How did the PWI readers vote for the 1998 Achievement Awards? Lets find out! Read more
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There is no denying that World Championship Wrestling had become a shell of itself and lost a record amount of money in a twelve month period. Despite the company not achieving much success financially and their writing for television often left fans confused, I decided to sit down and rank the top ten wrestlers for WCW from that year. Hopefully my list isn’t as confusing as the television product. Read more
Nearly twenty-four hours prior, Jeff Jarrett was battling Diamond Dallas Page for the vacant WCW World Championship at the United Center in Chicago, IL. After a fifteen minute battle that saw DDP’s wife Kimberly betray him, Jarrett walked out with his first WCW World Championship. The leader of the New Blood has ushered in new era for World Championship Wrestling. Read more
We are just one week removed from a landmark night in World Championship Wrestling history, when “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair became the sole owner of WCW! With a new face at the head table, what immediate changes will be made? What does “the Nature Boy” have to say to the World Championship Wrestling roster? Who is the number one contender for the WCW Heavyweight Championship? What will the next chapter of WCW history hold? There is only one way to find out… Tune in live to this week’s episode of WCW Monday Nitro from Dallas, Texas!
At Halloween Havoc 1999, there was a controversial moment where WCW World Champion Sting retained the championship over Hulk Hogan in their anticipated rematch from Fall Brawl. Sadly, Hogan would simply lay down and take the fall allowing Sting to retain. The purpose? I couldn’t tell you. By the end of the night, Goldberg, who won the WCW United States Championship from Sid Vicious earlier in the show, was also the WCW World Champion after defeating Sting in the main event at Havoc.
So, Goldberg is the champion, the top baby face is finally the top champion for the second time in his career. What could go wrong? Well…. Read more
This is it! The final broadcast of World Championship Wrestling’s Monday Nitro live on TNT! In this “Night of Champions” episode, every single championship is up for grabs. In a title-for-title situation for tonight’s main event, who will be the final World Heavyweight and United States Champion, Booker T or “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner? All that and more will be decided in this send-off show, closing a monumental in Professional Wrestling history… Read more
It’s the eighth installment looking back the PWI 500 magazines that have become a popular publication over the years. 1998 saw the WWF get a lead in the ratings war, while WCW was still highly popular. ECW continued to grow throughout the year, as well.
Unlike last year, the number one ranked wrestler is a toss up between a WCW wrestler and a WWF wrestler. There isn’t controversy attached to this years ranking.
Reminder, I don’t look at every wrestler in the magazine, but a full list of the rankings can be found HERE.
The grading period was from August 1st 1997 to August 31st, 1998. Read more
From the fall of 1993 to late 1997, Booker T was part of the highly successful team Harlem Heat with his brother Stevie Ray. During that span, the duo won the WCW World Tag Team Championships seven times. Over that period, many fans and experts were starting to notice Booker T for his in-ring style and noted he just needed a way to breakthrough on his own.
When Stevie Ray got injured in late ’97, Booker T was left on his own and he took full advantage of the opportunity. Booker didn’t waste much time capturing gold as a singles wrestler when he defeated Disco Inferno on the December 29th Nitro to win his first WCW Television Championship. It wouldn’t take long for Booker to connect with the fans and often times Booker had the entire arena “raising the roof.” Read more
When the Steiner Brothers split up in February 1998 wrestling fans witnessed a long bait and switch between Rick and Scott Steiner. They eventually collided at Halloween Havoc in October of that year and Rick won the singles match. On that show, Rick won the WCW World Tag Team Championships and would have tag partners such as Kenny Kaos and Judy Bagwell (seriously), while Scott Steiner continued to go up the ranks and feud with top WCW stars.
The titles were vacated because Rick suffered an injury and he would return to action on March 1st 1999 but before long he would have singles gold for most of the year. Read more