10 Things You Learn Binge Watching Every WCW Nitro
10. The First Episode Is Over-Rated
Generally, Nitro's debut episode is held aloft as some sort of barometer for just how good a one-hour pro wrestling show can be. The first one stuffed every minute with big stars, industry-shattering debuts and a red hot ambience. It's also terribly over-rated.
Didn't the guy writing this say he loved WCW? He did, but read on.
Nitro's intro to the world doesn't hold up when viewed today. In fact, if anything, it shows how desperately bland most prime time wrestling programming was in late-1995. Over on WWF Raw, fans were asked to put up with regular lifelessness. All Eric Bischoff did was give things a shot in the arm and be more raw than erm...Raw.
Jushin Liger vs. Brian Pillman is a fast-paced belter, but there are better matches of the sort on offer every week in 2020. Also, the heavily-lauded Ric Flair vs. Sting battle wasn't actually that great and the Hulk Hogan vs. Bubba Rogers main comes across like a 1980s WWF hangover.