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WCW Monday Nitro made it's debut in September 1995 and ran until March
2001-that's almost six years of top notch action. Along with the WWF's
Monday Night Raw, Nitro was a brilliant programme.
Along the way we had the big guns such as Hulk Hogan, Sting and Ric Flair but the great thing about Nitro was the way it highlighted some of the undercard wrestlers such as Billy Kidman and Rey Mysterio Jr.
Nitro was a very unpredictable programme for a long while. In one edition Lex Luger made a surprise return to WCW after wrestling in the WWF 24 hours earlier. You never knew what would happen on Nitro-anybody could show up, friendships could be broken up and throughout the series there were some wild brawls.
I strongly recommend tracking down old WCW Nitro tapes particularly from the 1996-1998 era.
WCW monday nitro was one of my favourite shows because World Championship Wrestling was my favourite wrestling federation. WCW was good when it started but lost it's buzz because the federation was run by bad bookers.
the NWO was by far my favorite angle in the history
of wrestling. they were so funny,and so cool. now that the
original NWO isn't there,wcw is often a bore. the show
hardly ever starts off with a bang. it almost always starts out with some boring match with wrestlers you could
less about. however wcw has the best wrestlers in the world,it's just a shame that over half of them are wasted.
hulk hogan returning back to his red,and yellow gimmick
was a fun idea at first,but quickly got old. they need to
turn him back into a heel once again. he's funny as a heel. i still watch the show in hopes that it can be as
good as it was when the original NWO was there,but it never happens. but some shows are still good. only once in
a great while now does nitro have a better show than raw,and i really,truly mean once in a great while. when
the NWO was there this show got a 9 1/2 usually,now the
show gets a 5,but shows few and far between are as good as
a 6 or a 7.
In response to The Flaming Pig's or whatever the stupid name is comments. I would first like to say he/she has no idea what they are talking about and their comments just show how blind they are. The idea that wrestling (pro) is fake isn't because of WCW. It is because of the fact that some attacks/moves are pulled and/or not done with a lot of force and because everything is predetermined. Hulk Hogan went to WCW because he left the WWF with plans to retire, but the fact that WCW was offering so much money, more than the WWF could afford, made him return to the ring. WCW had some of the best talents on their roster and actually used their cruiser weight division correctly, something the WWF/E still fails to do. Why would Mysterio leave WCW to join the WWF when WCW had the better cruiser weight division and could actually use it? Now, how can the NWO be a rip off of DX if the NWO came first? It cant. If anything DX is an NWO rip off since the NWO was the first to use the whole degenerate attitude. So next time do some research before you decide to bash something, buddy. It isn't that hard to look stuff up, unless you are just one of those blind fans who hates WCW for no reason and makes crap up to make your argument look good.
March 26, 2001 was one of the saddest days in my life when I saw WCW for the last time. In the past year since that Wrestling has gone to hell. Every week I am subject to some of the most god-awful wrestling on WWF Raw. The only reason I still watch is because there is nothing else on TV that is better. What makes me sad about the situation is that they were so close to selling WCW to Eric Bichoff and he would have brought WCW back to prominence. I miss seeing Goldberg, Sting, Bret Hart, and some of others who are not around.
This show was the last version of classic professional wrestling at a national level before Sports Entertainment ended. During the Eric Bischoff regime, the show was great and consistent, until the management at Time Warner decided to screw things around (what a surprise!), and try to bring in some guys from the WWF. When WCW Monday Nitro died in 2001, so did a great era in professional wrestling.
The past six years that this program has been on the air, I would have to say has been both on the plus and negative sides. There has been some very memorable moments on this program such as The N.W.O.'s hostile takeovers, the breaking of young stars like Chris Jericho and Billy Kidman, Arn Anderson's retirement, and the recent emergence of the cruiserweight tag-team division. The down moments have been watching Hulk Hogan trying to make his comeback (over and over again) and some very bad gimmicks like "The Dog" and The "No Limit Soldiers". I am a very big fan of pro wrestling and don't like to just glorify the W.W.F. for being more popular. I like to judge the product itself and in my book W.C.W. Monday Nitro has definitely aired some great moments.
If it hadn't been for Nitro, we'd still be watching midcarders winning
squash matches on WWF/WWE television (taped four weeks in
In the last couple of years it was on TV, the critics were quick to pan Nitro, but if you look at tapes of that era (arguably its worst) and compare it to the fare dished out be the McMahon clan, you'll be wishing it was the other of the "Big Two" that folded.
WCW Monday Nitro is the best wrestling program on television. Unlike some shows, the main event changes from week to week and everyone (except Ric Flair) keeps their clothes on. The only problem is that sometimes they insult the viewers' intelligence by showing the same thing over and over again and following things a little longer than they have to. For the most part, Nitro is something the whole family can watch and enjoy.
I am sick of some of the stupid kids on here that say 'nWo was a RIPOFF of
The DX'... If you were to make a valid point, make sure you look at the
nWo was created in 1996... while DX was created in 1998 (I think), the matter of the fact is... nWo was atleast a year before the DX was made.
And for people that saw RAW is better, look at the crap the WWE Shovels at us now. I rather watch Nitro.
I bet all the people who said 'Watch RAW, Its the greatest Wrestling Show' dont even watch the show anymore. And dont blame it on the WCW part of the roster, cause its the WWE Writers, including Vince Mcmahon, who writes this stuff.
So, give WCW a break... It was run by AOL Time Warner, a huge conglomorate, while WWE was run by one man.
The WCW was great, as so was WWE. WCW was just the first one to have bad programming, but it wasn't as bad as the WWE crap today.
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