Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by his good friend “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan last Saturday night.
Many people said Beefcake was only inducted in order to ensure that Hulk Hogan could be involved with WWE over WrestleMania weekend. However, the controversial Eric Bischoff has suggested on his 83 weeks podcast that “The Barber” might instead have only been inducted as a ‘rib’ on Triple H:
“I don’t think it’s [just to get Hulk Hogan involved]. [Hogan] would’ve gotten involved with the show, would’ve been asked regardless…It may have been a rib on Triple H. Triple H has got to put [Brutus] over now and stand next to him and take his Hall of Fame pictures. So maybe I would buy into that.”
The genius behind WCW also made his thoughts known on the controversial comments made by John Oliver who was critical of WWE’s treatment of its wrestlers:
“The precedent for the industry that we call sports entertainment or professional wrestling, that business model has been around forever. If WWE, which is the largest producer of this type of content anywhere in the world, in the history of the world, if they were to change their business model to accommodate a traditional employer model, I’m not sure what would happen to that company. It’s a substantial change. I’m not saying they can’t do it. I’m not saying they won’t.”
When asked if he agreed with what Oliver said, Bischoff added:
“It is true. So much of it is true. I’m not denying it’s not. But that’s a choice they made. And you go into it knowing that. It’s hard for me to feel too much sympathy for people that make choices and take risks knowing what the odds are, and then whine about it after the fact.”
Thanks to Fightful for the transcripts.