The Monday Night Wars between the WWF and WCW saw a great amount of superstars jump from one brand to the other. In fact, WCW wasn’t on the wrestling map until Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash left Vince McMahon the WWF to join Ted Turner’s promotion.
Next thing we knew, Bret Hart, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, Lex Luger and X-Pac (Sean Waltman), were among the many big names to leave Vince McMahon – chasing more money to head over to WCW.
On the flip side, some names like ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Triple H and Chris Jericho were poorly used in WCW. They headed over to the WWF, and became the ultimate wrestling legends we all know and love today.
But The Undertaker was the one MAJOR WWF star in the ’90s that stuck by Vince the whole time. Rather than jump ship to the rival promotion, The Deadman kept reinventing his character and was dedicated to helping his boss take down Eric Bischoff and Ted Turner. News flash: It worked.
There are conflicting reports about if The Deadman considered joining WCW or not. Bischoff set the record straight during an interview during an interview with Pop Culture:
“See, that’s another one of those internet wrestling rumors that continues to survive, what is it now, 18, 19 years later? Nothing could be further from the truth..There was never one syllable of conversation between anybody that mattered.
Maybe some of the lower level guys on the production, maybe some freelancers said, ‘Wow, wouldn’t it be cool if the Undertaker came over?..There was never any meaningful conversation with anybody that mattered at any level.”
Kevin Nash had previously told Sports Illustrated that WCW got real close to bringing Undertaker on board, but it never happened according to Bischoff. Vince never had to stress about losing the guy who he’s considered his favorite wrestler ever. That’s just what loyalty is all about.
Of course, it wasn’t just The Undertaker who helped WWF win the wars. Vince got to sit back and watch WCW make mistake after mistake – such as giving guys like Hogan too much control while relying on past-their-prime stars to continue the show.
Vince brought in guys like Austin, Triple H and The Rock to transition towards The Attitude Era, while Undertaker continued to put on historic matches against other legendary talents.
So WCW never came close to getting The Undertaker on board, but things could have been a whole lot different if The Phenom switched allegiances.
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