Professional wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff who is the former General Manager of WWE Monday Night RAW recently revealed why it was really difficult to organize WCW shows in Canada.
To compete with WWE with more impact, WCW Monday Nitro expanded their weekly shows from two hours to three hours in 1998. One of the biggest reasons behind this expansion was the growing popularity of The parallel show WWE Monday Night RAW which was the biggest rival of WCW back at that time.
Eric Bischoff Discusses Why It Was Not Easy To Organize WCW Shows In Canada
When the rivalry between WCW and WWE started, it never felt like WWE had any chance in front of the veteran professional wrestling promotion WCW. They had the biggest names in the world of professional wrestling in that time, even most of the big names that WWE had and created also switched to WCW during this rivalry.
It had been a very difficult situation for WWE. But surprisingly not only they defeated WCW in this rivalry but ended up buying the promotion at the end and had it go extinct. WCW, which was one of the biggest names in the world of professional wrestling one day got extinct twenty one years ago.
But much like most of the plants that got WCW go extinct, expanding two three awards was one of the major mistakes that the promotion committed during that time. And one of the biggest reasons of it was not having enough star power to maintain a 3 hour show, the third hour remained weak constantly.
When WWE RAW switched to three hours in 2012, the promotion suffered the same thing, which was booking its third hour. But WWE was able to manage the situations slowly, and WCW failed to do so. In 2001 the promotion died and it could never be resurrected.
Eric Bischoff who is the former General Manager of WWE Monday Night RAW recently spoke to Fightful where he revealed why it was really difficult to organize WCW shows in Canada. He said;
“What was it like? It was freaking expensive. Doing business in Canada is really, really difficult. I think it’s great. I’m not being negative. But they have very strict immigration process and some of our talent had DUI’s — driving under the influence — and things like that on their record. They just couldn’t get into the country.
“So not only do you have talent that has some of that in their background, you’ve got production staff and people like that that had a hard time getting into the country. You had to deal with the Athletic Commission. It’s just very difficult. Canada makes it very difficult for producers other than Canadians producers to produce television in Canada. I understand it and I think it’s great, but when we want to do business in Canada, we have to pay the price.”