Razor Ramon at WWF Wrestlemania X8 (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
The Coolest WCW Debuts Of All Time
Rick Rude debuted in WCW Halloween Havoc 1991 as the masked Halloween Phantom in a match against Tom Zenk, but the following promo is more legendary. Paul E. Dangerously (Heyman) introduced Rude by cutting an incredibly anti-authority promo, adding that the Phantom would defeat Sting and help him bankrupt WCW.
Rick Rude
Hulk Hogan's debut at WCW's Bash at the Beach 1994 where he defeated Ric Flair and won the WCW World Title saw a record 225,000 PPV buys. Hogan's arrival to WCW started a chain of other WWF superstars to follow and helped the promotion climb out of the lower tier under WWF.
Hulk Hogan
Randy Savage didn't want to leave Vince McMahon's company, but the Chairman was trying to push Savage into retirement. Thus, the two-time WWF Champion jumped ship to WCW in 1994, and on his first promo, he made it clear that he wanted to hold the World title again — which he did one year later in 1995.
Randy Savage
Lex Luger appeared on "WCW Nitro" in 1995, looking for a shot at Hogan's World Title — an opportunity that he received, but Hogan won via disqualification. By 1996, Luger started teaming with his friend Sting, just when some other WWF superstars jumped ship to WCW to form the NWO.
Lex Luger
On Memorial Day 1996, Scott Hall appeared as his former persona Razor Ramon on "WCW Nitro," declaring, "You people, you know who I am, but you don't know why I'm here." Although more were on their way, Hall was an outsider, and with his invasion, WCW started beating WWF's ratings for 83 weeks straight.
Scott Hall