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An episode of Raw in 2005, main event is Cena and 2 partners against Jericho, Christian and Tomko, HBK stepped up as one of his partners and came out to a massive pop, after Cena's modest one. Michaels gets on the mic to do the intro for the third man, referring to the individual as 'my favorite tag team partner, and soon to be yours (pointing at Cena), the one....the only...........THE IMMORTAL HULK HOGAN!!!' Cue Cena dropping to his knees in shock and the roof blowing off the Arrowhead Pond and JR's call of 'IT'S HOGAN, IT'S HOGAN...OH MY GOD IT'S HULK...HOGAN'

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18 minutes ago, Perry said:

That one backfired on them. As soon as they announced that Foley would be winning the title, most of their viewers switched over to the USA Network

@Liam O'Rourke might know the details of this better than me as it was discussed on his podcast, but in truth wasn't Raw winning the night anyway and Nitro actually picked up numbers in the over run for Goldbergs return to the arena and run in, debunking this oft reported titbit?

I'm sure both shows topped a 5.0 that night too, just imagine that. 

Also WWF were plugging the title change hard ahead of time in advertising, as it was a recorded show and they knew it would get eyes on the show. 

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@Tommy! Correct. Raw did a 5.8 to Nitro's 5.0 overall, estimated at 11.8 million total viewers watching wrestling that night. WWF did win the head-to-head battle for the title matches going against each other in the final quarter (5.9 to 4.6). However the overrun with the Goldberg run-in did a 6.5 against the Austin run-in and Mankind victory, which did a 5.1, so WCW actually won the overrun contrary to popular belief. WWF won all 8 head-to-head quarters on the night. So rather than WCW winning and then pissing it away as has been told over the years, reality is that WWF was winning anyway, the gap widened when Tony made the announcement, but more people tuned in to see WCW's finale than WWF's anyway.

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What people often don’t realize about the irony of the “butts in the seats” quip, is that a good number of the butts in THEIR seats that night were looking forward to the show mostly for Goldberg challenging Kevin Nash for the belt - a match that WCW promoted, but then didn’t put on. That did more damage to WCWs fading goodwill and ability to interest the viewer than promoting the other teams title change, make no mistake.

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7 minutes ago, air_raid said:

a match that WCW promoted, but then didn’t put on

And booked themselves away from at uncensored before having Nash calling Goldberg out for the last worthwhile top to bottom show at spring stampede. 

 

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5 hours ago, Liam O'Rourke said:

more people tuned in to see WCW's finale than WWF's anyway.

Foley's second book definitely mentions this, because he goes on to say that was arguably even worse news for WCW - their winning of the overrun signified people actually wanted to see what had happened on their show, but not enough to miss RAW for it. Presumably once they got over to TNT, they were met with a reformed nWo knocking Goldberg about.

It's Foley so I obviously take his words with a pint of salt, but is that accurate?

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13 hours ago, Tommy! said:

And booked themselves away from at uncensored before having Nash calling Goldberg out for the last worthwhile top to bottom show at spring stampede. 

Yeah. In bare facts, WCW somewhat followed through with a “then Goldberg gets his revenge” logical follow up with him beating Hall at Souled Out and Nash at Spring Stampede. Except he’d had the irrelevance of the Bam Bam sidetrack, wasn’t booked at Uncensored, didn’t get revenge on Hogan, the belt was already far away and moved onto Flair, and Hogan had already been turned babyface with Nash on the way too. Sigh.

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