By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Unsanctioned, Unauthorized, Unbelievable.”
If a tagline ever fit a World Championship Wrestling show, this was it.
Uncensored – WCW’s attempt to bend the rules and present an “extreme” Pay-Per-View with only gimmicked matches, was an experiment in the beginning.
Headlined by a Leather Strap Match between WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan and WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Vader in the midst of a hot feud between Hogan and “A Man Possessed,” Ric Flair, it was enough to salvage for the rest of the malarky.
What malarky? Put in a “Boxer Vs. Wrestler” Match, a “King Of The Road” Match and a “Martial Arts” Match.
Oh and because of recent creative changes, no blood was allowed at all.
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By Anthony Zevoteck
If you read the article title and hoped for me to talk about Garrett Bischoff, you may leave now.
The Bischoff of topic is Eric.
Arguably one of pro wrestling history’s greatest minds, the man worked his way up from the corporate office to become the face of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), an organization that almost put Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) out of business in the late 1990’s.
He first made an impact as a backstage interviewer and announcer in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), which allowed him to get a job for WCW, where he’d eventually change the wrestling world. After he positioned himself as Executive Vice President, he turned into a pivotal character and introduced the genius concept of television as he mixed the mainstream “New World Order” storyline with fast-paced ring action from international stars in Mexico. Before long, he’d be directly involved in the nWo storyline as their manager.
By Anthony Zevoteck
Randomly, one Wednesday this past May, WWE shook the wrestling community when Shane and Stephanie McMahon both announced via social media there’d be a roster split to create two completely different shows with Raw and SmackDown.
The news was coupled with another announcement that SmackDown would be moved to Tuesdays and to air live, which would start Jul. 19.
Expectedly, the double bombshell was met with equal cheers and jeers from WWE fans alike. For longtime fans, this wasn’t new territory, as WWE had once split the roster before in 2002 upon a sudden influx of talent from the defunct World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling promotions. It was also due to the fact that at the time, four hours of weekly television time was too little to establish new talent and called for a difference between shows.
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Check out the latest episode of The RSN Podcast, where Rich, Sal and PWO’s own Nick chat up various invasion angles through pro wrestling history and their significance – whether it be Extreme Championship Wrestling in the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-to-late 90’s, Global Force Wrestling in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling this year and who can forget 2001? All that and more!
Check out the latest episode from our friends at Booking The Territory Podcast, featuring the second part of an interview with former World Championship Wrestling talent Randy Thornton aka Big Swoll from the No Limit Soldiers, who discusses more of his WCW days.
Afterwards, Hosts Mike Mills, Doc Turner and Hardbody Harper from Wildkat Sports and Entertainment discuss the week that was in professional wrestling and address fans’ Facebook/Twitter questions and comments.