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All of them and many others.

Their dimise was a combination of old people trying to stay in the spotlight, combined with people with power who would allow them, combined with bad booking and combined with great talent in the WWF.
 

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You really can't blame one person. It was a number of people and factors that caused the end of WCW
 

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None of the wrestlers, I believe, are responsible. When Time Warner took over Turner Broadcasting, it brought in new executives that wanted to change WCW into a PG show. Eric Bischoff didn't agree on any of the crap that they were forcing him to do. On the day that he was going to resign, they fired him.

Even though it was up for sale, WCW was going to go out of business. Eric Bishoff (who had been brought back) and his sponsors were getting ready to buy WCW and keep it running, Vince only beat him to the punch.
 

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Nash and Hogan for playing their own little games in terms of their booking and berrying Goldberg and Sting.

Bischoff for the ridiculous amounts of money he was blowing and giving away too much power to the wrestlers.

Russo for just being fucking retarded.

And Turner broadcasting for pulling the plug.
 

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Though I was too young to understand anything that was going on at the time, from what I've seen and read, it was multiple issues.

Time Warner was the biggest issue. Right when WWF launched the Attitude Era, Time Warner told Bischoff they wanted a family-friendly product. A family-friendly product vs. WWF Attitude is going to be beat down so quickly.

Bad writing can always improve, but when a change as big as mentioned above comes about at the time it did it kills you.

Oh and the Finger Poke of Doom. lolz
 

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Nash and Hogan for playing their own little games in terms of their booking and berrying Goldberg and Sting.

Bischoff for the ridiculous amounts of money he was blowing and giving away too much power to the wrestlers.

Russo for just being fucking retarded.

And Turner broadcasting for pulling the plug.
Yep, all the above. These 4 things were the main causes for WCW's demise, sure Turner broadcasting pulling the plug killed them off for good but if it wasn't the for the first 3 then the 4th wouldn't have happened in the first place.
 

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Towards the end, it seemed that everybody in WCW knew that it was a sinking ship and they plundered and looted the company for everything they could get; everybody seemed to want a big pay day - Bischoff was throwing around ridiculous amounts of money, Nash and Hogan (among others) were booking themselves into the spotlight and nobody seemed to be playing on the same team. The booking was ridiculous as they were desperate. I think that Bischoff learned his lesson, though, and if he'd managed to obtain the company, I think he'd have done a good job. Say what you like about him, he brought about some radical changes to the business and could've done so again. It's doubtful that the company would've been able to compete with WWE on a global level, though.
 

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its all eric's fault, he brought in the people hogan, nash, and russo who caused most of the mess, he allowed them to book themselves and write stupid stories, hes the one the allowed sting to do nothing for a yr then basically nothing after, hes the one that didnt allow the pushes of people like jericho and booker t til one left and the other at the end. he allowed wcw to blow its load on goldberg after a yr. and he allowed the highing of too many guys just so wwe wouldnt sign them even if wwe wasnt going to because it would cost too much. in the end the company was gushing money on contracts and no one was buying the ppvs with the crazy stories...all allowed by bischoff
 

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the storylines and salaries certainly didnt help matters, but werent they still drawing pretty well right up to the end? or were fans just abandoning a a bad product?

either way, companies can rebound from bad stretches...it was ultimately being time warner that axed it by selling it off.
 

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Russo gets all the blame but WCW was a sinking ship before he got there.
I think politics were the main reason, Hogan and Nash to be specific.
 
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Nearly 25 WCW Championship changes in the year 2000.
who could keep up with that and Hulk Hogan stayed on top
for years and they didn't push guys like Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero
and Dean Melenko who could of been something different there.
 

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Nearly 25 WCW Championship changes in the year 2000.
who could keep up with that and Hulk Hogan stayed on top
for years and they didn't push guys like Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero
and Dean Melenko who could of been something different there.
Eddie, Malenko were both too small and not over enough to make up for it.
Benoit got pushed because they were trying to get him to resign.
 

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For the creative demise of WCW, I blame Bischoff and Russo. Bischoff gave a bunch of wrestlers so much power over himself with their contracts that they were almost running the company with him overseeing it.

As for Russo, his wackjob ideas and determination to swerve the audience on a weekly basis whilst pushing himself as an on air talent was the final straw for WCW as a compelling product.

But when it comes to it's actual demise - anyone that knows any of the facts will tell you that it was the merger between Turner's company and AOL that eventually lead to their ultimate downfall.
 
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