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The final day of the year brings our last episode of 2021, and as with previous years it's a doozy. For the third straight year, Dean and Liam have implored you to ask them ANYTHING related to World Championship Wrestling. And after doing it solo in 2019 and inviting a guest in 2020, this time - for the first time in the show's history - there are …
 
It's the first episode of Monday Nitro following the lengthy stint at Disney and the first since Hollywood Hogan regained the WCW World title at Hog Wild as the show arrives in what Larry Zbyszko calls 'the middle of nowhere' - Casper, Wyoming. Join Dean and Liam through an erratic 90 minutes of wrestling TV littered with PPV rematches and some ver…
 
An old favourite guest returns to the podcast to help Dean and Liam look back at the infamous WCW debuts of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash... kinda. Superbrawl 1 sees Oz and The Diamond Studd make their bows during a very strange transitional period for the company, but thankfully an utterly weird PPV is saved late on by several strong matches, includin…
 
The WCW roster deals with the aftermath of the New World Order's legendary backstage assault from the previous Nitro in this final episode before Hog Wild on PPV, which is also the last of the Disney/MGM tapings due to the 1996 Olympics. Join Dean and Liam as they watch through the babyfaces standing up in defiance while the heels get even more sin…
 
All Elite Wrestling's recent All Out 2021 PPV earned the biggest buyrate for a non-WWE wrestling PPV since WCW produced their inaugural Mayhem show in way back in 1999. And when Dean and Liam shared this trivia with a fellow podcaster they met at Hooked On's All Out watch party, the trio decided to cover Mayhem for an episode. Then, they realised i…
 
Today marks four years since the very first episode of Because WCW looked at the infamous Starrcade 1997 PPV (which also means we have lasted longer than the promotion did after that botched Sting/Hogan main event), and to celebrate our 4th birthday we spoke to a member of wrestling media who knows World Championship Wrestling extremely well - the …
 
Dean and Liam arrive at one of the most iconic editions of Monday Nitro, as Scott Hall and Kevin Nash bring a regularly-scheduled episode to its knees with a sneak attack so rough and severe that wrestling writers would spent the next decade or more attempting to replicate it on a weekly basis, to diminishing returns and diluted effects. Re-live th…
 
Somehow, some way, Because WCW made it to the 100-episode mark. So, Dean and Liam decided to celebrate by bringing on a very, very special guest! Former United States (sorry, CANADIAN) heavyweight champion, Triple Crown title winner and globally-respected wrestler and trainer Lance Storm joins the podcast to discuss his brief-but-memorable tenure a…
 
Days after learning of the passing of beloved wrestling legend 'Beautiful' Bobby Eaton, Dean and Liam decided to rewatch one of the few shows Eaton main evented: a 1991 challenge of WCW champion Ric Flair on a TV special. Joining the duo is returning former guest Darren Goss of Discovery Wrestling, but before they can get to Flair vs Eaton, first t…
 
The Disney tapings continue in the wake of the New World Order's formation, and Ric Flair is conspicuous by his absence. Fortunately, in Flair's place is new arrival The Leprechaun. Yes, you read that right. Join Dean and Liam as they breeze through a fast-paced two-hour Nitro, which is a blessing considering how much intolerable guff is on this ep…
 
Eight days after the infamous conclusion of BATB '96, 'Hollywood' Hulk Hogan makes his first appearance in the infamous all-black garb. Well, if you ignore his temporary midlife crisis period in late '95. The battle lines are drawn in WCW as the New World Order make their presence known on another episode that really struggles to cope with the new …
 
Dean and Liam, for the first time in a while, review a classic major WCW show as a two-man act and for the occasion, they covered the second Clash event in the podcast's run so far. Join them as they debate whether Cactus Jack turned babyface at or before this show; whether 2 Cold Scorpio's hideous music video is the craziest WCW ever produced (and…
 
It's the day after Bash At The Beach 1996 and everything has changed on Nitro. Not only is beloved hero Hulk Hogan now a villain in league with The Outsiders, but WCW are filming their Monday night TV show at Disney in broad daylight! An intriguing and unique episode begins the steady move into the promotion's absolute peak. Join Dean and Liam for …
 
It's the end of an era on the Watchalong series, as Dean and Liam cover the final episode of Monday Nitro prior to the arrival of the New World Order and professional wrestling being turned on its head. A mostly-enjoyable run of pre-Hollywood Hogan television finishes up with a decent enough offering, featuring the biggest Ric Flair's Banquet Table…
 
Because WCW continues its chronicles of the company's bizarre obsession of anchoring its flagship year-end pay-per-view offering with a myriad of side concepts as Starrcade finds itself once again piggybacking a Battlebowl and a Lethal Lottery. Nonetheless, this curiously-booked smattering of double duty, triple duty and wholly uninspiring encounte…
 
It took a month, but Nitro are finally starting to figure out how to make their two-hour shows run as smoothly as their mostly-enjoyable 60-minute bursts. Join Dean and Liam as those two no-good outsiders continue to make their presence known, spoiling an intriguing triangle main event for the tag team titles, while the rest of the show features a …
 
We let our special guests pick a pay-per-view or special WCW event to cover when they appear on the show, and many of them pick shows from the early 1990s. Who can blame them? To many of us growing up at that time, it was a true glory period, surpassed only by the nWo's peak months. Our latest third chair was no exception, as Dave Bradshaw - who ha…
 
It's the night after the 1996 Great American Bash (recently reviewed in episode 88), and the battle lines are starting to form in the wake of The Outsiders' attack on Eric Bischoff. Even WCW's resident villains are issuing threats to Hall and Nash - what has become of pro wrestling!? Join Dean and Liam as they once again attempt to speed up Nitro's…
 
It was indeed an entire two decades ago on this very day that World Championship Wrestling staged its final live event, the 'series finale' edition of Monday Nitro, from Panama City Beach, Florida. This poignant landmark has prompted Dean and Liam to reflect back on the final few months of the company, whether Eric Bischoff could have truly turned …
 
Once again, Dean and Liam look back at a PPV in line with their ongoing Nitro Watchalong series, and it happens to be one of the more enjoyable efforts WCW ever put behind a paywall. The Giant vs Lex Luger, Sting vs Lord Steven Regal, a surprisingly fun battle between The Horsemen and two NFL stars plus the iconic Falls Count Anywhere bout between …
 
Nitro's move to two hours continues to experience some teething pain, as WCW delivers another one-hour episode stretched out the extra length as the hard sell for the 1996 Great American Bash begins. That said, a great old-school tag team main event featuring Sting and Lex Luger defending the tag titles against the Horsemen, plus perhaps the greate…
 
One week after the shocking Nitro appearance of Scott Hall, WCW broadcast their second two-hour Monday night offering - though it could have easily fit inside the old one-hour timeslot if they removed all the repeated promo videos for the absent Hulk Hogan. Nonetheless, an old-school bout pitting Ric Flair and Arn Anderson against The Rock 'n' Roll…
 
A new year means new horizons for Because WCW, as for the first time we review a Clash Of The Champions event! The two-hour TV specials had a Saturday Night's Main Event/In Your House vibe, but were eventually replaced by monthly three-hour PPVs. Dean and Liam start with one of the very best Clash shows of the 1990-2001 WCW era, as the 17th edition…
 
Hey, yo! After an extended Christmas break, Dean and Liam are back with not just any Monday Nitro Watchalong, but the May 27, 1996 episode. As Nitro moves from one hour to two, they mark the occasion with the arrival of one Scott Hall. The company's greatest ever storyline is underway! Tune in for that plus Ric Flair and Woman's glorious cheating t…
 
After the positive feedback for last year's special festive episode, during which Dean and Liam answered YOUR WCW-related questions, they decided to do it again this year... with a special guest joining their panel. Former two-time guest of the show and editor of famed British wrestling publication Power Slam for its 20-year run from 1994 to 2014, …
 
It's the final Monday Nitro before the entire landscape of the professional wrestling industry would change forever, and it is also the night of perhaps Nitro's best match to date as the on-form Ric Flair battles popular babyface Eddie Guerrero. Join Dean and Liam as they wonder why 1996 Flair isn't celebrated quite as much as other peak periods fo…
 
One of the final slender episodes of Monday Nitro brings us four matches that could all be classified as 'heel vs heel', if you are counting the constantly-scowling Scott Steiner and a Lex Luger who camped outside the arena overnight as heels. After all, Luger seems to switch each week at this juncture. Join Dean and Liam for 42 minutes of perfectl…
 
We here at Because WCW have covered our fair share of awful, harebrained, nonsensical offerings from various loons somehow employed to positions of power at World Championship Wrestling over the years. This time, however, Dean and Liam cover perhaps the dullest. Joining them to look back at the 1992 Great American Bash is wrestling historian and op…
 
This special episode of the podcast sees Dean and Liam joined by a man who covered wrestling online for much of World Championship Wrestling's existence and to this day contributes to Inside The Ropes as well as running his Blog Of Doom website, Scott Keith. The trio discuss Scott's experiences as a WCW fan as well as a wrestling writer, including …
 
The era of The Giant has arrived, and WCW wastes no time showing us what an unstoppable and uncontrollable force he is as World champion. They also waste no time in hammering home their two favourite on-off long-running storylines, "Randy Savage has lost his mind!" and "what's the deal with Sting and Lex Luger?" Join Dean and Liam and take your min…
 
Thirty years ago on the very date of this episode being published, World Championship Wrestling aired the second annual Halloween Havoc PPV live on PPV. And on this momentous anniversary - not to mention the day before NXT finally brings the beloved concept back - is the perfect time for us to cover another of the most requested WCW themed show, by…
 
The April 29, 1996 edition of Monday Nitro may well be the best one yet. Featuring a hard-hitting Parking Lot Brawl between Fit Finlay and Lord Steven Regal plus two major title bouts, the absence of Hulk Hogan continues to lead to some enjoyable hour-long television. Join Dean and Liam for more great nostalgia, insight and of course, random talk a…
 
Would you believe it? WCW begins three months of Hulk Hogan-less episodes of Monday Nitro with a really enjoyable hour of television! As fate would have it, while fans on social media bicker over how many non-finishes AEW have or have not used on a year of Dynamite, the April 22, 1996 edition of Nitro is one of the best of the early bunch despite h…
 
Earlier this year, we rewatched Spring Stampede 2000 and recalled how Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo's publicised joint rescue attempt of WCW was taking on water after just six days. Three weeks later, their second PPV effort continued to confuse and depress. The PPV that features actor David Arquette entering as the defending WCW World champion is …
 
Good news: Midlife Crisis Hulk Hogan makes his final appearance on this edition of Monday Nitro before forming the New World Order and going Hollywood that summer. Bad news: he manages to leave a horrific taste in the mouth of the watching fan on his way out with his latest desperate self-serving antics. Join Dean and Liam as they endure a depressi…
 
Today, Because WCW turns three years old! And what better way to celebrate than with Hulk Hogan and Ed Leslie's latest desperate attempts to stay relevant? On the plus side, the Hulkster isn't far in our Nitro chronicles from disappearing until he'd return to form the New World Order. Until then, Dean and Liam witness an hour of old-school wrestlin…
 
As it's Nitro Week on hookedonwrestling.co.uk, we have for the first time published a second episode in a week. And it's a humdinger! Dean and Liam are joined by British wrestling media legend Findlay Martin to discuss the impact WCW's game-changing weekly show had not just on the industry as a whole, but on fans of various generations and Fin hims…
 
From Monday August 31 to Sunday September 6 2020, hookedonwrestling.co.uk and Because WCW are celebrating 'Monday Nitro Week', to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the very first episode of the game-changing weekly TV show on September 4. To mark the occasion, Dean and Liam present a very special interview conducted by 'The Twisted Genius' with h…
 
For the first time, Because WCW has a podcast episode longer than the PPV it was covering. And considering which PPV this episode looks at, we're sure you'll agree it deserves the distinction of our biggest ep yet. Dean and Liam bring in a 'third man' for one of WCW's most infamous and critically-successful efforts as Hooked On Wrestling original a…
 
Dean and Liam's run of early-1996 Nitros continues as they encounter an episode that, bizarrely, they both vaguely recalled watching on British cable TV back when it was fresh content. So, will this hour of TV, headlined by Ric Flair defending the WCW World title against The Giant and also featuring Sting and Lex Luger defending the tag team titles…
 
How many wrestling shows can 'boast' that their match of the night was an immediate countout that finished in a matter of seconds? Welcome to the March 18, 1996 edition of Monday Nitro, where the tag team division continues to hurt the head and the eyes of everyone unfortunate enough to pick WCW over the WWF on this particular evening back in the d…
 
As advertised on the previous episode, a Lumberjack Strap six-man tag main events the 27th Monday Nitro - and they made all of the lumberjacks dress in flannel! Join Dean and Liam as they continue on the road to Uncensored 1996 with quite the enjoyable hour of television, even despite the hideously-confusing face-heel blurs. The Steiner Brothers re…
 
WCW had plenty of pros to supplement the many, many cons, but PPV events from the company that are widely regarded as truly great are few and far between. Superbrawl III is one of those select few that many consider to be great. So great, in fact, that friend of the podcast and BBC Sport broadcast journalist in the Humberside region Mike White insi…
 
World Championship Wrestling transitioned out of the NWA/Jim Crockett Promotions in 1990, and is there a more WCW way for the company's era of infamy to begin than the Black Scorpion storyline? Ole Anderson followed up a brilliant 1989 by growling into a voice distorter to cap a massive squandering of the firm's momentum, shortly before he would be…
 
Very few episodes of Monday Nitro so far on this Watchalong series have felt like chores to watch. The February 26, 1996 broadcast, unfortunately, was a massive chore to watch. Nonetheless, Dean and Liam make it worthwhile with their audio accompaniment. Hell, just listen to the episode without watching Nitro on WWE Network, if you wish. Deep fried…
 
A question that has cropped up more than once in previous episodes of Because WCW is this: how did World Championship Wrestling manage so often to provide some all-time classic wrestling moments right next to some truly turgid excuses for entertainment? Havoc 1997 may well be the pinnacle of their trademark marriage of the ridiculous and the sublim…
 
Since WCW folded in 2001, there have been countless accounts of what went wrong. There have been many opinions shared by fans and outsiders alike as to why they stopped watching or caring. But there has been nothing quite like Guy Evans' comprehensive insight into the Nitro era. And in a very special chat recorded on May 23, the man himself joined …
 
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 j…
 
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 collea…
 
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 t…
 
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