Revel In The Awfulness That Was WCW With These Old Quotes
From 1988 to 2001, World Championship Wrestling, a southern-style pro tusslin' promotion based out of Atlanta, served as the main competitor to Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (which is now known as the WWE). Although they were in second place to the WWF for most of their existence, there was actually an 84-week stretch from 1996 to 1998 where WCW dominated pro wrestling's TV ratings (thanks, NWO!).
Of course, that mid-90s run wouldn't last. In 2001, after some famously bad storylines, questionable business decisions, and terrible ratings, parent company AOL Time Warner sold WCW's naming rights to McMahon for $2.5 million, and its entire library of video footage for an additional $1.7 million. That's $4.2 million total, a paltry-sounding sum when you consider that WCW was the second-biggest pro wrestling company in the country.
Well, maybe not. When you read some of the following quotes, which are taken from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter from 1999 and 2000 and highlight just how little the people who ran WCW cared towards the end, $4.2 million doesn't sound so paltry. In fact, it sounds pretty good.
"Nobody has any idea why they brought a live tiger from the zoo to accompany Steiner to the ring on Nitro. Backstage, when he was trying to get a photo with the tiger, the tiger nearly took a chuck out of Rey Mysterio's eye" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: October 10, 2000.
"Oklahoma then threw BBQ sauce in Madusa's eyes to set up Madusa vs. Oklahama in a feud over the cruiserweight title." - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: January 10, 2000.
"The main event on the show, believe it or not, was Flair kissing a donkey." - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: March 26, 2001
"Funk attacked Rhodes after the match, knocking him out with a loaded chicken." - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: March 20, 2000.
"Sting and Vampiro fought in a graveyard. Vampiro broke a tombstone over Sting's head and he fell into a grave. Offically, because Sting may have died, this match was ruled a no contest." - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: May 08, 2000.
"The big finish was totally screwed up. The idea was that Jarrett and Page were to climb the scaffolding. Arquette would climb the scaffolding, hit Jarrett with the guitar, who would take the bump through the gimmicked part of the stage that they would fall through. When leaving the ring, by accident, Asya stepped on the set and fell through, so everyone could see that it was gimmicked. Arquette than ran out and apparently wasn't given directions as to what to avoid, and fell into the gimmicked part of the stage. So Jarrett and Page improvised up there with Page deciding to save the show and take the bump into what was already evident as the gimmicked hole in the stage. No idea at press time how this will be edited" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: May 08, 2000.
"Tank Abbot has been asked by management to take singing lessons." - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: September 11, 2000.
"They showed Hogan going in for knee surgery. Hogan was walking into the hospital, not selling it." - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: May 03, 1999.
"The Great American Bash can be summed up in five words: This one was real bad." - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: June 21, 1999.
Yep. All of that sounds about right.
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