WCW vs NWO Podcast: Bash at the Beach 1996

Welcome to the WCW vs NWO Podcast, a Sports Obsessive wrestling podcast looking back at peak-period WCW. Dave, Gus, and Conor review Bash at the Beach 1996 for the debut episode and ask: who is the third man? Of course we know, but Eric Bischoff booked the whole show around that question. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash jumped ship to WCW to begin their ‘hostile takeover’ and wrestling would never be the same as the Monday Night Wars would kick into first gear. 

In this episode, we attempt to summarize the history of NWA/WCW. The podcast could’ve started with the Great American Bash, but Bash at the Beach was also a natural starting point for the ever-important cruiserweight division. WCW would lean on this division to deliver high-quality matches with talent from around the globe, something the WWF couldn’t provide at the time. Psicosis would have one of his best matches here with the legendary Rey Mysterio Jr. to start the show and show the world a kind of quality the WWF just couldn’t match.

Bash at the Beach has plenty of variety in the mid-card; John Tenta vs. Big Bubba in a silly silver dollar match; an odd US title matchup with Konnan vs. Ric Flair; even a “hardcore match” with The Nasty Boys vs. Public Enemy. Ultimately, this is a one-match card. The actual match doesn’t get talked about enough. Is it a good match? We also recap the buildup from all the Nitros and discuss the impact the third man reveal and the NWO has had on wrestling. 

You wanna go to war? Whose side are you on?

3 wrestling fans review the war between WCW and the NWO PPV by PPV 96-98.
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Written by Conor ODonnell

Conor is the editor and co-host of the WCW vs NWO Podcast which reviews WCW PPVs 96-98. He is also the editor for highly acclaimed Arena Decklist Podcast which delves deep into the Magic: the Gathering tournament scene.

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