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15 hours ago, King Pitcos said:

The original plan was for WCW to take one of the shows, or to get a new slot for it, but the networks told them to get fucked. In his first few WWF appearances, Booker T was a babyface and was meant to be the top guy in the WCW relaunch. But when networks said no, and fans reacted poorly to the WCW matches they tried out on TV, the idea to make it its own thing was dead in the water and they turned it into a heel faction instead.

That reaction to the Buff/ Booker match has been debated a few times I think with people saying they purposely chose a less WCW area to hold it and do the match right at the end of the night so the fans are full of WWF goodness and don't need anymore was basically sabotage. I do wonder what would have happened in the arena if they had either waited or run the WCW segment at the start of the show. The ratings were pretty shocking though too I think.

10 hours ago, Liam O'Rourke said:

Correct, and at the top of the hour.

An all-time lame decision.

 

10 hours ago, Pogue said:

Yeah it was, can't blame them for the way they did it, it's not like they showed him backstage then had him do a run in on the main event, the crowd was at fever pitch when Vince came out to introduce him a few minutes later 

I always thought about how they ruined it but I guess it did exactly that and made it almost a bigger announcement giving people a reason to stay tuned. I always thought in the end Bischoff wouldn't have added to the Invasion storyline over the long haul without some more name wrestlers but by being brought in after it just makes Vince and him look like bigger arseholes for not actually giving too shits about history or anything as long as it makes them both money.

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Could of it of worked better if they just left it as "Tell me I didnt Just see that" and not shown who Booker was referring to and went to commercial break.

Still could get people messaging each other to turn over knowing its coming next and Bookers reaction making it known it's going to be quite a surprise and allows the 1st time we see him to be when he is introduced and you get that shocked reaction from the audience.

It worked anyway so didnt seem to impact the reaction at all

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Once you've decided to bring in Eric Bschoff, have him hug Vince McMahon and be A.N. Other authority character, you've already pissed away any money. So the introduction is irrelevant whether it's before or after the ad break, whether it's on TV or PPV, advertised or a surprise. 

Any money in Bischoff is in him coming in to oppose Vince after their years of legit heat. That's not easy because they'd just done, and tanked, the invasion, they'd just done, and aborted, the nWo, and they'd already had Flair come in and face Vince.

It's the addendum to the Invasion. The disjointed nature of it, not being able to bring in the big names, then bringing in them all anyway on a delay without any of it feeling as big or doing the business you'd imagine after that first PPV. It's all a mess. 

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My mate just sent me this, what I'm sure is a poster from one of Orig Williams' old "Tribute to the WWF" shows that used to be held almost nightly across the north Wales coast (and everywhere else) over the summer.

I watched way more of these than I'd happily admit.

 

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Edited by garynysmon

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WWE couldnt even get the Nexus right, so asking them to book the Invasion is asking a bit much. I'm still stunned by that angle. It was so over and then one night they just went "nah."

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That fake Rock on the poster above is tremendous. Look at his fucking hair! That's either photoshopped or he's using that spray on stuff that Graham Gooch used to shill.

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It looks like something straight out of Phoenix Nights, Brian Potter's booked t' wrestling.

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Fair play to Bret Rico, he's versatile if nothing else if he can portray four different men and a woman.

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55 minutes ago, Merzbow said:

It looks like something straight out of Phoenix Nights, Brian Potter's booked t' wrestling.

"What about Ray Von?!"

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3 hours ago, garynysmon said:

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I remember seeing that poster as a kid when I was living in Aston. Wasn’t even really watching wrestling at the time but I knew the faked looked shit 

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