What made WCW popular is also what killed them, Part 2
Last time I looked at 5 reasons why WCW gained popularity during the Monday Night Wars. Now, I’ll take those same 5 things and reverse it, explaining why they also helped to kill WCW. Let’s go.
The nWo was a great idea. But they took a great idea and created, well, crap. The nWo members grew and grew. And grew some more. And not with great talents. They mostly grew with mediocre to useless talent. Vincent, Buff Bagwell, Scott Norton, and more all became a part of the nWo but never did anything else noteworthy. The numbers grew and the talent shrunk. Then, they decided one faction wasn’t enough and split into two groups. The nWo was then officially dead.
#2 STING VS. HOGAN
While it is true that the buildup to Sting vs. Hogan was great, it was also rather lengthy. It took what seemed like forever for WCW to get to that match. But when the match was officially set for Starrcade 1997, all the wait had finally paid off. It was worth the wait right? Wrong. The match was about as big a letdown as possible. In the match, Hogan was in control most of the time and looked to demolish Sting. Hogan pinned Sting but then out comes Bret Hart. He claimed that referee Nick Patrick (an nWo referee) counted fast and restarted the match with himself as referee. Sting would win the title but the whole thing was botched. While the referee was supposed to count fast, he didn’t and that just created an even bigger mess. What a way to blow it.
I talked about his buildup and how great it was. Now imagine all that going down the drain after his first loss. After that night when Kevin Nash (who was head booker by the way) pinned Goldberg, his career never recovered and WCW was left not being able to find something for Goldberg to do. A talent down the drain.
#4 LUCHA LIBRES AND CRUISERWEIGHTS
Speaking of talent down the drain. These great wrestlers made the undercard of shows watchable. But that’s all they were ever allowed to do. The company never pushed any of these young, talented wrestlers. Instead they stuck with the same, stale, veterans that had been on top for the entire Monday Night War era. Eventually some got sick of this and left to greener pastures leaving a big whole that WCW was never able to fill. The only younger stars that were made at some point, besides Goldberg, that I can remember were Chris Benoit (right before he left for WWE) and Booker T. That’s it. That’s like trying to have Sir Sean Connery still play James Bond today.
#5 ERIC BISCHOFF
Bischoff helped to build the skyscraper that was WCW. Then he helped demolish it. How you ask? He spent Ted Turner’s money recklessly and then eventually began to lose control of the animals he created. Face it, when you give wrestlers creative control, it will never end good. Especially with the egos most of these guys have. He was eventually let go and in came Vince Russo. They thought Russo was going to give new life to WCW but instead he tried to smother it with a pillow. Actually, no, he was not that discreet about it. He drained that company and helped put the “For Sale” sign up. Bischoff would return but Russo had already stunk the joint up and didn’t offer a courtesy flush. WCW was well-done.
Other people may feel other ways and that is fine. I may very well be wrong on my thoughts. But they seem to be all-too obvious.