World Championship Wrestling

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This article is about a WWE subsidiary. For the company formerly known as World Championship Wrestling, see Universal Wrestling Corporation.
"WCW" redirects here. For other uses, see WCW (disambiguation).
WCW Inc.
Formerly called
  • W. Acquisition Company
Type Subsidiary
Industry Professional sports, Tape library
Predecessor(s) Universal Wrestling Corporation (formerly World Championship Wrestling Inc.)
Founded March 27, 2001
Headquarters 1241 East Main Street
Stamford, Connecticut 06902 United States
Parent WWE
Website WCW.com

WCW, Inc. is the WWE subsidiary that currently holds all trademarks, video library, and other assets associated to the former World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

History[edit]

The WCW logo used during the Invasion storyline; this logo was introduced before the Alliance was formed and was to be WCW's regular logo if it had a weekly program.

World Championship Wrestling started as a regional promotion, Jim Crockett Promotions (which was affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance). The "World Championship Wrestling" name was used in various forms by various promotions affiliated with the NWA. When Ted Turner and JCP established Universal Wrestling Corporation, the company began using the name, World Championship Wrestling full-time after the assets were transferred. Turner was then bought out by Time Warner in 1996; WCW's association with the NWA was dissolved in 1991 (and fully ended in 1993), which resulted in the NWA's World Heavyweight Championship becoming a WCW belt, as WCW owned it (the "Big Gold Belt", as it came to be known; it is now known as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship).

In late 2000, World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. (Now known simply as WWE Inc.) established a new subsidiary called W. Acquisition Company when WWFE made an attempt to buyout Turner the first time around before the Viacom deal interfered with their plans. Eventually, on March 26, 2001, WWFE, Inc. acquired the trademarks, copyrights, video library, and the 24 contracts from World Championship Wrestling, Inc. after Jamie Kellner cancelled their programming off TBS and TNT. W. Acquisition Company changed its name to WCW, Inc.[1] The company itself that retains certain contracts that were not purchased by WWFE was then switched back to Universal Wrestling Corporation.

Assets overview[edit]

Tape library[edit]

The following is a list of libraries owned by WCW, Inc.:[2]

^* While the promotion was bought by JCP the video library was not part of the purchase. WWE bought the video library from the private owner.

Championships[edit]

Championship Notes
NWA World Heavyweight Championship The world title of the National Wrestling Alliance. It was defended within WCW from 1988 until 1993.
NWA World Tag Team Championship The world tag team title of the National Wrestling Alliance. It was defended within WCW from 1992 through 1993.
WCW Cruiserweight Championship The title was established under WCW in 1996 and would continue to be used after WCW's purchase by the WWF until March 2008, when it was retired as the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship The title was established under WCW in March 2001 but was retired after the WCW's purchase by the WWF.
WCW Light Heavyweight Championship The title was established under WCW in 1991 and was defended until September 1992, when the title retired.
WCW Hardcore Championship The title was established under WCW in 1999 and was defended until January 2001, when the title retired in March of that year.
WCW International World Heavyweight Championship The second world title of WCW. It was established in 1993 under WCW and was defended until 1994, when it was unified with the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
WCW United States Championship The second highest ranked title used in WCW. It was established in 1975 under NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. Under World Wrestling Entertainment, the title remains active as the WWE United States Championship.
WCW United States Tag Team Championship The title was established in 1986 under NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and was defended within WCW until July 1992, when the title retired.
WCW Women's Championship The title was established under WCW in 1996 and was defended until 1997, when the title retired.
WCW Women's Cruiserweight Championship The title was established under WCW in 1997 but was retired later that year.
WCW World Heavyweight Championship The primary world title of WCW. It was established in 1991 under WCW and would continue to be used after WCW's purchase by the WWF until December 2001, when it was unified with the WWF Championship. The physical belt, known as the Big Gold Belt, returned in September 2002 as the World Heavyweight Championship.
WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Championship The title was derived from the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship of NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and was defended within WCW until 1991, when the title retired.
WCW World Tag Team Championship The world tag team title of the WCW. It was established in 1975 under NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and would continue to be used after WCW's purchase by the WWF until November 2001.
WCW World Television Championship The title was established in 1974 under NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and was defended within WCW until April 2000, when the title retired.

Programming[edit]

Programming Notes
WCW Monday Nitro (1995–2001)
WCW Thunder (1998–2001)
WCW Saturday Night (1971–2000) Also known as WCW Saturday Morning, Georgia Championship Wrestling, and World Championship Wrestling.
World Championship Wrestling: Sunday Edition (1973–1987)
WCW WorldWide (1975–2001) Also known as World Wide Wrestling.
WCW Pro (1985–1998) Also known as NWA Pro Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling.
WCW Main Event (1988–1998) Also known as NWA Main Event.
WCW Power Hour (1989–1994) Also known as NWA Power Hour.
WCW Prime (1995–1997)
WCW Clash of the Champions (1988–1997) Also known as NWA Clash of Champions.

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