INDUCTION: The Nitro with NO Wrestling – 60 Minutes of Absolute Nothingness

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WCW, 1999

Hey hey, fellow Crappers!!  I’m BACK!

I believe I am now completely finished with the new Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary Edition.  It’s written (40% larger than before!!!), edited, new photos picked out, the whole shooting match.  Heck, you can even pre-order it right now from our friends over at Amazon in your choice of paperback, hard cover, or Kindle varieties.  So yeah, help out the site and order and all that jazz.

One of the interesting things as we went through the book was the fact that there was a LOT of infamous WCW moments that have never been inducted here at I am going to try to spend the months leading up to the new book’s release to rectify that, so if you have any ideas on what we should add, comment away at the bottom of this page.

But there was one that I have always wanted to go back and revisit.  With that in mind, I can think of no better place to start than rightchere…

Nash’s first move was to present a Nitro that featured no wrestling in the first hour. None. Not a single solitary match. You might recall that Nitro was a wrestling show. Apparently, Nash thought that wrestling on this wrestling show was unnecessary, and he booked the show like this to prove that they’d draw the same rating if they had zero matches in the first hour as they would if there were ten.

How on earth did I never touch THIS before???


The show opens as all good wrestling shows do – with ARC WELDING.  Sparks fly all over as welders are fired up, wire is wrapped, and metal is grinded.  Autocorrect wants to change that to “ground”, but I defy it – this is GRINDED.  Also, completely random music is played in the background.  I can only guess that maybe Garrett Bischoff just got a toy piano and was clanking away and his Dad thought it would make for good welding background tuneage.

The end result of all this welding?


A logo that we saw once and never again.

I know a lot of people hated the revamped WCW logo of later years, but it could have been worse.  Just saying.


Once we get past Fun with Blowtorches 101, we get a flashback to Thunder from last week.  Now newer viewers may not remember the glorious entity that was Thunder, but from 1999-2000, it legitimately may have been the single worst wrestling show ever to make the air.  Fret not, I’m sure I’ll be inducting some great Thunder moments in the months to come.

Back to the matter at hand, that being the recap.  You’d think that Ric Flair and Arn Anderson could make anything great, but this interview puts that to the test, as Ric rocks back in what appears to be a crappy folding chair like Uncle Joe from Petticoat Junction.  That’s the least of our concerns, though, as the focus is of said interview is whether or not Arn should trust one David Flair.

Again for the uninitiated, David Flair is Ric’s oldest son.  You know how much charisma Ric has?  Suffice to say it wasn’t passed down, as David had virtually zero.  Ditto his in-ring ability.  Despite this total lack of…well…everything, he apparently somehow had a relationship with this woman:


Yes, that would be Stacy Keibler.

Let me reiterate:  Stacy Keibler dated DAVID FLAIR.


In real life.


So she went from David Flair to George Clooney – with Test wedged in the middle.

Ain’t no two ways about it – that’s just WEIRD.

Speaking of, did you know that WCW was a pioneer in the realm of bounce houses and other inflatable fun?  I didn’t either until I watched this show, as next up we get the Nitro Girls at Brown University.  Now in the glory days of Nitro, this would lead to the girls partying it up at a frat house.

As this was now the decidedly NON-glory days, we instead get obstacle course meets moon walk:

I mock this, but to be fair if WWE did an entire episode inside the local Monkey Joe’s, I would totally mark out.  Remember Crash Holly vs. the Headbangers at Fun Time USA?


Here you go!  Thanks, WWE YouTube crew!

Maybe now you could move some of this stuff (and PRIME TIME WRESTLING, for crying out loud!) to the Network we’re paying for?

See, told you.  You may never want to see Randy Orton vs. John Cena again (I know I sure don’t), but I suspect you’d change your tune if said bout ended with an RKO off a giant blow up pirate ship.


Time now for a profile on Nitro Girl AC Jazz, who regales us with how she is not only the choreographer for the girls but also the CLOWN of the group!  Plus she also has not one, but TWO dogs!  Oh, and she is thrilled to do something so fun for a living and is able to support her Mom by doing so!

Hope you saved some money, kid.

Tough times are a comin’.


An announcement by the New World Order follows.  This consists of a charming segment in which Hulk Hogan prattles on about how his son Nick hated him.  Hated him even though he laced up his hockey skates, fed him, put a roof over his head, and took him to the emergency room when “Dad got a little too rough.”  TMI, Hulkster.  Despite all this, he’s a better father than Ric Flair, who’d rather hang out at the Marriot than with his family.

I cry foul on this being an “announcement” as it’s more a Hulkster therapy session.

Or life lessons for Ric Flair.

Not sure.  Kinda confusing.  Very long.  Absurdly boring.


A Konnan video is up next.  No, not a video showcasing his wrestling exploits, but rather a rap music video.  WORD.  We get to see cars bouncing up and down, break dancing, grabbed crotches, and a decidedly wacky pimp hat that makes Konnan look exactly like Zorro The Gay Blade.

Should also note there are actual real life dogs, but sadly not AC Jazz’s, which would have saved the company some much needed cash.

As best I can tell, the song is called “Bow Wow Wow” or “Yippee Yo Yippee Ay.”  I say that because these words are repeated every three seconds throughout the duration of the four hour and 21 minute video.

Could be wrong.

Don’t care if I am, so don’t bother correcting me.


Back to Hogan we go, now joined by Nash on what may be your grandma’s sofa.  They are watching a Flair interview, and now Nash is also explaining that Flair is a bad father.  Also David’s father may be Buddy Landell.  Hogan then says that Flair’s hot air will fill his shoes.  Yeah, I have zero idea what any of this means either.  NEXT!


Here’s a Lex Luger video.  Unlike the Konnan video, this one is simply wrestling highlights, not Luger busting a groove.  I am not sure whether to be happy or sad about this.  Sad I think.  Rapmaster Lex Luger has a good ring to it.


Time to hit the road, where Buff Bagwell and Scott Steiner have been pulled over by the police for swerving their Humvee all over the place.  The cops determine that the best way to punish these men who nearly caused vehicular homicide is to give them POLICE BADGES and tell them to hand out tickets to those they see breaking the law.

So the boys stop women from smoking at the mall and…

…shake some dude upside down for change.  Because, you see, his parking meter had expired.  This fine police work leads to them being released with the officers saying they are “nice guys”.

Really.  This is all taking place instead of any matches, interviews, or ANYTHING in the arena.


And hey, here’s Rey Mysterio being beaten up by Nash and the nWo.  Yes, in yet another recap.  Should also note that Rey is unmasked, because, well, Eric Bischoff thought he was unmarketable with the mask.

The same mask that WWE is still selling SIXTEEN YEARS LATER.

You know, the longer I watch this show, the less shocked I am that this company went out of business and more shocked it took as long as it did.

And we’re not done yet!


Because NOW we get to go join Hogan, Nash, and Torrie Wilson (in a sports bra?) at a SHOOTING RANGE.  They discuss needing to come up with a new plan and decide to go out to eat.  Despite having been at the range “all day”, she still needs two more hours to fire her gun.

Who on earth shoots a gun for eight hours a day?



Thankfully, we do get to see the trio having dinner. And they have a plan, as Torrie talks about a girl that is “so hot.”

Nash doesn’t believe that this mystery woman could be hotter than Torrie.

Torrie: “She is HOT!”

Hogan doesn’t believe it.

Torrie: “She is sooooo hot!!!”

Really, this is REAL DIALOGUE being used.  And it goes on for like 5 minutes.

I’ll spare you that time by giving you this 2013 reenactment Planet Fitness (official gym of RD Reynolds!) did.

Same exact thing, just with no frumpy girl in a towel watching on.

Anyway, the HOT girl shows up and…


…well, she’s not hot.  Her name is Mrs. Robinson, you know, like in that movie from 40 years ago.  Ha ha, ho ho!  The nefarious plan Nash and Hogan have concocted is to pay her $20,000 to do…something.  I think sleep with Flair.  Not sure if it’s David or Ric.  Maybe Megan.

Again, don’t know, don’t care, don’t email, don’t comment.


And question: why was the nWo paying to show these bits on Nitro?  Wouldn’t they be concerned Flair (David or Ric or whoever) might watch?

Finally, one hour into all this we finally, FINALLY, see a wrestling ring.  And the book says…

And then, at 9:00, the first thing to air was a skit in which Flair challenged Goldberg and began to do the one thing he didn’t need to do: turn heel.

But that, my friends, is an induction for another day.

While you’re here, though, why not post a few WCW inductions you’d like to see as we run up to the book’s release in October?

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99 Responses to "INDUCTION: The Nitro with NO Wrestling – 60 Minutes of Absolute Nothingness"
  1. Scrooge McSuck says:

    Please tell me the ratings for this episode were in the toilet.

  2. English-B says:

    How about that stint when Lex Luger came back with Miss Elizabeth and was breaking everyone’s arm? I guess it was a throwback angle, but very out of place for the time.

  3. Dean Compton says:

    Wasn’t this 99 and not 2000?

    • Casey says:

      yes, it was. I’m thinking March 1999 because of the Nash Mysterio feud.

      • Eddie Mac says:

        It was indeed March 1999. March 8 to be exact.

      • Eddie Mac says:

        For those wondering, the Nitro RD was describing was March 8, 1999. Side note: WCW had a PPV the following Sunday (Uncensored 1999), making this the go home show for that PPV. And that’s how they open: no wrestling for a full hour.

        Here’s the whole show if you’re curious:

    • RD Reynolds says:

      Correct, sorry about that. Fixed.

      • Mike says:

        So I went to this Nitro… if you thought it was bad on TV imagine being at the live arena watching basically television for the first hour of a 3 hour show…. yup as glorious and entertaining as it sounds. Actually still have the ticket stub… $35 to watch TV… the rest of the card was not much better..

  4. Dunne says:

    Konnan kinda looks like The Mountie in that screen grab. That would have been awesome, “The Mountie, holmes, he always get his hombre vatos locos arriba la raza bout it bout it”

  5. Emerson Witner says:

    Not sure how you can get an entire induction out of this, but the angle where one of the Harris twins’ head could fall right off. Complete with a Scott Hudson “That would be sad” soundbite. You could talk about the match with Meng that he had that led to him in this predicament and then the match or two that Twin B had where Twin A and his removable head interfered.

  6. Fraz S says:

    How about inducting Hacksaw’s run with Team Canada?? If only to have a reason to hear him murder O Canada and end the induction with the Penalty Box match??

  7. Sean Bateman says:

    such a crappy Nitro

  8. The Doctor of Style says:

    Looks like a dreary hour…and yet, still better than the Raw episode that finally made me quit that show. I couldn’t believe it when the first 45 min. elapsed with nothing but promos (mainly you-know-who and his future wife).

    The fans at the arena must’ve felt especially ripped off.

  9. I'm Not Using My Real Name says:

    I remember watching this back at the time and thinking something had gone wrong. Like maybe they were stalling from going to the arena because the pyro caused a fire. Or maybe the building had a power outage. Never crossed my mind that they’d do it on purpose.

  10. Peter says:

    Has the saga of Tank Abbott been entirely covered?

  11. golga says:

    Greed or Sin PPV or NBR 2000.

  12. Autrach Sejanoz says:

    I’d like to see the “Big T vs. Booker T for the rights to the letter T” fiasco be inducted. That, and Three Count.

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Yes! Induct this! Induct this now!!! SO STUPID!

    • Ed says:

      Am I the only one who actually thought 3 count was pretty hilarious?

      Plus their matches were generally fairly entertaining, if a bit of a train wreck…

      • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

        Yeah, I thought it was a pretty funny gimmick.

      • C Boz says:

        For some stupid reason I actually remember the Three Count song lyrics, which is amazing because I never actually heard it but rather read them posted in a DDT Digest entry all those years ago.

        We like the Backstreet Boys
        And N’Sync too
        Britney Spears is kind of cute

        Genius, really.

        • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

          I love their theme song! One of the few times WCW did a parody and actually made it funny.

          • PaternalSith says:

            enjoyed it as well but Tank Abbott FORCING them to dance and absolutely BLASTING one of them if they stopped. Second only to Muta “misting” the flame on the Thunderdome cage

    • Omega King says:

      I have been waiting for this induction for years! Hopefully the match where Big T faced Booker and Kidman is included solely for the Big T dive from the crowd that was amazing yet horrifying to watch.

  13. BigPoppaNasty says:

    Could we have an induction that’s just that picture of Stacy over and over and over again?

  14. Preparation Triple H says:

    That frumpy girl in the towel is kinda hot.

    • RD Reynolds says:

      She actually looks kinda like MRS. ROBINSON.

      The one I described as “not hot”.

      Diff’rent strokes, Willis!

      • Tim L says:

        I actually why Torrie was saying that the woman was so hot. Probably wasn’t looking at the woman’s face in my opinion. Yes I’m saying Torrie was looking at that’s knockers instead of her face. If you didn’t catch my drift as it were.

  15. Down With OPC says:

    At first when I saw the line, “40% larger than before!!!” I thought you meant the text itself was bigger because everyone is older now and we’ll have trouble reading it.

  16. Anonomous Turnip says:

    The only reason she dated David Flair is because she hadn’t broke away from wrestling yet.
    Alot of wrestling personalities get the hot ladies as long as the ladies stay in the realm of wrestling.

    She went to looking to Hollywood and she went from some D-Grade wrestling personality to an Oscar winner.

    David Flair can always look back on this part of his wrestling career.. but not for the wrestling. He can look back and realize that yes he once dated the most beautiful woman in the world..

    and he never get near her again. Lol ….

    Taken by

    George Clooney. Yoink!

    • Chips says:

      Well, Clooney’s lost her since then as well, so maybe he and David have more in common than you give David credit for.

  17. Jerichoholic Ninja says:

    Hey RD,

    I just wanted to say that I’m a huge fan of the book, and I’m sure I’ll buy it when it comes out (though I’ll probably get it at a book store and not online). I don’t know if you’ll answer this here (or at all), but I was always curious about how much you wrote and what parts. There are some parts where I’m pretty sure the humour is Alvarez (like the bit about the Falls Count Anywhere that ended in a countout) or you (the post-death chapter) but for the most part it’s tough to tell if there are different writing styles.

    I don’t know if this is too broad or not, but what about WCW’s treatment of Bret Hart? If that’s not induction worthy, I don’t know what is.

    • RD Reynolds says:

      On the original, I wrote some of the early chapters and the end chapters. Bryan wrote the middle stuff. However, the manuscript was really hard to read and we had a word count limit. At that point, I pretty much went through the whole thing and did a huge overall edit on it to make it more readable. So what jokes or whatever we each wrote is really hard for even me to tell anymore. In the new version, he added a TON to the 2000 chapter. That’s the meat of the book. We added stuff throughout the whole thing, and again, I did an overall edit to clean it all up and make it a better read.

      My goal was to make it basically impossible to tell there were two authors on the book. I guess I did a pretty good job. 😉

  18. James A. Calwell III says:

    I’m still holding out hope for a wrestling-free episode of Impact before TNA goes bye-bye. It wouldve a ffitting endpiece to a company a lot of people saw as WCW round 2.

  19. BigPoppaNasty says:

    Has the last episode of Nitro ever been inducted? If not, it should be. I mean, we’re talking a legendary company that nearly put the WWF out of business and it’s final broadcast featured virtually none of the talent that got it there save for Flair and Sting and ended with Vince McMahon giving a promo in another city only to be interrupted by SHANE MCMAHON GIVING A PROMO!!! At least Shane was in Panama City.

  20. Alexandru says:

    This show was just bizarre though to its credit it was different. Only good part was the Steiner/Bagwell cop segment. They had chemistry together and were clearly having fun with the skit.

  21. Kurt says:

    Did you induct the Goldberg/Sarge vs Bagwell/Luger match where Goldberg was forced to go on another 173-0 streak before he would get another title match?? He lost this one which was only like # 40 something and since he lost, he was “fired” from WCW, but of course that didnt stick either. If you haven’t, that’s my vote.

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      That falls under the category of stuff I don’t remember but would love to see inducted.

    • CDM says:

      I don’t think it’s been inducted, but it was referenced in a Rewriting The Book where the original streak didn’t end.

    • Chips says:

      ALSO – the Sid gimmick where he said he was going to match Goldberg’s streak, and every week it was further away from his actual streak, and even changed during the show itself. For instance, Sid came out and said he was like 40-0 despite losing the previous week and several times on TV recently before that, then won a handicap match against three guys that somehow made him 42-0 according to the announcers. Next week, after losing every house show match in between, he was up to like 56-0 then the announcers said he was 63-0 because he’d beaten up nine guys backstage – again, failing at maths and also not explaining how beating people up in unsanctioned altercations count as legitimate wins. He even lost a match at like 76-0 by DQ, but on Thunder they said he was 77-0.

      This may actually have already been covered, I’m not sure. If it hasn’t, it must be done as soon as possible.

  22. Charles Belles says:

    Has Tank Abbot been inducted?

  23. Sean O says:

    Nice induction as always. Has Rodman vs Malone at Bash At The Beacn 98 been inducted before?

    Or the Yapappi (or was it Apple Pie?) Indian Strap Match? I find it funny how Hogan/Flair was considered a ‘dream match’ when Flair went to WWF in 91 and then it reached to the point that we wanted those two to STOP facing each other…

    • Ed says:

      Rodman vs. Malone might have been worth an induction if it hadn’t been totally overshadowed by the Leno armbar on Hogan just months later at Road Wild…
      Honestly, for a non-wrestler celebrity, I though Malone actually did a pretty passable job…

  24. Vealchop says:

    I don’t remember seeing this episode but it seems like it was the longest feeling hour in recorded history.

  25. marvelous says:

    This episode made it hard for me to convince my dad to allow me to watch wrestling again for a couple of weeks.

    The Russo taking Elizabeth from luger angle would be a great, meaty induction. The Bret hart asking Goldberg to kill Russo in the desert thing would be good but I don’t see how it could be fleshed out much as it went nowhere fast if I recall, Goldberg fighting Steiner (I think) with NO SCRIPT at a ppv, pretty much anything involving the ICP and Vampiro’s group, the ralphus/norman smiley hardcore team fucking dragged on well past its shelf life (well they teamed like once I think then traveled to arenas doing menial labor), Ric Flair was like buried in a desert or something if memory serves, a ppv where I want to say road warrior Animal was revealed as the surprise entrant in a match wearing a ridiculous costume to disguise himself and caused Goldberg to retire followed by a funeral for his career starring luger and Bagwell at his most grating… god so so so much stuff here man haha. Anything involving mark madden. I don’t recall if he did much other than suck at commentary but god damn did he suck at commentary

    • CDM says:

      Just the mention of Mark Madden gives me a migraine. Definitely needs some sort of induction.

      • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

        I hear ya… He’s my least favorite commentator of all time.

        • Jake says:

          Is he worse than 2011 Cole??

          • BigPoppaNasty says:

            The only person that would ask that question is someone that wasn’t around to hear Mark Madden. There’s a difference between being loud and obnoxious to garner heel heat for the guys in the ring like the way the King used to do it in the 90s, or Bobby Heenan did it throughout his career, or the way Paul Heyman did it when he was doing commentary in 2001, and then there’s being loud and obnoxious for the sake of getting yourself over and trying to constantly be the star of the show. That was Mark Madden. The problem was, he accomplished neither of those things, virtually any wrestling fan that I’ve ever discussed him with reviled him, and his voice was grating and terrible.

          • Chips says:

            Yes, because as bad as Cole was, he was doing it as part of a gimmick. He played his part well, a part WWE should have been wise enough never to have given him in the first place, but he did what he was asked to do. Madden was just awful. Worse than Mike Adamle, who at the very least had some rather amusing turns of phrase and just suffered from knowing jack poop about wrestling.

  26. marvelous says:

    Readers, while this may make the moderators and writers hate me, check out some brave/self-hating soul went through it all again and summarized the shows. Use that and see if there’s anything you want to hear a wrestlecrap spin of

    • Caliber Winfield says:

      Greetings. I’m the guy who clearly has a masochistic side, as I’m the one who created and runs WCW In 2000. It’s truly shocking how bad it is.

      Thanks for the plug, Marvelous, I really appreciate it. Glad you dig the site.

      To RD & The WrestleCrap Team, any website/youtube deal that talks about crappy wrestling, we all pay homage to the man, and that’s WrestleCrap. I can’t wait for the new edition of The Death of WCW, it’s one of my all time favorite books, and I’ve honestly read it 10-15 times.

      • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

        Your blog is awesome! I just started reading it last week. Nicely done! You are a far braver man than I for being willing to re-watch 2000 WCW voluntarily.

  27. marvelous says:

    P.s. to soften the blow, just enjoy the fleeting glances of Pamela Paulshock that we get in these shows. Flipping stunning that one

  28. AdamX says:

    Has the WCW Hardcore Title been inducted?

  29. Alan says:

    Folks, if you want to know what has & hasn’t been inducted, $14.95 will get you the Archives, and yes, a few of them mentioned above have already been Inducted. $14.95 for the Archives is some of the best money I’ve ever spent, and it helps RD & the guys fund the website!

  30. Ed says:

    It’s kind of hard to induct anything from the last couple years of WCW. So many horrible angles, it’s so hard to pick one to focus on, not to mention than 90% of them went absolutely nowhere and it’d be hard to get more than a couple bullet points out of them…

  31. Barry says:

    When I first clicked on this, I was going to post that you were being too hard on WCW, after all, we remember the episode of RAW that had HHH in the ring talking for the first hour, but, at least that happened in the arena. I would have been so pissed if I had tickets for this recording.

    • Chips says:

      Didn’t Triple H have some sort of excuse for that promo, anyway? Like there was a reason that they needed to delay the show for a while? I can’t remember for certain what it was, but I have a feeling it was something to do with wrestlers not being able to make it into the country (I think it was in the UK) so they needed to stall for time as they had a limited roster.

      Sure, they could have done better than had Trips talk for half an hour. However, they had Rock talk for about 15 minutes at the start of Wrestlemania of all shows, so in context it wasn’t that terrible.

      • Preparation Triple H says:

        I think most of the wrestlers were stuck in Europe because their flights back were canceled due to an erupting volcano in Iceland.

  32. Peter says:

    That last version of the nWo in WCW, nWo Silver, was a bust and needs an induction, because when the nWo is down to Jeff Jarrett and the Harris Twins, that is crap.

  33. ChrisV says:

    The genius of this is that it happened when ratings were down, and they were floundering against WWF. It doesn’t seem like a good time for Nash to make a statement like that. Perhaps he meant, “We can’t beat WWF with wrestling. Maybe we can beat them without wrestling.”?

    I think Impact follows this model as the best wrestling show, since they spend 90 minutes of every episode with anything other than wrestling.

    I know I was watching WCW at this point. I didn’t give up until Summer 2000. Yet, I have no memory of this wasted hour. I tried to forget a lot of post-Summer 1998 WCW though.

  34. Rob says:

    How about inducting the WCW World Title Tournament. God the booking for that was headache inducing.

  35. Jinx says:

    You know…I actually remember watching this episode. Not live of course coz I was too preoccupied watching Raw live, but the replay immediately afterward after Raw ended. Yeah, that was one of the more crap episodes and that’s saying something considering this was the year of WCW and they really had their share of those.

  36. Captain Ron says:

    I remember this vividly. I think I actually, legitimately fell asleep during this hour for a bit. And when 9:00 came around, the first hour of Nitro DID make me tune in…to RAW.

  37. Chips says:

    There needs to be an induction that just covers loads of small events that showcased WCW’s incompetence, especially in editing and staging, as there were a lot of incidents that wouldn’t justify full inductions individually but would be great as a collection. As a few examples:

    – Jericho vs Wrath on Thunder (Jericho ‘locked’ out of the arena despite the door visibly opening, Wrath chasing him then both thinking the camera was off and slowing down)
    – Times when wrestlers have broken character at the end of their promos/skits and it’s been televised
    – The pre-taped Sting match where they showed the ending before the match itself
    – The DDP/Kevin Nash interview where they had to censor every instance in which they mention Scott Hall, and also had terrible lighting and sound problems, but decided to air it anyway
    – Vampiro’s blood falling from the ceiling and hitting the fans at ringside when it wasn’t supposed to (complete with reaction shot of Russo looking absolutely disgusted and Konnan laughing his tits off)
    – WCW putting an ad for Nitro “tonight” in a newspaper that came out in the middle of the week

    And so on. None of these could flesh out a whole induction, but they’re certainly all Wrestlecrap and worthy of looking at.

  38. RelativelyNewSmark says:

    Thank you for introducing me to that Fun Time USA match. That was absolutely hilarious

  39. Subrick says:

    How about the WCW Title tournament that culminated at Mayhem 1999? That’d be a good induction.

  40. Mister Forth says:

    I would like to see Russo’s run with The Belt.

  41. Christopher Chamberlain says:

    I think you should induct The Miz TV segment with Michael Strahan and Titus O’Neal. Kayfabe was thrown out the window after the two wrestlers challenged Strahan to hip toss both of them. The guys hugging at the end was embarrassing but also Craptastic.

  42. Christopher Olsen says:

    I love the first book, and have eagerly been awaiting the second edition. I pre-ordered it through a link on here. With some websites I know it benefits the site by doing so. Hopefully it does yours as we’ll, and if it does, maybe you could mention that so my fellow Crappers will do the same. It’s not like it costs anything extra, and will help the site!

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Yes, it does benefit us if you use the links in this post to pre-order the book. Thank you very much for pre-ordering it. I appreciate it and R.D and Bryan do as well. 🙂

      • Christopher Olsen says:

        No problem! I have the other books as we’ll, and for all the joy this site has given me over the years, it’s the least I could do! I’ve been reading this site since there were only about 5 inductions, so thank you guys!!!

  43. Pizza's Hut says:

    “…a Nitro that featured no wrestling in the first hour.”

    Also known as a typical episode of RAW.

  44. Unknown says:

    As someone on DDT Digest put it on this night: Walker, Texas Ranger must be getting higher ratings than this.

    How about the angle where Hogan gave Miss Elizabeth a bad atomic drop…she sold it (according to the Death of WCW book) by gently patting her own butt.

  45. Anthony says:

    Please induct Sid’s “winning streak”

  46. diogenesNY says:

    I very clearly remember watching this abortion of a Nitro. I was incredulous at what was going on. I think that this was one of, if not the, first 3 hour nitro. I wondered if they were scrambling to fill unscheduled air time, but they could have horsed together some matches if they wanted….. just WTF was the idea here? Piss off the audience who bothered to tune in at 8:00?

    Was active on IRC at the time and no one seemed to have an answer except… well, its just WCW doing whatever they can to boat-anchor their franchise….


  47. Krendall says:

    “You know, the longer I watch this show, the less shocked I am that this company went out of business and more shocked it took as long as it did.”

    The scary thing is, if Ted Turner hadn’t merged with Time Warner, WCW would probably still be on the air. Or Ted would be bankrupt.

  48. Barronmore says:

    I wasn’t paying attention to the Konan pic while i was reading and just assumed it was “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Iaukea”. I had no idea Konan’s terrible taste in clothes was THAT terrible.

  49. CF says:

    FWIW: I’ve been to firearms-shooting events which have lasted all day. Granted, they also had everything from .22s to someone with a bolt-action 0.50….

  50. Robert says:

    You should do the Nitro from July 29 1997 (1998?) When Mysterio gets thrown like a javellin into the trailer.

    I was there. For what felt like 90minutes (probably only 1 hour) the live crowd (of which I was a part of) was treated to NOTHING.We had no idea that the nWo had attacked the wrestlers in the back. we just knew we were enjoying a match pitting Savage, Sting, and Luger against Flair, Benoit, McMichael when Jimmy Hart ran out and they all left. from there, we sat bored (no one was chanting anything back then) until finally maybe 25 minutes before the show ended, the Steiners came out. After that was the main event of Giant vs Greg Valentine.

    That was the first time WCW decided to give us an hour of nothingness.

  51. Boffo97 says:

    I thought this was going to be the Nitro where the show started normally but went to having no wrestling for an hour or so because the NWO had “taken over” and basically the workers built a whole new set while we just sat… and sat… and waited for wrestling…. and waited. We may be still waiting. I don’t know.

    I had some friends over that night and had to keep awkwardly answering “Yeah… I know” every time they pointed out that no wrestling was taking place on the wrestling show.

  52. Tim says:

    Hey, it could’ve been worse. It could’ve been 180 minutes of nothingness like every current Monday night is.

  53. Jason says:

    What about the time Kevin Nash defeated a bunch of cruiserweights by “pinfall” despite not actually covering any of them in any way. He would just power bomb dudes and when they fell on the mat the ref would do a three count while Nash stood there.

  54. Braeden says:

    So I’ve found that watching WCW from this era on the Network makes for great background noise/fodder for doing work or going to sleep. I put on this edition of Nitro and interestingly, the Konnan music video appears to have been edited out as Nitro goes from the “Hulkster Therapy Session” straight to the Nash/Hogan TV watching segment.

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