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James Steele
09-06-2012, 01:58 AM
Was it ever explained why WCW changed their logo? I remember it being vaguely mentioned in The Death of WCW, but I loaned the book out 4 years ago and never got it back.

http://i.imgur.com/9fdlM.png

Lock Jaw
09-06-2012, 02:23 AM
Dunno. I assume in a move to seem "fresh".

I found this pic of how they advertised it in USA Today:

http://i.imgur.com/cYow6l.jpg

CSL
09-06-2012, 02:52 AM
pretty sure Bischoff randomly decided that they needed an overhaul and had WCW spend a fuckton of money on the new set which was basically a huge version of the new logo back when he was doing anything he could just to get a one week bump over RAW

James Steele
09-06-2012, 03:45 AM
That logo was so shitty that WWE has never even used it in video games, DVDs, etc. They either use their WCW inVasion logo or the old school logo.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2a/WCW_Logo.png

I always kind of like that logo.

Big Vic
09-06-2012, 08:55 AM
Invasion logo looked like a bat, WCW 2000 logo looked like birdshit.

Rammsteinmad
09-06-2012, 10:34 AM
I liked them both, to be honest.

SixxT9
09-06-2012, 10:44 AM
That new logo made the whole sets look absolutely shitty, like some independent show.

Hated it.

James Steele
09-06-2012, 12:05 PM
My whole thing with the logo was - a) why change? b) it looks like something that has nothing to do with wrestling c) Are they going to redo the RoboCop storyline with a shitty ripoff Batman?

Emperor Smeat
09-06-2012, 05:54 PM
They might have made several mentions during certain episodes of Nitro itself but it was basically an official reboot of the company into a new direction. Almost all of the real "raunchier" and WWF Attitude-like stuff on Nitro occurred after the logo was changed.

They had another reboot planned as well right before officially shutting down although don't remember if another new logo was being teased.

Every other drastic change was due to whenever someone new took over, they wanted everything rehauled or changed. Thunder itself was just an excuse for WCW to have another show to compete with the WWF instead of actually developing it into a good show.

#1-wwf-fan
09-06-2012, 08:21 PM
Dunno. I assume in a move to seem "fresh".

I found this pic of how they advertised it in USA Today:

http://i.imgur.com/cYow6l.jpg

lol. I remember reading about this ad. I don't understand how/why it was released.

Curd
09-06-2012, 08:23 PM
Dunno. I assume in a move to seem "fresh".

I found this pic of how they advertised it in USA Today:

http://i.imgur.com/cYow6l.jpg

According to one quotation of a bunch you can find online collected into threads in various forums, The Wrestling Observer noted that the ad aired the day AFTER the Nitro it advertised! And the new business cards misspelled Atlanta as "Altanta"!!! :lol:

DLVH84
09-06-2012, 09:14 PM
I never like the dying days logo and never really cared about the Invasion-era logo.

James Steele
09-07-2012, 01:59 AM
I never like the dying days logo and never really cared about the Invasion-era logo.

Let me guess, just the like TBS logo...you prefer the 80s logo. :roll:

Somebody find that "Favorite TBS Logo" thread.

DLVH84
09-07-2012, 11:27 AM
Let me guess, just the like TBS logo...you prefer the 80s logo. :roll:

Somebody find that "Favorite TBS Logo" thread.

Not just that, James, but I really felt that the dying days logo didn't fit WCW very well at all. The Invasion-era logo was okay, but it's just isn't WCW to me, it was mainly Vince's design of it all.

Cool King
09-07-2012, 11:45 AM
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spilzrvd_69
09-07-2012, 04:31 PM
The WWE one was awful...

James Steele
09-08-2012, 07:41 PM
I liked it.

FearedSanctity
09-08-2012, 11:11 PM
Was it ever explained why WCW changed their logo? I remember it being vaguely mentioned in The Death of WCW, but I loaned the book out 4 years ago and never got it back.

http://i.imgur.com/9fdlM.png

Fuck me, I just noticed the WCW in the logo

James Steele
09-09-2012, 05:03 AM
Holy shit, I just now noticed that too since you mentioned it and made me look for it. The shit in the middle are Ws and the hook things make a C.

James Steele
09-09-2012, 05:06 AM
That explains the WWE's custom WCW logo. The fact is took over 12 years to realize there was a "WCW" in the logo says something.

James Steele
09-09-2012, 05:10 AM
http://i45.tinypic.com/2a6wbvb.png

DaveBrawl
09-09-2012, 11:26 AM
I don't see the WCW in that one. Although it has moved the US and Mexico into the southern hemisphere.

Cool King
09-09-2012, 11:38 AM
And apparently, the UK is attached to the rest of Mainland Europe via France, Belgium and The Netherlands.

Lock Jaw
09-09-2012, 02:30 PM
Don't know how anybody could not notice the WCW in the logo. I mean, it looked like garbage, but it was pretty obvious that it was there.

James Steele
09-09-2012, 05:53 PM
Don't know how anybody could not notice the WCW in the logo. I mean, it looked like garbage, but it was pretty obvious that it was there.

Fuck you, Mr. I've Got Awesome Fucking Vision And Knowledge of Wrestling Logo Intricacies.

CSL
09-09-2012, 05:57 PM
bollocks. I have the eyesight of a telescope and I've only just noticed it. Admittedly never paid it much attention because it's an abortion but still

Juan
09-10-2012, 04:30 AM
So you guys thought the logo was just random shapes with the words "World Championship Wrestling' under it?

Cool King
09-10-2012, 04:45 AM
I find it hard to believe that it can take someone 13 years to notice the letters "WCW" in that logo. :-\

Cool King
09-10-2012, 04:46 AM
I guess I can give some leeway for the W's. Afterall, they're at an angle and are just designed weird. But there's a giant C, slap bang in the middle of the logo.

James Steele
09-10-2012, 05:21 AM
I thought it was just a bunch of shit thrown together to look "cool for the new millennium" or whatever. I guess because of how the WCW Nitro set was done, I never really noticed the bottom "hook" thing that made the C. The W's never even came into my mind until he said he just saw the WCW in the logo.

http://stagevu.com/img/thumbnail/ukumrmwbcmzxbig.jpg

The Ws were close together I never thought of them as letters but just some weird graphic thing.

Cool King
09-10-2012, 05:53 AM
I thought it was just a bunch of shit thrown together to look "cool for the new millennium" or whatever. I guess because of how the WCW Nitro set was done, I never really noticed the bottom "hook" thing that made the C.

After seeing that picture of the set, it's understandable.

Corporate CockSnogger
09-10-2012, 06:55 AM
I always knew it said WCW but I used to play WCW Mayhem a lot when I was a kid.

James Steele
09-10-2012, 04:07 PM
I always knew it said "World Championship Wrestling" under the squigly thingamajigs. The original WCW Nitro set was badass though.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ybp-OcwLdiw/TUF_p_-C8jI/AAAAAAAAAAo/p0FgS3uSq8Q/s1600/184868037_589fee3298.jpg

I still can't believe WCW got so cheap/broke that they used a shitty set for every Nitro, Thunder, Saturday Night, Saturday Morning, PPV, etc.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/wrestling_warlord/062_622-1-1.jpg


I remember when I first stumbled upon WCW Worldwide (it aired at Midnight/1am after Showtime at the Apollo) how cool it was.

http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/5113/worldwide.jpg
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SixxT9
09-11-2012, 05:22 AM
I always knew it said WCW but I used to play WCW Mayhem a lot when I was a kid.

This game was so terrible.

#BROKEN Hasney
09-11-2012, 06:21 AM
bollocks. I have the eyesight of a telescope and I've only just noticed it. Admittedly never paid it much attention because it's an abortion but still

Technically speaking, wouldn't telescopic eyes make it harder to see the full design of logos on a televisual screen?

CSL
09-11-2012, 01:39 PM
do you want the ruck?

Big Vic
09-11-2012, 03:33 PM
This game was so terrible.
BackStage assault was better than this TBH

James Steele
09-11-2012, 04:10 PM
In all honesty, I think WCW Backstage Assault would have been a good game if you could have had normal matches...in a ring. I remember playing the hell out of it, but there was no story mode and no normal matches or anything. Once you unlocked everybody it was kind of bleh.

Corporate CockSnogger
09-11-2012, 05:27 PM
Plus the roster was brilliant. After I made my post about WCW Mayhem I went and read up a bit on it because I thought it was that one that had the great roster, but turns out it was backstage assault. Kinda want to play it now.

#BROKEN Hasney
09-11-2012, 05:40 PM
I spent forever unlocking people in that. Can't remember if it was Bischoff or Russo, but it was like the lay off was worth it.

Shame WCW didn't last one more year. Def Jam Vendetta would have been a PS2 WCW game.

Savio
09-11-2012, 06:15 PM
There was really no reason not to add a ring either, you could have still had the primary focus on the back stage wrestling.

James Steele
09-11-2012, 07:12 PM
There was really no reason not to add a ring either, you could have still had the primary focus on the back stage wrestling.

From what I remember, it had a good CAW suite too for the time. Not as in-depth as the SD! games, but in-depth enough to make who you wanted.

Bocephus Black
09-11-2012, 08:22 PM
I hated WCW Backstage Assault because it didn't have a ring. I like rasslin....in a RING!

DLVH84
09-11-2012, 10:31 PM
I spent forever unlocking people in that. Can't remember if it was Bischoff or Russo, but it was like the lay off was worth it.

Shame WCW didn't last one more year. Def Jam Vendetta would have been a PS2 WCW game.

January - September 1999: Bischoff
October 1999 - January 2000: Russo
January - April 2000: Other bookers (i.e. Kevin Sullivan, Mike Graham)
April - July 2000: Bischoff and Russo
July - October 2000: Russo
October 2000 - March 2001: Other bookers (i.e. Terry Taylor, Johnny Ace)

#BROKEN Hasney
09-12-2012, 03:04 AM
Yeah, I know who booked WCW. I meant like in the game ya dweeb.

Juan
09-12-2012, 03:12 AM
lol

Juan
09-12-2012, 03:12 AM
Classic DLVH84

James Steele
09-12-2012, 03:32 AM
<s>Classic</s> Vintage DLVH84

#1-wwf-fan
09-12-2012, 03:39 AM
I never noticed the "WCW" in the logo until just now either...

Big Vic
09-13-2012, 08:17 AM
Thats because your the #1-wwf-fan
I spent forever unlocking people in that. Can't remember if it was Bischoff or Russo, but it was like the lay off was worth it.

Shame WCW didn't last one more year. Def Jam Vendetta would have been a PS2 WCW game.
I dunno I enjoy knocking out Fat Joe

mrslackalack
09-16-2012, 11:56 AM
Bischoff said in his book something like WCWs 99 logo and set change was like unsastifying or rushed or something to that extent, so even he wasnt pleased with it

Skippord
09-18-2012, 07:32 AM
I also just noticed the WCW in it

Juan
09-21-2012, 12:35 AM
Ok, now you're just fucking with me.

SNLfunnyguy
10-19-2012, 08:19 AM
Agreed, that logo was wank.

Is that USA Today article real?!

Seeing that vintage Nitro stage and ramp make my heart warm.

Shisen Kopf
03-08-2016, 12:22 PM
I just noticed the wcw in the logo.

Nicky Fives
03-18-2016, 10:56 AM
I was aware of the WCW in the logo, but I used to watch Nitro every week whereas I only caught Raw every once and awhile.....