It Came From YouTube: The reboot of WCW that we almost got instead of the stupid Invasion

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Crapper Drew Bludd (that’s still funny!) writes:

This was in my suggested viewing videos on YouTube tonight.

I happen to live not far from the Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA (in fact, my aunt and cousin worked there and I often had front row seats to WWF events, including live Raws, and always got backstage to meet/take photos with the Superstars).

Apparently, this was during a time when WWF was thinking of running WCW as a separate entity. Shane Helms, Lance Storm, and Bill DeMott (Boy, what a line up for people who are used to Sting, Ric Flair and Goldberg) appear in the video as participating in the “company’s” relaunch.

Great story!

That’s actually a pretty good promo (and hey, got to give them credit for at least promoting the younger talent).

I think it would’ve been way more interesting than the horribly stupid, lame Invasion storyline we ended up with.

What’s up with the announcer saying “The WCW”?

Bret Hart used to call it that all the time and it drove me up the wall (no, not up The Wall- that would be another situation altogether…).

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13 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: The reboot of WCW that we almost got instead of the stupid Invasion"
  1. Alan says:

    When Fusient was supposed to buy the company before they backed out, there was an advertisement for the May 2001 PPV entitled “The Big Bang”. I’m sure someone has a copy of that ad somewhere.

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Here you go. :) http://wcwworldwide.com/post/80833980597/the-big-bang-the-creation-of-the-new-wcw-advert

  2. John C says:

    How quick it was that The Big Bang turned into The Little Fizzle.

  3. The Scanian Maniac says:

    The thing I didn’t understand, was why they – regardless of the invasion angle – didn’t make WCW a third brand and show like they did with ECW in 2006?

    Wasn’t the reason why the invasion angle became lame, that the purchase only brought the bottom scraps on the WCW roster, while the big stars like Ric Flair and Sting was signed to Time Warner, and thus only lesser wrestlers invaded the WWE?

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Yeah, that was one of the big problems with it.

    • Drew B says:

      What I never understood was why not have a show like the 3rd ECW brand and treat it like the old Shotgun Saturday Night or like NXT now and have it as an up-and-coming brand with a small audience. Film it in the same arena every week to gain a fanbase. Have WWE superstars rehabbing from injuries go there and have new guys cut their teeth,. Treat it very much like a minor league baseball club. Makes sense to me….

      • RealDoubleJ says:

        No network would touch the brand. At all. ECW only got picked up by Sci-Fi due to the strength of the ECW merch sales and the 1st One Night Stand PPV buys and even then they still had to make concessions to the executives (which did give us the ECW alien and ECW zombie so not all bad).

        I think there was talk of doing a WCW only PPV after the success of ECW but it was all kiboshed. More than likely, why would you want to revive what was seen as your main rival? How impressed do you think Vince would be if he did and they got stronger ratings than the WWE branded shows? A concern he had with ECW and why it was treated as bush league despite Heyman’s designs.

  4. Mister Forth says:

    Guessing they didn’t want to use the logo they designed for very long.

  5. Nick Chehi says:

    I remember them talking about WWE Excess being replaced by a relaunched WCW Saturday Night if they could not secure a new time slot. The heard the plan and put the kabash on it.

    • Matt Soileau says:

      Actually, the Excess timeslot was originally meant for a WCW show. Rob Van Dam would have been part of it, supposedly.

  6. Horsemen4ever says:

    The fact that they thought the way to get WCW started was by holding shows in ECW’s home turf in Pennsylvania… and typing this sentence I just remembered that December to Dismember was in Georgia.

    Vince McMahon is a cruel, spiteful, evil genius.

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