Playing Backstage Politics
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Far Away From Uncle Ole
Re: WWE has always been the home team federation....even in 1995
I strongly disagree. I'm a WCW guy.
First wrestling company I ever heard of and I stuck with them until the wheels fail off. That probably has a lot to do with my area not showing WWF regularly until late '98. Meanwhile, WCW was everywhere. All weekend, the occasional COTC, the marathon shows in the early 90s, Worldwide always aired and, possibly bigger than all that, WCW (and to a lesser extent, SMW) were the only promotions to run locally, in towns with less than 10,000 people.
Growing up, I thought WCW was the be all, end all, especially with the New Japan connection, which really put me on to Muta and Liger.
A big reason for all of this is getting first run WCW programming 4-5 times a week on free TV vs. syndicated WWF once a week on Saturday night at 12:35 on the local ABC affiliate, which was preceded by SMW and that was as consistent as Kofi Kingston winning a match.
It's all about the era and region you grew up in. In the early 90s in southern WV, there was no WWF. WCW was the home team by default, with SMW and Global rounding it out. Only way to get WWF consistently before '98 was if you had satellite. I lived in the projects, so that wasn't happening. Doesn't help that I'm from one of the most poverty stricken areas in West Virginia.
Thanks to TBS and ESPN, on a national level, it was WCW, Global or nothing.
Last edited by Arn Anderson's Hat; 06-23-2014 at 10:43 PM.