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

Brian Damage

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

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

Brian Damage

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

Sunday Sermon: The Anniversary of the Death of WCW

Brian Damage, Benjamin Trecroci, ‘Lowlife’ Louie Ramos, Amerigo Diehl and Jamie Lithgow

Tomorrow will mark the 17th anniversary of the end of World Championship Wrestling. It really is hard to believe that the company that once had the WWF and Vince McMahon against the ropes is no longer with us. In today’s Sunday Sermon, we look back at that fateful day. What were your reactions? How did you feel when Shane McMahon appeared on WCW Nitro? What went wrong and what could they have done better to survive. Continue reading