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    (January 1991-March 26, 2001)
    World Championship Wrestling
    Originally the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance)
    Changed to WCW in the late-80's when Ted Turner bought the company
    Based in Atlanta, Georgia
    Ted Turner started the company simply to bury Vince McMahon and to grow his empire by going into another business venture.
    With the exception of a few years in the 90's, they could never break out of the WWF’s shadow and were always known as a 'second fiddle.'
    The only wrestler in the company that Ted Turner knew was Ric Flair and he had the company make Flair the booker, which turned out to be a disaster.
    When Hulk Hogan entered the company in 1994, they built the entire company around him and gave him a contract with full control. This led to a ton of problems with the company in the locker room, in the television shows, in the ratings and in their wallets.
    They hired Vince Russo to be their head booker and he turned WCW into a cheap imitation of the WWF instead of making the company unique.
    They were known for burying a lot of talent and not elevating wrestlers with potential, such as Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho.
    They tarnished their Heavyweight Title by making David Arquette the champion, severing their ties with the hard-core fans that stuck by the company.
    Things got so bad for the company both creatively and financially that they eventually sold the out to the WWF (2001).
    They had a rich history and all-time greats like Ric Flair, Sting, Dusty Rhodes, Lex Luger and Vader got their big start with WCW.
    Although the WWF would usually pound them in the ratings, they put on great matches that would go on to make careers.
    They hit the WWF hard in the early 90’s by signing away their top wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash and it was years until the WWF was able to find a way out of the hole they were in.
    They would pull stunts like telling their audience the results of 'RAW,' the WWF’s weekly show, on nights when 'RAW' was taped and 'Nitro,' WCW’s weekly show was live.
    Madusa (Alunza Blaze) left the WWF for WCW, and threw her WWF Women’s Title in the trash.
    They did the unthinkable in the mid-90’s, when they beat the WWF in the ratings every week for over a year.
    They were the home of the NWO (New World Order), which many claim to be the greatest wrestling angle ever and was mostly, if not fully, responsible for the company's boom in business.
    A lot of people miss the company because their competition forced the WWF to try harder.

Credit: Reo Rogerz

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