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What is your big wrestling "what if"? There is a ton of them "what if Bruiser Brody wasn't stabbed? "What if Hogan never signed with WCW?" "What if Wrestlemania was a flop?" Which one is the one you think about from time to time?

My big one is "what if RVD and Sabu never got pulled over in Philly, back in 06?" Van Dam was just being a huge push as duel champion Sabu was getting a decent push as well he just wrestled Cena at a PPV. I wonder what the direction the revived ECW would've took with Van Dam not Big Show as ECW Champion? And how would a three way feud between Cena RVD and Edge of been?

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Well, I think there are two big ones really:

What if WCW never went out of business in 2001? and

What if Samoa Joe signed with WWE?

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What if WWE had actually gone all out for the Invasion angle and got Nash, Goldberg, Hogan, etc. and not booked DDP as a stalker?  

 

So much money down the drain.

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What if Mike Awesome came to WCW as ECW Champ? What if June 22-24th 2007 never happened? What if Vince had two sons? What if TNA was good? What if Kurt started in ECW? What if WWE never turned it around during the Monday Night Wars? Since it's been a subject in the network thread what if Over the Edge '99 had no incident?

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What if Magnum TA's career hadn't been ended by that horrific car crash? Would JCP still be in business?

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What if Punk had never got called up from OVW for being skinny fat? TNA run? Back to ROH?

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What if Russo never got onto the creative team? Would WWF still have had Austin and Rock spearhead the Attitude Era? How would WCW have been affected by never bringing Russo in?

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What if Jim Crockett hadn't tried to expand nationally?

 

Actually, I know the answer to that one: he still would've gone out of business, just probably later than he did.

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My biggest 'what if' was always about Owen. I think he would have done big things in the brand extension era. Maybe would have held a World title.

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What if Eddy and Benoit didn't die? 

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The two probably biggest "What if's" that would've changed the course of history:

 

What if Verne actually pulled the trigger with putting the AWA Belt on Hogan instead of jerking everyone around with the false swaps and let Hogan walk to Vince.

 

(Depending on if this is truth and you believe it): What if the MSG Incident never happened?

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One smaller one I've always liked: 

 

-What if the USA Network didn't force WWE to do a "second draft", leading to the 15-person 2009 trade? (The trade: Raw got Mark Henry/Jack Swagger/Evan Bourne/Alicia Fox/Gail Kim, Smackdown got Finlay, Matt Hardy, and The Hart Dynasty, and ECW got The Bella Twins, Shelton Benjamin, Goldust, and William Regal- plus, Sheamus, Ezekiel Jackson, and Yoshi Tatsu got called up the next night.)  Put it in, you could argue that trade swung the World Title potential of about 5-7 people.

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What if The Rock's movie career never took off?

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One smaller one I've always liked:

-What if the USA Network didn't force WWE to do a "second draft", leading to the 15-person 2009 trade? (The trade: Raw got Mark Henry/Jack Swagger/Evan Bourne/Alicia Fox/Gail Kim, Smackdown got Finlay, Matt Hardy, and The Hart Dynasty, and ECW got The Bella Twins, Shelton Benjamin, Goldust, and William Regal- plus, Sheamus, Ezekiel Jackson, and Yoshi Tatsu got called up the next night.) Put it in, you could argue that trade swung the World Title potential of about 5-7 people.

This is a story I've never heard before...any place I can find the details?

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What if Eric Bischoff never fires Steve Austin?   Would "Stone Cold" ever exist?  Where would Austin fit in before and during the NWO?

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What if Shane had decided to stay with the WWE?

him and D-Bry wouldve had some sort of crazy awesome street fight on a Raw or Smackdown between Summerslam and now.

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What if Vince had bought UFC instead of Fertitta?

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What if David Von Erich hadn't died and then won the NWA Title at The Parade of champions as originally planned?

Does he get a meaningful run or does he get the same 18 day run that Kerry did? Does World Class not break away from the NWA? Does David run World Class as planned and avoid working with Jerry Jarrett/Jerry Lawler and Verne Gagne?

 

James

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What if DAvif Von Erich hadn't died and then won the NWA Title at The Parade of champions as originally planned?

Does he get a meaningful run or does he get the same 18 day run that Kerry did? Does World Class not break away from the NWA? Does DAvid run World Class as planned and avoid working with Jerry Jarrett/Jerry Lawler and Verne Gagne?

 

James

 

Also, does Mike get pushed so hard?  Does Mike still kill himself?  What about Chris?  With David around, can he help keep Kerry under control, so no motorcycle accident?  That could really change things.

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Mike still gets pushed but it changes the 6 Man tag match at Parade of champions to Kerry/Kevin/Mike v. The Freebirds. Hell I never thought Mike was truly awful, just uncomfortable being thrust in the spotlight to fill the gap affecting his mental game. Mike could've been a pretty fun FiP in any number of tag matches.

 

James

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Mike wasn't exactly awful, he just got pushed way beyond his ability.  Chris, on the other hand, was awful.

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I don't even think was properly trained, just shoved out there because of his name. World Class/USWA was desperate at that point and between severing ties to the NWA in 85 Vince's giant push the year before a lot of places Chris could've gone to get seasoning were cut off to him. I mean think of all the places he could've gone ot experience that died by the time he got in shape: Florida, Continental, Central States/Missouri, Mid South/UWF and Stampede were either dead or dying. David, Kerry and Kevin all had that benefit of working not just in Texas but other places that helped mold them into genuinely good wrestlers.

 

James

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I remember having a copy of this issue.  I'll have to dig in my closet and see if it's still there.

 

The speculation was that if the Von Erichs had all lived then World Class would never have gone under.  It might have stuck around for a bit longer with their star power but would have been absorbed by the NWA/WCW eventually.

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