That Time Chuck Norris Showed Up In WCW – ManlyMovie

That Time Chuck Norris Showed Up In WCW

On the January 25th broadcast of WCW Monday Nitro in 1999, eagle eyed viewers might have spotted a bearded fellow at ringside.  Personally, watching it this week I happened to notice it by accident, even though it was common knowledge and old news.

Norris cheers a violent heel

The funny thing is that, true to WCW style, they completely no-sold Norris’ presence for most of the 3 hour show, even when he was sitting right there in front of the hard camera.  Even more funnily, Norris seemed to be somewhat oblivious to wrestling custom; after a heel (Bret Hart) bludgeons his opponent with an illegal object to pick up the victory, the crowd boo, but Norris claps emphatically.

But Norris wasn’t the only celeb to show up on this episode.

But for Jean Claude Van Damme, WCW so-sold his presence even harder.  During the third hour, at a time when WCW was firmly losing the ratings war, announcer Tony Schiavone nonchalantly (to paraphrase) says; ‘oh look, Jean Claude Van Damme’, before the camera cuts away.  Now don’t sound too excited, Tony…!

Eventually both men get into the ring and embrace, after a hero wins his match.  But again, borderline no-selling happens from the announcers, somewhat humorously.  Compare this to the WWF, who used their celebrity appearances to the fullest.  Almost certainly, both Norris and Van Damme would have been in some type of tag match.

This was around the time Van Damme was preparing Universal Soldier 2, which is probably why he was there.  And oddly again, the movie is completely no-sold during the entire show and not mentioned once.

SEE ALSO: Universal Soldier – A Timeline History

  • Lt_Cobretti

    David Arquette gets to win the world championship but Chuck and JCVD get this? This is what truly killed WCW.

    • Mucho Macho

      Legends like Rowdy Roddy Piper and Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig never achieved this goal but this man did..

  • Mucho Macho

    DumbAss Eric Bischoff was so obsessed with beating Vince McMahon in the Monday night ratings war that he basically gave away a match for free on television in which he could have made Millions out of on Pay-per-view. Mick Foley also said so himself in his book, that match was the first encounter between Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs Bill Goldberg. By the way late 90s wrestling fans were great compare to the comatose assholes that attend these shows today. Then again, some of the shows are so bad nowadays that I can’t blame them


  • Mucho Macho

    By the way.. I used to watch “Glow” ( Glorious Ladies of Wrestling) back in the day and they just released a Netflix series based on that wrestling show so I’m gonna give it a look.

  • Mucho Macho

    This is how WCW should’ve used Chuck Norris & Jean Claude Van Damme

  • Mucho Macho

    Big Poppa Pump sure knows how to work out.. check out the vid at 6:50😂