TMZ Sports recently interviewed former WCW president Eric Bischoff, who revealed that the famous incident between Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone during the 1998 NBA Playoffs was one way of promoting their wrestling match. The episode dates back to Race 6 of the NBA Finals between Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, decided by the magical basket of Michael Jordan who delivered the sixth title in eight years to the Bulls.
"What I said to Dennis is that if something had happened – maybe during a timeout or off the pitch – so that the feud between him and Malone seemed even more real, I wouldn't have minded at all," said Bischoff.
"When I saw the accident, I laughed like a child, since he had managed to do more than was legitimate to imagine. As a wrestling producer, being able to create such a moment on such a big platform as the NBA Playoffs has been truly incredible."
Bischoff was also questioned about a segment of the docuseries, 'The Last Dance', in which he criticizes Rodman's decision to skip the training between Race 3 and Race 4 to appear in WCW. “I certainly didn't expect Dennis to skip training to participate in Nitro.
It was completely his decision." The match was one to watch and also featured Hulk Hogan. Eventually, Hogan would win the match by way of a pinfall. Both Rodman and Malone went at it full speed and the built-up momentum accentuated the Pay-Per-View event thoroughly.