Originally Posted by Redwood Raven
Hailsabin, what did you think of DDP's heel turn (which would lead to the rise of the Jersey Triad) throughout that year?
I loved it actually. Even though it was a bit weird to turn one of the most over faces a heel when reaching the top. That did leave a bit to be desired, but the entire heel turn was based off the ego of becoming the World Champ. So at least they covered their tracks right there. I thought Page slipped into the role perfectly as it wasn't his first time being a heel in the company. He left his real life persona behind and embraced a cocky one again. That's the beauty of Page, he was able to work a simple character to it's near perfect degree.
Love the Triad too. It got Page to feel big enough to have his own clique and he was given two radical (and underrated) talents in Bigelow & Kanyon as his stablemates. Fact it did give all 3 a good rub during a point of that year only contributes to the positives, imo. Only good thing about Bash at the Beach '99 was their Handicap match vs the equally awesome duo of Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn.
Originally Posted by JigsawKrueger
WCW had a ridiculously strong roster that year.
Complete waste. Never a good wrestler but a Sandman/Raven revival feud could have been fun even in ultra PG WCW.
They did nothing with him. Nash didn't even know who he was according to legend.
Russo killing the cruiserweight division finished him off. If there is one reason to dislike him, it is letting this guy get released.
Any of these guys could have moved into the main event in '99, but Nash, Hogan and co wouldn't have it:
Big Poppa Pump
Rey Mysterio Jr. - losing his mask was a mistake)
That brings me to Steven Regal.
He got a great push '93 to '97 under a character which was too restrictive for headlining. When he returned in 1999 they did nothing with him. We knew how talented he was though, evidence in WWE 15 months later under his Goodwill Ambassador gimmick.
The story of WCW wouldn't you say? Roster was chalk full of talent but instead of seeing most get a chance it was the same ol guys (ol = OLD) and nothing really changed till it was too late.