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Top 15 People Most Responsible For WCW's Death

World Championship Wrestling was the second most successful and relevant wrestling promotion in North America. Sadly, the company went out of business in 2001 after getting removed from Turner Entertainment television and was sold to Vince McMahon, who currently owns the WCW library and licenses. Between the WWE Network and DVD releases, the company makes a great profit off of the WCW name and the legacy clearly lives on among longtime wrestling fans. Sting made his WWE debut in 2014 and it was a huge deal. No disrespect to TNA but the reason fans were excited to see him finally compete in WWE was due to his work in WCW.

Despite WCW’s strong fan base through the 90s and many missing it today, no other company has been able to step up as legitimate competition to WWE since WCW ended. ECW went out of business around the same time as WCW and was also sold to WWE. WWE has dominated the wrestling market since then and it’s been bleak for other promotions. TNA tried to replace WCW but ultimately made more of the same mistakes instead of evolving with the times. The company is in a poor state after trying to recapture the magic of WCW’s older talent but they have continuously failed for over a decade.

The argument can be made that WCW’s death was the single worst thing to happen to the wrestling business. WWE would create its best ideas and biggest stars when facing competition. The Attitude Era, Steve Austin and The Rock all were products of Vince McMahon’s genius being pushed in a war with WCW. There's no competition today. With almost fifteen years since the company was sold, the conversation about whom or what is to blame for WCW’s demise is still one of the hottest wrestling debates. This list will look to go across the board and break down the fifteen people most responsible for the death of WCW.

14 Buff Bagwell 

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13 Disco Inferno 

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12 Master P 

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11 KISS

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10 The Ultimate Warrior 

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9 Lex Luger 

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8 Sting 

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7 Scott Hall 

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6 Ted Turner 

5 Goldberg 

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4 Vince Russo 

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3 Hulk Hogan 

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2 Jamie Kellner 

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1 Eric Bischoff 

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The person who gets the most praise for WCW's rise, also gets the most blame for their sharp descent and that man is Eric Bischoff. After being given full power by Ted Turner, Bischoff took risks and made big changes that turned the company into a juggernaut. The ship started to wreck when Bischoff’s ego grew with the success. Bischoff gave out big contracts and threw away millions of dollars without a second thought because he thought WCW was bulletproof. All of the bad decisions and wasted money came back to bite the company. Bischoff seemed to cater to the talent in an effort to be “one of the boys” instead of their boss. It was like a teacher trying to hang out with the kids at school rather than do his job.

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