TV Guide – December 5-11, 1998
By Bruce Newman
Pro Wrestling’s Outrageous Superstars Are Pinning Down The Sport’s Biggest Audiences And Ratings Ever! Here’s Why.
Before you see him on-screen, you hear him coming with the thunderously amplified sound of glass shattering into a thousand jagged pieces. It’s as if Stone Cold Steve Austin had just kicked in the front of your television set. And in a way he has. Striding into the ring for Raw Is War (USA Network, Mondays, 9 P.M./ET), the feared dreadnought of the World Wrestling Federation glowers at the red light on the top of the television camera. But rather than rushing to drop his opponent into that orthopedic hell known as the Stone Cold Stunner, he responds to the crowd’s plea to once again preach the gospel according to him, Austin 3:16. “I just whupped your ass!” he bellows and triumphantly raises his huge biceps into the air. Like Hollywood Hulk Hogan, who at this moment is doing virtually the same routine on TNT’s WCW Monday Nitro (Mondays, 8 P.M./ET), Austin’s greatest strength as a wrestler is his mouth. “I don’t read from a script out there,” Austin says. “Everything from me is ad-lib. You turn a camera on, put that little red light on me, I’m gonna go.” So turn a little red light on TV’s hottest form of entertainment, because as Austin himself might say: Hell, yeah! Professional wrestling is ready for its close-up. Continue reading
Posted in 1998
Tagged Bill Goldberg, Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, New World Order, nWo, Steve Austin, Undertaker, WCW, World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, WWF
Galveston County Daily News – December 20, 2001
By Scott Williams
It’s said that nature abhors a vacuum, but the wrestling industry has been making what Ross Perot might call “giant sucking sounds” for months. A couple of would-be players are scrambling to fill the void, but scrambles often turn to stumbles. Continue reading
Posted in 2001
Tagged ECW, Extreme Championship Wrestling, Jimmy Hart, Vince McMahon, Vince Russo, WCW, World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling All-Stars, World Wrestling Federation, WWF, XWF
Orlando Sentinel – May 27, 2001
By Ric Russo
Speaking of WCW, in the time since the organization dropped from the radar screen, I have received a plethora of e-mails concerning its status.
I know as much, or as little, as you do.
No relaunch date has been set by the WWF, and the wrestlers themselves — the WCW performers who came with the purchase agreement — aren’t talking either. This much is known, courtesy of WWF official and television announcer Jim Ross: Continue reading
Wilmingston Morning Star – December 4, 1996
By Ronald Jordan
“They have leadership, and we have none.”
Those were the words of announcer Larry Zbyszko a few weeks ago when assessing why the New World Order had been so successful in its attempts to dominate and control World Championship Wrestling. Well, now that WCW senior executive vice president and key announcer Eric Bischoff has joined the NWO it now looks like total domination. Continue reading
Posted in 1996
Tagged Bret Hart, Eric Bischoff, Faarooq, Flash Funk, Nation of Domination, New World Order, nWo, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Ron Simmons, Shawn Michaels, Sid Vicious, Sting, Too Cold Scorpio, WCW, World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, WWF
Morning Star – September 11, 1996
By Ronald Jordan
First, there was one. Then, there were two. And along with the third one came devastation as the New World Order, made up of Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan, wreaked havoc on World Championship Wrestling.
Now, the NWO apparently has a fourth member by way of Ted DiBiase, the millionaire man who for the last 10 or so years has used his money and influence to gain recognition, status and numerous titles in the World Wrestling Federation. Continue reading
Boca Raton News – March 9, 1997
CHICAGO – Basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman might finally find out just how bad he truly is.
The cross-dressing pro basketball star who wrote a book called “As Bad As I Wanna Be” has signed a deal to be professional wrestler Hulk Hogan’s tag-team partner this summer, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday. Continue reading
Ocala Star-Banner – January 17, 1999
By Richard Burton
For those of you who need more proof of how well pro wrestling has caught on, just look at the bite it took into Monday Night Football’s viewership this past year.
Thanks to the 9.2 million viewers who watched Nitro and Raw on Monday nights during the fourth quarter of 1998, Monday Night Football had to endure the lowest ratings in its 29-year history. Continue reading
Posted in 1999
Tagged Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney, Bam Bam Bigelow, Big Bossman, Bill Goldberg, Billy Gunn, Bob Holly, Brian Knobbs, Buff Bagwell, Buh Buh Ray Dudley, Cactus Jack, Chris Candido, Chris Chetti, Chris Jericho, Chyna, Dan Severn, Danny Doring, Dean Malenko, Dennis Knight, Devon Dudley, Disciple, Doink the Clown, Dudley Boys, Dusty Rhodes, ECW, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, Extreme Championship Wrestling, F.B.I., Gangrel, Gillberg, Godfather, Goldust, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jeff Jarrett, Jerry Brisco, Jesse James, John Kronus, Justin Credible, Kane, Lance Storm, Mankind, Mark Henry, Mick Foley, New Age Outlaws, New Jack, Nova, One Man Gang, Owen Hart, Pat Patterson, Paul Heyman, Perry Saturn, Public Enemy, Roadkill, Rob Van Dam, Rod Price, Rural American Wrestling, Savio Vega, Scott Hall, Shane Douglas, Shane McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Sid Vicious, Spike Dudley, Steve Austin, Steve Blackman, Steve Williams, Sting, Sunny, Super Crazy, Tammy Lynn Sytch, Tatanka, Taz, Terry Funk, Terry Taylor, Test, The Rock, Tiger Ali Singh, Tommy Dreamer, Triple H, Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker, Vader, Vince McMahon, WCW, World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, Wrath, WWF, Yoshihiro Tajiri
Associated Press – June 7, 1994
ATLANTA — Ringside excitement hit a fever pitch this weekend when long-standing rumors were confirmed — Hulk Hogan has returned to wrestling!
The world-renowned Hogan signed a deal with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) that would bring him back into the ring early this summer. The historic signing, the biggest acquisition in the history of the wrestling industry, was announced on WCW Saturday Night, seen weekly on TBS Superstation. Continue reading
Park City Daily News – May 14, 1999
Rick Rood, known in wrestling as “Ravishing” Rick Rude, started his career with the U.S. Wrestling Association in Memphis, Tenn.
His feud with Austin Idol is legendary. Continue reading
Cincinnati Post – March 23, 1999
By William Weathers
‘So close. So close.’
I remember those words going through my head as I watched live professional wrestling on the old Zenith. The show came from a studio at a station in Nashville, about 60 miles away. Continue reading
Posted in 1999
Tagged Bill Goldberg, Billy Kidman, Don Fargo, Hulk Hogan, Jackie Fargo, Kevin Nash, Mr. Tojo, Nick Gulas, Rey Mysterio Jr., Ric Flair, WCW, World Championship Wrestling