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Eric Bischofff Invitational for the last WCW Nitro

In 2001 at the second to last Nitro there was a contract signing between Booker T and Scott Steiner. But before that Eric Bischoff spoke via telephone about the situation of WCW and that next week the final Nitro would be the night of champions with every title on the line.
Also Eric Bischoff extended an open invitation to any former WCW world heavyweight champion to join them at Panama City and told them to not to be afraid to take their boots with them.
Next week at the last Monday Nitro there were only current champions and their respectitive opponents. The only non-title match was Ric Flair vs. Sting. There were not other former world heavyweight champions. No Vader, no Savage, not even Goldberg, Nash or Luger who were part of the current roster at that time.
Does anybody know why no former champion attended despite that Eric extended an open invitational?
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Re: Eric Bischofff Invitational for the last WCW Nitro

I'm assuming plans changed when it was decided to be the last Nitro.


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Re: Eric Bischofff Invitational for the last WCW Nitro

I'm guessing because nobody actually knew what was going on. The deal with Bischoff went south and WWE swooped in all in the course of a week. As a matter of fact since the WWE deal was done over the weekend and wasn't officially announced until Monday the traveling wrestlers didn't even know that WWE actually did take over until Shane McMahon walked backstage at Nitro.

An interesting thing about the invasion, seeing as to the fact that we're about to celebrate the 1,000 Raw show, is that Vince actually planned to change Raw to Nitro and keep Smackdown as the WWF show. That would have been interesting.
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Re: Eric Bischofff Invitational for the last WCW Nitro

Probably because Vince wrote the show Sunday night and didnt want anything like that. We are lucky we got Sting and Flair to be honest. There was also 2 unresolved storylines:

1. Who was attacking the magnificent 7(Goldberg most likely)
2. What was the deal with Shane Douglas/Rick Steiner??
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Probably because Vince wrote the show Sunday night and didnt want anything like that. We are lucky we got Sting and Flair to be honest. There was also 2 unresolved storylines:

1. Who was attacking the magnificent 7(Goldberg most likely)
2. What was the deal with Shane Douglas/Rick Steiner??
Yeah, that's it...it was all evil Vince's fault. One question though - if it was all evil Vince then why did no one show up, since the sale was announced that day?
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An interesting thing about the invasion, seeing as to the fact that we're about to celebrate the 1,000 Raw show, is that Vince actually planned to change Raw to Nitro and keep Smackdown as the WWF show. That would have been interesting.
. That was never the plan. You think Vince was going to put his beloved Monday Night Raw on the shelf and make a WCW program the flagship show of the company?
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. That was never the plan. You think Vince was going to put his beloved Monday Night Raw on the shelf and make a WCW program the flagship show of the company?
That was the plan. Seriously, it's mentioned in many books and has been talked about online and in interviews for a long time.

Bare in mine, back then at least, Vince and the WWE saw Raw and Smackdown as equal shows.
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Re: Eric Bischofff Invitational for the last WCW Nitro

They wanted to keep WCW separate from the WWF at first yes, but it was never really said that RAW would turn into Nitro. I believe they tried to get a second show on the same channel, but they didn't want another wrestling show, and USA Network, who they had left at that point, weren't interested either. When Vince saw the WWF fans didn't give a shit about the likes of Bagwell and Morrus, he nixed the idea anyway.

The last few weeks of WCW were filled with uncertainty. Bischoff was still toying with the idea to buy WCW, but eventually his financial backers dropped out. Then Vince stepped in and bought it, but the boys only found this out the last Nitro when Shane McMahon walked into the locker room. So Bischoff probably still thought the week before that WCW was going to do a full reboot.

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Yeah, that's it...it was all evil Vince's fault. One question though - if it was all evil Vince then why did no one show up, since the sale was announced that day?
Vince actually bought it a few days before...
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