Eric Bischoff was the former President of WCW and he recently spoke about Hulk Hogan in TNA. Hulk Hogan joined TNA after leaving WWE for a short time. Eric Bischoff was also there during that time. Bischoff before joining TNA had a run in WWE as the RAW General Manager.
Hogan was offered a full-time contract by TNA in 2009. He made his official debut in January 2010. Hulk Hogan quickly became part of the group ‘Immortal’ and he ditched his classic red and yellow persona.
Eric Bischoff on Hulk Hogan's Debut in TNA
Bischoff spoke about Hogan joining ‘Immortal’ on his podcast.
Hogan also took on his Hollywood Hogan persona during that time. Hogan was also the reason why Rick Flair and Jeff Hardy joined TNA. "That was Hulk's idea, as well as creating this faction called Immortal," Bischoff said.
"Hulk was a huge, huge fan of Jeff Hardy. In fact, when Hulk and I first started talking about going into TNA and actually signing with them, it was one of the first things Hulk started talking about was, 'man, we got to get Jeff Hardy back.'
A close second to that was Ric Flair." Biscoff also revealed that he knew the risks of joining TNA. He stated that he learned a lot from his days at WCW. He didn’t want the same responsibilities that he had at WCW.
"One of the things I knew going into TNA is, I knew what most of the risk was going to be," Bischoff said. "Based on the perception of me in WCW-- I made it abundantly clear to everybody that I wanted nothing to do with hiring or firing talent, or their money, or schedule; I wanted nothing to do with that.
Those conversations took place in TNA's office and I was never a part of any of those conversations." Bischoff stated that Dixie Carter was not the person that called the shots financially, even though she was the president of TNA at that time.
It was mainly Janice Carter that mainly made all of TNA’s financial decisions. "Dixie Carter set up a conference call with her mother, Janice, who was really controlling the money," Eric Bischoff mentioned.
"The perception was that Dixie was calling the shots, but the reality was the complete opposite. It was Janice Carter who was calling the shots when it came to money. Dixie had set up a conference call and wanted me to be a part of it, and I said, 'no, I'm not doing it.
I don't even want to listen to it.' And that got me a lot of heat with Janice Carter. It was a calculated decision on my part, but I figured that the heat I would get with the Carter family would be less significant than the problems that would be caused if all of a sudden, somebody thought Eric Bischoff was coming in and calling financial shots."