After reading another poster's threat with the quotes from a wrestling magazine of 14 years past, I got to thinking about how McMahon has taken to using the "wrestling is a cyclical business" excuse for business being down.
Amidst all the scoffing at this notion and the allegations that Vince didn't learn anything from the downfall of WCW, I haven't heard anyone ask why Vince hasn't learned any lessons from his own history.
Since my own knowledge of wrestling pre-Hogan isn't all that great I'll leave any similarities to this trend from the Sammartino/Backlund era to my fellow posters to mention. When business first started to dip in the late 80s, what was Vince's great solution? More Hulk Hogan. Surely the decline in interest couldn't be because people had gotten their fill and then some of Hulkamania. No, it must be because after years of non-stop Hulk, people just couldn't accept anything less. Randy Savage or Ted DiBiase? No way. Ultimate Warrior? Ha! Bret Hart? Bret wasn't taken seriously by management as a main eventer until Hogan made it clear he was gone for good. Whenever a new act didn't instantly take off as a main event draw, Vince threw what once worked - Hogan - right in it's face. Whether it was making DiBiase and new champion Savage play second fiddle to Hogan and Andre, booking Hogan's feuds as the main event over midcard world champion Warrior, or basically forgetting about Bret Hart's first WM title defense in 1993, anything that wasn't an instant hit got cast under a dark orange shadow. The slide continued and Vince, as if unaware that Hogan's overnight success was the exception rather than the rule, was dumbfounded.
Fast forward about ten years and it's the same thing. Whereas wrestling timelines are indeed different than what they were (a feud now runs maybe two months instead of six to a year), it's the same philosophy only accelerated. Guys get a couple of weeks to get over and if they don't, forget it, back to Heat they go. In their place we get Hogan or McMahon or HHH or Nash...in other words, something that worked for someone somewhere before.
Why this is the case is anyone's guess. Is Vince's ego so fragile that he's not willing to take a short-term slump for long-term gain? Does Vince even recognize this as a pattern to be expected in just about any business? Is he really so blind that he doesn't understand the difference between past and present? Or is he content to do mediocre business from here on out as long as it means he can do whatever he feels like on any given day?
The unfortunate thing is it took seven years and someone else's idea before anything changed the last time around. It took Shane McMahon using someone else's idea at a time when WCW had both hands tightening around the WWF's throat to wake Vince up last time. So the question is...is there anyone in the company who possesses a.) the creative mind to get over the hump and stay over it, b.) the willingness to take a stand and drag Vince into the future, and c.) the stature in the company to be able to do so without getting demoted or fired? I don't think this person exists.
The more time passes the more I start to think that in truth Vince never really knew what he was doing to begin with. As much of an admirer as I am of Vince's "I'm going to do what I want and to hell with what the public thinks" life philosophy, I'm really beginning to question Vince's acumen for wrestling...considering how bad the year of Rocky Maivia was and how close we came to Chilly McFreeze, how much of that success was foresight and how much was just plain luck?
Sadly enough, I think the only thing that might turn around WWE at this point is removing Vince and his ideology from power. This that will never happen, however, we could be in for a long road.
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Oliva: You are the weakest link! Goodbye!
Stewie: Ahahaha. Oh God, that's funny. That's really funny. You write your own material? Do you? Because that is so fresh. 'You are the weakest link. Goodbye!' You know I've never heard anyone make that joke before. You're the first. I've never heard anyone reference that outside program before. Because that's what she says on the show, right? Hmmm? 'You are the weakest link. Goodbye!' And ye...ye..yet you've taken it and....and used it out of context to insult me in this everyday situation. What a clever, smart girl you must be. To come up with a joke like that all by yourself. Mmmmm...that's so fresh too. Any Titanic jokes you want to throw at me as long as we're hitting these phenomena at the height of their popularity. Mmmm? Cuz i'm here God you're so funny!
I believe that "Chilly McFreeze" was one of the many names floated by the creative team for Steve Austin's "cold-hearted" character until Jeannie Clark-Adams-Austin accidentally got "Stone Cold" stuck in her then-husband's head instead.
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If I recall the story correctly, they were watching a documentary on some murderer and they kept calling the guy a "stone cold killer" in the piece. Then Jeannie suggested "Stone Cold" for Austin's nickname.
Originally posted by BigVitoMarkDon't worry, Vince will get removed from power eventually...the bad news is he'll be replaced with Stephanie, who is exactly like Vince, except every second storyline will involve on-screen romance.
Yeesh, thanks for the heads up. I feel a Crush Girls marathon coming on...
Yeah, I'm losing more faith in Vince every week. I remember how stupid everything was in the 1992-1997 era. I just can't believe the powers that be are so ridiculously out of touch. There are some bright spots (the workers themselves, minus a few) but sometimes I just scratch my head after watching a show.
I've been a loyal WWF/Vince McMahon supporter for a long time, but now I'm ready for him, Triple H, and Stephanie to mysteriously vanish.
Shane and Linda seem to be the sane ones in the family, let them take over.
(edited by TellMeYouDidntJustSayThat on 27.6.03 0003) Tell me I didn't just say that.
Linda seems to be pretty savvy when talking to investors at Press Conferences, but all she's doing is P.R. stuff. I don't think she's all that involved in the creative day-to-day operations.
If I remember correctly, it was Vince Russo and Shane McMahon that helped convince Vince to take the more "ECW" style in direction. As is seen in Beyond the Mat, Vince let Shane stand by him and mentored him during that period of time, and I wouldn't be surprised if Shane had a lot of input during that period of time.
Vince and Stephanie are the ones currently in power, that's pretty well known, and they are doing a terrible job right now. Shane probably would put himself back on TV and start wrestling again, but at least he tried to make things entertaining when he was on. With the exception of the X-Pac thing, Shane's matches helped get Test over tremendously at the time. His match with Angle, while not really helping Angle get any more over, was at the very least entertaining.
Still, it seems that Shane is just as lost as the McMahons when it comes to doing anything right now. Hopefully, he's just waiting for the honeymoon to be over.
I don't know if Shane McMahon is the "answer" or anything, but he is the only person in WWE who has the power to do anything about it.
(edited by SKLOKAZOID on 27.6.03 0916) "If you're asking if I would ever date a wrestler, certainly I would. However it wouldn't be good business for me to get romantically involved with anyone in any aspect of our business." -Stephanie McMahon (Off the Record, June 3rd, 1999)
Easy - when they stop pushing Albert & DeMott & Big Show, and end the insipid Torrie/Dawn/Al storyline, and get back to wrestling & wrestling storylines (you know, the stuff that got them their best ratings for SD since the split).