As a former TV executive and person of significant influence in WCW, Eric Bischoff had firsthand knowledge of what worked in American wrestling during the 1990s and what didn’t.
He knew where various wrestlers’ strengths and weaknesses were and did his best to use those wrestlers to get the most out of them. And while he wasn’t able to do that with everyone, he did get plenty of mileage out of one wrestler in particular.
Because of that, Bischoff sang this particular wrestler’s praises recently because he was able to be the perfect utility player when WCW was in desperate need of one.
Eric Bischoff lauds Lex Luger for being versatile in WCW
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff explained that Lex Luger had the same enthusiasm about being in the ring regardless of how he was being used. And because he pivoted accordingly to the situation, he was a critically versatile athlete that Bischoff could rely on to produce great matches.
“What stood out to me about Lex is his gear. When he shifted into a gear and he knew he was gonna wrestle and he had a match or whatever, it didn’t matter if you were downshifting him and asking him to put somebody over or if you’re putting him in fifth gear and putting him pedal to the metal with him. He was equally as enthusiastic about either situation.
That’s a very valuable asset in and of itself. When you’ve got somebody that you know is gonna draw, you know is gonna get attention, you know you can plug him into a story, you know you’re gonna get what you want out of him, but you can also just, you know, again, utility player is not the right way to say it, but being a great and versatile, mentally and physically and technically, being as versatile as Lex was, I think made him one of the more valuable talents on the roster in that respect.”