Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022


On a recent “83 Weeks” Podcast, Eric Bischoff talked about TNA’s Final Resolution 2011 pay-per-view. Bischoff said he hated the Abyss character:

“I love Chris Park as a human being.  He is a wonderful human being.  I did not like the Abyss character at all.  It was a Mick Foley/Mankind, KMart Blue Light special.  There was no authenticity to it.  There was nothing unique about it.  We’ve been there.  We’ve done that.  We’ve seen that at a very, very high level, and now we’re watching somebody basically ripping off that character, deriving their character from one that was successful previously with Mick Foley.  I hated it.  As soon as I got a little bit of trust from Chris Park, and a little bit more influence down the road, I was able to create the attorney character, which I think he knocked out of the park.  He was scared to death to do that character.  You have to know Chris to begin with.  He’s such a loveable, good human being, but if you didn’t say good morning to him when you walked by him the first time, he would be scared to death the rest of the day that he was going to be fired.  You might have been in the middle of a conversation on the phone walking by, or you’re running late for a meeting and maybe not taking the time to be as cordial.  That happens.  Backstage environments, live TV, or even taped TV can be fairly stressful, but Chris was one of those guys, ‘Eric, are you mad at me.  Did I do something wrong?  What can I do better next time?’  He was so over the top sometimes.  It took me a while to get enough of a relationship with Chris that I could even explore a different type of character in the attorney Chris Park.  When I laid it out to him, and I remembered where we were when I first laid it out to him, his eyes opened up and he got a big smile on his face.  He was so freaking good at it.  He’s an amazing performer and I would have loved to see him do anything else but that Abyss character.”

Bischoff talked about why TNA had a very low PPV buy for Final Resolution 2011 despite having a lot of talent on the show:

“It’s been the bane of my existence and frustration over the years with all things TNA because of what could have been. It kind of goes back to what we were saying earlier (about AEW), if the goal is to build a big roster, and TNA built a big roster, they had some big names there with Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and at one point Booker T, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and all the others that went through TNA with the idea of, ‘Let’s get these guys on the roster and the audience will come’. No they won’t. You have to do the other sh*t right too. It’s one thing to have a big roster, and it’s another thing to have a big roster and build your business with a great strategic plan and vision, and that’s where TNA fell apart. There was no strategic plan and there was no vision. This PPV is a perfect example of it.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription

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