I think that even if the WWF was putting on the best tv they have ever done the ratings would still be falling. They were pulling phenomenal numbers for the longest time for the numbers to shrink a bit. Look at Survivor. It was the most popular show on tv for the longest time, now it's pulling the third or fourth highest rating of the week. Much like the WWF, people just got sick of it. Both shows are still pulling great numbers though.
Thats a good point about Survivor, MotP. Maybe apart from the fact it's not their best TV output ever, it's also still too similar a product to what was getting a hell of a lot of ratings just a couple of years back. It's time for the next evolution of the business to make it into something different, and since I'm feeling blindly optimistic this morning, maybe the split offers the WWF just the chance to do something different. I hope they do.
"Nobody enjoys a good time more than I do, but this business of yours is as legitimate as a three-legged donkey...which of course is illegitimate because as we all know donkeys have four legs."
This may not be exactly the place for it, but did anyone else get a little jump when they saw Booker T vs. Tajiri? I mean, yeah Hogan/Rock big match history icons and all that, but who a year ago would have thought they'd see Tajiri wrestling Booker T? A bit of unreality there, I think....
"Oh! The light! [pointing to the setting sun] Blackness comes when the light goes away!" "Yeah, but this is getting to be a pretty regular thing." "I don't care. It still scares the sh*t out of me."
"Fritz! Get up for God's sake, get up! They've killed Fritz, they've killed Fritz!"
Uh, what about Val Venis, Edge, Christian, Al Snow (was in the WWF before WCW), Test, Billy Gunn, Scotty, Albert, Rikishi, X-Pac, and Bradshaw (to name but a few)? And a lot of the wrestlers you listed may have competed in other companies previously, the WWF is the company that made them into stars. So the whole exercise is pretty pointless.
"They brought in all the sucky WCW guys that drove us away from WCW. They didn't bring in and push the big guys instead we got the crap that drew 2.0 ratings like Booker T, Lance Storm, etc. And the nWo looks weak and pathetic now. This sucks!"
I'd say there were money matches to be had with Diamond Dallas Page. What did ruining Page's heat accomplish anyway? Taker got nothing from it. Now he's not even the pseudo-biker tough guy with the hot wife. He's just some geek. How does the WWF do it? I think Page has enough to overcome it, although he might be a manager by then.
So we've got the early/mid 90's on RAW, the 80's on Smackdown, and now the late 90's on NWATNA. Jeff Jarrett is a solid performer but I just can't get into a promotion based around him. It didn't work when Russo tried it in WCW and it's not working now....