Eric Bischoff on how Hulk Hogan didn’t want to play a broken down wrestler

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Eric Bischoff on how Hulk Hogan didn’t want to play a broken down wrestler

Having been one of the most important general managers in the history of Raw, on January 22 2018 Eric Bischoff appeared in the episode dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the red show. Between 27 June and 17 October 2019 Bischoff held the role of executive director of SmackDown.

Bischoff has also worked with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) where he served as Executive Producer of Impact Wrestling. With an amateur background in taekwondo, having competed as a kickboxer, Bischoff also sporadically performed as an in-ring competitor, and is a former WCW Hardcore Champion.

He wrote an autobiography, titled Controversy Creates Cash, which was released in 2006 under WWE Books. On the latest edition of 83 Weeks, he explained how Hulk Hogan probably didn’t want to play a broken down wrestler: “So I think Terry probably looked at that script and went, ‘Eh, I am a broken down old, beat up wrestler, I don’t want to play one in a movie.’ He was trying to run away from the reality, not embrace it at that point.

So yeah, he did pass on it. Unless you’re kind of experienced in it, and you’re used to it, and you’re brain processes a script, a movie script, in a certain way, for people who are unaccustomed to looking at a movie script and have only looked at television formats, you don’t really get the clear picture in your head.

You can’t see the scenes the way the writer is really trying to communicate them, because you’re not used to that format. There’s interior, exterior, pan here, I mean, there is a lot of direction within the context of a script that if you’re not used to seeing it, it just distracts you and therefore takes you out of the moment in terms of trying to visualize things”.