1997 – Reigning WWF champion Bret Hart officially signs with WCW, leading to the controversial events that would surround his departure from the WWF
The World Wrestling Federation announces via press release that writers Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara had departed the company for rival WCW.
Ric Flair returns to WCW in the heart of Horsemen Country- South Carolina – and reforms the group in one of the most emotional nights of all time
Nitro and RAW go head to head for the first time ever, with a surprising result
Jim Ross tells the WWF Universe that he’s going to bring a couple of WCW defectors back home.
Eric Bischoff and WCW unveil their new prime time flagship show, and pro wrestling moves into the era of the Monday Night War
The Total Package stuns the leader of nWo to win the WCW World Heavyweight title
After a bit of an attitude change, Alex Wright defeats Chris Jericho to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
The diminutive, young high-flyer from Mexico gets his first taste of WCW gold by defeating Dean Malenko on Monday Nitro
WCW United States champion Bill Goldberg defeats Hollywood Hulk Hogan to capture the World Heavyweight title in front of a capacity crowd on Monday Nitro
1996 – Scott Hall (or is that Razor Ramon?) leaves the WWF and ‘invades’ WCW Monday Nitro, kicking off the biggest angle of all time
Eric Bischoff & Vince Russo return to WCW, and shockingly join forces to form The New Blood, a faction designed to battle the company’s more established stars
The Steiners continue to play hot potato with Hall and Nash over the tag titles, with controversial decisions and outside interference muddling their feud
Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash mastermind the infamous ‘Fingerpoke of Doom’ on Monday Nitro, and reunite both factions of the New World Order
On the final Monday Nitro before Starrcade, the New World Order takes over the show, dismantles the set, and replaces it with nWo logos and signage