WCW Monday Nitro was a weekly episodic television show from 1995-2001. It was created by Ted Turner and World Championship Wrestling (under the direction of Eric Bischoff at the time) for the TNT Network. The show debuted on September 4, 1995, with highly positive reception among wrestling fans, especially with the unexpected appearance of Lex Luger.
The debut of Monday Nitro launched the Monday Night Wars into reality, which was the first time in the history of professional wrestling that two rival companies would be combating for market share on a national level. WCW Monday Nitro started as a 60-minute program, but it expanded to over three hours in length. The first broadcast was held at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, but for its first year, most episodes were filmed at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, FL, before WCW began to host Nitro in a different arena each week. Additionally, WCW had an annual Spring Break-Out episode, where a March episode was filmed outdoors in a party-like atmosphere in Panama City Beach, FL.
Production ceased after WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation. Its last broadcast was on March 26, 2001, ironically the night of their traditional Spring Break-Out episode. During the final broadcast, Vince McMahon appeared on RAW while Shane McMahon was live on Nitro to announce his purchase of WCW, leading to the WCW Invasion storyline on WWF programming.