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Lity the downfall of World Championship Wrestling Bolstered by exclusive interviews with over 120 former TBS and WCW employees NITRO is the definitive picture of the last wrestling boomFeaturing exclusive interviews and comments fromEric Bischoff fmr President of World Championship Wrestling;Harvey Schiller fmr President of Turner Sports;Jamie Kellner fmr CEO of Turner Broadcasting System;Bill Burke fmr President of TBS network;Joe Uva fmr President of Turner Entertainment Sales and Marketing; Scot Safon fmr SVP of Marketing for TNT network;Kevin Nash WWE Hall of Famer and 5 time WCW world champion; Diamond Dallas Page WWE Hall of Famer and 3 time WCW world champion;Vince Russo fmr WCW writer;Marcus 'Buff' Bagwell fmr WCW superstar and 5 time world tag team champion;Kevin Sullivan fmr WCW superstar and head booker;Hugh Morrus fmr WCW superstar;Neal Pruitt fmr WCW Feature Producer and voice of the nWo;David Crockett fmr WCW Vice President of Production;Dick Cheatham fmr Group Controller for TBS;Alan Sharp fmr WCW Director of Public Relations;Mike Weber fmr WCW Director of Marketing;Rob Garner fmr WCW Vice President of TV Programming and SalesJerry Jarrett legendary wrestling promoter and bookerAnd many many ma. An exhaustive look back at the pivotal era of World Championship Wrestling and professional wrestling in general this is a book that lives up to the plaudits it has garnered While it does cover ground that the ardent fan will already know there s enough here to intrigue educate and amuse all sorts of readers who also love themselves some sports entertainment A uicker read than its size would suggest and recommended for those with even the slightest interest in wrestling

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NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner's WCW

ReviewsThe most definitive well written and thoroughly researched book on the rise and fall of WCW Eric Bischoff former WCW PresidentThis is without uestion the very best book ever written on professional wrestling Conrad ThompsonWell written and captivatinga fresh take on the time period Chris Harrington AEW VP of Business Strategy may be the best overall pro wrestling book to date David Bixenspan DeadspinSynopsisIn April 1999 Entertainment Weekly asked its readers what many were surely wondering to themselves how did wrestling get so bigAs a conseuence of the heated ratings competition between World Championship Wrestling WCW and the World Wrestling Federation WWF the spectacle had taken over Monday nights on prime time cable television But in a departure from the family friendly programming produced by the last industry boom the 1980s wave which made household names of Hulk Hogan 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper and Andre the Giant the new era of wrestling combined stunning athleticism with a raunchy sex appeal engrossing story lines and novel production techniues that reflected a changing society and its shifting values Once again wrestling was a ubiuitous phenomenon only this time it seemed as though the fad would ne. The rise and fall of World Championship Wrestling WCW has been covered extensively since the company folded in other books feature stories documentaries and podcasts It s received so much retrospective coverage that it s understandable if one were to believe that there isn t anything new to unearth on the subjectWhich is why Nitro is such a refreshing read The well researched exhaustive account of the company s history which for some time was soundly beating long time industry leader the WWF in the Monday night ratings battle is a must read for any wrestling fanThe author has spoken to a wide impressive variety of sources including both key players within WCW itself and also executives and employees from their parent company at Turner Broadcasting as well This means that in some ways the book maintains two simultaneous narrative threads the inner workings of WCW itself and the political and boardroom machinations that were taking place outside of the promotion s control Obviously these two story threads often become inextricably linked ultimately leading to WCW s demise and eventual purchase by Vince McMahon for a staggeringly low sum of moneyHardened wrestling fans will know many of the details here but there will be stories contained within which even some of the most dedicated won t have known about For instance the role of musician turned wrestling personality Lenita Erickson and her attempts to become a major player in WCWDetailed and informative all in all highly recommended

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Ver end With both WCW and WWF expanding into other forms of entertainment movies video games music and the like the potential for growth appeared to be limitlessBut with uncertainty surrounding its corporate future and increasingly uninspired programming eroding its audience WCW stood on the verge of collapse Three years into a five year plan devised by its charismatic leader a former Blue Ribbon Foods salesman named Eric Bischoff the company whose unexpected ascension initiated the entire boom was operating on borrowed timeFor by the end of the five year plan WCW ceased to existBut NITRO is a story about muchthan WCW and the Monday Night Wars It is a story of an era a time in which the media and cultural landscape precipitated and later supported pro wrestling's mainstream popularity It is a story of how a company made in the image of an intuitively brilliant risk taker betrayed its original promise It is a story of how a handful of men each struggling with their own limitations facilitated a public obsession that changed television foreverAnd so with the inside knowledge of a journalist the perspective of a historian and the passion of a fan author Guy Evans provides a fresh look at an unfortunate inevitabi. Just when you think you know it all You ve read The Death of WCW Controversey Creates Cash you ve seen WWE s Monday Night Wars series on their network So why you may ask do I need another WCW related product in my lifeSimply put this is the best book out there on WCW is one of the very best wrestling books ever An incredible amount of research has been done and nothing is glossed over or brushed off WCW airing on Channel 5 in the UK anyone Yup that s covered100 people were interviewed including unlikely people we don t usually hear from in the wrestling world such as former WCW TBS Executives Nitro girls people from the WCW ring crewWhether you were a fan watching intensely every Monday night when the war was raging or you missed out and are looking for an introspective look at North America s hottest ever period of wrestling look no further than Nitro I can t reccomend enough


7 thoughts on “NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner's WCW

  1. says:

    The rise and fall of World Championship Wrestling WCW has been covered extensively since the company folded in other books feature stories documentaries and podcasts It's received so much retrospective coverage that it's understandable if one were to believe that there isn't anything new to unearth on the subjectWhich is why Nitro is such a

  2. says:

    An amazingly well written and we'll researched bookHighly recommend reading

  3. says:

    Just when you think you know it all You’ve read The Death of WCW & Controversey Creates Cash you’ve seen WWE

  4. says:

    This is the best biography of any subject I’ve ever read The level of detail and depth of research that went into this book is incredibleHow the author had the patience and drive to contact so many ex WCW talentproducers and executives at TurnerTime Warner is beyond me but that is why this is so good It comes from so many different perspec

  5. says:

    An exhaustive look back at the pivotal era of World Championship Wrestling and professional wrestling in general this is

  6. says:

    This book is a nice companion piece for those that have read The Death of WCW Whereas 'The Death of WCW' offers a biased opinion of WCW as a company this book is by the numbers and goes into the business side of the company than the actual story lines The product is dipped into uite a bit but it is about what was

  7. says:

    This is an incredibly well researched and non sensationalised account of the subject matter I thoroughly enjoyed this as a “we’ll known story” is reviewed and commented on in a new business like manner that separates