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May 21, 2020
It's a 'night of rematches' according to Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, Mongo and Mongo's poor, forcibly-costumed dog. Hey, at least WCW's reliance on the same marquee matches over and over again has a fancy packaging, this time. Join Dean and Liam as they cross their fingers and pray that Hulk Hogan doesn't get his win back from Arn Anderson after just seven days, and share with them the unbridled joy that only an episode featuring Fit Finlay, Brad Armstrong, Giant Haystacks AND Alex Wright can provide. That is, until Liam said something very naughty and forced Because WCW to use their censor button for the first time in 60 episodes. We had money on him doing it inside five, to be fair.
May 14, 2020
Dean and Liam are joined for this very special episode by WCW alumnus Jeanie 'Lady Blossom' Clarke, former valet and real-life wife of 'Stunning' Steve Austin. Clarke tells us about life on the road in the early days of World Championship Wrestling, being an ITV star without realising it, maintaining great friendships with some of her former colleagues and of course, the urban legend that she was the source of Austin's 'Stone Cold' moniker.
May 7, 2020
The February 12th, 1996 edition of WCW Monday Nitro answers the question: can the visual of Arn Anderson pinning Hulk Hogan's shoulders to the mat for a count of three make an otherwise-tedious hour of wrestling a worthwhile watch. Well, the answer is unfortunately no. But come and join Dean and Liam regardless as they endure everything Hogan had to get to do to Arn and the Horseman in return for the essentially-meaningless defeat, as well as Loch Ness almost legit maiming Scotty Riggs, Macho Man attempting to emote after Elizabeth's post-Superbrawl betrayal and an engrossing carwreck of a clash between Konnan and Devon Storm.
April 29, 2020
In a quirk of fate, Dean and Liam look back at the WCW PPV immediately after the last one they covered on the podcast, as the Eric Bischoff/Vince Russo collaboration era presents Spring Stampede 2000. Although just four weeks separated that and Uncensored, there were so many changes behind the scenes you'd be forgiven for thinking four years had passed. And yet, the co-hosts and special guest Priscilla Queen of the Ring explain why beneath the surface, hardly anything had actually changed at all. With 14(!) matches on a sub-three-hour show, title tournaments, multi-man melees and more swerves than you can shake a stick at, come and see exactly why the beacon of hope offered by Russo and Bischoff was merely an ignition to burn down the wick of the final candle in the company's existence.
April 21, 2020
With just six days until Superbrawl VI, World Championship Wrestling embarks on the 'hard sell' (or in their case, somewhat semi-erect) and thankfully also remembers what made most of the first 20 episodes of Monday Nitro enjoyable in the first place. Randy Savage and Ric Flair make Chris Benoit and Marcus Bagwell look formidable, respectively, in fresh match-ups while The Road Warriors challenge the intriguing pairing of Sting and Lex Luger for the world tag team titles in a main event that manages to wrap up just before it outstays its welcome. Plus, Brian Pillman and Kevin Sullivan launch their bid to confuse the hell out of the live audience as much as possible!
April 10, 2020
Having looked back at Superbrawl 2000 in the show's early days, Dean and Liam complete the two-month era of 'booking committee' PPVs in between Vince Russo's two brief but wild stints and soon remember that it actually felt like two decades. The final edition of one of the most infamous PPV show themes of all time comes shortly after the exodus of The Radicals to WWE and sees WCW respond to the changes by main eventing with Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair AGAIN while showcasing such finger-on-the-pulse acts as Brian Knobbs and the Harris Boys. And joining our long-suffering co-hosts for this wretched mess of a major wrestling event from his own transatlantic self-isolation is Justin Henry of Cultaholic, who is now regretting his decision to take pity on us and join in via Skype.
March 30, 2020
The series that prompted ITV to stick the entire Euro 1996 football tournament up on their on-demand service is back with the 22nd edition of Monday Nitro - where after a fun first few months, things are starting to fall into a rut. But don't panic, Dean and Liam will fight their isolation blues to make light of the umpteenth re-arrangement of Hogan, Flair, Savage and Giant while also wondering who on Earth told the returning Road Warriors to go 10 minutes with the Faces of Fear. Plus, get ready for the debut of a foreign object that would prove a key figure in the infamous Billionaire Ted skits!
March 20, 2020
Dean and Liam attempt to cope with the safety protocol for the Corona virus by rewatching the second annual Superbrawl - with Sting vs Lex Luger headlining for the World title plus Rick Rude, Ricky Steamboat, the Steiners, the Dangerous Alliance, Flyin' Brian Pillman and more, it could perhaps be one of the most peak WCW pay-per-views in their history in the midst of their early 1990s zeitgeist. And joining them is a man who surely would have competed for World Championship Wrestling, had they survived past 2001: one of British wrestling's all-time greats, Doug Williams. Fresh off having his return to Ring of Honor cancelled by the lockdown, Doug talks WCW and his own lengthy career in this special episode.
March 11, 2020
WCW rolls into Las Vegas for a double-shot of a Monday Nitro and a Tuesday Clash of the Champions, with a spot of big-time networking thrown in. This hobnobbing excursion means the big names are all over the card, the matchups are particularly rehashed and Hulk Hogan is more nauseatingly insecure than ever before. Will the World title and/or the World tag titles change hands on this landmark episode? Will Hulk and co plunge us to only a third 'thumbs down' from Dean and Liam in 21 episodes so far? And what will Mongo force that poor dog to dress up as this time?
February 18, 2020
Nitro's 20th episode, taking place in Miami, is the first serious sign of how shallow the roster's rotation was before the Outsiders and the New World Order shook things up momentarily. A top-heavy match listing sees Randy Savage and Lex Luger randomly resume their old hostilities while Sting challenges Ric Flair for the World title in their third singles outing on the TNT show alone so far. But, of course, Hulk Hogan's predictable clash with Meng main events anyway. Come join us for all of that plus the Public Enemy's big debut, as well as the intriguing storyline development that led to it.
February 3, 2020
We're not quite sure how, but we've made it to 50 episodes of Because WCW! And to mark the occasion, we've arrived at perhaps the best episode of Monday Nitro yet as the January 8, 1996 edition provides four very entertaining and very different bouts. And in even more good news, the Sting/Lex Luger storyline has magically recommenced after being virtually ignored last week. Not only that, but Hulk Hogan is only mildly overbearing by his usual standards - though that doesn't stop him from having his way with the Horsemen in Horsemen country.
January 23, 2020
If our Starrcade '95 episode just before Christmas didn't satisfy your craving for times WCW turned their biggest PPV of the year into a baffling concept pilot, you're in for a treat! Our first special guest podcast of 2020 relives Starrcade 1991, a showpiece overrun by the debut of Lethal Lottery and Battlebowl. Dean, Liam and British wrestling veteran Sam 'Berry' Gardiner - known between the ropes as Voodoo, eXodus, Mr. Puppet, Blok Busta and more - break down exactly what WCW did right and wrong in their attempt to make Battlebowl their answer to the Royal Rumble. And yes, it was 95% wrong. In hindsight, they should have just plagiarised the Rumble outright. After all, if they're brazen enough to rip off Marvel's Spiderman with Brad Armstrong clad in purple and yellow, there's little point stopping there.
January 16, 2020
Our first episode of the new decade brings the Watchalong series into 1996, where the Nitro immediately following Starrcade proceeds to reset most of the intrigue offered in the Sting/Lex Luger storyline and have Hulk Hogan single-handedly make the Four Horsemen cower at his feet. Nonetheless, Randy Savage leaves the Macho Man Formula(tm) at home in order to settle the score with Arn Anderson while Chris Benoit and Lord Steven Regal beat the tar out of each other in a pair of matches that salvage another pass for this New Year's Day special. Join Dean and Liam for a strangely bright orange hour of action (and apologies in advance for the audio falling away a bit in the final moments).
December 24, 2019
Merry Christmas, fellow WCW masochists! As a special festive treat, Dean and Liam have followed through on their love of special content being pre-recorded for the holidays and put together a Q&A episode using questions about WCW posed via social media by you, our faithful listeners. So, what are our all-time favourite matches and shows? How should the New World Order have ended? And just why was the syndicated WCW Worldwide show so coveted over here in the UK? All this and more are our Christmas present to you guys. See you in the new year!
December 5, 2019
For the very first time, Dean and Liam look back at a PPV in line with their chronological Nitro Watchalong series, as a pivotal 1995 for WCW is wrapped up with their annual showpiece event - or, in this case, another Starrcade wasted on experimental formats. Hooked On Wrestling's Paul Benson takes home the match ball in his third special guest appearance on the podcast, and it's well-earned as WCW manage to find ways to turn an intriguing interpromotional best-of-seven series and one of the first ever three-man matches on PPV into confusing groan-fests. Turns out not all of Eric Bischoff's cutting-edge concepts were as successful or well-executed as the New World Order.
December 5, 2019
For the very first time, Dean and Liam look back at a PPV in line with their chronological Nitro Watchalong series, as a pivotal 1995 for WCW is wrapped up with their annual showpiece event - or, in this case, another Starrcade wasted on experimental formats. Hooked On Wrestling's Paul Benson takes home the match ball in his third special guest appearance on the podcast, and it's well-earned as WCW manage to find ways to turn an intriguing interpromotional best-of-seven series and one of the first ever three-man matches on PPV into confusing groan-fests. Turns out not all of Eric Bischoff's cutting-edge concepts were as successful or well-executed as the New World Order.
November 25, 2019
Dean and Liam wrap up the 1995 Monday Nitros with this festive Starrcade go-home, making them long for wrestling companies of today to make pre-taping shows to first-air on Christmas Day a regular thing, if only so they don't have to watch Gavin and Stacey after their turkey dinners. Will the PPV's cutting edge but confusing concepts, such as the World Cup of Wrestling and the Triangle match for a WCW World title bout, be made any easier to figure out? Well, no.Randy Savage defends the big gold belt against Ric Flair, days before Flair needs to earn a title match. But Sting and Lex Luger are in action! And check out Mean Gene's hat!
November 15, 2019
The penultimate Nitro of 1995 brings us the infamous visual of Madusa returning to the company to dump the WWF Women's title into a handily-located bin, immediately infuriating Vince McMahon and others at the Federation who were aghast that someone would treat the title in such a horrific fashion. Y'know, besides the rest of the championship's entire existence. This seminal angle does however overshadow another very easy to watch hour of television, capped by WCW Champion Randy Savage and The Giant's off-Broadway interpretation of 'David vs Goliath on several lines of cocaine' in the main event. And if you think that match was supercharged, check out Hulk Hogan's antics in a surreal overrun!
November 4, 2019
Dean and Liam pull back onto the road to Starrcade 1995 with their 15th Nitro Watchalong, and what feels like the 15th straight episode of Hulk Hogan, Sting and Randy Savage proclaiming that they cannot trust one another. Nonetheless, the main eventers deliver a delightful old-school main event for the most part on an enjoyable episode also featuring decent action elsewhere and a bittersweet angle involving "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. He coulda been a Horseman, didn't you know...
October 16, 2019
At the height of WCW's fame, the promotion cultivated a reputation for providing fantastic, exciting, fresh wrestling on its undercard before the main event crew arrived to stink up the joint. Those main eventers put WCW at the top, but as we learned, they couldn't keep them there forever without some fresh ideas. Slamboree could well be the perfect example of that template. It comes weeks after WWE ended the 83-week winning streak of Nitro over Raw. It comes shortly after DX made fun of WCW at the Scope. And rather than shake up the formula in response, Bischoff instead opted to challenge Vince McMahon to a fight that was never going to happen. Dean, Liam and Bryan Barrera, owner of top fan site WCWworldwide.com, look back at what could well be when the wheels came off as the Jerichos and Benoits deliver while the latest reshuffling of the same old guys on top proves even more confusing than the last.
October 7, 2019
After 11 very good hour-long episodes of wrestling television and two not-so-good ones, episode 14 of Monday Nitro is perhaps the first to which Dean and Liam can truly say they don't have a bloody clue whether it was good or bad. This middle-of-the-road offering has a new record for Longest Nitro Match in the main event, as well as a tag title match ever-so-slightly sidetracked by a proposal and a big man clash that really should have been better. But at least Ric Flair is feeling energetic, thanks in part to his famous new buddy.
September 30, 2019
Last summer, Dean had the honour of hosting Bret Hart's spoken word UK tour staged by Kayfabe Events. At the tail end of the London leg, attended by his podcast co-host, Liam was one of the fans posing a question to the Hitman during the Q&A section. Liam asked about how WCW dealt with his Starrcade 1999 concussion. What followed was an emotional 40-minute answer detailing the rocky road Bret's health endured following that fateful night. Now, finally, after much effort and a slew of technical disasters, Because WCW can bring you audio from that question. Even if you've read Bret's brilliant autobiography, the detail and raw emotion on show here are something else. With what we know now about concussions and the after-effects, World Championship Wrestling's treatment of one of their biggest stars (and anyone else in a similar position) is all the more sobering.
September 17, 2019
The first World War 3 pay-per-view has come and gone, and unfortunately so has Hulk Hogan's bewildering-yet-entertaining 'man in black' phase as well as any hope that World War 3 would be a remotely decent match concept. Fortunately, Monday Nitro continues to entertain in its fast and breezy format even when Hogan is splashed all over everything and Eric Bischoff sticks a random Japanese womens tag match on the show in a blatant counter-programming ploy. Join Dean and Liam as the Johnny B Badd/DDP angle deepens, the Sting/Lex Luger relationship intrigues and new WCW champion Randy Savage brings back one of his all-time worst outfits. And remember: you can tune in with OR without this episode on the Network!
September 6, 2019
The podcast's second year has been a challenging one, but Dean and Liam are finally back from a third laptop-related absence, hopeful that the sophomore jinx is behind them once and for all. And it's back to the Monday Nitro Watchalongs with a busy go-home show six days before the inaugural World War 3 PPV concept. If you assumed Sting and Hulk Hogan clashed for the very first time at Starrcade 97, think again: they're the main event tonight! Despite spending recent weeks having what appeared to be an on-screen midlife crisis, the 'new', dressed-in-black Hogan finally gives his attempted character evolution a try between the ropes and it's actually very interesting. Perhaps there's something to this heelish dark-clothes deal after all...?
July 8, 2019
Is the 11th edition of Monday Nitro the best so far? With four fun and very different TV matches plus plenty of storyline advancement, most probably. But who cares about all that when you've got the latest instalment of Hulk Hogan's desperate descent into career despair plus Lex Luger in pinstripe workout gear? Join Dean and Liam for the intriguing match-up of Sting vs Dean Malenko, a TV title clash that isn't quite as predictable as most and perhaps the most enjoyable sub-three minute bout you'll find. Oh, and several indications that the entire crew had been to a fetish club shortly before recording this pre-taped episode.
June 27, 2019
On the day the wrestling world plunged back to the 1990s with the news that Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman were returning to positions of power within WWE, Dean and Liam finally sat down for their promised look back at the revolution both Paul and Eric helped facilitate within the Stateside industry: the arrival of the luchadores and subsequent mainstream acceptance of smaller performers. And who better to join them as a special guest than the returning 'Lightning' Mike Quackenbush, renowned wrestler, trainer, author, friend of the podcast and one of the premier proponents of American-styled lucha libre? Weeks after the passing of Silver King, this very special look back at the importance of Nitro's trailblazing cruiserweight division is as poignant as it is insightful.
June 13, 2019
Almost a decade before the WWE 'invented' fan-interactive events such as Taboo Tuesday, Nitro ran a hotline poll to decide the main event of its tenth episode and in no way shape or form ensured only one logical result. No sir. But despite the trademark shadiness of anything related to the WCW Hotline, Nitro 10 ended a two-episode crap streak and provided plenty of enjoyable action as well as seminal moments. Join Dean and Liam for the birth of the awesome Sting/Lex Luger storyline, the demise of the blatant Ultimate Warrior rip-off gimmick and Venice Beach Song Time with Randy Savage, Dark And Edgy Hulk Hogan and their charismatic hobo friend.
June 6, 2019
Back in the mid-1990s during the early stages of wrestling companies staging live weekly flagship TV shows and monthly PPVs, the continuity model was still very much rough around the edges. One thing was usually a constant, however: do not give away PPV footage on free TV when there are still replays to be bought. Of course, WCW would choose Halloween Havoc 1995 as the event to buck this trend, as their 'main event' on Nitro episode nine was a replay of the PPV's closing moments. Yes, the moment when The Giant and THE YETAY! performed a three-man sex act on Hulk Hogan in the middle of the ring. Join Dean and Liam as they explain why the ninth Nitro joins episode eight in the bin despite getting off to a reasonable enough start, and why the phrase "it's always darkest before dawn" is very applicable here.
May 17, 2019
How important are match finishes in wrestling? Of course, the climax of each piece of art constructed inside the squared circle is significant to an extent, but could a series of bad match finishes really spoil an otherwise good card of graps? Thanks to Halloween Havoc 93, the answer is a resounding yes. Join Dean, Liam and pro wrestling author/historian John Lister as they analyse eight creatively horrendous finishes to eight very different contests. Oh, and a truly under-appreciated WCW mini-movie, compared to Havoc 92 and Beach Blast 93, as Tony Schiavone provides early inspiration for Operation Yewtree.
May 7, 2019
Remember when 'go-home' TV shows before a PPV used to make very little reference to the contents of said PPV? Well, the eighth edition of Monday Nitro, six days before Halloween Havoc 1995, would have you believe that the only wrestling match taking place was Hulk Hogan vs The Giant. Oh, and Hulk Hogan vs The Giant in a monster truck sumo showdown, obvs. But while this week's hour is agreed upon by Dean and Liam as being the first to miss the mark, at the same time you absolutely have to watch it for the infamous debut of THE YETAAAAAAAAY! Oh, and six ridiculous fans with the worst face paint job in live audience history.
April 1, 2019
Early Monday Nitro continues to entertain in 45 minute squirts, despite Hulk Hogan's desperate attempts to come across as edgy and contemporary by... dressing in black. Whilst cutting the same 80s promos alongside the same 80s manager in front of the same 80s green screen. Oh, but they changed his custom backdrop to black, too. Find out who gives the fledgling show its longest match to date, who gives it the shortest match to date and who makes us wish Ric Flair would have stayed babyface for just a little bit longer as our chronological crusade through pro wrestling's good old days continues.
March 20, 2019
It's been over a year since Dean and Liam put a PPV episode down to a vote on Twitter and, after this, it may be at least five before they do it again. In defence of the final WCW Superbrawl ever made, it continues the 2001 trend of providing shockingly watchable professional wrestling as the company entered a sensible creative holding pattern in anticipation of the Fusient bailout that never came. Join us to find out why Mike Awesome actually made a decent Bryan Clarke impersonator, why Chavo Guerrero Jr really was one of the top wrestlers in North America during WCW's dying days and why Kevin Nash's cringeworthy final match for the promotion pretty much summed up the majority of his five-year tenure under his real name.
March 5, 2019
The honeymoon period is over for Monday Nitro. After five weeks of feeling fresh and fun by default, episode six would decide whether or not the trademark WCW productive gaffes, Macho Man/Lex Luger fashion disasters and deeply uncomfortable Hulk Hogan interviews would be tolerable as a week-in, week-out attraction. Join Dean and Liam as they dissect how WCW managed to screw up Ric Flair vs Arn Anderson in a cage, how Disco Inferno should have been made heavyweight champion (but kept off Twitter) and how Sabu had already reached his expiry date in the company after just a few short weeks (and is indeed kept off Twitter).
February 14, 2019
Nitro continues its streak of immense watchability five weeks into the series, as Eric Bischoff steps up his Taped Raw Results Giveaway game and Kevin Sullivan becomes the master of the oddball run-in attack. Oh, and there's plenty of great stuff taking place that night in Denver, too. Lex Luger vs Randy Savage, Dean Malenko vs Eddie Guerrero and Ric Flair vs Arn Anderson make the most of the television sprint format. Join Dean and Liam for another rapid 45 minute journey on the road to Halloween Havoc. Will Hulk Hogan keep his brand new Adolf Hitler moustache? TUNE IN NEXT WEEK TO FIND OUT!
February 7, 2019
After a two-month laptop-repair-induced absence, Because WCW is back with a bang: attempting to see how much of the first three episodes of Monday Nitro they can recall just from the fourth show's recaps. Dean and Liam are back from what appears to be an annual tradition of failing to publish new content over the festive period, and they're ready for the run-up to Halloween Havoc 1995 - even if that means constant reminders of the monster truck showdown between Hulk Hogan and The Giant. Join them for 45 fast-paced minutes of cringeworthy mentions of Andre's grave, Kevin Sullivan-inspired mass treks to the food stands and unflattering renders of Lex Luger. Hopefully, it won't take them another two months to look at Nitro number five.
December 4, 2018
Can WCW Monday Nitro make it three enjoyable episodes from three, or is the honeymoon period already over? Will they be able to cram all of the fallout from Fall Brawl 1995 into just 45 minutes? And who wore the most nauseating ring gear on the evening: 'Macho Man' Randy Savage or the American Males? Dean and Liam continue their unplanned, unedited, perhaps unbearable live review of the weekly TV show that forever changed pro wrestling. And this time, they do it without making a single reference to Jimmy Saville. Or do they..? Either play this episode in sync with Nitro #03 on the WWE Network, or just listen alone as we talk you through the show.
November 23, 2018
Some things are best viewed in isolation. Bereft of context, hindsight and any other asides. BATB 1997 not only one of those things, but perhaps the perfect WCW example of such. Joining Dean and Liam to look back at the show is a man who was there in attendance at Daytona Beach that evening. A man who was directly responsible for so many British wrestling fans falling in love with the industry in the first place. The editor of Power Slam Magazine from 1994-2014, Fin Martin. And if you want to learn how it is indeed possible to find a show containing Ric Flair vs Roddy Piper with a combined age nearing 100, a Mortal Kombat rip-off tag match and Dennis bleedin' Rodman in the main event strangely gratifying, step on in and allow us to explain.
November 23, 2018
Some things are best viewed in isolation. Bereft of context, hindsight and any other asides. BATB 1997 not only one of those things, but perhaps the perfect WCW example of such. Joining Dean and Liam to look back at the show is a man who was there in attendance at Daytona Beach that evening. A man who was directly responsible for so many British wrestling fans falling in love with the industry in the first place. The editor of Power Slam Magazine from 1994-2014, Fin Martin. And if you want to learn how it is indeed possible to find a show containing Ric Flair vs Roddy Piper with a combined age nearing 100, a Mortal Kombat rip-off tag match and Dennis bleedin' Rodman in the main event strangely gratifying, step on in and allow us to explain.
November 13, 2018
It's easy to assume that the Monday Night Wars began with the debut of Nitro, but in fact it was episode two that first went head-to-head against WWE Raw after a US Open tennis pre-emption that Eric Bischoff used to his advantage. It was also Nitro's first 'go-home' edition, ahead of Fall Brawl and War Games. So, join Dean and Liam in the second of the Nitro Watchalong series and listen to them try to count how many blatant shots are fired at the opposition by the WCW commentary team, who makes the most dated pop culture references between Bobby Heenan and Steve McMichael, and how many moves WCW champ Hulk Hogan and challenger Lex Luger no-sell between them in our main event.
October 30, 2018
World Championship Wrestling had its fair share of memorable MCs, whether it be the distinct voice of early WCW era compere Gary Michael Capetta, voice of six years of weekly live television David Penzer or the legendary part-time contributor Michael Buffer. And after 22 episodes of sidebars talking about such a vital aspect of a wrestling company, Dean and Liam have finally taken the time to put the unheralded microphone maestros under the microscope. Not only that, but Mr. Penzer himself very kindly agreed to join us via telephone for a fascinating and detailed insight into the chaotic behind-the-scenes operations of WCW. From trying to calm a furious Philadelphia crowd by reading Positively Page chapter by chapter to getting into a 'hockey fight' with a former WCW titleholder, 'The Penz' has a story or two to tell.
October 15, 2018
It's only taken us four Halloween Havocs to actually publish an episode looking at one in the actual build-up to Halloween, but here we are - and what a Havoc it is. For some twisted reason, 'Dominator' Stu Allen of British promotion EWW thought it would be a laugh to rewatch the PPV featuring the infamous Chamber of Horrors match in celebration of his company's upcoming 20th anniversary. But as Dean and Liam explain, some of the things taking place behind the scenes at WCW around this time made an opening contest pitting two teams of four completely random non-rivals against each other in a bid to put someone in an electric chair for no particular additional gain look like your run-of-the-mill storytelling in comparison.
October 1, 2018
In a departure from the usual format, Dean and Liam venture into the world of live watchalong podcasting. And they begin with the start of Monday Nitro, the show that changed the face of wrestling television for better and for worse. Feel free to watch the first ever Nitro on the WWE Network while you listen, or just tune into the podcast on its own as usual. Either way, join us as we renact the wild five-plus-year-ride that was WCW on Monday nights in an unprecedented, unedited, unscripted, unfiltered and unsomethingelse style of episode. So apologies in advance for the rough-and-ready audio... Thankfully, the show began with a simple one-hour format and WCW pulled out all the stops. Brian Pillman vs Jushin Liger, Sting vs Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan vs Big Bubba Rogers combine with a memorable location and an infamous surprise return. Plus, a suitable show-closing entrance theme to mark the first podcast coverage of the company's Monday "Primetime" debut.
September 17, 2018
Very few wrestling 'dream matches' involved Hulk Hogan back in the day, but Superbrawl V was certainly main evented by one of them. Hogan vs Vader carried so much intrigue that WCW drew over 10,000 paid to an event for the first time since 1989, back when they were still the NWA. And those impressive ticket sales apparently had the company so scared that they were doing something right for once, they slapped a terrible non-finish on the big PPV clash after forcing the audience to endure one of the worst undercards in recorded history. Nonetheless, Dean and Liam resisted the urge to 'do a Paul Roma' on this podcast. Along with special guest, veteran former British wrestler and trainer Justin Richards, they tackle everything from Dusty Finishes to Jim Duggan snorefests to Dave effing Sullivan with the utmost professionalism to celebrate the podcast surviving its rookie year.
August 27, 2018
Remember WCW's Beach Blast '92 show? Remember how critically acclaimed it was? Remember how awesome it was in just about every single way? Yeah, it turns out our minds have been lying to us for 26 years. The show isn't actually all that good after all. Either that, or it's aged rather horrifically. Probably the latter.  But what better way to say farewell to this unfathomably hot summer than to look at WCW's very first foray into the beach-themed PPV concept? Joining us for this episode is British wrestling guru, author of two brilliant books, promoter, manager, commentator and key figure at WrestleTalk.com, Mr. Greg Lambert. It's worth tuning in for his reaction to the infamous Bikini Contest or his shocking critique of the Iron Man Challenge alone.
August 10, 2018
"Nobody gives a **** about the undercard," a famous boxing promoter once declared in front of the gathered press. It's an arguable point, especially in the non-scripted realms of combat sports. But when it comes to wrestling, it's rarely that simple. Welcome to GAB 90, a show bang in the middle of the NWA's transition into WCW and the event at which the company expected to kick start their own version of Hulkamania. Before that epic main event match, they had the small matter of two and a half hours to kill. Dean and Liam turn the clock back 28 years to analyse the various ways a wrestling promotion can ensure every contest not involving the Midnight Express on a show does not upstage the World title match. Oh, and Iron Sheik and El Gigante make their Because WCW debuts!
July 19, 2018
Jaws hit the floor all across the global wrestling community earlier this year when Jeff Jarrett was announced as an inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. And Jarrett's years-long standoff with the dominant force of the industry isn't the only time 'Double J' has courted controversy. And ahead of Jarrett's no-holds-barred spoken word tour of the UK, Because WCW had the chance to speak to 'The Chosen One' about some of those moments, from his ill-fated stints with the Four Horsemen and the New World Order, the Bash at the Beach 2000 incident and his penchant for smashing guitars over the heads of the vertically challenged. In addition to this exclusive interview with the first former WCW star to join us on the podcast, Dean and Liam look back at Jarrett's two stints with the company, his entrance themes, his legacy as a professional wrestler and more.
July 6, 2018
Sometimes wrestling shows are good. Sometimes wrestling shows are bad. And then there's Halloween Havoc 1992, which starts off harmlessly enough before falling off a cliff and landing rectum-first on a spiked fence with its infamous 'triple main event'. And if you think Dean and Liam had it rough rewatching and reliving this Bill Watts catastrophe of a PPV, spare a thought for their special guest, veteran MMA journalist Dave Doyle. Dave travelled from Boston to Philadelphia to attend Havoc 92 live, in what was his very first wrestling road trip. You'd think such a trip would put him off wrestling for life, but a typewritten letter of apology from Watts himself turned a horrendous show into a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
June 22, 2018
The global wrestling community was deeply saddened by the news this week that Leon 'Big Van Vader' White had passed away on Monday at the age of 63. It's no exaggeration that if it wasn't for Vader, there probably wouldn't be a Because WCW podcast. In this special episode, Dean and Liam recall their favourite memories of Big Van Vader's WCW career which spanned from 1990 until 1995, including Dean's first-hand accounts of Vader matches across several UK tours. Arguably the greatest big man in wrestling history and without doubt one of the reasons World Championship Wrestling retained as many fans as it did regardless of the company's overall decision-making, Leon will be missed.
June 13, 2018
Is it possible for a wrestling pay-per-view to be quite good and quite shit at the same time? Spring Stampede 1998 may well be the best example of this, if so. Dean and Liam welcome back friend of the show and Hooked On Wrestling head honcho Paul Benson to look back at a host of matches that polarise, have aged badly after a good first impression or sometimes just plain depend on your mood when you watch them. All at a time when the product was both at a commercial peak and about to fall apart in breathtaking fashion. One thing remains a constant, however: most people who ordered the show at the time were wondering why they bothered to spend their hard-earned on it. No wonder buyrates fell off a cliff a year later.
May 24, 2018
There was a time when WCW was not only successful, but cool and fun to watch. A good example of that time is the Slim Jim-sponsored event, Slim Jim presents Halloween Havoc 1996 in association with Slim Jim. Join Dean, Liam and special guest Mike Quackenbush as they look back at when the New World Order was the absolute best thing going in professional wrestling, flanked by a brilliant roster of big names, exciting performers and masterful workhorses. Then, re-live the turgid main event of Hollywood Hogan vs Randy Savage plus its rambling aftermath which all served as a stark reminder that pretty much everything great about WCW happened almost by accident. It's as sobering as when you realise that Slim Jims are actually a poor man's Pepperami.
April 26, 2018
Since it's April, Dean and Liam decided to treat themselves to one of the best PPVs WCW ever put out as they're joined by Darren Goss of Discovery Wrestling for one of the last major events pre-Hogan arrival. But hang on just a second: don't let a Flair-Steamboat main event, a retrospective dream match between Steve Austin and Great Muta and a trailblazing tag team war fool you: there's plenty of typical WCW numbskullery to be found amidst the greatness. Who wins the war between all-time great workers and baffling booking? Or will it end in a confusing and inconclusive draw? And exactly what does the American Males theme say when played backwards?
April 26, 2018
Since it's April, Dean and Liam decided to treat themselves to one of the best PPVs WCW ever put out as they're joined by Darren Goss of Discovery Wrestling for one of the last major events pre-Hogan arrival. But hang on just a second: don't let a Flair-Steamboat main event, a retrospective dream match between Steve Austin and Great Muta and a trailblazing tag team war fool you: there's plenty of typical WCW numbskullery to be found amidst the greatness. Who wins the war between all-time great workers and baffling booking? Or will it end in a confusing and inconclusive draw? And exactly what does the American Males theme say when played backwards?
April 11, 2018
Dean and Liam are joined for Episode 11 by Ash Rose, member of top wrestling podcasting and media group Gorilla Position as well as the voice of Alive and Kicking, the 90s nostalgia pod. Of all the choices Mr. 90s had at his disposal, with most of WCW's existence occurring in that decade, he plumped for this absolute shower. BATB '99, where the 'war' pitting rap vs country gets outright confusing, the conflict between the old guard and the young lions fizzles out with a whimper, the WCW title is decided in a tag match where there's more chance of finding out who drove that bloody Hummer than there is sussing the exact rules, and of course over a dozen men risking their careers in a junkyard for a match no sod could properly watch.
April 11, 2018
Dean and Liam are joined for Episode 11 by Ash Rose, member of top wrestling podcasting and media group Gorilla Position as well as the voice of Alive and Kicking, the 90s nostalgia pod. Of all the choices Mr. 90s had at his disposal, with most of WCW's existence occurring in that decade, he plumped for this absolute shower. BATB '99, where the 'war' pitting rap vs country gets outright confusing, the conflict between the old guard and the young lions fizzles out with a whimper, the WCW title is decided in a tag match where there's more chance of finding out who drove that bloody Hummer than there is sussing the exact rules, and of course over a dozen men risking their careers in a junkyard for a match no sod could properly watch.
March 28, 2018
This month, WWE Network has finally begun to upload episodes of Thunder, WCW's ill-fated and corporate-mandated second major weekly show which ran from 1998 until the company's demise in 2001. So, what better time for Dean Ayass and Liam Happe to cover their first ever non-PPV on Because WCW? The very first Thunder, unsurprisingly, featured some real effort before the show became the poorly-produced afterthought it will forever be known as just weeks later. This bumper three-hour opening gambit featured big stars, some notable results and even large chunks of footage from Starrcade. So, what went wrong? And why was the show's dismal failure so inevitable even after a successful debut? All will be explained.
March 8, 2018
Some major professional wrestling events are forever known as "the show with that match". Uncensored 1996 is one of those events. And "that match" is the utterly reprehensible 8-on-2 Doomsday Cage debacle. Join Dean, Liam and special guest Paul Benson of Hooked On Wrestling as they attempt to answer several pivotal questions. Questions such as "how was Giant Haystacks' big Stateside moment?", "why did mid-90s promotions treat women so badly?" and "can four of the company's most established performers really make a Chicago Street Fight a total chore to watch?". Oh, and don't worry: they go in two-footed on Ed Leslie and Terry Bollea, too.
March 7, 2018
Some major professional wrestling events are forever known as "the show with that match". Uncensored 1996 is one of those events. And "that match" is the utterly reprehensible 8-on-2 Doomsday Cage debacle. Join Dean, Liam and special guest Paul Benson of Hooked On Wrestling as they attempt to answer several pivotal questions. Questions such as "how was Giant Haystacks' big Stateside moment?", "why did mid-90s promotions treat women so badly?" and "can four of the company's most established performers really make a Chicago Street Fight a total chore to watch?". Oh, and don't worry: they go in two-footed on Ed Leslie and Terry Bollea, too.
February 22, 2018
We here at Because WCW have in just seven prior episodes covered some of the worst and most ridiculous PPV efforts that the company had to offer. And yet here, for the first time, we plunge deep into perhaps the most depraved overall period in the promotion's history: Early 2000. Head booker Kevin Sullivan, part deux, post-Radicalz. And who do we have to thank for this? Why, the podcast's very first special guest! Joining Dean Ayass and Liam Happe is British fed IPW's owner, Billy Wood. Tune in to find out which member of the Superbrawl 2000 roster he very nearly booked in a moment of sheer madness. Or else we'll send over Tank Abbott wielding a knife.
February 21, 2018
We here at Because WCW have in just seven prior episodes covered some of the worst and most ridiculous PPV efforts that the company had to offer. And yet here, for the first time, we plunge deep into perhaps the most depraved overall period in the promotion's history: Early 2000. Head booker Kevin Sullivan, part deux, post-Radicalz. And who do we have to thank for this? Why, the podcast's very first special guest! Joining Dean Ayass and Liam Happe is British fed IPW's owner, Billy Wood. Tune in to find out which member of the Superbrawl 2000 roster he very nearly booked in a moment of sheer madness. Or else we'll send over Tank Abbott wielding a knife.
February 1, 2018
Dean Ayass and Liam Happe wrap up the opening chapter of the Because WCW project with Greed, the aptly-titled final pay-per-view in company history. In typical fashion, the product had improved in the promotion's dying months but with Fusient's takeover hitting a brick wall just days prior to the event, WCW's days were officially numbered just as Scott Steiner peaked in his world title reign, Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair brought the nostalgic comedy and the cruiserweights finally began their comeback. Tune into the entire show for a special discount code courtesy of our new partners IWN Live!
January 11, 2018
Brace yourselves. This one's gonna be rough. After enjoying a nice WCW-free winter break full of festive feasts, Dean Ayass and Liam Happe return with episode six, covering perhaps the worst ever attempt at a major wrestling event and by far the most Russorific of all time. Sit back, relax and enjoy Dean and Liam reliving every elderly woman on a forklift, every fake miscarriage and every confusing attempt at reinventing the rules of a wrestling match. It's safe to say they may never put the show selection up for a vote on Twitter ever again.
January 11, 2018
Brace yourselves. This one's gonna be rough. After enjoying a nice WCW-free winter break full of festive feasts, Dean Ayass and Liam Happe return with episode six, covering perhaps the worst ever attempt at a major wrestling event and by far the most Russorific of all time. Sit back, relax and enjoy Dean and Liam reliving every elderly woman on a forklift, every fake miscarriage and every confusing attempt at reinventing the rules of a wrestling match. It's safe to say they may never put the show selection up for a vote on Twitter ever again. NOTE: Our audio quality improved after the first six episodes, but we are perfectly audible in this one nonetheless. Please hang in there!
November 30, 2017
WWE has recently revived the Starrcade brand name for a house show in the old North Carolina territory. So, Dean Ayass and Liam Happe look back to one of the reasons a rival company was in a position to revive the name in the first place. In their first look at a 'Vince Russo PPV', Dean and Liam endure all 13 - yes, thirteen - matches on a three hour show that gave us so much crap and snatched away the in-ring career of Bret 'Hitman' Hart all at the same time.
November 30, 2017
WWE has recently revived the Starrcade brand name for a house show in the old North Carolina territory. So, Dean Ayass and Liam Happe look back to one of the reasons a rival company was in a position to revive the name in the first place. In their first look at a 'Vince Russo PPV', Dean and Liam endure all 13 - yes, thirteen - matches on a three hour show that gave us so much crap and snatched away the in-ring career of Bret 'Hitman' Hart all at the same time. NOTE: Our audio quality improved after the first six episodes, but we are perfectly audible in this one nonetheless. Please hang in there!
November 10, 2017
WWE are bringing back the epic spectacle known as WarGames for the first time in almost 20 years at the upcoming NXT Takeover, so Dean Ayass and Liam Happe look back to a vintage WCW edition of the match. And as you the listener decided via Twitter, that show is WrestleWar 92! In addition to learning to cope with covering a PPV that is actually fun to watch, Dean and Liam break down what is seen by many as the greatest contest in the 1990-2001 history of the WCW brand. And, as a bonus, they preview NXT's take on 'The Match Beyond' and discuss whether Triple H can successfully revive the concept. As a result, our 'Classic WCW Themes' feature will return in Episode 5!
November 10, 2017
WWE are bringing back the epic spectacle known as WarGames for the first time in almost 20 years at the upcoming NXT Takeover, so Dean Ayass and Liam Happe look back to a vintage WCW edition of the match. And as you the listener decided via Twitter, that show is WrestleWar 92! In addition to learning to cope with covering a PPV that is actually fun to watch, Dean and Liam break down what is seen by many as the greatest contest in the 1990-2001 history of the WCW brand. And, as a bonus, they preview NXT's take on 'The Match Beyond' and discuss whether Triple H can successfully revive the concept. As a result, our 'Classic WCW Themes' feature will return in Episode 5! NOTE: Our audio quality improved after the first six episodes, but we are perfectly audible in this one nonetheless. Please hang in there!
October 27, 2017
Yep, THAT show. One of the most infamous PPVs in WCW history and the inspiration for the Because WCW social media profile picture is the subject of episode three. Dean Ayass and Liam Happe endure Hogan vs Warrior II so, hopefully, you never feel you have to. Plus, join them as they break down exactly how a major entertainment company can possibly run over their alloted PPV time and deny paying customers their advertised main event, costing them millions of dollars. Oh, and the duo look back at a truly wonderful classic WCW entrance theme.
October 27, 2017
Yep, THAT show. One of the most infamous PPVs in WCW history and the inspiration for the Because WCW social media profile picture is the subject of episode three. Dean Ayass and Liam Happe endure Hogan vs Warrior II so, hopefully, you never feel you have to. Plus, join them as they break down exactly how a major entertainment company can possibly run over their alloted PPV time and deny paying customers their advertised main event, costing them millions of dollars. Oh, and the duo look back at a truly wonderful classic WCW entrance theme. NOTE: Our audio quality improved after the first six episodes, but we are perfectly audible in this one nonetheless. Please hang in there!
October 5, 2017
After their peak at Starrcade 1997, WCW enjoyed a red-hot 1998 at the peak of professional wrestling's popularity. Unfortunately for them, they also inflicted enough damage upon themselves in 1998 to fall back behind the WWF/WWE and begin their three-year tailspin from glory to oblivion. Join Dean Ayass and Liam Happe in looking back at BATB '98, a pay-per-view pitting basketball stars Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman across the ring from one another as WCW well and truly lost touch with what made them so popular in the first place. Why? Because WCW.
October 5, 2017
After their peak at Starrcade 1997, WCW enjoyed a red-hot 1998 at the peak of professional wrestling's popularity. Unfortunately for them, they also inflicted enough damage upon themselves in 1998 to fall back behind the WWF/WWE and begin their three-year tailspin from glory to oblivion. Join Dean Ayass and Liam Happe in looking back at BATB '98, a pay-per-view pitting basketball stars Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman across the ring from one another as WCW well and truly lost touch with what made them so popular in the first place. Why? Because WCW.  NOTE: Our audio quality improved after the first six episodes, but we are perfectly audible in this one nonetheless. Please hang in there!
September 15, 2017
Why has professional wrestling been in a mind-numbing monopoly for 16 years and counting? Because WCW. Why is a 350 pound man tripping up and falling through a wall the greatest thing the industry has ever seen? Because WCW. And why is there now a podcast series dedicated to the vast quantities of incomprehensible idiocy that one single company managed to unleash upon wrestling within the span of a decade? Because WCW. In the very first episode looking at the legacy of World Championship Wrestling, Dean Ayass and Liam Happe start with the high point of the company timeline. Their finest hour. Their biggest ever show. Their hottest ever main event. And the night they showed why they would lose the Monday Night Wars.
September 15, 2017
Why has professional wrestling been in a mind-numbing monopoly for 16 years and counting? Because WCW. Why is a 350 pound man tripping up and falling through a wall the greatest thing the industry has ever seen? Because WCW. And why is there now a podcast series dedicated to the vast quantities of incomprehensible idiocy that one single company managed to unleash upon wrestling within the span of a decade? Because WCW. In the very first episode looking at the legacy of World Championship Wrestling, Dean Ayass and Liam Happe start with the high point of the company timeline. Their finest hour. Their biggest ever show. Their hottest ever main event. And the night they showed why they would lose the Monday Night Wars. NOTE: Our audio quality improved after the first six episodes, but we are perfectly audible in this one nonetheless. Please hang in there!
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