It Came From YouTube: The Fingerpoke Of Doom: 15 years later!

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It was 15 years ago on this very day that the infamous The Fingerpoke Of Doom happened so I thought this would be a good opportunity to re-live that moment in all it’s… uh… infamy.

This is one of those key moments that many believe contributed to the death of WCW. 

What do you Crappers remember thinking when you saw this angle go down live on Nitro?

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27 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: The Fingerpoke Of Doom: 15 years later!"
  1. Drew B says:

    “This is what World Championship Wrestling is all about” – you said it, brother.

  2. BigSexyKevinNash says:

    I think I was just sticking to the script.

  3. James S says:

    Hogan and Bischoff can say what they want about this not being the turning point in the fall of WCW, but this was pretty much the time I stopped watching. I couldn’t believe they did this, and little did I know the dumbest and most illogical thing to do with WCW heavyweight title, was still to come(!!!)

  4. John says:

    That I wanted to give them the finger.

  5. Down With OPC says:

    This happened literally about 2 weeks before I actually started watching Raw and Nitro. I do remember reading about it though, and just being really confused about what was going on.

  6. JustAGuyGuy says:

    This certainly put butts in seats.

    Of wherever Raw was that next week.

  7. Simplerollup says:

    Funny thing is that it sounds like the crowd popped for it.

  8. Matt Soileau says:

    Sure, it was asinine and stupid and put the belt on Hogan. But, if done right, it could have worked. How? Well, at Souled Out, Goldberg ended up facing Scott Hall. You could have had then Goldberg facing Nash at SuperBrawl and then beat Hogan for the belt again at Uncensored. In between that, you have him the B-teamers on TV. But did that happen? No. At SuperBrawl, Goldberg beat Bam Bam Bigelow. Goldberg didn’t even wrestle at Uncensored and would beat Nash at Spring Stampede.

    Supposedly, the “office” lost faith in Goldberg as a Main Eventer or something. I mean, supposedly they did pipe in cheers. I don’t know how much of that I buy, though.

  9. Matt Soileau says:

    *And a few more things.

    Shortly after Bill beat Nash on PPV, they put the belt on Bischoff’s buddy DDP (at least it wasn’t Hogan), Nash beat him for the strap, and Goldberg wouldn’t even get another run with it as he would lose his title shot to Bret Hart and cut up his hand in December.

  10. Matt Soileau says:

    To clarify, I meant Bret was champ at the time and Goldberg lost to him.

  11. franky keys says:

    I remember thinking that this is everything wrong with wcw. Hogan being off television had started to make show semi watchable again but was too good to be true. Whenever an egomaniac gets too much creative control it is bad for business (see HHH).

  12. KJP says:

    I didn’t see it live on Nitro. I was watching Mick Foley put asses in seats that evening.

    • Don says:

      Oh, so you were one of the, what, five or so people that didn’t immediately switch from Raw to Nitro when the Foley match ended. (That’s one of the reasons this match ended quickly; it had to fit in the 5-10 minutes they had between when the Foley match ended (and remember, that Raw was pre-recorded, so they knew exactly when it would happen) and when Nitro ended that night.)

  13. Denny says:

    I’m pretty sure this was the last Nitro I watched in full. Things had been off the rails for a while anyway but I kept watching, then this happened and I just figured I was done. When Vince bought WCW and started bringing those guys back in is when I stopped watching wrestling altogether for a long time.

  14. Hashington says:

    Between this, the ending to Starcade 97, and burying 99% of their roster for the sake of 1 or 2 wrestlers it was obvious that WCW were doing a damn fine job killing themselves way before Russo even arrived. He just sped up the process.

  15. Peter says:

    I wasn’t even watching WCW at this point. Everyone I knew was watching WWF, and once Goldberg lost the belt I had stopped caring.

  16. Matt Soileau says:

    Funny, I would still flip channels on occasion. Especially if I was at a friends house. As late as 2000 or so. I recall seeing Scott Steiner and the whole US title deal (I think he was stripped or something and they were doing a tournament) and flipping back to Kurt Angle messing up Taker’s bike…

  17. Scrooge McSuck says:

    I didn’t watch WCW at this point, just because I was already fed up with excessive heel/face turns, poorly built up PPV’s, and just a lack of effort from 90% of the people employed. WWF wasn’t all sugar and candy, but I was watching that Raw, without knowing spoilers, and MARKING THE FUCK OUT for Mick’s win. It’s probably the greatest “Feel good” moment in wrestling history that still give sme goosebumps, even with Cole’s over-the-top wish-I-was-JR selling of it.

  18. Ed says:

    Yeah, for some reason I stuck with WCW until the bitter end. I’m just a sucker for punishment I guess. I do think people remember the “Attitude” era with a little too much fondness. While the top end of the WWF card was mostly good during that time period, the rest of it was a LOT of garbage…

    • Thomas Moffatt says:

      Yeah but the Attitude Era followed the New Generation Era which produced a lot of monumental dross hence making it look better like watching a middle of the road match with Tito Santana vs Zack Ryder after watching the John Cena vs Jesus from Armegeddon 2004 – suddenly Tito vs Zack would seem like Steamnboat vs Flair…!

    • 80's Guy says:

      Yes, but at least with the Attitude Era vs. now (and no, I’m not an Attitude Era glorifier), they gave mid to lower card talent actual stories, feuds, and programs. Now it seems that a few select people get decent stories, or any stories really, and the rest of the roster just flounders about in random matches with no direction.

  19. Preparation Triple H says:

    To paraphrase R.D.’s book, “that was that” for me ever watching WCW again.

  20. James says:

    I’m amused that it was claimed on commentary that it was Goldberg invading the building that was the disgrace……

  21. Nick Nutter says:

    At the time, I don’t think I thought of it as such a bad thing, seeing as D-X had done the same finish about a year before and belts at that point were little more than props.

    But looking back, it’s hard to justify something this dumb. Goldberg’s streak was one of the few things fans of WCW legitimately still cared about, and they just…didn’t do the math? Seems likely. They booked shows while they were already on the air, so maybe they just came up with this finish and didn’t think of the context?

    Still, hindsight is always 20/20, and hoo BOY was this something to do with the be-hind.

  22. John Q Occupier says:

    Man, WCW fans loved to throw crap into the ring…

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Apparently the people running WCW really loved when they did it because it created a great visual image (Seriously- I’m not making that up). The wrestlers didn’t like it because people would throw full cups of beer, or even batteries!

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