During the latest episode of his podcast 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff has weighed in on WWE bringing back Halloween Havoc.
The Halloween Havoc name has been noticeably absent since WWE purchased WCW back in 2001. But during NXT Takeover 31 it was revealed that the name was set to be revived as part of the NXT brand. Marking the first time that a show has run under that banner since October 2000. The show will also feature the return of the much loved
Spin The Wheel, Make The Deal stipulation.
Speaking on his long running podcast, Eric Bischoff welcomed the return of the former WCW staple.
“I think it’s great. Wrestling fans have a long memory, they love the legacy, the nostalgia and history, and I think the fact that WWE is bringing back Halloween Havoc, in whatever version, is number 1, paying homage to a great PPV series… and hopefully it’ll be a tradition that continues long into the future.”
The former Raw General Manager and Executive Director also offered a little insight into why it had taken so long for the brand to return.
“Historically at least based on what we hear 2nd and 3rd hand, and to a little bit of a degree, my own experience for the brief period of time that I was in WWE, there is a tendency to not want to really acknowledge history of other brands. ECW was a bit of an exception, but I think that people forget that Vince McMahon had a financial investment in ECW.”
He goes on to explain that the situation with WCW was different, because there was real competition and genuine animosity between the two companies.
“WCW was a little bit different. We were real competitors and there was real animosity, and there was a real feeling of us versus them with the regard to WCW and the WWF or WWE. So I think the tendency to want to embrace some of WCW’s legacy is just not something that happens very naturally or comfortably within WWE. So that’s just another reason why I think it’s so great that it’s happening. WCW’s Halloween Havoc I think was a great pay-per-view to bring back to life.”
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