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By Bill Potshot
WCW Born: Right after the
Crocketts and Dusty pumped every ounce of life out of the NWA territory
known in the magazines as "The Mid-Atlantic Region". Under the Crocketts,
it benefited from its NWA alliance, but even during its prime, it wasn't
as good as, say, the Florida-Georgia axis. Anyway, the Crocketts had pissed
away enough money and were going to fold their tent. But they knew something
-- their brand of wrestling and their tradition was over huge in Atlanta
and had been a staple of TBS' programming since long before anybody ever
heard of TBS.
In fact, when Vince McMahon purchased
the time slot from Turner during his power grab of the mid-80s, TBS was
barraged by outraged callers who didn't appreciate seeing the WWF "Superstars"
instead of Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes. So Vince left, and the world was
never the same. Anyway, it was cheap programming so TBS bought it
and spent over a decade trying to run it and mostly running it straight
into the ground. They became WCW after the name of their big Saturday show,
World Championship Wrestling.
It had a brief two-year run in the
sun in the late '90s but, as always with WCW, fate, egos and incompetence
conspired to doom it, bringing it lower than ever. The fall followed a
bit of hubris worthy of Greek Tragedy. Eric Bischoff was being interviewed
by a national magazine about the ratings war he had dominated for two years
and he said something like: "I almost wish it would get competitive again.
It used to be exciting, waiting to see who won. But now..."
Within a month, the WWF was advancing
on him, and would soon overtake and bury him.
It's dead because it didn't deserve
to live. Wrestling is especially Darwinian in that way.
--Potshot Bill Kunkel,
Las Vegas, 3/29/01
3011 HWY 30 West
Huntsville, TX 77340
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