May 5, 2012
Steiner's had enough of TNASlams Hogan, Bischoff while gearing up for Ottawa-area show
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
At age 49, Big Poppa Pump, Scott Steiner, is still in the ring, entertaining wrestling fans.
Just as entertaining these days are his Twitter attacks on Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, who call many of the shots in TNA, a company which Steiner worked for until March.
"Bischoff is trying to push his son (Garrett), the son that has no athletic background. (Hogan and Bischoff) have no respect for the business or for the wrestlers.
"It's bulls--t the way they're treating people. I've been tweeting about them for four weeks and not one thing I've said has been denied. They're both pieces of s--t. I have zero respect for either one of them. I go to wrestling conventions, I talk to guys. A lot of guys are totally behind what I say.
Steiner was offered an contract extension in TNA in January.
"I was fed up," he said. "Hogan, Bischoff and (Tom) Pritchard were writing the storylines ... bad storylines.
"(Bischoff's kid) can't even throw a clothesline. Eric's going to get his own ass kicked and once he leaves TNA, his son is going to get his face punched.
"Hogan and Bischoff are used car salesmen. This would never happen in a normal workplace. You can't go into a workplace and totally disrespect all your employees.
"It's not like we haven't seen this before. With WCW, they took a multi-billion-dollar company and ran it into the ground. TNA is a sinking ship. It will go under if they don't change the direction. The place is a zoo. (Hogan) has been there 2 1/2 years, where are his great ideas? You go take over somewhere else and drive it into the ground for 2 1/2 years with the worst ideas ever. What happens to you then? Poor Bob Carter, who put his money into (TNA).
"It's always about Hogan ... he lives in a fantasy world. Hogan has done the things he's always done: Put a thumb on people and keep them down. Like when he cut down Kurt Angle and said Kurt had two left feet. I've seen Hogan back down a couple of times, for real, with Kurt Angle and Randy Savage. Savage went up to Hogan's face, dropped his bag ... Hogan turned and walked away. Kurt Angle could beat Hogan's ass."
Steiner will face Jeremy Prophet in the main event of Hannibal Pro Wrestling's show at the Smiths Falls Community Memorial Centre on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.
"I'm feeling pretty good, my health is good, for the most part," said Steiner. "I've had the best doctors. They've put me back together. Injuries are part of the sport and I've had my share. The best thing about wrestling is performing in front of a live crowd. I still enjoy it. I realize I'm at the end of my career. And I realize that once you're done, you're done for good."
Some wrestlers hang around, maybe a bit too long.
"Ric Flair looks terrible. He's embarrassing," said Steiner.
Steiner almost died after an in-ring incident in Puerto Rico in 2007.
"I had five hours to live," he said. "I got kicked in the throat, by accident. I went back to the hotel and I started getting cold a couple of hours later. I had to get to emergency. I had a torn trachea by my chest. They had to open up my lungs and rib cage. It wasn't the greatest time. I had just lost a friend to cancer and a month later I was fighting for my own life."
Steiner says it's a good thing TNA didn't put a championship belt on Hogan.
"It would have killed TNA in less than a year," said Steiner. "My purpose is to give back to wrestling. I appreciate guys like Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton, how they passed the torch. I was trying to do the same, it's not like I try to stay in the spotlight."
Steiner looks back with disain on an infamous wrestling moment: Putting the WCW championship on actor David Arquette.
"It was a joke," said Steiner. "They didn't just tarnish the championship, they tarnished WCW."
Steiner's animosity toward Hogan and Bischoff is real. It's no work.
"I will see Hogan again and he's going to find out how ruthless I really am," said Steiner.
Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.firstname.lastname@example.org.