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The Death of WCW: Wrestlecrap and Figure Four Weekly Present . . . Paperback – November 1, 2004
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Through interviews with many of the stars and other participants we'll see how WCW used the WWFs long-time strategy of raiding its rivals talent rosters as they systematically stole nearly every major star that the WWF had in the 80's and early 90's: Hogan, Savage, Nash, SCott Hall, Bret Hart, Ted DiBiase, Sean Waltman, the Nasty Boys, Ultimate Warrior, and more. The eventual "turning" of Hulk Hogan and the creation of the NWO led to WCW winning the Monday Night ratings war with the WWF for over 80 consecutive weeks.
Riding high, WCW will soon collapse under its own weight. Soon, big, guaranteed contracts given to wrestlers take their toll on WCWs budget as guys like Nash, Hogan, Hall, and Hart would be injured for months at a time. WCW leaked money like a sieve, tossing about millions to bring in celebrities like Dennis Rodman, Jay Leno, and Karl Malone, and trying to make wrestlers out of people like Jerry Only of the Misfits.
Meanwhile egos clashed as the powerbrokers like Bischoff, Hogan, and Nash controlled everything and kept younger wrestlers down. Fights backstage and no advancement would eventually lead many younger stars like Chris jehrico, Chris Benoit, and Eddie Guerrero to jump ship to the WWF.
Small cracks became large fissures.Read more ›
What immensely frustrated me, however, was that almost no effort was made to provide sources for the voluminous amounts of information presented. While there is a very short bibliography at the end of the book listing a handful of sources organized by chapter (which probably do not account for most of the information in the book), no indication is given as to which pieces of information came from which source. To me, this is a major issue because the wrestling industry is rife with unfounded internet rumors, and it's important for the reader to be able to distinguish documented facts from unfounded rumors or speculation.
For example, the authors make numerous allegations about WCW's financial status at different points throughout its history with no citations or any other indications as to where this information purportedly came from. In his book, "Controversy Creates Cash," Eric Bischoff lamented the fact that internet writers often made unfounded and inaccurate claims about WCW's profits and losses since the company's information was proprietary and was allegedly unavailable to anybody outside of WCW. Of course, Bischoff could be lying through his teeth, but there's no way to tell (at least from this book) because Alvarez and Reynolds give us no way to determine where their figures came from.Read more ›
When Eric Bischoff's idea to bring in Scott Hall and Kevin Nash from the WWF came about, no WCW management was for sure if it would save the ratings. It did just that. WCW became the mainstream wrestling product for most wrestling fans, as the N.W.O. changed wrestling forever. But, just as it was normal for WCW to do, they ran the N.W.O so long that it became stale. But rather than drop them, they continued the run, which eventually led to the likes of Scott Norton, Buff Bagwell, and even Virgil joining the group. Bad idea.
Also, the backstage situation was nothing short of a disaster. No one liked anyone. When you run a successful company, everyone wants to be the number one guy. Which is exactly why in the late 90's, the WCW World Title began to change hands on pretty much a weekly basis. Also, we can't forget one of the most memorable title reigns ever brought about by Vince Russo, and his idea was for........himself to become WCW Champion. Probably not good business there. Neither was the idea to have actor David Arquette win the WCW Title and beat two legitimate contenders, Jeff Jarrett and Diamond Dallas Page.
It becomes obvious in this book that there is more than one person to blame for the death of World Championship Wrestling.Read more ›
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As good a wrestling book as a cautionary tale of what not to do with running a company. The business parts were cringe inducing and the rest was laugh out loud funny on insane... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick Snider
I've been trying to get this book for years ,and I read it in 2 nights !!! that's how much the book kept my interest . Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alex Murray
If you're a genuine wrestling fans/mark, this is the book for you.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
lots of good info on the things behind the scenes that led to a demise of this company. Definitely worth a read to a wrestling fan.Published 18 months ago by Dane
Very good read...very interesting. I'm a long time wrestling fan and I definitely learned a few new things I never about before. Definitely worth picking up for sure.Published 18 months ago by James West
First of all, this is the first edition of the book not the second. No real reason to buy this book if you're looking for the story. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kris
This is a great book, it goes into how basicly the wrestlers running WCW screwed it up. It talks about pay and who was unhappy, the same can be followed on the monday nite wars on... Read morePublished 21 months ago by James Michael Rushing
Good book with lots of not-so-well known factoids, but at the end of it, there are no sources...so who is to tell that everything in here is true. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Run for Pancakes
it's a great disection of the ROT within wcw that caused it's colapse, but there are certain facts reynalds gets dead wrong, like the theory that wcw's wold title was NOT the nwa... Read morePublished 21 months ago by noemi drake