What went wrong with WCW?
In 1997, World Championship Wrestling was on top. It was the number-one pro wrestling company in the world, and the highest-rated show on cable television. Each week, fans tuned in to Monday Nitro, flocked to sold-out arenas, and carried home truckloads of WCW merchandise. Sting, Bill Goldberg, and the New World Order were household names. Superstars like Dennis Rodman and KISS jumped on the WCW bandwagon. It seemed the company could do no wrong.
But by 2001, however, everything had bottomed out. The company - having lost a whopping 95% of its audience - was sold for next to nothing to Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. WCW was laid to rest.
How could the company lose its audience so quickly? Who was responsible for shows so horrible that fans fled in horror? What the hell happened to cause the death of one of the largest wrestling companies in the world? The Death of World Championship Wrestling is the first book to take listeners through a detailed dissection of WCW's downfall.
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If you have any interest in Pro Wrestling history this book is a must. The book expertly documents this rise and fall and even for a non pro wrestling fan the laughs at how comically inept it gets are worth it.
Couldnt recommend it more.
"Love WCW or Hate WCW...this gets repetitive."
A seemingly comprehensive history of WCW that's undermined by an early and often proclamation that "This was the worst thing ever!" Such hyperbole loses all meaning by the end of the book. The endless bashing brings so little additional insight, you start to ask yourself, "why am I doing this to myself?"
"The full story of how you DO NOT do Pro Wrestling"
Learn more about WCW, their struggle with WWF/WWE and how their rise and fall changed Pro Wrestling forever.
Narrated by co-author Bryan Alvarez from Wrestling Observer (famous for his MINUS FIVE STARS quote used in Botchamania), learn in detail how the habit of misusing young talent, collusion with the bookers, and blowing money away at things not wrestling resulted in their bankruptcy and being bought out by WWE. Also added are moments were in present day even WWE seems to have made the same mistakes, and a certain infamous promotion, TNA Impact Wrestling, died the same death by the same reasons and by the same integral people responsible for WCW's.
Dry at first, the wit and sarcasm Bryan is known for and has many laughed during The Bryan and Vinny Show podcast comes into his narration when the company's decisions are at their worst and dumbest. Recommened to any interested in wrestling, even if one only simply watches the previously mentioned famous Internet video series Botchamania. Of course, a lot of WCW's most famous botches are featured in Botchamania for those who still don't believe in these stories.
"Wow. Great research"
Great listen. Cannot believe how crazy things were. I feel bad for the guys in the middle. But a great history lesson.
"wow this book is a must read for any wrestling fan"
if you live wrestling, you have to read this book. Alvarez does a fantastic job with portraying the stupidity of WCW
"Great sense of history!"
Great story and great reader. So many stories from the embarrassing last days of WCW the most passionate fan has forgotten. Highly recommended.
"A must read for even casual wrestling fans!"
Having been a fan of the WWE's "Monday Night War" documentary series, I wanted to get the story without the bias of a Vince McMahon production. If anything, Vinny Mac was holding back! This book provides a fascinating look into the rise and fall of a company that was once a close second to the WWF, and the narrator injects life and credibility into the, at times, nearly unbelievable story. A++ would read again!
"A must listen for wrestling fans"
Find out the truth behind the fall of one of wrestlings biggest institution and enjoy the backstage stories
"Everything That Went Wrong In WCW"
A must read book for everyone who's interested in the Monday Night Wars or just a wrestling fan.
"A Must for any Attitude Era Wrestling Fan"
This is a fantastic look at the life and death of WCW. Reynolds and Alvarez take an in-depth look at the ego, the terrible decisions, and the gigantic wastes of money throughout the history of the company. With this new edition, published with nearly a decade of hindsight, they also show the lessons not learned by TNA and WWE (mostly TNA) in the terrible decisions that have been made more recently. If you were, like me, glued to the TV during the 'Monday Night Wars', then you NEED to pick this up.
My only complaint is Alvarez sometimes pronounces words strangely. For example, when he says 'lunatic' he pronounces it 'lu-NA-tic'. There are a few other examples, and the pronunciations are so off-putting that I had to rewind just to be sure I was hearing it properly.
"Ineptitude at its finest"
Great book that takes you through wcw from right before their boom period to the laughable end.
"Fastest 14 and a half hours of my life."
Such a good listen that I wish it went on for another 14 and a half hours
"The Rise and Fall of WCW"
A deep and indepth story about the rise, fall and legacy of WCW. Let all wrestling brokers learn from these mistakes and improve wrestling.
"Exactly what it says it is ."
This audiobook is perfect because it is exactly what it says it is and that is a full rundown and informed look at the death of WCW. only fault is you may lose 14 hours of your time apon download and first listen very addictive and very enjoyable .
"So damn good!"
As someone who loves the history of wrestling, this book was perfect for me. The author's research and the way they structured the demise of WCW was brilliant. Funny and sad at times, and just when you think things can't get any worse...they do. Highly recommended.
"Best WCW History you will find"
I loved the original book when it came out years ago and the new updated version is even better.
The Vince Russo era is an amazing listen. It boggles the mind who they thought it would turn the company around.
Great buy for anyone that likes wrestling or how a company that made so much money could go out of business just 2 years later.
"Rest In Peace WCW"
The Death Of WCW is an excellent history of the Monday Night Wars from 1996-2001 with a well written overview of what the company went through in all its various forms before then.
Brian Alvarez and R.D Reynolds have written a hillarious history account where they are very fair to point out when WCW has a brilliant idea or asset at their disposal - the early NWO, Goldberg and the crusierweights for example - and equally quick to point out where they are sabotaging themselves such as overspending, later versions of the NWO or creative control in the main event contracts.
Some of the stories told by the interviewed wrestlers are saddening, some just shock the listener and some can't help but be hillarious. I loved the use of interviews to emphasise points or prove that the things under discussion took place and the writers were knowledgeable about their subject.
This is definitely not a dry lecture but something written by fans for other fans. Brian Alvarez is an entertaining narrator who has the good sense to know when to.read the book as an in-depth history and when to time his jokes at the expense of incompetence such as flying out the entire roster to TV taping and not just the select few who were working that show. I simultaneously found the account fascinating and could hardly stop myself from laughing.
At the end they tease a future book of TNA and I hope that won't be long in coming if its half as good as The Death Of WCW. If this subject or time period interests you I cannot recommend this book more highly. It is one of the fastest listens I've ever had on Audible. This was definitely a five star book!
"An excellent lsten"
An excellent listen. This book gives a great insight into the death of what was once the biggest wrestling promotion in the world.
Reynolds and Alvarez tell how the promotion went from astronomical heights to it's death in just a few short years through a combination of poisonous internal politics and farcical mismanagement.
Some of the stories are hilarious, some are tragic, and some just beggar belief. This book serves as a cautionary tale to anyone thinking of promoting wrestling or anyone running a business in general.
A very good Insight for wrestling fans on how truly terrible the WCW became .
"wish there were more books like this"
loved it. finished it in a few days, great reading, really informative and very funny, if a little depressing for the the poor people who had to watch WCW at the end. would love more books from these guys (the TNA one hopefully won't be long).
Even none wrestling fans will be drawn into Alvarez' storytelling. This is the factual story of how ego, delusion, greed and stupidity collided to burn a multi million dollar business, and left long lasting ramifications on the wrestling entertainment business that are still felt today .
It's also a stark reminder to us all that even when the sky is clear of clouds , the rain is never far away , so you'd better pack an umbrella.
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