QUICK QUOTES: SoCal Val on TNA’s Hulk Hogan/Eric Bischoff era, early days of the company

So Cal Val interview
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SoCal Val was recently interviewed by Wrestle: List and talked about a few topics from her time in TNA. Here are some of the highlights:

The early days of TNA:

“I was there for nine years overall. I did my first show for them in January of 2003 when they were in Nashville. I was with a group travelling to Florida. I was with Roderick Strong at the time, managing him and a wrestler that was playing his brother, Sedrick Strong.

We had an opportunity to go up there in 2003 but that was just kind of a one-shot and then I was signed in 2005 but my first show with them was 2004 – I believe I was doing ring girl stuff. But even before that, I was doing production assistant work backstage.”

The Hulk Hogan/Eric Bischoff era: 

“A lot of fans will come up to me and say Eric Bischoff and Hogan – I don’t like what they did’ and I say ‘Listen. You weren’t there. You have no idea what kind of professional guys Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are.’ They were the easiest to work with; they were the kindest to all of us. They did a lot for us – I know that Hogan got us a lot of exposure and he was so pro-TNA and I think it was some of the best time professionally that we were there. So I loved that era and I think there’s a misconception of what Hogan and Bischoff did for us.”

For the full interview with SoCal Val, check out Wrestle: List. 

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