• Eric Bischoff Reveals Details For His Planned WCW Brand Split In 1997/1998
In an interview with Fightful, former WCW President Eric Bischoff revealed plans for a WCW brand split, that was scheduled to take place around 1997-1998.
Here’s what the 2021 WWE Hall of Famer said:
“It was going to be a formal brand split. There would have been a moment, an event, something would have happened and WCW would have been designated as, because at that point it would have been clear that the nWo and WCW guys could not play well together under any circumstances.
So, to resolve that issue, WCW was gonna get their show, nWo was going to get their show, and then we would have occasional crossovers. They would have looked and felt differently. WCW would have been a more traditional wrestling show because the WCW audience, the core audience, was a more traditional wrestling audience.
They were NWA. They were Georgia Championship Wrestling. They were Florida Championship Wrestling, back before cable television. A lot of that heritage was still a part of the WCW audience. So, that show, the WCW show, would have had a more traditional feel to it. nWo would have been a more edgy kind of black and white and grainy.
Sure. It would have been, it’s hard for me to pinpoint the date – but it would have been somewhere in the summer ’97, maybe ’98, when the AOL/Time Warner thing was all going down.
Once they started moving budgets around and once they started cutting my budgets, telling me what I could and couldn’t do after I had been given the responsibility of launching an entirely new show, I had to pay for it myself. TBS didn’t want to pay for Thunder. So, in addition to having to pay for that show, they were also cutting my budget simultaneously.
At that point I knew that we weren’t going to be able to do any of the things we were originally planning to do.”
• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (November 17, 1979) – WWF Championship Wrestling (Hulk Hogan’s WWF Debut)
On this day in 1979, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Championship Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Agricultural Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania and included matches & interviews featuring the 1979 WWF Superstars.
You can find the card below:
Ken Patera vs. Ben Ortiz
The Wild Samoans vs. Steve King & Frank Williams
Larry Zbyszko vs. Mike Masters
Tito Santana & Ivan Putski vs. Johnny Rodz & Jose Estrada
Bobby Duncum vs. Dominic DeNucci
Hulk Hogan vs. Harry Valdez (Hogan’s WWF debut)