WCW Monday Nitro 26 years old

WCW Monday Nitro

WCW Monday Nitro was a weekly professional wrestling telecast produced by World Championship Wrestling, created by Ted Turner and Eric Bischoff. The show aired Monday nights on TNT, going head-to-head with the World Wrestling Federation's Monday Night Raw from September 4, 1995 to March 26, 2001. Production ceased shortly after WCW was purchased by the WWF. The debut of Nitro began the Monday Night Wars, a ratings battle between the WWF and WCW that lasted for almost six years and saw each company resort to cutthroat tactics to try to compete with the competition. In mid-1996, Nitro began to draw better ratings than Raw based on the strength of the nWo storyline, an anarchist wrestling stable that wanted to take over WCW. Nitro continued to beat Raw for 84 consecutive weeks, forcing WWE owner Vince McMahon to change the way he did business. As the nWo storyline grew stagnant, fan interest in the storyline waned, and Raw began to edge out Nitro in the ratings. The turning point for the organizations came during the January 4, 1999 broadcast of Nitro, during which lead commentator Tony Schiavone gave away the results of matches for that night's Raw broadcast. As Raw was taped and Nitro was live, Bischoff believed that knowing the outcome would dissuade viewers from watching the program. Excited by the prospect of seeing perennial WWF underdog Mick Foley win the WWF Championship, a large number of Nitro viewers changed channels to watch Raw, switching back to Nitro after Foley won the title. From that week forward, Raw beat Nitro in the ratings by a significant amount, and WCW was never able to regain the success it once had.

Credits

Cast

Name Character
Ric Flair He was 46 , now 72 years old
William Regal He was 27 , now 53 years old
Roddy Piper He was 41 , 61 years old when he died
Bill Goldberg He was 28 , now 54 years old
Stacy Keibler She was 15 , now 42 years old as Ms. Hancock
Jean-Claude Van Damme He was 34 , now 61 years old
Scott Hall He was 36 , now 62 years old
Will Sasso He was 20 , now 46 years old
Jimmy Hart He was 51 , now 77 years old
Terry Funk He was 51 , now 77 years old
Chuck Norris He was 55 , now 81 years old
Gene Okerlund He was 52 , 76 years old when he died
Ted DiBiase He was 41 , now 67 years old
Hulk Hogan He was 42 , now 68 years old
Bret Hart He was 38 , now 64 years old
Kevin Nash He was 36 , now 62 years old
Paul Wight He was 23 , now 49 years old
Jim Neidhart He was 40 , 63 years old when he died
Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman She was 24 , now 50 years old
Tank Abbott He was 30 , now 56 years old
Eddie Guerrero He was 27 , 38 years old when he died
Scott Charles Bigelow He was 34 , 45 years old when he died
Steve McMichael He was 37 , now 64 years old
Dallas Page He was 84 , 25 years old when he died
James Edward Duggan Jr He was 41 , now 67 years old
Brian Pillman He was 33 , 35 years old when he died
Jeff Jarrett He was 28 , now 54 years old
James Hellwig He was 36 , 54 years old when he died
Bobby Heenan He was 50 , 72 years old when he died
Daniel Christopher Covell He was 24 , now 50 years old
Jeep Swenson He was 38 , 40 years old when he died
Brian Adams He was 31 , 43 years old when he died
Eric Bischoff He was 40 , now 66 years old
Debra Wilson She was 33 , now 59 years old
Jim Fullington He was 32 , now 58 years old
Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. He was 49 , 69 years old when he died
Marcus Alexander Bagwell He was 25 , now 51 years old
Lawrence Michael Rotunda He was 37 , now 63 years old
Randy Savage He was 42 , 58 years old when he died
Barry Windham He was 35 , now 61 years old
Kevin Sullivan He was 40 , now 66 years old
Allen Neal Jones He was 18 , now 44 years old
Scott Anthony Levy He was 30 , now 57 years old
Curtis Michael Hennig He was 37 , 44 years old when he died

Crew

Name Job title
Eric Bischoff Writing He was 40 , now 66 years old Writer
WCW Monday Nitro poster
WCW Monday Nitro (26 years)

Ended

  • First Air Date: 1995-09-04
  • Runtime: [120] minutes
  • Number of Episodes: 292