Eric Bischoff on Dean Malenko vs. Ultimo Dragon in WCW: “I Forgot That I’m Watching a Scripted Product”

August 7, 2021 0 By JohnValbyNation

Eric Bischoff recently spoke about the classic WCW Starrcade match between Dean Malenko and Ultimo Dragon. Bischoff’s 83 Weeks podcast brought fans a complete rundown of the match card, including the bout between Malenko and the Dragon.

Bischoff talked about the match, including his feelings on Malenko’s ability to get into character before the bell rang.

“I’m a huge Dean Malenko fan. When he’s making his way to the entrance, before he even steps into the ring, he made me believe. I forgot that I’m watching a scripted sports entertainment product. He was so believable and intense and if there’s ever anybody that personifies the phrase ‘less is more,’ it’s Dean Malenko.”

But Eric did not stop there, as he continued to put Malenko over.

“Dean Malenko was more believable walking out to the ring than most talent is in a 20 minute match. I love watching Dean wrestle and I think he’s one of the most underrated performers in the last 20 years.”

Eric also praised Ultimo Dragon, who he called super talented and a really nice guy.

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