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By Octavio Fierros, PWTorch Historian

WWF vs. WCW War Moments & Facts


List of WWF-WCW Crossover Signings During War 1994-2001

Heres a list of wrestlers who signed with WCW or WWF during the war. Only those wrestlers that were from the WWF and WCW.

8-Ball (WWF) to Don Harris (WCW) 2000
Adam Bomb (WWF) to Wrath (WCW) 2000
Ahmed Johnson (WWF) to Big T (WCW) 2000
Alundra Blayze (WWF) to Medusa (WCW) 1995
Road Warriors (WCW) to Legion of Doom (WWF) 1997
Bam Bam Bigelow (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1998
Bertha Faye (WWF) to Rhonda Singh (WCW) 2000
Bret Hart (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1997
Brian Pillman (WCW) to Same (WCW) 1996
British Bulldog (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1997
British Bulldog (WCW) to Same (WWF) 1999
Cactus Jack (WCW) to Mankind (WWF) 1996
Chris Benoit (WCW) to Same (WWF) 2000
Chris Jericho (WCW) to Same (WWF) 1999
Crush (WWF) to Brian Adams (WCW) 1998
Debra McMichael (WCW) to Debra (WWF) 1998
Dean Douglas (WWF) to Shane Douglas 1999
Dean Malenko (WCW) to Same (WWF) 1999
Steve Williams (WWF) to Same (WCW) 2000
Earthquake (WWF) to Avalanche (WCW) 1994
Eddy Guerrero (WCW) to Eddie Guerrero (WWF) 2000
Goldust (WWF) to Seven (WCW) 2000
Honky Tonk Man (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1994
IRS (WWF) to Michael Wall Street (WCW) 1995
Jacqueline (WCW) to Same (WWF) 1998
Jacques Rougeau (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1996
Jacques Rougeau (WCW) to Same (WWF) 1998
Meng (WCW) to Haku (WWF) 2001
Pierre (WWF) to Carl Ouelette (WCW) 1996
Carl Oulette (WCW) to Pierre (WWF) 1998
Jeff Jarrett (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1996
Jeff Jarrett (WCW) to Same (WWF) 1997
Jeff Jarrett (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1999
Mr. JL (WCW) to Jerry Lynn (WWF) 1997
Jim Neidhart (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1997
Diesel (WWF) to Kevin Nash (WCW) 1996
Lex Luger (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1995
Johnny B. Badd (WCW) to Marc Mero (WWF) 1996
Marty Jannetty (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1997
Miss Madness (WCW) to Molly Holly (WWF) - 2000
Mr. Perfect (WWF) to Curt Hennig (WCW) 1997
Perry Saturn (WCW) to Saturn (WWF) 2000
The Giant (WCW) to Paul Wight (WWF) 1999
Rad Radford (WWF) to Louie Spicolli (WCW) 1997
Randy Savage (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1994
Johnny Polo (WWF) to Raven (WCW) 1997
Razor Ramon (WWF) to Scott Hall (WCW) 1996
Rick Rude (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1996
Roddy Piper (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1997
Ron Simmons (WCW) to Faarooq Asad (WWF) 1996
Ryan Shamrock (WWF) to Symphony (WCW) 1999
Scott Putski (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1998
Meat (WWF) to Shawn Stasiak (WCW) 2000
Steve Austin (WCW) to Ringmaster (WWF) 1995
Sid (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1999
Ultimate Warrior (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1998
Ted DiBiase (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1996
The Patriot (WCW) to Same (WWF) 1997
Big Van Vader (WCW) to Vader (WWF) 1996
Steven Regal (WCW) to Same (WWF) 1998
123 Kid (WWF) to Syxx (WCW) 1996
Syxx (WCW) to X-Pac (WWF) 1998
Vince Russo (WWF) to Same (WCW) 1999
Ed Ferrara (WWF) to Oklahoma (WCW) 1999




Important Dates During WWF vs. WCW War

The following are important dates from the WWF vs. WCW War. Keep in mind that they are not highlights or lowlights.

June 11, 1994 Hulk Hogan makes his WCW debut. He wins the World Title 36 days later in his first PPV match against Ric Flair.

December 3, 1994 Two-time WWF World Champion Randy Savage signs with WCW. A big loss for the WWF at the time.

September 4, 1995 WCW Monday Nitro debuts on TNT. In the main event, Hogan defeated Big Bubba Rogers.

September 11, 1995 The first ever Monday Night Wars begin with Nitro scoring a stunning upset over Raw.

October 1995 Eric Bischoff starts announcing results of taped editions of Raw in order to keep viewers tuned in to Nitro.

December 18, 1995 Medusa (formerly known as Alundra Blayze) appears on Nitro and throws the WWF Womens Title on the trash.

January 1, 1996 The WWF begins to air Billionaire Ted skits with imitations of Ted Turner, Gene Okerlund (Scheme Gene), Hulk Hogan (The Huckster), and Randy Savage (Nacho Man).

March 5, 1996 Kevin Nash gives his notice to the WWF and lets Vince McMahon know that he will sign with WCW once his contract expires.

March 31, 1996 The Huckster and The Nacho Man wrestled to a draw prior to WrestleMania XII to end the Billionaire Ted skits.

May 26, 1996 Due to a heavy storm in Florence, SC, the lights went off during a WWF pay-per-view. There were rumors that Eric Bischoff attended the show to unplug everything in the arena. (Insert joke here)

May 27, 1996 Scott Hall made his WCW debut on Monday Nitro. Many fans thought the WWF sent Hall to WCW to compete against them. That was not the case. Kevin Nash debuts two weeks laterWCW Monday Nitro expands to two hours.

June 20, 1996 The WWF files a lawsuit against WCW for misleading information and trademark infringement. The lawsuit stated that WCW made it seem that Hall and Nash were part of the WWF during their respective debuts.

June 23, 1996 Steve Austin cuts the best speech of his career when Austin 3:16 was born.

June 17, 1996 WCW Monday Nitro begins their 83-week head-to-head winning streak over Raw.

July 7, 1996 Hulk Hogan turns heel by becoming the third man with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. Three men were responsible for the formation of the New World Order.

October 4, 1996 WWF Raw moves to an hour earlier (well, 63 minutes earlier to be exact) in order to counter Nitros strong hour. WWF hot-shots a controversial angle with Brian Pillman-Steve Austin gun incident.

March 10, 1997 WWF Raw becomes Raw is War and its now for two hours to counter both hours of Monday Nitro.

August 4, 1997 WCW begins airing three hours of WCW Monday Nitro. This was just a one-month occasion for WCW. In the main event, Lex Luger captured the WCW Title from Hulk Hogan.

September 22, 1997 Bill Goldberg makes his WCW debut against Hugh Morrus. Goldberg starts a long winning streak that ended in 14 months.

November 9, 1997 Vince McMahon screwed Bret Hart out of the WWF and his World Title in Montreal. This was the biggest story during the WWF vs. WCW War.

November 17, 1997 Rick Rude becomes the only wrestler to appear on both Raw and Nitro during the same night.

December 8, 1997 Vince McMahon appears on live television for the first time since the Bret Hart Screwjob. Vince officially becomes a heel and starts a feud with Steve Austin.

December 15, 1997 Bret Hart makes his WCW debut, announcing that he will referee Larry Zbysko vs. Eric Bischoff at Starrcade.

January 16, 1998 WCW Thunder debuts on Thursday nights on TBS. In the main event, Lex Luger and Dallas Page defeated Kevin Nash and Randy Savage.

April 13, 1998 The WWF finally won the ratings battle against WCW with a score of 4.3 to 4.1. In the main event, Vince McMahon wrestled Steve Austin.

April 27, 1998 Degeneration X invades WCW territory by attempting to take over the company in Norfolk, VA.

May 11, 1998 Live from the CNN Center, DX were having fun trying to take over WCW.

July 6, 1998 In one of the most memorable editions of Monday Nitro, Hulk Hogan jobs clean to Bill Goldberg in front of 40,000 plus at the Georgia Dome.

August 17, 1998 The Ultimate Warrior makes his WCW debut. His first feud was against Hulk Hogan and it turned out to be a major flop for the business.

September 14, 1998 Ric Flair returns to WCW and breaks up the Four Horsemen with a very emotional speech. Flair acknowledges his backstage problems with Eric Bischoff.

November 2, 1998 WWF Raw starts a long winning ratings streak that never ended. Nitro never won a ratings battle since October 25, 1998.

December 27, 1998 Bill Goldberg ends his winning streak at 173 when he loses the WCW Title to Kevin Nash.

August 25, 1999 WWF Smackdown debuts on UPN. This was the permanent debut since the special edition aired in April 1999. In the main event, Triple H defeated The Rock with help of special guest referee Shawn Michaels.

October 3, 1999 Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara signed with WCW.

October 4, 1999 WCW pays tribute to the late Owen Hart when Bret faced Chris Benoit in a 30-minute plus classic match.

January 31, 2000 In one of the major acquisitions by the WWF, The Radicalz (Chris Benoit, Perry Saturn, Eddie Guerrero, and Dean Malenko) signed with the company all at the same time.

July 9, 2000 Vince Russo screwed Hulk Hogan out of the WCW World Title, then cuts a shoot on him for letting wrestlers down during his tenure in WCW. This was Hogans last appearance in WCW.

September 25, 1999 WWF Raw is War moves to TNN after six years of airing their Monday Night Raw show on USA Network.

March 23, 2001 The WWF purchases WCW from Ted Turner to end the war.




Famous Quotes During WWF vs. WCW Wars

The following are famous quotes from wrestlers, promoters, managers, or any other wrestling personnel during the WWF vs. WCW War.

Dont bother switching to the other channel [USA Network]. They had Shawn Michaels beating that big guy [Psycho Sid] with a super kick.
Eric Bischoff, September 11, 1995 WCW Monday Nitro

***

As far as I'm concerned, all this crap in the ring represents the fans out here. For two years, brother, for two years, I held my head high, I did everything for the kids, the reception I got when I came out here...you fans can stick it, brother, because if it wasn't for Hulk Hogan, you people wouldn't be here. If it wasn't for Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff would still be selling meat from a truck in Minneapolis and if it wasn't for Hulk Hogan, all these Johnny-Come-Lately's that you see out here wrestling, wouldn't be here. I was selling out the world, brother, while you were stealing gas to put in the car to get to high school, so the way that it is now, brother, with Hulk Hogan and the New World Organization of Wrestling, brother, me and the new blood by my side ... Whatcha gonna do when the New World Organization runs wild on you? Whatcha gonna do?
Hulk Hogan, July 7, 1996, - Bash at the Beach 96

***

The NWO is like a bunch of guys meeting out in the backyard in a clubhouse in a tree. They've got the easiest job in the world. All they have to do is go out there and be themselves - childish, obnoxious, adolescent guys with a case of severe arrested emotional development and a fixation on trying to act macho. You've got Kevin Nash, 40 years old, trying to act like a teenager. As far as I'm concerned the biggest no talent in the business. He has six moves, no mobility, and enough timing to cover up for some of it. What he does is he goes around and he manipulates. Kevin Nash had a multi-million dollar promotional company, the WWF push him to the moon to make him a star. What does he do? He leaves after he gives his word he's staying - so by the way he's a liar, too - he leaves and he goes to WCW for a big contract

Scott Hall is a good wrestler, but that's about it, the best of the bunch. He had the same million dollar promotional company make him a star after he had been in the sport ten years and hadn't put three asses in the seats. What does he do? He goes to WCW for a big contract

Syxx, 1-2-3 Kid, his name's Sean Waltman, whatever you want to call him. As far as I'm concerned, the only reason he has a job is the other guys think he's funny when he gets drunk and throws up on himself. He has the distinction of being the only guy since this wrestling war got started that was released from a valid contract from one company to go to the other side which shows you how valuable he is

Do you know why they are all employed, all in the spotlight today? Because of Eric Bischoff, the boss of WCW. Not the NWO. Look at the credits of their PPV if you can get one for free. The idiot's name is on it. He's the boss of WCW, he works for Ted Turner, and he throws a billionaire's money around like water so he can have guys he likes to hang out with. Because even more than being a mark for his own face and own voice, Eric is a big fan of hanging around studly guys with long hair and beards who smoke cigars and ride Harleys so some of that can rub off on his little pansy ass frame. So he takes that billionaire's money and he throws it around like water to buy guys he can hang around with so he can prove his johnson is bigger than everybody else's. And that's the sole reason the NWO guys are employed

I personally think it's about time the wrestling fans and promoters started recognizing guys like Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Cactus Jack - guys who bust their ass, work hard, have ability, and have talent to get where they are instead of guys who get to their spot by hanging around the boss and sucking up. I'm Jim Cornette and that's my opinion.

Jim Cornette, October 6, 1997 WWF Raw is War

***

I had a choice. I could have gloated, which I think I'm doing a pretty good job of right now. Instead of applauding, I could get in my plane and assuming they have an airport there, fly down to the Redneck Riviera in Panama City, Florida and give every WCW star a piece of my mind. How appropriate is it that WCW's last broadcast is in a beer hall. Surrounded by a bunch of beer drinking rednecks. There are obviously a few here tonight. I have decided to come here tonight rather than walking in their ring and line up all the WCW stars and say Goldberg, Booker T, and all the rest of them and said, 'You're fired!' That's exactly what's going to happen because WCW is going on the shelf. It's going nowhere. WCW is buried. WCW will remain buried just like anybody here in this arena or anybody in the world who gets in my way. Every single one of you who try to compete with me, and that includes my son Shane, every single one of you will be buried, just like WCW is buried.
Vince McMahon, March 26, 2001 WWF Raw is War

***




WWF vs. WCW Ratings Records

Highest WWF Raw Rating With Competition 7.1 May 24, 1999 Owen Hart Tribute
WWF wrestlers took their time to pay tribute to the late Owen Hart, who tragically died the night before on pay-per-view.
Main Event: The Rock vs. Val Venis

***

Highest WWF Raw Rating Without Competition 8.1 May 10, 1999 The Night of Babyfaces
WWF Commissioner Shawn Michaels gave the night to the babyfaces by booking several matches (including Paul Bearer vs. Big Show) in order to give the advantage the good guys.
Main Event: The Undertaker, Triple H, and Shane McMahon vs. The Rock, Steve Austin, and Vince McMahon (RefereeShawn Michaels)

***

Highest WCW Nitro Rating With Competition 5.2 August 24, 1998 The Return of Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior returned to wrestling last week to feud with Hulk Hogan. Hogan wants to even the series with Warrior after he lost to him in the WWF. Warrior wants to prove that he is Hogans worst nightmare.
Main Event: Hulk Hogan & The Giant vs. Kevin Nash & Bill Goldberg

***

Highest WCW Nitro Rating Without Competition 6.0 August 31, 1998 Hogan & Bret Team Up
In the WWF, Hogan and Bret never teamed up. In fact, Bret was too small for Hogan at the time. In WCW, Hogan decided to team up with Bret, despite his success in the WWF.
Main Event: Sting & Lex Luger vs. Bret Hart & Hulk Hogan

***

Lowest WWF Raw Rating 1.5 December 23, 1996 The Raw Before Christmas
Bret Hart was rusty in his first few months back after an eight-month absence. One of his matches upon his return was against Fake Razor Ramon.
Main Event: Fake Razor Ramon vs. Bret Hart

***

Lowest WCW Nitro Rating 1.8 April 3, 2000 Recap Show
This was the final Nitro before the Russo-Bischoff era.
Main Event: None




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