Brian Gewirtz recalls former WWE chairman multiple times Vince McMahon Synchronized with WCW Nitro in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Gwitz joins WWE Became a writer in November 1999. By then, RAW had surpassed Nitro in Monday night’s TV ratings. However, McMahon still wants some of his employees to watch rival shows, which include the likes of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.
In an interview with Sportskeeda Wrestling Rijodas GuptaGewirtz said that Nitro once appeared on a monitor in the backstage of WWE:
“If I remember correctly, I think there is a concurrency monitor in the background of Gorilla Position [backstage area], I’m sure it was a continuation of the era when competition was really fierce and neck and neck. By the time I joined, WWE was comfortable in Monday night’s ratings battle. But you do want to track, ‘Oh, they’re commercializing now,’ or Hogan’s out, or Flair’s wrestling or Sting or whatever. ” [7:12-7:37]
Gewirtz clarified that due to the time difference, McMahon usually only watches Nitro when RAW is happening on the West Coast:
“I don’t think Vince was watching it, but it was on the monitor, whether it was Jerry Briscoe, who was in charge of scheduling the show…the only time we watched Nitro en masse, which I detailed in the book That, is when we have a West Coast show, because if we have a West Coast show, we usually write SmackDown the next morning.” [7:39-8:04]
Watch the video above to hear Gewirtz’s story about the funny WCW moments McMahon still refers to years later.
Brian Gewirtz explains the old WWE SmackDown writing process
although smack down Now live on Friday night, which wasn’t the case more than two decades ago. Shows used to be pre-recorded on Tuesdays and then aired later in the week.
For this reason, Brian Gewirtz often writes SmackDown episodes right after a live RAW show:
“It’s going to get to the point where you can write a show, at least a version of it, even before you get to the arena, but at the time it’s just a seat for the pants. Because TNT reruns Nitro and plays Nitro at 11 p.m., we have place it in the background.” [8:21-8:39]
Gerviz also explain Why he disagreed with the big change in the WCW world heavyweight title that happened in 2000.
What’s your favorite WCW memory? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
Brian Gewirtz’s new book, There’s Only One Problem…: The True Story of an Ex, Once the Seventh Most Powerful Man in WWE, is available for purchase at Amazon.
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