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** With the company hemorrhaging money, Time Warner went into panic mode and started taking a more active role in booking. 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 a rehash of the nWo vs. WCW feud, and many fans never got it.

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** With When WCW brought Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo together to run WCW jointly, they hit the company hemorrhaging money, Time Warner went reset button on the entire company, stripping all champions of their titles and dividing the roster into panic mode "The Millionaire's Club" (the old guard of established wrestlers) and started taking a more active role in booking. The storyline was "reset" in April 2000, splitting the company into two factions: the "New "The New Blood" (younger, newer stars) and (the younger wrestlers hungry to make their mark). Ostensibly, it was so The New Blood could all benefit, but The Millionaire's Club were presented as the "Millionaires' Club" (older stars like Nash and Hogan). Unfortunately, this faces with the deck stacked against them, due to Bischoff siding with The New Blood--despite the very-real complaints that it was perceived as a rehash of difficult for the nWo vs. WCW feud, and many fans never got it.younger wrestlers to get noticed without the old guard stepping aside.



* EasilyDistractedReferee: At ''Fall Brawl'' '99, Sting hits Hogan with the bat, and puts Hogan in the Scorpion Deathlock. New referee Charles Robinson comes out and, despite presumably having seen all this transpire ''and Lex Luger standing in the ring holding Sting's baseball bat'', he calls for the bell.



*** Wrestling/MikeAwesome was inserted into the Hogan/[[Wrestling/BillyKidman Kidman]] storyline as his size made him more appealing for Hogan to bump for.



*** By 1999, Hogan was back in the red and yellow (post-nWo), but Sting was still in the black and white. Sting turned heel at ''Fall Brawl'' -- in theory. (In actuality the crowd loved it and cheered for him like crazy.)



## 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).

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## With so many spectacular match-ups crowding the schedule, there wasn't much room for the cruiserweights to compete for attention (Rey, Juvi, and [[Wrestling/BillyKidman Kidman]] Kidman traded the CW belt back and forth, while Benoit and Jericho defected to the WWF; the rest languished in the midcard).
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** Sting felt like a secondary storyline character in the months the controversy at ''Starrcade'', with the Nash/Savage/Hogan nWo split coming to pass. Sting had some tag matches and a title match vs. Nash on ''Nitro '' (which he won via interference). He was a supporting character with a world title. Second to only Rey Mysterio's infamous run, you won't find a champion booked more poorly than Sting from ''Starrcade'' '97 to ''Spring Stampede'' '98.
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** Sting was the whitebread hero of the JCP days.

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** Surfer Sting was a star for the whitebread hero of the JCP days.80's, when he went "Crow Sting", he was white hot. He was only outsold in merchandise by one man: Stone Cold Steve Austin at his peak.
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** Hogan selling an arm bar from Jay Leno. At least Rodman or Malone made an ounce of sense since they were giant, professional athletes!

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** Hogan selling an arm bar from Jay Leno.[[Series/TheTonightShow Leno]] like he's the reincarnation of Andre the Giant. At least Rodman or Malone made an ounce of sense since they were giant, professional athletes!
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''Nitro'' was a long-shot idea by Eric Bischoff (then-Executive Vice President) to compete with ''[[{{Wrestling/WWERaw}} Raw]]'' in their own timeslot. Bischoff had the perfect blueprint for a three-hour show: He made sure there was variety, showcasing different style of wrestling (often with interesting stipulations). Plus they had a [[MythArc mega-angle]] going on with the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]], 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.

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''Nitro'' was a long-shot idea by Eric Bischoff (then-Executive Vice President) to compete with ''[[{{Wrestling/WWERaw}} Raw]]'' in their own timeslot. Bischoff had the perfect blueprint for a three-hour show: He made sure there was variety, showcasing different style of wrestling (often with interesting stipulations). Plus they had a [[MythArc mega-angle]] going on with the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]], 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.



** 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.

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** 1990's The Black Scorpion. Originally hinted to be an associate of Sting from his past (similar to WWE's Wrestling/{{Kane}}, 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.



** 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.

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** 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, Chris Jericho, the first major WCW acquisition by Vince [=McMahon=]. He defeated both [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin in the same night - in '''back-to-back matches''', no less! - to unify the two titles.



** [[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!"

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** [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP]] DDP briefly imitated [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] Rock for a while, doing the poses and rapping about how Flair likes to "spank it, whack it and jack it!"



* 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.

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* ComplexityAddiction: How Creator/DavidArquette conned the Millionaire's Club into handing him the world title. Long story short, the then-champion [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP]] Diamond Dallas Page 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.



** The Bischoff era. Less emphasis on gimmicks and costumes (even Flair is wearing civvies), and an "all-shoot" booking style. You also had the nWo and {{Wrestling/Raven}} doing their thing, which was kind of [[{{Grunge}} grungey]]-[[{{Postmodernism}} postmodern]]. Wrestling began to reflect the subculture, which used to be wholly owned by music.

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** The Bischoff era. Less emphasis on gimmicks and costumes (even Flair is wearing civvies), and an "all-shoot" booking style. You also had the nWo and {{Wrestling/Raven}} Raven doing their thing, which was kind of [[{{Grunge}} grungey]]-[[{{Postmodernism}} postmodern]]. Wrestling began to reflect the subculture, which used to be wholly owned by music.



** 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.

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** 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 headline 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. 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.



** 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.

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** It backfired, though. WCW had built of up 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.



* {{MIB}}: The Wall (Jerry Tuite), and later Vince's Russo's tongue-in-cheek stable. They were collectively called "Creative Control"fa work.

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* {{MIB}}: The Wall (Jerry Tuite), and later Vince's Russo's tongue-in-cheek stable. They were collectively called "Creative Control"fa work.Control".



** Near the end, we got the [[Wrestling/StacyKeibler 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 daddy [!]. 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 (wisely) abandoned, and Hancock turned out to have faked the whole thing. She became Shawn Stasiak's valet for a brief feud with Wrestling/BamBamBigelow, then vanished right before the promotion died.

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** Near the end, we got the [[Wrestling/StacyKeibler Miss Hancock]] 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 daddy [!]. 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 (wisely) abandoned, and Hancock turned out to have faked the whole thing. She became Shawn Stasiak's valet for a brief feud with Wrestling/BamBamBigelow, Bigelow, then vanished right before the promotion died.



** 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 [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] beat up Ric Flair in a field somewhere. He hitchhiked to the arena in a turnip truck, like in a cheesy action B-movie.\\\

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** 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 [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] nWo beat up Ric Flair in a field somewhere. He hitchhiked to the arena in a turnip truck, like in a cheesy action B-movie.\\\



Prior to this limp main event, 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'', essentially inviting over ''half a million viewers to change the channel'' -- which they did.

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Prior to this limp main event, Tony Schiavone (per Bischoff's orders) revealed that fan-favorite [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mick "Mankind" Foley]] Foley would be winning the WWF Championship on a pre-taped edition of ''Raw'', essentially inviting over ''half a million viewers to change the channel'' -- which they did.
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''WCW Saturday Night'' was the mothership show before ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]''. It was two hours long and always had more than a few {{squash match}}es, just like every other wrestling show at the time. However, there were times where they'd let [[{{Jobber}} 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 "Cactus Jack"]], and the [[Wrestling/SteveAustin "Hollywood Blonds"]] making their pre-[[Wrestling/AttitudeEra Attitude]] debut.

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''WCW Saturday Night'' was the mothership show before ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]''. It was two hours long and always had more than a few {{squash match}}es, just like every other wrestling show at the time. However, there were times where they'd let [[{{Jobber}} 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 Hunter Hearst Helmsley"]], Helmsley]], [[Wrestling/MickFoley "Cactus Jack"]], Cactus Jack]], and the [[Wrestling/SteveAustin "Hollywood Blonds"]] "Stunning" Steve Austin]] making their pre-[[Wrestling/AttitudeEra Attitude]] debut.
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* TheGiant: The Giant (natch), Goldberg, and... Ice Train. The only cool thing about Ice Train was his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SVMI0OXC0w theme]]. That was some bomb-ass s*it.

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The Giant (natch), The Wall, Goldberg, and... Ice Train. The only cool thing about Ice Train was his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SVMI0OXC0w theme]]. That was some bomb-ass s*it.s*it.
** Fun fact: Wall is one of few men who has out of the Leg Drop of Doom.



* {{MIB}}: The Wall (Jerry Tuite), and later Vince's Russo's tongue-in-cheek stable. They were collectively called "Creative Control"fa work.



** 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.

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** Scott Hall was arrested countless numerous times for drunkenness and other bad behavior.behavior. He even no-showed a PPV he was supposed to main-event in. 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.programming.
*** Hall should have been released a lot earlier. The reason they kept Scott on payroll is because he was evidence in WWE's copyright infringement suit against WCW.



** Cornette and Steiner running down Hulk Hogan instead of calling the match.

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** Cornette and Steiner running down Hulk Hogan and Flair, instead of calling the match.matches. Reportedly people were too scared of him to cut off his mic. (Mathematically, they never had a chance.)



** 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 [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder 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 fallen asleep drunk.

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** 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 [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] beat up Ric Flair in a field somewhere. He hitchhiked to the arena in a turnip truck. truck, like in a cheesy action B-movie.\\\
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 fallen asleep drunk.



** The commentators got off easy: Bischoff was constantly working the wrestlers. For instance, [[http://www.rspwfaq.net/2014/03/rf-video-shoot-interview-with-sherri.html according]] to Sherri Martel, everyone assumed that Nancy Sullivan's affair with Benoit was a work.

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** The commentators got off easy: Bischoff was constantly working the wrestlers. For instance, [[http://www.rspwfaq.net/2014/03/rf-video-shoot-interview-with-sherri.html according]] to Sherri Martel, everyone assumed that Nancy Sullivan's affair with Benoit was a work. Some of them even thought that WCW's bankruptcy was a work!



** ''Superbrawl 2000''. Tank Abbott took out a knife and acted like he was going to cut Big Al's throat. This was a shoot, so the camera cut away quickly, with Schiavone saying he was going to cut off Al's beard. Al doesn't have a beard.
** At one point, Nash and Goldberg had a feud that was based around Goldberg not wanting to follow the script and lose the match. There's a "shoot interview" he did on ''Nitro'', half in character, half not, where he talked about how uncomfortable he was playing a heel character. 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 'meta' premise had some moments, but overall came off awkward at best.)

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** ''Superbrawl 2000''. Tank Abbott took out a knife and acted like he was going to cut Big Al's throat. This was a shoot, The may or have not been scripted, so the camera cut away quickly, with Schiavone saying he was going to cut off Al's beard. Al doesn't have a beard.
** At one point, Nash and Goldberg had a feud that was based around Goldberg not wanting to follow the script and lose the match. There's a "shoot interview" he did on ''Nitro'', half in character, half not, where he talked about how uncomfortable he was playing a heel character. 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 in, and Goldberg yells FUCK YOU! "FUCK YOU!" Talk about shooting a grenade launcher through the fourth wall. (Russo experimenting with the 'meta' premise had some moments, but overall came off awkward at best.)
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* AscendedMeme: Anything to do with the Shockmaster.
** After seeing the [[https://streamable.com/ov8nt pathetic eye-holes]] in that helmet, it's no wonder he botched the entrance.

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* AscendedMeme: Anything to do with the Shockmaster.
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The Shockmaster. After seeing the [[https://streamable.com/ov8nt pathetic eye-holes]] in that helmet, it's no wonder he botched the entrance.



** 90s Ric Flair! Could barely wrestle, but he's one of the bright spots of WCW during their end.



* {{Corpsing}}: The best part of watching the Dungeon of Doom angle is watching Schiavone and Heenan, where both of them know it's terrible, and every call and reaction is a bit of tongue-in-cheek. They occasionally having to turn away from the camera to avoid laughing (or maybe crying).

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* {{Corpsing}}: {{Corpsing}}:
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The best part of watching the Dungeon of Doom angle is watching Schiavone and Heenan, where both of them know it's terrible, and every call and reaction is a bit of tongue-in-cheek. They occasionally having to turn away from the camera to avoid laughing (or maybe crying).crying).
** When "The Cat" (Ernest Miller) fought The Dog, even Schiavone couldn't keep from [[{{Corpsing}} laughing.]]



*** When "The Cat" (Ernest Miller) fought The Dog, even Schiavone couldn't keep from [[{{Corpsing}} laughing.]]



* OutOfFocus:

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* OutOfFocus: OutOfFocus: ''Nitro'' offered us a mid-card with amazing in-ring action (Cruiserweight Division) and some nice comic moments (just giving Jericho a microphone for twenty minutes), with the upper-card being Hot Mess City.



** Many wrestlers feel 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. Along with 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, being driven out to the desert and ''literally'' buried. (Ah, Russo.) None of these angles ever built up to any kind of meaningful feud or match. (The [[https://gfycat.com/ReliableInnocentGannet "OTHER CHANNEL, JACKASS"]] sign is so fitting of WCW in the late 90s.)

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** Many wrestlers feel 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. Along with 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, being driven out to the desert and ''literally'' buried. (Ah, Russo.) None of these angles ever built up to any kind of meaningful feud or match. (The
*** The
[[https://gfycat.com/ReliableInnocentGannet "OTHER CHANNEL, JACKASS"]] sign is so fitting of WCW in the late 90s.)90s.
** People point to ''[=WrestleMania X7=]'' as the end of the Attitude Era for a few reasons. One of which being that WCW was relegated to silently [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BSRd4L9KLns/VjKNWhUui6I/AAAAAAAAEoI/_k5WxP8MDRY/s400/wcw%2Bguys.gif watching it unfold from a skybox]] ...Couldn't write a more poetic ending to the Monday Night Wars than that visual.



-->'''[[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.\\

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-->'''[[WebVideo/OSWReview --->'''[[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.\\
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** 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.]]

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** 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.]]



* AscendedMeme: Anything to do with the Shockmaster.
** After seeing the [[https://streamable.com/ov8nt pathetic eye-holes]] in that helmet, it's no wonder he botched the entrance.



** Vampiro was printing money back in the day; like Hogan-levels of fame in Mexico. He was doing movies, music, everything. His promos in Spanish were incredible, but it didn't transfer. His in-ring work ethic did.

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** Vampiro was printing money back in the day; like we're talking Hogan-levels of fame in Mexico. He was doing movies, music, everything. His promos in Spanish were incredible, but it didn't transfer. His in-ring work ethic did.



** ''Superbrawl 2000''. Tank Abbott took out a knife and acted like he was going to cut Big Al's throat. This was a shoot, so the camera quickly cut away, with Tony Schiavone saying he was going to cut off Al's beard. Al doesn't have a beard.
** At one point,Kevin Nash and Goldberg had a feud that was based around Goldberg not wanting to follow the script and lose the match. There's a "shoot interview" he did on ''Nitro'', half in character, half not, where he talked about how uncomfortable he was playing a heel character. 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 'meta' premise had some moments, but overall came off awkward at best.)

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** ''Superbrawl 2000''. Tank Abbott took out a knife and acted like he was going to cut Big Al's throat. This was a shoot, so the camera quickly cut away, away quickly, with Tony Schiavone saying he was going to cut off Al's beard. Al doesn't have a beard.
** At one point,Kevin point, Nash and Goldberg had a feud that was based around Goldberg not wanting to follow the script and lose the match. There's a "shoot interview" he did on ''Nitro'', half in character, half not, where he talked about how uncomfortable he was playing a heel character. 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 'meta' premise had some moments, but overall came off awkward at best.)
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