WCW Power Hour
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|WCW Power Hour|
|Starring||See List of World Championship Wrestling alumni|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||300|
|Original network||TBS Superstation|
|Original release||June 23, 1989 –|
March 5, 1994
|Related shows||WCW WorldWide|
WCW Main Event
Unlike most television (and wrestling) shows that started their program either at the top or bottom of the hour, WCW Power Hour aired 10 minutes before the bottom of the hour at 10:20 p.m. The program usually featured three matches, none of which were squash matches most wrestling shows at the time were airing. In Summer 1990 when it was moved to Saturday mornings, it adopted a more traditional television time slot. The rights to WCW Power Hour now belong to WWE. Jim Ross and Jim Cornette were the original hosts and commentators of the show.
WCW Power Hour has had numerous title changes.
- Arn Anderson defeated The Great Muta to win the NWA World Television Championship on January 12, 1990 (taped January 2, 1990)
- The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship on March 9, 1991 (taped February 18, 1991)
- Paul Orndorff defeated Erik Watts in a tournament final to win the vacant WCW World Television Championship on March 27, 1993 (taped March 2, 1993)
- The Hollywood Blonds (Steve Austin and Brian Pillman) defeated Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas to win the NWA and WCW World Tag Team Championships on March 27, 1993 (taped March 2, 1993)
It was one of three TBS wrestling shows to have WCW's "WCW Gauntlet", where a wrestler would have to win all three of his matches on NWA Power Hour, NWA World Championship Wrestling, and NWA Main Event in order to win $15,000.
The 300th and final episode of WCW Power Hour (previously NWA Power Hour) aired on March 5, 1994.
A Canadian version of WCW Power Hour ran on TSN from 1991 to 1993. That version was originally hosted by Jim Ross and Paul E. Dangerously, who would later be joined by Missy Hyatt. Later broadcast teams on the show would include:
- Eric Bischoff and Missy Hyatt
- Eric Bischoff and Teddy Long
- Tony Gilliam and Teddy Long
- Gordon Solie and Larry Zbyszko (the final announcing team before the show's cancellation in 1994)
Also a french canadian version ran on with animators : richard charland and marc blondin , on rds tv.