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.
Its one of the most important books in the industry's history a how to guide on how not to run a wrestling company.
"great listen for any pro wrestling fan."
Great stories about wcw and its big failures. Definitely worth a listen if you are a fan of professional wrestling. 5 Stars.
"Funny, Yet So Sad"
There really is not a comparison because there is not such a disaster as WCW.
I laughed, shook my head, and was utterly confused several times, but I was thoroughly entertained the entire time.
"Excellent listen, it was hard to put down"
The best thing about this audio book for me was listening to the storylines that played out on tv week after week.
This has been one of the greatest wrestling books I have ever read. The author did an amazing job.
"Bryan is awesome, the book is amazing!"
You can listen to him reading in his own style and it's just great. The book is fantastic for every wrestling fan.
It was most enjoyable, the history of the company, felt everything was greatly told and reminded that history is repeated alot. Would recommend.
"Recommended for any wrestling fan"
Classic book that's an entertaining read or listen for any wrestling fan, regardless if you grew up during WCW's rise and fall or are a newer fan.
Bryan Alvarez did a fantastic job narrating as well, but anybody who's heard him before would probably already know that going in.
"One of my favs"
Alvarez does an excellent job in delivery and story is more poignant than ever in today's wrestling scene
"Great history lesson"
An interesting listen, made me want to laugh and shake my head at the same time
"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
"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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