WCW Thunder

WCW Thunder was a weekly TV show of the wrestling promotion World Championship Wrestling. It was on January 8, 1998 to March 21, 2001 every Thursday beginning, later aired every Wednesday night primetime on TBS.

  • 2.1 1998
  • 2.2 1999
  • 2.3 2000
  • 2.4 2001


Origin of the consignment

Since the WCW in 1996 grew in popularity through the broadcast of Monday Nitro, wanted Ted Turner, who at that time WCW as well as several television stations ( including TBS ) had to create a new television show for his doctorate. This new show debuted on January 8, 1998 WCW Thunder was called. Although Eric Bischoff, the former president of WCW, was skeptical, he had to give in because of the pressure the part of Ted Turner. Thunder was always on Tuesdays recorded and broadcast every following Thursday. Another reason for the founding of this mission was that the roster of the WCW was getting bigger and you could not accommodate all the stars on Nitro.

Original Air Date

In the first episode of WCW Thunder, which was recorded in Daytona Beach, Florida, took place eleven matches. In the first match Chris Adams defeated the superstar "Macho Man" Randy Savage by the help of Lex Luger.

Transfer from Thursday to Wednesday

On 27 April 1999, the first record for the B -show of Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) took place. On Thursday, April 29, 1999, the show was aired on UPN and shown from this day on every Thursday. As WCW had in the meantime lost popularity and the WWF always achieved better ratings, Thunder was moved from Thursday night to Wednesday evening.


Since Vince McMahon bought out WCW in 2001 was the last broadcast of Thunder held on 23 March 2001. In the last match Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett defeated Dustin Rhodes in a handicap match.

Commentators cast


Original Air Date: Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, Lee Marshall

From the autumn of 1998: Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, Mike Tenay


Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Larry Zbyszko


Mike Tenay, Scott Hudson, Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan


Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, Stevie Ray

  • Wrestling
  • Sports broadcast (television)
  • TV Program (United States)