During a recent interview with TMZ Sports, former WCW President Eric Bischoff said the incident during the 1998 NBA Playoffs between Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone was done as a way to promote their WCW match at Bash at the Beach.
For those who didn’t see it, we’ve posted a video of the incident below. Bischoff told TMZ Sports the following,
“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.
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.
I certainly didn’t expect Dennis to skip practice and participate in Nitro. That decision was all Dennis.”