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The Death of WCW: 10th Anniversary Edition of the Bestselling Classic Revised and Expanded Paperback – October 14, 2014
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A real eye opener was Jim Herds comments. Herd, who famously fired Ric Flair in the summer of 1991 following failed contract negotiations, basically admits that firing Flair was a huge mistake and that he was the best performer in the entire company by far. It's amazing what hindsight does to people.
Moving on, the book has new asides. These are titled Lesson Not Learned in which mistakes by WCW are stunningly repeated by the WWE and in some cases TNA in the coming years, long after the company dies. The staggering details of Hulk Hogan 's first WCW contract are also revealed.
Lance Storm also talks about his first night in the WWE which is a good read.
It's too bad Vince Russo was not interviewed for this book. I would have loved to hear his side of things as he's portrayed as a clueless baffoon throughout the first and second versions of the book. Jim Cornette, a sworn enemy of Russo, rips him for his lack of understanding of psychology in wrestling. Psychology in wrestling is extremely important so it's easy to see why Russo struggled so much in WCW as nothing he came up with made any sense.
A key thing that was eliminated in this version was Bischoffs role in creating the confusing Team Challenge Series in the AWA. It was long accepted as fact but Bischoff said he had nothing to do with in his book and there's nothing else to back up the claim so out it went.
At the end of the book is a long list, though I swear it's only a partial list of the general idiocy in TNA, with many mistakes eerily similar of the mistakes WCW made.
Anyway it's definitely worth the money even though it's largely the same book.
This book was an interesting peek behind the scenes of the WCW. At times, it was hilarious. At times, it was tragic. At all times, however, the book was fun to read.
While the authors most likely don't have business degree backgrounds (and why they probably didn't elaborate more on business theory) the book can be a good teaching tool for any company executive. With a small understanding of the inner workings of pro-wrestling, the book allows the reader to see how mismanagement of talent/employees, lack of cash reserve, short term v long term objectives, and failure to understand a customer base can ruin one's business at a rapid pace.
Ultimately you see that a company who adopts a #1 or None mindset will eventually achieve the later part of that goal. To see how management could take a guaranteed successful property for several decades to come, provided the show minimal fiscal responsibility, and disregard that responsibility at ever opportunity, serves to remind how fast a fun thing like WCW can turn to tragedy.
For a wrestling fan, this book is the ultimate recap of found memories and what could have been. So many sport books and documentaries focus on athletes that never lived up to potential. WCW is the ultimate example of this. No former #1 draft pick, All American, Collegiate Player of the Year who busted in pros can match how WCW went from being the most dominate name in the industry to the industry's biggest joke.
On the other hand, I often had a hard time with the tone of the book. The constant schadenfreude and air of "knowitalism" (thanks Simpsons) can weigh these fun and strange cautionary tales down. At times, it feels less like an examination of WCW and more like an extended accusation. The writers seem to assume they know what would have been best for WCW and other current wrestling promotions.
Overall, I thought the book was quite a funny read and would recommend to any wrestling fan interested in hearing all about WCW.