Originally written September 04, 2012 on cheap-heat:
There are only so many moments that helped change wrestling on them took place on this date 17 years ago. It 09/04/95 at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MI it was the very first edition of WCW Monday Night Nitro. It changed wrestling which didn’t now until 10 months later that it would because of how insignificant WCW had been till that point. But that show changed a lot of things and a lot of that can be credited to Bischoff & the fact that Lex Luger appeared on the show only 24 hours after appearing on a WWF PPV.
Nobody knew at that point that a War had begun but it did and it helped because Nitro ran unopposed that night due to RAW being pre-empted. But I think it many people’s opinion what helped them get big, also ended up leading to their diminishes which was Ted Turner’s Wallet. Because getting guys like Nash, Hall, Luger, Hogan, etc may helped them reach a deeper audience but it cost them in the long run. As they lost more money then they made because of the guaranteed contracts & other things that most people with egos shouldn’t have. But taking the good with the bad & the horrible with the ugly, the making of Nitro both helped and hurt the business. It helped in the way that so so many people were watching wrestling during that era because Nitro & RAW were head to head. Then again it hurt the business because now everyone compares the business now to the business then which in turn hurts Wrestling because, the two eras now & then aren’t comparable. Nitro went from 9/04/95 to 3/26/01 and helped take their show, WWF RAW, & Wrestling to heights the business had never seen before. For helping make one of the best eras in wrestling possible we Thank You WCW and Happy Birtday Nitro.
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