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Old 06-15-2012, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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CYNIC'S WWF 1997: YOU WATCHED IT…YOU CAN'T UNWATCH IT



How do you improve upon perfection?

That might be the first question that pops into the minds of many people, like myself, who grew up in the midst of the World Wrestling Federation's vaunted "Attitude Era." It's not until we're older that we realize the power of perspective; everything is awesome when you're young. And now, years later, those who grew up during that period of unparalleled prosperity for the wrestling industry can examine it with much greater clarity. Was the WWF product of the late 1990's entertaining? Absolutely. Revolutionary? You betcha. Perfect? Hardly.

For all the things the WWF did right in those days, truth is, they whiffed on as many balls as they hit out of the park. The magnificent talents whose careers were squandered for no good reason...the absurd, illogical storylines...and, really, just anything having to do with Vince Russo. But what if there'd been no Vince Russo? Hell, what if those days could be rewritten by an independent party not having to adhere to the whims and wishes of Vince McMahon? You're about to find out.

This thread, which begins the night after the 1997 Survivor Series, seeks to re-imagine the Attitude Era, as it could have been: wrestling-centric, big picture-oriented, reality-based, and you can bet your ass Owen Hart isn't going to end up hanging from a ceiling in Kansas City.



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ROLL CALL OF CHAMPIONS

World Wrestling Federation Champion

SHAWN MICHAELS

WWF Intercontinental Champion

STEVE AUSTIN

WWF European Champion

SHAWN MICHAELS

WWF Tag Team Champions

LEGION OF DOOM

OTHER HONOREES

1997 Royal Rumble Winner
STEVE AUSTIN

1997 King of the Ring
HUNTER HEARST-HELMSLEY


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WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION TALENT ROSTER

Wrestlers:

8-Ball
Ahmed Johnson
"Badd Ass" Billy Gunn
Blackjack Bradshaw
Blackjack Windham
"Too Sexy" Brian Christopher
Chainz
D'Lo Brown
Faarooq
Flash Funk
Goldust
Headbanger Mosh
Headbanger Thrasher
Henry O. Godwinn
Hunter Hearst-Helmsley
Jeff Jarrett
"Road Dogg" Jesse James
Jesus Castillo
Jose Estrada Jr.
"The Supreme Fighting Machine" Kama Mustafa
Kane
"The World's Most Dangerous Man" Ken Shamrock
Kurrgan the Interrogator
Mankind
"Marvelous" Marc Mero
"The World's Strongest Man" Mark Henry
Miguel Perez Jr.
Owen Hart - Inactive (apparently quit WWF after Survivor Series)
Phineous I. Godwinn
Rick Bortgner
Road Warrior Animal
Road Warrior Hawk
"The Rock" Rocky Maivia
Savio Vega
Scott Taylor
"The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels
Skull
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin
"The Lethal Weapon" Steve Blackman
Taka Michinoku
The Undertaker
Vader

Non-wrestling personalities:

Chyna – Bodyguard to D-Generation X
James E. Cornette - Manager to Ken Shamrock
Paul Bearer – Manager to Kane
"Ravishing" Rick Rude – Manager to D-Generation X
The Jackyl – Manager to Kurrgan the Interrogator

Tag teams:

Legion of Doom – Road Warrior Animal & Road Warrior Hawk

New Age Outlaws- "Badd Ass" Billy Gunn & "Road Dogg" Jesse James

The Godwinns- Henry O. Godwinn & Phineous I. Godwinn

The Headbangers – Headbanger Mosh & Headbanger Thrasher

The New Blackjacks – Blackjack Bradshaw & Blackjack Windham

Stables:

D-Generation X
(Shawn Michaels, Hunter Hearst-Helmsley, Rick Rude, Chyna)

Nation of Domination
(Faarooq, Rocky Maivia, Kama Mustafa, D'Lo Brown)

Disciples of Apocalypse
(Chainz, Skull, 8-Ball)

Los Boricuas
(Savio Vega, Miguel Perez, Jesus Castillo, Jose Estrada Jr.)

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OTHER PERSONNEL

Administration:

WWF Owner: Vince McMahon
WWF Commissioner: Sgt. Slaughter

Broadcast Team:

Play-by-Play Commentator: Jim Ross
Color Commentator: Jerry "The King" Lawler
Reporters: Kevin Kelly, Michael Cole
Ring Announcers: Howard Finkel (PPVs), Tony Chimel (Raw is War)


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Championship History
(as of November 10, 1997)

WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP

Shawn Michaels (3)
November 9, 1997
Survivor Series | Montreal, Quebec
d. Bret Hart by submission

WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Steve Austin (2)
November 9, 1997
Survivor Series | Montreal, Quebec
d. Owen Hart by pinfall

WWF EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Shawn Michaels (1)
September 20, 1997
One Night Only | Birmingham, England
d. British Bulldog by pinfall

WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Legion of Doom (2)
[Road Warrior Animal (2) & Road Warrior Hawk (2)]
October 7, 1997
Raw is War | Topeka, Kansas
d. The Godwinns by pinfall


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Upcoming Pay-Per-View schedule:

In Your House 19: Rise of the Showstopper
December 7, 1997 | Springfield, Massachusetts

ROYAL RUMBLE
January 18, 1998 | San Jose, California

In Your House 20
February 15, 1998 | Houston, Texas

WRESTLEMANIA XIV
March 29, 1998 | Boston, Massachusetts


In Your House 21
April 26, 1998 | Greensboro, North Carolina

In Your House 22
May 31, 1998 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

KING OF THE RING
June 28, 1998 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

In Your House 23
July 26, 1998 | Fresno, California

SUMMERSLAM
August 30, 1998 | New York, New York


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NEXT PAY-PER-VIEW EVENT



WWF IN YOUR HOUSE 19: RISE OF THE SHOWSTOPPER

Confirmed card:

World Wrestling Federation Championship
Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Mankind

Jim Ross interviews Vince McMahon about Survivor Series LIVE!

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Old 06-15-2012, 01:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Cynic's WWF 1997: You Watched It...You Can't Unwatch It

First of all I wish you nothing but the best of luck in this thread, unfamiliar with your writing abilities I do suggest you browse around in other threads aswell but you do seem to have a good head on your shoulders for booking, as I always liked your opinion in other forums.

Interested to see how you take the WWF and push the likes of Austin, HHH, Mankind and Rock into the main event who were just below it around this time.

Other than that, I must say I like the idea of the D-X spraypainting the IYH Poster, even though it obviously wasn't done professionaly on photoshop, that is what makes it different and unique.

Just stick with this and you'll be fine.
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have to say, I'm intrigued. Making my way through this time frame on DVD, so it'll be interesting to see how the re-imagining of it goes. Consider me a follower, sir.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Looking forward to this btb man, as not many (to the best of my memory) 97-98 era btb's have come around and lasted, so I wish you the best of luck.

First off, I simply love the post-Screwjob era as it led to the stardom of people like HBK, Austin, HHH, Rocky, Kane, etc. It's a great starting point, as things were beginning to unravel leading upto the Attitude Era.

As I said before, I wish you the best with this man. You have a definite reader.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Love the idea, will try and read on occasion. Good luck.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:46 AM   #6 (permalink)
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This looks great.

Looking forward to it.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Potential. Potential. Potential. Retro threads are always a win for me, find them far more appealing than the modern day threads. Unfamiliar with your work in this section, unsure if you've ever had a thread or not but regardless, that wont put me off. Best of luck with this, it will be interesting to see where this goes and I hope you can stick with it. Looking forward to it.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hi. Love the time period, and will be interesting to see what you do with a healthy HBK, the rise of Austin and Rock, not to mention The Undertaker/Kane angle. I wish you all the best, and I will definetly be reading .
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Like others have said, this thread is full of potential. I love the starting point, I've not seen many threads that have started around this time period. I'm not sure you if you've had a thread before but regardless I'll read this and see how it goes. Good luck.
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:12 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Time period? Awesome.
PPV poster? Awesome.
Thread quality? ...

You get the trend I'm going for here, my hopes are high for this, good luck.
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