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29th Oct '17 5:22:22 PM jakearmitage
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** WCW in 1994 had produced the AAA ''When Worlds Collide'' PPV, which helped introduce lucha to US audiences, and in late 1995/early 96, while planning the launch of their cruiserweight division, and needed talent to fill it. Wrestling/{{Konnan}} was big in Mexico, popular enough to get away with being called "The Mexican Hulk Hogan". But the real reason WCW originally signed him is that he was tight with other Mexican wrestlers. They also pulled a little talent from Wrestlng/NewJapanProWrestling due to Bischoff's relationship with Sonny Onoo, but the majority of the division was made up of luchadors.

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** WCW in 1994 had produced the AAA ''When Worlds Collide'' PPV, which helped introduce lucha to US audiences, and in late 1995/early 96, while planning the launch of their cruiserweight division, and needed talent to fill it. Wrestling/{{Konnan}} was big in Mexico, popular enough to get away with being called "The Mexican Hulk Hogan". But the real reason WCW originally signed him is that he was tight with other Mexican wrestlers. They also pulled a little talent from Wrestlng/NewJapanProWrestling Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling due to Bischoff's relationship with Sonny Onoo, but the majority of the division was made up of luchadors.
29th Oct '17 5:15:55 PM jakearmitage
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* TakeThat: How many times has that killed an entire company? WCW might well be the first when they revealed that Mick Foley would win the WWF Championship, which caused over half a million fans to switched over to ''Raw''.

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* TakeThat: How many times has that killed an entire company? WCW might well be the first when they revealed that Mick Foley would win the WWF Championship, which caused over half a million fans to switched switch over to ''Raw''.
29th Oct '17 1:31:04 PM jakearmitage
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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, Kane, {{Wrestling/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.



** WCW was eventually sold to the WWE in early 2001 (weeks before ''[=WrestleMania=] X-Seven'') at what amounted to fire-sale prices, mere days before the final ''Monday Nitro''. What was supposed to be a battle between WCW[=/=]ECW and the WWF ended up being a battle between the [=McMahons=]: The final show was a simulcast on ''Raw'', with an appearance by Vince's son Wrestling/{{Shane|McMahon}} on ''Nitro''. WCW stuck around InNameOnly, the kayfabe reasoning behind this was that Shane and Wrestling/{{Stephanie|McMahon}} were the owners of WCW and ECW respectively, but still had some pull in the Federation, which is why they let these guys run roughshod over the WWF guys every week, as the titles were unified with their WWF counterparts, culminating with the unification of the WCW and WWF Championships at ''Vengeance 2001'' (the WWF Undisputed Championship). With both WCW and ECW (which had gone out of business just a couple of months prior) in their back pockets, WWE was left as the lone major professional wrestling promotion in the United States.

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** WCW was eventually sold to the WWE in early 2001 (weeks before ''[=WrestleMania=] X-Seven'') at what amounted to fire-sale prices, mere days before the final ''Monday Nitro''. What was supposed to be a battle between WCW[=/=]ECW and the WWF ended up being a battle between the [=McMahons=]: The final show was a simulcast on ''Raw'', with an appearance by Vince's son Wrestling/{{Shane|McMahon}} on ''Nitro''. WCW stuck around InNameOnly, InNameOnly; the kayfabe reasoning behind this was that Shane and Wrestling/{{Stephanie|McMahon}} were the owners of WCW and ECW respectively, but still had some pull in the Federation, which is why they let these guys run roughshod over the WWF guys every week, as the week. The titles were unified with their WWF counterparts, culminating with the unification of the WCW and WWF Championships at ''Vengeance 2001'' (the WWF Undisputed Championship). With both WCW and ECW (which had gone out of business just a couple of months prior) in their back pockets, WWE was left as the lone major professional wrestling promotion in the United States.
27th Oct '17 6:30:13 PM jakearmitage
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JCP had big names like Wrestling/RicFlair carrying the company, TV deals and great name recognition in the states. They were trying to compete on a national level. Unfortunately, the company was very careless with money. After a string of financial and creative mishaps, it was sold to Ted Turner in '88 and re-named World Championship Wrestling.

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JCP had big names like Wrestling/RicFlair carrying the company, TV deals and great name recognition in the states. They were trying to compete on a national level. Unfortunately, the company was very careless with money. After a string of financial and creative mishaps, it was sold to [[{{Creator/TNT}} Ted Turner Turner]] in '88 and re-named World Championship Wrestling.



''Nitro'' was a long-shot idea by Bischoff (then-Executive Vice President) to compete with ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' in their own timeslot. He had the perfect blueprint for a three-hour show: Make sure there is variety, showcasing different style of wrestling (often with interesting stipulations). Live TV in an age when audiences were having their attention divided. Have a mega-angle going on with the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, which was original and, to this day, innovative. Pro wrestling was forever changed by the nWo in some ways, with each show ending on a cliffhanger. Think ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' hype, but weekly.

''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 [-1)-] didn't get elevated like they should have, or [-2)-] 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, which 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 flagship PPV, ''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 a long-shot idea by Bischoff (then-Executive Vice President) to compete with ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' in their own timeslot. He had the perfect blueprint for a three-hour show: Make sure there is variety, showcasing different style of wrestling (often with interesting stipulations). Live TV in an age when audiences were having their attention divided. Have a mega-angle [[MythArc mega-angle]] going on with the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, which was original and, to this day, innovative. Pro wrestling was forever changed by the nWo in some ways, with each show ending on a cliffhanger. Think ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' hype, but weekly.

''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 [-1)-] didn't get elevated like they should have, or [-2)-] 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.stars. Kicking Wrestling/SeanWaltman out, which 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 flagship PPV, ''Starrcade'' (or just any PPV main event). Instead, it was relegated to ''Nitro'' because they wanted to win the ratings war so badly.
27th Oct '17 6:27:04 PM jakearmitage
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World Championship Wrestling (originally Jim Crockett Productions) was a {{professional wrestling}} company which, as Wrestling/EricBischoff put it, beat the Wrestling/{{WWE}} at their own game for 84 weeks. Naturally, this success didn't come right away.

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World Championship Wrestling (originally Jim Crockett Productions) was a {{professional wrestling}} company which, as Wrestling/EricBischoff put it, beat the Wrestling/{{WWE}} at their own game for 84 weeks. Naturally, this success didn't come right away.



## WCW was bursting with title changes every week. DDP once regained the World Title from Sting on the same night he lost the World Title to Sting. Not only did it make ''Nitro'' impossible to follow, it removed any sense of stature from the belts and made the WWF Championship seem more vaunted in comparison. This ensured WCW would always be seen as a copy of WWF, rather than the future of wrestling.

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## WCW was bursting with title changes every week. DDP once regained the World Title from Sting on the same night he lost the World Title to Sting. Not only did it make ''Nitro'' impossible to follow, it removed any sense of stature from the belts and made the WWF Championship seem more vaunted in comparison. This ensured that WCW would always be seen as a copy of WWF, rather than the future of wrestling.



** Vince [=McMahon=] used to, and still kind of does, struggle with the idea of putting his belt on someone who was a champion in another promotion. The biggest WWF/WWE guys are homegrown, and big time free agents are often miscast in WWF/WWE: Flair, Dusty, Booker T, Wrestling/{{Tazz}}, DDP, the list goes on and on. Bishoff, on the other hand, pretty much built ''Nitro'' on the backs of WWF World Champions. Luger jumped on the first show, Hogan became the champ, the [=nWo=] came after that, and then Wrestling/{{ECW}} talent came over. Bischoff did not have a suspicious nature like Vince, and though it came back to bite him in the end, it helped WCW quite a bit. Their fortunes didn't really pick up until Hogan, Hall, and Nash defected to WCW and formed their own coalition: the New World Order, who teased at a cross-promotional "invasion" (despite the WWF having nothing to do with the angle). People in the south hated Hall and Nash. The trash thrown at them was real, they were genuinely seen as invaders.

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** Vince [=McMahon=] used to, and still kind of does, struggle with the idea of putting his belt on someone who was a champion in another promotion. The biggest WWF/WWE guys are homegrown, and big time free agents are often miscast in WWF/WWE: WWE: Flair, Dusty, Booker T, Wrestling/{{Tazz}}, DDP, the list goes on and on. Bishoff, on the other hand, pretty much built ''Nitro'' on the backs of WWF World Champions. Luger jumped on the first show, over first, Hogan became the champ, the [=nWo=] came after that, and then Wrestling/{{ECW}} talent came over. Bischoff did not have a suspicious nature like Vince, and though it came back to bite him in the end, it helped WCW quite a bit. Their fortunes didn't really pick up until Hogan, Hall, Hall and Nash defected to WCW and formed their own coalition: the New World Order, Outsiders, who teased at a cross-promotional "invasion" (despite the WWF having nothing to do with the angle). People in the south hated Hall and Nash. The trash thrown at them was real, they were genuinely seen as invaders.
27th Oct '17 6:06:18 PM jakearmitage
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** Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=], an ex-NFL star. He would bring his [[MisterMuffykins chihuahua]] to the announcer's tale and dress him up in funny outfits. Steve wasn't so cuckoo, 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. He would bring his [[MisterMuffykins chihuahua]] to the announcer's tale table and dress him up in funny outfits. Steve wasn't so cuckoo, though: Even he asked at one point ask why they were putting Luger v. Savage on free TV instead of PPV.



--->'''''The Death of WCW'':''' Later, he would call Scott Steiner both "synthetic" (seemingly an accusation of steroid use) and also a "sad, sack-ass fruit booty" (seemingly an accusation of...well, we have no idea).

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--->'''''The Death of WCW'':''' --->'''''Literature/TheDeathOfWCW''''': Later, he would call Scott Steiner both "synthetic" (seemingly an accusation of steroid use) and also a "sad, sack-ass fruit booty" (seemingly an accusation of...well, we have no idea).



** 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. their lead. Gone were the colorful characters Hogan, Nash and Hall played in WWF, WWF; now they were akin to a biker gang running roughshod over WCW. Sting was facing the same crossroad that Hulk Hogan did a few years earlier; the only problem was that Sting was the face of WCW, so a [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]] for him was out of the question. WCW opted to have Instead, they started a storyline where different angle in which the paranoia surrounding the nWo broke Sting's spirit, and provided a reason to take him off TV for awhile.bit. 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, defection); however, Sting essentially became "chaotic good", and sold a ton of merch.
20th Oct '17 11:55:30 AM jakearmitage
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->''"Where the Big Boys Play."''

World Championship Wrestling (formerly Jim Crockett Productions, later operating under the umbrella of Turner Broadcasting, a [[Creator/WarnerBros Time Warner]] company) is a defunct ProfessionalWrestling promotion which, as former WCW president Wrestling/EricBischoff famously put it, beat the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} World Wrestling Federation]] at their own game for 84 weeks in a row. Naturally, this success didn't come right away.

!!Shots fired
Following a string of creative disasters, control of WCW was handed over to Eric Bischoff. Determined to bring the fight to WWF's doorstep, Ted Turner asked Bischoff what needed to be done in order to compete with the WWF. In response, and thinking it would never happen, Bischoff asked owner Ted Turner to give them Prime time. To Bischoff's great surprise, he was granted two hours on Monday nights to run against longtime Monday night mainstay ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''. WCW debuted ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' in 1995. The two shows would trade occasional ratings victories, but the WWF was still largely considered the superior product despite WCW acquiring a number of stars who had once wrestled for the WWF including Big Bubba Rogers (Formerly the Big Boss Man), Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Randy Savage and, most notably, Wrestling/HulkHogan.

WCW's fortunes didn't really pick up, however, until Wrestling/ScottHall and Wrestling/KevinNash (Razor Ramon and Diesel in the WWF) defected to WCW and began running roughshod over the company's talent for weeks before challenging three of WCW's top stars to a match, teasing at a "third member" of their group who would debut if their challenge was accepted. WCW took them up on it and the match was set for WCW's primary summer pay per view. At the ''Bash at the Beach '96'' event, the Outsiders and their still then unknown mystery partner were booked to face Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Lex Luger, and Randy Savage. Despite claiming the third man was present at the event, only the Outsiders showed up for the match and took on Sting, Luger, and Savage in a two on three situation, but soon evened the odds down to 2-2 when Luger was seemingly taken out of the fight, leaving Savage and Sting to face the Outsiders. Hogan suddenly came to Sting's aid... or so it seemed. [[CavalryBetrayal Instead, Hulk turned on him]], thus revealing himself as the third man. Following Hogan's now-infamous promo, the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] was born. This period, known as the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, resulted in a huge surge in popularity (and financial success) for the wrestling industry in the late 1990s.

!!Trouble Comes to Town
By this point, WCW had not only managed to secure a second major show in ''Thunder'', but it was building up a new megastar in Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}. His biggest victory came in 1998, when he finally defeated "Hollywood" Hogan for the World Heavyweight Championship... on a weekly episode of ''Nitro''. The match gave Bischoff his last ratings victory against the WWF; it also cost him millions in pay-per-view revenue. This exposed [[DidntThinkThisThrough a major structural flaw]] in Bischoff's business model, one which would eventually bring the company down.

1998 saw other bad decisions that accelerated the decline: At ''Starrcade '98'', Nash defeated Goldberg after Goldberg was tazed by 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, plainly [[WagTheDirector orchestrated]] by Hogan behind-the-scenes, came to be known by all as the {{Fingerpoke of Doom}}.

Prior to this [[NeverTrustATrailer "main event"]], announcer Tony Schiavone, per Bischoff's orders, revealed that fan-favorite [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mick "Mankind" Foley]] would be winning the WWF Championship on a pre-taped edition of ''Raw'' ("''That's'' gonna put some butts in the seats, heh!"), essentially inviting over ''half a million viewers to change the channel'' -- which they did. You can read all about the incident, and its impact on both WCW and the WWF, on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fingerpoke_of_Doom That Other Wiki]]).

!!Rearranging the deckchairs
Following the ''Starrcade'' debacle, Wrestling/VinceRusso (credited as the "brains" behind the WWF's Wrestling/AttitudeEra) was brought in as booker. In an attempt at re-invention, Wrestling/ChrisBenoit was booked to win the World Heavyweight Championship at ''Souled Out 2000''. However, this didn't do enough to satisfy him, so Benoit [[TakeThisJobAndShoveIt gave the belt back]] [!] and signed on with WWF the very next day. Wrestling/PerrySaturn, Wrestling/DeanMalenko, and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero soon followed; all four debuted on ''Raw'' two weeks later as "The Radicalz".

With the company hemorrhaging money, Time Warner went into panic mode and [[ExecutiveMeddling took a more active role]] in WCW; the storyline was "reset" in April 2000, splitting the company into two factions: the "New Blood" (younger, newer stars) and the "Millionaires' Club" (older stars like Nash and Hogan). Unfortunately, this was perceived as [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks a rehash of the nWo vs. WCW feud]], and many fans never got it. It didn't help that the older stars were booked as faces and the New Blood were booked as heels (?), which later became Russo's [[SignatureStyle signature]] in the years to follow. Unorthodox, illogical, and just plain stupid angles continued as WCW slid into a resigning [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs self-parody]], with the final straw for many fans being the crowning of actor Creator/DavidArquette as World Champion.

!!The Fire Sale
WCW was eventually sold to the WWF in early 2001 (weeks before [[Wrestling/WrestleMania WrestleMania X-Seven]]) at what amounted to fire-sale prices, mere days before the final ''Monday Nitro''. WCW stuck around {{in name only}} as the titles were unified with their WWF counterparts, culminating with the unification of the WCW and WWF Championships at ''Vengeance 2001'' (the "WWF Undisputed Championship"). With both WCW and Wrestling/{{ECW}} (which had gone out of business just a couple of months prior) in their back pockets, the WWF was left as the lone major professional wrestling promotion in the United States.

WCW is often talked about in hushed tones by marks and smart marks alike; but many choose to remember the classic moments and genuine superstars that the company produced in its heyday. A 2004 book titled ''Literature/TheDeathOfWCW'' leans heavily on the former, chronicling the company's struggles in the eighties and ([[HopeSpot temporary, alas]]) resurgence as it entered the new millennium.

!!By the time WCW closed down, they had the following Championships:
* '''WCW World Heavyweight Championship'''. It was defended on WWE programming until it was merged with the WWE Championship to become the Undisputed WWE Championship.
* The '''WCW Cruiserweight Championsip'''. It was defended in WWE before its retirement in 2008.
* The '''WCW United States Championship'''. It is currently being used in WWE.
* The '''WCW World Tag Team Championship'''. Were defended on WWE programming, and later retired when merged with the WWE (World) Tag Team Titles
* The '''WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship'''. After WWE's purchase of WCW, this was one of two titles to be abandoned and never be defended on WWE programming.
* The '''WCW Hardcore Championship'''. Much like the Cruiserweight Tag Team titles, after WCW closed, it was also abandoned and never be defended on WWE programming.

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->''"Where [[caption-width-right:300:Where the Big Boys Play."''

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->''"Here we are 15 years later and I can honestly say that it was the worst thing that ever happened in the history of wrestling."''
-->-- '''[[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Dave Meltzer]]''' [[https://soundcloud.com/thelapsedfan/memorial-tour-wcws-starrcade-2000 on]] WCW going out of business

World Championship Wrestling (formerly (originally Jim Crockett Productions, later operating under the umbrella of Turner Broadcasting, Productions) was a [[Creator/WarnerBros Time Warner]] company) is a defunct ProfessionalWrestling promotion {{professional wrestling}} company which, as former WCW president Wrestling/EricBischoff famously put it, beat the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} World Wrestling Federation]] Wrestling/{{WWE}} at their own game for 84 weeks in a row. weeks. Naturally, this success didn't come right away.

!!Shots fired
Following a string of creative disasters, control of WCW was handed over to Eric Bischoff. Determined to bring the fight to WWF's doorstep, Ted Turner asked Bischoff what needed to be done in order to compete with the WWF. In response, and thinking it would never happen, Bischoff asked owner Ted Turner to give them Prime time. To Bischoff's great surprise, he was granted two hours on Monday nights to run against longtime Monday night mainstay ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]''. WCW debuted ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Monday Nitro]]'' in 1995. The two shows would trade occasional ratings victories, but the WWF was still largely considered the superior product despite WCW acquiring a number of stars who had once wrestled for the WWF including Big Bubba Rogers (Formerly the Big Boss Man), Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Randy Savage and, most notably, Wrestling/HulkHogan.

WCW's fortunes didn't really pick up, however, until Wrestling/ScottHall and Wrestling/KevinNash (Razor Ramon and Diesel in the WWF) defected to WCW and began running roughshod over the company's talent for weeks before challenging three of WCW's top stars to a match, teasing at a "third member" of their group who would debut if their challenge was accepted. WCW took them up on it and the match was set for WCW's primary summer pay per view. At the ''Bash at the Beach '96'' event, the Outsiders and their still then unknown mystery partner were booked to face Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Lex Luger, and Randy Savage. Despite claiming the third man was present at the event, only the Outsiders showed up for the match and took on Sting, Luger, and Savage in a two on three situation, but soon evened the odds down to 2-2 when Luger was seemingly taken out of the fight, leaving Savage and Sting to face the Outsiders. Hogan suddenly came to Sting's aid... or so it seemed. [[CavalryBetrayal Instead, Hulk turned on him]], thus revealing himself as the third man. Following Hogan's now-infamous promo, the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] was born. This period, known as the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, resulted in a huge surge in popularity (and financial success) for the wrestling industry in the late 1990s.

!!Trouble Comes to Town
By this point, WCW had not only managed to secure a second major show in ''Thunder'', but it was building up a new megastar in Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}. His biggest victory came in 1998, when he finally defeated "Hollywood" Hogan for the World Heavyweight Championship... on a weekly episode of ''Nitro''. The match gave Bischoff his last ratings victory against the WWF; it also cost him millions in pay-per-view revenue. This exposed [[DidntThinkThisThrough a major structural flaw]] in Bischoff's business model, one which would eventually bring the company down.

1998 saw other bad decisions that accelerated the decline: At ''Starrcade '98'', Nash defeated Goldberg after Goldberg was tazed by 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, plainly [[WagTheDirector orchestrated]] by Hogan behind-the-scenes, came to be known by all as the {{Fingerpoke of Doom}}.
away.

Prior JCP had big names like Wrestling/RicFlair carrying the company, TV deals and great name recognition in the states. They were trying to this [[NeverTrustATrailer "main event"]], announcer Tony Schiavone, per Bischoff's orders, revealed that fan-favorite compete on a national level. Unfortunately, the company was very careless with money. After a string of financial and creative mishaps, it was sold to Ted Turner in '88 and re-named World Championship Wrestling.

''WCW Saturday Night'' was the mothership show before ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]''. It was two hours and had more than a few {{squash match}}es, just like every other show at the time. However, there were times where they'd let a young nobody get a shot at Flair and actually give him a run for his money. It was also quite cheesy, with [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]], [[Wrestling/TripleH Hunter Hearst Helmsley]],
[[Wrestling/MickFoley Mick "Mankind" Foley]] would be winning Cactus Jack]], and The Hollywood Blonds ([[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stunning" Steve Austin]] and Wrestling/BrianPillman) making their debut.

''Nitro'' was a long-shot idea by Bischoff (then-Executive Vice President) to compete with ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]]'' in their own timeslot. He had
the WWF Championship perfect blueprint for a three-hour show: Make sure there is variety, showcasing different style of wrestling (often with interesting stipulations). Live TV in an age when audiences were having their attention divided. Have a mega-angle going on with the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, which was original and, to this day, innovative. Pro wrestling was forever changed by the nWo in some ways, with each show ending on a pre-taped edition of cliffhanger. Think ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' hype, but weekly.

''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'' ("''That's'' gonna put some butts 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 [-1)-] didn't get elevated like they should have, or [-2)-] 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, which gave Wrestling/DGenerationX credibility as something on par with the [=nWo=]. They might have kicked ''Raw''[='=]s ass in the seats, heh!"), essentially inviting over ''half ratings, but WCW couldn't book a million viewers pay-per-view to change save its life: Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} vs. Wrestling/HulkHogan in the channel'' -- which they did. You can read all about packed Georgia Dome should have been the incident, and its impact on both WCW and the WWF, on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fingerpoke_of_Doom That Other Wiki]]).

!!Rearranging the deckchairs
Following the
main event of their flagship PPV, ''Starrcade'' debacle, Wrestling/VinceRusso (credited as the "brains" behind the WWF's Wrestling/AttitudeEra) (or just any PPV main event). Instead, it was brought in as booker. In an attempt at re-invention, Wrestling/ChrisBenoit was booked relegated to ''Nitro'' because they wanted to win the World Heavyweight Championship ratings war so badly.

Even so, their numbers
at ''Souled Out 2000''. However, this didn't do enough to satisfy him, so Benoit [[TakeThisJobAndShoveIt gave the belt back]] [!] and signed on with WWF the very next day. Wrestling/PerrySaturn, Wrestling/DeanMalenko, and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero soon followed; all four debuted on end weren't far off from where ''Raw'' two weeks later as "The Radicalz".

With the company hemorrhaging
is today. (The difference is that WWE is making money, Time Warner went into panic mode and [[ExecutiveMeddling took a more active role]] in WCW; while WCW was losing it by the storyline was "reset" in April 2000, splitting the company into two factions: the "New Blood" (younger, newer stars) and the "Millionaires' Club" (older boatload.) And without WCW going under, we might not have current/former stars like Nash and Hogan). Unfortunately, this Wrestling/AJStyles or Wrestling/CMPunk, since it was perceived as [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks a rehash of the nWo vs. WCW feud]], and many fans never got it. It didn't help that the older stars were booked as faces and the New Blood were booked as heels (?), which later became Russo's [[SignatureStyle signature]] in the years to follow. Unorthodox, illogical, and just plain stupid angles continued as WCW slid into a resigning [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs self-parody]], with the final straw for many fans being the crowning of actor Creator/DavidArquette as World Champion.

!!The Fire Sale
WCW was eventually sold to the WWF in early 2001 (weeks before [[Wrestling/WrestleMania WrestleMania X-Seven]]) at what amounted to fire-sale prices, mere days before the final ''Monday Nitro''. WCW stuck around {{in name only}} as the titles were unified with their WWF counterparts, culminating with the unification of
the WCW void which promoted Wrestling/{{TNA}} and WWF Championships at ''Vengeance 2001'' (the "WWF Undisputed Championship"). With both WCW and Wrestling/{{ECW}} (which had gone out of business just a couple of months prior) in their back pockets, the WWF was left as the lone major professional wrestling promotion in the United States.

WCW is often talked about in hushed tones by marks and smart marks alike; but many choose
Wrestling/RingOfHonor to remember the classic moments and genuine superstars that the company produced in its heyday. A 2004 book titled ''Literature/TheDeathOfWCW'' leans heavily on the former, chronicling the company's struggles in the eighties and ([[HopeSpot temporary, alas]]) resurgence as it entered the new millennium.

!!By
relevance.

By
the time WCW closed down, they disbanded, it had the following Championships:
Championships:

* '''WCW World Heavyweight Championship'''. Championship''' - It was defended on WWE programming until it was merged with the WWE Championship to become the Undisputed WWE Championship.
* The '''WCW Cruiserweight Championsip'''. Championship.''' - It was defended in WWE before its retirement in 2008.
* The '''WCW United States Championship'''. Championship''' - It is currently being used in WWE.
* The '''WCW World Tag Team Championship'''. Were defended Championship''' - Defended on WWE programming, and later retired when then merged with the WWE (World) Tag Team Titles
* The '''WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship'''. Championship''' - After WWE's purchase of WCW, this it was one of two 2 titles to be abandoned and never be defended mentioned again on WWE programming.
programming
* The '''WCW Hardcore Championship'''. Championship''' - Much like the Cruiserweight Tag Team titles, after WCW closed, it was also abandoned and never be defended on WWE programming.

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WWE
* WCW also had two '''Women's Championships''', though they were rarely showcased on television and almost exclusively defended outside of the United States, mostly in Japan (just like in [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]]). Most viewers just saw the Nitro Girls or the nWo Girls, who were mostly there to dance for the crowd during the commercial break.
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* AllThereInTheManual: Whenever you felt a WCW storyline needed some extra flavoring, the official magazine had your back. For example: Frankly, it sounds like Nick Patrick's life was ''[[http://40.media.tumblr.com/52b1e20c20ca662eb0984237ca202e9d/tumblr_no7t1w9g681sg99p0o1_1280.png miserable]]'' before the nWo showed up and offered him a hand. Quoth Lisa Simpson, "I had no idea Disco Stu was [[HiddenDepths so complex.]]"[[note]]Also, ''only'' 200 lbs?? Preposterous.[[/note]]
* AmazonBrigade: WCW had two women's championships, though they were rarely showcased on television and almost exclusively defended outside of the United States, mostly in Japan (just like in Wrestling/{{A|merican Wrestling Association}}WA) so most viewers just saw Nitro Girls and [=nWo=] Girls, who were mostly there to dance for the crowd during the commercial break.
* AnticlimacticUnmasking:
** 1990's The Black Scorpion. Originally hinted to be an associate of Sting from his past (similar to WWE's Wrestling/{{Kane}}, who came later), he kept getting attacked before he could remove his mask. Ole Anderson, who had voiced the Scorpion and came up with the initial concept, suffered a career-ending injury before his unmasking could occur. This necessitated a total rewrite (the reasoning being that viewers would be flabbergasted to find a ''{{jobber}}'' under the mask), and Ric Flair took the bullet. Many elements from the angle, such as setting the ring on fire, [[ActuallyADoombot multiple Black Scorpions]] etc. were integrated into Sting during his Crow gimmick.
** 1993's The Shockmaster incident. After weeks of build-up, Sting stood before a live audience at ''Clash of the Champions'' and announced in his best hypeman voice: "All I have to say is our partner is going to SHOCK the world, because he is none other thaaannn--!" Then the wall came crashing down, and out waddled a doughy man who lost grip on his helmet, revealing... Fred Ottman, better known as the Popeye-themed wrestler Tugboat from WWF. He was wearing a black cape, Levi's, and an Imperial Stormtrooper helmet which had been dipped in glitter, making it impossible for him to peer through. The incident in [[http://vonbrunk.tumblr.com/post/11553420573/lego-shockmaster-debut Lego form.]]
--->'''''[[ImageBoards Taimapedia]]'':''' Since that fateful day, the Shockmaster has [[CanonDiscontinuity kept a low profile]]. However, he could be lurking behind any wall, just waiting for the right opportunity to jump out.
** In 1999, WCW forced ReyMysterioJr to lose his mask in a bad match to end a worthless feud. In lucha libre tradition, losing a mask is something that happens very rarely and it is a '''HUGE''' deal, typically a culmination of a very long-running and bitter feud and once unmasked, the luchador is never supposed to wrestle masked again unless he wins back the right to do so, typically by defeating the guy who originally beat him for his mask. (luckily, Rey was able to convince Mexican organizations of his great opposition to the match and was given a reprieve). It also didn't help that Rey's masks were the most popular selling mask in the WCW shop and that without it, Rey looked like he was about 13 years old.
* ArtifactTitle:
** WCW began as a regional promotion which was closely affiliated with the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance. The "World Championship Wrestling" name was used in various forms by various promotions affiliated with the NWA, starting as a brand and television show title in 1974. Jim Barnett (who had worked for a promotion named "World Championship Wrestling" in Australia) came to Atlanta during a power struggle over the NWA Georgia territory. Barnett ultimately became majority owner and began using the old territory name for the new TV show.
** It was not until December 21, 1976 that an actual, Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance (NWA)-affiliated promotion called "World Championship Wrestling" appeared on the national scene. This entity was under the ownership of media mogul and cable TV pioneer Ted Turner, based in Atlanta, Georgia. While initially the new company was called Universal Wrestling Corporation after its launch in October 11, 1973; very shortly following the purchase the decision was made to utilize the familiar "World Championship Wrestling" TV show name as the brand name for this new promotion. By mid-1989 all the NWA branding was replaced with WCW.
** Turner was bought out by Time Warner in 1996; WCW's association with the NWA was dissolved in 1991, which resulted in the NWA's World Heavyweight Championship becoming a WCW belt, as WCW owned it (the "Big Gold Belt", as it came to be known); it once served as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship before being officially retired in 2014.
* BShow: ''Thunder'' and ''WCW Saturday Night''. The latter was originally WCW's flagship program before ''Nitro'' launched.
* BatDeduction: Used to explain Sting's [[FaceHeelTurn face heel turn]] in a [[http://youtu.be/Vwifa3PVPIM truly amazing hype video.]] In a nutshell: someone in a white hummer tried to run over Kevin Nash. On a different show Sting was seen coming out of a black hummer. So Sting must have been the one who ran over Kevin Nash. This after Hulk protested that ''he'' couldn't have run over Nash, because his hummer is black.
* BatFamilyCrossover: Regarding its "farm leagues", such as the Heartland Wrestling Association, which one could say remained as a remnant of WCW after it went under.
* BittersweetEnding:
** In 1994, when Hulk Hogan entered WCW, he pretty much insisted on going over all the top guys, including Ric Flair and Wrestling/{{Vader}}. This despite the fact that, although Hogan was the most recognized wrestler in the world at one time, he was a new face in the WCW locker room. Then the nWo hit it big, but unfortunately, none of the nWo (read: WWF) guys wanted to job to the WCW guys, so the "invasion" was pretty much a landslide victory for the nWo. By late 2001, Hogan was finally driven away by Russo and Nash was marking time until his contract was bought out by the new owners, the WWF. In the last episode, ''The Night of Champions'', it was back to where it should be: Booker T won the world title, and the show capped with a sparring match between Flair and Sting, two WCW oldies who had stuck wth the promotion to the bitter end. Post-match, Sting and Flair embraced and shook hands -- a genuine babyface ending.
** Ironically, the man who unified the WCW and WWF titles was Wrestling/ChrisJericho, the first major WCW acquisition by Vince [=McMahon=]. He defeated both [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin in the same night - in '''back-to-back matches''', no less! - to unify the two titles.
* ButtMonkey: Many wrestlers felt Ric Flair deserved better than to be publicly disparaged about his age, drinking problem, or finances, especially since it wasn't building to any storyline. As well as the Gladiator gimmick mentioned above, later storylines had him losing his mind, stripping and throwing his shoes into the crowd, being sent to a mental hospital and later being driven out to the desert and ''literally'' buried. None of these angles ever built up to any kind of meaningful feud or match.
* CaptainErsatz:
** Glacier for [[Franchise/MortalKombat Sub-Zero]].
** Mortis also seemed to be a combination of Reptile and Scorpion, and Wrath's entrance attire was somewhat Shao Kahn inspired.
** Dustin Rhodes briefly experimented with Seven, a puffy-looking [[Film/{{Hellraiser}} Pinhead]] ripoff.

to:

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[[folder: A–D]]
* AdvertisedExtra:
** When Wrestling/BretHart jumped ship from WWF to WCW, he was still technically under contract with WWF for a while, so they actually couldn't debut him. He also had a 90-day no compete clause, so he couldn't really do anything other than talk, and be a special referee for ''Starrcade 1997''. Bret just airing everyone's dirty laundry out of his real disdain for the WWF and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon at the time could have been a nail in the coffin for the WWF. WCW was gun-shy about using him, probably because they were already being sued over the Wrestling/{{Madusa}} incident.
** At its height, WCW had over 240 wrestlers on its roster. Unlike most examples, though, only perhaps half of them were ever actually seen on television. This was both a deliberate plan and a grievous error on WCW's part. Part of their plan on competing with the WWF was to buy up competing talent for the sole purpose of keeping them from signing with the competition. While some were given spots on WCW programming, others (many of them way past their prime) got to lay back and collect paychecks while "working" under a non-compete agreement. Unfortunately for WCW, even this plan got away from them, because they an extremely bloated roster. At the time, wrestlers were paid on a per-show basis, whether or not they actually worked on that show. Attendance was taken by signing your own name in on a clipboard. A fair number of genre savvy workers, knowing full well that WCW didn't have any intention of actually using them, simply stayed at home and had friends of theirs on the roster sign in their names in their place. There were also many who would still travel in a full-time schedule on the company's dime without working any matches. Only in 2000 did they start to only fly out any talent who were actually regularly being booked.
** They had a solid women's roster, with half of them being from GAEA Japan, and they did nothing with it. So Madusa's famous dropping-her-belt-in-the-trashcan stunt was all for nothing, and was essentially nothing more than Bischoff giving the finger to Vince again.
* AllThereInTheManual: Whenever you felt a WCW storyline needed some extra flavoring, the official magazine had your back. For example: Frankly, (For instance, it sounds like Nick Patrick's life was ''[[http://40.media.tumblr.com/52b1e20c20ca662eb0984237ca202e9d/tumblr_no7t1w9g681sg99p0o1_1280.''[[http://i.imgur.com/DjWqgr5.png miserable]]'' before the nWo [=nWo=] showed up and offered him a hand. Quoth Lisa Simpson, "I had no idea Disco Stu was [[HiddenDepths so complex.]]"[[note]]Also, ''only'' 200 lbs?? Preposterous.[[/note]]
hand.)
* AmazonBrigade: WCW had two women's championships, though they were rarely showcased on television and almost exclusively defended outside of the United States, mostly in Japan (just like in Wrestling/{{A|merican Wrestling Association}}WA) so most viewers just saw Nitro Girls and [=nWo=] Girls, who were mostly there to dance for the crowd during the commercial break.
* AnticlimacticUnmasking:
AntiClimacticUnmasking:
** 1990's The Black Scorpion. Originally hinted Said to be an associate of Sting Wrestling/{{Sting}} from his past (similar to WWE's Wrestling/{{Kane}}, who came later), past, he kept getting attacked before he could remove his mask. Ole Anderson, who had voiced the Scorpion and came up with the initial concept, suffered a career-ending injury before his unmasking could occur. This necessitated forced a total rewrite (the rewrite, and Ric Flair took his place for the unmasking. (The reasoning being was that viewers would be flabbergasted to find a ''{{jobber}}'' jobber under the mask), and Ric Flair took the bullet. mask.) Many elements from the angle, such as setting the ring on fire, [[ActuallyADoombot multiple Black Scorpions]] Scorpions etc. were integrated into Sting during his Crow gimmick.
''Crow'' years.
** 1993's The Shockmaster incident. Shockmaster. After weeks of build-up, Sting stood before a live audience at ''Clash of the Champions'' and announced in the arrival of his best hypeman voice: "All I have to say is our partner is going to SHOCK the world, because he is none other thaaannn--!" Then the new partner. The wall came crashing down, and out waddled a doughy man who lost grip on his helmet, revealing... Fred Ottman, better Ottman (better known as the Popeye-themed wrestler Tugboat from WWF. Tugboat). He was wearing a black cape, Levi's, Levi's jeans, and an Imperial Stormtrooper helmet which had been was dipped in glitter, making it impossible for him to peer through. The incident in [[http://vonbrunk.tumblr.com/post/11553420573/lego-shockmaster-debut Lego form.which makes no wonder why he botched the entrance. Since that fateful day, the Shockmaster has kept a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_m5nm0vdbQ low profile.]]
--->'''''[[ImageBoards Taimapedia]]'':''' Since that fateful day, the Shockmaster has [[CanonDiscontinuity kept a low profile]]. However, he could be lurking behind any wall, just waiting for the right opportunity to jump out.
** In 1999, WCW they forced ReyMysterioJr Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr to lose his mask in a bad match to end a worthless feud. In lucha libre tradition, losing a mask is something that which happens very rarely and it is a '''HUGE''' HUGE deal, typically a culmination of a very long-running and bitter feud and feud. And, once unmasked, the luchador is never supposed to wrestle masked again unless he wins back the right to do so, typically by defeating beating the guy who originally beat him for his stole the mask. (luckily, Rey was able to convince Mexican organizations of his great opposition to the match and was given a reprieve). It also didn't help that Rey's masks were the most popular selling mask in the WCW shop and that without it, Rey looked like he was about 13 years old.
old. Luckily, Rey was able to convince Mexican organizations of his great opposition to the match.
* ArtifactTitle:
** WCW began
AntiClimax: They built up the Wrestling/UltimateWarrior as a regional promotion which threat to Hogan. Warrior pretty much got beaten all the time, even though Hogan was closely affiliated with supposed to be super-scared of him. After ruining Warrior v. Hogan and Sting v. Hogan, the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance. only thing keeping WCW afloat was Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}'s run in '98. But they managed to blow the end of that, too.
* ArtifactTitle:
** '''TBS purchase''':
The "World name "[x] Championship Wrestling" name was used in various forms by various promotions shows affiliated with the NWA, starting as with a brand Georgia promotion (Georgia Championship Wrestling). Jim Crockett purchased it from the WWF and television show title in 1974. folded Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling into it. Then Jim Barnett (who Barnett, who had worked for a promotion named "World Championship Wrestling" in Australia) Australia of all places, came to Atlanta during a power struggle over the NWA Georgia territory. Barnett ultimately later became majority owner owner, and began started using the old territory name for the new TV show.
** It was not until December 21, 1976 that an actual, Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance (NWA)-affiliated promotion called "World
"Word Championship Wrestling" appeared on the national scene. for their new TV show. This new entity was under the ownership of media TV mogul and cable TV pioneer Ted Turner, based in Atlanta, Georgia. While initially the new company was called Universal Wrestling Corporation after its launch in October 11, 1973; very Turner. Very shortly following the purchase afterward, the decision was made to utilize use the familiar "World Championship Wrestling" TV show WCW branding. All the TBS purchase did was make WCW the legal name as of the brand name for this new promotion. By mid-1989 all the NWA branding was replaced with WCW.company.
** Turner was '''WWE purchase''': The WCW belt only appeared once on WWE programming. The reason? Vince didn't actually 'buy' WCW; he bought out by the video library, logos, names, pretty much anything that had to do with WCW other than the actual company. Along with those purchases came a few ironclad contracts (such as Wrestling/KevinNash's and Hulk Hogan's) that were signed under Time Warner's name. They needed to revive the company in some way to pay out the contracts that were still left over, which is why WCW was renamed to UCW (Universal Wrestling Corporation). This is one of the reasons why the [=InVasion=] angle kind of fell flat: WWF couldn't get all the superstars, just a few of them. The others were stuck in legal limbo. Another thing that was left over were lawsuits. Most notably was [[Wrestling/SidEudy Eudy]] vs. UCW, which was [[http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ga-court-of-appeals/1204668.html filed]] against AOL-Time Warner in 1996; WCW's association with the NWA after Sid broke his leg (it's on video) and his contract was dissolved terminated. Problem was, he was signed to a three-year contract in 1991, which resulted was terminated in 2001...the NWA's World Heavyweight Championship same year Vince bought WCW.
* AscendedExtra:
** Diamond Dallas Page would travel quite the road to go from a manager who was a non-wrestler to world champion and
becoming the ultimate face of WCW.
** In the Fall of 2000,
a dark time in WCW belt, as WCW owned it (the "Big Gold Belt", as it came to be known); it once served as history, former tag team specialists Wrestling/BookerT and Wrestling/ScottSteiner were holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship before being officially retired in 2014.
company afloat.
* BShow: ''Thunder'' ''Thunder'', ''Worldwide'', and ''WCW Saturday Night''. ''Saturday Night.'' The latter was originally WCW's flagship program before ''Nitro'' launched.
* BatDeduction: Used to explain Sting's [[FaceHeelTurn face heel turn]] in
launched. It was actually a [[http://youtu.be/Vwifa3PVPIM truly amazing hype video.]] In decent B-show: They featured a nutshell: someone in lot of good midcarders and tag teams like [[Wrestling/WilliamRegal Steven Regal]], Harlem Heat, and a white hummer tried to run over Kevin Nash. On lot of the newer and younger talents. However, ''Nitro'' still referenced ''Saturday Night'' frequently. Storylines, debuts and even title changes did occur on that show. They also had a different lot of appearances by future stars of the industry. (All of the WCW videos with Triple H are from ''Saturday Night.'') Even the nWo would also show Sting was seen coming out of a black hummer. So Sting must up and have matches there now and again. If not for Saturdays at 6:05 Eastern/5:05 Central, there would never have been the one who ran over Kevin Nash. This after Hulk protested any WCW. It's worth nothing that ''he'' couldn't have run over Nash, because his hummer is black.
''WCW Worldwide'' '96 had a bunch of matches between future WWE Hall of Famers.
* BatFamilyCrossover: Regarding its "farm leagues", such as BeachEpisode: ''Bash at the Heartland Wrestling Association, which one could say remained as Beach'' was a remnant of WCW after pay-per-view with a beach theme. Heck, it went under.
took place at an actual beach once!
* BittersweetEnding:
BittersweetEnding:
** In 1994, when Hulk Hogan entered WCW, he pretty much insisted on going over all the top guys, including Ric Flair and Wrestling/{{Vader}}. This despite If it wasn't by the fact that, although Hogan that it was the most recognized wrestler in the world at one time, he was a new face in the WCW locker room. Then the nWo hit it big, but unfortunately, none of the nWo (read: WWF) guys wanted to job to the WCW guys, so the "invasion" was pretty much a landslide victory for the nWo. By late 2001, Hogan was finally driven away by Russo and Nash was marking time until his contract was bought out by the new owners, the WWF. In the company's last show, ''Nitro'''s last episode, ''The Night of Champions'', it was would've looked like the moment where things were back to where it should be: be for WCW: Booker T won the world title, and the show capped with a sparring match between Flair and Sting, two WCW oldies who had stuck wth with the promotion to the bitter end. Post-match, Sting and Flair embraced and shook hands -- a genuine babyface ending.
** Ironically, the man who unified the WCW and WWF titles was Wrestling/ChrisJericho, Chris Jericho, the first major WCW acquisition by Vince [=McMahon=]. Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. He defeated both [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in the same night - in '''back-to-back matches''', back-to-back matches, no less! - to unify the two titles.
titles.
* ButtMonkey: Many wrestlers felt Ric Flair deserved better than {{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 publicly disparaged about 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 age, drinking problem, or finances, especially since it wasn't building to any storyline. As well as nose. It says something that Mick let Vader powerbomb him on the Gladiator floor twice, but those punches are still among the worst ever seen in wrestling.
* CaptainErsatz:
** Sable's first husband, Marc Mero aka "Johnny B. Badd". If you're not familiar with Johnny B. Badd, here's what you need to know: WCW gave a former boxer with almost no wrestling training a Music/LittleRichard
gimmick mentioned above, later storylines (yes, they named a wrestler with a Little Richard gimmick after a Music/ChuckBerry song) and put him over everybody for five years. His finish was a punch. A Little Richard who could beat you by punching you once. Also, he had him losing his mind, stripping and throwing his shoes into the crowd, being sent to a mental hospital and later being driven out to the desert and ''literally'' buried. None of these angles ever built up to any kind of meaningful feud or match.
* CaptainErsatz:
confetti gun.
** Glacier for [[Franchise/MortalKombat Sub-Zero]].
**
[[VideoGame/MortalKombat Sub-Zero]]. Mortis also seemed to be a combination of Reptile and Scorpion, and Wrath's entrance attire was somewhat Shao Kahn inspired.
Khan-inspired.
** Dustin Rhodes briefly experimented with Seven, a puffy-looking [[Film/{{Hellraiser}} [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} Pinhead]] ripoff.lookalike.



** "Kwee Wee" (real name Allan Funk). You can read about him [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/induction-wcwdotcom/ here]]: His gimmick is that he's a rogue fashion designer.
** Arachnaman was such a blatant Franchise/SpiderMan ripoff that Creator/MarvelComics threatened legal action, and the character was quickly abandoned.
** [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP]] briefly imitated [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] for a while, doing the poses and rapping about how Flair likes to "spank it, whack it and jack it!"
** After his initial debut, Goldberg was reminiscent of a bulkier "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (especially with the black trunks and bald head) before his ring character became a rampaging force of nature with an ever-increasing win streak.
* CardboardBoxes: There were always plenty of them backstage for someone to be knocked into. Clangy poles were also featured, which served no other purpose than to be knocked down and make noise (at least the boxes could be {{justified|trope}} as emptied of equipment used during the show).
* CelebrityStar: WCW was infamous for bringing in celebrities and using them in angles in an attempt to draw mainstream attention. Aside from Creator/DavidArquette, we have: Music/MasterP, {{Music/KISS}}, Music/TheMisfits, Dennis Rodman (more than once), Creator/JayLeno, Karl Malone, [[Series/MadTV Will Sasso]], [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky]], and Music/JamesBrown. All of these celebrities appeared over a period of less than four years.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The Four Horsemen, Lex Luger and the [=nWo=] were all subject to this. Especially when it involved Sting.
* ComplexityAddiction: How Creator/DavidArquette conned the Millionaire's Club into handing him the world title. Long story short, then-champion [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP]] rashly accepted a tag team challenge from Wrestling/JeffJarrett, with the added stipulation that whoever got the pin would take the belt. You can see where this going. DDP rescued Arquette while he was being brutalized by Jarrett in the basement and made him his partner. By all rights it should have gone to DDP, but Arquette just happened to get the pinfall on Eric Bischoff, Jarrett's tag team partner, becoming World Champion through a fluke win. David desperately tried to relinquish the title, but DDP continued to rope him into no-holds barred matches and then [[OfCorpseHesAlive dragged his unconscious form]] over his opponent for the "pin". Later, it was revealed the Arquette (''"the world's [[ObfuscatingStupidity GREATEST]] actor!"'' -- Schiavone) had [[DecoyDamsel been a plant all along]], conspiring with the New Blood to put the belt back on Jarrett. In a now-infamous promo, he turned heel and boasted to the audience that the entire $24 million production of ''Ready to Rumble'' was '''A WORK''' designed to lure DDP to a Los Angeles film set and befriend him. The only reason they let Page win the title was so they could screw him, thus meaning that DDP is the first wrestler in history to get screwed ''into'' a title.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The VHS release of ''Slamboree 2000'' sports a big picture of Jarrett and DDP. Creator/DavidArquette is [[{{Unperson}} not pictured or even mentioned]] on either side of the box.

to:

** "Kwee Wee" (real Wee", real name Allan Funk).Funk. You can read about him [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/induction-wcwdotcom/ here]]: here:]] His gimmick is that he's a rogue fashion designer.
designer. He appears to be based on Chris Kattan's character from ''Saturday Night Live''.
** Arachnaman was such a blatant Franchise/SpiderMan ComicBook/SpiderMan ripoff that Creator/MarvelComics Marvel Comics threatened legal action, and the character was quickly abandoned.
** [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP]] briefly imitated [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] for a while, doing the poses and rapping about how Flair likes to "spank it, whack it and jack it!"
** After his initial debut,
Goldberg was reminiscent of a bulkier "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (especially with the black trunks and bald head) before his ring character became a rampaging force of nature with an ever-increasing win streak.
** Wrestling/MikeAwesome doing his [[Series/That70sShow "That 70s Guy"]] gimmick.
** Tony's banter was a VERY weak attempt at Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon.
** Like AAA, they had a "Thundercage", which was a send up to the ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome.''
* CardboardBoxes: There were always plenty of them backstage for someone to be knocked into. Clangy poles were also featured, which served no other purpose than to be knocked down and make noise (at least the boxes could be {{justified|trope}} justified as emptied of equipment used during the show).
* CelebrityStar: WCW was infamous for bringing in celebrities and using them in angles in an attempt to draw mainstream attention. Aside from Creator/DavidArquette, we have: Music/MasterP, {{Music/KISS}}, Music/TheMisfits, Dennis Rodman (more than once), Creator/JayLeno, Karl Malone, [[Series/MadTV Will Sasso]], [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky]], and Music/JamesBrown. All of these celebrities appeared over a period of less than four years.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The Four Horsemen, Lex Luger Wrestling/LexLuger and the [=nWo=] nWo were all subject to this. Especially when it involved Sting.
* ComplexityAddiction: How Creator/DavidArquette conned ContinuityReboot: With the Millionaire's Club company hemorrhaging money, Time Warner started taking a more active role in booking. They vacated all of WCW's titles on the April 10, 2000 episode of ''Nitro'' as part of a "reboot", and split the company into handing him two factions: the world title. Long story short, then-champion [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP]] rashly accepted "New Blood" (younger, newer stars) and the "Millionaires' Club" (older stars like Nash and Hogan). Unfortunately, this was perceived as a tag team challenge rehash of the nWo vs. WCW feud, and many fans never got it.
* {{Corpsing}}:
** ''Halloween Havoc'' '97: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Wrestling/RandySavage. DDP smashes Savage over the head with a glass plate, and Wrestling/DustyRhodes, doing color commentary, can't stop laughing.
** Aside
from Wrestling/JeffJarrett, with the added stipulation that whoever got botch itself, the pin would take Shockmaster segment is one of the belt. You can see where this going. DDP rescued Arquette while he was being brutalized by Jarrett in the basement best pieces of unintentional comedy ever created. Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith and made him his partner. By all rights it should Sid Vicious have gone to DDP, but Arquette just happened to get the pinfall on Eric Bischoff, Jarrett's tag team partner, becoming World Champion through a fluke win. David desperately tried to relinquish the title, but DDP continued to rope him into no-holds barred matches and then [[OfCorpseHesAlive dragged his unconscious form]] over his opponent for the "pin". Later, it was revealed the Arquette (''"the world's [[ObfuscatingStupidity GREATEST]] actor!"'' -- Schiavone) had [[DecoyDamsel been a plant all along]], conspiring with the New Blood to put the belt back on Jarrett. In a now-infamous promo, he turned heel and boasted their backs to the audience that hard camera while the entire $24 million production others cut the promo (which consists of ''Ready to Rumble'' was '''A WORK''' designed to lure DDP to a Los Angeles film set and befriend him. The only reason insane shouting), but they let Page win leave the title was mic on so they could screw him, thus meaning that DDP is you hear them ripping on Fred as soon as he falls. It's made hilarious due to the first wrestler in history to get screwed ''into'' a title.
off-camera comments of Ric Flair ("I told you...oh God..."), Stevie Ray ("Who is this motherfucker?"), and best of all, Davey Boy Smith ("He fell on his arse! He fell flat on his fucking arse!") Ole Anderson, who provided the voice of the Shockmaster, snickered into the mic before composing himself.
** When "The Cat" (Ernest Miller) fought The Dog (Al Green), even Wrestling/TonySchiavone couldn't keep from laughing.
* CoversAlwaysLie: CoversAlwaysLie:
**
The VHS release of ''Slamboree 2000'' ''Slamboree'' 2000 sports a big picture of Jarrett Wrestling/JeffJarrett and DDP. Creator/DavidArquette is [[{{Unperson}} not pictured or even mentioned]] mentioned on either side of the box.box.
** ''New Blood Rising''. Best thing about the title: The New Blood stable broke up before the PPV.



** '''[[LargeHamAnnouncer DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE PENZERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR]]'''
** Tony Schiavone, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5oU1w8_lq8 the greatest commentator in the history of our sport.]] He became a laughingstock for his apparent lack of wrestling knowledge (referring to most moves as a "slam" or "jam"), proclaiming each new wrestler was "undefeated" in their debut (presumably he meant undefeated in ''[[HalfTruth this]]'' wrestling promotion... but he often ignored losses on ''Thunder'', too), and hyperbole that puts the Iraqi Information Minister to shame. He's also the one who suggested putting the belt on Arquette [[IWasJustJoking as a joke]], so thank him for that.
** The voice you are now hearing is Michael Buffer. ([[Film/JurassicPark Spared no expense.]]) WCW signed an exclusive contract with Buffer to be their lead in-ring announcer. ''"....home of the [[{{Malaproper}} NCAA]] Champions of the Universe...."'' $100K per night, folks.
** "Mongo" [=McMichael=], an ex-NFL star, and his cosplaying [[PreciousPuppies pooch]], Pepe. Although even Mongo was savvy enough to at one point ask why they were putting [[Wrestling/LexLuger Luger]] v. [[Wrestling/RandySavage Savage]] on free TV instead of PPV.
** In the WCW Hotline commercials ("just 99¢ a minute!"), Mean Gene Okerlund and Wrestling/BobbyHeenan use [[https://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/mean-gene-hotline.png?w=650&h=491 black ops training and subterfuge]] to spy on WCW talent and find out their darkest secrets. They eavesdrop on Disco Inferno while he hits on Kimberly Page, [[DisguisedInDrag dress up like waitresses]] and hide under Sting's dinner table, and even infiltrate the American Males' lockers.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Bischoff era is the TropeCodifier as far as pro wrestling goes. Less emphasis on gimmicks and costumes (even Flair is wearing civvies), a darker, industrial look for the arena, and an "[[NoFourthWall all-shoot]]" booking style. See: Wrestling/BrianPillman's "bookerman" match. The B-show, ''Thunder'', went further with a bare-bones ring (no gaudy neon, just steel grey). ''Souled Out'' is another thing again.
-->'''''Website/{{WrestleCrap}}'':''' The show opened in a manner most bizarre, as Bischoff, Sean Waltman, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and the rest of the group circled the arena riding atop garbage trucks. Say what you want about him, but even the most jaded skeptic has to give Bischoff points for originality: certainly no pay-per-view in the history of pro wrestling [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative had begun in such a manner]].
* 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, Scott Hall, Wrestling/TedDiBiase, Wrestling/DustyRhodes, Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan, Wrestling/BretHart, Wrestling/RoddyPiper, [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]], Wrestling/MikeRotunda (as "V.K. Wallstreet"), Wrestling/TheNastyBoys, "Mean Gene" Okerlund, Wrestling/{{Madusa}}, Wrestling/{{Vader}} and others made news with their "defection" to WCW; only Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/MarkHenry, and a few others remained loyal to the WWF for the War's duration. 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.
--->'''[[http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/2014/11/the-best-and-worst-of-wcw-monday-nitro-12495/3/ Brandon Stroud:]]''' Wait until Roddy Piper shows up, and the fact that he’s had hip surgery [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen is a major plot point.]]
** It backfired, though. WCW had built of such a roster of big stars, that WWF [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin built]] [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho their]] [[Wrestling/ChrisBenoit own]] [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr dream]] [[Wrestling/MickFoley team]] [[Wrestling/EddieGuerrero out]] [[Wrestling/DeanMalenko of]] [[Wrestling/PerrySaturn people]] [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} that]] [[Wrestling/TripleH had]] been screwed over and ignored by WCW.
* GimmickMatches: In the promotion's early years as WCW, it was horribly mismanaged and written by people who had no idea what wrestling fans wanted to see, relying on stunts and gimmicks to capture the glamour and flash of the WWF: such "matches" included a live appearance by Franchise/RoboCop [!] at a pay-per-view event, and the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Scorpion_(professional_wrestling) Black Scorpion]] mystery.
* GreaterScopeParagon: Men such as Jim Herd, Wrestling/EricBischoff and Wrestling/VinceRusso served as the defacto leaders and movers of Wrestling/{{WCW}} but they all relied on and could be overruled by Ted Turner. Wrestling/ChrisJericho once tried to exploit this by going straight to Turner to get a shot at the Cruiserweight belt and Turner would have done it too, based on Jericho's sound logic. But Chris was [[{{wangst}} so whiny]] Turner decided to go with his subordinate's decision instead.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor:
** Bret Hart for his entire WCW career; It's one of the reasons why he couldn't get over as well as he did in the WWF.

to:

** '''[[LargeHamAnnouncer DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE PENZERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR]]'''
There's a reason ''Website/{{Botchamania}}'' has a dedicated segment called "Insane Dusty Commentary".
** Tony Schiavone, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5oU1w8_lq8 Mark Madden as the greatest commentator in heel announcer. "Fatty-boom-batty", indeed.
** Wrestling/JimCornette and Steiner running down Hulk Hogan instead of calling
the history of our sport.]] He became a laughingstock for match.
--->'''Scott Steiner:''' Hulk Hogan worrying about
his apparent lack of wrestling knowledge (referring to most moves as a "slam" or "jam"), proclaiming each new wrestler was "undefeated" in their debut (presumably "spot". Well, he meant undefeated in ''[[HalfTruth this]]'' wrestling promotion... but he often ignored losses on ''Thunder'', too), and hyperbole that puts the Iraqi Information Minister to shame. He's also the one who suggested putting the belt on Arquette [[IWasJustJoking as a joke]], so thank him for that.
can ''have'' his spot! His bald spot! His limp-gimp-to-the ring spot! His age spot!
** The voice you are now hearing is Michael Buffer. ([[Film/JurassicPark Spared no expense.]]) WCW signed an exclusive contract with Michael Buffer to be their lead in-ring announcer. ''"....He made $100k per appearance just to call guys' names, and even then, he'd occasionally get them [[{{Spoonerism}} wrong]]. "Bret 'The Hitman' Clarke," "...home of the [[{{Malaproper}} NCAA]] NCAA Champions of the Universe...."'' $100K per night, folks.
Universe!"
** Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=], an ex-NFL star, star. He would bring his [[MisterMuffykins chihuahua]] to the announcer's tale and his cosplaying [[PreciousPuppies pooch]], Pepe. Although even Mongo was savvy enough to dress him up in funny outfits. Steve wasn't so cuckoo, though: Even he asked at one point ask why they were putting [[Wrestling/LexLuger Luger]] Luger v. [[Wrestling/RandySavage Savage]] Savage on free TV instead of PPV.
** In late 2000, ''Thunder'' was the beneficiary of Stevie Ray calling people a "Fruit Booty".
--->'''''The Death of WCW'':''' Later, he would call Scott Steiner both "synthetic" (seemingly an accusation of steroid use) and also a "sad, sack-ass fruit booty" (seemingly an accusation of...well, we have no idea).
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** 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 Hotline commercials ("just 99¢ a minute!"), Mean Gene Okerlund and Wrestling/BobbyHeenan use [[https://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/mean-gene-hotline.png?w=650&h=491 black ops training and subterfuge]] opted to spy on WCW talent and find out their darkest secrets. They eavesdrop on Disco Inferno while he hits on Kimberly Page, [[DisguisedInDrag dress up like waitresses]] and hide under have a storyline where the paranoia surrounding the nWo broke Sting's dinner table, spirit, and even infiltrate 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.
** They completely redesigned
the American Males' lockers.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
set and the [[http://i.imgur.com/9fdlM.png company logo]] in April '99. WCW never advertised or gave any indication that they were re-branding at all, just BLAM! ''Nitro'' changed after that. The tone of the show became grey and industrial, far from the bright colors of the Crockett era, and the volcanic eruptions of the Bischoff era is era, yet very distinct from the TropeCodifier grungy WWF presentation. (But for some reason, Hulk Hogan was back in the red and yellow).
** Replacing the ropes on the ring with cables was cool
as far as pro hell, albeit stupid on their part. (Ask Mick Foley's ear how cool they were.)
* 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.
* DenserAndWackier: Russo wasn't the only foot on WCW's throat in the end, what with the million-dollar contracts being given out like candy. But lest we forget all the pole matches, fifteen title changes in 6 months (nearly thirty in 2000), trying to revive the [=nWo=] with Jeff Jarrett and ''Bret Hart'' of all people, the complete annihilation of {{kayfabe}}, the famous three-way with Nash, Steiner and Goldberg (see below), and Judy Bagwell on a forklift. Russo started behind the 8-ball sure, but he also pocketed it with a bit of English.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Booking PPV-quality matches almost every week (usually in the last hour or so) to keep people from switching to ''Raw''. So you end up getting Hogan v. Goldberg on ''Nitro'' for free, missing that the whole point about [=PPVs=] was putting good quality matches that were worth money. There were flaws in this plan:
## 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.
## Tony was a good announcer, but even he was too big a fan of hyperbole, so everything that happened was the greatest thing ever, every week. Bringing Buffer in to do ''Nitro'' further illustrated the problem they had in that era: WCW wasn't just trotting him out for big [=PPVs=] or title matches; he was doing the intros for simple tag matches week-in and week-out. The guy dressed in a tuxedo for audiences who threw trash in the ring after each main event. This is because ''Nitro'' was not run by
wrestling goes. Less emphasis on gimmicks and costumes (even Flair is wearing civvies), a darker, industrial look for the arena, and an "[[NoFourthWall all-shoot]]" booking style. See: Wrestling/BrianPillman's "bookerman" match. The B-show, ''Thunder'', went further with a bare-bones ring (no gaudy neon, just steel grey). ''Souled Out'' is another thing again.
-->'''''Website/{{WrestleCrap}}'':''' The show opened in a manner most bizarre, as Bischoff, Sean Waltman, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and the rest of the group circled the arena riding atop garbage trucks. Say what you want about him,
people, but even the most jaded skeptic has to give Bischoff points for originality: certainly no pay-per-view TV people (including Bischoff). To them, ratings were king. But Vince knew that although ''Raw'' lagged in the history of pro wrestling [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative ratings, they always had begun a strong foundation and steady income in such pay-per-view. WCW did not. None of their PPV earnings went to WCW, they went to Turner Broadcasting. On top of that, WWE's "live one week, taped the next" policy kept their costs down. Compare that with WCW's "everyone gets pyro, and some get monster truck entrances" policy.
## WCW was bursting with title changes every week. DDP once regained the World Title from Sting on the same night he lost the World Title to Sting. Not only did it make ''Nitro'' impossible to follow, it removed any sense of stature from the belts and made the WWF Championship seem more vaunted in comparison. This ensured WCW would always be seen as
a manner]].
copy of WWF, rather than the future of wrestling.
* DreamTeam:
**
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, Scott Hall, Wrestling/ScottHall, Wrestling/TedDiBiase, Wrestling/DustyRhodes, Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan, Wrestling/BretHart, Dusty Rhodes, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Wrestling/RoddyPiper, [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]], Wrestling/MikeRotunda (as "V.K. Wallstreet"), Rhodes, Wrestling/MikeRotunda, Wrestling/TheNastyBoys, "Mean Gene" Okerlund, Wrestling/{{Madusa}}, Wrestling/{{Vader}} Madusa, Vader and others made news with their "defection" defection to WCW; only WCW. Only Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Triple H, Kane, Wrestling/MarkHenry, and a few others remained loyal to the WWF for the War's duration.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.
--->'''[[http://uproxx.com/prowrestling/2014/11/the-best-and-worst-of-wcw-monday-nitro-12495/3/ Brandon Stroud:]]''' Wait until Roddy Piper shows up, and the fact
million. It backfired in another way, though. WCW dedicated so much time to its big stars that he’s WWF assembled their own team out of people who had hip surgery [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen is been screwed over and ignored by WCW.
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* EvilForeigner: Wrestling/LanceStorm was one of the most hated and cowardly heels in the company. His rulebook was
a major plot point.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.
-->'''Tony Schiavone:''' That's gonna put some butts in the seats, heh!
* GarbageWrestler:
** [[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.
--->'''Terry Funk:''' YOU FUCKING HORSE! I'LL KICK YOUR ASS!
** Blacktop Bully vs. Dustin Rhodes inside of an actual, moving truck. They bladed, as well, and this got both wrestlers fired.
** ''Bash at the Beach '99'': The Junkyard Invitational, which had a bunch of luchadores (La Parka in street clothes!) getting suplexed and doing flips off of cars. It was such a clusterfuck, almost everyone ended up with some sort of injury.
** Brian Knobbs teamed with someone called "The Dog" (a guy who actually behaved like a dog, wore a leash, and chewed on wrestling gear) as the Hardcore Soldiers, who were actually managed by Fit Finlay. The Dog was played by Al Green: he was one half of the Master Blasters with Kevin Nash, and was once involved in a worked shoot with Tank Abbott.
* 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.
]]
* GimmickMatches:
** It backfired, though. WCW had built of such [=WarGames=]. Two rings placed side-by-side and enclosed in a roster of big stars, that WWF [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin built]] [[Wrestling/ChrisJericho their]] [[Wrestling/ChrisBenoit own]] [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr dream]] [[Wrestling/MickFoley team]] [[Wrestling/EddieGuerrero out]] [[Wrestling/DeanMalenko of]] [[Wrestling/PerrySaturn people]] [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} that]] [[Wrestling/TripleH had]] been screwed cage, with wrestlers battling inside, outside, and over the cage. You can't win or get disqualified until everyone is inside the cage, and ignored by WCW.
* GimmickMatches: In the promotion's early years as WCW,
then it's suddenly a one-fall match. It's a festival of brutality, and it was horribly mismanaged and written by people who had no idea what wrestling fans wanted to see, relying on stunts and gimmicks to capture a recipe for success in the glamour and flash early years. (The one bad thing about it was the explanation of the WWF: such "matches" included a live appearance rules, which took about 5 minutes.) The ''Elimination Chamber'' was designed by Franchise/RoboCop [!] at WWE as a {{spiritual successor}}, but nothing beats the original, to the point that Triple H, believed to be a fan of early Crockett, talks about bringing it back soon.
** The ''Uncensored''
pay-per-view event, and the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Scorpion_(professional_wrestling) Black Scorpion]] mystery.
* GreaterScopeParagon: Men such as Jim Herd, Wrestling/EricBischoff and Wrestling/VinceRusso served as the defacto leaders and movers
was built on these. The entire concept of Wrestling/{{WCW}} but these [=PPVs=] was that they all relied would be "unsanctioned" shows where matches that couldn't be on and could be overruled by Ted Turner. Wrestling/ChrisJericho once tried any other show would take place. One of them was the Doomsday Cage. The idea is to exploit this by going straight to Turner climb through each cage to get a shot to the belt at the Cruiserweight belt and Turner would top. It was a really cool visual to have done it too, based steel cages stacked on Jericho's sound logic. But Chris top of each other, but 3 cages may have been one too many.
** Nothing says WCW like an "on-a-pole" match. They were to the 90s what scaffold matches were to the 80s. So many poles.
** David Flair proposed to [[Wrestling/StacyKeibler Miss Hancock]] after she announced she
was [[{{wangst}} so whiny]] Turner decided pregnant. Which led to go with the Wedding Dress match (really a bra and panties match) between him, Miss Hancock, and that goth chick Wrestling/{{Daffney|Unger}}. The kicker was when Crowbar hits the ring, discovers that everyone is lying on the mat (selling their injuries) in their underwear and then smiles and decides to remove his subordinate's decision instead.
own pants.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor:
HeelFaceRevolvingDoor:
** Bret Hart for his entire WCW career; It's it's one of the reasons why he couldn't get over as well as he did in the WWF.



** Any time he feuded with someone, Hogan would mysteriously start to turn face. Fans tended to lean Hogan's way, and once his opponent was buried, Hogan would go back to acting heelish.
** He turned face for good in 1999 (with Sting briefly turning heel) and the Outsiders reformed... But Bischoff was reinstated in 2000 and brought with him a new stable, i.e. New World Order with a facelift, of which Hogan was a member. Hogan was not happy about it, as he'd already gone back to his Hulkamania gimmick ("The red and yellow will ''never'' die!") and was well over with crowds. Critics and wrestling journalists point to the Millionaires/New Blood feud as proof that Bischoff had only one trick (the nWo), and that he was more concerned with selling merch than putting on a good product.
** ''Everybody'' had this problem in the Vince Russo era. Not a surprise, as Russo has infamously said he doesn't believe in "heels" or "faces".
** [[http://www.wackbag.com/showthread.php/80399-The-Stupidity-of-WCW The opening post of this thread highlights many of the fuck-ups that led to the company's demise.]]
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
** Hulk Hogan once said, "THOSE CRUISERWEIGHTS CAN CRUISER-WAIT, BROTHER."
** Among the various people that WCW thought weren't worth a main event push was "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, who was promised a World Title run. That run never happened, because Hogan was brought in to main-event ''Bash at the Beach '94''. Austin saw the writing on the wall and left for WWF to become the biggest star since, well, Hulk Hogan. Soon to be followed by Mick Foley, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Triple H, and Rey Mysterio, Jr. (and Austin was preceded by the guy who would become ''Wrestling/TheUndertaker''). ''All'' of these guys became celebrated world champions when they went to the WWF. Bischoff also let Jim Ross go because he thought he wouldn't go over well with mainstream America.
** For an added twist to the above, it was reportedly Hogan himself who brought Undertaker to see Vince [=McMahon=] after 'Taker, then known as Mean Mark Callous in WCW appeared in Hogan's movie ''Suburban Commando''. The rest is history.
** Inverted with Wrestling/BrianPillman. They wrote Pillman out and let him go work for ECW for a few months and get the "Loose Cannon" gimmick down to a science because Eric Bischoff expected to be able to resign him. Bischoff, being Bischoff, did not consider the possibility that Pillman might want to go work with his best friends in the business (Austin, Dustin, Foley, and the Harts) in the WWF, the former three having left WCW because they hated the direction in which it was going under the Hogan Regime, not unlike Pillman himself.
** How many times has that killed an entire ''company?'' WCW might well be the first when they revealed that Mick Foley would win the WWF Championship, which caused over half a million fans to switched over to ''Raw'' after Schiavone insulted him.
* LensmanArmsRace: Initially only sixty minutes in length (as was ''Raw'' at the time), ''Nitro'' grew to 2 hours to compete with the 1996 NBA Playoffs. ''Raw'' waited until nearly a full year later to expand to the second hour. ''Nitro'' remained a two-hour program until 1998, when Bischoff lobbied for a ''third'' hour for the #1 wrestling program in the country. Within a month or two, Bischoff was starting to realize his mistake and scrambled to fill 180 minutes of programming in addition to the preexisting ''WCW Saturday Night''. And then TNT [[PlagueOfGoodFortune ordered another two-hour show]] (''Thunder'') to air on Thursdays. Beginning in 2000, the mothership got downgraded to 2 hours again while the poorly-performing ''Thunder'' was moved to Mondays, airing directly after ''Nitro'' -- essentially giving us a '''4-hour''' show. This tap dance continued for two years until WCW died. (As of the show's 1,000th episode which aired in 2012, ''Raw'' is now a 3-hour broadcast.)

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** Any time he feuded with someone, Hogan would mysteriously start to turn face. Fans tended to lean Hogan's way, and once his opponent was buried, Hogan would go back to acting heelish.
** He
turned face for good in 1999 (with Sting briefly turning heel) and the Outsiders reformed... But but Bischoff was reinstated in 2000 and brought with him a new heel stable, i.e. New World Order with a facelift, of which Hogan was a member. Hogan was not happy about it, as he'd already gone back to his Hulkamania gimmick ("The red and yellow will ''never'' die!") and was well over with crowds. Critics and wrestling journalists point to the Millionaires/New Blood feud as proof that Bischoff had only one trick (the nWo), and that he was more concerned with selling merch than putting on a good product.
gimmick.
** ''Everybody'' Everybody had this problem in the Vince Russo era. Not a surprise, as Russo has infamously said he doesn't believe in "heels" "{{heel}}s" or "faces".
"{{face}}s".
* IntercontinuityCrossover:
** [[http://www.wackbag.com/showthread.php/80399-The-Stupidity-of-WCW The opening post Regarding its "farm leagues", such as the Heartland Wrestling Association, which one could say remained as a remnant of this thread highlights many WCW after it went under.
** WCW in 1994 had produced the AAA ''When Worlds Collide'' PPV, which helped introduce lucha to US audiences, and in late 1995/early 96, while planning the launch of their cruiserweight division, and needed talent to fill it. Wrestling/{{Konnan}} was big in Mexico, popular enough to get away with being called "The Mexican Hulk Hogan". But the real reason WCW originally signed him is that he was tight with other Mexican wrestlers. They also pulled a little talent from Wrestlng/NewJapanProWrestling due to Bischoff's relationship with Sonny Onoo, but the majority
of the fuck-ups that led to the company's demise.]]
* ItWillNeverCatchOn:
** Hulk Hogan once said, "THOSE CRUISERWEIGHTS CAN CRUISER-WAIT, BROTHER."
** Among the various people that WCW thought weren't worth a main event push
division was "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, who was promised a World Title run. That run never happened, because Hogan was brought in to main-event ''Bash at the Beach '94''. Austin saw the writing on the wall and left for WWF to become the biggest star since, well, Hulk Hogan. Soon to be followed by Mick Foley, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Triple H, and Rey Mysterio, Jr. (and Austin was preceded by the guy who would become ''Wrestling/TheUndertaker''). ''All'' made up of these guys became celebrated world champions when they went to the WWF. Bischoff also let Jim Ross go because he thought he wouldn't go over well with mainstream America.
luchadors.
** For an added twist to the above, it was reportedly Hogan himself who brought Undertaker to see Vince [=McMahon=] after 'Taker, then known as Mean Mark Callous in WCW appeared in Hogan's movie ''Suburban Commando''. The rest is history.
** Inverted
used to, and still kind of does, struggle with Wrestling/BrianPillman. They wrote Pillman out the idea of putting his belt on someone who was a champion in another promotion. The biggest WWF/WWE guys are homegrown, and let him go work for ECW for a few months big time free agents are often miscast in WWF/WWE: Flair, Dusty, Booker T, Wrestling/{{Tazz}}, DDP, the list goes on and get on. Bishoff, on the "Loose Cannon" gimmick down to a science because Eric Bischoff expected to be able to resign him. Bischoff, being Bischoff, did not consider the possibility that Pillman might want to go work with his best friends in the business (Austin, Dustin, Foley, and the Harts) in the WWF, the former three having left WCW because they hated the direction in which it was going under the Hogan Regime, not unlike Pillman himself.
** How many times has that killed an entire ''company?'' WCW might well be the first when they revealed that Mick Foley would win the WWF Championship, which caused over half a million fans to switched over to ''Raw'' after Schiavone insulted him.
* LensmanArmsRace: Initially only sixty minutes in length (as was ''Raw'' at the time),
other hand, pretty much built ''Nitro'' grew on the backs of WWF World Champions. Luger jumped on the first show, Hogan became the champ, the [=nWo=] came after that, and then Wrestling/{{ECW}} talent came over. Bischoff did not have a suspicious nature like Vince, and though it came back to 2 hours bite him in the end, it helped WCW quite a bit. Their fortunes didn't really pick up until Hogan, Hall, and Nash defected to compete WCW and formed their own coalition: the New World Order, who teased at a cross-promotional "invasion" (despite the WWF having nothing to do with the 1996 NBA Playoffs. ''Raw'' waited until nearly a full year later to expand angle). People in the south hated Hall and Nash. The trash thrown at them was real, they were genuinely seen as invaders.
** WCW was eventually sold
to the second hour. ''Nitro'' remained a two-hour program until 1998, when Bischoff lobbied for a ''third'' hour for WWE in early 2001 (weeks before ''[=WrestleMania=] X-Seven'') at what amounted to fire-sale prices, mere days before the #1 final ''Monday Nitro''. What was supposed to be a battle between WCW[=/=]ECW and the WWF ended up being a battle between the [=McMahons=]: The final show was a simulcast on ''Raw'', with an appearance by Vince's son Wrestling/{{Shane|McMahon}} on ''Nitro''. WCW stuck around InNameOnly, the kayfabe reasoning behind this was that Shane and Wrestling/{{Stephanie|McMahon}} were the owners of WCW and ECW respectively, but still had some pull in the Federation, which is why they let these guys run roughshod over the WWF guys every week, as the titles were unified with their WWF counterparts, culminating with the unification of the WCW and WWF Championships at ''Vengeance 2001'' (the WWF Undisputed Championship). With both WCW and ECW (which had gone out of business just a couple of months prior) in their back pockets, WWE was left as the lone major professional wrestling program promotion in the country. Within United States.
* InvisiblePresident: Men such as Jim Herd, Eric Bischoff, J.J. Dillon, and Vince Russo served as the de facto leaders and movers of WCW, but they all depended on Turner, and could be overruled by him. Jericho once tried to go over Dillon's head to get
a month or two, Bischoff shot at the Cruiserweight belt, and Turner would have done it too, based on Jericho's sound logic. But Chris was starting to realize "such a crybaby" that Turner wrote back that he'd sided with his mistake subordinate instead.
* {{Jobber}}:
** ''Saturday Night'' is remembered for the sheer volume of jobbers on display. Sgt. Craig "Pitbull" Pittman, the State Patrol, "Hardwork" Bobby Walker, Dean Malenko, Barry Darsow doing his golfer gimmick, Fidel Sierra, Mean Mike
and scrambled to fill 180 minutes of programming in addition to Tough Tom, the preexisting ''WCW Saturday Night''. And then TNT [[PlagueOfGoodFortune ordered another two-hour show]] (''Thunder'') to air on Thursdays. Beginning in 2000, masked Texas Hangmen, and the mothership grandaddy of them all The Gambler. (He was actually a good worker who never really got downgraded to 2 hours again while the poorly-performing ''Thunder'' a chance. ''Website/{{WrestleCrap}}'' published a whole feature on him.) They put on a show, even if it wasn't about them. Fortunately, WCW was moved always generous to Mondays, airing directly after ''Nitro'' -- essentially giving us its workers. Many of those guys are still wrestling today.
** The nWo "B-Team" with Horace Hogan, [[Wrestling/{{Virgil}} Vincent]], and
a '''4-hour''' show. This tap dance continued for two years until WCW died. (As few other jobbers of the show's 1,000th episode which aired squad. If someone from the nWo lost regularly, chances are it'd be one of them.
** Goldberg was 174-0, and half of those matches were against poor Bill [=DeMott=] who was speared into hell.
** The Horsemen by the end. Arn Anderson's merch sells were so bad, he had to pay WCW $1. The balance sheet actually says he made "-$1". That's the same as Mongo [=McMichael's=].
* LargeHamAnnouncer:
** '''DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE PENZERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR'''
** Tony Schiavone, the greatest commentator
in 2012, ''Raw'' is now a 3-hour broadcast.)the history of our sport! A lot of smarks never liked Schiavone, but he definitely had one great call: "THE YETAAAAAAAYYYY"



** UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem: ''WCW Wrestling'', which was based on the Japanese ''Super Star Pro Wrestling''.
** UsefulNotes/GameBoy: ''WCW The Main Event''.
** UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem: ''WCW [=SuperBrawl=] Wrestling''.
** UsefulNotes/PlayStation: ''WCW vs. [[WorldTour the World]]'' (which features several [[CaptainErsatz Ersatz]] versions of New Japan wrestlers) and its sequel ''WCW vs. nWo: World Tour'', both Japanese-developed and distributed by Creator/{{THQ}}.
** UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}: ''WCW/nWo Revenge'' (THQ again).

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** UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem: ''WCW Wrestling'', which was based on the Japanese ''Super Super Star Pro Wrestling''.
Wrestling.
** UsefulNotes/GameBoy: ''WCW The Main Event''.
Event.''
** UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem: ''WCW [=SuperBrawl=] Wrestling''.
Wrestling.''
** UsefulNotes/PlayStation: ''WCW vs. [[WorldTour the World]]'' (which World'', which features several [[CaptainErsatz Ersatz]] Ersatz versions of [[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling New Japan wrestlers) Japan]] wrestlers, and its sequel ''WCW vs. nWo: [=nWo=]: World Tour'', both Tour''. Both Japanese-developed and distributed by Creator/{{THQ}}.
** UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}: ''WCW/nWo UsefulNotes/Nintendo64: ''[=WCW/nWo=] Revenge'' (THQ again).



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters[=/=]OutOfFocus:
** At its height, WCW had over 240 wrestlers on its roster. Unlike most examples, though, only perhaps half of them were ever actually seen on television. This was both a deliberate plan and a grievous error on WCW's part. Part of their plan on competing with the WWF was to buy up competing talent for the sole purpose of keeping them from signing with the competition. While some were given spots on WCW programming, most others (mostly CListFodder) simply got to lay back and collect paychecks while "working" under a non-compete agreement.\\\
Unfortunately for WCW, even this plan got away from them, as the sheer number of wrestlers became unmanageable on a week to week basis. At the time, wrestlers were paid on a per-show basis, whether or not they actually worked on that show. Attendance was taken by signing your own name in on a clipboard. A fair number of [[GenreSavvy genre savvy]] workers, knowing full well that WCW didn't have any intention of actually using them, simply stayed at home and had friends of theirs on the roster sign in their names in their place.
** There were also many who would still travel in a full-time schedule on the company's dime without working any matches. Only in 2000 did they start to only fly out any talent who were actually regularly being booked.
** Madusa took one look at the names attached to WCW's new women's division and signed at once. She defected, dropped the WWF belt in the trash can, and never ''once'' held the women’s title (which became a complete afterthought the second it was revived, and lasted only a few months anyway). They had a solid roster, with half the women being from GAEA Japan, and they did nothing with it. So her famous rant was {{all for nothing}}, it was essentially Bischoff giving the finger to Vince again.
* {{Mascot}}: [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/sbt/someone-bought-this-meet-wild-cat-willie-and-be-afraid/ Wild Cat Willie!]] ("W.C.W." - get it?)
* MoneyToThrowAway: WCW from mid-1999 until the bitter end took this into new heights. For the year of 2000, WCW managed to lose ''$80 million''. The reason for the shortfall is simple: profits and buyrates were way down, but the annual budget stayed at the same level as WCW's peak in 97-98.
-->'''[[WebVideo/OSWReview V1]]:''' Monster trucks, helicopter shots, Harley-Davisons. One being squished, one being given away... ''[blows raspberry]'' This company is '''well''' on its way to going out of business.\\
'''Jay:''' BLANK CHECKS, BROTHER.
* TheMovie: ''Film/ReadyToRumble'', as much as fans would rather not acknowledge this (leading as it did to the Creator/DavidArquette title run).
* PartsUnknown:
** Various members of the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom including "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan, from "The Iron Gates of Fate" and [[Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake The Zodiac (Brutus Beefcake)]], from "The Land of Yin and Yang".

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters[=/=]OutOfFocus:
** At
LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: We're talking about a promotion that, at its height, WCW had over 240 wrestlers on its roster. Unlike most examples, though, only perhaps half roster.
* LostInTranslation: Vampiro was printing money back in the day; we're talking Hogan-levels
of them fame in Mexico. He was doing movies, music, everything. His promos in Spanish were ever actually seen on television. This was both a deliberate plan and a grievous error on WCW's part. Part of their plan on competing with the WWF was to buy up competing talent for the sole purpose of keeping them from signing with the competition. While some were given spots on WCW programming, most others (mostly CListFodder) simply got to lay back and collect paychecks while "working" under a non-compete agreement.\\\
Unfortunately for WCW, even this plan got away from them, as the sheer number of wrestlers became unmanageable on a week to week basis. At the time, wrestlers were paid on a per-show basis, whether or not they actually worked on that show. Attendance was taken by signing your own name in on a clipboard. A fair number of [[GenreSavvy genre savvy]] workers, knowing full well that WCW
incredible, but it didn't have transfer. His in-ring work ethic did. Vampiro didn't hit the big-time until he joined ''Wrestling/LuchaUnderground'', since then the guy has been the most over than any intention of actually using them, simply stayed at home and had friends of theirs on the roster sign other time in their names in their place.
** There were also many who would still travel in a full-time schedule on the company's dime without working any matches. Only in 2000 did they start to only fly out any talent who were actually regularly being booked.
** Madusa took one look at the names attached to WCW's new women's division and signed at once. She defected, dropped the WWF belt in the trash can, and never ''once'' held the women’s title (which became a complete afterthought the second it was revived, and lasted only a few months anyway). They had a solid roster, with half the women being from GAEA Japan, and they did nothing with it. So her famous rant was {{all for nothing}}, it was essentially Bischoff giving the finger to Vince again.
his career.
* {{Mascot}}: [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/sbt/someone-bought-this-meet-wild-cat-willie-and-be-afraid/ Wild Cat Willie!]] Willie! ("W.C.W." - get it?)
* MoneyToThrowAway: WCW from mid-1999 until the bitter end took this into new heights. For the year of 2000, WCW managed to lose ''$80 million''. The reason for the shortfall is simple: profits and buyrates were way down, but the annual budget stayed at the same level as WCW's peak in 97-98.
-->'''[[WebVideo/OSWReview V1]]:''' Monster trucks, helicopter shots, Harley-Davisons. One being squished, one being given away... ''[blows raspberry]'' This company is '''well''' on its way to going out of business.\\
'''Jay:''' BLANK CHECKS, BROTHER.
* TheMovie: ''Film/ReadyToRumble'', as much as fans would rather not acknowledge this (leading as it did this.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: N–R]]
* OutOfFocus:
** The Cruiserweight Division gradually lost airtime
to the Creator/DavidArquette old established stars. "THOSE CRUISERWEIGHTS CAN CRUISER-WAIT, BROTHER." That's not a joke, Hulk Hogan actually said that.
** Sting hated Hogan and the Wolfpac was formed with the sole purpose of ruining Hogan's day. As soon as the the nWo reconciled, Sting split.
** After Goldberg lost the world
title run).
and his streak to Kevin Nash, who in turn dropped the world title to Hogan, he actually never bothered to get his revenge. He just let Hogan take his title and feud with Flair, while he fought Wrestling/BamBamBigelow for no apparent reason.
** Flair absolutely was buried when Bischoff took over WCW, to the point where Flair successfully sued TNT for defamation. He had previously helped install Bischoff as Vice-President and scouted Hulk Hogan (and later Randy Savage) on behalf of WCW, and what was his reward? [-a)-] Receiving a tenth of the pay Hogan did, [-b)-] Jobbing to both Hogan and Savage multiple times, and c) Being publicly disparaged about his age, drinking problem, or finances--especially since it wasn't building to any storyline. Flair was massively underpaid, as well. (Even less when you consider he was buying sea breezes for everyone every night.) He was also the biggest ratings draw WCW ever had, if Meltzer is to be believed.
* PartsUnknown:
PartsUnknown:
** Various members of the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom including "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan, Wrestling/KevinSullivan, from "The Iron Gates of Fate" and [[Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake The Zodiac (Brutus Beefcake)]], (Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake), from "The Land of Yin and Yang".



* PowerStable: Four Horsemen (the UrExample), New World Order (and its various spinoffs), and the New Blood.
* PutOnABus: Sting took six months off every year despite being completely healthy. This coincided with Hogan returning from his vacation.
* PutOnABusToHell:
** Scott Hall was arrested countless times for drunkenness and other bad behavior. It got so bad that his wife Dana wrote in to the office and pleaded with them do something, and something they did: WCW Creative made it part of his gimmick, with Hall tip-toeing out of the ring for a tipple. Eric Bischoff did indeed come downstairs to talk man-to-man with Hall -- in a promo, mind you -- to which Hall responded by vomiting on him. The nWo, eager to cut Hall loose, sent Nash to play some sweet chin music on him, and he disappeared from WCW programming.
** "''[[Film/TheMadnessOfKingGeorge The Madness of Ric Flair]]''" storyline. Almost as soon as he reformed the Horsemen on ''Nitro'', Flair went bananas, declared himself the U.S. President (in reaction to Hogan's and Macho's competing Presidential runs), and was carted off to the "Central Florida Mental Hospital" to treat his senility -- [[CrossesTheLineTwice where he bumped into Hall]], oy vey.
* RatingsStunt:
** [=RoboCop=] and Creator/DavidArquette, World Champion spring to mind. Both [[CriticalDissonance sold out the arena.]] Ticket sales immediately plummeted and ratings dropped a full five points ''after'' the Arquette case though.
** Bischoff relied on a Shock and Awe approach to WCW, booking PPV-quality matches almost every week (usually in the last hour or so) to keep people from switching to ''Raw''. So you end up getting Hogan v. Goldberg on ''Nitro'' for free, despite the vast sum that match was worth in buys. There were several flaws in this plan:
### 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 Kidman]] traded the CW belt back and forth, while Benoit and Jericho defected to the WWF; the rest languished in the midcard).
---->'''''[[http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999123m.htm DDT]]'':''' How can you protect Vampiro's credibility when he gets beaten up by a fat, out-of-shape Jim Ross imitator (and, gee, [[WrittenByCastMember one of the bookers at that]]), and has to rely on [[Music/TheMisfits a rock band]] for the save?
### Tortoise and the Hare. Buyrates suffered because there was no real incentive to watch [=PPVs=], whereas ''Raw'' built up to them at a more methodical pace.
### WCW was bursting with title changes every week. (DDP once regained the World Title from Sting on the same night he lost the World Title to Sting.) Not only did it make ''Nitro'' near-impossible to follow, it removed any sense of stature from the belts and (ironically) made the WWF World Title seem more vaunted in comparison. This ensured WCW would always be seen as a pale copy of WWF, rather than the future of wrestling.
* ResetButton: Unfortunately for WCW, their success didn't last. As the WWF reinvented itself with a new darker and edgier image lifted in part from ECW, WCW kept milking the nWo for all it was worth. The group was originally planned to dissolve after Starrcade 1997, where WCW mainstay Sting defeated Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Instead, the group split into two factions (the nWo "Hollywood", led by Hogan, and nWo Wolfpac, led by Kevin Nash), which feuded with each other throughout 1998. The group re-unified following the Fingerpoke of Doom, before being split ''again'' and reshuffled into the Millionaires' Club and The New Blood.
* SexSells: The Outsiders vs.... Porn Stars! Brought to you by the Russo-Ferrara Laugh Factory/Creative Team.
-->'''''[=WrestleCrap=]'':''' The woman in question was the adult film actress Minka, owner of the world’s second-largest pair of breast implants (WCW couldn’t be #1 in anything at this point).
* ShoutOut: Like AAA, they had a "Thundercage", which was a send up to the ''Film/MadMax'' Thunderdome.

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* PowerStable: The Four Horsemen (the UrExample), Ur-Example), New World Order (and its various spinoffs), and the New Blood.
* PutOnABus: 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:
-->'''Hogan:''' As far as I'm concerned, all of this crap in the ring represents these fans out here!!!
* PutOnABus:
**
Sting took six 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 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 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.
** Pillman was supposed to go work for ECW for a few
months off every year despite being completely healthy. This coincided and get his "Loose Cannon" gimmick down to a science. Eric Bischoff expected to resign him. He did not consider the possibility that Pillman might want to go work with Hogan returning from his vacation.
best friends in the business (Austin, Dustin, Foley, and the Harts) in the WWF, the former three having left WCW because they hated the direction in which it was going in, not unlike Pillman himself.
* PutOnABusToHell:
PutOnABusToHell:
** Scott Hall was arrested countless a number of times for drunkenness and other bad behavior. drunk driving. It got so bad that his wife Dana wrote in to the office and pleaded with them do something, and something they did: WCW Creative made it part of his gimmick, with Hall tip-toeing out of the ring for a tipple. gimmick. Eric Bischoff did indeed come downstairs to talk man-to-man with Hall -- in a promo, mind you -- to which Hall responded replied by vomiting on him. The nWo, eager to cut Hall loose, sent Nash to play some sweet chin music on him, and he He then disappeared from WCW programming.
** "''[[Film/TheMadnessOfKingGeorge The Madness of Ric Flair]]''" storyline. Almost as soon as he reformed the Horsemen on ''Nitro'',
programming. Later, after Flair went bananas, declared himself the U.S. President (in reaction to Hogan's and Macho's competing Presidential runs), and he was carted off to the "Central Florida Mental Hospital" to treat his senility -- [[CrossesTheLineTwice a mental hospital...where he bumped into Hall]], oy Hall. Oy vey.
* RatingsStunt:
** [=RoboCop=] and Creator/DavidArquette, World Champion spring to mind. Both [[CriticalDissonance sold out the arena.]] Ticket sales immediately plummeted and ratings dropped a full five points ''after'' the Arquette case though.
** Bischoff relied on a Shock and Awe approach to WCW, booking PPV-quality matches almost every week (usually in the last hour or so) to keep people from switching to ''Raw''. So you end up getting Hogan v. Goldberg on
The first ''Nitro'' for free, despite of 2000 took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. A new WCW Comissioner was to be announced. The plan was originally to have Flair as the vast sum that match new Commissioner; unfortunately he was worth still in buys. There were several flaws in this plan:
### With so many spectacular match-ups crowding the schedule, there wasn't much room for the cruiserweights to compete for attention (Rey, Juvi,
legal dispute and [[Wrestling/BillyKidman Kidman]] traded the CW belt back and forth, while Benoit and Jericho defected to the WWF; the rest languished buried in the midcard).
---->'''''[[http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999123m.htm DDT]]'':''' How can you protect Vampiro's credibility when he gets
desert, so instead they announced Terry Funk. (Like most Charlotte episodes, Ric was booked to get beaten up in his hometown. Instead, Funk took the beating.)
** Near the end, we got the Miss Hancock pregnancy angle. David Flair went on the warpath, challenging any wrestler he suspected of fathering the baby. According to rumor, Vince Russo had booked himself as the father. This would have been followed
by David's father announcing that Hancock was the product of an affair he had some 20 years before, which would've made her and his son David half-siblings. The story was abandoned when Hancock turned out to have faked the whole thing. She became Shawn Stasiak's valet for a fat, out-of-shape Jim Ross imitator (and, gee, [[WrittenByCastMember brief feud with Bam Bam Bigelow, then vanished right before the promotion died.
* RatingsStunt:
** In the promotion's early years as WCW, it was terribly mismanaged and written by people who had no idea what fans wanted to see, relying on stunts and gimmicks to capture the glamour of the WWF: such events included a live appearance by Film/{{RoboCop}} (at a pay-per-view, no less), and the infamous Black Scorpion mystery.
** Hogan selling an arm bar from Jay Leno. At least Dennis Rodman or Karl Malone made an ounce of sense since they were giant, professional athletes!
** [[Film/ChildsPlay Chucky]] cutting a promo on Rick Steiner and making him look like a jabroni.
** WCW had Mark Martin driving their car for NASCAR.
** WCW tried to capitalize on Mancow, a national radio DJ, and his popularity by having him "feud" with Wrestling/JimmyHart. Hogan and Hart did a spot on his radio show where Hart attacked Mancow, and this is what we get. What's interesting is at the end of this match it's pretty clear that Mancow doesn't know the finish and Jimmy has to [[https://gfycat.com/WatchfulRewardingCuscus physically hold him on top of himself.]] Mancow had worked a short program in ECW the previous summer so this is technically another occurrence of WCW poaching talent from ECW.
** Vampiro had musical guests like Music/InsaneClownPosse and Music/TheMisfits to back him up. WCW also paid Music/{{Kiss}} one million dollars to play two songs, and as part of the agreement WCW had to make a KISS-themed wrestler, and that wrestler had to headline at least one PPV.
** The final straw for many fans was the crowning of actor David Arquette as World Champion. It had less to do with Arquette himself (though he was a star at the time) and more to do with his wife, Courteney Cox, who was
one of the bookers at that]]), and has to rely highest-paid women on [[Music/TheMisfits a rock band]] for TV. There is also the save?
### Tortoise and the Hare. Buyrates suffered because there was no real incentive to watch [=PPVs=], whereas ''Raw'' built up to them at a more methodical pace.
### WCW was bursting
video packages they did with title changes David after he won the title. There was one where Courteney is shouting at him, trying to beat (or shout) some sense into him, telling him to give up the title, and Creator/KurtRussell randomly walks by. David explains him that he's a pro wrestling champ, and Kurt just laughs at him.
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* SceneryPorn:
** The first hour of
every week. (DDP once regained the World Title from Sting on the same night he lost the World Title to Sting.) Not only did it make ''Nitro'' near-impossible to follow, it removed any sense of stature from was spent on the belts freakin' pyro display. WCW even set off pyro in the middle of matches. (Chris Jericho's pyro [[http://i.imgur.com/wkItg8k.gif failed to impress.]])
** ''Halloween Havoc'' with the giant pumpkin, ''Bash at the Beach'' with the beach setting, ''Road Wild'' at the motorcycle rally
and (ironically) made so on. Even the WWF World Title seem more vaunted in comparison. This ensured WCW announcers would always be seen as a pale copy of WWF, rather than dressed up in appropriate attire to go with the future themes. Especially when some of wrestling.
* ResetButton: Unfortunately for WCW, their success didn't last. As
the WWF reinvented itself props could be used to beat people up with. Audiences may never again see somebody beat a man with a new darker and edgier image lifted in part from ECW, WCW kept milking the nWo for all it was worth. The group was originally planned to dissolve after Starrcade 1997, where WCW mainstay Sting defeated Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Instead, the group split into two factions (the nWo "Hollywood", led by Hogan, and nWo Wolfpac, led by Kevin Nash), which feuded rubber shark. In ''Spring Stampede'', Macho Man hit someone with each other throughout 1998. The group re-unified following the Fingerpoke of Doom, before being split ''again'' and reshuffled into the Millionaires' Club and The New Blood.
a wooden wagon wheel.
* SexSells: The Outsiders vs.... Kevin Nash and Scott Hall vs. ... Porn Stars! Brought to you by the Russo-Ferrara Laugh Factory/Creative Team.
Factory.
-->'''''[=WrestleCrap=]'':''' The woman in question was the adult film actress Minka, owner of the world’s world's second-largest pair of breast implants (WCW couldn’t couldn't be #1 in anything at this point).
* ShoutOut: Like AAA, SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic:
** Usually the commentary desk is about plugs and selling products. Between Michael Buffer, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, Mike Tenay, and Gene Okerlund
they set a great tone for the importance of 'our great sport.' Buffer is known for his pomp and circumstance regal announcing. You had Tony selling the drama and wrestlers, Heenan with the history of the business (and jokes), Tenay with stats and data, and Mene Gene with his 'breaking news' interview style. They made the matches seem more real than they were. All in all, before the abortion of 1999-2001, it can be said that WCW did a good job of making the matches feel like competitive contests. (By then WWE had shied away from describing their show as a sport for a long time.) Their style also had a "Thundercage", dose of 'reality' to it, rather than a variety show with wrestling. It was about presenting it as a sports competition, and the company promoting itself as prestigious. A place where wrestlers from all over the world fight to prove their worth (hence the international flavor).
** The ring itself was smaller than the one WWF used, with a nice "sssssspring" sound
which was a send up made the moves seem more devastating. This is something Steve Austin always brings up: due to the ''Film/MadMax'' Thunderdome.fact that it was smaller, the wrestlers looked bigger. For some reason, WWE has always insisted on using a ring twice the size of every other promotion.
* SpinOff: Spring/summer 1989 was kind of a weird time where TBS made it a point to substitute "WCW" for "NWA" whenever possible, title belts excluded. By mid-'89, all the NWA branding and graphics were replaced with WCW. WCW's association with the NWA was dissolved in '91, which resulted in NWA's championship belt becoming the WCW equivalent (or the "Big Gold Belt", as it came to be known).



** The Outsider invasion angle that lead to the nWo and the Heartland Wrestling Association, which both started in 1996, were successors to the failed invasion and talent exchange WCW had earlier started with Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling, which shutdown in 1995.
** Wrestling/{{TNA}}, both the good (like its early focus on the X-Division / cruiserweights) and bad (like the over-emphasis on kayfabe-breaking storylines and reality TV smut). Bonus: Jarrett founded it to replace WCW in the first place.
* SquashMatch: An example of TropesAreTools. The abundance of squash matches on WWF programming lead viewers to jump ship to watch WCW, which mostly showcased competitive matches. WCW did use squash matches to create its top draw, Goldberg, though.
* StatusQuoIsGod: This had always been present to some degree. The downfall of Jim Crockett Promotions was that there were no clean finishes, which ultimately fell on Dusty Rhodes' shoulders. Nobody wanted to job because of backstage politics and Rhodes found that screwjob finishes were the best way to keep everyone happy ([[HistoryRepeats the shape of things to come]]), but fans felt robbed.
* StrictlyFormula: Without the Outsiders, there would be no Attitude Era and professional wrestling might not have survived as long as it has. That said, there is an added irony to WWF rolling the dice with former WCW talent while ''Nitro'' kept spinning its wheels with the nWo. WWE had their own veteran stable in Wrestling/DGenerationX, sure, but they also experimented with new and unusual characters like The Rock, Stone Cold, and Mankind; something WCW would not experiment with. They lost a lot of their novelty and with it their once-mighty audience.
* UnrelatedBrothers: Subverted with the Steiner Brothers and Harlem Heat.

to:

** The Outsider Outsiders invasion angle that lead to the nWo and the Heartland Wrestling Association, which both started in 1996, were successors to the failed invasion and talent exchange WCW had earlier started with Wrestling/SmokeyMountainWrestling, [[Wrestling/{{SMW}} Smokey Mountain Wrestling]], which shutdown shut down in 1995.
** Wrestling/{{TNA}}, TNA, both the good (like its early focus on the X-Division / cruiserweights) and bad (like the over-emphasis on kayfabe-breaking storylines (kayfabe-breaking and reality TV smut). Bonus: Jarrett founded it to replace WCW in the first place.
place. As of 2016, TNA has officially been in business longer than WCW, as has ROH. And both companies have been around almost twice as long as ECW. Crazy, huh?
* SquashMatch: An example of TropesAreTools. The abundance of squash matches on WWF programming lead viewers to jump ship to watch WCW, which mostly showcased competitive matches. As an example of TropesAreTools, WCW did use squash matches to create its top draw, Goldberg, though.
Goldberg.
* StatusQuoIsGod: StatusQuoIsGod:
**
This had always been present to some degree. The downfall of Jim Crockett Promotions was that there were no clean finishes, which ultimately fell on Dusty Rhodes' shoulders. Nobody wanted to job because of backstage politics and Rhodes found that screwjob finishes were the best way to keep everyone happy ([[HistoryRepeats the shape of things to come]]), happy, but some fans felt robbed.
* StrictlyFormula: Without ** As the Outsiders, there WWF reinvented itself with a new darker and edgier image (lifted in part from ECW), WCW kept milking the nWo for all it was worth. The group was originally planned to dissolve after ''Starrcade '97'', where WCW mainstay Sting defeated Hogan for the world title. Instead, the group split into factions: nWo "Hollywood", led by Hogan, and nWo "Wolfpac", led by Kevin Nash, which feuded with each other throughout 1998. The group re-unified following the "Fingerpoke of Doom", before being split again and reshuffled into the Millionaires' Club and New Blood.
* TakeThat: How many times has that killed an entire company? WCW might well be the first when they revealed that Mick Foley would win the WWF Championship, which caused over half a million fans to switched over to ''Raw''.
* WorkedShoot:
** Hogan and Bischoff were negotiating the details of the heel turn as late as the afternoon of the show. The plan was kept secret from most people, although in the days before the show, most people in WCW strongly suspected it
would be Hogan, but no Attitude Era one knew for sure. Scott Hall claims he didn't know until two hours before the match.
** According to the ''Monday Night Wars'' documentary, one night, Nash
and professional Hall wrecked havoc with baseball bats and then lawn darted Rey Mysterio into a nearby trailer. Residents in Orlando watching the events unfold on TV called the police to report a gang war. When you see on-screen firetrucks and ambulances pull up at WCW, that was not scripted. That was real.
** Flyin' Brian Pillman "quit" the company in the one of the most bizarre shoots ever. He pretended to be crazy, jumped the divider and left, and the wrestlers had to fill time somehow. (The sight of Arn Anderson hurrying to the ring in a dress shirt, shorts and hiking boots was awkward.) Kevin Sullivan was in on it with Pillman, they were the only ones that knew. It was (arguably) the first worked shoot, it involved two brilliant people, and it got over huge, making Pillman the biggest free agent in
wrestling might and drawing attention to the company. Sullivan and Pillman would call each other and talk about people going up to each one of them and calling the other an asshole, and hoping they'd kick the other's ass. Jericho even said he caught them one time during a 'crazy' episode, and in the middle of it Pillman winked at him.
** Madusa took one look at the names attached to the new women's division and signed at once. She announced her arrival, dropped the WWF belt in the trash can, and never once held the women's title, which became a complete afterthought the second it was revived, and lasted only a few months anyway.
** Starting in the late 90's, management did
not allow announcers to view the pre-taped segments. The idea was that it would make their commentary "more spontaneous". As a result, they had no idea how to sell the angles that were taking place. One of the more notorious examples of this was when the nWo beat up Ric Flair in a field somewhere. He hitchhiked to the arena in a turnip truck. When Flair got back to the arena, dirty and clutching an axe handle, the commentators, having been briefed on none of this, decided he must have survived as long as it has. That said, fallen asleep drunk.
** When The Giant fell off a building at ''Halloween Havoc'' '95, they had a guest commentator who was only
there is an added irony because he knew about monster trucks. He thought a man had fallen to WWF rolling his death and the dice with former WCW talent while ''Nitro'' kept spinning its wheels other announcers just let him believe it.
** At one point, Nash and Goldberg had a feud based around Goldberg [[NoFourthWall not wanting to follow the script and lose the match]]. There was also a "shoot interview" he did on ''Nitro,'' half in character, half not, where he talked about how uncomfortable he was playing a heel. In the middle of the match, Goldberg loses interest and just walks away. Russo comes out and yells at Goldberg to get back in, and Goldberg yells "FUCK YOU!" (Russo experimenting
with the nWo. WWE 'meta' premise had their own veteran stable in Wrestling/DGenerationX, sure, some moments, but they overall came off awkward at best.)
** Bischoff was constantly working the wrestlers. For instance, [[http://www.rspwfaq.net/2014/03/rf-video-shoot-interview-with-sherri.html according]] to Wrestling/SherriMartel, everyone assumed that Nancy Sullivan's affair with Benoit was a work. Some of them even thought that ''WCW's bankruptcy'' was a work!
* WrestlingMonster:
** Vader was portrayed as an incredible monster heel in WCW; from ''Starrcade'' '92 (vs. Sting) to ''Starrcade'' '93 (vs. Flair), Vader did not take a clean loss. He
also experimented got big wins over Cactus Jack, Sting, Wrestling/RickySteamboat, and Davey Boy Smith.
** Raven, along
with new The Flock, was a hated heel and unusual characters like The Rock, Stone Cold, and Mankind; something WCW would not experiment with. They lost a lot of their novelty and with it their once-mighty audience.
* UnrelatedBrothers: Subverted
popular face. He was an upper-midcard staple with the Steiner Brothers US Title for a long time, and Harlem Heat.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.
** Goldberg, who later became a face by default. They took a no-name green wrestler with no promo skills and turned him into an unbeatable colossus. He probably spoke no more than 10 words in his first year, and they made him a superstar.
** Bam-Bam, who had a history of being loyal to NJPW up to this point, was a different type of 'enforcer'. A straight-up brawler with head tattoos who made his epic debut by calling out Goldberg, and even got the drop on Raven once.
* YankTheDogsChain: They kept coming up with entirely new and inventive ways to screw Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho over.
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