Former WCW president Eric Bischoff says the scuffle between Dennis Rodman and Karl Malone during Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals was set up to push a wrestling storyline involving the two players.

In an interview with TMZ Sports, Bischoff admitted he encouraged Rodman to go after Malone, though not in a way that would impact the outcome of the game.

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Rodman and Malone squared off at WCW’s “Bash at the Beach” pay-per-view event in July 1998 as part of a tag-team match involving Hulk Hogan and Diamond Dallas Page.

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