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WWE: How Wrestling Would Be Different Had WCW Beaten WWF

Justin LaBarChief Writer IVJanuary 17, 2017

I will never forget where I was the night that we all found out WWE (then WWF) had purchased WCW.

I remember reading about it online earlier in that March 2001 evening. A few hours later when it came time for the usual Monday-night wars to take over my television, it was an unforgettable moments as Shane McMahon stood in a WCW ring. I flipped back and forth between stations and was seeing the same programming, the same double box, with Shane in a WCW ring and Vince in a WWF ring.

What if it had been the other way around? If WCW was to put WWF out of business, in my opinion the WWF doors would have closed in 1997. It is when WCW was at its strongest, building momentum with the New World Order and WWF was at its weakest, trying to branch away from its cartoon-ish characters and still taping much of their Monday night programming to go up against the live Monday Nitro.

On top of all of that, early 1997 carried one of the worst WrestleManias ever.

WrestleMania. There is one big thing that would have been altered had WCW gone on to be the ultimate winner in the Monday-night wars. I didn't talk about it in the video, but WrestleMania is a good example of what would be no more. The big classic every year would be Starcade.

Another incident to look at that I didn't mention in the video, the tragic passing of Owen Hart. It was May of 1999 that Owen Hart fell from the rafters while preparing to make a superhero-like entrance for his match as the Blue Blazer. If WWF isn't around, the incident can't happen.

All food for thought. Check out the video in which I cover many more topics, people and situations that would have seen a different fate, if any at all.

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