The success of the old WCW, in my opinion, was that there was quality throughout its ranks. The NWO and Goldberg were big successes, but there is no way anyone would have watched had the three hours been filled with promos and squash matches.
It will anger WCW fans to name the list of the so called "vanilla midgets" put down by the Nash/Hogan led old guard: Jericho, Malenko, Mysterio, DDP, Benoit, Guerrero to name a few.
And yet the success of the show was founded on the quality of matches being put on during the first few hours of Nitro. The big guns were still producing at the top of the card, but so often, the likes of Jericho and DDP were stealing the show.
In WWE today, the mid-card has been given a monumental push in recent months. The likes of Danielson, Barrett, Miz, Ziggler, Gabriel, Morrison, McIntyre, Sheamus and even recently Ted DiBiase are showing considerable promise.
As one B/R reporter suggested this week, Danielson stole the show at the Survivor Series. Ironically, as the main-event standard has suffered as a result of retirements and injuries, WWE has taken the opportunity to bolster its ranks with younger stars.
And at present, it is working. By contrast, TNA looks like a retirement village with the likes of Hogan, Bischoff and Flair stealing the thunder of the newcomers.