Former WCW President Eric Bischoff has opened up about one star who was liked by very few backstage at first, but ended up over-delivering for the company.
Despite eventually becoming WCW Champion by defeating Hulk Hogan and having a long-running feud with the nWo, it would seem Lex Luger was not popular amongst his peers when he moved from WWE to WCW.
Speaking on a recent episode of his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff discussed how it was people both inside and outside the locker room that weren’t fans of Lex Luger when he first came across.
Think about this, here’s a guy who left the company and nobody really liked him except for Sting and maybe the Steiner Brothers – he just wasn’t a well-loved guy, nobody shed a tear when Lex Luger left, especially people outside of the locker room.
Eric Bischoff went on to comment on how he originally had some hope that Luger wouldn’t take the contract which was offered to him. However, after he did and famously appeared on both Monday Night Raw and Monday Nitro on the same night due to the red brand’s show being pre-taped, ‘The Total Package’ went on to play a key role in the success of WCW.
I was hoping he’d tear up and throw in my face. But instead, takes it and over-delivers in every measurable way once can overdeliver as a professional and as a human being and team member to the point that here he is in the 100th episode beating Hulk Hogan.
Although winning the title from Hulk Hogan was a milestone achievement, Luger would drop the belt back to ‘The Hulkster’ just five days later.
Lex Luger also discussed last year that there was one match relatively early in his career which had him legitimately scared.
With thanks to Sportskeeda for the transcription.