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Old 06-23-2014, 11:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Default Re: WWE has always been the home team federation....even in 1995

Definitely a WWF guy here too growing up, but that probably had to do more with my local video stores having way more WWF vids than they did WCW.

When I did start seeing WCW in the early 90s I thought 'wow these guys are cool' when seeing guys like Sting, The Steiners, Cactus, Vader, Flair and it did introduce me to awesome guys like Muta and Jushin Liger who showed me a style I never saw before.

I think the thing that kept me with WWF after the Hogan era left was the rise of my favourite wrestlers, Bret Hart and The Undertaker.

Conversely what soured WCW for me was Hogan and friends arriving. I could see that he, Savage, later Piper and the gang just weren't as good as they used to be, for whatever reason. That whole ridiculous Dungeon of Doom angle with Hogan was so bad, and Hogan just stunk it up with ME against former Brutus, Earthquake etc.
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Default Re: WWE has always been the home team federation....even in 1995

I began with WWF in 1991. Didn't get to WCW until 1995, and the only time I liked it more was between mid-'96 to early-'99 when WCW was beating WWF during the Monday Night Wars, primarily because of the nWo. Before that, Kevin Nash & Scott Hall were 2 of my 3 favorite wrestlers in WWF as Diesel & Razor Ramon up to that point, behind Undertaker, who was always my favorite wrestler since my very first time watching wrestling in 1991. Nash & Hall, along with Sting & Hollywood Hogan (I was never a big fan of Hogan before that) is really what kept me hooked on WCW until 1999.




WCW was better only for a short while, thanks mainly to 2 of my top 3 favorites back then (and 2 of my top 6 all-time favorites now) who switched companies.




Other than that, WWF was always #1 to me.
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I'm the same as OP. I'm from New York so WWF was my jam.
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Default Re: WWE has always been the home team federation....even in 1995

I pretty much watched both equally at all times... though late 80s was clearly WWF since I felt the booking in NWA was often terrible in the main event. Early nineties I swung more WCW because of Cactus Jack, Sting, Rude, Luger, and guys like Austin. in 94 it probably was about equal til swinging to WCW for a few years. 97 was hard to call simply because of the Hart Foundation, Austin, and the emergence of DX while the luchadores/cruiserweights were simply amazing. I think around 99 WWF took it simply because of the tag team scene.

Never really been a one promotion person... I watch whatever is good but sadly, the options now compared to then is limited. No one is really hitting the right balance and it's hard to be a wrestling fan of any current organisation... though I will give massive props to NXT for being pretty damn good.
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I watched WCW every week until they went under and after they shut down I don't think I watched wrestling until Shawn Michaels made his comeback at Summerslam. They were always my promotion and I grew up on Long Island. I was born in late 1990 so by the time I actually figured out that there were 2 companies I was probably 4 or 5 and Hogan was the guy. Like he was on the same level as Batman and Superman basically, he just was a superhero. So I preferred WCW and when he turned heel than I hated him more than anyone. Even when WCW got bad I didn't know it was bad and I was watching out of habit.

I would watch Raw sometimes and there were a few WWF PPVs that I ordered (usually Summerslam events and a Wrestlemania) but WCW was always the company that I liked.
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Default Re: WWE has always been the home team federation....even in 1995

A lot of has to do with where in the US you grew up. Obviously for me, growing up in Northern New Jersey, I grew up on the WWF. I started watching in 1990, when I was 7 and was hooked. This was before Raw, though. So, I got hooked on the Saturday and Sunday morning shows, WWF Superstars and WWF Wrestling Challenge, which were just 1 hour shows that featured a WWF wrestler going up against a local jobber with a genernic name like Jack Smith. Pure squash matches that only lasted a few minutes each at max.

The only way for me to even see WCW programming before the Monday Night Wars would have been watching a Clash of the Champions on TBS, and in the very early 90s, my family didn't even have cable. Didn't get it until 1994 or 1995, IIRC. Also, Vince had all of the local NY/NJ arenas locked into exclusive deals where the WWF was the only wrestling promotion allowed to run shows in MSG, the Meadowlands, and the Nassau Coliseum. So, the WWF was literally the only wrestling I could watch on TV or see live.

As another poster mentioned earlier, the first way I was exposed to WCW was seeing some of their video tapes for rental at my local video store. That, and seeing some WCW figures at my local toy store in the early 90s. But even my local video and toy stores were dominated with WWF tapes and figures, with only a few WCW items being available in comparison. Looking back on it, Vince had an absolute stranglehold on wrestling in the NYC area. More than I think most people know.

By the time I did get cable in 1994/1995, I watched Raw every Monday. When WCW finally started Nitro in late 1995, I tried it a few times, but because the only wrestling I knew and was used to was the WWF, I just couldn't get into WCW. I was also only 11-12 years old at the time, and the WWF was all I knew. If I was a few years older when Nitro first started, I definitely would have watched Nitro quite a bit.

Finally, when the Outsiders invaded WCW, I started watching Nitro, and flipped back and forth between Raw and Nitro from then on. Even when during this time, I was still more of a WWF guy because it was what I grew up on and what I knew. But I enjoyed both shows thoroughly. Quite frankly, Nitro emergence forced the WWF to final step up their game and suddenly we had two very good shows.

Now, as an older fan, I wish I was somehow able to watch WCW when I was a kid, along with the WWF. Sting, Flair, Rude, Steiners were all pretty awesome during that time period. But with Vince's stranglehold on the NY market, it was pretty difficult.
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I don't know anybody who considered WCW to be their home team.
Back when WCW was still around most of the people I know watched WCW or WWE Monday night and recorded the other. We watched both but would save our second favorite for later. I would watch Nitro Monday night and Raw on Tuesday night. Those were the days. Seems like now people are more married to a wrestling company than they are wrestling itself.
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I'm with you. I was always a WWF Guy first and foremost even during those occasional periods when I did enjoy WCW.

But I did know a lot of people who preferred WCW from 1996-1998. I thought they were nuts and we argued constantly.
I actually liked late 80s to early 90s WCW more than I did mid to late 90s WCW.
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Default Re: WWE has always been the home team federation....even in 1995

I started with WWF and sadly started watching wrestling in 2000 over a WWF video game.But I did manage to catch SOME WCW and then got my hands on some material soon after.During the Invasion I cheered WCW guys over WWF guys other than The Hardyz,Kane,and The Rock who were untouchable to me.But I did prefer the WCW material I managed to get my hands on though.Sting was my hero.Shame he never went to WWE during that time.I would of cheered him over anybody.Luger was up there too since he was Stings best friend.
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For 1997 at least I think it was pretty unmistakable that WCW was the no1 wrestling promotion in the world. 1998 was evenly matched and then the WWF reclaimed the title again in 99.
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