WWE Raw: The Top 10 Reasons Why WCW Nitro Could Not Compete
Monday Night Raw 1000 is now in the past and it will be quite a challenge for WWE to make sure the 1,001st episode will keep up the amazing momentum acquired last week.
One-thousand episodes...that is a huge accomplishment, isn't it? And to think, it all could have disappeared 10 years ago during the great wars.
What is referred to here is the "Monday Night Wars" versus WCW and its No.1 show, "Nitro."
The rival company had better ratings and a nice angle with the arrival of the NWO, but bad decisions and too much expansion too quickly eventually got the better of them and they fell.
Simple as that.
There are many other reasons why WWE is better, reasons that clearly illustrate WCW just couldn't compete.
Here, take a look and begin slides with "Raw had..."
A Better Entrance Theme
Fire, smoke, explosions, rockets, heavy-metal action...
No, not my bedroom, WWE Raw, baby!
It had an intense introduction package to make Ares, the God of war, very happy. After watching that, who the hell wanted to go tune in to Nitro?
Being lower in the ratings for weeks forced the WWE's hand, and it delivered. After which, no one gave a second thought to "where the big boys played."
A Better Announce Table
If you ain't down with that, I've got two names for ya: Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.
Their combined brilliance is still demanded every week in 2012. The two of them together brought a certain oomph! to the show not even Bobby Heenan on Nitro could provide.
Lawler put the color in color commentator while JR's know-how is unmatched still to this day. Neither Shiavone, nor Zbyszko, nor Tenay could compete.
One more time, for the record books: "Stone Cold! Stone Cold! Stone Cold!"
The only team ever to be better than that was part of WWE as well. Their names were Jesse Ventura and Gorilla Monsoon.
The best of the best, always!
A Better Ring Announcer
There are practically no words to describe Howard Finkel other than "legendary."
He was, is and will always be the greatest ring announcer in all of sports. Nobody does it like him, and every WrestleMania should have him call out the Superstars as long as he is able and willing.
"Ladies and gentlemen, the following contest, scheduled for one fall...is for the World Wrestling Federation championship!!"
"The winner of this bout and...neeeewwwwww!!! World Wrestling Federation champion..."
Yikes! I still get shivers from thinking about it.
In a nutshell, WWE is better, period.
Better Female Characters
Trish, Lita, Sable, Sunny, Terry, Miss Kitty, Debra, Ivory, Stephanie McMahon and Chyna...
Did I leave some out?
If you don't agree, you can go jump rope and play hula-hoops with the Nitro Girls.
Besides the NWO, what did Nitro have?
Yeah, that's what I thought.
In WWE, you had very different worlds colliding every week. Some of it was very very personal. Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels aired out their dirty laundry in public and the universe ate it all up.
Though in the years of the wars there was glory, there was also tragedy (RIP Owen Hart). The Montreal Screwjob put the world on notice that a new era in professional wrestling was coming, and all the fans had to do was to tune in every week.
It is quite shocking when you think about it. WWE relied on mostly young performers to get the job done while WCW was still stuck with its HBK-dubbed "fossils and dinosaurs."
Michaels led the team for a while and he was only 34 then. Bret was the oldest and before he left, the battle for supremacy raged on.
Then, WWE got lucky enough to get people like The Rock, HHH, Stone Cold, the New Age Outlaws, Edge and Christian, the Hardys, etc.
You just can't compete with that. As if fate already decided who she wanted to see for years to come.
Oh hell yeah!
Catchphrases and mic skills—the tools that can catapult a Superstar to legendary status in a matter of seconds.
Need I unearth some more?
"Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass!" The one that started the dance. Those t-shirts must be worth a fortune now.
"And that's the bottom line, cuz Stone Cold said so!"
"Drive down Know-Your-Role Boulevard, turn left on Jabroni Drive and check yourself into the Smackdown Hotel."
"Have a nice day!"
"If you smell la la la la la la laow! what The Rock is cookin'. "
With that all said, I need to go buy the Monday Night Wars DVD asap!
Better War Cries
Nitro said it was where the big boys played.
WWE said RAW IS WAR. Simple, to the point and surrounded by fire and brimstone.
Good enough to convince this viewer. There must have been liquid adrenaline poured into every cup of beer in attendance every week. People went absolutely crazy.
If you ever take a look at old episodes, try to count how many signs and posters there are. It isn't like that anymore.
The master is: Vincent K. McMahon.
Say what you will about him or how he does business, he is the man, the master.
Eric Bischoff did a good job...until he got cocky and arrogant. Making fun on live TV of Mick Foley's victory just made people immediately tune in to Raw.
Joining the ranks of the NWO and messing up all the good stuff cost him. Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Hulk Hogan were doing a good job on their own.
Notice how "The Kliq" divided themselves and conquered? I often wondered about that. Was it part of a secret master plan, patiently elaborated and executed, that brought about the downfall of WCW?
Only God knows and all will be revealed at the end of time.
I don't care to wait that long; I'm watching Raw tomorrow to see if CM Punk is the devil.
RAW Is Alive and Well
Nitro? Not so much.
It lives on in DVDs, Blue-Ray and the memory of die-hard fans. I certainly won't forget. I tuned in every now and then, but it was only to revel in the destruction the NWO was bringing to WCW.
In the end, careful planning and determination won the fans over, and now the WWE Universe is slowly building toward the 2,000th episode of Raw.
What will the world be like then? Will there ever be an article written about how TNA couldn't compete with WWE?
I don't care to know; I'll be too busy worrying about my depends by then.
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