Eric Bischoff has hit back at claims that Hulk Hogan manipulated Goldberg early on his career, commenting that he was in fact a big supporter of the star.
By the time that Goldberg arrived on WCW television in late 1997, Hulk Hogan had been arguably the most famous wrestler on the planet for more than a decade. As a result he was much more well versed in the inner workings of the industry and the political manoeuvring that often took place behind the scenes.
Despite his inexperience, less than a year after making his debut, Goldberg pinned Hollywood Hulk Hogan in front of 40,000 people at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to claim the World Heavyweight Championship. In the process he cemented his status as one of the biggest stars in the entire industry.
In the decades that followed it has been suggested that Hogan manipulated Goldberg, using his lack of experience for his own gain backstage. However, Eric Bischoff who was WCW President during this period, has hit back at those claims, instead revealing that Hogan was a big supporter of the former Atlanta Falcon.
“I know Hulk was a very, very big supporter of Bill Goldberg. In fact, you know, it was what it was. One of the reasons why I ultimately had such a difficult time with Goldberg was due in no small part to the fact that Hulk was in his ear and kind of guiding him. I understand that you know.
Hulk knew that Goldberg was special. He also knew that Goldberg was inexperienced in the wrestling industry. Never been in it, he was still new and unsure of himself in some respects. Not when it came to physicality, of course; he was very confident in himself,
But the business of the wrestling business is a treacherous one,
There’s a lot of politics, a lot of gamesmanship, there’s a lot of manoeuvring, always has been that way.”
Expanding further, Bischoff explained that Hogan used his own influence to try and protect Goldberg, keeping him away from the pitfalls of the wrestling business.
“And, Hulk kind of took, I would say, to a degree, under his wing, including getting Bill the same attorney that Hulk had, Henry Halls. And once Henry started managing Bill or representing Bill, I must say, things got really tricky real fast, and that’s in no small part due to Hulk Hogan’s influence on Bill Goldberg to help protect him.
So this nefarious kind of scheming and planning as it relates to Bill Goldberg, at least by Hulk, I don’t think so. Hulk would have never manipulated Goldberg into a situation that was not a good situation for Bill. I wouldn’t buy that,”
On the December 27th episode of Monday Night Raw, Eric Bischoff made a shock return to WWE television officiating the vow renewal ceremony between The Miz and Maryse.
Bischoff is of course no stranger to wrestling weddings, having served as the disguised officiant for Billy and Chuck in their controversial wedding storyline in 2002.
Despite the best efforts of the happy couple, the ceremony went far from smoothly, as Edge interfered and teased he would embarrass the pair.
After Miz yelled at the WWE Hall of Famer to stop, Edge said, “Wait, you didn’t want this to be a white wedding, did you?” The music of Edge’s former stable The Brood began to play, and Miz and Maryse were subject to a brutal Broodbath, spoiling their beautiful white clothing with a black viscous liquid.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.