Eric Bischoff on Hulk Hogan turning down the lead role in 'The Wrestler'

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Eric Bischoff on Hulk Hogan turning down the lead role in 'The Wrestler'

Eric Bischoff is one of the creative minds that gave birth to the successes of the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the nineties, but he also worked for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action (TNA).

His term of office as general manager of Raw, which lasted 1239 days (from July 15, 2002 to December 5, 2005), is the longest in WWE history. In June 2019, WWE announced that Bischoff will be the new executive director of SmackDown, and part of Bischoff's role is to act as an intermediary between WWE and Fox executives due to his background in the television industry.

On July 22, 2019, Bischoff appeared on the Raw Reunion episode and met along with Eve Torres and The Kanellises (Mike and Maria), and invited them to come to SmackDown. On October 15, 2019, it was announced that he had been replaced by Bruce Prichard, and with immediate effect he had left the company.

Bryan Alvarez reported that he heard "zero good things" about Bischoff and that Bischoff didn't know the product nor the wrestlers. According to Fox, Bischoff was released since "Significant promises were made that we don't feel were upheld"

On the latest edition of 83 Weeks, he discussed Hulk Hogan reportedly turning down the lead role in The Wrestler: “He had the opportunity. I met with Darren [Aronofsky]. Darren wanted to meet with me in New York about being in the movie as well, so it’s not like, there were a lot of people, Ernest “The Cat” Miller was in the movie, for crying out loud.

So Darren reached out to a lot of people in the industry. Early on, did reach out to Hulk. I think there were actually two scripts, I could be wrong about this, I’m really just flying off from the hip from 10 years ago.

I think there were originally two scripts. Not sure where Darren came in, he might have come in on the first one, I don’t really remember. I do remember that, yeah, they did reach out, they sent Hulk a script”.