Eric Bischoff has given his thoughts on one of NXT 2.0’s new stars, Bron Breakker, and detailed why he dislikes his new ring name.
Bron Breakker, whose real name is Bronson Rechsteiner, is the son of former WCW and WWE star Rick Steiner and the nephew of Scott Steiner. Bischoff is still good friends with Rick Steiner from their days working together in WCW, and, on his ’83 Weeks’ podcast, spoke about being happy to see Rick’s son debut on NXT, even though he does have some issues with “the Bron Breakker thing”.
“Rick is one of my favourite people from that part of my life and we’re still friends. We don’t chat all the time and all that. Rick and I became pretty good friends in WCW and we became very good friends after WCW. So happy to see [his son on NXT], but I’ve got some issues with the Bron Breakker thing. I kept my mouth shut. The only thing that I said, and it was challenging for me on social media when it happened, I was like ‘I try, I really, really try.’
The former WWE Hall of Famer went on to say that he gets why WWE didn’t want to call Breakker ‘Rex Steiner’, but doesn’t understand why they would call him ‘Bron’ after recently releasing Braun Strowman.
“Oh, there’s no doubt [he’s going to be a star]. I get that they didn’t want to call him Rex Steiner because his real last name is Rechsteiner and nothing lasts forever. Relationships generally don’t last forever, especially business relationships. You have to plan for the inevitable, and I understand why they would want to protect their intellectual property and give Bronson a real character name that they have control over. I don’t like that, but I understand it. It’s a fact of life whether I like it or don’t like it. The truth of the matter is, the business WWE and AEW are in, you have to protect your intellectual property. I get that. But they just cut a guy by the name of Braun. That’s the part I don’t get. The Breakker part, that’s like a video game kind of mentality. I get why they would do that. I understand it, but I still hate it. But the Bron part of that, the Bron Breakker after they just got rid of Braun Strowman, man. That’s the part that got to me, and I just want to go bat s**t livid on Twitter. And I went no, no, then you’re just like everybody else. You’re better than that.”
Bron Breakker made his NXT 2.0 debut on September 15th where he defeated LA Knight in dominating fashion. He has recieved a lot of praise since his first appearance, with WWE Legend Booker T saying that he is already “a main roster guy”.
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.