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Eric Bischoff Says Do Not Blame Him For TNA Problems

There are a lot of problems right now in TNA Wrestling. Many pro wrestling fans point to the hiring of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff as the biggest mistake TNA made. However, Bischoff would like you all to know that he has absolutely nothing to do with any of these recent TNA fails.

Eric Bischoff is a very polarizing personality, maybe one of the most polarizing ever in pro wrestling history. Fans often give him too much blame while some WCW fans give him too much credit. Regardless, Eric is certainly not willing to fall on any swords when it comes to TNA.

Bischoff and Hogan made a rare appearance over the weekend in Toronto. The dynamic duo was there to host a fan Q & A. Bischoff did some media to promote the event. Bischoff was of course asked about the criticism he has received for recent TNA cuts. Bischoff says he has nothing to do with them.

My role doesn’t extend to the hiring and firing or recruiting,” he clarified. “That’s the business side of TNA’s business, and I’m not involved in that.

Bischoff has positioned himself in this war of sorts against his critics on the Internet. I can’t say I blame him. He is probably one of the most vilified wrestling personalities I have ever seen on Twitter. Bischoff would like those fans to know that they are going after the wrong guy in regards to TNA.

My partner Jason Hervey and I are the Executive Producers of Impact. Essentially, my role is: to oversee the creative side of the production; to be involved in post-production as is necessary; to execute the creative direction and vision of each episode; to work closely with the network to make sure the TNA side of the equation understands the network’s goals; and to the liaison for TNA on the production side of things so that the network understands what our challenges are, and where we’re going, and what we’re trying to do. My involvement is really limited to the show itself. I’m not involved in many aspects of the business that the internet would suggest I’m involved in.

Okay so you can blame him for those horrible angles and segments on the show. Got it!

Bischoff has had a rocky relationship with the wrestling media over the years. Bisch thinks they are the reason that fans are taking out their frustrations on the wrong guy.

Unfortunately, the internet – the dirt sheets, the blogs, whatever you want to call them – a lot of them are operating with partial information. And that hurts a lot of the different parties involved. It hurts the talent in certain respects; it hurts the business in certain respects; it hurts the credibility of the people who write about things that they don’t fully understand. It’s unfortunate,” he said. “but that’s the nature of the business.

Don’t expect Bischoff to work with these reporters to set the record straight.

(That’s like asking if) I feel that I owe the fans confidential information about the inside workings of the company,” he said, re-framing the question more practically. “Absolutely not. I don’t have the right or the ability to discuss personal information. Nor should I, nor should anybody else for that matter.

I will say that Bischoff does have a point. Maybe he does get too much of the blame? But what has improved since Bischoff arrived whether it is cosmetic, in the ring, talent, etc? If you could answer me that, maybe I and others would get off his back and vent elsewhere.

Check out the entire interview over at Slam. Bischoff talks more about the inner workings, his thoughts on where TNA is going, his son Garett’s wrestling career, and more.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an M.B.A. from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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