Re: Creatively, would the WWF been better off if they didn't buy WCW?
They'd have been better creatively if they got the big WCW stars immediately for the invasion storyline.
If they could have had Bischoff spearheading the invasion rather than Stephanie and Shane, that right away would have made a huge difference imo. Dunno how they'd have worked it creatively... maybe instead of having Flair appear in January 2002 saying he bought Stephanie and Shane's stock - have Bischoff buy it and reveal it right away or something.
He's invaded with his WCW guys, his main weapon being Goldberg instead of Booker T (all respect to him, he'd still have a place in the storyline just not as their main guy). A Goldberg vs Austin feud at this point in time as the spearpoint of the whole storyline - wow.
nWo invade and cause havoc independently, as well as a select group of the ECW guys lead by Heyman. No alliances, just four big factions fighting for supremacy with huge names everywhere. That's what it should have been.
But alas, it was what it was, and we are where we are. Would they have advanced better creatively without buying WCW? Who knows man.