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- So people were expecting WCW's Final Nitro, the WCW intro starts at 8pm and wow, why are they showing Vince on RAW on TNT's Nitro, the last nitro is a Simulcast of WWF RAW and WCW Nitro

-Vince announces that he bought WCW, people are in shock, throughout the night Vince and various WWF superstars begin to bury WCW,

- now TNN's WWF RAW starts at 9pm with Vince firing Jeff Jarrett,

- Nitro has it's night of champions Booker T becomes 4 time WCW champion, WCW superstars say goodbye, Ric Flair and Sting have their final WCW match.

- Vince gets a kiss from Trish Stratus(What's with Kisses in WWF/E by the way? first Vince McMahon then Daniel Bryan with AJ at Wrestlemania 28) and heads to the ring

-Vince brags, says he wants Ted Turner to present contract to buy WCW at Wrestlemania 17, threatens to fire Goldberg, Booker T, Hogan, Sting with the "You're Fired", says he'll be putting WCW on the shelf(no lie), demands respect after fans get disapproving chants, even WWF fans were mad at Vince with WCW.

-Shane comes out, Uh-oh, Who knew? He's not at Raw he's at Nitro in Florida, announces that McMahon's name is on the contract to buy WCW... however the contract reads Shane McMahon.

Vince McMahon is rendered speechless,

Jim Ross promotes WWF RAW, tells all the Nitro viewers to watch the Main event(Austin/Rock vs Kane/Undertaker) on TNN(What a way to promote yourself by the way), the Wrestlemania 17 commerical airs, and Wrestling is never seen on TNT again, later that year they go, "We Know Drama"

Now, onto TNN, they recap what just happened, Vince is very upset on phone.

What a night, people would expect an Invasion or Head to head with Goldberg, NWO, Sting, Flair, Booker T, DDP, etc, instead...

-just Booker T and DPP reduced to midcard,

- a ridiculous finish to Invasion 2001(Austin joining WCW because Vince doesn't hug him anymore) with no WCW debuts(Guaranteed people were expecting Goldberg, Sting, Hogan, Hall, Nash, Flair, I wondered as a child why they were missing.) what a waste of a great concept, watch the Invasion 2001 commercial(WCW vs WWF)

- WCW befriending ECW instead of ECW befriending WWF

- Kurt Angle, Christian, and a whole bunch of WWF guys joining WCW

- Rock being WCW champion, title looks good on Rock, however WCW? no.

-Ending Invasion at Survivor Series instead of Wrestlemania

-Not having Nitro anymore or any WCW only show, felt like a group FROM the world wrestling federation called "the alliance" were feuding with... superstars of the world wrestling federation, and not WWF vs WCW/ECW as promoted, heck they should've done all they could, if they couldn't have WCW have it's own show, at least go to ECW's(and I hate ECW) bingo hall and make it authentic just like the Authenticity of Shane McMahon REALLY on Nitro(with Shane McMahon name on the nitro graphic and all)

There's no excuse why Vince couldn't just buy out Hogan, Hall, Nash, Steiner, Sting, Goldberg's contract, he could've made a good investment, say their contracts were a million each, could've made much more in return and gave us a good invasion.

Hopefully they learned their lessons if they ever buy a major promotion again


Also since I cannot post links yet look up "Final WCW Nitro: 01'/ Panama City FLORIDA! (Part 5)" video on youtube

Your thoughts on the Invasion, Especially March 26, 2001, give your feedback on the Production of The Simulcast, If WWF promoted WCW well and if WWF promoted itself well on last Nitro(I think they did, having JR tell everyone to come to TNN for main event and airing Wrestlemania 17 commercial), if it was shocking to you, did you feel excited that Shane was on WCW or saw it coming, etc.
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Ah yes...the end of an era. I was a huge fan of Georgia Championship Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling going back to the early 1980s. I remember Black Saturday, the takeover of the NWA by Jim Crockett Promotions, Ted Turner's buying JCP and eventually turning it into WCW, and so on. I was disappointed to watch the final Nitro, especially when the word was that Vince McMahon was buying it. I also knew what was coming.

I have said this before and will say it every time the subject comes up on a thread. All this grand talk about cross-promotion, creation of a WCW that Vince would run, etc...was never, EEEEVER gonna happen. Vince's intention was to shelf WCW, he just saw the opportunity to take the company and display the funeral and pyre on television for all to see. The Invasion deliberately was made to make WCW look inferior, right from the very first match between Bagwell and Booker.

As for acquiring the contracts of Hogan, Nash, Sting, Goldberg...some of them would have taken the deals, others wouldn't. Vince was willing to wait and make them come to him. Look at how the NWO played out in 2002, made out to be pathetic and inferior. Goldberg was labeled as a major failure by Linda McMahon during a board director's meeting at the height of his push. Sting is a safe bet I'd say to never be wrestling in a WWE ring. The best chance would have been a few years ago.

Ultimately, the end of an era came with the demise of WCW.
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Goldberg was labeled as a major failure by Linda McMahon during a board director's meeting at the height of his push.
When was this? I know it was a failure but when did Linda say this?


Also Vince wanted to make WCW look bad? is this documented? Wrestling Observer, Shoots?
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Ah yes...the end of an era. I was a huge fan of Georgia Championship Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling going back to the early 1980s. I remember Black Saturday, the takeover of the NWA by Jim Crockett Promotions, Ted Turner's buying JCP and eventually turning it into WCW, and so on. I was disappointed to watch the final Nitro, especially when the word was that Vince McMahon was buying it. I also knew what was coming.

I have said this before and will say it every time the subject comes up on a thread. All this grand talk about cross-promotion, creation of a WCW that Vince would run, etc...was never, EEEEVER gonna happen. Vince's intention was to shelf WCW, he just saw the opportunity to take the company and display the funeral and pyre on television for all to see. The Invasion deliberately was made to make WCW look inferior, right from the very first match between Bagwell and Booker.

As for acquiring the contracts of Hogan, Nash, Sting, Goldberg...some of them would have taken the deals, others wouldn't. Vince was willing to wait and make them come to him. Look at how the NWO played out in 2002, made out to be pathetic and inferior. Goldberg was labeled as a major failure by Linda McMahon during a board director's meeting at the height of his push. Sting is a safe bet I'd say to never be wrestling in a WWE ring. The best chance would have been a few years ago.

Ultimately, the end of an era came with the demise of WCW.
sounds like the worst day in wrestling history to me....i was already over watching wrestling and in the middle of my freshman year when this happened.....i'm glad i tuned out when i did because wrestling has been on a downhill slope ever since WCW died
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When was this? I know it was a failure but when did Linda say this?


Also Vince wanted to make WCW look bad? is this documented? Wrestling Observer, Shoots?
no vince is just a psycho ego maniac who wanted to let it be known that he FINALLY won.....when really WCW killed themselves....not that WWF wasn't doing great regardless.....but even though WCW beat itself.....Vince wanted to showcase to the world that he won and his promotion was superior to WCW
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sounds like the worst day in wrestling history to me....i was already over watching wrestling and in the middle of my freshman year when this happened.....i'm glad i tuned out when i did because wrestling has been on a downhill slope ever since WCW died
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.
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It a huge deal. Somehow, I had missed the news that WCW had been bought by Vince, so I was doubly surprised when it was announced at the start of Raw.

I had given up on WCW long before that point and wasn't watching, but I immediately flipped over to Nitro to see what the hell was going on and I just couldn't believe my eyes.
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It was surreal and pretty exciting and I wish it had never happened because wrestling was never that good again.
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It was exciting, especially when you thought of the possibilities of dream matches etc. but the night also had a very ominous feel to it. It just felt like it wasn't going to end well for pro wrestling and it didn't. Pro wrestling was better with multiple major brands. It got even worse when we saw how little the WWE did with WCW. They never gave it it's own show and refused to pay the money to bring over the top stars. Inexcusable.
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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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