Someone Bought This: The WCW Hotline is slightly less expensive than your house

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WCW Hotline ad from WCW Magazine

 I was browsing through the excellent WCW Worldwide blog and I came across this WCW Hotline ad from a later issue of WCW Magazine.

Whoa, it cost $1.69 a minute?!

That’s crazy!

It says the average call lasts 5 minutes, but let’s assume you’re going to spend at least 10 minutes listening to the hotline because Mark Madden is just that riveting.

That’s $16.90!

What a load of WrestleCrap! By this time most people had internet access to news sites so there was really no reason to call the hotline to get slanted, watered-down pseudo-news to begin with.

“Children under 18 must get parents’ permission before calling”? In legal-terms, that’s called “covering our butts”.

I wonder how many kids called the hotline without their parents’ permission not caring or paying attention to what it was costing them? Mom and Dad must’ve been just thrilled when that phone bill came!

Did any of you Crappers ever call a wrestling hotline? What do you remember about them?


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16 Responses to "Someone Bought This: The WCW Hotline is slightly less expensive than your house"
  1. Andre R. says:

    Yep, I called a few hotlines back in the day. I called one from M.L. Curley, and another one called the Wrestling Slaughterhouse. And the one I called for the longest period was from someone in the South, I don’t remember his name or what it was called. He even answered a few questions I left for him on the answering machine. I originally got the numbers from one of the non-PWI mags there were at the time, either Wrestling All-Stars, Wrestling World, New Wave Wrestling, or Wrestling’s Main Event. I had to look up their names, I recognized them after I read the list. Anyway, I enjoyed doing so for a while, and then I just lost interest. Oh, and I *never* called the WCW Hotline. EVER. And I’m glad!

    • Anonymous says:

      I’m not even being the least bit sarcastic when I say this, but this is one of the most utterly fascinating posts I have ever seen in a WrestleCrap comments section.

    • Justin Henry says:

      you don’t wanna know where ML Curly ended up in life

      EDIT: Didn’t see someone had linked the story before I responded

  2. Chris says:

    ML Curley was from Detroit. He was arrested and is now in jail. Check it out:

    • Andre R. says:

      Well, when I called his hotline I was a teenager, but I never got the impression that he was like that, and I never spoke to the man personally. It’s too bad he ended up like that. But ya can’t be doing that shit. That much is obvious!

  3. Matt Soileau says:

    Mark Madden did it for TWO days a week? And Tenay got 1? Wow…

  4. Raven7309 says:

    “1.99 Canadian??!!” Damn exchange rate!! 🙁
    I called the old WWF hotline back in the day from the church my friend and his family attended. It was 5 minutes of Jimmy Hart jabbering about what the Hart Foundation and the Honky Tonk Man were going to do to their opponents in the ring. I told my friend about it years later and he laughed because he told me that his mother was the church’s book keeper and she couldn’t figure out what the 1-900 charge on the church’s phone bill was for. 😀

  5. TMS says:

    I called the WWF hotline once. It was five minutes of Classie Freddie Blassie calling out Hugh Heffner for never inviting him to the Playboy mansion.

  6. Alexandru says:

    While most things are more “expensive” (overpriced) today i.e. getting your damn car fixed, things are cheaper and a better value i.e. no dumbass hotlines or overpriced cd’s. Seriously? 1.69 in todays market that would be like 5 bucks an hour just to hear Madden make an ass out of himself.

  7. Darryl Stewart says:

    I called the WWF one ONCE back in 1988 or so. I thought I was gonna get someone awesome like Hogan or Macho Man or Warrior…but I got Brother Love instead. Of course, I never asked my parents’ permission and when the phone bill came in…my dad put on a great squash match and I was the jobber! 😉

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      LOL! When you’re a kid, parents are like Hulk Hogan- they always get their way in the end.

  8. Alan says:

    I Called the WCW Hotline once to hear Bobby “The Brain” Heenan talk about why he left the WWF for WCW. The stupid call lasted almost 10 minutes b/c he for some reason kept clearing his throat, no doubt to stretch out the call as long as possible. Back then it was a “bargain” price of $1.49 a minute. I’m a huge fan of “The Brain” & I even was lucky enough to meet him once & get his autograph, but the hotline call was a complete rip-off. I also remember at some of those early WCW PPVs that there were banners hung in the arenas advertising the stupid thing. I think I may have seen a banner hanging when I was watching “Wrestle War ’90: Wild Thing”, which has a Wrestlecrap-worthy rap at the beginning. How that’s escaped being lowlighted here on WC is beyond me. It may be on YouTube for those of you that don’t have the awesome WWE Network.

  9. gutterhippo says:

    Confession time: In ’93 or ’94, I was in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, and they had a courtesy phone there, and of course, I called the WWF hotline. I vaguely remember picking the trivia option, and must’ve spent less than 3 minutes on the phone because I was deathly afraid of getting caught. I remember the next time I went to that doctor, the phone had been removed.

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