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I was watching a match from the latter days of WCW between Sting and Bret Hart on Monday Nitro back in 1998. I use the term match very loosely. According to the commentary team, the backstage area had been fought in multiple times during the course of the night, and that being hit by a rubbish bin is a “brutal assault” and that this is hardcore wrestling.
While that may be a ridiculous statement, I was struck by the two men in the match, Sting and Bret Hart. Sting was the face, although he was representing the “heel” Nwo Wolfpack, while Hart, who was representing WCW, was the villain of the match. Confused? If I didn’t grow up with this stuff I would be too. I am not making this up. This was the state of WCW in its death throes. Painful stuff!
While over in the WWE (WWF at »
- Darragh O'Connor
Any (older) wrestling fan worth their salt will be aware of WCW’s weekly show Monday Nitro. From 1995-2001, for 286 episodes Nitro challenged WWE Raw in the ratings – winning 84 weeks in a row – and gave wrestling fans plenty to cheer, boo and mark-out over. Unfortunately not much of that stuff has made it into this second compilation of ‘best bits’.
Hosted again by Diamond Dallas Page (Ddp), the package is put together as a clip show with plenty of Ddp reminiscing about his wrestling days between clips. Sure his stories go on a little too long and are rather plodding, but his enthusiasm for the show, characters and people involved is infectious and the highlight of this package. What isn’t so enjoyable is the near ever-present Kevin Nash. Known in the wrestling world as someone willing to crush others both in-ring and politically, it is painfully obvious that Nash »
- Sam Carey
Cm Punk, the best in the world, as he claims, was WWE Champion for 434 days, a feat almost unimaginable in today’s wrestling. The streak itself is a focal point for his claim of being the best; surely someone who can hold onto the biggest title in wrestling’s biggest company for that long must be the best in the world? The fact that WWE allowed him to hold the belt for that long proves that they have a lot of faith in him to carry the company, but is he the best in the world?
I think it goes without saying that, like almost anything, it depends on personal opinion. It depends on the person and what they believe makes a wrestler great; some fans may prefer classic mat wrestling whilst others prefer the lucha style and so who they believe is best will reflect that style. For me, »
- Curtis Dillon
World Championship Wrestling was the number one competitor to the World Wrestling Federation during the late 1990′s to early 2000′s with their flagship television show, WCW Monday Nitro. Following on from the success of the inaugural release, The Best Of WCW Monday Nitro Volume 2 brings you more wrestling action taken from 5 years worth of programming.
Host Diamond Dallas Page returns to present Volume 2 of the wildly successful Best of WCW Nitro, with eight more hours of the revolutionary nWo, electrifying cruiserweights and unparalleled star power that delivered an endless supply of timeless matches and moments. All the greatest WCW stars are included such as Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Kevin Nash, Rey Mysterio, Eric Bischoff, Goldberg and more.
WCW never really had the same huge exposure here in the UK as it did in the States. Originally broadcast on regional ITV during the early 90s (I remember watching WCW WorldWide »
- Phil Wheat
Since Monday Nitro premiered on the air against Monday Night Raw the WWF and WCW have been in a weekly battle for ratings. Competition is good for the product, and the last few years have been excellent. WCW has taken the lead in the last few years and has been dominating WWF in the ratings. At this rate, Vince McMahon will be bankrupt and WWF will be dead within 3 years.
Here are 5 reasons why WCW will come out on top.
WCW’s hottest property Goldberg is the future of wrestling. On an incredible undefeated streak, Goldberg’s momentum will lead to a huge WCW Title match with Hollywood Hulk Hogan. That match will surely break Pay Per View records and set Goldberg on the fast track to mega stardom and cement his place in WCW as the face of the company for years to come.
4. Ted Turner
The man with the vision. »
- Jarrod Atkinson
This past Monday on Raw Is War, the World Wrestling Federation went through a little bit of the regeneration following Wrestlemania 14 and the departure of Shawn Michaels as the leader of the miscreant militia known as D-Generation X, replenishing its ranks with a new army. Under the guise of the new leader Triple H, their new lewd crew and rude troop claims to bring the war the front lines of the WWF and beyond. But is this the last stand of the degenerates? In wrestling, reforming groups after the original has gone it’s course is never really a good thing. I.e. the Four Horsemen in WCW or in Ecw The Triple Threat or Raven’ s Flock.
- Paul Jordan
There was no time like it. Being an 11 and 12 year old kid and watching the WWF (which it was at the time) was a thrill unlike any other. The Monday Night Wars was a time in wrestling that will never be duplicated. I honestly couldn’t wait until Monday nights so I could watch Raw with my brothers. It was, sincerely, a feeling I don’t think I’ll ever be able to replace. I could barely wait to watch Sunday Night Heat, which is basically what Main Event is these days.
My parents weren’t too thrilled at times, specifically when I’d run around the house screaming the two words that Dx had for us, I didn’t really know what it meant. I distinctly remember the monthly occurrence of begging my parents to order the pay per view for that month. They were rarely receptive, but when »
- Peter Duffy
WCW may be best remembered for the Nwo angle. A storyline that basically made wrestling “cool” back in the 90s. But there was so much more to World Championship Wrestling… like ridiculous gimmick matches, some of which are considered the worst matches of all time. Though that’s not really fair, it’s not the matches fault, or the wrestlers who took part in them. WCW is to blame for these profoundly stupid match types.
In the right hands with the right participates some of WCW’s dumbest stipulations could become legendary battles talked about for generations. Or at the very least a mild laugh on a Monday night. Here are five WCW matches that WWE needs to bring back and give a fair chance.
5. Piñata On a Pole Match
Vince Russo seemed to believe the ticket to exciting television was to have two or more people fight it out »
- Chris Librizzi
We can say what many from Bruno Sammartino’s era, whether it be fans or performers, can not – we were there when Bruno Sammartino was finally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and one of the most charred bridges in WWE history began its recovery. The night before WrestleMania, we will witness history.
It is a war that waged on for literally decades. Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon have traded insults in several formats, through radio interviews, television appearances, books, journalistic editorials, you name it Bruno and McMahon played it. Bruno was commonly on the attack, with McMahon reserving criticism and attempting to keep the peace.
Throughout the late nineties Sammartino, the longest reigning WWE Champion of all-time, heavily criticized the organization, its officials and the product for “selling out,” and abandoning what had made it so great during his era. He has repeatedly called the WWE product vulgar, »
- Jason Patrick
Let’s go back to a simpler time, a time when Hockey Players and Garbage men, gathered together to do battle inside the squared circle. That’s right, I’m talking about the professional wrestling in the 1990s. A time where talented wrestlers were given over the top, ridiculous gimmicks that did nothing other than destroy their careers. Many men fell victim to the 90′s desire for goofy wrestlers with stupid back stories, but none more so than Doink the Clown.
Doink is a veritable legend in the world of professional wrestling, he also isn’t real. Doink is a character, one that has been played by no less than three people since his debut in 1992. So to be a little more accurate I should say that Doink’s career was not squashed by the absurd gimmick, Doink was the absurd gimmick that squashed the career of a talented wrestler. »
- Chris Librizzi
Pro Wrestling Syndicate – an Indy group that boasts a roster including Matt Hardy and Mr Belding from Saved By The Bell – has announced that it has pulled wrestling legend Terry Funk for its April 4th and 5th shows in New Jersey, sparking rumours that he will be working with WWE as part of the Wrestlemania Axxess weekend and will induct Mick Foley into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Funk’s name began circulating among the Internet Wrestling Community as a possible inductor for Mick Foley as soon as he was announced as an inductee earlier this year. Other names included Jim Ross but Funk seemed a much more fitting choice given his long history with Foley.
Funk and Foley’s paths have crossed in several promotions over the years but it is there time in Extreme Championship Wrestling as well as the WWE that has been the most significant. The »
- Matt Aspin
Wrestlers have been performing in Hollywood ever since… well, ever. However some of their performances have been so dreadful this website even dedicated a list to them. We decided then that the reason most movies-starring-wrestlers were godawful was because they take their stars outside their natural environment – like the Scorpion King, Marine trilogy and *shudder* Suburban Commando.
This list will pay tribute to the best Hollywood movies that are actually concerned with the fine and noble sport of pro-wrestling. Remember that David Arquette movie that almost single-handedly destroyed WCW? Roddy Piper’s “timeless classic” that defined the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling era? Or when Hulk Hogan’s on-screen appearances didn’t involve ramming another man’s wife? No? Then take a trip down memory lane with the 7 greatest wrestling movies in history.
Note: This list only includes films which relate to the sport of professional wrestling, and shall not include non-wrestling titles produced by WWE Studios. »
- Izzy Scrimshire
If rumours are to be believed ‘The Kliq’ are to join the already announced Mick Foley, and Bob Backlund as inductees in the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame. The group, who actually never wrestled together and are more accurately a backstage group, were comprised of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman.
The Klique lists some of the most well known and successful names from wrestling history. Surely their inclusion in the Hof is a no brainer?
The group began life as a close knit group of superstars who looked out for each other behind the scenes and used their influence to engineer contracts and storylines in their favour. In most other professions this may be called a union, but a union is something that has never been able to be formed in the pro wrestling industry. As such they were seen as a clique (as they »
- David Pustansky
It may surprise some that it has been well over a decade since WWE’s most serious competition in its history folded after Vince McMahon acquired the property and quickly buried it as best he possibly could. 12 years have passed since that fateful night on Raw, where Shane McMahon, son of the owner of WWE walked into a WCW ring to address both viewers of WWE and of WCW on live television. It was a night that very few will ever forget, simply due to the ridiculousness that was on our TV sets. A McMahon was on WCW programming, and the death of World Championship Wrestling was complete.
Many pundits have argued as to why WCW managed to go from being The show where everyone wanted to be employed to being the laughing stock of every employee on the WWE’s payroll. In my honest opinion and also to most that were there, »
- Chris Wood
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