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WWE: The Rise and Fall of WCW (2009)

The Rise & Fall of WCW examines the storied history of World Championship Wrestling, from its beginnings in the territory system through Ted Turner's acquisition and the savage battles with... See full summary »

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The Rise & Fall of WCW examines the storied history of World Championship Wrestling, from its beginnings in the territory system through Ted Turner's acquisition and the savage battles with WWE for sports-entertainment domination in the 90s, with exclusive insight from the people behind the scenes and in the ring. Written by Anonymous

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David Crockett makes the claim that buying the TBS time slot from McMahon "paid for Wrestle Mania". This couldn't possibly be true because the sale happened several months after the event. See more »

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Bill Goldberg: [about Vince Russo joining WCW in 1999] Anything that Russo was involved with I thought smelled like shit.
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Features WCW Bash at the Beach (1996) See more »

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So Close, But Yet So Far
8 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

The story of WCW, a compelling one for pro-wrestling fans, is a classic case of "second banana". Despite featuring a quality product and, for a short time, even surpassing Vince McMahon's empire, the WCW (for various reasons) never had the staying power to remain in the driver's seat of the wrestling business. This documentary provides an in-depth explanation of those reasons.

Three main areas of WCW history are examined:

1. The Early Years: The regional promotion from Jim Crockett is bought up by Ted Turner and allowed to thrive on cable television.

2. Monday Nitro: The WCW signs the top talent and eclipses WWE thanks in large part to the wild success of Monday Nitro on TNT.

3. The Demise: Poor management and bad fiscal decisions leads to the company's demise and ultimate buyout at the hands of McMahon.

For pro-wrestling fans, this documentary will bring back some fond memories and also provide some great history of the WCW. As with any doc, it is difficult to know to what degree the "truth" is being told, but while viewing this I never felt as if it was veering off course into speculation or other ludicrous ventures/notions.


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