WCW Nitro (PlayStation/1998)
I squandered a good portion of my adolescence playing this absolutely awful game. It was still a better use of my time than most of the courses I took in college.
On certain lonely nights, I can still hear Bobby Heenan repeating this phrase over and over in my head: “Oh no, it’s the choke slam!“
I still can recite most of the video taunts by memory.
Dustin Rhodes - 1988
We wonder exactly what kind of statement the future “American Nightmare” was trying to say, back in the 1980s. His Goldust character looked somewhat normal in comparison.
Here’s a clip of Wrath making his way to the ring in WCW/nWo: Revenge along with a look at his finisher. Since the character was only half-finished, his ring attire is that of Brian Adams, but his taunt was something completely unique to this locked character that didn’t even make its way into the real game (until WWF WrestleMania 2000, that is).
Also, am I remembering his finisher incorrectly — shouldn’t it have been a Pump-Handle Slam?
DDP and Leno Team Up, Beat Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff [August 8th, 1998]
Whether or not you attribute decisions like this to the death of WCW, this team up of the host of The Tonight Show with “The People’s Champion” got the wrestling company major headlines across the nation.
Diamond Dallas Page and Karl Malone vs Dennis Rodman and Hollywood Hogan - WCW Bash at the Beach [7/12/1998]
I kind of remember enjoying this match due only to the fact that the concept of Malone wrestling Rodman managed to hook my father into watching WCW with me. I haven’t visited the match in years, but I’m sure that it was godawful in every aspect. in fact, I’m sure one of you can write a biting piece about how insulting it was to have a WCW celebrity match go on twice as long as the longest-running match with actual wrestlers, especially on a card that featured guys like Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio Jr. and Booker T.
Match of the Day:
Roddy Piper vs Buff Bagwell (with his mom)
WCW Bash at the Beach
July 11th, 1999
Oh man, look at all this match has. Boxing. Referee Judge Mills Lane. Ric Flair managing Rowdy Roddy Piper. Bruce Buffer. Buff Bagwell in a ring jacket. His mother “Judge” Judy Bagwell putting a spit bucket on Piper’s head.
And let’s not forget this line: “Have you not seen a match or a night where we haven’t had seen some form of cheating?”
And people say WCW was dumb.
Booker T, Kevin Nash, Disco Inferno, Sting, and Scott Steiner [6/18/2000]
An interesting shot of a gaggle of WCW Legends hanging out with Disco Inferno that took place at a SoapCity.com celebrity auction. The wrestlers paired up with stars from several daytime soap operas and painted several pet food bowls with all of the proceeds going to The Humane Society of New York.
I don’t know how much a Kevin Nash signed puppy bowl would fetch at auction but just know that there’s SOMEONE out there with that item proudly displayed in their house.
David Arquette: WCW World Heavyweight Champion [4/10/2013]
We’ve seen the former Mr. Courtney Cox sitting in the audience of WWE shows carrying his official WCW Championship that he was given after winning the thing for real during an episode of WCW Thunder. The strange thing here is that some random paparazzo caught the actor just walking around Hollywood with the Championship…
For what it’s worth, Arquette knew wrestling fans would shit on him for being awarded the title and donated all the money he received during his WCW stint to the families of Owen Hart, Brian Pillman and Droz.
The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan - WCW Halloween Havoc [October 29th, 1995]
A nice Giant is holding an exhausted Hulk Hogan who has fallen asleep during his WCW World Heavyweight Championship reign.
That night, The Giant walked home with the belt, a new manager, and Lex Luger as a friend, who joined the Dungeon Of Doom only minutes after the title changed hands due to a disqualification caused by Jimmy Hart. “The Mouth Of The South” later revealed that he had a clause put in the contract that the belt could change hands in such a way.
Fortunately for the rest of the WCW roster, The Giant did not hold the Championship for very long.
[Drop ToeHold says: I love this period of Hulk Hogan’s career because it was so weird. Hogan was completely clean-shaven and started wearing the black tights with lightning bolts down the side that became his signature look in the nWo… but he was still the good guy Hogan during this entire time.
Also a good #WrestleFacts here — this was The Giant’s debut match in WCW.]
The Giant Crushes Hulk Hogan’s Harley-Davison Motocycle with his Monster Truck - WCW Fall Brawl [9/17/1995]
The Giant was a huge thorn at the side of Hulk Hogan at this time as WCW billed him as the real-life son of Andre the Giant who joined the Dungeon of Doom to kill off Hulkamania. Somehow, that act also involved several weeks of The Giant driving his monster truck around everywhere and being a general miscreant… but it did lead to this hilarious moment that took place during the Fall Brawl PRE-SHOW (weird, huh?).
The Giant would make another appearance at the end of the PPV event, only to wring the neck of the Hulkster who was celebrating his War Games victory. This would lead to Hogan donning all black and wearing a neckbrace on television, and the two would eventually meet at Halloween Havoc for a match for the WCW Championship.