World Championship Wrestling Has Rich History

Clint BuckwoodCorrespondent IIDecember 9, 2012

Out of all the great wrestling promotions, WCW has always held a special place in my heart. Some of the greatest talent in the world came from WCW. Sting, Ric Flair, Goldberg, Lex Luger, The Steiner Brothers, The Four Horsemen, The Road Warriors, The Midnight Express, The Rock 'n' Roll Express, Ricky Steamboat, Terry Funk, The nWo, Diamond Dallas Page...the list goes on and on.

Pay-per-view events such as Starrcade, Halloween Havoc and The Great American Bash, were all yearly traditions for fans.

For fans old enough to have watched the WCW era as it happened, you will fondly remember such epic matches as the Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat trilogy from 1989 or the intense Ric Flair and Terry Funk feud. These matches are widely considered some of the greatest in wrestling history. Younger fans who appreciate the art of pro wrestling more-so than the theatrics of it should definitely watch these matches, as they are nothing short of spectacular.

1989 also saw the rise of International Superstar, The Great Muta. Along with Terry Funk, Muta would go on to clash with Ric Flair and Sting to finish off a truly great year for the company.

WCW had plenty of Television exposure during this time and they made good use of it. When you throw in Pay-Per-View events and Clash of the Champions, there was a lot of great WCW Wrestling to enjoy.

The Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger matches in 1990 were some of the greatest, hardest-hitting and most intense matches I ever had the privilege to watch. It was the classic pro wrestling battle—Lex was constantly trying to fight off the Four Horsemen and win the championship from Flair.

The evolution of Sting happened during this time and after years of chasing the champ, Sting finally defeated "Nature Boy" Ric Flair for the WCW World Title at Great American Bash in 1990.

I always consider 1992 at the top of my favorite years in WCW History. I felt that year more then any other, the talent roster and booking of TV matches was exceptionally great. Lengthy wrestling matches showcasing great in-ring ability with some of the best talents to ever step foot in the ring. Paul E Dangerously (Paul Heyman) and his Dangerous Alliance, which comprised of "Ravishing" Rick Rude, "Stunning" Steve Austin, "Beautiful" Bobby, Eaton, "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson and "Cruncher" Larry Zbyszko, did battle against Sting's Squadron which consisted of Sting, The Steiner Brothers, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham.

WCW reached it's highest point during the Monday Night War era. The success of Monday Nitro which opposed WWE's Monday Night Raw, was largely due to the revolutionary group known as the nWo. Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash—the original three members of the outlaw group. The rise and success of the nWo was amazing to watch. Every week fans around the country packed arenas and millions watched at home, as the war unfolded between WCW and the nWo. It was during this time that one of WCW's biggest stars was created, Bill Goldberg.

WCW is filled with rich history of all kinds. Money, politics, tremendous talent, epic matches and certainly it's fair share of controversy. Obviously the demise of WCW in 2001 and eventual sale to WWE will also be a big topic in this video. How it got to that point will be interesting to hear.

WCW was a truly storied promotion. One small article can not even begin to provide enough detail on the importance this company had on the entire industry, which is still marketable to this very day, as evident by WWE's latest DVD release on the nWo.