In Honor Of Tonight's RAW 1000, The Definitive Timeline Of WWE's Victory In The Monday Night Wars (w/ VIDEO)

Categories: Game Time, Sports

Not surprisingly, Vince McMahon was furious. Hall and Nash faced no repercussions because they were done with the company the second the ref counted three in their matches that night. Michaels was the champ at the time so there was no real way to punish him. So in a weird twist of irony, McMahon wound up dropping the entire punishment on his future son-in-law Helmsley, who was jobbed out incessantly over the next year.

A week later, Scott Hall showed up on WCW Monday Nitro, and this happened...

Scott Hall's WCW Debut by sir-roddick

...a week later, Nash showed up and this happened...

Scott Hall's Big Suprise for Eric Bischoff-Kevin... by TSteck160

....then at the next pay per view, they did this to WCW boss Eric Bischoff...

....and then at Bash of the Beach, Hulk Hogan showed up and this happened....

...and then WCW started winning in the ratings. Every week. By lots of viewers.

In the summer of 1996, Vince McMahon was left with a roster that consisted of the Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, some solid pieces like Mick Foley, Steve Austin, Helmsley who had never worked at a main event level for an extended period of time, some older guys who were breaking down or were broken down like Vader and Jake Roberts, and a bunch of cartoon characters seemingly designed to capture that all-important age 4-10 demographic like T.L. Hopper (a wrestling plumber), Duke "The Dumpster" Droese (a wrestling garbageman), and Henry O. Godwinn (a wrestling hog farmer).

Sometimes you choose to change, and sometimes you have change thrust upon you. In 1996, Vince McMahon had change thrust upon him. How he and his company adapted would dictate whether or not they would survive.

So that's where we pick up the story of RAW. At the part where the WWF was trying to survive...

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

I'm not an apologist for Russo's work post WWE. But for him to only get a mention for his WCW run in an article about the Attitude Era is a total disgrace. It'd be comparable to authoring a piece on the PG Era and not mentioning Brian Gewirtz as the main creative force.



Now Trending

Houston Concert Tickets

From the Vault