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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Wrestling With Sin: 165

Brian Damage

This is the 165th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media. Continue reading

Meanwhile, in WCW: 1997 Week 52

Jamie Lithgow

Happy new year! Well, the day has finally arrived; today marks the end of our 1997 timeline. It sounds like a cliché to say that all previous Meanwhile, in WCW posts have been building towards this one, but they really have. This week WCW reached its zenith by presenting Starrcade 1997, the highest grossing pay per view the company ever produced. The show featured the culmination of an 18 month storyline involving Sting and Hollywood Hogan. So, for the final time, let’s get down to business in this week’s Meanwhile, in WCW


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Meanwhile, in WCW: 1997 Week 51

Jamie Lithgow

IT’S CHRISTMAS! Compliments of the season to one and all, however our 1997 timeline hasn’t quite reached the big day yet. Thus, today we bring you all the action from the December 20th episode of WCW Saturday Night and the December 22nd episode of Monday Nitro. As you can probably tell from the cover image, this was no normal episode of Nitro, so let’s get to business in the penultimate ‘Meanwhile, in WCW’…


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Meanwhile, in WCW: 1997 Week 50

Jamie Lithgow

With the holiday season almost upon us in 2017, it was a similar story back in 1997 too. Christmas brings a lot of traditions but one that is a sure-fire way to make people of a certain age feel even older is a big movie release! One of the big movies out in 1997 this week was the 18th James Bond film; Tomorrow Never Dies, staring Pierce Brosnan. Yes folks, that was 20 years ago! Anyway, let’s see what was happening in the squared circle 20 years ago in this week’s Meanwhile, in WCW’… Continue reading

Meanwhile, in WCW: 1997 Week 49

Jamie Lithgow

T’is the season, and funnily enough it was this time 20 years ago too. However, one man who was not full of Christmas cheer in 1997 was Golden State Warrior’s shooting guard Latrell Sprewell. He started his week by attacking his own coach at a practice session and by Friday he found himself suspended from the NBA for a year and his $23.7 million contract terminated. Now that’s a crap week, but let’s see if anyone ‘down south’ could top it in this week’s ‘Meanwhile, in WCW’… Continue reading