Scott Steiner May Be Crazy, But Is He Wrong?
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Never let it be said that Scott Steiner is shy with his opinions. He has, for the better part of his 25+ year career, said whatever has been on his mind. For better or for worse, that’s just Scott. Often hilarious, always controversial, Scott Steiner just flat doesn’t care. This last week the focus of his ire was pointed squarely at TNA, the company for whom he’s been employed for the better part of the last 6 years. Not only did he take to twitter to attack the TNA management, but also Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Garrett Bischoff and Ric Flair. During his rants, he even managed to throw Sting under the bus.
After referring to TNA as, “the Titanic”, Steiner tore the Hogan/Bischoff duo to pieces, saying they’re, “doing the same (thing) they did to destroy WCW.” Steiner’s tweets paint a picture of Hogan, Bischoff & Bruce Prichard of not only running creative meetings, but also trying to control every facet of the organization, right down to wrestler’s social media accounts. Steiner says TNA has even gone so far as to set up Twitter accounts for wrestlers without them, sometimes (in the case of Sting, at least) assigning someone to tweet for the wrestlers. Granted, this is all coming from Scott Steiner, someone with a proven track record of not only burning his bridges, but all the surrounding homes and land within a 10 mile radius of said bridge, but it still wouldn’t be surprising to find he’s telling the truth. TNA would hardly be the first entertainment company to set up and maintain social media accounts for their talent.
In addition to Steiner’s attacks on Hogan and Bischoff, he also had some particularly biting things to say about former WWE talent, current TNA Senior VP of Programming and Talent Relations, Bruce Prichard, saying he was nothing more than a Vince McMahon lackey. Commenting on Prichard’s recent heart attack, Steiner (not the least bit shockingly) crossed the line, saying, “you (Prichard) were so close to making a lot of people happy.” Clearly, Scotty is not a fan.
Steiner saved perhaps his nastiest comments for long time protagonist, Ric Flair. There is certainly no love lost between the two men, dating back to their WCW days, when Steiner claims Flair used his stroke in the office to keep him from moving into the main event. Regarding Flair being a recent 2-time inductee of the WWE Hall of Fame, Steiner called the honor, “a work”, and said, “Guys don’t respect Flair. They see a guy who doesn’t own a car, a house, and can’t pay his electric bill.” Whether this is true or not, what is true is Steiner’s continued dislike for the wrestling legend.
Hulk Hogan, to his credit, took the high road in all this, either by choice or by order. Regardless, he certainly comes out looking better in all this than does Scott. But does that make Scotty wrong? I suppose that’s up for debate. At least, with regard to his opinions on their creative talents, I’d side with Steiner. Personally, I’m not a fan of Hogan and Bischoff being in creative meetings. Both men’s best days are now more than 15 years in the past, and much like Vince McMahon can’t be expected to know what’s cool in 2012, neither can Hogan and Bischoff. The difference is, Vince has enough sense to take a step to the side and allow Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to take a little more control over the product. The bottom line is, results don’t lie, and if you’re looking at the last two years of TNA’s product, it’s difficult to say they’re in a better position from a creative standpoint than they were prior to Hogan’s and Bischoff’s arrival. I’ve said from the very beginning, Hogan is far more useful to TNA as a media figure than he’ll ever be behind the scenes. He shouldn’t be at IMPACT! tapings because he should be too busy doing phone and TV interviews on behalf of the product. The same 1.3 to 1.6 million people watching TNA’s product in 2012 are the same 1.3 to 1.6 million who were watching in 2009. It has been proven that Hogan no longer means ratings, at least not in the manner in which he’s been used. However, as a media darling, as someone who can hit up all the talk shows, be funny and exciting, Hogan will always have that. He remains one of the most recognizable pro wrestling figures in the world, so taking advantage of that reach and getting him on every morning, noon and night talk show possible to discuss the product seems to be a much more effective use of his name. Thus far, he’s basically stolen money from TNA because he’s certainly brought very few positive results to the table.
The very same thing can be said for Eric Bischoff. He’s become an expert pitch man in the reality television world, so why not use those talents? Creative meetings are a waste of his abilities. He’d be far better used developing new programming for TNA, not assisting in writing their TV each week. I think back to when Eric Young was TV Champion, and each week they’d showcase him on IMPACT! seeking out a television celebrity to pin to retain his title. It was completely silly in every way, and also hilarious. Bischoff and co. couldn’t have come up with a treatment to spin that bit off into an actual reality show, where you would have had Eric Young working a new celebrity each week to keep his belt? In this day and age, where Americans will watch any piece of garbage reality show loaded down with B-grade celebs and a paper thin plot line, you don’t think that wouldn’t have been successful? Eric Young’s talents alone would have carried the show and made him a star.
I know in pro wrestling you, “never say never”, but I feel safe in saying Scott Steiner will never find himself a member of the TNA roster again, certainly not as long as the Prichard/Hogan/Bischoff trio remains a powerful entity. Scott says he’s speaking out in an effort to help the company. Perhaps he really feels that way, and if so, fine. I know this, Scott is coming off a very successful run in Ring Ka King, where he re emerged as the dominant Big Poppa Pump character wrestling fans had not seen in many years. Maybe he’s got one more run in him up North for the WWE, or maybe he’s saved his money and is content to work the odd Indy and just sit back and bide his time. Regardless, I’m gonna miss seeing him on TNA. Scott’s an old school heel, knows every trick in the book, and is most certainly a member of the “dying breed” we heard HHH and Undertaker talk about so much prior to WrestleMania.