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Eric Bischoff thinks the WCW Cruiserweight Division has legitimately changed wrestling

On the latest episode of 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff talked about the importance of the WCW cruiserweight division and more. Below you can see some highlights:

On the WCW cruiserweight division: “I think what I’m most proud of is the creation of the cruiserweight division and the dedication we’ve given to it. Because I think this is one thing that has changed the wrestling world in a legitimate way, and not in a way that others have suggested they changed the wrestling world. But I think so many of the talents we see today, both in WWE and especially in AEW, are cruiserweight talents. Or they would have been considered cruiserweight talents back in the day in WCW. And I think we’ve blown open the door for so many great things, led by Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero. And I’ll mention these two, but there are so many others, including Chris Jericho, including so many of the great luchadores.

“I think we blew the doors off the building that allowed for so much of so many talents that you might otherwise never have heard of at the time, which also opened the door for what we see now. I’m really – aside from the Nitro format as a whole, a cruiserweight division, obviously the NWO story. But if I take those elements out, because the cruiserweight division wasn’t really a story. It was a tactic. It’s part of a strategy, it’s effective.”

On what would have happened if Sting was the third man in the nWo and not Hulk Hogan: “Well, I wouldn’t have gone with Crow Hogan, because the crow character developed long after the NWO and the start of the twist. It was Scott Hall’s manifestation, not anyone else’s. I don’t think that same idea would have been on the table in the first place because it just wouldn’t have fit. The circumstances wouldn’t have been there.

“The circumstances in which Hogan was running the WCW offense probably would have been – in some way, shape or form that would have been it. Of course it would. You’re going to take your biggest star, just like we did with Sting, and we’re going to position that star as the protagonist of the antagonistic characters. That would have been obvious. How would we have done it? Don’t know. I just do not know. Because we didn’t think about it and never had to.”

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit 83 Weeks with a h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.