Former WCW President Eric Bischoff has discussed one former WCW star who he says was a “bad fit” at the time the company was heading for a huge upswing.
In 1994 World Championship Wrestling was emerging from the shadows after the landmark acquisition of former multi-time WWF Champion and pop culture icon Hulk Hogan. However, although Hogan was about to lead the company into their Monday Night Wars with his former employers, one old rival of Hogan was anything but pleased to see him.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast [available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] Eric Bischoff says that Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura was extremely negative about Hogan and his dissenting voice was eventually silenced after Ventura was found backstage fast asleep at a show:
“We’re starting to get decent morale, and Hogan comes in and now there’s some hope and then you’ve got this guy just bad-mouthing everybody and everything, mostly because he hates Hogan. He was just a bad fit at the time. And then to catch him sleeping on the job and I’m paying him 500 grand a year? It’s like… Nah, I’ll make this go away.”
Jesse Ventura and Hulk Hogan have a rivalry that dates back decades when it was confirmed by Vince McMahon that Hogan was the one that told the WWE Chairman about Ventura’s plans to organise a wrestler’s union, something that ultimately led to him leaving that promotion.
Speaking with Wrestling Inc. back in 2015, the former Governor of Minnesota gave his own thoughts on his WCW exit:
“The thing with WCW was Bischoff brought Hogan in, and that spelled the end for me. Hogan wanted me gone. My contract had about six months left when Hogan was brought in, and they never called me back. I sat at home and they paid me. Hogan wanted control, and he knew he couldn’t control Jesse Ventura. He knows I’ll say anything on the mic.”