Eric Bischoff Doesn't Think It Was Believable For Rey Mysterio To Be WCW World Heavyweight Champion
Eric Bischoff never considered making Rey Mysterio WCW World Heavyweight Champion
WWE recently announced Rey Mysterio as the first name set for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2023, with the iconic luchador being recognised for his 30-year-plus career.
One of the most popular stars in WWE history, Rey made his name in Mexico’s AAA, before a major run in WCW during the Monday Night Wars made him a bonafide superstar.
However, for all his popularity and accomplishments, former WCW President Eric Bischoff has revealed why he never gave Mysterio a run with WCW’s top prize, saying the following on AdFreeShows:
"There was a lot of value in Rey, but I just can't see me, especially back in that time, putting the belt on Rey Mysterio, I don't think the audience wanted to see that," Bischoff said. "At that time, Rey was about, what, 5'6", whatever he is, 5'7", and I don't think he weighed 175 pounds at that point and how are you going to book him with Bill Goldberg and Kevin Nash and Lex Luger and Hulk Hogan and do it in a way that's believable? It would've been tough and I don't think I would've seen it."
Ironically, Mysterio would end up winning the ‘big gold belt’ when he became World Heavyweight Champion at WWE WrestleMania 22, but some at the time took umbrage with Mysterio being classed as a ‘heavyweight’ when then WWE Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms easily outweighed him.
H/T: Wrestling Inc.