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Re: Classic Wrestling General Discussion & Review Thread
I have to give it a watch again to slap my snowflakes rating on it. Haven't gotten around to that yet. Maybe I'll cram a bunch in tonight. Been wanting to watch more "old-school" type stuff lately. Bret vs Owen fits the bill.
Watched some 'classic' - using that term loosely - WCW 2000 stuff last night. The final edition of WCW Saturday Night on 4/1/00 & the, what was slated to be, epic Monday Night Nitro 4/10/00.
Saturday Night was awesome on the nostalgic aspect and from the aspect of reminding you that WCW had a lower midcard. They never got exposure, but actually seeing them get a chance on an entire show is too much fun. El Dandy & Silver King were a tag team? HOW MANY PEOPLE KNOW THAT? haha. Totally fun to watch. End of an era with that program.
The Nitro was...interesting. It wasn't a night for wrestling. It was a night to make an impact. So much hype surrounded the Russo appearing on TV deal. And the "return" of Eric Bischoff. Lots of 4th wall being broken down type deals. I mean A LOT. Which would go on to be the norm for WCW in its final 11 months. So yeah, they actually tried to be stiff competition for WWF. That's the key. Tried. New Blood had so much potential to rule. Only it got so diluted with what is now commonly referred to as "Russo booking" with the constant swerves/turns/shenanigans. I saw no reason for WCW to not let the DDP vs Jarrett program last longer than it did. They worked well together, imo. It's too bad WCW had to throw in David Arquette to just about kill any credibility within the feud. And company for that matter. "Hey, lets give DDP the world championship for a third time. He'll be champ for 3 days b/c Mr. Arquette will get it to plug our movie." - Great decision! Long story short it was a one night only type deal before things nearly came crashing down. I don't know why WCW couldn't piece together what parts of the New Blood angle should have been done and shouldn't have. The company was so mismanaged that even when they broke it down, attempted a re-tool, nothing could come together long enough without falling to pieces soon after.
I've often said the only smart part about WCW in '00 was the rise of Booker T. Sure they had new stars come in and get some exposure like Mike Awesome & Lance Storm. But, Booker's push to the top was something WCW needed to do YEARS prior. Establish a homegrown worker with the talent and ability to be a top guy. It was too little too late for the company overall. Granted, it's still one of my favorite moments from WCW knowing that one guy got the chance to shine.
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