Eric Bischoff has explained the reasons behind creating WCW’s Cruiserweight division that set the wrestling world alight in the mid-nineties.
WCW Monday Nitro became a showcase for cruiserweight wrestling during this time. Highlighting such wrestlers as Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, and Chris Jericho before they became household names.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast the former WCW President Eric Bischoff explained how the cruiserweight division came into existence.
“One of the reasons I created the cruiserweight division was because we had so many big guys in the heavyweight division and we had a 2-hour show called Nitro. Every match to me kind of looked the same because everybody was kind of the same. They were one version or another of the big larger-than-life character. Their matches were very slow because they’re big guys. It’s like watching heavyweight boxers versus a middleweight boxer versus a flyweight boxer. If you love boxing action, meaning you love combinations, and speed, and footwork. And you love a fast-paced match you’re probably going to love flyweights and middleweights. If you like the big, powerful, larger-than-life heavyweight characters in boxing, you’re gonna watch that style of boxing.”
“For me when I created the cruiserweight division it was because I had so many heavyweights that the pace of their match – the amount of action that happened in a six or twelve-minute segment and the way that action flowed to the audience needed to be distinguished. It needed to be different than everything else on the show. If everything is the same then nothing is unique. And that’s why I created the cruiserweight division. It worked at the beginning because the people that were coming into the cruiserweight division were coming from Japan. That’s where that style was very successful, that’s why I hired those people. That’s why I consulted with Masa Saito and Brad Rheingans at New Japan, to bring in those people that could have that style of match. By doing so they would be so unique within the show that it would become popular. It did.”
Eric Bischoff is an inductee to the WWE Hall Of Fame in the Class of 2021. Bischoff also gave his thoughts about Logan Paul’s involvement with WWE. The YouTube star will appear at WrestleMania.