A Moment In Time: The WWF Introduces Brian Pillman

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As the Monday Night Wars were heating up between bitter rivals in WCW and the WWF…it was WCW who was getting the better of Vince McMahon’s once untouchable wrestling empire. World Championship Wrestling decided to go head to head with the World Wrestling Federation on Monday night’s by creating the Monday Nitro program. They also swooped in and signed away two of the WWF’s top talents in Kevin Nash (Diesel) and Scott Hall (Razor Ramon). With his back against the wall, Vince McMahon decided to fight fire with fire and in June of 1996…he did just that by signing then wrestling’s hottest commodity in Brian Pillman. Continue reading

Remembering the WWF’s ‘GTV’

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In early 1999, a series of grainy, black and white hidden camera videos began airing on WWF television. The videos would capture both heels and babyfaces in compromising positions. The videos were originally labeled GD TV, but it was later shortened to simply G TV. Fans began to speculate who was behind this voyeuristic look at the WWF locker room. Continue reading

War What is it Good For? Is Wrestling Headed for another War?

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I think we all remember the infamous Monday Night Wrestling War between WWE and WCW in the mid to late 1990’s. Two of the biggest companies going at it for television rating and pay per view buy rate dominance. In the process, the wrestlers were jumping from promotion to promotion making millions in guaranteed money contracts. It was a good time to be both a fan and a wrestler as the industry was simply booming. Continue reading

Road Rash: WCW’s Failed Idea to Bring a Pay Per View to New York City

Brian Damage

Long before the WWE’s dual broadcast of Monday Night Raw’s 25th anniversary special that emanated from both Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Manhattan Center in New York City, WCW had a similar idea. First off, the Manhattan Center has held its fair share of wrestling shows through the years. Not only WWF/E shows, but shows from Ring of Honor, ECW, TNA and even the ill fated World Wrestling Network run by both Paul Heyman and Jim Crockett Jr. Continue reading

Remembering The Very First WCW Monday Nitro and some of its Backstage Stories

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We are all aware that WCW’s Monday Nitro telecast helped shape the way we currently view professional wrestling on television. It was a show that almost pushed the rival WWF on the brink and sparked the infamous Monday Night Wars. The show itself wasn’t years in the making, but a split second decision by WCW owner Ted Turner over an idea by Eric Bischoff. The birth, the planning and the stories of that first Monday Nitro are all interesting, to say the least, and is the focus of today’s piece. Continue reading

Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: WCW Signs a Deal with NBC

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Throughout the history of pro wrestling bookers and promoters have always tried to come up with new, creative and innovative ideas to generate interest in their product. Some ideas have not only succeeded…but flourished. Others were DOA from the get go. Then there are those ideas which initially were innovative but, for various reasons, faded away. Those are the focus of this latest series of posts titled ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’. Continue reading