Re: What a night March 26, 2001 was, Your Reflections on WWF/WCW Simulcast and Invasi
At the time I actually thought Vince would let WCW continue. I saw it as a positive thing considering WCW was terrible at that point. The thought of WCW being revived by the WWF and seeing stars switch between companies (like what would later happen with Raw/SD) seemed exciting.
In hindsight though, it was basically the beginning of the end for the WWFs red hot boom period. The Monday Night Wars, one of the most compelling aspects of those hot years, were officially over (even though it hadnt been a real war for years). When we got the Invasion angle it wasnt 96-early 99 WCW that was genuinely competitive with the WWF and had a star studded roster, but a WCW that was a shadow of its former self, with mostly midcard level wrestlers that lacked credibility and star power compared to their WWF counterparts. Even so they could have made it work a lot better, but from the outset WCW looked weak and pathetic. Throw in an alliance with ECW to make them both look even weaker, add Stone Cold for no reason whatsoever and spend far too much time focusing on the McMahons and the whole thing lost any momentum it had within a matter of months.
I wouldnt blame the death of WCW/ECW and the subsequent Invasion angle totally for the end of that Attitude Era boom period, nothing stays that hot forever, but it definitely sped up the process. After the first few months once the novelty of seeing WCW/ECW guys in the WWF wore off the product just didnt feel the same anymore. When we finally did get the likes of Hogan, Flair, Goldberg, Nash and Hall in the WWF, it was good, but it had a fraction of the impact it would have 3 or 4 years earlier.