At this point in time fifteen years ago, World Championship Wrestling had finally closed its doors for good. TBS booted them from their networks, Vince McMahon flew in and scooped up the remains of the corpse and any talent not locked into solid Turner contracts were let go by the WWF. However, if you were a subscriber to WCW Magazine, the only acknowledgement of WCW’s demise in the final issue was a last-minute pack-in poster featuring several WCW Champions holding the Big Gold Belt (or in Flair and Vader’s case, that other design from the early 90’s):
The rest of the magazine reads as if everything is going smooth in World Championship Wrestling, even Madusa signs off her monthly column with a tease of what readers can expect next month from her. One on of the recent LAWradio shows, host John Pollock joked about how WCW screwed him out of his teenage lunch-money by not honoring his WCW Magazine subscription after the company folded. He never got a refund from Vince, he never even had the left-over months roll into a WWF RAW Magazine subscription. Apparently, if you signed up for a yearly subscription for WCW Magazine, once the promotion went under in 2001, you and Vampiro were in the same boat — fucked over by WCW.
All in all, the final issue of WCW Magazine here is a neat “What-If?” read, especially considering how Rick Steiner, Shane Helms and Dustin Rhodes all have their own special write-ups as if WCW was possibly building them up for strong 2001 runs. Unfortunately, only “Sugar” Shane Helms would be the only one with a significant weekly TV role that year and it would be for another promotion altogether.
The entire magazine scanned in its entirety here (minus the posters and irrelevant ads):
37-year-old World Championship Wrestling fanatic/collector/hoarder. Runs a soil analysis lab in Austin, TX by day and scans in old wrestling magazines by night.
He’s got posters on the wall, his favorite rock group’s KISS.