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Greg Gagne on how Eric Bischoff became in charge of WCW and Hulk Hogan joining the promotion

AWA superstar and former tag team champion Greg Gagne recently appeared on the Pancakes and Powerslams show (courtesy of Pro Wrestling.net for the transcript). Here are the highlights.

How Eric Bischoff became in charge of WCW:

“We came back that Monday morning, we get there and all of a sudden Bill Watts shows up at the matches and said, ‘In the meantime, an Executive Producer job came up with the WCW. Tony Schiavone, David Crockett, Joe Pedicino, and Eric Bischoff are the four guys applying for it.’ And I said to Bill, ‘Maybe I should go down and apply for that!’ [Watts says], ‘Ah no, it’s not a big deal. It’s nothing.’ So now about a week later, we’re in South Carolina, Bill comes walking in and says, ‘Hey, guys, I’m all done, Eric Bischoff is the Executive Producer and he’s in charge.'”

On how he was snubbed by Eric Bischoff after bringing Hulk Hogan into the promotion in 1994:

“[We’re in the car riding to Atlanta], and Bischoff says, ‘How do we turn this thing around?’ I said, ‘First of all, you guys are trying to do the same thing that McMahon is doing. You have to have a different approach to it. And the only way, if you want impact, is we gotta get Hogan in here.’ [Bischoff says], ‘Well, I don’t know Hogan.’ I said, ‘Well I’ll make the call and see if he is interested.’ So I made the call, Hulk was interested and he said, give me a couple of weeks and give me a call back… [Bischoff] said, ‘What about Hogan?’ I said, ‘Here’s the deal. Hogan will come in for a meeting, and we could probably get a deal done with him. But, to do this, here’s what I want. I want a piece of the merchandise he does and a piece of the pay per views he’s done because I didn’t get what I had coming in the other deal.’ [Bischoff says], ‘No problem.’ So the next the day he calls me and says ‘I talked to Bill Shaw and everything’s set.’ I told him to get me in writing what he was going to do for me. ‘Well, Bill’s going out of town.’ I said, ‘Well just get it in writing!’ So the week went by, nothing came, and the following Monday I walk in the office and there’s a big sign that says Welcome Home. They flew down to Florida and met Hulk down there and signed him.”

You can listen to the entire interview here.






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