By Frank Ram | Chief of Content
What a different time the world of pro wrestling was in 1996!
Three different shows! Three different feels!
While we are about six months away from Scott Hall walking onto Nitro and changing the wrestling world with the nWo angle, the Monday Night War between WWF and WCW was starting to bubble and ECW was chugging along laying a foundation for where they were going.
January 1996 WWF is is still clearly pre-Vince Russo WWF. While Russo gets criticized by the majority of the dirtsheets and the IWC in general, unfairly most of the time, his time writing in WWF is undeniable.
This version of WWF was cartoonish and a bore to watch. The nine-year old version of me who watched RAW live in 1996 loved it, but clearly Nitro, who was offering Randy Savage vs. Arn Anderson and Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair, was the better choice.
On Nitro, the feud between Hogan and Savage against the 4 Horsemen and the Dungeon of Doom was heating up. Was it at the level that the company would see in a few months when Hall & Nash show up? Not even close. Yet, the undercard that featured future stars like Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, Brian Pillman, was enough to make Nitro the must-see show on Monday Nights.
On ECW, Rob Van Dam made his debut against Axl Rotten, the Raven and Tommy Dreamer feud is in full stream, and I'm being introduced to a really entertaining wrestling show. I didn't watch any ECW during this time and saw very little during its actual run to 2001. I'm looking forward to seeing the week-to-week progression of the show going forward.
From this point forward I'll be discussing each show from 25 weeks ago week-to-week instead of the month recap that this was. I'm very excited to see where thing go because I have forgotten a lot of this.
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