Top 10 Best WCW Moments
Possibly the most shocking moment wrestling fans never expected was when their hero, Hulk Hogan, turned heel and joined forces with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to form the New World Order. One fan even took such exception to Hulkster's heel turn that he tried to get into the ring and was attacked by Hall and Nash.
On April 2, 1989, before a small crowd of 5,300 at the huge Superdome in New Orleans, Ric Flair faced Ricky Steamboat in a 2-out-of-3-falls match for the championship. Fall No. 1 went to Flair, while Fall No. 2 went to Steamboat. In Fall No. 3, Steamboat pinned Flair after a failed double chickenwing attempt. Flair fell on top of Steamboat. Both men's shoulders were down, but Steamboat got his left shoulder up before the third count in the final fall. In that fall, Flair's foot was under the rope, thus prompting a rematch between the two at WrestleWar 1989.
After being bought out by Vince McMahon, WCW held its last Monday Nitro. It was a very emotional moment for all the superstars in WCW, with most of them unaware of what the future held for them. The main event saw Ric Flair and Sting going at it one last time. Though the match wasn't their best, it was still a memorable moment.
A match that should have taken place on Pay-Per-View, Goldberg dethroned the legend Hollywood Hulk Hogan and claimed the WCW Championship.
Simmons made history by being the first African American to become World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Vader.
Sting returned in a big way by reinventing his character, now dressed in black with white face paint resembling Eric Draven from The Crow, and serving as WCW's savior against the N.W.O.
During the middle of a tag team match, Nash and Hall attacked a number of WCW superstars in the back. One highlight moment was Rey Mysterio being launched head-first into the side of a trailer. The whole thing felt so real that, according to Eric Bischoff, people in the area actually thought a gang war was going on and called the cops.
Following the death of Owen Hart, Bret and Benoit faced off in a tribute match to the late Owen, ironically in the same building where his death occurred. Though it took a while to really get going, it was still an emotionally filled match.
WCW really stuck it to WWE by having Madusa Alundra Blaze drop the WWE Women's Championship into the trash. Though it was later revealed that she really didn't want to do it, and that she was persuaded by Eric Bischoff to do so.
This series was launched at a mall in Minneapolis, the same area where the Minnesota Twins once played. But it was on Labor Day 1995, during the Sting vs. Ric Flair bout, that Lex Luger showed up unannounced and told the wrestling world he was done playing with toys and had joined where the big boys play. It wouldn't be the last shot in the WCW-WWF wars.
On Memorial Day 1996, in a probably forgettable WCW Monday Nitro match, Scott Hall came out of the crowd and told the worldwide TV audience, "Hey, you know who I am, but you don't know why I'm here." That statement would, in time, launch the war between the nWo and WCW.