Paid Members BomberPat Posted March 17 Paid Members Share Posted March 17 Stuff like Big Bang, and talks of how Bischoff would have run it differently by having it all really self-contained, with a new look, new presentation, all these grand new ideas, don't really hold up when you consider how many reboots and reimaginings they'd attempted in the previous couple of years, and how if they'd remained under the Turner banner they wouldn't be free from the management oversight that forced so many changes on them, or if they managed to run as a self-sustaining promotion, they'd probably be subject to even more chaos. It's like Paul Heyman saying how if ECW had carried on, he'd have definitely built it around wrestlers like Bryan Danielson, and he'd have made it look more like UFC, and all of these other things that sound really forward-thinking and prescient - until you remember that they never happened, and he's talking about what he would have done with the benefit of twenty years of hindsight. Anyone can talk about how they would have made a promotion work, because it's all in the abstract - it's when you actually have to do it, with the pressures of TV networks, sponsors, wrestlers' egos, injuries, contracts, and everything else getting in the way that it becomes an issue. If Bischoff was going to continue to run WCW after 2001, there's absolutely no reason to believe that he would have done anything differently from what he'd always done, bar a change of window dressing - talk was that he was looking at bringing in Joey Styles, Don Callis and Jerry Lawler as potential commentators, and already there you've got "what worked somewhere else?" as his guiding principle, rather than any new ideas. In terms of what kind of talent he'd bring in, how he'd book, the best case study we have for that is when he got involved in booking TNA - and the answer there is "the same fuckers he'd have booked anywhere else, especially if he was riding Hogan's coattails". Unless there was someone else with a significant role to play in creative, there's no way WCW would have brought in half the talent that eventually made their name in TNA or ROH, and little reason to believe that, even if they did, they'd have done anything meaningful with them, because they'd have made all the same mistakes that Bischoff always made, and because they already had the guys coming out of the Power Plant to fill the "young up-and-coming wrestler" spots, without having to worry about scouring the indies for anybody else. Not to mention that, in a world where WCW continues, you'd never get TNA anyway, because the Jarretts wouldn't see a gap in the market for WCW's audience. You'd probably still get ROH, as Feinstein still needed video content (quiet, you) to keep RFVideo afloat after ECW closed, but a lot of wrestlers we saw rise up through the ranks in those promotions probably never would have made an impact, because the WWF wasn't interested, and WCW was unlikely to take much of a gamble on anyone untested anyway. Someone like Eddie Guerrero or Jerry Lynn, who helped get eyes on the first few ROH shows, likely wouldn't have been released by the WWF if there was still WCW around waiting to pick them up, so ROH might not have taken off the way it did anyway. WCW was doomed, regardless. They sold for a relative pittance, and couldn't get a TV deal even with the weight of the WWF at the height of their powers behind them. They'd be worthless without a TV deal, and what are the odds Bischoff would have succeeded where Vince didn't in securing them one? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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