10 Magical Moments WCW Doesn't Get Enough Credit For
10. Convincing Lex Luger To Jump Ship
By 1995, names like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage had jumped to WCW, but the fact still remained that Vince McMahon and the WWF were the market leaders. Business may have been down across the board for North American wrestling, but the WWF was proving an institution that was hard to budge.
Therefore, Eric Bischoff deserves a lot more credit for selling the concept of Nitro to Lex Luger. The entire grappling world was shocked when Luger, who was still on the active WWF roster at the time but working without a contract, appeared on the debut edition of Monday Nitro. Confronting Hulk Hogan, Lex instantly rekindled his main event career.
This was certainly opportunistic from Bischoff, but he reasoned years later that Luger wasn't promised much by WCW. He had to prove himself to the company before he'd be really welcome, making any jump from the WWF a big risk for the wrestler.
It was one that paid off, and fans were given a jolting moment to cement that first Nitro show as memorable. Bischoff pulled a fast one on McMahon with this signing.