WCW Finally Gets Good News; Reaches Deal With NBC
World Wrestling Federation Signs Big Name Stars; Former WCW Talent
~Monday, June 24- 3:19 PM- World Championship Wrestling has been in a free fall ever since holding their May PPV event, Slamboree, on May 27, 2001. The USA Network canceled Monday Nitro after just three shows, and lost top talent like Bill Goldberg and Diamond Dallas Page. To make matters worse for WCW, the company had a chance at signing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who already had a verbal agreement with the company, but then backed out of the deal after Nitro was canceled. Ever since then, WCW has been on hiatus, trying to find a television deal. Thankfully for WCW, it was announced today at a press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, that World Championship and NBC have reached an agreement for WCW to host Wednesday Nitro from 10 PM to 11 PM EST, starting Wednesday, July 11, 2001.
This television agreement is huge news for World Championship Wrestling, although the new TV deal with NBC does have its flaws. Just like the USA agreement, NBC has the right to pull the plug on Nitro at any given point in time. Also, WCW only has one hour of programming to work with in the “late night” slot, meaning the company will have less time and segments to work with. This could make it much harder for WCW to hype up Pay Per View’s, and get fans interested in buying their Pay Per View’s. However, an agreement between WCW and NBC has already gotten World Championship Wrestling to be looked upon as more of a global competitor, and gives WCW some much-needed mainstream attention. Another good thing for WCW is that the company will not have to worry about competing directly with WWF’s Monday Night RAW, which would take away many of WCW’s viewers. Since Wednesday Nitro will not start until the middle of July, World Championship Wrestling will not hold its next Pay Per View until August 26. The Pay Per View name will either be called Big Bang or Fall Brawl. The original name was Big Bang, but the company may decide to hold a Pay Per View once every 2 months with the lack of TV time. That would mean the company wouldn’t have a PPV in September, the month of Fall Brawl.
News From World Championship Wrestling
~Tuesday, June 12- 6:19 PM- The World Wrestling Federation has signed some of the top talent in the independent scene today, as well as former World Championship Wrestling talent. The WWF has signed British Bulldog, Masota Tanaka, Sabu, Simon Diamond, and Steve Corino to written contracts. The WWF has also signed former WCW stars Diamond Dallas Page and Scott Hall to written contracts as well. The company has been looking to sign some of the top talent in the independent scene for a while now, as well as big name stars. The company has shown interest in other WCW stars such as Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Randy Savage, and Roddy Piper, but however, the promotion has shown no interest in signing former WCW star Bill Goldberg.
WCW Making Peace With Former Stars; Looking At New Talent
~Wednesday, July 4- 4:35 PM- World Championship Wrestling is just one week away from its television debut with NBC, and it seems like the company has making some changes to prepare for its debut next week with NBC. World Championship Wrestling has released Daffney form her contract, and has sent The Wall to rehab to deal with a cocaine addiction. World Championship Wrestling has also re-opened the Power Plant a development territory. The company has re-assigned stars such as Air Raid, Disco Inferno, Elix Skipper and Kid Romeo, Kwee-Wee, Lash Leroux, Mark Jindrak, and Mike Sanders, while the company has gone out and signed future prospects such as Amazing Red, American Dragon, Charlie Haas, Harry Smith, Joel Maximo, Jose Maximo, Low-Ki, Michael Shane, Paul London, Russ Haas, and Teddy Hart.
Dragon and London are both top cruiserweights who have been trained by WWF-star Shawn Michaels, as has Shane, who is the cousin of HBK. Charlie and Russ Haas have been a hot tag team on the east coast for a while now, and have a bright future in the industry. Amazing Red, Joel Maximo, and Jose Maximo form the SAT, a young stable that have been making waves both on the east coast, and in Japan. The three are excellent cruiserweights, and when ready, will add some spice to the cruiserweight division. Low-Ki has also been making a name for himself throughout the east coast and in Japan. Low-Ki won the ECWA Super 8 this year, and has been having some excellent matches in All Japan Pro Wrestling. Teddy Hart is the nephew of wrestling legend Bret Hart, and is being brought in as a tag team with Harry Smith, who is the son of now WWF star “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith. WCW has high expectations for all of these new signees, and hope that time in the Power Plant will do great things for them.
So maybe WCW isn't so plagued after all if they can get a TV deal with a company like NBC in just one month. Plus, the deal instantly made WCW a global company. However, it is WCW, and I only now have 6 slots to book with instead of 11, and knowing WCW... they'll find a way to screw up even worse :P. I guess there is only one way to find out if they'll screw up again or not, and that is by reading. Peace
~Thursday, July 5- 12:09 AM- When World Championship Wrestling was bought out by Eric Bischoff, Ric Flair, and Steve “Sting” Borden, the three men made it clear that they did not want to have any affiliation with the “old crew”. Just who exactly is the old crew? The old crew is the stars of WCW who helped make them the number one promotion: Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Randy Savage, Roddy Piper, etc. The company openly took shots at those men on live television, making it seem like they were mortal enemies of WCW. However, it seems now that WCW is trying to smooth things over with talent like Hogan and Nash. World Championship Wrestling has already made peace with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and Hulk Hogan. Scott Hall is also on good terms with the company, but he has since signed with the World Wrestling Federation. Kevin Nash and Randy Savage are still on shaking grounds, but seem to be making progress. Whether or not WCW wants to bring back some of these stars for an angle or not remains to be seen, but it should be made known that WCW is indeed making peace with the men that brought World Championship Wrestling to prominence.
It does indeed seem like World Championship Wrestling is looking to bring in more talent (both new and old) to the company. WCW as just said, is trying to make peace with its former main eventer’s, as well as looking at other talent, both former employees and non. The company has reportedly shown interest in signing Curt Hennig, CW Anderson, Danny Doring, James Maritato, Ken Shamrock, Kid Kash, Nova, Paul Heyman, Psicosis, Roadkill, Rob Van Dam, Super Crazy, Ted Dibiase, Tony Mamaluke, Vader, and Vampiro to contracts. None of the talent has been approached yet about signing a WCW contract, but interest has indeed been shown. Talent like Shamrock, Heyman, Van Dam, Dibiase, Vader, and Vampiro are unlikely to sign however. Shamrock and Van Dam both are currently doing very well in Japan. Heyman, Vader, and Vampiro have bad blood with WCW. Dibiase is currently not looking to get involved in the wrestling industry.