Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Sin City, Lost Wages
Re: Things Nitro did better than Raw during the Monday Night Wars
The production was the big thing that separated them. WCW was like watching a blockbuster movie every week, while WWF was like watching a 2 hour television show. It was around the time that they began to have horrible production problems (ppvs cut short, episodes of weekly shows only coming through in audio, general screw ups in all areas of the production) that their ratings really began to drop below WWF.
Someone mentioned Michael Buffer. That was a huge difference. He gave main events a true big match feel, it's truly a shame WWF never picked up on it. Their current announcers are so bad it hurts.
The nitro girls have been mentioned but I think WCW was better (most of the time) with how they used women on their programs.
announcing. WCW had The Brain..
And up until the time they hired Russo they were much better with their use of management in an on screen roll. Bischoff was a good antagonist, but never really fought anyone that had a future, just flair and threatened Vinny Mac a lot. The stuff they did with Jerry Jarrett as commissioner the interaction with guys like Bret and Jericho.. Even flair's run as commish in WCW was better than anything I remember vince doing in wwf at the time or anyone in a management position in WWF doing since.
This last one is very arguable, but I think WCW was better at helping young guys become stars at the time. That sounds ass backwards because of the mainstays there, but think about it. WWF at that time made kane, stone cold, and rocky most others were already made or aren't in WWE today. Rock was really the only one that was "young" . Show, Jericho, Benoit, Guerrero, Mysterio, Booker T, and others i'm sure I'm just not thinking of the names of all really got their first chance to shine in WCW and got great future careers in WWE based off of that work. Again it is arguable, but I would say at the time WCW was a better breeding ground for future stars.