RAW vs. WCW: Wrestling for Ratings

Can you smell what this JCC is cooking? Come take a bite out the experience of one the most notable television rivalries to ever hit consumers TVs!

The Monday Night Wars was an era of mainstream televised American professional wrestling in which the World Wrestling Federation’s (WWF, now WWE) Monday Night Raw and World Championship Wrestling’s (WCW) Monday Nitro were broadcast opposite each other in a battle for Nielsen ratings each week. The ratings war lasted from September 4, 1995 to March 26, 2001.

The rating war was part of a larger overall struggle between the two companies, originating in personal animosity between WWF owner Vince McMahon and WCW owner Ted Turner. The rivalry between the companies steadily escalated throughout the 1990s to include the use of cutthroat tactics and the defections of employees between the two companies. Throughout the wars, the WWF and WCW would both adopt different concepts and narrative techniques. Meanwhile, both companies would establish both formal and informal partnerships.

With much tension in the air on all fronts, WCW finally fell into disrepair after some questionable investments and mergers with rising companies, and the Monday Night Wars came to an end with Vince McMahon standing over Ted Turner and all of WCW and finally buying out the rival company.

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