Eric Bischoff Disagrees With WWE NXT 2.0 for Changing ‘Steiner’ Name To Bron Breakker
Bron Breakker is one of the most notable stars to be recognized since the debut of NXT 2.0. It looks like he will be receiving a big push, but many have questioned why it was decided to change his name from Steiner, a name more recognized. Fans aren’t the only ones questioning WWE/NXT choices as big voices of the wrestling world are also at a loss.
During an episode of his 83 Weeks Podcast, Eric Bischoff discussed Bron Breakker’s name change. He was previously going as Rex Steiner, but Vince McMahon’s company changed that up in a big way. If Bishoff had any say, WWE should have allowed him to keep that name as well.
“Rick is one of my favorite people from that part of my life and we’re still friends. We don’t chat all the time and all that. Rick and I became pretty good friends in WCW and we became very good friends after WCW. So happy to see [his son on NXT], but I’ve got some issues with the Bron Breakker thing. I kept my mouth shut. The only thing that I said, and it was challenging for me on social media when it happened, I was like ‘I try, I really, really try.’”
“Oh, there’s no doubt [he’s going to be a star]. I get that they didn’t want to call him Rex Steiner because his real last name is Rechsteiner and nothing lasts forever. Relationships generally don’t last forever, especially business relationships. You have to plan for the inevitable, and I understand why they would want to protect their intellectual property and give Bronson a real character name that they have control over. I don’t like that, but I understand it. It’s a fact of life whether I like it or don’t like it. The truth of the matter is, the business WWE and AEW are in, you have to protect your intellectual property. I get that. But they just cut a guy by the name of Braun. That’s the part I don’t get. The Breakker part, that’s like a video game kind of mentality. I get why they would do that. I understand it, but I still hate it. But the Bron part of that, the Bron Breakker after they just got rid of Braun Strowman, man. That’s the part that got to me, and I just want to go bat sh*t livid on Twitter. And I went no, no, then you’re just like everybody else. You’re better than that.”
While Bron is still new to fans it will ultimately be up to NXT how he is received. As it would probably be smart to recognize his family lineage, His booking and creative direction will be very important.
Below is the full episode of the 83 Weeks Podcast