During an interview with TMZ, Eric Bischoff revealed that he encouraged Dennis Rodman to mix it up with Karl Malone during the 1998 NBA Finals. Here’s what he had to say:
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 … so that the feud between Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman is real, on a kind of a 360-degree basis, not just what happens on our TV show,’ that wouldn’t piss me off at all.
He added on the incident, “I chuckled like a little kid because it accomplished so much. As a wrestling producer, to be able to create a moment … that played out on a platform so huge as the NBA playoffs was really satisfying.
You can listen to the interview below: