Dennis Rodman may have been a full-time basketball player back in the 90’s, but he seriously may have had a nice career if he had thought about taking his talents to WCW.
ESPN documentary on the Chicago Bulls reminded and showed some for the first time that Dennis Rodman was so much of a loose cannon that he didn’t attend a practice during the NBA Finals so he could fly out and be part of a WCW showing with Hulk Hogan.
Rodman and Karl Malone did not like each other, which was evident when they got into an altercation during Game 6.
NBC broadcaster Bob Costas had this to say:
“[Rodman] and Karl Malone, regrettably, are scheduled to wrestle in one of those bogus events next month,” said Costas. “Why Malone wants to lower himself to that is anyone’s guess, and Rodman apparently wants to start the wrestling now.”
Earler this week, former WCW president Eric Bischoff actually revealed Dennis Rodman purposely provoked Karl Malone during the NBA Finals in an effort to promote their upcoming match at WCW’s “Bash at the Beach” pay-per-view.
“Now, what I said to Dennis, not to Karl was, ‘Hey Dennis, if anything were to happen off court while there’s a timeout, while there’s no gameplay, if you guys happen to rough it up a little bit on the sidelines or look like you’re going to and establish that intent so that the feud, if you will, between Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman is real, on a kind of a 360-degree basis, not just what happens on our television show,’ that wouldn’t piss me off at all,” Bischoff revealed to TMZ Sports. “It was kind of subtle, but clear, I guess?
“I did it in a way to, you know,be a little bit hands-off and make sure it didn’t interrupt gameplay, but I was happy to see it, let’s put it that way,” he added.
Bischoff said when he saw Rodan and Malone getting into a little altercation up the court during Game 6, he “chuckled like a little kid because it accomplished so much. As a wrestling producer, to be able to create a moment, however subtly I did that and communicated, that played out on a platform so huge as the NBA playoffs was really satisfying.”
Although he was excited for what was about to happen, he “certainly didn’t expect Dennis to skip a practice and participate on Nitro. That decision was all Dennis. But he knew we had a show and it was live and he wanted to be a part of it, he was caught up in the excitement, enthusiasm and you know, he just decided to do what Dennis used to do which is kind of play his own game.”
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