WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff recently sat down with Shakiel Mahjouri of CBS Sports to discuss a wide variety of topics. When asked about his current relationship with Tony Khan, Bischoff admitted it’s not where it used to be:
“We were friendly and cordial. Mutual respect there. All that good stuff. It wasn’t until recently, I was asked a question and I responded and it caused, I’m guessing, hard feelings from Tony,” Bischoff said. “I tried to call Tony and he didn’t call me back. Someone told me, who Tony was complaining to, about how upset he was about the things that I said. He said, ‘Hey, why don’t you give Tony a call?’ I said, ‘Sure! I’m not mad at Tony.’
“I don’t carry grudges. It doesn’t change the way I feel about Tony, I just had to express my opinion and react to something Tony actually said that involved me and I took as being disrespectful of my accomplishments and even more disrespectful, and quite frankly, ignorant, with relation to the comment he made about Ted Turner. That’s what I reacted to. But I wasn’t angry with Tony. When my friend said to give him a call, I thought, ‘alright, I’ll give him a call.’ I left a message and I haven’t heard back so, evidently, he’s a little pissed off. But that’s OK.”
Before All Elite Wrestling in 2019, the last time professional wrestling was on TNT was back in 2001 with WCW. Before Vince McMahon and WWE swooped in to purchase WCW, Eric Bischoff was working with investors to buy the company. When asked about the WCW acquisition plans, Bischoff revealed a few names he intended to have involved with his vision of WCW:
“Hulk Hogan would have been involved. Bill Goldberg likely would have been involved. Sting, a lot of the top names that you were already familiar with at WCW,” Bischoff said. “Not all of them, by the way, but most of them would have likely been involved. There is another group within that list that would have most likely have been involved. But to be honest, we didn’t really have much of a chance to formulate a creative strategy during the period of time that we were trying to acquire WCW. Most of our energy was focused on raising $67 million, which was the price tag at the time.”
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