During the wrestling boom in the 90's, the WWE and the WCW were two multi-million dollar promotions going at it for wrestling supremacy. This era was truly a great time to be a wrestling fan.
The WCW is typically remembered as being a second rate wrestling promotion to the powerhouse that was the WWE. Though, the WCW product was better than most perceived it to be. Its roots were strongly identified by the southern style of wrestling which emphasized athletic and competitive in-ring performances over the showmanship and cartoon-like characterizations of the WWE. In an educated move the WCW pried away stars from the WWE, stars like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage had large fan bases and brought a new audience to the WCW program. On the back of Hogan’s heel turn and the formation of the nWo, the WCW dominated the pro wrestling television ratings for 84 straight weeks. Nevertheless, due to numerous financial and creative mistakes and an abundance of egos in the locker-room, the WCW eventually started to lose ground over the WWE.
The WCW had its low points like every other promotion, from The Shockmaster's debut to David Arquette winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Even with these major blunders the WCW was the only promotion ever to get the best of Vince McMahon and the WWE Empire. With innovative ideas, unlimited talent and interesting concepts, the WCW was a special place to be a part of at one point. Here are 13 things the WCW did better than the WWE.
13 Deep Roster
12 Star Studded Matches on Nitro
11 Creation of PPVs
10 Goldberg's Streak
9 Cruiserweight Division
7 International Talent
6 The nWo
5 Star Power
When Hogan decided to leave the WWE, it provided a favorable shift in the wrestling industry for WCW. Hogan’s departure left a gaping hole in the WWE's roster, as they had no mega star they could lean on at that time. The WWE did have Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, but even though they were stars, they did not have the drawing power Hogan could provide which was much more mainstream than anybody else.
4 Sting vs Flair: 45 Minute Match
2 Variety of Wrestlers
1 Hogan Turns Heel
When everyone’s childhood hero became a villain and turned heel, many knew a change of direction in the wrestling industry was beginning. Hogan became what he was fighting against all those years; a bad guy. He ditched the red and yellow for black and white and exposed a ruthless side to him no fan thought he had. The cultural shift in society deemed good guys to be passé, and the WCW jumped on the opportunity to display the company’s hero turning against everything he believed in and his fans. This was something Vince McMahon was afraid to do with Hogan and his other face stars in the WWE at that time. To Bischoff's credit, this move forever changed the landscape of pro wrestling.
Sources: bleacherreport.com, thesportster.com, cagesideseats.com
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