Today ended up being a great day. Was it a great day because I finally broke down and ordered the authentic scale ring and classic blue steel cage sets I’ve been wanting for a year? No, although I did do that and I ordered a Monday Nitro ring skirt and ring mat and some Black Ring Ropes to go with it.
Was it a great day because my pre-order of ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ hit iTunes complete with audio description track? Well, I haven’t watched the movie yet but even if I like it a bunch I don’t think that’s going to be enough to make today a great day.
Was it a good day because of the dinner I had? I had franks and beans and chocolate ice cream. I enjoy both of those things but not so much that they can make a day great. What about the fact I made my way through most of season 7 and season 8 of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ in glorious surround sound thanks to the sound bar I bought for my living room TV recently? Well, that was fun enough and I did have some laughs but there was also a time when I was a little bored, so we’ll say no.
I know I already wrote something today but I could not let this day pass without talking about a subject near and dear to my heart. It was fifteen years ago this very evening that my life changed forever. It was fifteen years ago tonight that the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro aired on TNT.
Welcome to WCW Nitrocap #3. Last week, Hulk Hogan defended the world title against Lex Luger and the main event for Fall Brawl was finalized. Also, a bunch of wrestler’s made their WCW debuts and got beat. Oh, and Eric Bischoff gave away the result of a match on Raw for the first time. What will happen this week? Read the Nitrocap to find out!
If you’re new to the Nitrocap, it is not play-by-play. It is basically a chance for me to mock the announcers tell some stories and share youtube videos.
Welcome to the first edition of my WCW Monday Nitrocap. This is going to be a weekly series where I watch an episode of WCW Monday Nitro off of the WWE Network and share my thoughts. I’m going in order because that’s just how I roll. I’ve actually decided to post these on the same day and at the same time that the episode of Nitro actually aired twenty years ago.
This is not a play-by-play recap. If you need to know if Hulk Hogan pinned Big Bubba after hitting a springboard hurricanrana there are plenty of reviews online that will give you the answer. I’ll talk about matches and angles and crack on the commentary a lot. As long as Steve McMichael is here I will have things to say. You’ll also be getting some stories centering around my booking of my action figure federation because it seems when one person starts telling those stories, others can’t help but join in.
I’m writing this for a few reasons. The first is that it is easy content for the website. If I’m really going to write every day as is my stated goal I need things like this.
The second reason is that WCW still remains my favorite wrestling promotion of all time. I was a WCW fan right up until the bitter end. The day of the last WCW Nitro telecast I got my WCW shirt in the mail and also a replica WCW title belt. I bought the shirt from WCW’s official site, I wanted to get one while I still had the chance. I had plenty of wrestling shirts but not just a standard WCW shirt.
The third is related to Nitro specifically. The first episode of Nitro, the one I’m about to recap aired the day before I started my freshman year of High School. The Monday Night War took me from my first day of High School through graduation and beyond. It is funny to me that the rise and fall of WCW took place in the span of my High School career. As a freshman WCW was on the way up and by the time I graduated it was well on the way down. I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader to decide whether or not this is a metaphor for my own life.
At some point in history, someone answered the question in the headline with “absolutely”.
Thus the world was gifted with this:
The song was used to build up the Roddy Piper Vs. Hulk Hogan match at WCW Starrcade 1996.
How did this not make the WWE tribute video? Those guys really dropped the ball on this one.