The Story of the WCW Fingerpoke of Doom

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The "Fingerpoke of Doom" refers to an infamous incident that took place on WCW Nitro one week after Starrcade 1998. On January 4th 1999, Hulk Hogan challenged nWo Wolfpac leader Kevin Nash to a WCW Championship match. When the bell rung, Hogan poked Nash with his finger, Nash took a bump, and Hulk Hogan captured the World Heavyweight Championship.
The Finger Poke of Doom has become the stuff of legend over the years. The story truly begins back in the Georgia Dome back on the 7.6.1998 episode of Nitro. At this event, Bill Goldberg defeated Hulk Hogan in what was a historic night in WCW history. At the end of 1998, Kevin Nash was able to end Goldberg's winning streak at Starrcade 98, a booking decision that still raises questions among wrestling fans. When Nash "lay down" for the Hulkster on Nitro after the Fingerpoke of Doom, those same questions surrounding Starrcade became more prominent. This video looks at the entire WCW Fingerpoke of Doom incident between Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan, we try to understand why it happened, and we also look at some of the misconceptions regarding it's effects on WCW's ratings.
Topics covered include:
00:00 - Goldberg's WCW winning streak ends at Starrcade 98
06:02 - Nash offers Goldberg a rematch on Nitro
08:07 - Hogan vs Nash "Fingerpoke of Doom"
10:18 - Who booked Nash to beat Goldberg?
14:57 - The cancelled NBC WCW Specials
18:08 - Mick Foley winning the WWF Championship on Raw
21:49 - Eric Bischoff takes ownership for "The Fingerpoke of Doom"
Much More!
#WCW #Wrestling #Documentary


  1. Jimmy Ramirez
    Jimmy Ramirez
    8 orë më parë

    He got lucky he didn’t tore his quad while getting poked by Hogan. Lol! 😂

    9 orë më parë

    It was the moment that ruined everything, regardless of numbers sustaining, the damage that moment did will never be forgotten.

  3. Crossed Streams
    Crossed Streams
    13 orë më parë

    I watched this when it aired. I stopped watching wcw after this.

  4. RaidenXS
    7 ditë më parë

    I don't get why people hated this so much. I think it was a crazy good heat pull

  5. Sir Osis
    Sir Osis
    7 ditë më parë

    ..................Hey yo.

  6. zachary Bump
    zachary Bump
    7 ditë më parë

    I didn’t know drew mcintyre had a ALfirst channel

  7. Joe Olvera
    Joe Olvera
    7 ditë më parë

    I remember watching it live. I was disappointed.

  8. Jesus Saldana
    Jesus Saldana
    8 ditë më parë

    AEW needs to keep away from all costs whatever it takes, and this Impact and NJPW also.

  9. Oinam Thoujal
    Oinam Thoujal
    9 ditë më parë

    Kevin also ruin summer of CM punk.

  10. bee vee
    bee vee
    9 ditë më parë

    Sting, Bret and Goldberg should've taken down the NWO before going at it among themselves.

  11. Gil Edwards
    Gil Edwards
    11 ditë më parë

    Bischoff didn't learn anything.. He says he'd still do the Finger Poke of Doom.. Its right here on youtube from his podcast,

  12. The Clearly Superior Specimen
    The Clearly Superior Specimen
    12 ditë më parë

    What is Bishoff referring to at the end there when he says he was forced to change the formula?

  13. yogi bear
    yogi bear
    13 ditë më parë

    Between Sting, Goldberg, and NWO WCW truly had some epic moments But really how long was the promotion that has people throwing trash in the ring every week gonna last on top? Lmao

  14. Jules 98
    Jules 98
    15 ditë më parë

    Finger poke of doom was hulk hogan's easiest paycheck of all time. Lol!

  15. Dre Day
    Dre Day
    15 ditë më parë


  16. Peewee Mgee
    Peewee Mgee
    15 ditë më parë

    And that was the end of wcw . They should’ve got rid of hogan mash and hall in 98 those trashy old farts trashed wcw

  17. nameunselected
    15 ditë më parë

    How the Goldberg v hogan match was announced out of nowhere kind of told how out of ideas they were

  18. Justin Banner
    Justin Banner
    18 ditë më parë

    Goldberg was boring. He sucked

  19. Justin Ingram
    Justin Ingram
    19 ditë më parë

    As a 13 year old I had no idea what was going on and I was in the crowd as my dad tried to drag me and my sister out......

    1. Justin Ingram
      Justin Ingram
      19 ditë më parë

      Also got my first of 25 hogan slash nwo black and white ahirt

  20. Buttercup The Tortoise
    Buttercup The Tortoise
    19 ditë më parë

    i used to actually think that hogan found a pressure point on nash that knocked him out.

  21. mikesdigitalshorts
    20 ditë më parë

    Hulk Hogan fought, Piper, Ultimate Warrior, if you look at his last run in NWO he basically took everyone that had ever beat him and fought them.

  22. G Taylor
    G Taylor
    21 ditë më parë

    You can book the angle correctly. Instead of a finger poke of doom work the Nash angle. Have Hall try and help Nash against Hogan. Nash gets mad and Hall turns on him. Hogan Rolls Nash up for the 123. Nash is furriois. He teams with Goldberg to take on Hall amd Hogan. You run this until the next PPV at the next PPV you do like a tag match of Hogan and Hall v. Nash and Goldberg. This is when you do the swerve and Goldberg get turned on by Nash and beat down by the entire NWO. Nash says he lost the title on purpose and laughs at Goldberg for being such a mark.

  23. Amadis Demitrius
    Amadis Demitrius
    22 ditë më parë

    Can you imagine the cool dudes watching an NBC wrestling special on Valentines? roflmao

  24. Amadis Demitrius
    Amadis Demitrius
    22 ditë më parë

    Hogan didnt beat goldberg in the rematch for the same reason Nash won it through "cheating". They wanted to preserve Goldberg's heat and milk the rivalry.

  25. John T. Campbell
    John T. Campbell
    23 ditë më parë

    That Eric Bischoff quote at the end really sounded like this: "People don't know what they're talking about. They talk like they know what happened. There was no turning point when the finger poke of doom happened. So, anyway, the turning point was when the finger poke of doom happened." It may have just coincided with it, but that *is* _when_ it happened.

  26. TheLastApe
    24 ditë më parë

    I like this guys videos but the way he says WCW drives me crazy.

  27. bigc90210
    26 ditë më parë

    9:57 watch that 2 handed hammer hit. Then die cringing.

  28. Edgar Agüilar
    Edgar Agüilar
    26 ditë më parë

    It's funny to hear you say Big Sexy lol

  29. Jeff Brister
    Jeff Brister
    29 ditë më parë

    I love the finger like of doom. It reunited the classic NWO guys and it got a ton of heat. It also set up Goldberg to go through several heels before getting to hogan again. Unfortunately that's not what happened.

  30. Danger Kenny B
    Danger Kenny B
    29 ditë më parë

    God. So much idiocy in one night. I remember watching it live with a friend. I'd been taping Nitro and watching RAW live, but after Starcade and all the other stuff going on we expected a big finish and so chose to watch most of Nitro live. After the Raw results reveal but especially after the fingerpoke, I was done with this company for good. As someone else said, the next full episode of Nitro I watched after this was the very last one that ever aired.

  31. Frankie Smith
    Frankie Smith
    29 ditë më parë

    The original storyline was that Miss Elizabeth had accused Goldberg of rape, but it was watered down.

  32. David Breen
    David Breen
    29 ditë më parë

    The smarter move for WCW would've been to have them vanish but then bring them back out of no where with just Hogan, Hall, and Nash. Of course this would never be the case as Nash and Hogan had creative control that of course was the biggest mistake in WCW

  33. Willigag & Bob
    Willigag & Bob
    Muaj më parë

    I'm gonna be perfectly honest here, if what Nash says is true I actually agree with the booking, it just seems that style of thinking just wasn't modern enough for what we were getting over in WWF at the time.

  34. Zaffiro
    Muaj më parë

    eric u got brain dmg my dude

  35. woke af
    woke af
    Muaj më parë

    As a fan at the time. The finger poke of doom didn’t bother me. I was happy to see the real members of the nwo back together and Goldberg streak ended. What killed wcw for me was the Vince Russo BS.

  36. Chris Thornycroft
    Chris Thornycroft
    Muaj më parë

    It was as if Eric Bischoff built the number 1 wrestling company on the planet, and then decided he didn't care anymore. He seemed content to have old has-beens run the company and keep themselves on top of the card. That's the difference between having one great idea and having an overall vision for a company. Eric and Russo didn't seem to have any of that, and Vince McMahon did.

  37. ML R
    ML R
    Muaj më parë

    As always a great video. You are a legend sir! ❤️🙏👍

  38. Pat Lund
    Pat Lund
    Muaj më parë

    I think the way they ended Goldbergs streak was good. They kept him looking strong while still getting the belt off of him. However having Nash hand the belt to Hogan right after is stupid. It makes Nash look stupid as hell.

  39. Chris Fugate
    Chris Fugate
    Muaj më parë

    Hogan's most laziest move to ever win the match

  40. azapro911
    Muaj më parë

    That one Nitro effectively decided the Monday Night Wars and destroyed WCW.

  41. The Cellar Door
    The Cellar Door
    Muaj më parë

    Hogan is my all time favorite... i was just happy he was WHC again

  42. Joshua Waldorf
    Joshua Waldorf
    Muaj më parë

    Made me wonder how Goldberg felt about this.

  43. Jeriah McMillan
    Jeriah McMillan
    Muaj më parë

    I don't think that WCW would've ever put WWF out of business. Yeah they won the ratings war but that was because of NWO and Goldberg. I think WWF still had enough product to stay competitive even without the attitude era. I miss having two great wrestling shows at that time and I cant say one was better than the other until 98.

  44. Sneak Attack
    Sneak Attack
    Muaj më parë

    Nobody can remember who came up with the finish = nobody wants to say it was all Hogan

  45. Jeffrey Burnett
    Jeffrey Burnett
    Muaj më parë

    Thank you for your hard work, brother. May God please bless you and your efforts.

  46. M S
    M S
    Muaj më parë

    Great video, research was on point and is a great summation of the many interviews and podcast episodes that I’ve absorbed. Well done! P.S. Love your Raw vs. Nitro series - look forward to it every Thursday night.

  47. Dave Boone
    Dave Boone
    Muaj më parë

    I always thought WCW was stupid. I was a WWF fan. The story lines were always better on WWF. You can tell now looking back that WCW was being ran by Hogan, Nash, and Hall. In my opinion they were the reason WCW failed. Yeah they can draw money, though they are some arrogant assholes. I can understand why Stone Cold Steve Austin never wanted to work with them.

  48. Russell Mccune
    Russell Mccune
    Muaj më parë

    "Sullivan washes his hands of the whole thing" There's your proof

  49. The maker
    The maker
    Muaj më parë

    I think Eric has it wrong it was a Turing point just not the Turing point

  50. Mr. Meme
    Mr. Meme
    Muaj më parë

    People kinda overlook the fact that AEW banned hogan but I kinda glad they did just look what he did to WCW and TNA and it’s own by a billionaire they thought ahead

  51. Edwin Lindley
    Edwin Lindley
    Muaj më parë

    I also remember right before Hulk Hogan poked Kevin Nash. Tony Schiavone telling the viewers that "This is what WCW is all about." Oh you have no idea how those words would come back to haunt WCW.

  52. Dean Doxtator
    Dean Doxtator
    Muaj më parë

    In all honesty Hogan an Asshole he Hates when his times up that nobody can tell him and say, hey Hogan time to let new talent take the lead now. That why he left WWF because Bret and Shawn, Steve Austin, were being the new talent.

  53. Melissa Hernandez
    Melissa Hernandez
    Muaj më parë

    U forgot that miss Elizabeth change clothes

  54. John Sochacki
    John Sochacki
    Muaj më parë

    I find it funny that they didn't give fans a match while they lost half a million viewers to Mick Foley and his WWF title win.

  55. John Sochacki
    John Sochacki
    Muaj më parë

    WCW was already dead by this point.

  56. Fonzies HW68
    Fonzies HW68
    Muaj më parë

    I knew it was not just one thing that killed WCW, well done explaining not only the poke of doom but WCW's demise.

  57. Philly Simpson
    Philly Simpson
    Muaj më parë

    It could only work for the nwo cuz of their heel run but they got old when 90% of the roster joined them

  58. Continuing Clockwise
    Continuing Clockwise
    Muaj më parë

    I was absolutely over the moon for the Wolfpack, and this... abomination... gutted me. I'm still mad about it.

  59. Drew Nuckolls
    Drew Nuckolls
    Muaj më parë

    The finger poke of doom is when I pretty much stopped watching wcw after that. I would tune every so often but WWE is what I watched from then on.

  60. tripz504
    Muaj më parë

    This is where the quad problems all started

  61. Drew Lytle
    Drew Lytle
    Muaj më parë

    I feel what's also worth mentioning is the fact that this whole thing happened a year after terrible fumbling of Sting winning the title at Starcade with Bret Hart and the failed fast count. Not only was that the easiest possible match to book but they had WWF/E dead to rights that night had they nailed it. Instead of a moment that should have been triumphant and historical, it was botched, confusing and ultimately undone not long afterwards. I know Sting wasn't in the best of health at the time as well as dealing with addiction issues, but they could have have still booked it differently. In the end Hogan refused to do the deal and it hurt them. The truth is Goldberg was a great backup plan since his star was clearly on the rise during that Starcade but it hadn't taken off just yet. Now there's legit argument that Goldberg should have won the title at Starcade vs just trying to keep the ratings war going on Nitro, but never the less his winning the title, while premature, was still a huge moment. So imagine just after a year of politics and BS ruining what was supposed to THE moment of WCW's modern era, we have politics and BS undoing what was supposed to be another major event in Nash ending Goldberg's streak as well as just being a ploy to get Hogan the title back again. Two giant fumbles just on year apart really did hurt them badly.

  62. Catlin Whiteside
    Catlin Whiteside
    Muaj më parë

    Great work. Job well done

  63. Franco Bradshaw
    Franco Bradshaw
    Muaj më parë

    13:05 is the answer lol

  64. Tegan Eats Plants
    Tegan Eats Plants
    Muaj më parë

    “What killed WCW?!” *The AOL-Time Warner merger* “But the Finger Poke of...” *AOL-Time Warner* “Vince Russo...” *The merger* “The ratings...” *MERGER*

  65. Gator The Gamer
    Gator The Gamer
    Muaj më parë

    Hogan said that it was his idea for the finger of doom because he was upset with Eric

  66. God Level
    God Level
    Muaj më parë

    The year 2000 is what killed WCW...that entire year of WCW was trash and led to it's demise in 2001

  67. Mark Sarookanian
    Mark Sarookanian
    Muaj më parë

    Great research!

  68. Jorge Torres
    Jorge Torres
    Muaj më parë

    Mmmm that will put a lot butts in the seats, 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  69. BrainDeaf Official
    BrainDeaf Official
    Muaj më parë

    Am I the only one who would love to see All American Hulk Hogan vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan?

  70. KingOfStrongStyle
    Muaj më parë

    Do your videos are awesome

  71. Big Noob Entertainment
    Big Noob Entertainment
    Muaj më parë

    The fingering of doom

  72. Agent Smith
    Agent Smith
    Muaj më parë

    Thank you for the note about the NITRO book. I've been curious as to what may be worth reading, from a purely historical perspective about the business at that time, and now I have my answer. Any love for those Titan Trilogy books or any other publications on the history of WWF? Anyone? I didn't even watch wrestling during the 80s & 90s, I just want to know the history. Backstage politics, entertainment industry takeovers and TV ratings battles plus stories of raging egos bolstered by steroids and lots of money erupting in violent behavior - pro wrestling is the only history that rivals rock n' roll for pure schadenfreude mixed with unparalleled lessons in cutthroat business maneuvering.

  73. sam johnson
    sam johnson
    Muaj më parë

    I need this intro song

  74. oliver kloshoph
    oliver kloshoph
    2 muaj më parë

    "your dealing with Hulk Hogan politics, brother"

  75. Ken Hernandez
    Ken Hernandez
    2 muaj më parë

    Who the heck thought this was a good idea?

  76. Bobbywoodhogan
    2 muaj më parë

    What a shock your theory is that Hogan was behind everything because he wanted a win back in Georgia, come on.

  77. Bryan McNeil
    Bryan McNeil
    2 muaj më parë

    Nash has admitted it was his call..

  78. Chip Brandon
    Chip Brandon
    2 muaj më parë

    I think Goldbergs run of like 173-0 or whatever it was, was the height of the wcw. Nash beat him, and then it was all down hill from that moment on.

  79. Aiden
    2 muaj më parë

    Triple H and shawn Michaels, pretty much did the same thing.....except that was kind of expected and also not for the then wwf title.

  80. lerryperry
    2 muaj më parë

    After that title change at Starrcade '98 I got so pissed that I stopped watching wrestling altogether. That was a terrible way to end the Goldberg Streak.

  81. steven imeson
    steven imeson
    2 muaj më parë

    wcw was stinkin up the joint if u ask me lol

  82. Langston Bell
    Langston Bell
    2 muaj më parë

    I swear I should’ve been born in this time wrestling looks so much better then it is now I haven’t watched in like 5 years

  83. merces47letifer
    2 muaj më parë

    The pop when Mick Foley won that title was unreal. I can't imagine a bigger rise from a live wrestling crowd will ever be recreated.

  84. brad brad
    brad brad
    2 muaj më parë

    I can remember that episode for one main reason. My non wrestling fan bigger brother just happing to be watching with me that night. The whole night I was on a shoot about how the wolfpack was never gonna turn heel cuz Nash was just so over Hogan and his BS then ya cut to black and non stop laughter. Looking back it really was the turning point in the WCW all the momentum and life just drained away because it made no sense to turn back the NWO story besides Hogans ego.

  85. LB Stirling
    LB Stirling
    2 muaj më parë

    Great channel btw bro

  86. PrisonCipher
    2 muaj më parë

    If you watch anime...this makes perfect sense. Its also a pretty simple concept. The Boss always gets the prize, even if he didn't lift a finger* to get it. Works for me.

  87. Wildberry Jam Ultra Cosmic
    Wildberry Jam Ultra Cosmic
    2 muaj më parë

    All because Hogan wouldn’t have a match with the Hitman...

  88. Adam Cahn
    Adam Cahn
    2 muaj më parë

    No truth to the rumor Nash tore his quad taking that move.

  89. Mark Menning
    Mark Menning
    2 muaj më parë

    Hogan was running for President since Jesse the Body Ventura was just elected governor of Minnesota.

  90. Jon Sprong
    Jon Sprong
    2 muaj më parë

    Lmao Nash called himself smart 🤣🤣🤣

  91. Jon Sprong
    Jon Sprong
    2 muaj më parë

    Somehow I had forgotten how much the WCW/NWO hogan was more of a parody of his previous self.

  92. Rohit Singh
    Rohit Singh
    2 muaj më parë

    On the side note, Hogan sure do love January 4th dearly. I mean seriously he made his TNA debut on Jan 4th itself.

  93. Warjun11
    2 muaj më parë

    Legendary times

  94. Makainternational
    2 muaj më parë

    And just like big sexy did WCW. You have two mega stars here from the NWO and when the faction breaks you have a chance of star vs star. WWE did this with Hogan and Macho man. The mega powers broke up and so they needed to collide! this is how you build a story and interest, and have a blow off. WWE also did this with Evolution: Triple H vs Batista. WCW were building a good story here and they just screwed it up like only WCW could.

  95. lakersfan 24
    lakersfan 24
    2 muaj më parë

    Only star WCW created was Goldberg.

  96. lakersfan 24
    lakersfan 24
    2 muaj më parë

    This was the Death of WCW

  97. Samuel Russell
    Samuel Russell
    2 muaj më parë

    That was the problem right there none of them actually knew who was booking what all the good ideas they had they all want to claim was their ideas but things like the finger poke of doom nobody can ever remember who booked it of course Nash and Eric knew who came up with it they just won't admit it cause they know how stupid it was

  98. Coyote112 12
    Coyote112 12
    2 muaj më parë

    Off subject but I’m noticing how Nash, Hogan, and Savage look jacked compared to other times in their careers. Did Nash take roids at any time?

  99. Shawn Hensley
    Shawn Hensley
    2 muaj më parë

    But was it any different than how Triple H won the European title from Shawn on Raw. He ran into Shawn and Shawn bumped like he was dead?

  100. deathintheair84
    2 muaj më parë

    Make sense of wcw in 2000??😄😄