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Old 08-24-2012, 12:27 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Default Re: Never watched WCW, what year is good to start?

If you're talking about WCW's growth then 1994 is kinda major, you've got Hogan, Heenan and Okerlund all coming in along with some great storylines, if you're gonna say The Dungeon of Doom filled 1995 is to be watched then by god 94 should be watched too.

I will say this to the guy who asked the original question: Whilst Starrcade is WCW's Wrestlemania none of the shows ever reach proper Wrestlemania quality, I mean some have fantastic matches but overall they lack a certain.. speciality to them (I don't think Hogan Vs Beefcake or The Battlebowl would ever main event Wrestlemania).

Also the WWIII match and The Tower Of Doom are not as good as they sound, trust me.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:43 AM   #32 (permalink)
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If you're talking about WCW's growth then 1994 is kinda major, you've got Hogan, Heenan and Okerlund all coming in along with some great storylines, if you're gonna say The Dungeon of Doom filled 1995 is to be watched then by god 94 should be watched too.

I will say this to the guy who asked the original question: Whilst Starrcade is WCW's Wrestlemania none of the shows ever reach proper Wrestlemania quality, I mean some have fantastic matches but overall they lack a certain.. speciality to them (I don't think Hogan Vs Beefcake or The Battlebowl would ever main event Wrestlemania).

Also the WWIII match and The Tower Of Doom are not as good as they sound, trust me.
I mean, I didn't really enjoy 1994 because nearly everything took a backseat to the WWF crew coming in. I did forget to mention some great moments, such as Sting/Vader, Sting/Rude and the damn good Unification match between Flair/Sting, that saw Flair turn heel after Sherri screwed Sting. Other than the WWF crew coming in, the last few months of 1994 wasn't really special.

Compare 1994 to any other year of WCW's existence and it doesn't compare. You can completely pass it up after Flair unifying the titles and you won't be completely lost, as most of 1994's top storylines at the end of the year, carried over and got more interesting in 1995.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:36 AM   #33 (permalink)
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1998 was their last good year. I would stop there if you don't want your mind to explode from all the bullshit that started the following year.

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1998 was their last good year. I would stop there if you don't want your mind to explode from all the bullshit that started the following year.

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To him, it might not be bullshit. I, myself, feel there were still many good moments post 1998, such as the rise of DDP & Booker T, Bret Hart vs. Chris Benoit, Ric Flair in control of WCW and his feud with Hulk Hogan, great cruiserweight wrestling, Rey Mysterio "the giant killer",great tag team wrestling with Raven/Saturn, the Triad and the West Texas Rednecks/Benoit & Malenko feud, Big Poppa Pump, an entertaining Hardcore division headlined by Norman Smiley and Ralphus and various other moments I'm probably forgetting.

There still were some great moments in WCW, all the way to the end. OP may have different tastes from you. If anything, the bullshit started in mid 2000, after Russo first appeared on camera and is evidenced by the atrocities that occurred from that point on, such as Bash At The Beach 2000, Russo as World Champion, random cage matches on Nitro with no explanation, more celebrity involvement and product placement and the push of Jeff Jarrett. But even with that, you have Booker T, DDP, Mysterio, Kidman & Scott Steiner, who I feel showed enough brilliance that era can be tolerated.
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Default Re: Never watched WCW, what year is good to start?

I say skip 1995, start with 1996 and keep watching until the end (2001). You'll see both great wrestling and absolutely ridiculous stuff.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:35 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Default Re: Never watched WCW, what year is good to start?

It's tough to watch because no matter where you start there was SO MUCH. I reckon we could easily watch wrestling for 10 hours a day for a whole year and still not watch every WWE/WCW PPV/Raw/Smackdown/Nitro/Thunder.

I would say start from the beginning because you wont miss anything, but for specific years I would say the start of Nitro is as good a time to start.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:39 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Default Re: Never watched WCW, what year is good to start?

Personally i would start with the beginning of The Four Horsemen back in early 1986 as for me that was the start of WCW really becoming special and whilst there were times that were quite bad like 1993, 1994 and 1995 i'd still go through to 2001 because it simply doesn't make sense to not watch all the way through to the very end. In between early 1986 and very late 1989 it was basically all about Ric Flair who feuded with Sting, Dusty Rhodes, Magnum T.A, Ricky Steamboat and Terry Funk and in 1989 he had what is probably the greatest single year any wrestler has ever had.

From 1990 through to 1994 the main man was Sting who was arguably the most popular wrestler in the world in that period and saw him become the franchise of the company. Even once Ric Flair returned in 1993 it didn't make any difference to the standing of Sting within the company and he was always their main man even after Hulk Hogan signed with WCW. The main focus from 1994 through to early 1996 was on Hulk Hogan but for me he was never seen as the main man over Sting by WCW fans and that saw the fans turn on Hulk Hogan and begin booing him which led to the biggest period in the companies history.

By that i'm obviously referring to Hulk Hogan turning heel and the start of The New World Order alongside Scott Hall and Kevin Nash which saw record profits for a wrestling company, mainstream appeal never before, celebrities constantly involved and even major tv shows being used as storylines. Unfortunately for WCW their biggest strength also became their biggest weakness though and eventually The New World Order was always their fall back whenever they were struggling creatively whilst they never wanted to push new stars which meant from mid 1998 through to mid 2000 Nitro was a horrible show to watch and although they did pick up from mid 2000 onwards it was already too late but i personally would watch from early 1986 through to the very end.
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Default Re: Never watched WCW, what year is good to start?

1986-1990 was definitely a solid time for the NWA/Jim Crockett Promotions. I was also a fan of WCW in 1992 and '93. They had some solid action then with Vader, Rick Rude, Cactus Jack, Sting, etc.
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This. WCW is pretty damn pathetic after 92.
And that's why they kicked WWF's ass for like 3 years?
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Default Re: Never watched WCW, what year is good to start?

It's a much different style, but 80's NWA stuff from 86-89 is my favorite period ever in wrestling. However it's so much different(aka realistic wrestling with red hot crowds and some of the best workers ever)from todays stuff it may be a shock to the system. I don't think much of 90 or 91(SuperBrawl 1 was awesome though), but I'd put 1992 WCW against any year from any company ever you had about 10-12 hall of famers having career years that year.

1993 was a let down from 92, but not terrible. The first half of 94 was amazing until Hogan showed up and turned the company into 1988 WWF. 95 was terrible probably the worst year ever for both WCW and WWF. 96-98 was must see for historical purposes and one of the best rosters ever assembled. 99-01 can be mostly skipped imo.
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