In early 2001, AOL Time Warner decided that they no longer wanted wrestling on TNT and TBS. As such, they cancelled WCW programming and sold the company to the WWF for a mere $3 million.
There was, of course, one major problem.
All of WCW's top stars had not been signed with WCW. Instead, each one had their own individual contract with AOL Time Warner.
So, when the WWF thought about launching a WCW Invasion in mid-2001, they were left with Sean O'Haire, Chuck Palumbo, Shawn Stasiak, Buff Bagwell, Hugh Morrus, and the like...hardly the folks who had embodied WCW during the glory days of 1996-1998.
As such, these WCW mid-carders were paired with former ECW talent, who formed the WCW/ECW Alliance. Yet, even this wasn't enough, so they soon also got "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Kurt Angle to join their side...again, not the guys you think of when you hear "WCW."
By Survivor Series, the storyline was over. The Alliance had been defeated.
What really stinks is that it was just then that major WCW talent actually started arriving in the WWF. That same month, Ric Flair showed up. Then, in February 2002, the nWo ("Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash) arrived.
Additionally, in May 2002, the World Wrestling Federation was forced to change their name after losing a lawsuit to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature.
Why couldn't the WWF have adopted the name of WCW instead? After all, very shortly thereafter Eric Bischoff showed up on Raw.
And even permitting the less-than-perfect booking of 2001-2002, why couldn't WWE have rehashed WCW years later like they did with ECW?
Why didn't WWE do a tribute to WCW with their Hall of Fame inductions during WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta, which had been rumored about for months?
Even now, over a decade later, real wrestling nerds are still plagued by this thought above all others: Why didn't WCW get the proper send-off that it deserved?