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Eric Bischoff Explains Why He Wouldn’t Have Been Excited If The Undertaker Signed With WCW

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• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (January 16, 1988) – NWA World Championship Wrestling

On this day in 1988, Jim Crockett Promotions aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA World Championship Wrestling’.

This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘NWA Bunkhouse Stampede 1988’ PPV.

The card can be found here:

– MICHAEL HAYES & JIMMY GARVIN vs. SUBER/SOUTH

– NIKITA KOLOFF vs. DICK MURDOCH (NWA PRO)

– THE POWERS OF PAIN vs. FIELDS/STEINBORN

– RON SIMMONS vs. CODY STARR

– THE ROCK n ROLL EXPRESS vs. ATKINSON/MARTIN

– ARN ANDERSON & TULLY BLANCHARD vs. FRANKS/PEEK

– MIKE ROTUNDA vs. LARRY WAYNE

– DICK MURDOCH vs. LARRY SPENCER

– IVAN KOLOFF vs. DAVE SPENCER

WATCH: Undertaker Gives A Fan “The Look” When He Catches The Fan Secretly Recording Him:

• Eric Bischoff Explains Why He Wouldn’t Have Been Excited If The Undertaker Signed With WCW

During a Q&A session on his 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff was asked what he would have done creatively with The Undertaker if “The Deadman” had signed with WCW during the 90s.

Below is what Bischoff said:

“I don’t know, he wouldn’t have been the Undertaker and that’s the biggest challenge right there. Because you’re spending so much money for a character that you can’t have. So knowing that he wouldn’t have been anything close to the Undertaker as a character, how could we have used him?

I was never a big fan of really big guys. We had Kevin, we had Paul, and it’s really hard creatively – we’ve touched on this before – booking guys that are that big. Because it’s hard in a believable way to get sympathy on them. It’s hard for them in a believable way to sell, unless you take a chainsaw to them or a bazooka. It’s hard for them to be a good heel because it doesn’t make any sense for a guy that big to be a chicken sh*t. It’s not believable.

I know I wouldn’t have been excited about hiring him. Not because he’s not a super talented guy, but if you would have looked at our roster back then, where would he have fit? He was in WCW before, so, let’s have fun with this – we’ll use our imagination. Let’s assume, hypothetically, the whole nWo/WCW storyline as I had it in my head would have played out the way I wanted it.

nWo would have officially taken over Monday Nitro. Top to bottom, it would have been nWo’s show. WCW would have been over on Thunder had it played out the way that I hoped for it. Because WCW and Mark Callous had previously had a relationship, I would have probably tried to play off that.

I would probably try to bring Undertaker/Mark Callous in on the WCW side of the equation to kinda be a counter to Kevin Nash, so to speak. So that might have worked, but other than something like that, I don’t know. It would have been tough.”

        
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