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[1999-08-23-WCW-Nitro] KISS concert

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Not sure when Peter Criss's book came out, but that book made me a fan of the band. I have heard of KISS before and I have heard KISS's biggest hits, but didn't really follow them. KISS appearing on Nitro was a big WHY moment for me. WCW was trying its hardest to be WWE in 99 and 00 and everyone in charge was taking Vince McMahons' 'sports entertainment' stuff seriously and I honestly believe there was an honest attempt of doing Rock N Wrestling part II for the 2000's. Master P, KISS, the Nitro DJs, James Brown, etc.

 

KISS was a big waste of time and was one of the signs that WCW had lost COMPLETE focus on its product.

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Kiss could've had Sting up with them on stage, the look fits. Instead they've accompanied by a Canadian soft rocker. Yeah this was a waste of money, but it was one of the few times Shuhvonney sounded genuinely enthusiastic about something on Nitro.

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Don't like KISS but I guess this was produced ok. Still, wrestling and concerts can be a nice added thing to the show but certainly shouldn't be a main focus.

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Someone on VH1's old show Rock of Ages described Kiss as "They took professional wrestling, and put it on stage"--so in some ways this is a better fit than Master P. Now, I hate Kiss, both then and now. But as a high school senior in '99 I thought the Smashing Pumpkins were the peak of musical and poetic excellence...and I wouldn't have wanted to see them on Nitro or Raw, either. And putting it in the main event slot seems particularly galling.

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I’m a huge KISS fan, definitely one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen. It is impossible not to have a huge smile on your face while Paul Stanley does his schtick.

The Network cut this from Nitro? The episode was already 2 hrs 7 minutes, did they go over? Does WWE not want to pay KISS royalties. The KISS Demon wrestler is very Gene Simmons. 

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