Well... it's been a slow day today, so I decided to watch "The Rise and Fall of WCW" again. When they got to the part of Bischoff coming into the company and the start of Monday Nitro. It got me thinking of which company was overall better in that year. My thoughts are as followed:
1995: WCW Nitro
1996: WCW Nitro
1997: WWF Raw
1998: WCW Nitro
1999: WWF Raw
2000: WWF Raw
2001: WWF Raw
What about you? What was your preference from 1995-2001?
I'd say you pretty much nailed it as even though Nitro was only on for a few months in 1995 they blew WWE away in my opinion with Sting/Flair, The Giant when he mattered, the newest incarnation of The Four Horsemen with Brian Pillman and Chris Benoit, Randy Savage being on fire in everything he did. In comparison WWE did nothing of note in the same time frame outside of Shawn Michaels/Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels "career ending injury" against Owen Hart and Bret Hart having good matches.
At the start of 1996 up until the debut of Scott Hall on Nitro i'd say WWE were better as the Shawn Michaels/Bret Hart/Undertaker/Diesel thing from The Royal Rumble through to Good Friends, Better Enemies was great to watch as was Razor Ramon/Goldust and Vader destroying everyone and everything. Once Scott Hall debuted though it was arguably the biggest game changer in wrestling history as WCW went from strength to strength with the debut of Kevin Nash, the heel turn for Hulk Hogan, the heel turn for The Giant, the debut of Ted DiBiase and Sean Waltman, fake Sting, Sting turning dark crow character, the rise of Diamond Dallas Page and a great Cruiserweight division.
I'd argue with absolutely anyone though that WWE was better than WCW in 1997 regardless of what the ratings say as WWE just had it all in 1997 with Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart from the very start of the year through to the end, the HUGE rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin, D-Generation X, The Hart Foundation, the start of the rise for The Rock and Triple H, Vince McMahon becoming more of an on screen character, ECW invading Raw, The Undertaker/Kane storyline, the first ever Hell In A Cell, two offical five star matches and Mick Foley showing his versatility. In comparison WCW whilst still great relied on Sting coming down from the rafters which did recieve the biggest pops of the year by far but outside of that they didn't have as much going on as WWE nor was it as great.
I don't think there is too much to compare from 1998 onwards as WWE simply destroyed WCW more and more every year from 1998 onwards with Austin/McMahon setting the business on fire, The Rock becoming a main event star by the end of the year with The Undertaker turning heel at the end of it and becoming the best character he has ever been. From 1998 through to mid 2001 almost everything just clicked in WWE whilst by mid 1998 when Sting dropped the World title to Randy Savage and The New World Order split into two seperate groups everything began to go wrong for WCW. I don't think i even need to go into 1999, 2000 or half of 2001 because i would be pissing on the memory of the company that made me a fan in the first place back in the very late 80's in WCW or NWA/JCP as it was known then.