Former WCW Executive Producer, Eric Bischoff revealed how he never intended to be an on-screen character during his 2010-14 TNA (now Impact Wrestling) run.
On the latest episode of his 83 Weeks podcast, Bischoff explained:
“I wasn’t in TV shape, meaning I was carrying 15 or 20 extra pounds at that point. I didn’t put forth the effort. Now, I performed. My performances were generally decent or pretty good, but my physical appearance – I go back and look at it now, and I’m kind of embarrassed. I wished somebody would have pulled me aside and said, ‘Mother****er, get a haircut, lose 20 pounds, dress a little better, and show up next week.’ Part of that was I really wasn’t into it. It wasn’t my goal to be on TV in TNA. It just wasn’t… I wasn’t excited about being on camera in TNA because to be honest with you, look what I did in WCW when we were hot. Look what I got to do in WWE while I was there. TNA was a notch or four down. I had already been to that mountain.”
The 65-year-old added:
“I didn’t say that to myself when I got there, and I didn’t say that to myself every time it was time to go out and do a scene. But deep down inside, that’s how I felt about it. I would have been very happy to not be on TV in TNA. That really wasn’t my goal or even my idea. But in an environment where everybody wants to get the biggest bang for their dollar, it was like we have to get as much use out of him as they can. Part of it was me – I’m not going to put it all on somebody else. That would not be fair or honest. I would allow myself to get sucked in because it made sense on paper, but I wasn’t passionate about it. There was a big difference. If you’re on TV, you better damn well be passionate about it, or it’s gonna show. In my case, it showed because I wasn’t physically prepared.”
Bischoff debuted alongside Hulk Hogan on the famous January 4, 2010 episode of Impact. He continued to be featured prominently on television until April 2012. Bischoff left TNA when his contract expired in early 2014.
You can listen to the full podcast here.