WCW Prime

WCW Prime was a professional wrestling show produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) which aired on the Prime Sports Network Mondays from 1995 to 1997. Along with WCW WorldWide and WCW Pro, it was part of the WCW Disney tapings (matches were, in fact, shot on the same set that WorldWide was using at the time). The rights to WCW Prime now belong to WWE.

WCW Prime
WCW Prime Logo
WCW Prime logo
Created byWorld Championship Wrestling
StarringSee World Championship Wrestling alumni
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time60 minutes
Release
Original networkPrime Sports Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original release1995 –
1997

Format

WCW Prime mainly featured mid-card matches. There wasn't much storyline advancement or main-event wrestlers on the show. Sometimes, matches from WCW WorldWide and WCW Saturday Night were featured, along with highlights from the major shows such as WCW Monday Nitro. The main event was referred to as the "Prime Match of the Week" on-air. The show was hosted by Dusty Rhodes and Chris Cruise, who was later replaced by Tony Schiavone. The show was a little more relaxed than the other programs, with lots of comedy on the commentary. For instance, right before the "Prime Match of the Week", Dusty Rhodes would call it the "Moo Match of the Week" and moo on-camera because of a dairy sponsorship.

Bob Starr (wrestler)

Robert A. "Bob" Starr (born 1971) is a semi-retired American professional wrestler, trainer and manager who has competed in numerous independent promotions throughout the United States since his debut in 1988. He is especially well known in the Mid-Atlantic region where he has competed for The Bad Crew's Eastern Wrestling Federation, Eastern Championship Wrestling, Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation, National Wrestling League, and the Virginia Wrestling Alliance. Starr also wrestled as a preliminary wrestler in both World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation throughout the 1990s.

One of the most dominant wrestlers in the MEWF's history, Starr was among the original wrestlers who helped create the promotion, serving as its booker in later years, and was widely considered "the face" of the company; he is a two-time MEWF Heavyweight Champion, a record six-time MEWF Mid-Atlantic Champion, and three-time MEWF Tag Team Champion as one-half of the Hollywood Hunks with Lucifer and Joe Thunder. He is also the last official AWA World Television Champion and, as of 2010, was still defending the title on the "indy circuit" despite the close of AWA Superstars (Mike Schwabbs version) eight years before.

Starr, himself trained by Ricky Lawless and the Monster Factory, has worked as an instructor at both the Bone Busters and Brain Busters training facilities in Baltimore, and Gillberg's Pro Wrestling Academy in Severn, Maryland. He is credited for training, among others, Lucifer, Fantasia and Ruckus. In recent years, he has been associated with Maryland Championship Wrestling as a referee and manager. In 2010, MCW's second annual "Legends of Maryland" supercard, he was inducted into the MCW Hall of Fame.

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Ron Reis

Ronald Allen Reis is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with World Championship Wrestling between 1995 and 1998 under the ring names The Yeti and Reese.

WCW Disney tapings

The WCW Disney tapings were a series of television tapings of professional wrestling matches conducted by World Championship Wrestling at the Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios) in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

World Championship Wrestling

World Championship Wrestling Inc. (WCW) is a defunct American professional wrestling promotion. For much of its existence, WCW was one of the top professional wrestling promotions in the United States, and was a significant competitor to the dominant World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE).WCW was founded by Ted Turner in 1988, after Turner Broadcasting System purchased and rebranded the nearly bankrupt major wrestling territory Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP). After initial success through utilization of established wrestling stars of the 1980s, the company appointed Eric Bischoff to executive producer of television in 1993. Under Bischoff's guise, the company enjoyed a period of mainstream success characterized by a shift to reality-based storylines, and notable hirings of former WWF talent. WCW also promoted multiple live events a year, and gained attention for developing a popular cruiserweight division, which showcased an acrobatic, fast-paced, lucha libre-inspired style of wrestling.In 1995, WCW broadcast the live television flagship program WCW Monday Nitro, and subsequently developed a ratings competition now known as the Monday Night Wars against the flagship program of the WWF, Monday Night Raw. From 1996–1997, WCW surpassed their rival program in the ratings for 83 consecutive weeks, threatening to severely undercut their rival and disrupting the American wrestling hierarchy. However, WCW then endured significant losses in ratings and revenue due to creative missteps in the late 1990s, and suffered from the fallout from the merger of Turner Broadcasting with Time Warner and AOL.

Soon thereafter, WCW went out of business, and the WWF purchased selected WCW assets in 2001, including its video library, some wrestler contracts, and selected intellectual property, including the WCW name and championships. WCW was officially made defunct in 2017, after dealing with old contracts and existing lawsuits. Its global headquarters were located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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