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3 hours ago, odessasteps said:

If you take Dwayne out of the Attitude Era, the whole history of the business changes. Does the company get as hot with just Austin, Taker, Hunter and Foley? Do they get high enough ratings to keep Barry Diller fro, cancelling Raw? 

O yeah...easy. Nothing against the Rock but those other guys were more responsible for the initial turn in the war. Meanwhile of course you had WCW being WCW so you probably could take any of those guys out and the WWF would have still been successful.

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I think Rock out is really interesting.

He was Austin's main antagonist as a proxy for Vince, he helped legitimise Foley and Triple H, and he did the job for Brock in a huge passing of the torch.

Who else does all that? I could see Shamrock facing Austin, does he work as the straight man for Foley? Can he carry his half of the main event during 2000?

I think if Rock is out then it's impossible to fill that spot with just one person.

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This may have already been covered here but do you guys think Nitro and WCW would have done nearly as well if they had been on a different night, other than Monday? Did they really need to go head-to-head to make it work? They were already doing good viewership for the Saturday show and had a good fanbase, by 1995.

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I don't think it works as well for either party.

A lot of the programming was counter-programming to what the other promotion was putting on at that very minute. The urgency to make every minute count, burn through your cache of dream matches/surprise returns/big announcements etc just isn't there, and you end up with squash matches, replays from syndicated TV, promotions for local house shows as normal.

 

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If Rock stays in the NFL then Ballers moves from fiction to non-fiction. What that means for wrestling I’ve no idea, maybe Russell Brand’s character would have bought Wrestling Society X.

 

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WCW never reaches it’s peak without going head to head with the WWF. Eric Bischoff being a power hungry little shit doesn’t happen if never gets the WWF in his sights while somebody else finances the whole thing. You could also argue that WCW doesn’t die without that happening also but that’s another can of worms. 

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What If in the early 90s, DDP and Mean Mark had been good friends? So years later during the Invasion angle, when DDP gave the Undertaker his match script, Taker read it, liked it and they actually had an exciting back and forth match? As opposed to the zero selling squash match that pissed off Taker actually called in the ring.

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18 minutes ago, AxB said:

What If in the early 90s, DDP and Mean Mark had been good friends? So years later during the Invasion angle, when DDP gave the Undertaker his match script, Taker read it, liked it and they actually had an exciting back and forth match? As opposed to the zero selling squash match that pissed off Taker actually called in the ring.

They didn’t overlap. Page could have helped out Hunter more and been a lifer like Regal though.

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To add to that what if, Godfather had stated on Photoshoot he was in talks to join the nWo his direct quote was:

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"My [WWE] contract was coming up, and I was in negotiations with WCW coming into the nWo as their bodyguard. And we had arranged a verbal contract. The price was over a three-year deal. And then, I didn't hear from them, and I called the people that I needed to talk to and they weren't returning my calls. And then I'm watching the show one day, and I see Virgil come out as the bodyguard of the nWo.

"I would assume that somebody in the nWo said, 'hey, we could probably get Virgil [for] a lot cheaper, and he's known as a bodyguard.' So, Virgil went there a lot cheaper than what I was gonna go there for. So, I don't really have good feeling over that at all."

That’s an interesting thought, if Godfather had been in the nWo, would Taker have gone back to WCW and would the biker gimmick come into fruition two years before it did. Another interesting thought Is had Ole not told Taler he would never draw is dime which fueled the fire for Taker in the WWF, he was dead set on probing Ole wrong and probably helped the bound between Vince and Taker as Vince was the one to take the chance on him, would Taker have had the chip on his shoulder and felt like he couldn’t put a WCW guy over in regards to Page?

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