Raw vs Nitro "Reliving The War": Episode 16 - Jan 1st 1996

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We have reached the very beginning of 1996 on "Reliving The War". WCW Monday Nitro and WWF Monday Night Raw are about to start an important year and right off the bat, both companies are taking note of eachother. Eric Bischoff begins 1996 by giving away the Raw results while Vince McMahon decides to air the Billionaire Ted skits. 1996 is going to be interesting.
This episode features the WWF Raw Bowl, a special episode of Monday Night Raw that featured a four way elimination tag match. Superstars included in the Raw bowl include Razor Ramon, Sycho Sid, 1-2-3 Kid and Owen Hart. Over on Nitro, WCW just wrapped up the Starrcade 1995 Pay Per View and there's a new champion leading the way.
This video looks at both Raw and Nitro on 1.1.1996. Topics covered include:
00:00 - December 25th 1995 Nitro / Starrcade 1995 Results
05:04 - The Raw Bowl
09:57 - Randy Savage, Arn Anderson and Steve Regal in action
14:39 - The WWF airs a PPV match replay
17:27 - Diesel vs King Mabel
19:51 - The Hulkster and The Huckster
- Much More!
#WWE #WCWNitro #Wrestling


  1. Zaid Khan
    Zaid Khan
    7 ditë më parë

    Wait untill KOTR 1996 man. You know what I mean.

  2. Todd Sleezer
    Todd Sleezer
    20 ditë më parë

    You're showing your bias, WB... What, with the gushing over Lord Steven Regal? I'm just kidding... Regal is the man! And one hint as to how Vader fit into the WWF: He didn't. Through no fault of his own.

  3. Jordan Dupont
    Jordan Dupont
    26 ditë më parë

    WCW failed to build ANY of the NJPW talent leading up to STARRCADE, making a good idea mixed poor execution Into a forgettable event. And of course, the triple threat concept was horrid with an even worse finish.

  4. Rasta Man
    Rasta Man
    Muaj më parë

    Never watched wcw, was always a WWF fan.

  5. Erhan Husseyin
    Erhan Husseyin
    Muaj më parë

    No lopsided views from me mate, completly fair so fare so far

  6. RayytheHomeyy
    Muaj më parë

    Does anyone know the last song? It sounds really good lol

  7. Adam Watson
    Adam Watson
    Muaj më parë

    In terms of ring attire it took randy savage the entirety of the 90s to realize the 80s were over.

  8. GrungyAssCinema
    Muaj më parë

    What's gonna happen when Nitro becomes two hours and RAW is only one hour?

  9. Mike Sanders
    Mike Sanders
    2 muaj më parë

    I’m current binge watching this series and it’s a straight 10/10. The fanboys crying at bias are just deluded and also seem to forget that it took WWE a long time to sort themselves out after WCW started going up against them and we all know (and are looking forward to) seeing those highs and lows and the swing of balance between the companies as the story naturally concludes.

  10. Joshua Lopez
    Joshua Lopez
    3 muaj më parë

    Raw bowl😂

  11. Jon ____
    Jon ____
    3 muaj më parë

    This is such a good idea and you're executing it very well

  12. Joypad Lad - Online Game Store
    Joypad Lad - Online Game Store
    3 muaj më parë

    Many were curious as to how Vader would fit into the WWF and the answer was "no".

  13. Morgan Pohlen
    Morgan Pohlen
    3 muaj më parë

    1995 (early 96) was known as one of the worst eras in the history of wwf. There was even a book written about it called "Titan Sinking". I went back and watched all of these shows on the network and it was bloody painful. Only Hart, Michaels, Taker, and Razor really shined. Not even Nash could save this time. His best work was wcw. Not to even mention poor Vader..

  14. Johnny
    4 muaj më parë

    Best wrestling channel

  15. William Epperson
    William Epperson
    4 muaj më parë

    Yeah, for anybody worried about 95' skewing so heavily towards Nitro & saying that Raw will have a tough time catching up, just wait til you see what happens in 96. WWF begins to blow WCW out of the water nearly every week, once they finally get to fine-tune the whole attitude Era thang. After that it's not even much of a competition anymore in my opinion...

  16. Mark Masters
    Mark Masters
    4 muaj më parë

    Lol @wwe claiming to not know about njpw stars, when njpw is clearly in their library

  17. Sean Doherty
    Sean Doherty
    4 muaj më parë

    This is a great series. I think the one thing that you may have already mentioned but i haven't heard. The production of nitro was so much better than nitro in the early days. It looks a lot sharper and so much easier on the eye in retrospect

  18. Richterdgf
    4 muaj më parë

    I did not see the Billionaire Ted skit taking the point....

  19. Michael Gregory Matterson II
    Michael Gregory Matterson II
    4 muaj më parë

    I was so oblivious when I was young watching wrestling. I didn’t even realize Eric was giving away results lolol I was just hooked on both shows. My brother and I were just flipping back and forth. If Raw was stale we flipped to Nitro. If Nitro was stale we flip back to Raw but because Raw was only an hour at the time the first hour of Hour of nitro was watched with no interruptions

  20. Michael Gregory Matterson II
    Michael Gregory Matterson II
    4 muaj më parë

    Keep this series going. 96 is when the real war started

  21. Michael Gregory Matterson II
    Michael Gregory Matterson II
    4 muaj më parë

    I appreciate that I was your tenth subscriber and I’m still here ✊🏼

  22. thomas smith
    thomas smith
    4 muaj më parë

    I loved the way Gene acted surprised. Always sold it well

  23. Tyler Boliver
    Tyler Boliver
    4 muaj më parë

    People complain about WCW at this time, but for me the WWF was much worse.

  24. AlphaDrum
    4 muaj më parë

    I can't believe Owen took a Banzai Drop on his back from '96 Yokozuna. A lot of trust there.

  25. DaChronical a little bit of everything!!
    DaChronical a little bit of everything!!
    4 muaj më parë

    Agreed, how can anyone argue for wwf at this time? I was always a wwf guy but in this period wwf were absolute garbage, diesel was so rubbish, had no moves, couldn’t do anything so they gave him squash matches to try and build him as a monster champion but he couldn’t carry the ball let alone run with it! Sid wasn’t any better as a wrestler but given the hulk spot and push he would’ve worked much better but sadly that wasn’t to be as he saw himself as a heel.

  26. Django702
    5 muaj më parë

    Since I didn't start watching wrestling until shortly after this time (and was team WWF), its fun to watch these hoping WWF wins that week. I feel you're being very objective. From what I've seen so far, I agree that WCW had better shows in the early stages of the war.

  27. Flip Johnson
    Flip Johnson
    5 muaj më parë

    Nash got his whole move set and a hair flip in that 8 seconds

  28. Tyler Bell
    Tyler Bell
    5 muaj më parë

    You're not favoring nitro. There is a reason nitro won the ratings war for 83 weeks. You're breaking down the shows week by week, showing why raw lost during that time.

  29. Bryan Defoe
    Bryan Defoe
    5 muaj më parë

    I don't think your being basied however you like more mat based matches. The Raw Bowl was more fast pace and you didn't like it but you like the regal and Benoit which was a lot slower and more technical. That's fine everyone has their own favorite match style. My favorite is more high flying fast pace with story. I think your being fair, your doing great keep it up.

  30. Kyle Griffin
    Kyle Griffin
    5 muaj më parë

    WWF was just poor in this era. Scoring fairly and accurately imo

  31. Psychonis
    5 muaj më parë

    This is around the time I started to watch wrestling as a kid. While I was totally into Hogan back then, now in hindsight I can tell how dried up the Hulkamania gimmick had become. The NWO heel turn was the best thing that could have happened to Hogan at this point.

  32. Geeked-OutTurtlesFan40
    5 muaj më parë

    I don't think you show any biases towards WCW, the WWE really didn't kick it up until Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock started to turn around the rating wars as their characters developed. Then you have the creation of D-X Sand other things during the 1996-97 WWE shows. Now, WCW from 1997 to the end of the companies run just got absolutely horrid. Now can you imagine this dream match??; The Huckster, The Nacho Man and Gillberg vs. The Crock, Mizzark Henry and "The Nugget" Owen Hart 😂😂😂😂😂😂

  33. Jamie
    5 muaj më parë

    I kinda disagree with and auto lose for showing a PPV match. Back in the day there was no ALfirst and if you weren't able to see the PPV... This was a way to see at lease one of the matches. Thats not a lost in my books.

  34. Dimitriy Miretskiy
    Dimitriy Miretskiy
    5 muaj më parë

    Don't listen to them. The wwe romanticized their legacy. Their product was not always great and this reliving the war truly shows it

  35. David Ford
    David Ford
    5 muaj më parë

    How can this not be one sided if you are fairly grading it? I was a die-hard RAW fam back then but as an adult, I can say that WCW was presenting a better product at the time. As I watch these I score them myself and more often then not I find myself giving the same scores as you. I do think with the Raw Bowl you should have divided it in to 3 parts to rate it against the 3 Nitro segments it went up against. The Raw Bowl was a cool concept and I enjoyed it as a kid and I just watched it again and I still like it, but yes there should have been a DQ with the attack during a Time Out As always though, fantastic work good sir. Can't wait for next week.

  36. Cj Nicholas
    Cj Nicholas
    5 muaj më parë

    Because they were going back and forth trying to outdo each other every week

  37. Cj Nicholas
    Cj Nicholas
    5 muaj më parë

    You should do this with Raw and Smack Down in the first brand split

  38. Todd Richardson
    Todd Richardson
    5 muaj më parë

    Hogan made me sick with his STUPID Hulking up routine every match to go with his no selling..

  39. Thunderwing88
    5 muaj më parë

    I think the Raw Bowl was better, the first two matches on Nitro were just standard. While I hated the skit on Raw and thought the Hogan Fair match was just okay.

  40. Pablo Woods
    Pablo Woods
    5 muaj më parë

    "King is that...that sounds like Wrestling Bios music and business is about to pick up."

  41. TimmayZ24
    5 muaj më parë

    I remember the billionaire Ted skits. But I didn't think that they were this early in the Monday night wars

  42. Craig C
    Craig C
    5 muaj më parë

    This has to be one of Sid’s last appearances until he replaced the Warrior later on that year.

  43. Daniel Jackson
    Daniel Jackson
    5 muaj më parë

    The funny thing is these ratings and nitro beating wwf for months and even years doesnt natter one bit. Wcw went out of business and WWE is still number 1 today( yes even over AEW, which frankly isnt even close)

  44. Living with the Magic
    Living with the Magic
    5 muaj më parë

    This is a great recap of a piece of wrestling history. Going side by side with what was going on both programs each week. I feel the scoring has been fair as well and it should be noted its one persons opinion. This was a throwaway episode of Raw, the only thing that added value was the Vader promo imo.

  45. Mark Masters
    Mark Masters
    5 muaj më parë

    I wonder if those Raw Bowl T shirts are on WWEshop.com...

  46. Adrian
    5 muaj më parë

    WCW Between 96-98 was very interesting.

  47. SIMCARZ 3ny
    SIMCARZ 3ny
    5 muaj më parë

    I never could get in to WCW even at 8 years old i found it really childish and corny and the matches were so predictable and boring imo the only thing that kept WCW alive was Ted Turner chucking money at it i always here people talking about old school WWF and the great matches that happened ive never ever heard anyone talking about WCW because imo they didn't do anything thats memorable that gets talked about to this day that's why the Monday night wars confused me because i didn't know anyone who watched WCW and it was absolute garbage compared to the WWF

  48. JamesHetfieldIsGod
    5 muaj më parë

    I didn't know jim browning was a wrestling fan

  49. The Badarse Mofo
    The Badarse Mofo
    5 muaj më parë

    I don’t think your bias to WCW. I think your correct imo. WCW was doing better shows than WWE this point. I’m watching the old episodes too and yeah I have to skip a lot of stuff from those Raws due it’s always advertising and also showing PPV matches. So I skip it. Wish I skip that HBK music video OMG haha.

  50. Bobbywoodhogan
    5 muaj më parë

    I can’t believe you gave Raw a point over the Hogan v Flair match 🤦‍♂️

  51. Uhtred_son_of_stan Uhtred_son_of_stan
    Uhtred_son_of_stan Uhtred_son_of_stan
    5 muaj më parë

    Give it time. WWF In 95 and early 96 was a rough patch but remember that new million dollar champion is about to debut and once the king of ring passes the war start full force.

  52. John Lovelace
    John Lovelace
    5 muaj më parë

    Lol order ppv then watch it for free on Raw

  53. John Lovelace
    John Lovelace
    5 muaj më parë

    I love the dark, almost psycho level effect Ted had on Vince. Ted was to Vince what Steve Austin was to Vince

    1. John Lovelace
      John Lovelace
      5 muaj më parë

      Ted to Vince what Vince was to Austin

  54. jakegigolo
    5 muaj më parë

    Speaking of deja vu.... How can we get moves like the Jack knife and the Razors Edge? Later that summer...

  55. Coolis notcool99
    Coolis notcool99
    5 muaj më parë

    I just feel shocked each time you can say WCW was ever more entertaining because you cannot count any match with benoit, guerrero, jericho etc because they were inspite of what WCW wanted to show these athletes showed what they had probably inspite of WCW top brass. Plus im not sure what your definition of entertainment is because it doesn't matter which monday WCW were never entertaining nor did they ever look like a professional company

  56. Carl Sixsmith
    Carl Sixsmith
    5 muaj më parë

    Enjoying this series, and your opinion is fine, but you are proper biased mate. Claiming the Hulk match was “by the numbers” but letting off Flair who had the same match every night for 30 years for the same thing does make it jump out a little 😂

  57. geno19792008
    5 muaj më parë

    Can’t wait till WWF attitude era happens

  58. Eddie Alan
    Eddie Alan
    5 muaj më parë

    The ones saying wrestling bios is favouring WCW please bare in mind WCW Nitro beat WWF Raw for 83 weeks straight in the ratings for a reason. WCW Nitro could be hitting the 90s before Raw gets double figures 😂

  59. Jason Burrows
    Jason Burrows
    5 muaj më parë

    Don’t think your biased at all, Wcw was better at the start of the Monday night wars

  60. Nicholas Schumacher
    Nicholas Schumacher
    5 muaj më parë

    People are complaining? Honestly I thought you were being more than fair to Raw, I don't think they should have as many points as they do and I'm rooting for them. It's obvious WCW has the star power and excitement during this time and that's fine, I expected that. We all know how this ends and I'm actually enjoying seeing how WCW even made this a fight. Keep up the good work, I've been enjoying every "Reliving the War" so far.

  61. Warren305
    5 muaj më parë

    Arn Anderson and brass Knicks. The good old days when heels cheated to win

  62. Blue Spice Space
    Blue Spice Space
    5 muaj më parë

    For people to get a better idea of what the wrestling landscape was like, here is the "wrestling observer rewind" for the end of 1995 www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/6a6bgt/wrestling_observer_rewind_jan_6_1996/

  63. Brandon Page
    Brandon Page
    5 muaj më parë

    Wow!!! To say that that January 1, '96 Raw was sloppily & lazily put together was an understatement!! Lmao!! Nitro was clearly the better program, that evening.

  64. IDoSellSorry
    5 muaj më parë

    How many likes would we have to get to get the Monday night wars to 2 times a week idk if it’s possible or not but I think many people would do what we got to do to get it

  65. Feeby Peels
    Feeby Peels
    5 muaj më parë

    Hitman vs Bulldog at In Your House is an amazing match! Very underrated.

  66. scotty boi
    scotty boi
    5 muaj më parë

    I think you being fair with these reviews. I enjoy reliving the war. Because of the story telling at the time for each show and matches.

  67. mephosto
    5 muaj më parë

    it's just simple fact, this is the era of the awesome wcw undercard.

  68. John Savage
    John Savage
    5 muaj më parë

    You're not being unfair or one side- WCW was almost unwatchable at this point, but WWE WAS unwatchable. What were watching is the beginning of history being made. And complacent businessmen being made to wake up to the wants of modern audiences. Great series.

  69. Gregory Pappas
    Gregory Pappas
    5 muaj më parë

    I know you put alot of work into your videos, but if you did 3 episodes a week of reliving the war, I'd watch them all, excellent videos, and I have to say your critiques are always very fair in my humble opinion, thanks take care

  70. OnlyOneHema
    5 muaj më parë

    if u pls make one about out siders in njpw called the monsters and about full history of The rock

  71. steven imeson
    steven imeson
    5 muaj më parë

    Raw may be down now but like the giant says every dog has its day, wcw will have some stinkers to come

  72. Animosity Wargaming
    Animosity Wargaming
    5 muaj më parë

    I’m a WWF/WWE fan, but even I know that consistent shows featuring Benoit, Guerrero, The 4 Horsemen and Sting, are always going to top some of what appears extremely slap dash programming from WWF. It is easy to suggest a bias, but frankly, when that talent goes up against some of WWF’s from the same era, it’s almost inevitable. It will change, Stone Cold is on his way... just need to be patient!

  73. Mark W
    Mark W
    5 muaj më parë

    honestly of course its one sided in 95/96 it was all about taste back then if u wanted to see new stars you would watch raw and if you wanted to see vets it was wcw simple it's when the new stars in the wwe became big names is when the real war started

  74. Omega Rowley
    Omega Rowley
    5 muaj më parë

    Wcw was leagues ahead of wwf at this time so I wouldn't say you're being biased, besides bischoff didn't name his podcast "83 Weeks" for nothing

  75. inutero10
    5 muaj më parë

    Pillman looked like Kurt Cobain.

  76. Scott McGinn
    Scott McGinn
    5 muaj më parë

    Bias, a load of guff. WWF Raw was absolutely unwatchable in 1995. But as they improved WCW got to that same point. And by mid-1997 it was all going the other way. Sadly that will mean you sitting through 2.5 years worth of WCW dying. The thing I find funniest with the Billionaire Ted skits... that they showed shots of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash... that worked out well

  77. S.E.S PunK
    S.E.S PunK
    5 muaj më parë

    So Wrestling Bios is the ALfirst channel where the big boys play huh? Look at the adjective "play"

  78. Bernd Lausch
    Bernd Lausch
    5 muaj më parë

    I was nearly four years old when this episode aired, so I obviosly didnt follow wrestling during the Monday Night Wars. I started watching around the end of 2012 and was so happy when I was gifted with the WWE Network in Germany, to finally see what those Monday Night Wars were everyone seemed to talk about. I gained some basic knowledge from wreddit and the documentaries on the network, but I never felt like watching all of the episodes again to relieve the 'war' myself. This series fills a big hole in my interest that I wasnt able (or motivated enough) to fill myself. Thank you!

  79. ChiGuy251
    5 muaj më parë

    I think Mabel sitting on Nash's back at Summerslam resulted in him getting squashed in the matches they had afterwards. There was another match they had on Raw shortly after Summerslam that he got squashed in a minute or so.

  80. William Procope
    William Procope
    5 muaj më parë

    Lex Luger was actually still a heel while Sting was a baby face. Luger had ties to the Dungeon of Doom.

  81. Mt Budd
    Mt Budd
    5 muaj më parë

    Wrestling bios let's do Dr. Death Steve Williams sometime

  82. Joseph Dinse
    Joseph Dinse
    5 muaj më parë

    The first of nitros 2227 straight weeks of main event no finishes!!

  83. Sarah Charlie Georgakis
    Sarah Charlie Georgakis
    5 muaj më parë

    Once we get to 99 everything will be closer raw wins the vast majority nitro better get those wins in now thank you for this series it's the highlight of my week

  84. Michael Hannell
    Michael Hannell
    5 muaj më parë

    You are completely right in the scoring so far. These lame WWF shows is what made people switch to wcw at the time. Plus wcw was mostly live TV at time and people wanted to watch the unexpected when it comes to live TV. WWF edited their content so much it wasn't fun to watch. Once WWF went to live TV to compete it finally became interesting to watch bc yo get the chance to see something unexpected.

  85. mike cooke
    mike cooke
    5 muaj më parë

    vader first wcw guy to show up on raw during the war?

  86. numerounouk
    5 muaj më parë

    Dude, that intro 😍😍👌

  87. neil lynch
    neil lynch
    5 muaj më parë

    I don't think your scoring is biased , its amazing to see the history and sometimes how little effort wwf put into some shows and cant wait til they step it up 😀

  88. Collette
    5 muaj më parë

    Haha that Jacknife, Wtf was that Kev

  89. Col Rad
    Col Rad
    5 muaj më parë

    Lovin this series. I don't think you are byast to WCW, I think your calls are preddy on point. Like you say, eventually things are gonna change on the Wars. Keep up the good work!

  90. Facebook.com/ dasflatearth
    Facebook.com/ dasflatearth
    5 muaj më parë

    Starting to notice a trend of razor putting xpac over

  91. Mma King
    Mma King
    5 muaj më parë

    I am from Australia and watched wrestling as a kid and these great videos bring me back to my 7 year old self....I have watched pretty much every single video....good job keep it up and stuff the haters

  92. JV Harbin
    JV Harbin
    5 muaj më parë

    Am Other only 1 who enjoyed the Arkansas Hog Pin match?

  93. Jamie Vickers
    Jamie Vickers
    5 muaj më parë

    I absolutely love this series!

  94. JV Harbin
    JV Harbin
    5 muaj më parë

    I forgot all about the raw bowl

  95. Shane Tumminello
    Shane Tumminello
    5 muaj më parë

    Seeing Earl Hebner dressed as an NFL ref.... my life is complete

  96. Blind Lazarillo
    Blind Lazarillo
    5 muaj më parë

    Mate, there is no need to justify your opinions to anyone. Even if you thought WCW won all 16 weeks, that is your prerogative. As someone who watched WWF as a kid I agree that Nitro has been generally superior in this series. This series is absolutely amazing, by the way.

  97. RayFromFLINT
    5 muaj më parë

    WCW did win most the ratings war and had more Superstars in the beginning, so I dont think your being bias so far because once the WWF took the lead, they pretty much never looked back. The NWO and Goldberg era was Phenomenal but I was a WWF'er , Once Stone Cold vs McMahon came into play, and The likes of The Undertaker and Kane ,The Rock, D-X etc came into their own...The story lines and overall product of the WWF was in a league of its own, cant wait until the 1997 and 1998 episodes are revisited ✊✊✊

  98. Chris Tallon
    Chris Tallon
    5 muaj më parë

    Thank you, great job as always, I enjoy the teasing for next week 👍

  99. Ashley
    5 muaj më parë

    I've never seen anyone say this is bias🧐

  100. Raphael Morrata
    Raphael Morrata
    5 muaj më parë

    I loved the raw bowl match. They should have do it every year.