Where were you during the Monday Night Wars? From 1995 to 2001, the Monday Night Wars was the hottest thing going on in the wrestling industry. If you never saw it, for $9.99 you can watch on the WWE Network. Vince McMahon’s WWE and Ted Turner’s WCW would battle it out every week on television. The war would usher in new types of characters, storylines, gimmick matches, and other features that made the product better.
McMahon had the invaders on his wall and he would propel them back with some attitude. He would defeat his rival and win the war. In 2001, McMahon would officially end the war by purchasing WCW. Since then, the wrestling industry has only known one super power and that’s the WWE. It took a while for the industry to recollect itself but today we’ve seen an influx of great wrestling from promotions around the entire world.
Will a new Monday Night War happen next week, next month, or even next year? Most likely not, but as long as the industry is having success and the competition is growing, all things are possible. All these twists on this list are basically theories that most likely won’t come true but stranger things have happened in the world. Enjoy.
15. GFW Hail Mary
You laugh but we didn’t put “Hail Mary” in the title for nothing. TNA (GFW) is technically the closest competition the WWE has in the United States. They’ve been around for over a decade and once tried to battle WWE on Monday night but failed horribly. TNA is the butt of a lot of jokes and has gone through a lot of changes both backstage and in the ring, however, as long as the company is breathing, they’ll always have a chance to become better.
Someone could buy GFW and help them become a better product and eventually they can match television ratings with WWE. They could also hire an unknown prodigy that propels the company to new heights. As long as the company is around they have a dog in this fight.
14. Hollywood Invests In Pro Wrestling
For the fans who consider themselves a purist then you wouldn’t like this theory. Vince McMahon and the WWE have clearly said they’re in the entertainment business, not the wrestling business. They don’t literally mean they aren’t about wrestling but what they’re telling you is that the entertainment factor is a heavy influence on the content they put out.
Whether it’s the promos, documentaries, or shows on the WWE Network, the company puts a ton of effort into the entertainment side of the business. If a Hollywood company such as 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, or Universal Pictures decided to get into wrestling, they have the means to put on an entertaining product.
13. Legal Restrictions
19 states and the federal Justice Department would sue Microsoft in 1999. Microsoft was known for preventing competition within their industry and the court ordered the company to split in 2000. Right now, the wrestling industry has tons of promotions and it would be hard to pin WWE as a monopoly. If the wrestling industry would turn for the worse and companies began to fall, the WWE would stay at the top.
It’s possible they could have so much power that they would find a way to stop any promotion from competing. In this theory, the government would have to step in and put a stop to their nefarious ways. If the company gets split, there could be a civil war within the split or a new promotion could rise and compete with the WWE.
12. Build For Long-Term
What’s the old fashion way? A promotion would start out small in a region and eventually work up to the national stage and then international. Many people who say the Monday Night Wars won’t ever happen again don’t really know. We can assume it won’t happen but 30 years from now there could be a promotion not existing today that competes with the WWE.
If you do it the old fashion way it’s going to take a long time. You would have to build up the right stars, tell the right stories, and of course, create a brand that can compete with the WWE. New Japan Pro Wrestling was in some hot water years ago and their future was undetermined. Today, they’re bigger than ever before and hosted their first show in the United States this summer.
11. Reincarnation Of Vince McMahon
There is only one Vince McMahon. He was the one that decided to use the closed circuit Pay-Per-View format in the 1980s. He was the one that decided to team up with MTV and pop stars. He created WrestleMania and HulkaMania an also won the war against Ted Turner’s WCW. Without him, the WWE may not even be functioning today.
If you believe in reincarnation, which is a living being starting a new life in a different physical body or form, then maybe McMahon will be reincarnated after he passes away. McMahon is pretty healthy and isn’t on his death bed so we would have to wait awhile before the reincarnation. But if it did happen, prepare to see a new promotion that could battle the WWE.
10. A Revolt Of The Top Wrestlers
Ted Turner’s WCW became the hottest ticket around for a lot of different reason but one of the main ones was the amount of top talent they signed. Most of these top talents were working in the WWE and they couldn’t resist signing a contract that guarantees them more money. Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash are the big names that come to mind.
What if we told you that the top Superstars in the WWE just had enough with the company and their politics? They decided to leave once their contracts were up or asked to be released and the top talents would either work for another promotion or create their own. Just picture Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, and A.J. Styles leaving the company together, it’s a long shot but you never know.
9. Union Formation
Do you want to know what one of the biggest elephants in the wrestling industry is? A union. Every wrestler in the entire would is an independent contractor, including John Cena. A union could change all that. If a certain promotion decided to allow a union in their company, it could bring in a lot of excellent talent. In theory, wrestlers would jump ship from the WWE to work for this promotion because of the benefits of a union.
It could be revolutionary for the industry and just maybe that promotion is able to compete with the WWE after they acquire the right amount of talent. This list is all about twists so a union is most likely not going to occur but stranger things have happened, especially in the wrestling industry.
8. The Rock Leaves WWE & Revolts
Do you smell what the most electrifying man in sports entertainment is cooking? Dwayne The Rock Johnson became a legend in the WWE before making the plunge into Hollywood. It’s safe to say The Rock has been thriving in Hollywood and we don’t see that stopping anytime soon. Rumors have been swirling that he should run for President in 2020.
Without a doubt, after watching this last election, The Rock has a chance to become President of the United States. Instead of running for office, what if he does something that both Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter have done which is own a professional team in their respective sports. Instead of a team, The Rock would create his own wrestling promotion and we guarantee fans would flock to it like a bunch of jabronis.
7. WWE Starts Their Own War
Conspiracy theorists have long argued that the Montreal Screwjob could have been a long con. If you don’t know what a long con is, it’s an effort to execute a game plan over a long period of time. It would be hard to do it in the wrestling industry because fans are caught up with all the first sheets and rumors but it’s still possible.
Vince McMahon could hire a team secretly, and that team starts their own promotion. The promotion would rise and build and eventually battle the WWE. Of course, this is almost impossible to do but it could happen. Think back to the 1990s when people didn’t realize ECW was bought out by the WWE. Those were some great times and moments.
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One or two bad financial moves by the WWE and they could be facing bankruptcy as well. If so, they could either slash the budget within the company or go under entirely. Either way, it would help the other competitive promotions rise to the top and battle the WWE on Monday night. We hope this twist doesn’t become true because people would lose their jobs, but you never know.
5. Fans Revolt
Fans expressing their disappointment in the WWE isn’t something new. Just watch John Cena or Roman Reigns come out for a match and you can hear the jeers from miles away. The only problem when you boo Cena or Reigns is the fact that the WWE loves a response, regardless of what it is.
Now, if a large portion of fans decided to walk out on a Reigns match or turn the channel on television, then it doesn’t look good for the WWE. With the internet and how fast information travels these days, it’s fairly easy to create a campaign. Fans could revolt from the WWE and put all their chips into another promotion such as New Japan, GFW or ROH. This could lead to a new war on Monday nights.
4. The McMahons Split
Vince McMahon is the glue of the WWE. Without him, we might not even have a WWE Universe today. At 71 years old, Vince only has a few more decades left and we’ve seen him already hand over backstage duties to his children. Maybe Shane, Steph, and Triple H get a long, but they also have children who one day will grow up to be adults.
Who knows if there is a huge fallout within the family and the McMahons split. We’re not talking about a kayfabe angle, but actual real hatred for each other. Anything is possible and you’re only fooling yourself if you don’t think families fight over a business. The McMahon family is a rare breed and we can definitely see one of them having the confidence to start a new promotion and battle the WWE on Monday nights.
3. Indie Merge
Towards the end of the territory wars, several promotions banded together to fight WWE and its expansion in the country. Although they failed to keep their struggling promotions alive, they did set a precedent for an alliance of different promotions. Today, wrestling is booming and there are a few indie promotions out there that are outstanding. If only they had the money and means to produce a better show then they could compete with the WWE.
We’ve already seen Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling strike a deal together but the alliance could be stronger. If they added a cult following promotion like Pro Guerrilla Wrestling to the mix, they can cover the entire country as well as Japan. As we mentioned in the intro, competition makes businesses thrive, so if these indie companies can’t compete with WWE, then they’ll end up like the alliances of the territory days.
2. The Billionaire
In 1988, Ted Turner decided to get involved in professional wrestling and created the WCW. At first, the company was struggling but by the mid-90s, they had the best wrestling product in the country. WCW’s popularity would help jump start the Monday Night Wars. Money was a huge factor for the success of WCW as well as Turner’s television investments seemed endless.
It’s possible that a billionaire could also try his hand in professional wrestling today. Whether it’s a polarizing character like the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, or maybe a Middle Eastern oil kingpin, it’s very feasible to see this happen in the future. You can have the best wrestlers and content but if you don’t have the money to back it up, your promotion is going to fail.
The WWE is the most powerful company in the wrestling industry but they aren’t the most powerful company in the world. You may think Disney is just about kids shows and movies but that isn’t the case. Disney also owns ESPN and the fact that they now cover the WWE could be a sign for the future. If there is one company that can open up a new front in the entertainment business, it’s Disney. They have the money, resources, connections, and drive to make it happen.
Remember, the WWE is in the entertainment business, something Disney excels at. Not only do they have more money than WWE they also have another card up their sleeve and that’s the kids market. A lot of wrestling companies struggle to get the young demographic, however, Disney already has them and can easily turn them away from the WWE.
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