In an interview on The Sam Roberts Wrestling podcast, Eric Bischoff discussed a variety of topics, including his time in TNA Wrestling and why he was hired by the company.

Highlights of the interview are below:

On the reason why TNA Wrestling hired him: “The only reason TNA hired me was because they had no choice. Dixie Carter wanted Hulk Hogan, that was obvious, but Hulk Hogan didn’t trust anybody in TNA. When I say trust, I don’t mean to be devious or malicious or anything like that, but he didn’t trust their judgement or their ability, nor did he trust Vince Russo in any way, shape or form. Terry made it clear that if he was going to go to TNA, I had to be there to kind of oversee whatever creative was involved with Hulk Hogan. That was my only job, I didn’t go to company meetings, I wasn’t part of any financial discussions, but my role was really to oversee creative as it related to the Hulk Hogan character.”

On how his role in the company changed over time: “Over time, that changed, my role kind of evolved and some of that was natural, some of it was because some things were happening internally and I had a little more influence on the creative side of things, but neither Hulk nor I had any amount of control over strategy, tactics, anything to do with financial, anything to do with that company. We weren’t invited, nor asked for, that company was ran by Janice, Bob and Dixie Carter, so we had nothing to do with it. When I ran WCW, I obviously had a lot of control over the business, but when I was in TNA, I had no control over anything other than creative.”

On what superstar he would have pushed if he had successfully bought WCW: “I think Bill Goldberg was really the guy that we would have built the company around. Certainly, we would have maintained some of the big-time talent like Hulk Hogan and others, but I think everybody recognized that Bill Goldberg was going to be, at that point, the guy in WCW.”

The interview is available in full at this link.