Magnus Talks To Eric Bischoff About Fighting An Uphill Battle In TNA & Being Labeled ‘A Dixie Project’

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You can listen to Eric’s comments from the transcription below starting at the 30 minute mark in the embedded audio player above.

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On the difficult early days Nick had in TNA:

EB: You’re a big, well built, good looking guy and you’re young. Right off the bat 75% of the locker room is going to be uncomfortable with you. Just walking through the door.

NA: Then compound that with everyone knowing that basically I got seen because… the backstory of this… is that AJ was on the cover of FSM. FSM is the top UK independent wrestling magazine. It was the first time that a TNA wrestler had been on the cover. They always had WWE guys on the cover. It was a real indication that TNA was making it’s mark in the UK market. In that same issue there was an eight-page feature on me because I had been on TV for Gladiators. We were doing very good numbers. Dixie saw that magazine and basically called the editor and said, “Can you put me in touch with this guy?” They did and that is how I got signed. Obviously that’s great. I’m capitalizing on an opportunity. By the time it gets through the telephone, telegram, tele-a-wrestler it’s like, “(redneck accent) Dixie found this guy in a magazine.” You know? I came in with such an uphill battle. That’s probably my biggest achievement in TNA was finally being able to battle against that. I wanted to keep my job and not have people say, “Oh, well, this is a Dixie project.” 

This week’s “The Business of Professional Wrestling” segment features Eric discussing:

  • WWE and Joey Styles parting ways
  • The fine line WWE Superstars walk by saying controversial things about the company while under contract
  • Dean Ambrose’s comments on the live Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network about Brock Lesnar being lazy and not wanting to do business in their WrestleMania 32 bout
  • How Conor McGregor’s comments could have affected a bigger deal between WWE & UFC
  • Whether RAW’s ratings dropping sharply this week means anything
  • If it’s time to turn John Cena heel now due to his busy “Hollywood” schedule
  • His thoughts on The New Day
  • The return of the squash match to WWE
  • UFC fighter Conor McGregor’s recent controversial comments about Brock Lesnar and WWE Superstars
  • More…

He then airs the second half of his interview with Nick Aldis (aka Magnus). During the interview they discuss:

  • Eric thinking Nick had “a chip on his shoulder” the first time they met
  • Nick’s work with Sting in TNA
  • The uphill battle he faced in TNA being labeled a “Dixie Project”
  • Chris Jericho’s leap from WCW to WWE and the difference in storytelling
  • The Cruiserweight Classic
  • How we are currently in the wild west of digital distribution and advertising
  • Why Nick thinks Chael Sonnen was the pro wrestler in 2012
  • More…

Today’s show wraps up with Eric answering a handful of questions from fans

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