Paid Members air_raid Posted November 21, 2018 Paid Members Share Posted November 21, 2018 This reminds me of a game I sometimes play with @jazzygeofferz called Wrestling Of Future Past where I change one element and come up with utterly ridiculous ideas of how the business could have been completely different as a consequence. Such as "If Virgil won the Rumble 92, Nitro would have won the war." Tempted as I am for a myriad of reasons to include Crown Jewel, in reality it's got to be Uncensored 99. You guys have done it to death and so have I but make no mistake, WCW was a big deal to my fandom and as much as things were going wrong by this point - BOY were they going wrong - I was still tuning in to see some of my favourites. It's not a show completely without merit, there are a few good matches, but the booking in the main event just wounded me. I took that one personally. It has all the hallmarks of "LOL WCW" - illogical turns, chaotic finish with run-ins aplenty using the PPV to push "EHRMERGAD WATCH NITRO" instead of the reverse, match stips being completely fucking ignored. Moreover though, the double turn just kicked me square in the balls. When I read on DDTDigest, if you remember that, that they had attempted to turn Hollywood Hogan back babyface, I nearly fell out of my chair. Whatever you feel about the nWo, the split and reunification, how stale they were by early 99, the entire reason I got back into WCW was the notion that Hogan was the bad guy and I wanted to see someone absolutely murder him. Firstly and primarily Sting, but at various times, Luger, Giant, Dallas Page, Goldberg and - YES - Ric Flair. Fuck off Hogan, just fuck the fuck off. Every time I saw him do a job for three years was so satisfying. That's for Mania IX, you BASTARD. I hated him. Yes, there was also great wrestling from cruiserweights and the technical sorts, but if I was watching Raw to see Steve Austin beat the shit out of someone, I was watching Nitro predominantly in the hope someone would get to beat the shit out of Hogan. After all the schemes, cheap shots and bullshit Hollywood had pulled off... not even since 96, just in the couple of months he'd been programmed with Flair - you think I'm cheering for this man??? (I can hear it in Liam's voice as I type this) Get the fuck out of here. Perhaps equally as galling was the knowledge that this double turn would logically (oops) have to precipitate some of Hogan's fellow bastards turning with him, and that the rest of the Horsemen would be turned to follow Flair, giving me NO time to celebrate Benoit & Malenko finally winning the tag belts - they're the bad guys now, raid! What?? Are they FUCK the bad guys! Fuck Hogan, if he got screwed over, he's had it coming for years!! And - fuck about - what's your knock on effect for Goldberg, future of the business? That logical path of him going through all the Wolfpack in order starting with Scott Hall at Souled Out building to eventual chances at revenge on The Hulkster? Down the shitter, Bill! Hogan's a goodie too now, you'll be tagging with him soon, say your prayers, take your vitamins and go fuck yourself. The pile of endless bullshit turns where your worst enemy one month is quite happily your tag partner next month which stretched right through to the end of the year - GOLDBERG AND SID FOR FUCK SAKE - they'll say it started at Uncensored. WCW had problems but for me Uncensored 99 was the event horizon at which escaping the Brown Hole became an impossibility. Bin it. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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