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Old 01-18-2013, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In early 2000, World Championship Wrestling decided that Kevin Sullivan's booking style was not as successful as they had hoped. So, they decided to bring back former WCW president Eric Bischoff and former WWF head of creative Vince Russo, putting them together to run WCW.

On screen, Bischoff and Russo took over and declared all WCW titles vacant on April 10, 2000. They also declared a new stable with both of them at the helm called The New Blood. It consisted of most of the younger wrestlers in WCW and they would feud with the "Millionaire's Club", the older stars of WCW, whom they claimed held back the younger talent. The idea was to get the younger talent over and generate more interest among the younger fans that watched the WWF instead of WCW, although it later evolved into an nWo rehash. While Hulk Hogan feuded with the New Blood, he would occasionally wear a black denim vest, with the initials "F.U.N.B." on the back in white. The initials "F.U.N.B." stood for "Fuck U New Blood". During a televised promo, Hogan said "The N.B. stands for New Blood, and you can guess what the F.U. means, brother!"

On April 16, at Spring Stampede in Chicago, Illinois, all of the titles were filled with matches between the New Blood and the Millionaire's Club. The New Blood won all of the vacant WCW titles, with the exception of the WCW Hardcore Championship, which was won by Terry Funk.

The feuds continued for another month or so before the New Blood disbanded due to WCW management making a hasty decision that it was not working, as the Millionaire's Club got most of the positive fan reaction.

The true end of the angle occurred on July 9, after the infamous Vince Russo shoot, which caused Hogan and Bischoff to leave the promotion. However, the New Blood theme continued in WCW coinciding with the "New Blood Rising" Pay-Per-View in August 2000.
Now watching this era of WCW and quite enjoying it. What are your views on it?
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Well on paper it seemed like a good idea; the older main eventers going against the young guys who hated the fact they kept getting held down by all the old timers. However for the most part I felt that the "new blood" guys really getting pushes were probably the worst of the younger guys, plus I felt that the young guys should have been the BABYFACES in the situation, because when it comes down to it, wrestling is fundamentally about the GOOD GUYS prevailing over the bad guys in the end. And with the old guys being the babyfaces they certainly didn't need nor should that have won the overall feud. Though like a lot of big ideas from WCW, Bischoff and Russo, I don't remember it really having any "end" to it, rather it just stopped and went away. I remember it mostly just being a clusterfuck.
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Well on paper it seemed like a good idea; the older main eventers going against the young guys who hated the fact they kept getting held down by all the old timers. However for the most part I felt that the "new blood" guys really getting pushes were probably the worst of the younger guys, plus I felt that the young guys should have been the BABYFACES in the situation, because when it comes down to it, wrestling is fundamentally about the GOOD GUYS prevailing over the bad guys in the end. And with the old guys being the babyfaces they certainly didn't need nor should that have won the overall feud. Though like a lot of big ideas from WCW, Bischoff and Russo, I don't remember it really having any "end" to it, rather it just stopped and went away. I remember it mostly just being a clusterfuck.
The big wigs pulled the plug because it wasn't producing the ratings they were after. They pretty much wanted to go from a 3.0 to a 7.0 overnight...
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It just seemed like another desperate storyline to draw some interest. I barely watched anymore and by the end of summer, never watched again except the very last show.
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I just felt it could have been better with Russo leading the New Blood and Bischoff leading the Millionaires Club. Would have made more sense, seeing as how the Millionaires Club, for the most part, where the top guys of WCW under the watch of Bischoff.

Might not have drastically improved ratings or kept WCW around much longer than they were but it would have been better than what they did, entertainment wise.
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The idea was decent (and later rehashed in TNA with the Main Event Mafia), but as usual with Russo the execution was bad.
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I agree with the poster who said it should have been Bischoff's Million's Club vs. Russo's New Blood.

Million's Club was a poor choice name for a babface name too. I would have gone for Icons of Wrestling.

Must have been a nightmare for viewers to compehend. In addition to the confusing worked shoot promos - the fan wasn't as aware 13 years ago - we had Sid and Flair who have just turned heel back as babyfaces. Kimberly Page's heel turn was nonsenscial swerve for swerve's sake.
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At the time I remember being excited about some of what they were doing, Vampiro/Sting in particular. Wound up being short-lived and mostly forgettable.
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