Though many wrestling promotions throughout history have ultimately failed, none of them are more notable than WCW. At their peak, WCW was the largest and most financially successful wrestling company on the planet. Their innovations in the fields of presentation, ring-work and booking helped to fuel a revolution that would lead to the most lucrative time period in professional wrestling history. Everywhere you looked, WCW was touted as the future of the business and the one wrestling show you had to tune into every week if you wanted to see the very best.
Then, just a few years after their rise to the top, WCW had fallen. It was said that the only people that could beat WCW at the height of their power was WCW themselves and, sure enough, that is exactly what happened. Some of the decisions made by the end of their time remain simply baffling. From having their World Championship change via a finger poke to forcing two wrestlers to wrestle over an elderly woman being hoisted by a forklift, the later days of WCW contain some of the very worst moments in professional wrestling history. Essentially, they created a template of how not to run a wrestling company during this time.
Sadly, it’s a template that WWE occasionally follows to this very day. Though just about everything that WCW did in their dying days carries with it a giant red flag, for some reason modern WWE programming still runs some of that company's very worst plays with the same blind enthusiasm that once sank the mighty WCW. Although it’s fair to say that WWE will likely never reach the same creative lows that WCW did, it's hard to not think of the former wrestling giant in these 15 ways whenever you watch them.
Here are 15 mistakes WWE makes today that remind us of WCW.
15 15. Commentary Teams Talks About The Wrong Match
14 14. “Tune In Next Time” Match Endings
13 13. De-emphasizing the Importance of PPVs
12 12. Giving Away Big Matches For Free
11 11. Trying Too Hard For Mainstream Exposure
10 10. Forgetting How To Make Homegrown Stars
9 9. Making Sure Legends Always Look Strong
8 8. Failing To Properly Introduce New Acquisitions
7 7. Doing Nothing With Talent
6 6. The World Championship Is Not The Center Of Stories
5 5. Relying On The Same Storyline
4 4. Putting Out Too Much TV Content
3 3. Relying On Part Time Talent
2 2. Altering Crowd Noise/Feedback
1 1. Novelty PPVs
WCW may have not put much stock in their PPVs, but that didn’t stop them from having a little too much fun with them from time to time. From PPVs built around biker rallies to ones ran entirely by the NWO, you could always rely on WCW to find some awful new gimmick to base their biggest shows around. Against all logic, WWE had taken on a similar policy in recent years as just about every one of their PPVs are based around some novelty concept.
While few of them may be as awful as a wrestling event at the beach, having some of their biggest gimmick matches occur at designated times during the year doesn’t exactly help to keep things feeling fresh.
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