World Championship Wrestling, Inc. WCW is a defunct American professional wrestling promotion founded by media tycoon Ted Turner in After initial success through utilization of established wrestling stars of the s, the company appointed Eric Bischoff to executive producer of television in Under Bischoff's leadership, the company enjoyed a period of mainstream success characterized by a shift to reality-based storylinesand notable hirings of former WWF talent.
From —, WCW surpassed their rival program in the ratings for 83 consecutive weeks, threatening to severely undercut their rival and disrupting the American wrestling hierarchy.
Soon thereafter, WCW went out of business, and the WWF purchased selected WCW assets inincluding its video library, some wrestler contracts, and selected intellectual property, including the WCW name and championships. Its headquarters were located in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The name "World Championship Wrestling" was first used as a brand and television show title in Jim Barnett who had worked for the World Championship Wrestling promotion in Australia came to Atlanta, Georgia in the s during an internal struggle over Georgia Championship Wrestling. The promotion was eventually purchased by Jim Crockett Promotions.
Influential wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated and its sister publications thereafter habitually referred to Jim Crockett Promotions as "World Championship Wrestling", "WCW" and most commonly "the World Championship area" and continued to do so until early when it began referring to the company solely as the NWA, reasoning that "it has become apparent that the NWA and the World Championship area are one and the same.
However, it was not until November 2,  that an actual, National Wrestling Alliance NWA -affiliated promotion called 'World Championship Wrestling' appeared on the national scene.
This entity was under the ownership of media mogul and cable-TV pioneer Ted Turnerbased in Atlanta. While initially the new company was called the Universal Wrestling Corporation launched October 11,very shortly following the purchase the decision was made to utilize the familiar "World Championship Wrestling" TV show name, as the brand name for this new promotion.
WCW went through various changes in business and creative leadership during its existence. Some figures, like Jim Herd and Kip Freywere TV executives lacking in wrestling-promotion experience; others, like Bill WattsOle Andersonand Dusty Rhodes had extensive experience in the business, but were so entrenched in the outdated "territory" ways of operating which their respective careers had thrived under that they were ineffective at growing WCW's largely regional audience, into a national—and international—one as Vince McMahon had successfully done with the WWF.
Although Eric Bischoff has received much criticism for some mistakes in judgment as executive producer and later, WCW presidenthe combined an understanding of wrestling largely gained as a staffer with Verne Gagne 's American Wrestling Association with a willingness to make the changes needed to raise WCW's profile with mainstream media, its target audience, and especially TV advertisers.
Some of the creative freedoms that Bischoff granted main-event-level talent hurt the promotion, as such performers were less-than-cooperative in making stars out of the young performers—even though doing so known in the industry as "doing what's best for the business instead of for just yourself" has been a staple of the industry since its inception.
The two, however, did not get along well and Bischoff soon resigned from the sinking company. It was only a few months later that Russo would also depart after suffering from a concussion at the hands of Goldbergalthough he remained under contract for the rest of WCW's existence.
Following Russo's departure, creative was handled by a booking committee which included John Laurinaitis and Terry Taylor. From toMonster Jam had a series of monster trucks based on wrestlers' names. The first to go was nWo, which only ran for a season. Nitro then became 'Flashfire', and then was converted into 'Inferno'.
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As for 'Goldberg', it was changed to ' Team Meents ' inthen into ' Maximum Destruction ' later shortened to 'Max-D'which debuted in and continues to compete in the series and rivals the legendary Grave Digger in popularity on the circuit.
Several other games were made as well. Ina number of potential buyers for WCW were rumored to show interest in the company. One of the primary backers in the WCW deal backed out after AOL Time Warner refused to allow WCW to continue airing on its networks, leaving Fusient to take that offer off the table while it attempted to bring a new deal around.
Jamie Kellner was handed control over the Turner Broadcasting division, and deemed WCW, along with Turner Sports as a whole, to be out of line with its image. Thereafter, WCW went out of business, and the WWF purchased selected WCW assets inincluding its video library, some wrestler contracts, and selected intellectual property, including the WCW name and championships.
During the sale, WCW was in litigation, with various lawsuits pending, and AOL Time Warner still had to pay various performers their guaranteed deals, as many had contracts directly with the parent company, and not with WCW.
Since WCW Inc.What we need to talk about is last night: he thought they could sneak into the Motor City, but everyone recognized the pythons.
He saw so many anti-Flair signs, and The Nature Boy is going to learn there is only one leader for all the Hulkamaniacs.
Gene asks about the situation with Mr. T as he was seen with Flair in Chicago, and he showed up in a limousine. Hogan cornered Mr. T the other day and he looked into his eyes, and he knew he was still training, eating his vitamins and saying his prayers.
Austin kicks the champ down and mocks Duggan. Irish whip but Hacksaw comes back with a pair of clotheslines and a scoop slam. To the ropes, Austin stops short and punts him. He goes to work with some strikes, to the ropes and Hacksaw grabs a brief sleeper hold and shoves him into the corner. Austin stumbles back, Duggan lifts him for a suplex but Steve flips over. He chops Duggan down at the knee and works it over on the mat. Austin with more knee to knee contact, he calls for a figure four but gets booted into the turnbuckle.
Duggan grabs the trunks for a roll up and Austin kicks out. Duggan pursues and Austin goes to the eyes. Stunning Steve wants timeout. Hacksaw grabs a side headlock and they hit the ropes, shoulder block by Duggan but Austin catches him with a boot on the comeback. Stunning Steve with a double ax handle from the 2nd rope and he mocks Duggan.
He climbs up again and does it a 2nd time. A third try and Steve runs into a clothesline. A right-left combo from the champ and he seeks refuge in the corner. The ref lectures Austin. Stunning Steve kicks away at the midsection in the corner and chokes him with his boot. He tries a cover for only 1. Austin returns to the 2nd rope with Duggan on the mat and he hits a double ax.
He hooks the leg but Duggan kicks at two. This time he heads all the way for the top. He tries a big splash but Hacksaw rolls out of the way. Duggan is pumped as he throws Austin into the corner, following it with headbutts. Into the ropes, Duggan hits a back body drop and a clothesline.
He gets into his 3-point stance and charges. Austin back drops him over the top rope and the ref calls for a disqualification. Match 6: The Guardian Angel vs.Naturally, this success didn't come right away.
They were trying to compete on a national level. Unfortunately, in spite of their TV deals and name recognition in the States, the company was very careless with money. Inafter a string of financial and creative mishaps, it was sold to cable TV pioneer Ted Turner and re-named World Championship Wrestling. It was two hours long and had more than a few squash matchesjust like every other show at the time.
However, there were times where they'd let a young nobody get a shot at Flair and actually give him a run for his money. It also served as a springboard for wrestlers who would go on to achieve fame in later years, with Dustin RhodesHunter Hearst HelmsleyCactus Jackand The Hollywood Blonds "Stunning" Steve Austin and Brian Pillman appearing for the first time on national television.
Nitro was a long-shot idea by Bischoff to compete with Raw in their own timeslot.WCW Wrestling Starcade 1991
He had the perfect blueprint for a three-hour show: Make sure there is variety, showcasing different styles of wrestling often with interesting stipulations.
Live TV in an age when viewers had their attention divided. Have a mega-angle going on with the New World Orderwhich was original and, to this day, innovative. Pro wrestling was forever changed by the nWo in some ways, with each show ending on a cliffhanger. Think WrestleMania hype, but weekly.
Nitro was the superior product for years, until it hit a creative wall.
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Bischoff's problem was that he measured everything by the ratings. So when Raw rebounded—and everyone knew it would eventually—he had no plan or faith in his own product. While established stars were given most of the screentime, up-and-comers like Chris JerichoDiamond Dallas PageRavenand Booker T either 1 didn't get elevated like they should have, or 2 it was handled poorly and came about too late.
The Cruiserweight Division went from being "the future of wrestling" as Bischoff touted them as on his show to being "vanilla midgets" who "couldn't draw"; the over-reliance on the nWo storyline, complete with most of their babyfaces joining the Wolfpac an nWo offshoot ; and, most notorious of all, Goldberg vs.
Hulk Hogan being relegated to an episode of Nitrorather than pay-per-view, because they wanted to win the ratings war so badly, were just some of the many creative missteps that led to significant losses in ratings and revenue, which resulted in the WWF purchasing WCW's assets in March Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to login to do this. Get Known if you don't have an account.
He also had a day no-compete clause, so he couldn't really do anything other than talk, and be a special referee for Starrcade ' And when he finally could wrestle, he was stuck in the United States title picture and as an nWo hanger-on as opposed to his main event status in the WWFnot being pushed to the main event until a few months before his run ended.
At its height, WCW had over wrestlers on their roster. Unlike most examples, though, only perhaps half of them were ever actually seen on television. This was a deliberate plan on WCW's part: buy up competing talent for the sole purpose of keeping them from signing with the competition.
While some were given spots on WCW programming, others many of them way past their prime got to lay back and collect paychecks while "working" under a non-compete agreement. Unfortunately for WCW, even this plan got away from them.
At the time, wrestlers were paid on a per-show basis, whether or not they actually worked on that show. Attendance was taken by signing your own name in on a clipboard. A fair number of workers, knowing full well that WCW didn't have any intention of actually using them, simply stayed at home and had friends of theirs on the roster sign in their names in their place. There were also many who would still travel in a full-time schedule on the company's dime without working any matches.
Only in did they start to only fly out any talent who were actually regularly being booked. All There in the Manual : Whenever you felt a WCW storyline needed some extra flavoring, the official magazine had your back. Both were bald, goateed one-man armies who wore simple black trunks as wrestling gear, yet became immensely over with crowds due to their take-no-BS personalities and going against a large Heel Power Stable the nWo and The Corporation.Skip to main content.
These bouts feature some of the biggest stars in sports-entertainment history in some of their most historic battles. But before you take to Facebook and Twitter to tell us what we got wrong, take note of the criteria for the matches on this list.
That means the minute time limit draw between Sting and Ric Flair at the inaugural Clash of the Champions — which is one of the best matches ever — does not count. So check out our rankings and let us know what you think in the comments below and on Facebook and Twitter. The battle between two of the most popular WCW competitors of all time was a truly memorable moment among the chaos that was unraveling in the WCW front offices. The match quickly degraded into an all-out brawl as DDP and The Stinger taunted each other and exchanged blows in the center of the ring to start the match.
As the action spilled in and out of the ring, neither legendary grappler maintained an advantage in the contest. It was a thrilling back-and-forth war, but the true highlight of the contest was that there was no outside interference.
Usually, this particular match type is filled with illegal holds and foreign objects, but both competitors relied more on their masterful technical abilities than weapons both in and out of the ring.
Simply stated, this contest was a wrestling clinic. When the former Kid tossed the camera in the ring during a scuffle with Guerrero, Malenko grabbed it, hit Guerrero and won the United States Championship. There are few rivalries more bitter and vicious than the one between Cactus Jack and Big Van Vader in There seemed to be no end to their brawling, until Vader knocked Jack out of action for months following their battle on WCW Saturday Night in April One of the most cringe-worthy moments occurred on the entrance ramp as Cactus Jack leaped onto the massive back of The Mastodon.
Vader then jumped backwards, crushing Jack between his massive frame and the ramp. No titles are on the line in this Ladder Match. Instead, if Jung Dragons win, 3 Count can never perform a song again!
In retrospect, the reason for the battle seems quite outlandish, but the six high-flying competitors put their bodies on the line in what was arguably the most entertaining and exciting match of Both competitors used whatever weapons and environmental hazards they could find in an effort to take the other down, neither gaining a clear advantage during the melee.
The intensity of the brawl put ring announcers and referees in the crossfire, but nothing stopped the two competitors from staying in the fight. While these duos are among the greatest tag teams in sports-entertainment history, one of the greatest tag matches in WCW history does not involve any of the aforementioned pairings.
This time, before the challengers could even step through the ropes, Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags immediately attacked and the all-out brawl commenced. The chaos that ensued resulted in the most brutal battle in WCW tag team history. Steel chairs, tables and a random wooden dowel were sacrificed during the melee — not to mention the complete destruction of a WCW merchandise stand.
As the four competitors battled on the entrance ramp, the brutality continued and a shovel entered the equation.Fulfillment by Amazon FBA is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products.
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Many of these matches have never been released on home video until now. Originally developed as a savvy basic cable alternative to the WWF's more flashy and pricy WrestleMania event, the WCW's Clash of the Champions quickly found its own gonzo identity, pitting its marquee superstars against each other in a series of matches that steadily upped the ante. When you kick things off with a cage match between Ric Flair and Sting, you're setting a high bar. This multi-disc collection provides a fantastic look at the greatest hits and kicks, and jabs, and so forth of this long-running event.
Those familiar with Stone Cold Steve Austin as only a chrome-domed good guy might be surprised to see his earlier incarnation as a follically blessed villain. Improbable athleticism and hijinks of the individual matches aside--how exactly did that referee fail to spot that smuggled-in pair of nunchaku, anyway? By the time Sting shows up in the rafters dressed like The Crow with a bird of prey on his arm, the WCW engine has hit full glorious speed.
Viewers not up on their grappling history may be confounded by the unexplained squabbles and hero-to-heel transformations that run throughout this compilation the between-match segments featuring wrestling legend Dusty Rhodes are priceless in many different ways, but comprehensive isn't exactly one of them.
Even without prior knowledge, however, the adrenaline rush presented by this set is tough to resist. Party discs don't come much finer. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
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Other Sellers on Amazon. Sold by: Outlet Promotions. Sold by: TheBuyz. Have one to sell?In an update, we can now exclusively bring you the listing for these classic editions of World Championship Wrestling television, which is due to arrive on WWE Network this Monday, March 16th. As far as we can tell, this will be another small drop at just ten episodes.
While it is possible more show up in the coming days, this seems unlikely and the ten uploads fit in with the recent pattern of significantly smaller dumps despite gaps between show dates. It may be worth noting the run time on these episodes vary greatly. Once again these ten uploads will arrive Monday morning, on March 16th.
Get an update on the condition of Cactus Jack. A Flair for the Gold welcomes special guest Col. Robert Parker. The Four Horsemen talk Clash of the Champions. Sting, Bobby Eaton and more in action. The Hollywood Blonds scout The Horsemen. Sid, Dick Slater and more in action. Big Van Vader speaks in a special interview. Johnny B. Badd and more are in action. So, what do you think?
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Skip to content. WWE Network regularly uploads special events and original specials to the archives. These can range from episodes of a regular series such as Table For It offered around 40 hours of rotating programming per month, arranged into four previously six "programming buckets", often centered on a specific theme. WWE Classics was presented only on digital cable. In Novemberthe service had aroundsubscribers.
The service closed on January 31, to make way for their new video-streaming and subscription service WWE Network. When the service debuted it did so with six, more specialized, buckets. Around April 4, they were combined and pruned into a more broad set of four. This was done, according to the free "Month Preview" show hosted by Jack Korpela to make things easier for Classics viewers.
Over time the "ECW" bucket was expanded to "Territories - ECW" and began to incorporate shows from the "territorial days" of the business. Later still the name was changed to its current "TV Classics" when it started housing the programming found in the "Prime Time" bucket, which was removed altogether. The "Old School" and "Big Ones" buckets were combined, keeping the "Big Ones" name, and becoming a bucket for any and all larger shows. Legends of Wrestling is an original series made specifically for the Classics service.
The show was originally hosted by WWE commentator Jim Ross —with former interviewer Gene Okerlund filling in for him on a few occasions  —until Okerlund took over hosting duties completely with the shows fourth panel. The series was divided into unofficial "seasons" of hour-long episodes each with a short intermission featuring the same panels.
The episodes come from the first season, with the exception of "Heatseekers", which is a second-season episode.
The WWE Video Library is the largest professional wrestling tape library anywhere in the world, with well overhours of content. It not only consists of World Wrestling Entertainment footage dating back tobut WWE has aggressively purchased regional and national competitors, through time amassing a gargantuan library of television programs, pay-per-view recordings, video productions, and recordings of wrestling matches dating back to the s and representing a very significant portion of the visual history of modern professional wrestling and sports entertainment.
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Unedited footage first appeared on the th episode of Monday Night Raw and since then has appeared in full length matches shown on the WWE website and on Classics on Demand. In addition, previously licensed music to which the rights have expired are removed or replaced with alternate songs. Ring announcer Michael Buffer is also edited out of any programming due to his trademarked phrase, "Let's Get Ready to Rumble".
In the wake of the Chris Benoit double murder-suicide a number of wrestling websites reported that the likeness of and references to both Chris and Nancy Benoit were being removed from pertinent programming. Most notably both his wrestling and mention of his name was removed from episodes of Monday Night Wars airings of WCW Monday Nitroas well as match segments from other shows, though he is occasionally mentioned and shown in brief non-wrestling roles.
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