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Eric Bischoff Discusses His Recent Employment With WWE, AJ Styles In TNA

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Eric Bischoff has spent time working for WCW, WWE and TNA and was hands-on with many things, whether it was on screen or backstage. Bischoff recently talked on his 83 Weeks podcast about the amount of work that goes into the roles he took with each company, and the reason he wouldn’t have ever bothered signing a one-year contract during those times.

“No, I’ve never signed a 1-year deal in my life ever and I never would,” Bischoff revealed. “Well, never say never, but at this stage in my life, I don’t want to get involved with anything for too long unless I’m having a really good time doing it. Back then, I would never look at an agreement that was a 1-year agreement. Not to be a d–k or make it sound like I value myself way too high, but to put yourself into something and to really connect to something, to really formally engage in something, it takes more than a year to kind of get your groove.

“I wouldn’t have put myself in a position where I’m going to have to dig and commit myself to the degree I have to, and for only 6 months in, I start realizing, ‘Man, the clock is ticking’. I don’t like to work that way and I never have. All of my agreements in WCW were either 2 years or the latter ones became 3-year agreements.

“Same with WWE when I was under contract. When I was there as an employee last summer, I was an employee; I didn’t have a contract. There were no contracts, but when I was under contract, they were all 2 and 3-year agreements. I never signed a 1-year agreement ever.”

Bischoff’s time in TNA has been a topic of discussion for many years, but Bischoff later revealed in the discussion that he was not part of the hiring or firing process. He apparently made it clear when negotiating his contract that he wanted no part in that. Another topic he touched on was that he felt like AJ Styles wasn’t a big draw in TNA.

“Outside of the TNA and the core audience they had at that time, not a lot of people knew AJ Styles,” Bischoff said. “I think he still fell into that much younger developing category even though he was heads and tails above so many others. He had been in the business for 8 years. He wasn’t really a big draw outside of the TNA core audience because he hadn’t had the exposure, not because he wasn’t good enough. Clearly we see that now in WWE; he’s one of the top talents in WWE in my opinion, but back then, he didn’t really exist in the mind of a lot of audiences outside of the bubble.”

Bischoff was also with TNA around the time that Kurt Angle’s wife, Karen, left him for Jeff Jarrett. While many thought that could be a messy situation, Bischoff revealed that all parties involved were cordial and got along so well that he never bothered giving it any more thought.

“I didn’t think about it much,” Bischoff said. “I have never been one that spent too much time thinking about other people’s relationships and what’s right or what’s wrong. It was certainly unique, especially since Kurt was still in the company. I was aware of how awkward the situation either was or may have been. I didn’t see any of that.

“When everybody was backstage, they got along as an extended family. There was no real issue within their family that I can see, not that I would judge it one way or the other anyway. When they were all together, Karen would often come backstage and bring the kids, and she would be with Jeff, and Kurt was there and Kurt’s soon-to-be wife, and everybody got along. So, I probably didn’t spend a total of 30 seconds thinking about it.”

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit 83 Weeks with a h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

Mehdy Labriny contributed to this article.

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The Smashing Pumpkins Unveil HUF Collab For Mellon Collie’s 25th Anniversary

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The Smashing Pumpkins’ iconic 1995 album Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness turns 25 years old next month. And to celebrate the anniversary, the Smashing Pumpkins are collaborating with skatewear brand HUF on a new collection that will be out on Thursday.

According to HUF, “Our Smashing Pumpkins collab pays tribute to the Mellon Collie album on its 25-year anniversary and pulls inspiration from some of SP’s most influential work throughout the 90s.” Check out some of the gear below and see the full lookbook here.

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Jared Leto’s ‘Morbius’ could be a great film but it’s unlikely to sustain a franchise of its own

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After the box office success of ‘Venom’, Sony is expanding its universe of Marvel characters with ‘Morbius’ starring Jared Leto as the titular vampire anti-hero. However, while a sequel for ‘Venom’ is already in the works, a ‘Morbius’ franchise might not be the best idea.

Michael Morbius is fundamentally a normal dude who just happens to need to drink people’s blood to survive. That’s the whole crux of the character and in an interview with IGN, Leto said that this was what attracted him to the project in the first place.

“There’s a line in the film where Morbius says that he’s been dying his entire life and now feels more alive than ever. And I think that sums it up,” Leto explained. “Here’s someone who’s been afflicted with this horrendous disease and has had all kinds of challenges and has been in pursuit of this cure. And then all of a sudden has this power and this physical strength, which is all incredible, but there is a flip side to it as well. There’s a dark side. So that battle between the light and dark is something that he fights throughout the film.”



 

Now there’s plenty of potential for a great standalone movie but can ‘Morbius’ sustain a film series of his own? Perhaps, not. 

With ‘Morbius’, Marvel Comics was essentially trying to do something new with vampires, at a time when vampiric characters were quite rare in comics. By giving his powers a sci-fi origin instead of basing it in magic, Marvel managed to create a unique character but in the modern era, where vampires are a dime a dozen, the whole “living vampire” shtick loses its novelty pretty quickly. 

It’s not like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to be starved of vampires either with a ‘Blade’ movie in the works starring Mahershala Ali as the titular vampire who hunts vampires. Besides, Morbius has always been more enjoyable when he has other characters to bounce off of. He’d be an excellent addition to a ‘Sinister Six’ movie or perhaps even a ‘Midnight Sons’ movie but on his own, there’s only so many things you can do with the character. 

‘Morbius’ is scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 31.

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Who is Jonathan Owens? Simone Biles confirms love with new boyfriend in mushy Instagram photos

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Olympic gymnast Simone Biles confirmed her relationship with footballer Jonathan Owens in two romantic pictures she posted on Instagram on Sunday, August 2. Biles captioned the post, ‘it’s just us’ where the couple was seen all cozied up with smiles and love in the air. The couple was rumored to be together for quite a while now. You can see the photos here.

Recently, Biles also shared a video on Twitter where the pair was seen dancing in each other’s clothes.

But now Biles has made her love all ‘official’ with Owens.

In no time, people started reacting to her post saying, “Omgggg perfect in a picture god I love that hair on you so much you don’t even know,” and “Whoa. Black love. You guys are gorgeous together.” While some of her fans were all happy for her, they said, “Ohhhhh u gotta new man. Where I been?? Hey y’all” and “I must’ve missed the memo regarding the last relationship… well, congrats on the new vibes regardless!!!!”

While some Internet users questioned, “What happened w the other dude?? I’m honestly just so confused.” and “LOL what happened to her other bf pointing out to Biles’ long time ex-boyfriend Ervin Jr”. Some people came out to her support and said “Haters she can always move on… y’all idiots has never been in relationships so stfu.. she seems happy and he got his shit together.” Wanting to know more about what happened one fan even said, “Okay, let me just say. I am SO damn happy for Simone. I want the best for her in every aspect of her life. I just wanted to know how they broke up so I could unfollow other dude.”

Jonathan Owens is a 25-year-old budding NFL player who is all set to go big in the football world. He was recently signed up by Houston Texans and was previously signed up by Arizona Cardinals.

Biles, who has 3.9 Million followers on Instagram was previously dating wrestling star Stacey Ervin Jr. However, in an interview with Vogue in 2020, she confirmed that she separated with him in March and how the break up was quite harsh but whatever happened was for the best, “It’s hard being young and having that long of a relationship and then ending it,” Biles told Vogue, “but it was for the best.” Later, on August 2, she made her love with Owens Insta ‘Official’.

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