- Sep 6, 2007
- Reaction score
- Crawford County, GA
Very great shit. Very great shit my guy!
Tho Ernest Miller should've won.
Tho Ernest Miller should've won.
How quickly things can change. This week has been an absolute whirlwind in the world of wrestling, and of course the headline news is that WCW is under new ownership and will be led in the immediate future by Eric Bischoff and The Jarretts. Bischoff and his group completed the purchase of the former industry leader last week just days before the WCW Sin pay-per-view and their impact is certainly being felt in a major way already.
We have it on good authority from company insiders that many of the finishes for Sin were changed from their original plans.
Certainly the most interesting result of the night is Jeff Jarrett going over in the main event to become a five time WCW World Champion. Jarrett is a veteran and by most accounts has a good backstage reputation in WCW, but in light of him recently being appointed head booker, a lot of fans are raising an eyebrow to the move, while one insider we spoke to described the move as “business as usual for WCW”, pointing out WCW’s history for giving their workers too much backstage power.
However the word coming out today is that the call on the main event was ultimately made by Eric Bischoff and in fact, Dustin Rhodes wasn’t the original plan to be the fourth man. WCW had reportedly been planning to form a new heel stable in the main event, with Road Warrior Animal interestingly enough being the fourth participant. Apparently there would be a swerve take place where Animal would align with Steiner and Jarrett, helping Steiner retain the title and form this new group of top heels. All that changed at the eleventh hour due to both Steiner and Animal behaving unprofessionally in the locker room in the weeks leading into the event. Apparently Eric Bischoff is trying to set a precedent for the “new” WCW that you will be held accountable for your actions. This seems like a big departure from the Bischoff of old and whether or not putting the top belt on your head booker is the best course of action is debatable at best, but that’s where we are.
The situation in the locker room is said to be stable, but there’s a divide among the workers. Some are feeling reinvigorated and ready to take on the challenge of rebuilding the company, while other workers see this purchase as delaying the inevitable. Turning around the morale of the locker room will probably be the second biggest challenge for this new regime, with the biggest and most immediate concern being the financial state of the company of course.
On a different topic, many fans watching Sin pointed out some different branding being presented. The show’s logo looked visibly different to what was being used to market the show for weeks prior, and it also appeared that WCW was using a secondary logo on graphics and around the arena. This is far from unprecedented for WCW, who have been very inconsistent with their branding and logos for months now. However, it looks like the company could be looking to turn the page with a new logo. If you visit WCW’s website, the home screen displays the same logo used at Sin, along with the phrase “The Best Is Yet To Come” beneath it. And at the moment, that seems to be all WCW’s website is, as you are unable to advance beyond this screen. According to sources, the website is undergoing a complete overhaul.
Also undergoing an overhaul is WCW’s programming. As we know, WCW will be off TNT and TBS effective in March. But effective immediately, it appears Thunder’s time has been cut from 2 hours to 1 hour. No confirmation yet on whether that was a call made by the network or WCW itself but it should come as no surprise given Thunder’s poor performance on TBS. In addition to TV changes, we understand WCW is doing some reshuffling of their PPV events. The company is set to announce their next couple months of PPVs on Nitro tonight, and we understand that at least one of the shows is going to have a brand new name.
Stability seems to be a long way off for this company. New ownership is clearly not going to be able to get this company back on the right track overnight and if you buy into what most insiders say, it would be a miracle if WCW is still around this time next year. But we’ll be along for the ride and continue to keep you up to date as much as possible with the happenings in WCW and all around the wrestling world right here at Total Extreme Wrestling!
It's not something that will be acknowledged on screen but it is information that insiders would have.That's certainly an interesting tactic having it be public knowledge the Jarretts bought and book WCW and gave Jeff the strap.
Nah. I really have no love for the group and at this point I think WCW needs a break from having a big dominant heel faction. Besides that I am trying to distance this project from how things played out in real life. Even things that I feel were good ideas in their final months I might steer clear of just to give my version of events a unique feel.I take it Magnificent Seven isn't happening now?
Yeah I'm not that big on DeMott either but truthfully a lot of my gripes with him are his ridiculous ring names. Especially when he's trying to cut a passionate promo as General Rection... it's just hard to take serious.Overall I'm not a huge fan of DeMott, but with how WCW was pushing him at this time and his overall fan reactions, I think all of this was booked well.
Good show overall, Chavo was the star IMO