Eric Bischoff has revealed that former WCW and WWF star Lex Luger had no idea he would win the World Title on WCW's 100th episode of Monday Nitro.
Lex would defeat Hulk Hogan to become World Champion in what was considered a win for the company, given nWo's iron grip on things. But, according to Bischoff, WCW kept the intended result "close to the vest" in order to maintain a surprise factor, and Luger wasn't aware until the very day.
“Probably not for sure until day of and that’s not because we weren’t thinking ahead or because we didn’t trust Lex or for any other reason than as a general because it was live and because we wanted to surprise the audience as best we could, most of that stuff we kept pretty close to the vest," Bischoff explained on his 83 Weeks podcast (h/t 411Mania).
"Unless it was absolutely necessary to share it, we didn’t until the day of. And this isn’t — we’re not going to go to Lex and go, ‘OK Lex,’ go to him a week beforehand because we wanted to make sure he was good with it.
"Pretty sure we could’ve told him 20 minutes before the match that he was going to go over, and he’d have been just fine. But we kept this pretty close to the vest because we wanted to keep the surprise intact as best we could. So, you had people stooging stuff out to dirt sheet writers so they could stay in favor, but kind of used to that. Still exists to this day. It still exists to this day.”
Luger was one of wrestling's biggest stars in the 80s and 90s. His time with WCW saw him become World Heavyweight Champion twice, while he won the United States Heavyweight Championship on five occasions.
He had just about everything one needed to be successful as a wrestler but his win over Hogan on the night in question was truly a shocker - even to him. Luger would eventually join nWo after being one of the favorite babyfaces for an extended period.