~World Championship Wrestling is indeed a saved promotion. When it seemed like the company would be bought out by Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation, the trio of Eric Bischoff, Ric Flair, and Steve Borden have bought the company from Ted Turner. Although the company is still alive and running, WCW is left without any sort of Television deal. The Trio (as they will now be called) has decided on going through a dark phase throughout at least April. The company will not have any Pay Per View’s, but starting in May, the company will start running a light house show schedule throughout mainly the south east. WCW is looking to secure a television deal throughout the month of April, and hope to be able to have Monday Nitro starting at some time in May.
~World Championship Wrestling has announced its new official roster on WCW.com today. The roster is:
Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Diamond Dallas Page
Johnny The Bull
Rey Misterio Jr.
Road Warrior Animal
Many stars seemed to stay with the company, but big names that are missing from the list include Dustin and Dusty Rhodes (who signed WWF Contracts), Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Shane Douglas, and Sid. WCW will still have their other bigger name stars like Booker T, Diamond Dallas Page, Jeff Jarrett, and Scott Steiner, as well as Ric Flair and Sting, of course.
~WCW.com has listed the company’s official championships and their champions. The titles are:
World Heavyweight: Booker T
United States: Booker T
Tag Team: Palumbo and O’Haire
Cruiserweight: Shane Helms
Cruiserweight Tag Team: Misterio Jr. and Kidman
It comes as no surprise that all of the champions are still the same, but it was rumored that all of the championships would be declared vacant. It is somewhat interesting that the company has decided to keep the Hardcore Title around, but it probably will not receive that much attention, if any.
~The full list of the talent that has left WCW can be seen here:
Bam Bam Bigelow
Chris Candido and Tammy Sytch
As previously stated, both Dustin and Dusty Rhodes have signed contracts with the World Wrestling Federation. Stevie Ray has retired and is now working as a road agent backstage. Sid, who suffered a serious fractured leg at the January PPV, Sin, has also retired from the wrestling business.
~The Trio reportedly have no interest in bringing in any outside talent to WCW right now, but after WCW can get a TV deal and things get rolling again, The Trio are looking to bring in many former ECW wrestlers. The Trio has had their eyes on Rob Van Dam, CW Anderson, Nova, Steve Corino, Super Crazy, Kid Kash, Danny Doring and Roadkill, and the Full Blooded Italians.