• Arc Fatigue: The nWo concept lasted at least a full year longer that it should have. By the time it was "Black & White" versus "nWo Wolfpac", it was already getting tired. The group ended up being revamped twice more before WCW's ultimate demise.
    Dave Meltzer: If Bischoff ran things, Wally Pipp would probably still be playing first base for the Yankees.
  • Creator Killer: The infamous Fingerpoke Of Doom put WCW on life support; David Arquette's run as WCW champion was simply the death knell. Ironically, Arquette himself escaped the debacle with his reputation unscathed, the reason being that Arquette himself was a wrestling fan and had protested the decision, 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). 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.
    • 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: This waste of time has been brought to you by the New World Order
    • David Flair. Fans liked daddy, but not David. At least Daffney spun out of the deal.
  • 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 
    • The poke heard 'round the world.
    • 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.
    • Big Sexy beating Goldberg. Heenan told his co-workers that the company was on borrowed time.
    • 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 at 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 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".
  • Protection from Editors: When Hulk Hogan signed with WCW in 1994, he was given creative control over his matches.
    • Others with creative control in WCW: Randy Savage, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Bret Hart. Of that group, the only one to really abuse it was Nash. Randy Savage in particular seemed to make it a point to OVER sell for guys and look bad in storylines in 1995/1996, plus was completely responsible for the entire angle with DDP that catapulted DDP into super-stardom. Watch early Nitros and be amazed at how Macho would spend a whole match getting absolutely crushed by relatively unknowns like Scott Norton, Chris Benoit, Kurasawa, Hugh Morrus, and Craig Pittman, while Hulk Hogan was busy having the entire Four Horsemen beg off from him and beating up EIGHT members of the Dungeon of Doom by himself.
  • Shocking Swerve: Arguably the trope namer. Inarguably, it is one of the reasons why WCW went out of business.