Originally Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7
When was the last time you read the book? I read it around 6-8 weeks ago and I remember them praising WCW for being innovative. If you feel the book was too negative, well, the book was about the "death" of WCW, aka how it went downhill. If you still feel the book was inadaquate, well, Bryan did say he wrote the book in 6 weeks.
As for your Rodman example, I don't know how successful he was on PPV, but I would imagine that if WCW was spending more money than the PPVs were bringing in then they would still be losing a profit no matter how successful the PPVs were. Like I said, I don't know too much about the business side of WCW, so I think it would be best if you email Alvarez about this. Like I said, he and Reynolds are going to be addressing criticism in the next edition, so maybe your criticism will end up in there.
I read it a long time ago but I specifically mentioned the Rodman/Malone PPV because that's the main part I remembered. I'm sure that you can find a lot more. The praise was pretty forced, it was like "Yeah, this concept was pretty good and they drew a decent rating BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THE MONEY THEY SPENT ON IT?!". Like I said, IMO they could have done a better job writing around all the good things WCW did and not present it like everything was hopeless, if not in the ring, backstage. They also presented a lot of subjective things as facts like their opinions on shows. I remember the part on February 1999, they wrote about how horrendous they thought the nWo/Flair field angle was as the reason that Nitro bombed with a 3.9 rating but then when Nitro drew a huge viewership of over 7-8 million people they turned it as "Unfortunately, over 7 million people watched another terrible show".
In Rodman's case, it was a 3 parts story. In 1997 they brought him in to give Hollywood Hogan and the nWo a more mainstream feel that big names like him were traveling with them and all that. Rodman was able to increase ratings in his shows and drew a big buyrate for his first match in a tag with Hogan against Luger and The Giant. Made big money for the company. Then in 1998 they did the Rodman/Hogan/DDP/Malone program which was one of the most successful programs of all time with big mainstream exposure for the company and drew the second biggest buyrate in company history(At BATB, not even the biggest show of the year)with less money than what WWF paid for Mike Tyson. The Rodman/Malone PPV did just around 60-70k less than what Tyson drew for WM. If Bryan wasn't writing about Rodman after 1998, I would have had no problem with him not going in depth on the success because as you said, it's supposed to be a negative book. But because he did a big story on the Rodman/Savage PPV in 1999(Which wasn't a success as the company was already in bad shape by July-August)with contract details, personal problems in working with him etc, it felt too much to ignore. Maybe that's just me. I still enjoyed the book for what it was and I will probably read the new edition when it comes out.