle, joe, magnus, kazarian are on tv that makes it difficult to have say kenny king vs manik/tj perkins for 15 mins.

      in terms of the entertainment side from promos bully ray, daniels, roode, kazarian, storm, mickie james, gail to name a few id say they deliver regularly.

      • WARISNAUGHTY says:

        I totally respect your opinion, broadly for 'entertainment' I meant in terms of pyro, props the spectacle aspect which requires a budget TNA do not have. There was an interview that Paul Haymen did where he said 'if you were over 40 I would chop off your head.' The only way wrestlers will get over is by giving them time in the ring to shine. Agree Ray and Daniels can cut a great promo, but looking forward they do need to invest more in the X Division and reestablish themselves as the alternative, not a WWE B show. Sadly it has felt like that in recent time.

        • DirkB says:

          I was going to write something similar earlier before the site lost my message, TNA need to go back to being the "alternative" and stop trying to win over WWE fans.

          You're right about WWE's presentation, TNA can't compete with it.

          • Bigmike885 says:

            problem is..the majority of "wrestling" fans have been taught to believe the WWE is the way the wrestling is. Winning their fans over is the key.

  3. TheBringer92 says:

    Hogan should deffo not get resigned.

    • MRPC says:

      AJ who? Sorry, as he would be jobbing to their talent as soon as he was signed.

      I still think that Easy E would be the saviour to be honest if he was given the keys.

      • soyfenomenal says:

        What the fuck are you talking about.

      • roodeariesdaniels says:

        but heyman's in wwe. hes a no go.

        ppl need to think of someone other than heyman.

      • Bigmike885 says:

        He "has the keys" he's been in charge of creative for a while. People seem to think Bischoff has a great history in creative, but the NWO is his only creation…ever…(other than Goldberg..that just kind of happened and was Tenays idea to start the streak)

  4. Luis says:

    Ok let me get this straight its Prichard’s fought they let the talents go not Hogan or Bischoff correct? Ever since they went on the road I didn’t see any major talent come in because of Pritchard not Hogan or Bischoff. Well now I think talents just don’t care about becoming better because Bischoff makes sense and has been there done that.

  5. Chris youngblood says:

    Bischoff lost his mental edge in wrestling long ago Monday night wars with wed was a one trick pony show I personally think that the real Kevin Sullivan Coulson better than Hogan and bischoff (not the Kevin Sullivan from panda energy)

  6. shanedraper says:

    tna was better before they came in, all thats happend is they have spent loads of money and fired everyone i like. destroyed the knockouts, tag teams, x division

    • DirkB says:

      Go watch some old Impacts, it's not the perfect picture that people like to remember.
      TNA make the tags great, then destroy them, they've been doing it since I started watching in 2005. The X division was killed long before H&B showed up, they only trotted it out to give Lethal some attention every once in a while, TNA decided to focus on the heavyweight title more, which was always a bit shoddy.
      I'll give you the tag division, TNA has lost a lot of talented ladies since H&B came in, there was talk the TNA lowballed Kong, like they did Kim, but BTLS played a big role in her leaving. They're doing good things with the 5 KOs they have despite that.

      What I remember from old Impacts was, 5-10 minutes of wrestling with a ton of backstage comedy and promos, TNA trying to be WWE-lite and a lot more. They have done some great things in their time but it was never as good as people like to claim.

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        they had about the same wrestling, I've downloaded old shows and the amount of wrestling it contained was about the same. TNA prior to HH didn't focus on just the singles division, in fact it was everything that drew. You also have to look at it this way: their ratings haven't increased but in fact have steadily dropped since he's been there, and it doesn't seem they've moved anywhere since he's been there either.

      • OzzfactorDro says:

        Yeah but a lot of that backstage comedy was money. That's one thing that it's kinda lost since the 2000's. There is hardly any comedy anymore, aside from Taz trying to be funny and Joseph Park/EY. The stuff like Paparazzi Productions, those line of interviews between Shelley and Nash, PCS Challenge, 3 Live Crew, and Voodoo Kin Mafia is what had me glued. Of course Kurt, Sting, Joe, AJ, and Beer Money had me glued too.

  7. TNA_fan says:

    Bring back Double J, and let him do Hulk's so call "GM" job, or have Sting be the GM, and let A.J Style take over Sting roll with the MEM.

    • jbcissom says:

      AJ doesn't need to be a faction. I would actually love it if Sting stepped aside (but remained in TNA… doing special matches and what not and the GM), and the MEM actually jumped him or something and became a heel faction again, a new heel faction that would resemble the 4 horsemen.

  8. JoshuaTNA says:

    I agree though, I think that Eric Bischoff would make a better TNA president then Dixie Carter. With all this being said TNA should have hired Paul Heyman when they had the chance. Having Paul and Eric working together in the same company would have been awesome.

    • Bigmike885 says:

      and it NEVER would have happened..they would have clashed to much. Bischoff only worked well because he had a unlimited checkbook and was able to throw everything he could think of against the wall (kind of like Vince does..actually exactly like Vince does). Heyman would laugh in Bischoffs face and walk away, expecially if they were both involved in creative.

      • Philly_Cheese says:

        Well not quite like Vince does… Bischoff spent Turner's money like no tomorrow, and in fact WCW spent far more than it ever made, the only people who profited from WCW were some of the higher up wrestlers. Vince doesn't spend his money on a whim, just when he knows it'll profit. The problem is Bischoff knows nothing about business and would cost Dixie and her family billions.

  9. godoftna says:

    I said it from the very beginning. Hogan and Bischoff in TNA would lead to no good and end in disaster. NO ONE in their right mind would ever give Bischoff the "keys to the car" after he helped drive WCW under. Hell, he and Hogan have been given far to much power as it is. I could see it now. Bischoff gets full control and within a week, Hogan is made World champion. The two of them had their time, but now, they need to go away. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Not all the blame for TNA's struggles can be placed at their feet alone, but they share a large chunk as their ideas stalled whatever momentum TNA once had.

    As for TNA, and again, I've said it before, it needs to take a look back at what made it so successful when they first started. The six sided ring, the great X division action, the tremendous up and coming talents. TNA had it all and were well on their way. They need to recapture that. While the six sided ring isn't going to raise the ratings through the roof, it will help differentiate TNA from the other wrestling companies. Hogan once said that "they can have all these 5 star matches but it wont get them to the next level". Maybe not, but it WILL get people talking and THAT is what TNA needs is people talking. TNA should limit it's live shows and IMPACT to areas where they actually draw solid crowds. They've done huge business in Brooklyn with the BaseBrawl events, so they should do more shows in that area. Dump the over priced talents like Hogan and Bischoff and use the money to either improve production, increase marketing, or sign young new talents. Rebuild their relationship with OVW and actually use the talents they send there. Build new relationships with international companies and talents like Muta's new company and New Japan. Run more international shows. The shows in Europe did HUGE business. TNA can succeed, but they have to stop listening to and following the ideas of Hogan and Bischoff. Time for Dixie to show her mettle and publicly, IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE LOCKER ROOM, call out the two and all their back handed comments and dealings. In will win her the locker room and show everyone that SHE is in charge, not them. Go for it Dixie. Go for it TNA. At least point, you have nothing to lose.

    • DirkB says:

      Hogan said he can't do singles, even Bischoff wouldn't put the title on someone that can't physically perform.

      Losing 6 sides is really the only thing that pissed me off about H&B, outside Roode losing at BFG, it was the way they done it, piss poor move handled even worse.

      • jbcissom says:

        People, you need to let the 6-sided ring go. AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Bully Ray, Devon, Sting… all of these guys have stated that they prefer the squared circle to the 6-sided ring.

        • Bigmike885 says:

          THANK YOU!!! for the love of god thank you..the only time the 6 sided ring made any kind of difference was when there was a 3 or 4 way match. It always looked awkward and very gimmicked.

          • The Boss says:

            Even in a 3 or 4 way match you only need four sides. After all you can only hit one rope or jump off one turnbuckle at a time

          • oh0K says:

            The ring was much bigger, imo it honestly only made sense for x division matches with 6 – 8 ppl in them, and it some other matches like king of the mountain, Lethal Lockdownnd battle royals, a

  10. jbcissom says:

    I get this wrestler wants to remain anonymous, but depending on who is making that statement determines how much weight is carried by it. If that's a Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Sting, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, or James Storm… ton of weight. If that statement is made by Robbie E. or Sonjay Dutt… comes across as sour grapes, even if there is some truth to it.

    That being said, they need to give Bischoff some time at creative after this A&8 storyline has ran it's course, which I'm guessing it finally blows up at BFG.

    • Philly_Cheese says:

      The reason he wants to remain anonymous is because HH and Bischoff have tendencies to be vindictive towards people. If the person came out and said that he'd probably kiss any tv time goodbye, and would probably be sitting at home never making any appearances, and never getting paid.

  11. DJBIGCG says:

    If tna had nuts, they would get rid of hogan and bischoff. But for some reason, I think Dixie is to sensitive to do that

    • DirkB says:

      Lawsuits probably factor into her thinking. Hogan's contract will be airtight.

      • Bigmike885 says:

        yup…people who keep saying "dump them" seem to think they have a standard low card contract. Im sure it's iron clad and gaurenteed. Once their up..sure..don't resign them if you choose, but they can't just "dump them"

  12. Evan Penn says:

    i have to disagree with this statement for several reasons one before they both came aboard there number one issue has always been money now while I’m not defending Hogan and Bischoff they don’t control TNAs wallet and nobody can say otherwise. Also if Bischoff has complete control he still don’t control the wayTNA advertise that is another major issue TNA has you will see a WWE commercial duringTNA but you don’t see TNA anywhere being advertised. Also on this very site they stated that spike executives didn’t want to deal with Dixie because she didn’t have a mind for business but that they only wanted to deal with Bischoff. Tna other problem is that they don’t build stars right they were building the cowboy that stopped, they were building Aries and Roode then put them as a team. most of TNA stars are not recognizable or don’t have the charisma that appeals to people. like daniel bryan AJ Cena Hardy Bully I mean the truth is the truth. while i agree hogan should be gone but id prefer to watch him or WWe because TNA had actually wasted good Talent way before hogan andbischoff came like petey williams, sonjay dutt Jay leathal and more

  13. The Boss says:

    This story is complete fraud. First of all the phrase, “one wrestler – who asked to remain anonymous…” is a dirt sheet code for “this story is complete horse $#!£” that dates back at least to the 70s.

    Second, what did Hogan say that anyone would be mad at? He put Bischoff over as a good business man and said TNA could use more resources such as cameras and of course money (to perhaps allow them to start taping a second show which they definitely need). He didn’t put down any talent or say if only the boys would step up. He simply sat that if they only had unlimited resources (“in a perfect world”) TNA could do anything.

    If you watched the video you would have noticed that Hogan was asked what two things would it take to make TNA successful. The truth is that it will take more than two things. So to answer the question Hogan used the “perfect world” hypothetical scenario. Totally harmless.

  14. Sturk says:

    we comment on this stuff as if it's known that this is the case lol

  15. josieamy says:

    Is this site tna news, or tna editorial? Seems like lots of opinion in this piece. Whilst I don't think bischoff should be in charge there is truth to the fact that more money invested in the product is the only way to promote growth. I do agree with many comments that TNA should go back to being the alternative to WWE, not a "WWE lite" as Terry funk put it. Keep hulk on a limited basis, lots of x div, hard core, 1 ppv a year with six sided ring, and bring back the "adrenalin rush".

  16. weasel6666 says:

    hey tnawrestlingnews here's an idea. Stop shoving your opinions to us and simply give us the news.

  17. OzzfactorDro says:

    I hate to say this but as long as Hogan gets the biggest pop of the night and sells the most merch, I don't think he's getting released. I think Hogan brings nothing creatively to the table though. I think Bischoff was doing some great things when he first came in. Hardy kind of killed any progress he had built when he showed up to the PPV all buzzed up and screwed up the main event. I absolutely miss the hell out of Reaction. That was such a good way to build the episodic side the next Impact. Jeff Hardy, Ken Anderson, and Sting cut some legendary promos on Reaction and it magnified feuds to make them mean more. Even people like Robbie E, Matt Morgan, and Poor Ol Frankie were getting a chance to let their mic skills develop. In closing, boot Hogan, keep The Bisch.

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