What a night March 26, 2001 was, Your Reflections on WWF/WCW Simulcast and Invasion
- 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.