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.
Curtis Axel has been displaying more and more disdain towards fans who are asking him for autographs at inopportune moments. The WWE star recently stated that someone asked him to sign eight pictures at an airport at 4am.
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.
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.
"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
Aside from being utilized to help promote Brock Lesnar, who works a limited schedule, there does not appear to be much of a story line for Paul Heyman backstage. After being split apart from Curtis Axel and Ryback, management hasn't shown an interest in adding new guys for the former ECW owner to work with.
"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."
When Curtis Axel made his debut in professional wrestling, he worked a tag team match with fellow third generation star Ted DiBiase, who would also go on to find fame in WWE, in a match for World League Wrestling, which they won via disqualification.
While management was not planning on giving him a big push or anything, there are some concerns that Curtis Axel is going to be held back by his tag team partner Ryback, who has secured himself a spot in the WWE dog house for a variety of reasons.
"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"
Curtis Axel will not be receiving a push in WWE any time soon. While management really likes him a lot, he simply was not able to capture the audience like they had hoped he would. The company still values him as a role player and wants him around.
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.
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.
Cody Rhodes and Goldust retained the WWE Tag Team Championship at TLC. Curtis Axel and Ryback were elminated first, followed by Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesario. Big Show and Rey Mysterio were eliminated when Cody pinned Mysterio.
Since the creative department doesn't have a story line for either guy, there are talks that Curtis Axel and Ryback could become a more permanent tag team in WWE.
WWE has appointed the Shield as their rookies of the year. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns beat out the Wyatt Family, Fandango, Curtis Axel and Big E Langston.
With Big E Langston recently winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship, he picked up the expected win in a rematch with Curtis Axel at the Survivor Series. A pinfall came after the Big Ending finisher.
Big E Langston has been given a spot on the Survivor Series, where the new WWE Intercontinental Champion will defend against former champion Curtis Axel.
On Monday Night Raw, Big E Langston defeated Curtis Axel and became the new WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Through Twitter, Kaitlyn congratulates her former on screen rival, Big E Langston, for capturing the WWE Intercontinental Championship from Curtis Axel on Monday Night Raw.
After their in ring segment in Europe, Curtis Axel playfully threatens WWE announcer Tony Chimel through Twitter.
In a rather interesting segment at a WWE live event in England, ring announcer Tony Chimel kicked Curtis Axel in the gut and delivered a Stone Cold Stunner.
While the two of them were together on Monday Night Raw this week, there are still talks within WWE of splitting Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman soon.
The advertised match on Main Event against Curtis Axel was canceled because Big E Langston had to miss the television taping to fly out for the European tour.
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.
Curtis Axel posted a picture of himself and a child on Halloween.
With the way he has responded to Konnan, Sid Vicious has called Curtis Axel an embarrassment to Curt Hennig and the family name.
Despite being pulled from Hell in a Cell by WWE, Curtis Axel is denying that he has a serious hip injury.
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.