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''Nitro'' was the superior product for years, until it hit a creative wall. Bischoff's problem was that he measured everything by the ratings. So when ''Raw'' rebounded (and everyone knew it would eventually), he had no plan or faith in his own product. Guys like Wrestling/ChrisJericho, Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, Wrestling/{{Raven}}, and Wrestling/BookerT either [-a)-] didn't get elevated like they should have, or [-b)-] it was handled poorly and came about too late. The Cruiserweight Division went from being "the future of wrestling" (as Bischoff touted them as on his show), to being "vanilla midgets" who "couldn't draw", because he was listening to the wrong people. The dumping of WCW's [[{{Face}} babyfaces]], and most of them forming the [=WolfPac=] (an nWo [[AntiHeroSubstitute offshoot]]). Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen as {{jobber}}s to the nWo. Kicking Wrestling/SeanWaltman out; this gave Wrestling/DGenerationX credibility as something on par with the nWo. They might have kicked ''Raw''[='=]s ass in the ratings, but WCW couldn't book a pay-per-view to save its life: Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} vs. Wrestling/HulkHogan in the packed Georgia Dome should have been the main event of their signature show, ''Starrcade'' (or just any PPV main event). Instead, it was relegated to ''Nitro'' because they wanted to win the ratings war so badly.

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''Nitro'' was the superior product for years, until it hit a creative wall. Bischoff's problem was that he measured everything by the ratings. So when ''Raw'' rebounded (and everyone knew it would eventually), he had no plan or faith in his own product. Guys like Wrestling/ChrisJericho, Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, Wrestling/{{Raven}}, and Wrestling/BookerT either [-a)-] didn't get elevated like they should have, or [-b)-] it was handled poorly and came about too late. The Cruiserweight Division went from being "the future of wrestling" (as Bischoff touted them as on his show), to being "vanilla midgets" who "couldn't draw", because he was listening to the wrong people. The dumping of WCW's [[{{Face}} babyfaces]], and most of them forming the [=WolfPac=] (an nWo [[AntiHeroSubstitute offshoot]]). Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen as {{jobber}}s to the nWo. Kicking Wrestling/SeanWaltman out; this gave Wrestling/DGenerationX credibility as something on par with the nWo. They might have kicked ''Raw''[='=]s ass in the ratings, but WCW couldn't book a pay-per-view to save its life: Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} vs. Wrestling/HulkHogan in the packed Georgia Dome should could (or as some will always insist, ''should'') have been the main event of their signature show, ''Starrcade'' (or just any PPV main event). Instead, it was relegated to ''Nitro'' because they wanted to win the ratings war so badly.



** '''Breakaway from NWA''': The WCW International World Heavyweight Championship was created from the ashes from WCW's ill-fated partnership with the NWA. When they broke up, the current NWA Champion, Ric Flair, was stripped of the title, but retained the belt because WCW actually owned it. So "WCW International", a completely fictitious subsidiary, was created and Flair was recognized as its World Champion (not to be confused with the ''actual'' WCW World Championship, held at the time by {{Wrestling/Vader}}). Though the International title did have some top caliber champions (Sting, Flair, Wrestlng/RickRude), it was mercifully ended in 1994 with a unification match with the WCW title.

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** '''Breakaway from NWA''': The WCW International World Heavyweight Championship was created from the ashes from WCW's ill-fated partnership with the NWA. When they broke up, the current NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair, was stripped of the title, but retained the belt because WCW actually owned it. So "WCW International", a completely fictitious subsidiary, was created and Flair was recognized as its World Champion (not to be confused with the ''actual'' WCW World Heavyweight Championship, held at the time by {{Wrestling/Vader}}).Wrestling/{{Vader}}). Though the International title did have some top caliber champions (Sting, Flair, Wrestlng/RickRude), it was mercifully ended in 1994 with a unification match with the WCW title.



* {{Bowdlerise}}: Vader's infamous "give me some color" match against Cactus Jack got them both into trouble. Mick asked Vader pre-match to give him some color (aka make him bleed a bit) for extra dramatic effect. When Mick called the spot in the turnbuckle, Vader drove the bottom of his fist down onto Mick's nose, shattering it and causing him to bleed heavily. Since WCW were strictly anti-blood at the time, it meant the match had to be edited out of the show when it broadcast. (He doesn't explain this in the DVD, ''Mick Foley's Greatest Hits and Misses'', so it just looks like Vader dickishly broke his nose.) It says something that Mick let Vader powerbomb him on the floor twice, but those punches are still among the worst ever seen in wrestling.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: Vader's infamous "give me some color" match against Cactus Jack got them both into trouble. Mick Foley asked Vader pre-match to give him some color (aka make him bleed a bit) for extra dramatic effect. When Mick Foley called the spot in the turnbuckle, Vader drove the bottom of his fist down onto Mick's Foley's nose, shattering it and causing him to bleed heavily. Since WCW were strictly anti-blood at the time, it meant the match had to be edited out of the show when it broadcast. (He doesn't explain this in the DVD, ''Mick Foley's Greatest Hits and Misses'', so it just looks like Vader dickishly broke his nose.) It says something that Mick Foley let Vader powerbomb him on the floor twice, but those punches are still among the worst ever seen in wrestling.



** Arachnaman was such a blatant ComicBook/SpiderMan ripoff that Marvel Comics threatened legal action, and the character was quickly abandoned.

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** Arachnaman was such a blatant ComicBook/SpiderMan Franchise/SpiderMan ripoff that Marvel Comics threatened legal action, and the character was quickly abandoned.



** ''New Blood Rising''. Best thing about the title: The New Blood stable broke up before the PPV.

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** ''New Blood Rising''. Best thing about the title: The New Blood stable that inspired it broke up before the PPV.



** Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=], an ex-NFL player, and his [[MisterMuffykins chihuahua]] Pepe. He wore dark sunglasses, a plain black letterman's jacket, hit people with a steel briefcase he carried around for no reason, and his [[Wrestling/DebraMarshall trophy wife]] dressed as a beauty queen. Mongo was everything camp about WCW. Though even he asked at one point ask why they were putting Luger v. Savage on free TV instead of PPV.

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** Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=], an ex-NFL player, and his [[MisterMuffykins chihuahua]] Pepe. He wore With his dark sunglasses, a plain black letterman's jacket, hit hitting people with a steel briefcase he carried around for no reason, and his [[Wrestling/DebraMarshall trophy wife]] dressed as a beauty queen. queen, Mongo was at one point represented everything camp about WCW. Though WCW, though even he asked at one point ask why they were putting Luger v.vs. Savage on free TV instead of PPV.



** The New World Order became an infamous case of this, as it forced the competition to follow suit. Gone were the colorful characters Hogan, Nash and Hall played in WWF, now they were akin to a biker gang running roughshod over WCW. Sting was facing the same crossroad that Hogan did a few years earlier; the only problem was that Sting was the face of WCW, so a [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]] was out of the question. WCW opted to have a storyline where the paranoia surrounding the nWo broke Sting's spirit, and provided a reason to take him off TV for awhile. They also took inspiration from ''Film/TheCrow'' movie and had Sting emulate that. The black & white theme was a tease, because some thought Sting was slowly turning heel (and WCW did tease his defection). However, Sting essentially became "chaotic good", and sold a ton of merch.

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** The New World Order became an infamous case of this, as it forced the competition to follow suit. Gone were the colorful characters Hogan, Nash and Hall played in WWF, now they were akin to a biker gang running roughshod over WCW. WCW.
** Related to the nWo,
Sting was facing the same crossroad that Hogan did a few years earlier; the only problem was that Sting was the face of WCW, so a [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]] was out of the question. WCW opted to have a storyline where the paranoia surrounding the nWo broke Sting's spirit, and provided a reason to take him off TV for awhile. They also took inspiration from ''Film/TheCrow'' movie and had Sting emulate that. The black & and white theme was a tease, because some thought Sting was slowly turning heel (and WCW did tease his defection). However, Sting essentially became "chaotic good", and sold a ton of merch.



* ADayInTheLimelight: ¡ÓRALE! ¡ÓRALE! ¡ARRIBA LA RAZA! Adding luchadores and cruiserweights was very refreshing. Wrestling/LaParka, {{Wrestling/Psicosis}}, Jericho, Juventud "Juvi" Guerrera, Wrestling/UltimoDragon, Wrestling/DeanMalenko, Wrestlng/EddieGuerrero, and Rey were the cream of a very deep and talented pool of guys.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: ¡ÓRALE! ¡ÓRALE! ¡ARRIBA LA RAZA! Adding luchadores and cruiserweights was very refreshing. Wrestling/LaParka, {{Wrestling/Psicosis}}, Wrestling/{{Psicosis}}, Jericho, Juventud "Juvi" Guerrera, Wrestling/UltimoDragon, Wrestling/DeanMalenko, Wrestlng/EddieGuerrero, and Rey were the cream of a very deep and talented pool of guys.



## With so many spectacular match-ups crowding the schedule, there wasn't much room for the cruiserweights to compete for attention. Rey, Juvi, and Wrestling/BillyKidman traded the CW belt back and forth, while Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Chris Jericho jumped to the WWF; the rest languished in the midcard.

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## With so many spectacular match-ups crowding the schedule, there wasn't much room for the cruiserweights to compete for attention. Rey, Juvi, Rey Mysterio, Juventud Guerrera, and Wrestling/BillyKidman traded the CW belt back and forth, while Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Chris Jericho jumped to the WWF; the rest languished in the midcard.



* DreamTeam: With Turner's money, Bischoff could basically match any offer Vince made and even exceed it. Within a year he'd assembled the greatest roster in the annals of professional wrestling. Big names like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Lex Luger, Kevin Nash, Wrestling/ScottHall, Wrestling/TedDiBiase, Dusty Rhodes, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Wrestling/RoddyPiper, Dustin Rhodes, Wrestling/MikeRotunda, Wrestling/TheNastyBoys, "Mean Gene" Okerlund, Madusa, Vader and others made news with their defection to WCW. Only Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Triple H[[note]]who, ironically, had originally wrestled in WCW before jumping to WWF[[/note]], Kane, Wrestling/MarkHenry, and a few others remained loyal. However, it came with its downside; the fact that some of these contracts, particularly those used to lure away WWF talent, were so exorbitant is often cited as an important reason for why WCW was eventually sold to [=McMahon=] for a paltry $2.5 million. It backfired in another way, though. WCW dedicated so much time to its big stars that WWF assembled their own team out of people who had been screwed over and ignored by WCW.

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* DreamTeam: With Turner's money, Bischoff could basically match any offer Vince made and even exceed it. Within a year he'd assembled the greatest roster in the annals of professional wrestling. Big names like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Lex Luger, Kevin Nash, Wrestling/ScottHall, Wrestling/TedDiBiase, Dusty Rhodes, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Wrestling/RoddyPiper, Dustin Rhodes, Wrestling/MikeRotunda, Wrestling/TheNastyBoys, "Mean Gene" Okerlund, Madusa, Vader and others made news with their defection to WCW. Only Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Triple H[[note]]who, H,[[note]]both of whom, ironically, had originally wrestled in WCW before jumping to WWF[[/note]], WWF[[/note]] Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Kane, Wrestling/MarkHenry, and a few others remained loyal. However, it came with its downside; the fact that some of these contracts, particularly those used to lure away WWF talent, were so exorbitant is often cited as an important reason for why WCW was eventually sold to [=McMahon=] for a paltry $2.5 million. It backfired in another way, though. WCW dedicated so much time to its big stars that WWF assembled their own team out of people who had been screwed over and ignored by WCW.



* EvilForeigner: Wrestling/LanceStorm was one of the most hated and cowardly heels in the company. His rulebook was a contributing factor: "Please rise for the Canadian National Anthem", holding the [[AC:S]]askatchewan [[AC:H]]ardcore [[AC:I]]nternational [[AC:T]]itle, no foreign objects to be used in hardcore matches, converting the US Title into a Canadian one, re-naming the Cruiserweight Title the "100kg and Under Championship", etc. And then there was his "Canadian Rules" match vs. Mike Awesome. (It's common knowledge in Canadian wrestling that you need to pin your opponent for a 5 count, then give them a 10 count to answer the bell!)
* {{Fingerpoke of Doom}}: 1998 saw other decisions that accelerated the decline: At ''Starrcade '98'', Nash defeated Goldberg after Goldberg was tazed by Scott Hall to claim the World Heavyweight Championship, which also ended his undefeated "streak." Eight days later on ''Nitro'', Nash and Hogan were scheduled to have a match for said title, but instead, Nash took a poke to the chest from Hogan and sold it like he'd been shot with a cannon, lying down on the mat. This incident came to be known as the Fingerpoke of Doom. Prior to the main event, Tony Schiavone (per Bischoff's orders) revealed that fan-favorite Mick "Mankind" Foley would be winning the WWF Championship on a pre-taped edition of ''Raw'', essentially inviting over half a million viewers to change the channel which they did.

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* EvilForeigner: Wrestling/LanceStorm was one of the most hated and cowardly heels in the company. His rulebook was a contributing factor: "Please rise for the Canadian National Anthem", holding the [[AC:S]]askatchewan [[AC:H]]ardcore [[AC:I]]nternational [[AC:T]]itle, '''S'''askatchewan '''H'''ardcore '''I'''nternational '''T'''itle, no foreign objects to be used in hardcore matches, converting the US Title into a Canadian one, re-naming the Cruiserweight Title the "100kg and Under Championship", etc. And then there was his "Canadian Rules" match vs. Mike Awesome. (It's common knowledge in Canadian wrestling that you need to pin your opponent for a 5 count, then give them a 10 count to answer the bell!)
* {{Fingerpoke of Doom}}: 1998 saw other decisions that accelerated the decline: decline of WCW: At ''Starrcade '98'', Nash defeated Goldberg after Goldberg was tazed by Scott Hall to claim the World Heavyweight Championship, which also ended his undefeated "streak." Eight days later on ''Nitro'', Nash and Hogan were scheduled to have a match for said title, but instead, Nash took a poke to the chest from Hogan and sold it like he'd been shot with a cannon, lying down on the mat. This incident came to be known as the Fingerpoke of Doom. Prior to the main event, Tony Schiavone (per Bischoff's orders) revealed that fan-favorite Mick "Mankind" Foley would be winning the WWF Championship on a pre-taped edition of ''Raw'', essentially inviting over half a million viewers to change the channel which they did.



* ProducePelting: ''Nitro'' crowds seemed to love throwing concessions at the wrestlers and into the ring. It seemed like the end of every ''Nitro'' had the nWo standing ankle deep in trash that fans threw into the ring at them because of some rottenness. There was an episode where Eric got hit in the head with a drink thrown by a fan; without missing a beat, he turned, pointed, grinned, said "Nice shot, kid" then carried on with his promo. It was even lampshaded by Hogan when he joined the nWo:

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* ProducePelting: ''Nitro'' crowds seemed to love throwing concessions at the wrestlers and into the ring. It seemed like the end of every ''Nitro'' had the nWo standing ankle deep in trash that fans threw into the ring at them because of some rottenness. There was an episode where Eric Bischoff got hit in the head with a drink thrown by a fan; without missing a beat, he turned, pointed, grinned, said "Nice shot, kid" then carried on with his promo. It was even lampshaded by Hogan when he joined the nWo:



** On Thanksgiving night 1998, Hogan announced his retirement on ''The Tonight Show''. In reality, Hogan and Bischoff came to the conclusion that he had been overexposed to the point of being ineffective. Ultimate Warrior was an earlier attempt to give Hogan a burst of life. But when the ''Halloween Havoc'' buyrate flopped, and ''Nitro'' continued to lose to Raw in the ratings (despite his repeated appearances) he left just soon enough that they could find his replacement: in this case, Kevin Nash. Hogan was in-and-out in '99 mostly due to injury and no creative direction.

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** On Thanksgiving night 1998, Hogan announced his retirement on ''The Tonight Show''. In reality, Hogan and Bischoff came to the conclusion that he had been overexposed to the point of being ineffective. Ultimate Warrior was an earlier attempt to give Hogan a burst of life. But when the ''Halloween Havoc'' buyrate flopped, and ''Nitro'' continued to lose to Raw ''Raw'' in the ratings (despite his repeated appearances) he left just soon enough that they could find his replacement: in this case, Kevin Nash. Hogan was in-and-out in '99 mostly due to injury and no creative direction.



** Raven, along with The Flock, was a hated heel and a popular face. He was an upper-midcard staple with the US Title for a long time, and was also arguably the making of Goldberg. Raven also had a pretty fun, weird, and stupid run with Wrestling/PerrySaturn, Vampiro, and the ICP. But his "Raven's Rules" gimmick was by far the most memorable part of his WCW stint: Just stating ''any match I'm in is no DQ, no countout'' made him a real threat.

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** Raven, along with The Flock, was a hated heel and a popular face. He was an upper-midcard staple with the US Title for a long time, and was also arguably the making of Goldberg. Raven also had a pretty fun, weird, and stupid run with Wrestling/PerrySaturn, Vampiro, and the ICP. But his "Raven's Rules" gimmick was by far the most memorable part of his WCW stint: Just stating ''any that any match I'm he was in is no DQ, no countout'' countout made him a real threat.
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** [[Wrestling/JimFullington The Sandman]] had a brief run in the Hardcore Division, as did David Flair. The Hardcore matches were a "love-it-or-hate-it" affair. Probably because no one backstage gave a damn, so the talent did what they wanted (kind of like the cruiserweights). Like when Norman Smiley coming out dressed as an Ice Hockey goalie, or when Wrestling/TerryFunk got kicked by an actual horse in Boise, Idaho. And he [[NoSell no-sold]] it. Just another day for Terry Funk.

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** [[Wrestling/JimFullington The Sandman]] had a brief run in the Hardcore Division, as did David Flair. The Hardcore matches were a "love-it-or-hate-it" affair. Probably because no one backstage gave a damn, so the talent did what they wanted (kind of like the cruiserweights). Like when Norman Smiley coming out dressed as an Ice Hockey goalie, or when Wrestling/TerryFunk got kicked by an actual horse in Boise, Idaho. And he [[NoSell no-sold]] it. Just another day for Terry Funk.
18th Sep '17 3:30:58 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* DreamTeam: With Turner's money, Bischoff could basically match any offer Vince made and even exceed it. Within a year he'd assembled the greatest roster in the annals of professional wrestling. Big names like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Lex Luger, Kevin Nash, Wrestling/ScottHall, Wrestling/TedDiBiase, Dusty Rhodes, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Wrestling/RoddyPiper, Dustin Rhodes, Wrestling/MikeRotunda, Wrestling/TheNastyBoys, "Mean Gene" Okerlund, Madusa, Vader and others made news with their defection to WCW. Only Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Triple H, Kane, Wrestling/MarkHenry, and a few others remained loyal. However, it came with its downside; the fact that some of these contracts, particularly those used to lure away WWF talent, were so exorbitant is often cited as an important reason for why WCW was eventually sold to [=McMahon=] for a paltry $2.5 million. It backfired in another way, though. WCW dedicated so much time to its big stars that WWF assembled their own team out of people who had been screwed over and ignored by WCW.

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* DreamTeam: With Turner's money, Bischoff could basically match any offer Vince made and even exceed it. Within a year he'd assembled the greatest roster in the annals of professional wrestling. Big names like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Lex Luger, Kevin Nash, Wrestling/ScottHall, Wrestling/TedDiBiase, Dusty Rhodes, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Wrestling/RoddyPiper, Dustin Rhodes, Wrestling/MikeRotunda, Wrestling/TheNastyBoys, "Mean Gene" Okerlund, Madusa, Vader and others made news with their defection to WCW. Only Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Triple H, H[[note]]who, ironically, had originally wrestled in WCW before jumping to WWF[[/note]], Kane, Wrestling/MarkHenry, and a few others remained loyal. However, it came with its downside; the fact that some of these contracts, particularly those used to lure away WWF talent, were so exorbitant is often cited as an important reason for why WCW was eventually sold to [=McMahon=] for a paltry $2.5 million. It backfired in another way, though. WCW dedicated so much time to its big stars that WWF assembled their own team out of people who had been screwed over and ignored by WCW.
16th Sep '17 11:04:00 AM willemdafriendo
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** Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=], an ex-NFL star, and his [[MisterMuffykins chihuahua]] Pepe. Though even he asked at one point ask why they were putting Luger v. Savage on free TV instead of PPV.

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** Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=], an ex-NFL star, player, and his [[MisterMuffykins chihuahua]] Pepe.Pepe. He wore dark sunglasses, a plain black letterman's jacket, hit people with a steel briefcase he carried around for no reason, and his [[Wrestling/DebraMarshall trophy wife]] dressed as a beauty queen. Mongo was everything camp about WCW. Though even he asked at one point ask why they were putting Luger v. Savage on free TV instead of PPV.
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* ProducePelting: ''Nitro'' crowds seemed to love throwing concessions at the wrestlers and into the ring. It seemed like the end of every ''Nitro'' had the nWo standing ankle deep in trash that fans threw into the ring at them because of some rottenness. (Go watch ''Bash at the Beach '96'' when Hogan joined the [=nWo=].) It was even lampshaded by Hogan:

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* ProducePelting: ''Nitro'' crowds seemed to love throwing concessions at the wrestlers and into the ring. It seemed like the end of every ''Nitro'' had the nWo standing ankle deep in trash that fans threw into the ring at them because of some rottenness. (Go watch ''Bash at There was an episode where Eric got hit in the Beach '96'' when Hogan joined the [=nWo=].) head with a drink thrown by a fan; without missing a beat, he turned, pointed, grinned, said "Nice shot, kid" then carried on with his promo. It was even lampshaded by Hogan:Hogan when he joined the nWo:
15th Sep '17 11:01:25 AM willemdafriendo
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** '''TBS purchase''': The name "[x] Championship Wrestling" was used by various shows affiliated with the NWA, starting with a Georgia promotion (Georgia Championship Wrestling). Jim Crockett purchased it from the WWF and folded Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling into it. Then Jim Barnett, who had worked for a "World Championship Wrestling" in Australia of all places, came to Atlanta during a power struggle over the Georgia territory. Barnett later became majority owner, and started using the name "Word Championship Wrestling" for their new TV show. This new entity was under the ownership of TV mogul and cable pioneer Ted Turner. Very shortly afterward, the decision was made to use the familiar WCW branding. All the TBS purchase did was make WCW the legal name of the company.

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** '''Breakaway from NWA''': The WCW International World Heavyweight Championship was created from the ashes from WCW's ill-fated partnership with the NWA. When they broke up, the current NWA Champion, Ric Flair, was stripped of the title, but retained the belt because WCW actually owned it. So "WCW International", a completely fictitious subsidiary, was created and Flair was recognized as its World Champion (not to be confused with the ''actual'' WCW World Championship, held at the time by {{Wrestling/Vader}}). Though the International title did have some top caliber champions (Sting, Flair, Wrestlng/RickRude), it was mercifully ended in 1994 with a unification match with the WCW title.
** '''TBS purchase''': The name "[x] Championship Wrestling" was used by various shows affiliated with the NWA, starting with a Georgia promotion (Georgia Championship Wrestling). Jim Crockett purchased it from the WWF and folded Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling into it. Then Jim Barnett, who had worked for a "World Championship Wrestling" in Australia of all places, came to Atlanta during a power struggle over the Georgia territory. Barnett later became majority owner, and started using the name "Word Championship Wrestling" for their new TV show. This new entity was under the ownership of TV mogul and cable pioneer Ted Turner. Very shortly afterward, the decision was made to use the familiar WCW branding. All the TBS purchase did was make WCW the legal name of the company.



* {{Bowdlerise}}: {{Wrestling/Vader}}'s infamous "give me some color" match against Cactus Jack got them both into trouble. Mick asked Vader pre-match to give him some color (aka make him bleed a bit) for extra dramatic effect. When Mick called the spot in the turnbuckle, Vader drove the bottom of his fist down onto Mick's nose, shattering it and causing him to bleed heavily. Since WCW were strictly anti-blood at the time, it meant the match had to be edited out of the show when it broadcast. He doesn't explain that in the DVD (''Mick Foley's Greatest Hits and Misses''), so it just looks like Vader dickishly broke his nose. It says something that Mick let Vader powerbomb him on the floor twice, but those punches are still among the worst ever seen in wrestling.

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* {{Bowdlerise}}: {{Wrestling/Vader}}'s Vader's infamous "give me some color" match against Cactus Jack got them both into trouble. Mick asked Vader pre-match to give him some color (aka make him bleed a bit) for extra dramatic effect. When Mick called the spot in the turnbuckle, Vader drove the bottom of his fist down onto Mick's nose, shattering it and causing him to bleed heavily. Since WCW were strictly anti-blood at the time, it meant the match had to be edited out of the show when it broadcast. He (He doesn't explain that this in the DVD (''Mick DVD, ''Mick Foley's Greatest Hits and Misses''), Misses'', so it just looks like Vader dickishly broke his nose. nose.) It says something that Mick let Vader powerbomb him on the floor twice, but those punches are still among the worst ever seen in wrestling.
15th Sep '17 10:14:13 AM willemdafriendo
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* ADayInTheLimelight: ¡ÓRALE! ¡ÓRALE! ¡ARRIBA LA RAZA! Adding luchadores and cruiserweights was very refreshing. Wrestling/LaParka, Psicosis, Jericho, Juventud Guerrera, Wrestling/DeanMalenko, Wrestlng/EddieGuerrero, and Rey were the cream of a very deep and talented pool of guys.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: ¡ÓRALE! ¡ÓRALE! ¡ARRIBA LA RAZA! Adding luchadores and cruiserweights was very refreshing. Wrestling/LaParka, Psicosis, {{Wrestling/Psicosis}}, Jericho, Juventud "Juvi" Guerrera, Wrestling/UltimoDragon, Wrestling/DeanMalenko, Wrestlng/EddieGuerrero, and Rey were the cream of a very deep and talented pool of guys.



## With so many spectacular match-ups crowding the schedule, there wasn't much room for the cruiserweights to compete for attention. Rey Mysterio, Juventud Guerrera, and Wrestling/BillyKidman traded the CW belt back and forth, while Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Chris Jericho jumped to the WWF; the rest languished in the midcard.

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## With so many spectacular match-ups crowding the schedule, there wasn't much room for the cruiserweights to compete for attention. Rey Mysterio, Juventud Guerrera, Rey, Juvi, and Wrestling/BillyKidman traded the CW belt back and forth, while Wrestling/ChrisBenoit and Chris Jericho jumped to the WWF; the rest languished in the midcard.
15th Sep '17 9:14:32 AM willemdafriendo
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* TheGiant: [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Giant]] (of course), Goldberg, and... Ice Train. The only cool thing about Ice Train was his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SVMI0OXC0w theme.]]

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* TheGiant: [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Giant]] (of course), Goldberg, The Wall, and... Ice Train. The only cool thing about Ice Train was his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SVMI0OXC0w theme.]]
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** Sting took six months off every year despite being completely healthy. This coincided with Hogan returning from his vacation.

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** Sting took six months found God in August of 1998. He reveals in his movie ''Sting: Moment of Truth'' that he confessed all of his sins (drugs, womanizing, etc.) to his wife. Bret Hart "injured" him at ''Halloween Havoc'' '98 as an excuse to write him off every year despite TV. He was given time off to deal with "personal issues" at home. Other than a few house show appearances in early '99, he didn't make his return until April of that year.
** On Thanksgiving night 1998, Hogan announced his retirement on ''The Tonight Show''. In reality, Hogan and Bischoff came to the conclusion that he had been overexposed to the point of
being completely healthy. This coincided with ineffective. Ultimate Warrior was an earlier attempt to give Hogan returning from a burst of life. But when the ''Halloween Havoc'' buyrate flopped, and ''Nitro'' continued to lose to Raw in the ratings (despite his vacation.repeated appearances) he left just soon enough that they could find his replacement: in this case, Kevin Nash. Hogan was in-and-out in '99 mostly due to injury and no creative direction.
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