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World Championship Wrestling

World Championship Wrestling
NameWorld Championship Wrestling, Inc.
FoldedMarch 26, 2001
StyleProfessional wrestling,
Sports entertainment
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
FounderTed Turner
OwnerTed Turner (1988-2001)
Vince McMahon (2001-present)
ParentTurner Broadcasting System (1988 � 1996)
Time Warner (1996 � 2001)
WWE (2001-present)
FormerlyNWA Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling
Georgia Championship Wrestling
Jim Crockett Promotions
NWA World Championship Wrestling
Universal Wrestling Corporation
World Championship Wrestling

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World Championship Wrestling, Inc. (WCW) was an American professional wrestling promotion which existed from 1988 to 2001. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, it began as a regional promotion affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), named Jim Crockett Promotions until November 1988, when Ted Turner and his Turner Broadcasting purchased the promotion, renaming it "World Championship Wrestling". Turner, and later Time-Warner, owned WCW until 2001 when it was purchased by its primary competitor, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now known as WWE.

From 1995 onwards, WCW began to turn the corner economically, largely due to the promotion of Eric Bischoff to Executive Producer, the hiring of Hulk Hogan, the introduction of Nitro and the resultant Monday Night Wars, the New World Order and other innovative concepts. However, numerous problems led to the company losing its lead. Its fall from grace and the various factors leading up to it have been heavily documented within the industry. The promotion was purchased in 2001 by former competitor Vince McMahon and the then-WWF.

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