It has been a couple of months now since he was sent home from the company, and it appears that Eric Bischoff is very unlikely to make his return to the TNA front office. He is making a good amount of money by being a television producer, and he really appears to enjoy his personal time, where he hangs out with his family and travels frequently.
One of the reasons why Brutus Magnus was made the TNA champion was public relations, and it looks like the move is already paying off. Members of Parliament invited Dixie Carter and Magnus to take a private tour while they were in Europe doing some live events and Impact Wrestling.
While a lot of fans are still critical of his abilities, Eric Bischoff is proving to many that he does know what he's doing when it comes to being a producer. One of his shows, the Devils Ride, made its third season premiere on Monday night, and the show has lasted a lot longer than some had predicted.
It appears that the story line and character development for Brutus Magnus is working, as fans have been booing him during the European tour. Many backstage were expecting him to receive cheers like Rockstar Spud has been receiving, but they're pleasantly surprised by the crowd reaction.
Officials backstage in TNA are said to be quite impressed with Brutus Magnus and how well he has taken to his new role as the world champion. The belief is that his title reign should last for quite a period of time as long as his performances can be maintained.
Wrestle-1, the new promotion founded by the Great Muta, is about to get an influx of talent from TNA for an upcoming live event in March. Austin Aries, Abyss, Bobby Roode, Brutus Magnus, Christopher Daniels, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Frankie Kazarian, Gail Kim, Madison Rayne and Samoa Joe have been confirmed for the trip.
One of the most controversial moments in wrestling took place when Eric Bischoff signed Alundra Blayze away from WWE. Well, it turns out that the former WCW president is still close to his former employee. The two of them were spotted hanging out together in Arizona recently.
Impact Wrestling drew in one of the highest ratings that the show has seen in a couple of years this week. The belief is that WWE fans tuned in this week to see what would happen during the match between Sting and Brutus Magnus, as many are hoping that the legendary performer will end up at Wrestlemania 30 this year.
"There is no real comparison, that is like comparing a diamond and a chunk of coal. Vince McMahon is an absolute master, he is a brilliant man, you take a look at going up against WCW, Ted Turner and that whole organisation. Turner gave us all no cut contracts; Hulk Hogan, Brutus Beefcake, Bret Hart, and myself all went to WCW. Vince then took all the cast offs like Triple H and Steve Austin and turned them into global superstars and once again he was on top. You've got to give Vince credit, he is not your friend, if you want a friend go buy a puppy, Vince is your boss. He will use you and make you money but when the time is right he will flush you down the toilet and won't think twice about it, welcome to the real world."
- Jim Duggan on Eric Bischoff
Another person that TNA wants to push to the main event scene soon is Gunner. Many backstage feel that he can be elevated enough to be viewed as a worthy challenger for Brutus Magnus and the world title. The success of his story line with James Storm should help dictate that.
Since TNA wants Brutus Magnus to have a solid run as the heavyweight champion, the creative department will be lining up some challengers, so he can work memorable feuds. Aside from Samoa Joe, another candidate being discussed is James Storm, who has routinely gotten the best reactions from the live audiences.
"Bischoff was a genius. He could be an asshole at times. I had an amazing relationship with him. We don't even talk today, which is so f---ed up to me, and it's his fault, because he sucks on the phone. We don't even have a relationship anything like we had, but at the time, it was a real relationship... (Now) he doesn't even return a phone call, which is so obnoxious."
Another name on the chopping block in TNA right now is Garett Bischoff, who has not really done much in the company since management decided to split up the Aces and Eights stable. His father, Eric Bischoff, recently scaled back on his duties within TNA.
"I never had anything but good experiences with Eric. He was always a straight shooter with us, especially with Bad Influence. He was a big supporter of our act and I could always go to him with ideas and get an honest response from him. So I hope that he comes back and does stuff, and if he doesn't, I'm sure that wherever he ends up, he's going to end up being successful. But personally, selfishly speaking, I had fun working with him and I hope that he gets a chance to come back and sort of, continue adding his two cents to our creative direction."
"Um I think Bischoff is still around, I think it's just a production capacity. I think with Hogan, some people think he had more clout than he did. I think they really wanted him to do a bit more but I think he just didn't want to really do more at this time. As far as Hogan as a person, cool cat. As far as working with him, I wouldn't know. I never worked with them. I never see them, I never talk to them. When they just asked me 'This is what we need from you' I did it and that was that."
"Direct TV dropping WWE PPVs would open up some programming and promotional real estate for other producers (TNA, Bellator) who havent gotten a lot of promotional love. Could be a win/win/win. Interesting to watch this unfold"
It was a phone call, but the FedEx came the next day. It was basically exactly what Eric Bischoff said. "Steve, based upon the amount of days you've been incapacitated, and the amount of money we're paying you, we're going to go ahead and exercise our right to terminate the agreement." So basically you're telling me I'm fired, right? He said, "yeah, you're fired." So this was right when I had tore my triceps off my elbow and I was making my recovery. I was going to be a few more weeks. I had been out for several months. When you have a triceps detached it takes a while to grow back. So it was during that time, and prior to that I had had some knee issues. I had some messed up knees. Hey, man. I was a hard working guy and put it all on the line, but some debilitating injuries you just can't make your shots. So anyway, that was the way he broke down firing me. I think it had something to do with that, and him just not seeing a big future for a guy with thinning long blond hair called Stunning Steve Austin. Although, I was very angry when I got fired, because that was my job. I need my job to pay my bills. When I look back and look through Eric Bischoff's eyes at where he was and my look, my character or lack of, and what I was presenting, I don't blame him for making the decision that he made. I don't at all.
Now that Brutus Magnus is the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion, it looks like Samoa Joe will be one of the first wrestlers to challenge him. The two of them have been booked for matches at live events this upcoming weekend.
TNA sent out a press release, letting the world know that Brutus Magnus was the first British born world champion in a major American wrestling organization in over a century. The company also touted how the victory was seen in 120 countries.
TNA held a fan party in the United Kingdom this week, so they sent Brutus Magnus, their new world heavyweight champion, to attend the event. British wrestler Rockstar Spud and Jeremy Borash were also in attendance as well.
Through Twitter, Dixie Carter congratulated Brutus Magnus for winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
On a special Final Resolution edition of Impact Wrestling last night, Brutus Magnus defeated Jeff Hardy in a tournament final and became the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He climbed the ladder and retrieved the belt after Rockstar Spud interfered.
Eric Bischoff recently spent a couple of days in Las Vegas, where the former WCW president met with MX Gaming, an independent game developer that is currently working on a project with Hulk Hogan.
TNA produced a highly entertaining funeral segment for Aces and Eights, who were forced to split up after Bully Ray was defeated by Mr Anderson at Turning Point.
Brutus Magnus posted a vague congratulatory message on Twitter, and it now appears that his target was Xavier Woods, who made his WWE debut this week.
With Eric Bischoff out of the company, former WWE executive David Lagana has stepped in as the new head writer of TNA.
Eric Bischoff posted a picture of his wife, as the two of them visited a really small town in Wyoming.
Word going around right now is that the TNA tournament is designed as a vehicle to elevate Brutus Magnus into a feud with AJ Styles.
There were talks of bringing Eric Bischoff back as an on screen company, but those plans are out the window now that TNA has sent him home.