On the most recent edition of Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, two-time WWE Hall of Fame entrant Kevin Nash has revealed the moment when he knew that the WWE would defeat WCW.
Speaking to Austin, Nash harkened back to the June 24, 1996 episode of WCW Nitro, which was two weeks prior to the infamous formation of the NWO at Bash at the Beach:
I remember one night we went to the ring and they were going to send the whole company down. I said, ‘We gotta have something.’ I said, ‘Can you get us some aluminum baseball bats?’ So Ellis rigged a working one quick, then we had the real one. So I went down to the ring, I hit the steps with the real one, crowd heard the noise. Scott (Hall) hit the first guy coming in with a gimmick one through the ropes, he went down. Are you gonna go through the ropes with two guys back to back with aluminum baseball bats, knowing you got to bend over? No.
So we go off the air with the Charlotte police undoing their guns, it’s real. It’s on. So we’re flying back that night, and Bischoff’s just, we’re in the private, and he goes, ‘We’re gonna put Vince out of business. We’re gonna put Vince out of business.’ I said, ‘Dude, do you realise what happened tonight?’ I said, ‘The perception that two guys from the WWE jumped ship and are gonna take over your company, the people believe that. They think two guys can beat 100.’ I said, ‘No, you’re not gonna put him out of business.’ I said, ‘He’ll sit back and watch it.’ Hogan said the same thing. That’s what Vince did. Vince sat back and watched.
Perhaps more pertinent, however, would be WrestleMania 14 which Nash recalled as another turning point in the Monday Night Wars:
I won’t forget the day in my life when Tyson came to that WrestleMania. Every WrestleMania match had a movie-quality trailer in front of it, in case you hadn’t been watching, you were caught up. This is when Kane was shooting fire, everybody, it was amazing! The next day I go to TV and I just knew. You know, man, I mean, you watch something, you’re smart to the business. I walked by Sullivan, he said, ‘You feel that, Nash? Water got a little cold last night. Hit an iceberg called WrestleMania.’ He knew, he knew, I knew, anybody who was smart knew that. All of a sudden it was 4.2 versus 4.6, 4.6 versus 4.2. All of a sudden it was back and forth. All of a sudden it was just like, and the Lakers have won 33 straight.
Though hindsight may be 20:20, Nash appeared to have correctly forecast WCW’s demise as later that year, Nitro would beat Monday Night RAW in the ratings for one final time, on October 26th, before conceding the ground fully to WWE.
WCW would ultimately close its doors on January 15th, 2001 with the likes of Nash and others eventually making their way back to the WWE.