The following is an excerpt from an interview with Eric Bischoff from ScrippsNews.com:
"I have a tremendous respect for Vince [McMahon] and, in a perverse way, like him," [Eric] Bischoff said. "But at the end of the day, I think I’m better than him. I’m more creative than him and have a better feel for the business."
Bischoff then laughed.
"It’s just that he happens to be a lot more successful than I am."
Bischoff now has another chance to compete with McMahon, although this challenge will be much tougher. WWE is a multimillion juggernaut while TNA lacks the deep pockets that WCW had with AOL/Time Warner backing.
TNA, though, does have the chance to establish itself as a successful secondary U.S. promotion. After the ratings success of last week’s special, Spike is expected to ultimately give TNA a Monday-night time slot opposite "Raw."
Bischoff said he has watched the Jan. 4 "Impact" between "50 to 75 times" looking for ways to make the show better. While not happy with some of the production values and a disastrous finish to the opening X-Division cage match, Bischoff said he was happy with a product that featured the TNA debuts of Hogan as well as former WWE stars like Ric Flair and Jeff Hardy.
"Think of WWE as a giant aircraft carrier and TNA as an 18-foot speedboat," said Bischoff, 54. "There’s a lot the aircraft carrier can do, but it’s also big and slow. We can bring a more flexible, aggressive and nimble approach. There is an open-mindedness and risk-taking mentality that exists here. That’s one thing I really like about this company."
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