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In the Fall of , a dark time in WCW history, former tag team specialists Booker T and Scott Steiner became the main eventers who were holding the company afloat. The latter was originally WCW's flagship program before Nitro launched. It was actually a decent B-show: they featured a lot of good midcarders like Steven Regal and tag teams like Harlem Heat, and a 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. Even the nWo would show up and have matches there now and again. The Bad Guy Wins : The nWo ushered in an unprecedented boom period in pro wrestling attracting interest.
The problem was that the nWo were built-up as an unstoppable force who just kept growing and growing to the point where fans and wrestlers felt like there was no hope. Warrior got beaten all the time before being defeated by Hogan at Halloween Havoc , even though Hogan was supposed to be super-scared of him. After ruining Warrior v. Hogan and Sting v. Hogan, the only thing keeping WCW afloat was Goldberg's run in But even that managed to suffer an anti-climax of its own with the one-two punch of Goldberg's streak being broken by Kevin Nash at Starrcade with help of Scott Hall and a cattle prod and the Fingerpoke of Doom eight days later see below.
Beach Episode : Bash at the Beach was a pay-per-view with a beach theme. Heck, it took place at an actual beach once! Bittersweet Ending : If it weren't for the fact that it was the company's last show, Nitro 's last episode, The Night of Champions , would've looked like the moment where things were going back on track 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 with the promotion to the bitter end.
Post-match, Sting and Flair embraced and shook hands; a genuine babyface ending. Bowdlerise : Since WCW were strictly anti-blood at the time, the spot in the infamous match between Vader and Cactus Jack where Vader made Jack bleed had to be edited out of the match when it was broadcast. Mick Foley asked Vader pre-match make him bleed a bit for 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 profusely. It says something that Mick let Vader powerbomb him on the floor twice, but those punches are still among the worst ever seen in wrestling.
Captain Ersatz : Glacier for Sub-Zero. Mortis also seemed to be a combination of Reptile and Scorpion, and Wrath's entrance attire was somewhat Shao Khan-inspired. Dustin Rhodes briefly experimented with Seven, a Pinhead lookalike. Arachnaman was such a blatant Spider-Man ripoff that Marvel Comics threatened legal action, and the character was quickly abandoned.
Mike Awesome doing his "That 70s Guy" gimmick. Especially when it involved Sting. Continuity Reboot : In , Time Warner started taking a more active role in booking. They vacated all of WCW's titles on the April 10, episode of Nitro as part of a "reboot", then split the company into two factions: the "New Blood" up-and-comers and the "Millionaires' Club" the veterans. Unfortunately, this was perceived as a rehash of the nWo vs. WCW feud, and many fans never got it. DDP smashes Savage over the head with a glass plate, and Dusty Rhodes , doing color commentary, can't stop laughing.
Aside from the botch itself, the Shockmaster segment is one of the best pieces of unintentional comedy ever created. Davey Boy Smith and Sid Vicious have their backs to the hard camera while the others cut the promo which consists of insane shouting , but they leave the mic on so you hear them ripping on Fred as soon as he falls. It's made hilarious due to the off-camera comments of Ric Flair "I told you He fell flat on his fucking arse!
Ole Anderson, who provided the voice of the Shockmaster, snickered into the mic before composing himself. The infamous clip of Torrie Wilson getting slapped by the Macho Man for laughing during a backstage segment. Wilson didn't know Savage was going to smack her, so it wasn't planned. Eric Bischoff in particular got a lot of heat for it since it was at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and a lot of the Time Warner higher-ups were there to see it.
David Arquette is not pictured or even mentioned on either side of the box. New Blood Rising. Crossover : On the February 19, episode of Baywatch , fittingly and amusingly titled "Bash at the Beach", Hogan and Savage had joined forces and worked alongside with the Baywatch lifeguard crew in order to help save the Beachfront Boys' Club from evil condo developers Flair, Vader, and Kevin Sullivan.
Oh, and Ron Perlman had also guest starred as the episode's main antagonist. It goes to show how over wrestling was back in The '90s , with two wrestlers from a dying company roping a major network into a cross-promotion. In exchange, actor Robert Wuhl appeared in-character at Orlando to hype the wrestling debut of Dennis Rodman.
This was only the umptenth weirdest thing that happened in WCW. Crushing Handshake : Played with at Bash at the Beach ' Stevie Ray faced Chavo Guerrero Jr. Chavo, wanting to be fresh for the next match and really wanting to get to Eddie after weeks of abuse at his hands offers Stevie a pre-match handshake and immediately taps out once a shocked-looking Stevie takes his hand. Mark Madden as the heel announcer. When Scott Steiner was invited to be a guest announcer, he spent most of the time running down Hulk Hogan rather than calling the match.
Scott Steiner: Hulk Hogan worrying about his "spot". Well, he can have his spot! His bald spot! His limp-gimp-to-the ring spot! His age spot! 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 Darker and Edgier : The New World Order became a famous case of this, as it forced the competition to follow their lead.
Sting was facing the same crossroad that Hulk Hogan did years earlier; the only problem was that Sting was the face of WCW, so a heel turn for him was out of the question. Instead, they started a different angle in which the paranoia surrounding the nWo broke Sting's spirit, and provided a reason to take him off TV for bit. They also took inspiration from The Crow movie and had Sting emulate that. However, Sting essentially became 'chaotic good', and sold a ton of merch.
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, yet very distinct from the grungy WWF presentation. But for some reason, this coincided with Hulk Hogan being back in the red and yellow. A Day in the Limelight : Adding Luchadores and cruiserweights was very refreshing, and they got some of their first nationwide appearances on WCW.
Denser and Wackier : Vince 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 , trying to revive the nWo with Jeff Jarrett and Bret Hart of all people, the complete annihilation of kayfabe , the infamous 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. Within a year, he'd assembled the greatest roster in the annals of professional wrestling. It backfired in another way, though. Evil Foreigner : Lance Storm was one of the most hated and cowardly heels in the company.
His rulebook was a contributing factor: "Please rise for the Canadian National Anthem", holding the S askatchewan H ardcore I nternational T itle, no foreign objects to be used in hardcore matches, converting the US Title into a Canadian one, re-naming the Cruiserweight Title the "kg 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! Fleeting Demographic Rule : After Hulk Hogan arrived to WCW in , the company apparently looked to Hogan's past, as his tenure during his first two years before turning heel and founding the nWo featured some 80's -era Hulkamania Call-Backs such as: Hogan and Savage's past history with each other in the WWF, leading them to not only reform the Mega Powers and bringing back Miss Elizabeth as well in January , but also to later break up and feud against one another once more keep in mind that The Reveal of Hogan being The Outsiders' "third man" was done via Hogan attacking Savage.
T reunited with Hogan during the latter's '94 feud with Flair. 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. Tony Schiavone: That's gonna put some butts in the seats, heh! Tony Schiavone became in famous for proclaiming several things to be " the greatest [X] in the history of our sport!
PlayStation : WCW vs. Japanese-developed and distributed by THQ. Nintendo 64 : WCW vs. Loads and Loads of Characters : We're talking about a promotion who, at their height, had over wrestlers on their payroll. The upside is, the matches and segments were short enough to make full use of their huge roster, and the Cruiserweight and Hardcore divisions are well-remembered.
Lost in Translation : Vampiro was wildly popular in Mexico, with Hogan-levels of fame, to the point of doing ventures outside of wrestling such as movies and music. This was mostly credited to his promos in Spanish, but it didn't transfer. Made all the more weird when you consider that, despite his name, he was actually Canadian, meaning that he was less over in his native tongue. His in-ring work ethic, however, did. Vampiro didn't hit the big-time until he joined Lucha Underground ; since then the guy has been the most over than any other time in his career.
Mascot : Wild Cat Willie! The Movie : Ready to Rumble , as much as fans would rather not acknowledge this. Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond : An almost literal example, albeit with no fish or ponds- the WCW ring was considerably smaller than the WWF one, which made the wrestlers look much larger than life when seen on camera. Out of Focus : The Cruiserweight Division gradually lost airtime to the older, established stars.
Sting hated Hogan and the Wolfpac was formed with the sole purpose of ruining Hogan's day. As soon as the nWo reconciled, Sting split. After Goldberg lost the world title 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 Bam Bam Bigelow for no apparent reason. Universal reigns Women's reigns Intercontinental reigns Tag Team reigns.
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Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. December 9, unified with the WWF Championship. Statistics First champion s Ric Flair. Chris Jericho. Ric Flair 8 reigns [a]. Hulk Hogan days. Chris Jericho 13 minutes, 30 seconds. Ric Flair 51 years.