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These are some great points. It’s also worth pointing out that Viacom and others wanted nothing to do with the WCW brand even when it was under Vince McMahon’s control.

People overlook just what an idiot Eric Bischoff was too. He gets off easy because he plays a quick-witted sleazeball on TV really well. But this guy would have been an absolute nightmare to deal with. This is a guy that produced PPVs that went overtime without telling the providers causing mass refunds. Twice. This is also the man that cut his buddy a deal to distribute WCW home video, taking it away from Warner, costing them a lot of money. Concerts, bands, Jay Leno, unused sets. Hell, this is the guy who saw Goldberg vs. Meng for a huge rating and thought it meant he should push Meng.
Will forever be a mystery how he had: Goldberg's streak, NWO break up storyline, Crow Sting, 1997 Hart Foundation, Raven's Nest, several hours of prime time TV, the CMLL roster, Flair controversy, Rey and Eddie, Hennig and Rude, Jericho, Regal, Steiner... All at the same time.

Takes some talent to piss it all away in less than 18 months.
 

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Will forever be a mystery how he had: Goldberg's streak, NWO break up storyline, Crow Sting, 1997 Hart Foundation, Raven's Nest, several hours of prime time TV, the CMLL roster, Flair controversy, Rey and Eddie, Hennig and Rude, Jericho, Regal, Steiner... All at the same time.

Takes some talent to piss it all away in less than 18 months.
Just goes to show you that no company is ever too big to fail. If someone like Stephanie took full control of WWE tomorrow, they'd probably be under in two or three years
 

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MLW have been in touch with CBS and Viacom,soo anything is possible,but it is still early days I see ROH losing it grip a bit.

 

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The only ones with a realistic chance right now are AEW and NJPW.

In either scenario, they would have an easier time becoming a part of the culture due to the advertisements they could run, they could buy out any contract from WWE they want, and they could expand their video libraries at will. WWE in turn would just find ways to be more entrenched in their ways than they currently are.

There are people criticizing him for sacrificing the WWE Network, but at some point people are going to have to start choosing which streaming services they subscribe to, and WWE is going to lose out to Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and Peacock. Selling content to them means giant revenue, happy investors and a good stock price. Maybe even more exposure. Clinging to the WWE Network for whatever reason is actually fairly limited thinking, despite the Network being somewhat revolutionary even just six years ago.
WWE isn’t like other forms of entertainment though. For that reason, it will always have a place besides Disney+ and Amazon. If anything, Netflix is the one in danger to go, due to how they tend to cancel their own shows after one season within a couple of months without giving those shows to catch on and gain an audience, which frustrates their customers.

You also don’t think that Vince wouldn’t have Raw aired live on both WWE Network and Peacock if given the opportunity?

People overlook just what an idiot Eric Bischoff was too. He gets off easy because he plays a quick-witted sleazeball on TV really well. But this guy would have been an absolute nightmare to deal with. This is a guy that produced PPVs that went overtime without telling the providers causing mass refunds. Twice. This is also the man that cut his buddy a deal to distribute WCW home video, taking it away from Warner, costing them a lot of money. Concerts, bands, Jay Leno, unused sets. Hell, this is the guy who saw Goldberg vs. Meng for a huge rating and thought it meant he should push Meng.
Will forever be a mystery how he had: Goldberg's streak, NWO break up storyline, Crow Sting, 1997 Hart Foundation, Raven's Nest, several hours of prime time TV, the CMLL roster, Flair controversy, Rey and Eddie, Hennig and Rude, Jericho, Regal, Steiner... All at the same time.

Takes some talent to piss it all away in less than 18 months.
I don’t think his idiocy is overlooked. I just think that there’s a better appreciation for some of the stuff Bischoff did since it made the wrestling we’re most familiar with - marquee names going toe to toe on a weeknight primetime tv show. It was far more exciting than the constant squash matches being done elsewhere.

However, he became quite arrogant and wouldn’t fire any of the old guys other that Flair, who was one person (and arguably the person) WCW fans didn’t want to see go. And released Austin, Foley, Jericho & Big Show who all went on to do bigger things.
 
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