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Publisher's Summary

In April 1999, Entertainment Weekly asked its readers what many were surely wondering to themselves: How did wrestling get so big?

As a consequence 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 techniques that reflected a changing society and its shifting values. 

Once again, wrestling was a ubiquitous phenomenon - only this time, it seemed as though the fad would never 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 limitless. 

But 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 time. 

For by the end of the five-year plan, WCW ceased to exist.

But Nitro is a story about much more than 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 forever.

*Features interviews and comments from 120+ WCW/TBS employees*

©2018 Guy Evans (P)2020 Guy Evans

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HORRIBLE NARATIVE

THIS WAS READER I HAVE EVER HEARD, AS THE BOOK JUMPS FROM COMPLETE DIFFERENT TOPICS IN SECONDS, SKIPPING WHOLE POINTS OF A TOPIC
THIS IS 1 BIG JUMBLED UP MESS!! NEVER STAYING ON POINT AND NOT UNDERSTANDING HOW 1 TOPIC RELATES TO ANOTHER!! HORRIBLE SUMMARY OF WCW DAYS! AWFUL VOICE! GIGANTIC WASTE OF MONEY

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WCW Nitro Book

This book truly gives you another angle of what went down in WCW without WWE umbrella effecting the story.

I really enjoyed this while biking and plan to re listen!

Get it now!

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great for any wrestling fan during this era

almost an in depth view very interesting yo hear how it all went down. could've called it Eric Bischoff the ticking time bomb.

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  • darren crouch
  • 2021-01-05

way better than the death of wcw

Guy Evans took the time to interview key executives that were actually there and knew what was going on behind the scenes at the corporate level. Bryan Alvarez and RD Reynolds' the death of wcw as entertaining as it is was based off of 3rd hand information and an axe to grind with Eric Bischoff. If you are looking for the definitive WCW book this is the book for you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-23

SO good, it brought me to anger tears!

I was a huge wcw fan, and was aware of some of this stuff going on. But I didn't know ALL of this went on!

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  • jamie
  • 2020-11-04

a must listen for wrestling fans

The Monday night wars was the biggest time if pro wrestling history. This is the story of WCW nitro and the in depth analysis of what was a success and what ultimately went wrong.

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  • Chris
  • 2020-05-26

Excellent Account of the WCW story

Guy Evans has produced probably the most thorough & reliable account of the WCW story. Evans talks to people in many facets of the companies involved and actually has the facts to back up the narrative.

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  • Zach
  • 2021-06-16

A thoroughly well-researched and entertaining book

This was an amazingly engrossing read. If you've a fan of professional wrestling, this is a must-buy as it covers EVERYTHING related to WWF's Arch-Enemy from the creation of WCW in the late 80s to the day that Vince McMahon bought it in 2001. I honestly don't think of a single thing that was missing from this book. It's long, but if you're into this subject matter, it'll be one of the best audiobooks you could ever invest in.

The author, Guy Evans, also did the narration for this audiobook and knocked it out of the park in that regard. He's got an easy-going voice that sounds both soothing and authoritative. I listened to him talk for hours on Turner's financial statements and television production equipment and never got bored.

Can't wait to buy Guy's next book!

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  • Tony Molano
  • 2021-05-09

everything you've already heard

Nothing new. Just information that a moderate wrestling fan would already know or heard it through another wrestlers podcast. I wouldn't buy this.

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  • Tony
  • 2021-03-14

Fun Listen

It's about the most in-depth retelling of the Nitro era ever. I knew most of it going in, but I learned some things and a few more details about what I already knew. The narrator is great and the story flows well. Some parts get glossed over a tad, but you could write a book about a lot of the topics covered. If you're into pro wrestling history (why else would you be reading this?) then it's a must-buy in my mind.

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  • J Sanger
  • 2021-02-11

great for any wrestling fa

loved it i thought it was well written and well thought out story must read

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  • 2021-01-20

pretty great

a lot more lenient than death of WCW but pretty great to get certain perspectives I didn't get in that book.
I still lean towards that book but this is a great companion.
very good reading in my opinion.

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  • Jason Sklenar
  • 2021-01-19

If you like Wrestling this is a must

I grew up watching wrestling in the late 80s and fell in love during the Monday night wars. This is a must read

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