YMMV: WCW

  • Arc Fatigue: The nWo was exactly the shot in the arm 1990s pro wrestling needed. And all it took was two dudes in street clothes and Hogan playing a championship belt like a guitar. The result was an unprecedented boom period, which they subsequently ruined by making heel Hogan impossible to beat and never having a clean finish to any match.
  • Continuity Lockout: Back in 1995, when kids were wearing t-shirts reading "nWo" and "Austin 3:16" to class, you had to be the hardest of the hardcore to know who some of these veterans were or why they're beefing.
  • Creator Killer: The Fingerpoke Of Doom put WCW on life support; Padre Arquette came to read it the last rites.
    • The poke happened on the same night that WWF aired Mankind winning the world title for the first time, which also shifted the Monday Night Wars to the WWE's favor. In fact, during Raw, the relieved announcers said something to the effect of 'well at least our world title match won't end in a mess'.
    • Ironically, Arquette himself escaped the Slamboree debacle with his reputation intact. Everyone else didn't: but none more so than Vince Russo, who was so universally despised that the entire WWE creative department threatened to resign when Vince McMahon brought him back briefly in 2002.
      • Arquette himself was a wrestling fan and had protested the decision to make him the champ, only complying due to his contract — it helped that the money he earned from it he donated to the families of several paralyzed and/or deceased wrestlers (including the late great Owen Hart). If anything David is viewed with sympathy in the IWC; there were so many more interesting things Russo could have done with him, without devaluing the belt.
      • Nowadays, the only wrestling company that will take Russo on is TNA, mainly because they're run by old WCW guys. No such luck for Tank Abbott, whom Arquette "pinned" cleanly and walked away a laughingstock.
  • Creator's Pet: Nash's entrance right before that Hogan match. It is a perfect representation of WCW: Mostly flash, no substance and a colossal waste of money.
    • In the 90s, everything got turned upside-down. WWF were suddenly the guys putting over new talent and attracting southern viewers. Meanwhile, Hulk Hogan turned up in WCW, instantly made Vader and Ric Flair look like helpless chumps, and filled the roster with his hanger-ons: Fan favorites like Cactus Jack and Stunning Steve made way for... Brutus Beefcake, er, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and uh...? The Nasty Boyz? (Knobbs and Saggs would rear their ugly heads again in TNA once Hogan took it over.)
      Dave Meltzer in 1999: They showed so many clips of Scott Steiner and Kimberly and Ric Flair and Bret Hart and Roddy Piper that I thought I was having nightmares about having been a horrible human being and being sent to Hell, and when I got there, I was sent to a room with all the evil wrestling promoters past and present and they made me sit in the chair next to people like Fritz Von Erich, Herb Abrams and Nick Gulas and forced us to watch Nitro episodes like this 24 hours a day.
    • The entirety of Hog Wild/Road Wild was this for Bischoff. He was a huge Harley fan and so chose the giant Sturgis rally as the place for a new PPV. But his meant there was no live gate proceeds (typically several hundred thousand dollars for a PPV) and the ring was surrounded by a bunch of drunk, racist bikers who didn't really give a damn about wrestling.
    • Marc Mero a.k.a. Johnny B. Badd a.k.a Mr. Sable.
      Brandon Stroud: If youíre not familiar with Johnny B. Badd, hereís what you need to know: WCW gave a former boxer with almost no wrestling training a Little Richard gimmick and put him over everybody for five years. A Little Richard gimmick. His finish was a punch. A Little Richard who could beat you by punching you once. Also, he had a confetti gun. DO YOU LOVE JOHNNY B. BADD YET.
      • Nowadays, Mero goes on Nancy Grace and condemns steroid users even though he was more juiced up than a carton of Tropicana.
    • Hogan matches (where the outcome is never in doubt) were usually saved for the marquee. Thousands of televisions switched to Raw at around nine o'clock.
    • This waste of time has been brought to you by the New World Order.
    • It should be noted that, although Nash was a craven booker (like Hogan, he wouldn't rest until everybody else kissed his ring), he seemed to gauge correctly that the nWo had its day in the sun and it was time to move on, reforming the original Outsiders to a positive reaction. Bischoff torpedoed all that when he returned in 2000, confident that just tweaking the nWo a bit would make viewers love it again. From his Bill Apter interview shortly before the Nitro "reboot":
      "I hear that all the time, and it just makes me laugh. That kind of criticism is coming from people who really donít know anything about me or what my goals are. Yeah, Hogan was in the middle of things and — oh, by the way — it happened to work pretty well. And yeah, Nash was an important part of everything we did with the nWo, and — oh, by the way — it was pretty successful. Iíve used these guys, but Iíve had a fair amount of success with them. Itís not like I excluded other people."
    • David Flair. Fans liked daddy, but not David. At least Daffney spun out of the deal.
    • Michael Bollea a.k.a. "Horace Hogan".
      Jay Hunter: I'm really shit, but I'm gonna get myself over by actually hurtin' ya. Despite the entire reason for wrestling is to not hurt ya. Disgraceful wrestler. "Fuck this guy", I have written down here.
      • Eventually subverted with Horace. He made the mistake of joining the New Blood, feuding with his uncle. Even his family ties weren't enough to save him from Hulkamania: Hulk made quick work of Horace, then split with his nephew's girl!
    • Thunder was divvied up between Jarrett and Sid and made into their private playground. Never was there a week not centered on their yawnsome feud.
    • Steiner was pushed to the moon even as the fate of the promotion was in limbo. Fair enough, but what were Diamond Dallas Page, Brutus Beefcake, and Brian Knobbs doing crowding the card? This is while Bischoff was pitching WCW to Fusient as something worth investing in.
  • Ear Worm: "Rap is Crap."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse/Just Here for Godzilla: The Puroresu and Luchadore stars who put on phenomenal matches every night, even to the very end, well, until they all realized they'd never get pushes and started leaving in droves.
    • The entire Cruiserweight division which included both styles above but also guys like Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Billy Kidman were the wrestlers who opened up the night to pump up the crowd and were usually the best match of the night. Despite this, crusierweights were often disregarded in terms of getting a push. In fact, many mentioned that they would get punished for getting over.
    • In hindsight, Buff Bagwell made a lot of media appearances outside of wrestling and showed up on a lot of merchandise for somebody who never won a singles title and never really was able to rise beyond the midcard. He seemed to pick up a few fans because he was so damn goofy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: For a period in late '96, Ultimo Dragon defended the J-Crown, a collection of cruiserweight/light heavyweight championships from various promotions unified into one collective (and cumbersome) title. At Starrcade '96, he defeated Dean Malenko and added the WCW Cruiserweight Championship to the J-Crown in the only time the J-Crown collection was seen on American television. What makes this so hilarious? One of the titles that made up the J-Crown was the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship, note  meaning that Ultimo Dragon was a legitimate WWF championship titleholder and was legitimately defending that title on a WCW pay-per-view, and neither promotion realized it until months later.
  • Jumping the Shark: The Black Scorpion.
    • The Shockmaster.
    • The Mummy YE-TAY Yeti.
    • Hogan wins the World Title again and again and again and
    • RoboCop and Sting fight crime.Hang on 
    • Flair reforms the Horsemen — nWo lays waste to them.
    • Flair stylin' and profilin'...in a mental ward.
    • Hogan v. Flair in drag.
    • Scott Hall pukes on Bischoff.
    • Goldberg's streak is broken...by a tazer. Afterward, Heenan told his co-workers that the company was on borrowed time.
    • The poke heard 'round the world.
    • The release of The Radicalz. How many WCW fans defected to their hated enemy (McMahon) after this?
    • Hogan v. Jay Leno.
    • Some would argue it was Sting jobbing to Hogan at Starrcade.
    • And others pick David Arquette defending his title "win" against legitimate contenders. At least Hogan's squash lasted 11 seconds and not weeks.
    • Dirtsheet writer Dave Meltzer seemed to think it was WCW signing Warrior. (What a card: Hogan and his wuss-slaps; Hall, who acts tipsy and no-shows PPVs; and Warrior, who can't cut a promo to save his life.)
    • You know what? Just browse "The Downfall of WCW in Pictures" and you won't last five minutes.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: THQ, who used to specialize in licensed wrestling games, did a polished job with this one. Two of their Playstation titles, namely WCW vs. the World and its sequel, WCW vs. nWo: World Tour, are widely viewed as some of the best wrestling games of the fifth generation. Both come with a decent multiplayer mode that is still fun today.
    • The Problem with Licensed Games: WCW Wrestling. It's an NES game that isn't Punch-Out!. Of course it's terrible.
    • Fittingly, Thunder was considered an inferior reskin of Nitro and released to one console only, the PS1.
      DDT: Does it have these features?:

      Invincibility for Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash?
      ∑ Screwjob run in in every NWO match?
      ∑ Play by Play by Tony Schiavone (Booker T. executes a sidewalk slam! To the top! Flying Sidewalk Slam!)
      ∑ Mute option to simulate the heat for a Scott Steiner match?
      ∑ A hidden "Shoot Konnan" game?
      ∑ Commercial breaks in the middle of cruiser matches?
      ∑ Do sign nazis kick people out of the crowd?
      ∑ Is it impossible to beat an NWO member without being Goldberg, Sting, or another NWO member?
      ∑ Does Sting leave the character list every other month?

      Thanks for any info. I wanna recreate the WCW experience!
  • Poison Oak Epileptic Trees: Nitro was secretly a gigantic con job, according to Matt Randazzo. The idea was, by going head-to-head, WCW would hemorrhage money so badly that Turner would be forced to pull the plug on it. It only took them six years.
    • From Yahoo answers:
      "While Vince made Nash a superstar, Hogan went off to join his buddy Eric Bischoff in WCW, with the intention of making WCW the better company. Problem was, the WCW fans didn't want "Hulkamania" and they'd booed Hogan. Angry, Hogan decided "screw the WCW fans then". He decided that if the fans didn't want Hulkamania then he was going to destroy WCW, and take them for as much money as he could. He contacted Kevin Nash and invited he and Scott Hall to WCW to join in "the fun".
  • Rooting for the Empire: In 2000, it was decided that having Bischoff around to keep order was a better alternative to Nash and Sullivan's booking free-for-all, where nobody was over and Nitro was airing fewer matches than ever. (Some would argue the product was still markedly better than when Bischoff/Russo held the book, but we digress.) Bischoff was partnered with former head of creative Vince Russo with the hope that they could keep each other's flaws in check. On-screen, Bischoff and Russo took back control of WCW and unveiled two new stables: New Blood, the new generation being held down by the old, and the Millionaire's Club, a cabal of veterans who were becoming cancerous to the company. The idea was to get the younger talent over without burying the crusty stars, but it was a flop. The fans were always going to cheer for their childhood favorites, and the booking showed a lack of preparation and thought put into it: Shane Douglas in his thirties complaining about getting held down and being the "future" of wrestling just doesn't wash.
    WCW Worldwide: Embarrassing is the best word to wrap up this entire angle.
    • Russo holding the book in 2000 didn't help matters. Indeed, the old guys became faces and the young guys came off as heelish right away: violently attacking the established stars, spray-painting their chests, mowing them down with 4x4 vehicles, and printing t-shirts declaring "TRADITION SUCKS" (shades of "CENA SUCKS"!). Both factions disbanded once WCW management realized that the angle was backfiring, as the Millionaire's Club got most of the fan reaction.
  • Snark Bait: WCW is pretty much the laughingstock of pro wrestling, though TNA is slowly becoming the next title holder.
  • Shocking Swerve: Arguably the trope namer. Inarguably, it is one of the reasons why WCW went out of business.
  • Too Good to Last: Most wrestlers feel this way, particularly the Attitude Era personalities. While they may not have liked how WCW did business, they were all making money hand over fist. Who knows if wrestling will ever see prosperity like that again?