The following are interview highlights with Eric Bischoff:
What he credits for the recent success in the ratings of TNA iMPACT over the last several weeks and what’s needed to stay at that level of where they are now: “I don’t think there’s any one thing in success & failure. It’s always a combination of several things. I think one of the things we are doing that is resonating with the audience in integrating more reality into our stories whenever we can. Keeping an edge on our stories & characters, more so than we have done in the past. Where we are in our storylines really started back in October at Bound for Glory, and it’s continuing now where we are today and where we are leading up to on March 3rd.”
His opinion on the new direction of the “They” storyline: “I think ‘Plan B’ (the Fortune split from Immortal) was well-received. It caught everyone by surprise when everyone came to TV, because we didn’t call everyone and give a heads-up in advance and because we like to contain & control information creatively as best we can. Once everyone wrapped their heads around it, I think the guys were very excited about it. Fortune is a strong, aggressive, young, emerging group of talent that saw a opportunity for them to step up, and now they’re taking it.”
What fans watching at home can expect to see on the March 3rd edition of iMPACT that’s different from their normal Thursday night TNA viewing experience: “What I’m hoping we’re going to see is, I know we are going to see a pretty powerful show from a content point of view. You are also going to see a show in front of an energized crowd in a bigger arena that has a different kind of energy. I’m going to say better energy, but a different kind of energy than we typically see.”
More is contained in the latest installment of “The Hot Seat,” including Eric’s candid thoughts/comments on just how close we were to seeing The Main Event Mafia back in TNA, the rumors of Sting signing with the WWE leading into WrestleMania XXVII, why he feels that “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair “isn’t going anywhere” despite the much-publicized reported incident in Dublin as part of TNA’s recent European tour, Hulk Hogan’s forthcoming return to TNA, whether the constant Vince Russo hate from wrestling fans is warranted, plus so much more! If you missed the live & interactive “Hot Seat” experience as part of MNM’s nine-year anniversary special then tune in to “Your Home of Wrestling Radio” on Monday evening, March 7th (beginning at 7:35PM ET/6:35PM CT), as “The Hot Seat With Eric Bischoff” (flavored by Sizzlin Sauces) will return LIVE! This is your chance to speak directly to TNA’s Eric Bischoff leading into TNA’s next Pay-Per-View: Victory Road. Submit your questions right now on Eric’s official Facebook page (located at www.Facebook.com/TheEricBischoff), along with that of The Mayhem (located at www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem).