re: WCW Discussion Thread because people get asshurt about JUST RUSSO
To his credit, Russo did push a lot of mid card acts during his time in WCW. Booker T, Jeff Jarett and Big Poppa Pump were booked well and moved into headlining PPVs. Not sure about turning Steiner face for a couple of months though.
Not sure whose idea it was, but Goldberg's heel turn was a gigantic mistake. He was the face of WCW at that point. At least they tied it into his history with Nash/Hall, but at the least he should have taken down Millionaire's Club AND New Blood from the start.
Vampiro was never gonna be a star, but at least they tried. Unfortunately he came across like a second rate Undertaker. Abyss would come across like a second rated Kane in TNA in 2007. Buff Bagwell was never gonna be a star too, but at least they did something with him. Unfortunately it was with a shoot storyline and subsequent feud with DDP.
Speaking of DDP, wasn't Kimberley Page's heel turn rediculous. On Nitro she got hit in the head by woman beater Jeff Jarrett's guitar. A few days later she joins Jarrett! I guess you could explain it as she was mad at DDP for allowing it to happen, but non of it came across as believable to me.
Another crazy move:
April to September 2000 - 13 world title changes (2 included an actor and a non wrestler).
The Natural Born Thrillers was a good name and clever way to get the Power Plant guys on TV.
Lance Storm was booked very well. Another ECW alumni Mike Awesome wasn't. He came in with 'Career Killer' gimmick and played the part well. Why the hell did he become a comedic babyface 'fat chick thriller' and '70's guy' withIN 12 weeks of being booked as a force to be reckoned with, who got a rare pinfall victory over Hulk Hogan. There was mileage in the career killer; changing direction stopped him in his tracks when he could have gotten over.
Kanyon's insane looking bump and subsequent turn on friend DDP a month later was preditable in a bad way. Did nothing for him, whereas it could have lasted months and given a much more satisfying pay off.