Prior to the mid-1990s, WWF was practically unmatched in wrestling supremacy. Like today, they were the pro wrestling juggernauts and Vince K. McMahon made sure that he dissolved the territory system single-handedly, making WWF the biggest show in town. In the 1980s, there was a massive wrestling boom, with superstars like Hulk Hogan in the forefront of it.
With the nationalization and the rapid growth of WWF, it seemed as though nobody could have possibly rivaled McMahon’s promotion. That was, until 1988, when Ted Turner brought out the near-bankrupt Jim Crockett Promotions. With a vision of being the top wrestling brand in the world, WCW was formed and half a decade later, Eric Bischoff came to the forefront.
With many top WWF superstars jumping ship to WCW, it was clear that there was a war brewing. The first episode of Nitro was practically a declaration of war and for 82 weeks, WCW would trump WWF in the ratings. It took a while for WWF to make the comeback, but they ended up winning the war despite losing many battles.
Here are five defining moments that saw WWF eventually win the war.
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