Category Archives: Rewriting the Book

WrestleCrap Asks….What If?

Rewriting The Book: Goldberg aftershow

39 Submitted by on Mon, 10 February 2014, 21:22
Welcome to the “aftershow” edition of Rewriting The Book. Never done one of these before, so I hope the start isn’t awkward. Before I get into comments and questions, I want to start off by saying thank you. Anybody who writes only for money will put out garbage product. Writing needs to be of the soul and the heart to Continue Reading...
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Rewriting The Book: What if Goldberg never lost at Starrcade ’98? (Part IV)

17 Submitted by on Mon, 03 February 2014, 22:11
Rewriting The Book – What if Goldberg never lost at Starrcade ’98? (Part IV) by Jed Shaffer Previously in RTB, Eric Bischoff’s mismanagement of WCW led to extreme fan disapproval, sagging ratings, plummeting PPV buyrates, and most alarming, a talent revolution. That latter saw several key talents walk out less than 24 hours before a PPV. He would be fired two Continue Reading...
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Rewriting The Book – What if Goldberg never lost at Starrcade ’98? (Part III)

19 Submitted by on Mon, 27 January 2014, 21:49
Rewriting The Book – What if Goldberg never lost at Starrcade ’98? (Part III) by Jed Shaffer Previously in RTB, Goldberg’s undefeated streak remained intact thanks to corporate protection, but thanks to bad booking, his star power dwindled. WCW honcho Eric Bischoff turned Goldberg heel, and did so by aligning him with a returning Sid Vicious. Crowds chanted for Sting Continue Reading...
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Rewriting The Book – What if Goldberg never lost at Starrcade ’98? (Part II)

21 Submitted by on Mon, 20 January 2014, 15:07
Rewriting The Book: What if Goldberg never lost at Starrcade ’98? (Part II) by Jed Shaffer Previously in RTB, Goldberg’s title run and undefeated streak became protected by mandate of Turner Sports executives. Kevin Nash booked Goldberg very weakly, so as to diminish his marquee value. After a couple months of this, Turner Sports demanded Eric Bischoff return from “sabbatical” Continue Reading...
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Rewriting The Book – What if Goldberg never lost at Starrcade ’98? (Part I)

21 Submitted by on Mon, 13 January 2014, 18:06
Rewriting The Book: What if Goldberg never lost at Starrcade ’98? (Part I) by Jed Shaffer (Author’s note: Stephen King once said that any story that couldn’t act as its own defense attorney didn’t deserve to be written. Normally, that’s a policy that I agree with; if a story’s quality or direction needs defending, the author should’ve hit backspace a Continue Reading...
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Re-writing The Book – State of the union address

16 Submitted by on Sun, 15 December 2013, 14:29
Howdy. Long time no … anything, I guess. And for that, I need to apologize. I should’ve popped my head up sooner and given you all the low-down. Hope you all aren’t too mad at me. So, it’s been a while since RTB has had any new product, and I’m sure a lot of you are thinking it’s recent dormancy Continue Reading...
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Re-writing the Book — What If Hulk Hogan Never Left the AWA, Part 9

20 Submitted by on Wed, 17 July 2013, 14:47
End of May, 1984 The daily, ongoing struggles; the strategies for expansion and absorption; the backstabbing, lies, accusations and meetings would all have to wait. Friends, foes (and those living or working in the periphery) called or visited. The service itself was relatively short and attended by a small coterie of family, whether by blood or choice. Weather-wise, it was Continue Reading...
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Rewriting the Book — What If Hulk Hogan Never Left the AWA, Part 7

12 Submitted by on Mon, 01 July 2013, 14:53
Winter, 1989 — WWF It was working. Slowly & steadily, chugging & churning; it was twisting & morphing into something bigger than it was. Vince had been right: Andre was a hit with the kids. Children of all ages were enamored with meeting Fezzik. And the press and general media had gone above & beyond (with no bribes) in promoting Continue Reading...
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Rewriting the Book: What If Hulk Hogan Never Left the AWA? (Part 7 Update)

10 Submitted by on Fri, 28 June 2013, 15:27
GREETINGS FELLOW CRAPPERS: Though some readers may no longer consider Me a part of the tribe with my frequent absences and vague (unfulfilled) proclamations of future-installment publication dates in My continuing saga here, I promise I have not left you…even if some of you wish I had;) When I miss a self-imposed deadline, I want you all to know that Continue Reading...
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Rewriting The Book: What if … Bret Hart left WWF on good terms in 1997? (Part I)

10 Submitted by on Fri, 24 May 2013, 19:55
Rewriting the Book By C.G. Scum   “What if Bret Hart left the WWF on “agreeable” terms in November of 1997 as he headed off to WCW?”   Part I   Without question, one of the most talked about and debated incidents in the history of professional wrestling is the now infamous “Montreal Screwjob,” which took place during the WWF Continue Reading...
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Rewriting The Book: What if … Shawn Michaels never lost his smile (Part XI – Final Chapter)

34 Submitted by on Tue, 02 April 2013, 21:36
Rewriting the Book By C.G. Scum   What if Shawn Michaels never “lost his smile” or forfeited the WWF Title in February of 1997?   Part XI: The Final Chapter After over three months and almost nine months of storylines being covered this is the “Final Chapter” of our story. Coming out of the Survivor Series, Bret Hart is to Continue Reading...
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Rewriting the Book: What If…Hulk Hogan Never Left the AWA (Part V)

17 Submitted by on Tue, 19 March 2013, 22:43
Rewriting the Book: What If…Hulk Hogan Never Left the AWA, Part V Saturday, December 1987 NWA-WCCW Show: While scalpers outside debated the worth of being outside MSG in New York weather in late December, the people inside were busy peeling off layers as the frenetic energy inside creating a warm, inviting atmosphere. TV cameras, spotlights, anticipation and 18,000+ fans tend Continue Reading...
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Rewriting the Book: What If…Hulk Hogan Never Left the AWA? (Part IV) Corrected Version

26 Submitted by on Mon, 04 March 2013, 19:32
December 1987   Of the 5 major promotions that stood tall and profitable a few short years ago, 3 are gone; though 1 of those 3 has managed to stay alive by traveling from the US to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan…wherever there’s a (small) paying crowd. This organization is not only a throwback to the days when pro wrestling Continue Reading...
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Rewriting The Book: What if … Shawn Michaels didn’t lose his smile? (Part VIII)

3 Submitted by on Sat, 02 March 2013, 11:27
Rewriting the Book By CG Scum   What if Shawn Michaels never “lost his smile” or forfeited the WWF Title in February of 1997? Part VIII Moving along into the homestretch of our story, we are coming off the sizzling event that was SummerSlam with Bret “The Hitman” Hart leaving the big event as the WWF Champion in controversial fashion. Continue Reading...
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Rewriting the Book: What If…Hulk Hogan Never Left the AWA? (Part IV, Interrupted, but for Something Good This Time)

4 Submitted by on Tue, 26 February 2013, 15:11
As many readers know: illnesses, strokes, cancer & deaths have wreaked havoc in my family’s life over the last few weeks. However, through all the misery, something wonderful finally happened: On Monday, my fiancee’s daughter gave birth to a healthy baby boy. We are taking time to enjoy this precious gift and I will continue with a much longer-than-usual entry Continue Reading...
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Rewriting The Book: What if … Shawn Michaels never lost his smile? (Part VII)

1 Submitted by on Sat, 23 February 2013, 10:18
Rewriting the Book By CG Scum   What if Shawn Michaels never “lost his smile” or forfeited the WWF Title in February of 1997? Part VII We move along in our story, with the annual SummerSlam blockbuster pay per view under two weeks away. Following the huge bombshell dropped by Vince McMahon at the behest of the injured WWF President, Continue Reading...
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Rewriting The Book – What if … Hulk Hogan never left the AWA? (Part III)

8 Submitted by on Mon, 18 February 2013, 14:23
The Draft “Define…everything,” Hogan said, leaning back in his chair, wanting McMahon to clarify his promised future if Hulk signed on the dotted line. McMahon stared at Hogan for several moments before deciding on how he should play his cards. “In a year, maybe two, I’m going to be the biggest promoter the world has ever seen,” McMahon stated confidently. Continue Reading...
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Rewriting The Book: What If … Hulk Hogan Never Left The AWA (Part II)

1 Submitted by on Mon, 04 February 2013, 11:02
Author’s Note: As many readers have already noted, the scope of this “What If?” is – without hyperbole – massive. And while the entries are presented in a chronological fashion, they are not always written that way. (For instance, I’ve already penned the ending.) This past week, I suffered a “moderate” concussion which temporarily affected the time I had to Continue Reading...
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