The wrestling year began as it always does – blasting off with New Japan's Wrestle Kingdom show. The event featured the first but hopefully not last encounter between A.J. Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. But the real big news coming out of the show was the unfounded rumor that Styles and Nakamura, along with Bullet Club members, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson were all WWE-bound. At this point, we know that Anderson has resigned with NJPW, while at least Nakamura is heading to the Performance Center.
It's the latest in a long line of rumors that may or not be true, and sometimes in the world of professional wrestling, the sweetest sounding rumors are the kind of straws that stir drinks. Other times in our favorite sport, it's the What If type of stories that captivate the fans. Clearly with Anderson staying in Tokyo, but what if it actually happened? Anderson and Finn Balor are two of the founding members of the Bullet Club - would they bring their brand of chaos to the WWE, or would Balor stay the fan favorite that he currently is?
Over the years, there have been several backstage stories that had they gone a different way could have drastically shifted the history of our sport. How different would the business look if some below items went down?
15 What if A.J. Styles Signed His Developmental Contract?
14 What if Vince McMahon Signed Eric Bischoff?
13 What if Taker Signed with WCW?
12 What if Eric Bischoff Did Buy WCW?
11 What if Sting Arrived on 02/21/2011?
10 What if Vince McMahon was Convicted?
9 What if ECW Found a New Network?
8 What if Shawn Michaels Didn't Get Injured?
7 What if CM Punk Didn't Quit?–the Original Proposed Mania XXX card
6 What if the WCW Invasion Worked?
5 What if WCW Actually Defeated WWE?
4 What if WrestleMania was a Bust?
3 What if Sting Was the nWo's Third Man?
2 What if Hogan Stayed in the AWA?
1 What if Diesel and Razor Stayed?
It has long been documented that neither Nash or Hall wanted to leave the WWE in 1996 but were given a boatload of money and less dates and both would have been idiots not to. That being said, what if Vince matched the offer or made overtures to the Outsiders to stay–a pretty bleak future actually. No Austin 3:16, since HHH was slated to win King of the Ring and have a long feud with HBK. Perhaps HHH doesn't rise to prominence either, maybe doesn't meet and get to work with Steph, fall in love and start NXT. In WCW, there's no nWo, leaving Hogan to fall off the face of the Earth and perhaps WCW with it. The Outsiders leaving completely turned the business upside down and forced Vince to make new stars and reinvigorate the entire industry.
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