IMPACT Wrestling legend ODB has opened up about the regime of Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan in TNA, and how it almost ground a halt to all the good work done by the Knockouts beforehand.
While speaking with Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy, the four-time Knockouts Champion would admit she loved Hogan and Bischoff, but that they were responsible for bringing “diva crap” to TNA, as opposed to relying on their strong Knockouts division. When asked whether the Bischoff-Hogan tenure negatively impacted the women’s division, ODB agreed:
“Yeah! Like, I love Hulk and Bischoff, and when they were coming in, I was kind of on my way out – but they didn’t realise it at the time. I know they had started introducing more… More girl diva crap that we didn’t represent, and I said some stuff online and I got in trouble, of course, but that just wasn’t the Knockouts Division.”
ODB went on to say she would take a break before Bischoff helped get her job back.
“So, the Knockouts Division did change, and then I took a break, I came back like six or seven months later and Bischoff was like, ‘Where have you been? Why haven’t you been here?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know. You tell me. What the f***?’ He’s like, ‘I’ll get your job back.’ I’m like, ‘All right, let’s go.’ But then they started realising, they’re like, ‘Wow, that’s what’s been missing in the Knockouts Division.'”
The TNA legend would summarise the company’s problems back then, but said it helped everyone realise they needed the women who had become the foundations of the division.
“Yeah. You can have sexy girls doing car washes in the back or doing whatever, but you still need us Knockouts where it all started. You can’t get rid of me, Gail Kim, Kong, Beautiful People. It needed us. So, they helped me get my job back, so it was cool.”
Meanwhile, ODB confirmed to Inside The Ropes that we’ll be seeing her in IMPACT “for a few months” in our recent interview, which you can see here.
Thanks so much to ODB for taking the time, and to IMPACT UK & Ireland for facilitating the interview. Fans in the UK & Ireland can catch IMPACT! every Wednesday on IMPACT Plus and on Facebook & YouTube, with the show repeated on 5Star on Friday evenings, and catch all IMPACT PPVs via IMPACT Plus and Fite TV worldwide.