World Championship Wrestling, also known as WCW, was originally a brand name used by Georgia Championship Wrestling in the early 1980s. It went through multiple leadership changes, but Ted Turner owned the promotion when it launched as a television show in 1989. The promotion became the rival of the World Wrestling Federation, particularly under the leadership of executive producer Eric Bischoff.Continue Reading
Georgia Championship Wrestling began using the name World Championship Wrestling when it began holding shows in other states. The Brisco brothers, who owned the majority of the promotion, sold it to Vince McMahon in 1984. However, fans of the promotion reacted negatively. Ole Anderson, another owner, worked with other shareholders and Ted Turner to broadcast the WCW, now a combination of several promotions.
Turner purchased Jim Crockett Promotions, owner of the WCW, in 1988. While the promotion was successful in 1989, several down years followed.
Bischoff became executive vice president of the WCW in 1993, but the promotion had another unsuccessful year. In 1994, Bischoff began recruiting WWF stars as part of a war with the rival promotion. That, along with the launch of the promotion's show "Monday Night Nitro" in 1995 helped the WCW gain popularity. From 1996 to 1998, the WCW consistently had higher ratings than the WWF.
The WCW made multiple mistakes that alienated fans in 1997 and 1998. That, combined with the expensive contracts used to lure stars away from the WWF, led to the promotion's end. McMahon purchased all WCW content in 2001 following the cancellation of all WCW television shows in 2000.Learn more about Wrestling