Former TNA World Champion Nick Aldis has lambasted Eric Bischoff and says the former WCW President “insulted the audience” when he came to TNA in 2010.
Eric Bischoff arrived in TNA with much fanfare alongside Hulk Hogan in early 2010, a time when a young Nick Aldis was trying to make his name in the promotion.
Speaking to “Da” Podcast the man more synonymous with the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship discussed the time of great upheaval in TNA as management seemed to change like the weather:
“When I came to TNA, I came in ‘09 and by the end of ‘09, [Hulk] Hogan and [Eric] Bischoff were coming. So then 2010, here come Hogan and Bischoff and they change everything, you know? And then it’s like here comes Bruce [Prichard] and he changes a bunch of stuff.”
“It was just like — for years in a row pretty much, it was sort of new people doing everything and of course it’s like — you know, that’s why we use the term ‘politics’ because it’s very much like new people taking office. They’ve got to put their stamp on everything, so they sort of got to, ‘Forget these people. I’m gonna bring in my people.’”
Nick Aldis then went on to discuss his respect for Eric Bischoff but admits he thinks the WWE Hall Of Famer was way off the mark when he landed in the IMPACT Zone and insulted the long-time TNA audience:
“I have great admiration for Bischoff. I like Eric a lot and I consider him a friend and I have a lot of time for him but, at the time, I do feel like he — you know, when he came into TNA, I feel like he blew it right away because he insulted the audience.”
“He came right in and when he did the whole thing where he tore up the format and said, ‘Well, we’ll give more room for effort’, and trying to be cute and insider and stuff and I just felt like the audience — and the reason I feel qualified to say this is because I was one of the audience. I was 22 years old at the time, I was a kid. So I was the guy that they were trying to get, do you know what I mean?”
“I was their key audience they were looking for and I was like, ‘We’ve done this for the last ten years.’ This whole insider terms and you know, it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s a shoot.’ All of that just felt so dated and kind of crappy and desperate but more importantly, what they did was told everybody, ‘Hey, all the stuff you like… the things that are unique to TNA’s brand, the talent’, the AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, X Division guys and all this different stuff. It’s like, you basically told the audience, ‘You’re stupid for liking that. You shouldn’t like that. You should like this’ and everyone went, ‘No.’”
Bischoff last appeared on TNA television in 2012 but it wasn’t until late 2013 that he was sent home by the company to sit out the remainder of his contract which expired in early 2014.
Just weeks after Bischoff was put on hiatus by the company Nick Aldis won a tournament to crown himself TNA World Champion for the very first time.