Wrestling has been around so long that new ideas are very difficult to come by. Promotions and talents will still find new ways to surprise the viewer with concepts we have never seen before but it has become a tougher feat. The nature of something existing and being out there for such a long time period has caused recycling to become more common. We see it every week with finishing moves from the past being used by today’s wrestlers. Hell, the Stone Cold Stunner has been used by so many high profile wrestlers under various names that it’s impossible to keep up.
The act of taking something old and making it new again is not a bad thing at all. The key is to add a new element to the idea and find a way to make it more relevant to today’s viewer. Storylines are the best example of that with former successful plots in the wrestling business still being able to be used effectively today. There’s the negative side as well with companies taking failed ideas or things that are no longer appealing to today’s audience and trying to force it. If you can’t learn from history, you are doomed to repeat failures and that has happened in some of these instances.
The storylines that have been stolen over the years have been met with mixed results. TNA and WCW were always criticized for ripping off WWE because they did it at the same time in a sad effort to top the competition by being just like them. The better results usually come when a promotion repeats a historically great idea and adds unique twists to the current setting. A decent amount of time adds to making the idea have more legs once out of the memory of wrestling fans. We’re going to break down all of them now and how they went down with the top fifteen wrestling storylines stolen from other promotions.
14 15. Seth Rollins Dual Champion
13 14. Eric Young as Daniel Bryan
12 13. Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant
11 12. Team Canada
10 10. Main Event Mafia vs. TNA Frontline
9 9. Ryback’s Undefeated Streak
8 8. Kane’s Split Personality
7 7. Megan Miller
6 6. Vince McMahon as the Evil Boss
5 5. TNA's Authority
4 4. Summer of Punk
3 3. New World Order
2 2. Bullet Club
1 1. The Attitude Era
The Attitude Era is not a specific storyline but rather an approach with an array of storylines. WWE was doing poorly and underachieving with outdated mentalities of how to present the product. That was until they decided to feed the current climate of society by embracing a more edgy product with violence, sex and vulgarity. The thing is ECW was doing it first and achieved success as a viable wrestling promotion with their entire promotion being what the Attitude Era would eventually become. There’s no doubt ECW at the very least influenced WWE to make change. You could Steve Austin embracing elements of The Sandman’s characters, female performers showing more skin and many more stories that were first introduced in ECW.
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