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Okay, well the WWF now being known as the WWE is a fate accompli. But this then poses the question... what should have the WWF renamed itself? It's a point that has been discussed a little on the other threads, but I want to devote a whole thread to the topic.

The first option would have been to reach a mutually beneficial compromise. The World Wildlife Fund will be stuck with the WWF / wrestling association for a long time anyway, so why not make the most of it?

Under option one, the World Wildlife Fund adopts a version of the WWF logo that, on a green instead of a black background and just white instead of white and red. They also use the catchphrase "Green Attitude" or something like that.

Under this deal, the Federation gives the Fund regular public service announcements on all Federation programming, PLUS use of any or even all of their wrestlers as Fund spokespeople, PLUS generous ongoing donations from the Federation, PLUS a prominant link from the front page of WWF.com to WWF.org, PLUS a link constantly in the 'top bar' of WWF.com to WWF.org, PLUS mention of the Fund in commentary and in inerviews.

As I said, since the Fund will have to live with WWF for quite a while, might as well make the most of it and use it to grow the fund and attract new donations.

Option two sees the Federation drop the WWF accronym and just refer to themselves as the "World Wrestling Federation", "The Federation", "The Fed", or "WWFE Corp". This means dropping the famous scratch logo and all on air references to "The WWF". WWF.com features a link to WWF.org as well as WorldWrestlingFederation.com and a note saying that "As of (date) this site will automatically redirect all visitors to WWF.org; please update your links and bookmarks."

Option three is an extention of option two, except almost exclusive mention goes to the 2 "sub feds". In other words, "WWF" and "World Wrestling Federation" and all mentions to it are dropped from Raw and Smackdown. If WWFE wants to present itself as wrestling, then the big brand names will be "RAW Wrestling" and "SMACKDOWN! Wrestling". Alternatively, if it wants to push sports entertainment we get "RSE: RAW Sports Entertainment" and "SDSE: SmackDown! Sports Entertainment". They get pushed more heavily as separate entities (even though the parent company of both is still World Wrestling Federation Entertainment)

Option Four is a longer shot. This assumes Hall & Nash were never hired and Hogan was pushed from the start as the Red & Yellow Hulkamaniac.

In which case, the WWF becomes the nWo.

An alternate way to get there (call it "Option 4.2") would be to have the nWo rapidly take over the WWF.

I'll probably be flamed for suggesting Option IV, but keep in mind that:
a) The name "nWo" has balls. It has some history. The name "WWE" has neither.
b) "new World order" is more subtle at getting across the idea of sports entertainment than WWE.

Option 5 would be renaming the fed "WWFE".

Option 6 would be beoming known as "ECW", "ECW-nWo" or "ECW-WCW". But they blew this option with the Alliance angle.

Anyway, feel free to comment or suggest your own options.
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#2 Posted on
Welll. . .I'd suggest "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." I mean, at this point, why the hell not? Doesn't suck as bad as WWE.

Or, with a bit more seriousness, I'd suggest going back to "WWWF." Some element of tradition, and would actually require them to make a new logo and not dick around with older ones in Photoshop.


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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00

    Originally posted by Enojado Viento
    Welll. . .I'd suggest "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." I mean, at this point, why the hell not? Doesn't suck as bad as WWE.


Or they could take a page out of South Park and rename themselves "The Super Best Friends". It can't be worse than their new name.



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Nobody Important Says:

    Originally posted by Enojado Viento
    I'd suggest going back to "WWWF." Some element of tradition, and would actually require them to make a new logo and not dick aroudn with older ones in Photoshop.



Come one, like they wouldn't just Photoshop an extra W in.

And a better name? How bout T.W.F.U.I.A.?

(edited by AngryJohnny on 7.5.02 1611)
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#5 Posted on

    Photoshop.



Come one, like they wouldn't just Photoshop an extra W in.

And a better name?



Hey, just a drop shadow, and you've got it--a 3rd "W". *L*





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#6 Posted on
What about WCW? They've got the rights, correct? It's at least got some name recognition.
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#7 Posted on
I was thinking that WWWF would be good, too, but the World Wildlife Fund apparently won't be happy unless it's something like "WRESTLING GROUP THAT IN NO WAY HAS A NAME SIMILAR TO THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND"



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#8 Posted on
I wanted(and hoped) that they would've gone with option #2, and did away with using initials. I guess they thought the clueless fans wouldn't be able to understand more than 3 letters...

It makes too much sense to just say, "Screw them. We are now the WORLD WRESTLING FEDERATION...



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#9 Posted on
I find it amazing that you could come up with 6 different options by yourself and have every single one of them be better than the idea that the former WWF probably had a team of supposed experts work on for quite some time. I mean really, who the hell came up with WWE? And didn't anyone have the balls to say that it sucked?

As for my idea for the new name, it's waaay too late to do it now, but it does anyone else think it would've been cool to merge WCW and the WWF to form the World Championship Wrestling Federation (WCWF)? OK it isn't great but it's better than WWE. In fact I think we should have a competition to see if anyone can think up something WORSE than WWE that would still probably have got the OK from Vince. I betcha you can't come up with ANYTHING.
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#10 Posted on
Remember, when it comes to remembering a lot of things, you're average person is a total moron.

The casual viewer is most likely a moron, the hardcore fan will remember damn near everything (try watching raw or smackdown with an 82 year old fan, it's an interesting experience).

It looks like WWE went with the "trying not to confuse the idiots" solution. Which, to hardcore fans, is the wrong one.

Could you imagine them trying to explain that, even though they are still the World Wrestling Federation, they aren't the WWF? The response would be "Durrrr... but ye gots the initials WWF, so you must still be the WWF, it cain't not be that way, durrr...".

And it COULD be worse, EWW (Extreme, or another word that starts with E, but extreme could work, World Wrestling).

I ain't saying that WWE is a good abbreviation or that World Wrestling Entertainment is good name, but that people are dumb and EWW would be worse.
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#11 Posted on
People are indeed dumb, and EWW would indeed be worse...what's wrong with WWFE? That's how the company is known by, in initials, right? And the WWF is still in there, so that's good for us...but, I guess things that make sense are lost on ol' Vinnie.
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#12 Posted on
They should call themselves ECW. They own the tapes, got Paul E. working for them, and most of all, it is the best chant in all sports and sports entertainment. "ECW!! ECW!!"
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#13 Posted on

    Originally posted by Fuzzy Logic
    Remember, when it comes to remembering a lot of things, you're average person is a total moron.

    The casual viewer is most likely a moron, the hardcore fan will remember damn near everything (try watching raw or smackdown with an 82 year old fan, it's an interesting experience).

    It looks like WWE went with the "trying not to confuse the idiots" solution. Which, to hardcore fans, is the wrong one.

    Could you imagine them trying to explain that, even though they are still the World Wrestling Federation, they aren't the WWF? The response would be "Durrrr... but ye gots the initials WWF, so you must still be the WWF, it cain't not be that way, durrr...".

    And it COULD be worse, EWW (Extreme, or another word that starts with E, but extreme could work, World Wrestling).

    I ain't saying that WWE is a good abbreviation or that World Wrestling Entertainment is good name, but that people are dumb and EWW would be worse.



Ya see, though, the beauty of using the full name rather than the initials is that they wouldn't have to explain anything. Just act like nothing hppened. All they'd have to do is not use WWF in any official manner. The shows would use the full names rather than WWF Raw and, on air, they could probably still refer to themselves as the "WWF". Of course, though, the other WWF would probably still complain, but I really don't see how they'd be breaking any rules. They'd probably even be able to keep their logo...

Of course, I have't exactly seen this contract signed between the two organizations so I really don't know what I'm talking about...



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#14 Posted on
Although I'm not a big fan of the name change, I think they could have handled it a little differently. The name change to WWE was the right thing to do under the terms of the court decision, but I don't see any reason why the announcers/performers can't refer to it as the World Wrestling Federation on broadcasts. Just don't use the initials. This way, they don't sound like they're ditching the history of the WWF, and we don't have to hear Michael Cole saying, "WWE," every 30 seconds.



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#15 Posted on
I really don't understand why they didn't go with WWFE. It was there corporate name, what their stock symbol used to be, and how their credits used to read (World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc.)

See they could have kept the F in and added E for *cough* Entertainment.



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#16 Posted on
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#17 Posted on

    Originally posted by asteroidboy
    What about WCW? They've got the rights, correct?


Yeah, not to mention the Nitro-like finishes.

As for something worse than WWE, how about Wrestling And Sports Television Entertainment?



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#18 Posted on
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How about TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION?



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#19 Posted on
saying the complete name time after time wouldnt really work.
For the fan it will still be WWF then, which is against the lawsuit.
and welcome to worldwrestlingfederationraw!! doesnt sound that right. no flow.
still being able to use the logo? dont think so, as it says WWF and that is forbidden.
You know, them panda guys often use scratched fonts *grin*

WWFE would probably be the same thing, too close to WWF.

Michael Cole was already annoying as he said WWF every 30 seconds also. And he says it really elaborate..DubbellyouDubbellyou..Efff.

Coming up with better names is easy, I am sure the WWE folks came up with better one themselves, but they always wanted that entertainment thing in ther didn't they?
Now they got it. And it is probably easiest, drop the F, keep the E of our mother company (wwfe)

I am somewhat careless to the whole thing. It sucks from a 'tradition' point of view but heh..
If they deliver the same product (no need to tell me that sux too right now, thats not the point) it will grow on me and you.

As for the logo. No comment. perhaps they will work on a new one in a bit.




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#20 Posted on
I agree with asteroidboy... WCW would be a good choice, and with Ric Flair recently turning heel, the perfect opportunity to change the name to WCW would be these next couple of months, as the fallout and backlash over WWE builds. They could have Ric build his army of heel wrestlers, challenge Vince to a battle for complete control of the company, and once Ric wins, he molds everything in WWE to suit his own desires, including changing the name to his old company, WCW. To me, it would be a seamless blend into the storylines.

Just something to ponder there.
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