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 Posted: Fri Jan 4th, 2019 08:16 pm
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So on one night there were three moments that almost every wrestling fan of that era still remembers, moments that are still talked about today: Schiavone's "that'll put butts in seats!" comment, that pop for Austin, and the Fingerpoke of Doom.  Combined rating of 10.7 -- roughly 30 million viewers.  We'll never see it again.



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Everyone remembers 1998 as being maybe the best year in WWE history, but it was 4 days into 1999 when the tide really turned. Both companies had big years in 1998, but this show sent WWE to the next level and killed WCW.



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KGB wrote: So on one night there were three moments that almost every wrestling fan of that era still remembers, moments that are still talked about today: Schiavone's "that'll put butts in seats!" comment, that pop for Austin, and the Fingerpoke of Doom.  Combined rating of 10.7 -- roughly 30 million viewers.  We'll never see it again.


I always wondered about the "combined rating" numbers. The numbers were still huge, especially compared to today, but people were channel hopping so much that surely a lot of them were counted as watching both shows. That was the point of the shows competing, they didn't have separate audiences.



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I knew the clip before I looked just based on the date. Not too many things from that era I could call by date anymore, and not for a good reason either...that bit basically killed WCW for me and I knew based on the reaction of people that I knew that watched it (there were a lot) that they'd gone too far with the NWO being smarter than everyone else.



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First of all, it’s amazing this was 20 years ago already. Man.

This was really the first “reboot” for WCW, in which they would see several over the next two years. Hogan had not wrestled for a long time. They were basically trying to recreate the original NWO, and it made ZERO sense. Looking back now, it makes even less sense. Within context or not, why would Nash ever lose the world title and all of the money/prestige that went with it....on purpose. Makes no sense. By that time, the belts were already devalued (not to Arquette levels quite yet though). Still, just an absolute head scratcher.

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Also on that date, Scott Norton was at the Tokyo Dome dropping the IWGP World title to Keiji Muto in front of 52,000 fans.  Although NJPW was going through some tough times and losing direction with their focus on MMA fighters, it wouldn’t be until 2003 when the bottom dropped out and the Dome shows started struggling to draw 30,000. 

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Did someone say "what the fuck is going on"? LOL



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