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Old 08-21-2013, 11:00 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I remember changing the channel back and forth, thinking I was on the wrong channel. It was truly a "What the fuck" moment, seeing Vince McMahon on WCW. I was almost 13, and it still didn't register to me exactly what was going on. Vince McMahon owned the American wrestling world now. When Shane McMahon came to the ring on WCW Nitro, I flipped the fuck out. When he started to speak, you could tell what was building. He owned WCW. And at the time, being a naive dumbshit, I thought that WCW Nitro would continue.

But god damn, what a botch.

Seriously, the two biggest stars of the Alliance were Steve Austin and Kurt Angle. Why the fuck? I know that without Hogan, Hall, Nash, Goldberg that they needed star power, but did it really need to be so one sided? You had one of WCW's biggest stars of the past 5 years in Diamond Dallas Page and he was reduced to a jobber. Sure, Austin was a good choice in turning on the WWF and leading the Alliance. Booker T was another WCW main eventer who immediately feuded with The Rock, which was pretty damn good.

There were a lot of good feuds and matches during the Invasion, but overall, it just fell flat compared to what it could have been. Without jobbing people out, the Alliance's Survivor Series team could have at least looked challenging with Austin / Booker / DDP / RVD / Rhyno.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I marked out completely. Also marked out at Jarrett getting fired on live TV. Then four months later I was pissed off. (My one line pretty much sums up everything RyanPelley said)
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:28 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Funny how WWF fans thought they won by having WCW die, did actually the contrary, messed it up for everybody/every wrestling fan, WWF fans included.

WWF fans in 1998 - "WCW Sucks!"

WWF/E Fans in 2002 - "Sure wish WCW didn't die"

Also TNA was born out of this,
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:05 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Also marked out at Jarrett getting fired on live TV.
What.... for some reason, I don't remember seeing this! Sounds hilarious.

Edit: That was awesome. Vince = GOAT
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:36 AM   #15 (permalink)
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It was just a sad day for wrestling really, something my optimistic teenage brain didn't comprehend at the time. It's not like it wasn't coming though, WCW was dreadful from 1999 to the end. They ruined a good thing.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:55 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Why the hell are you on a wrestling forum If you stopped watching in 2001?

Worst day in history? Son, you have an extremely sheltered little life.
worst day in WRESTLING history....and in a lot of ways it was......i came on the wrestling forum to discuss the time when i actually watched? geez
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:59 AM   #17 (permalink)
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The "simulcast" was a bit lost on us British viewers, given that we had to watch Raw on a Friday back then - tried turning it to Bravo I think to see the WCW broadcast and I'm almost certain it was showing the episode from the week before (I didn't watch WCW much so can anyone confirm if we were like a week behind with Nitro or what?).

Anyway, the invasion has been talked to death. The big names didn't invade and it killed the fucking angle - that's a fact. Getting Stone Cold to represent WCW because they were desperate for star power was a stupid idea. Everyone knows Austin hated WCW and the WWF made him so why would he EVER jump ship?

If anything, Rock shoulda been the one to jump ship because of the treatment Austin and Vince gave him at Wrestlemania, but that wouldn't make sense either because he'd never be able to turn heel on his return and by default WCW would be the babyfaces lol.

It's just a culmination of bad booking decisions and a lack of actual WCW star power.

Also I read a thing on Lance Storm's website recently about Wrestlemania X7 saying that the rumour was they'd be doing a run-in on the show instead of just sitting in a director's box watching it - but it was blown by Sean Stasiak or someone blabbing about their appearance on a radio show when Vince wanted it to be a surprise.

As for why it ended at Survivor Series... well, I can only assume that's because it was bombing badly? If they had gotten the Goldbergs and NWOs and whatever in earlier I'm sure they could have dragged it to Wrestlemania with the big payoff matches (Goldberg vs Austin, Hogan vs Rock, Flair vs Vince instead of at the Rumble, NWO vs DX, 'Taker vs Sting, the sort of blowoff/dream matches they could have had at 'Mania X8 would have made it the biggest event EVER).
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@Headliner, only in Vince's mind did he fire Jeff Jarrett. In reality, Vince couldn't fire Jeff because he was under contract with Timer Warner/AOL, not WCW/WWF.
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Feel sorry for whoever tuned into TNT the next week after March 26,2001 to find that Nitro was gone, they either left or turned to the WWF
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Edit: That was awesome. Vince = GOAT
after what he did in the months afterwards? really?!
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:48 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I was at the show, it was crazy (I originally wasn't going to go but then heard about the news of the WWF buying WCW a few days before and then HAD to go lol). Even the very start of it, where Vince announced he bought it. I remember when he was in the ring debating who he would hire or not hire and mentioning a bunch of huge names, most of which he didn't get until LONG after lol. Then I remember at the very end Shane, in a face promo, saying he bought WCW, that's kinda when I knew the upcoming angle was not going to be nearly as good as I would expect it to be....
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