Bischoff Reveals New Changes To Impact & Responds Steiner

Posted by Brad Davis May 8, 2012 14 Comments

During a recent interview with the One Wrestling Show podcast, TNA executive Eric Bischoff addressed Scott Stener’s recent Twitter rants against him and revealed new details about the additional format changes coming to Impact Wrestling. Here are some highlights of what Bischoff said about:

Scott Steiner’s Twitter Rants Against Him & Hogan:

“I know that Scott has been saying some pretty negative things about a lot of different people. I haven’t read them, so I don’t know. I’ve seen a couple of them, some of them have been forwarded to me by people that think that I care. [Laughs.] So, I can’t really comment on all of it, because honest to God, I don’t know everything that he said or the vast majority of it.

Read ALL Of Scott Steiner’s Twitter Rants Here

“I don’t know where Scott’s coming from, to be honest with you. He’s had a long run. He’s 50-years-old, he’s had a great deal of success in the business. I guess being someone who’s also in my 50’s, I kind of look forward — my goal — is to look back on my career and look back at all the positive things. The fact that I’ve been able to travel the world and see things and do things and make a great deal of money and provide security for my family. Make a lot of friends.

“There’s a lot of things that when you’re 50-years-old and you’re at the twilight of your career, you should be looking back on them fondly. You should be embracing the good things. I think Scott is probably going through a little mid-life crisis and realizes that at 50-years-old, it’s time to move aside. Something that he was very vocal about in his 20’s and 30’s. Now that he’s in his 50’s, he’s not so anxious to move aside.

“But, there comes a time and Scott’s time is unfortunately now unless WWE thinks that Scott has something to offer. Scott will probably be wrestling on small independent shows until that doesn’t work out any longer.”

Open Fight Night, Gut Check Challenge & More Changes To Impact:

“In my role as executive producer, one of the things that I really wanted to do — and I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. My partner, Jason Hervey and I, we’re in the television business and we work with many, many different television networks. In fact, just since we’ve been in TNA, we’ve wanted to produce nine different television series for eight different television networks in addition to executive producing Impact.

“One of the things that we’ve learned in producing different television series for different television networks is that in today’s television environment, format is really king. There is no such thing as a successful television series out there. In any genre — whether it be scripted, reality or action — every successful television show has a successful format.

“Wrestling really doesn’t. Wrestling has been produced much the same way as it always has for the last 15-25 years. What I wanted to do is change that. I wanted to create a very specific format for not only Impact, but for several. So, one of the things we did is that I got together with the creative team and we kind of worked through different formats.

“Week one, which is following the pay-per-view, is what we refer to as a ‘Reset’ format. Which means that we’re really bringing everybody up to speed it they didn’t order the pay-per-view. We have to reset our new stories going forward. I won’t go into the details of that format because you’ve probably seen them many, many times before but there’s a very specific purpose in the format.

“The second one is ‘Open Fight Night’. The ‘Open Fight Night’ format is essentially a format where any wrestler can challenge any other wrestler and the wrestler that’s being challenged has to take the challenge. Additionally, if someone challenges a champion, that world champion has to take that challenge regardless of any other condition. And as part of ‘Open Fight Night’, we’re going to have the ‘Gut Check’ segment.

“The ‘Gut Check’ segment is a segment where an aspiring young wrestler, who really has never been on national television before and is not a member of the TNA roster, is going to get an opportunity to have a television match. If that wrestler impresses the judges enough — and that doesn’t mean he or she has to win or lose, he or she just has to put on a great performance — if that aspiring wrestler impresses the judges, then that wrestler gets a TNA contract.

“So, that’s essentially ‘Open Fight Night’ which includes the gut check challenge. And there’s two others formats but your listeners will probably get bored if I go into the detail of them but one of them is called ‘Name Your Game’, which we’ll be seeing in the next couple of weeks and the other is called ‘Law & Order’. That’s the last episode that we’ll lay down before we go into a pay-per-view.

“So, they’re four different, very specific formats that were designed to achieve very specific results. It was really something that Jason and I brought from our outside wrestling, television experience into TNA.”

Where TNA Will Recruit Talent For The Gut Check Challenges:

“Certainly, some talent will come from OVW. I’m sure a lot of talent try-outs will come from OVW given the relationship that we have with them. But it’s not exclusive.

“There will be other wrestlers, from other parts of the country, who are training at others schools and are not apart of OVW. They will also get an opportunity. … Theoretically, it’s open to anyone. Al Snow is actually the person that’s driving that program and heading up that program. If anybody from anywhere in the world wants to come in and get an opportunity to go to the ‘Gut Check’ on ‘Open Fight Night’ on Impact!, they just have to go through Al.

“They have to be qualified. There has to be a real good reason for us to put them on national television. But, yeah. Anybody from around the world.”

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    • mistico

      ‘Gut Check’ and ‘Open Fight Night’ just means another way to showcase the future of wrestling, Garret Bischoff!

    • Tim Brown

      Garrett sucks. Why couldn’t it have been Eric Bischoff instead of Chris Benoit that got drunk and crossfaced his son to death.

    • Th_Mssngr

      Ugh, I’m sick of hearing him talk about trying to change wrestling, same with Hogan.
      1) Nobody gives a damn what else he and his partner produces; after CCW I’m surprised they’re still in business. But no, we get more shit in the form of ‘Who Wants to be a Hilton’.
      2) TNA don’t need a new format. None of this open fight night bollocks – we just want good wrestling from good wrestlers.

      • Wrestlehead

        Agreed. I’ve never found Eric Bischoff’s views on wrestling to be that interesting. He had his nWo idea from way back in the day but other than that I can’t think of any other groundbreaking contributions he’s made.

        • Broski

          Bischoff’s just doing his job. I agree that NWO is groundbreaking and his other ideas isn’t. But it’s really hard to think of groundbreaking ideas! Even WWE doesn’t have lots of groundbreaking ideas! Groundbreaking ideas are so rare, but when you find it, it’s gonna be really popular!

          • Wrestlehead

            Good point. I do agree that even WWE has struggled recently in the creative department. I guess all I was saying was that if you look at ratings pre Bischoff/Hogan and after they came, there hasn’t been much difference in spite of many of the things they have tried. Fans on this board have constantly expressed displeasure at how TNA has been run, much more so than WWE.

      • Broski

        No new format, means no changes, which brings up to low ratings! TNA is struggling and they needed all the help and new ideas that they can get.

        • Th_Mssngr

          TNA didn’t need changes; it was growing steadily before Hogan and Bischoff got involved. They managed to increase ratings for a while, but now we’re back to the slump, and now we have a lesser quality wrestling product as well.

    • TheMachineX2

      aw Garrett is ok he just needs to shave those pork chop side burns off and turn heel. worse than his Dad was. He then needs to create a more Lethal Faction then nWo ever was.

      • Irate Fan

        Yeah and he can be as derivative as his father if not more

    • Jack Silver

      I think if TNA did a story on bringing back the six sided ring. Using the TNA Originals who wants six sided ring. But Hogan,Flair,Eric and Garret ( who sucks) trying to keep the four sides in TNA. IMO That would make a great show and bring ratings to TNA IMO.

      • Irate Fan

        Yeah and hopefully they can overthrow the Hogan regime and go back to the way it was

    • oama elhag

      i don’t know guys but i don’t think the ( open fight night ) or whatever is going to take tna to a new level or anything tna is competing against a monster called wwe it’s not like back then when it was wcw vs wwf no man. Bischoff needs to understand that whatever he and hogan and all of tna officals do they will be living under the shadow of wwe and admitting to that is the first step they should take other than that just keep it simple foucs on the talents , the storylines and the matches try to provide a good storylines and make them even better with good matches thats it . don’t go on and on about ( open fight night ) and hogan and his new concept for wrestling . I may be right or wrong but i think nothing new will come out these ideas

    • KenFromNY

      Has everything in pro wrestling already been done before? What else could they possibly do?

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