History WhatCouldHaveBeen / WWE

31st Jul '17 5:18:02 AM JamesAustin
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** Additionally, [[Wrestling/JohnCena Cena]] lobbied to push Wrestling/{{Edge}} in their Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at ''[[Wrestling/{{Unforgiven}} Unforgiven 2006]]'', giving Edge the title and the feud. This was because Cena wanted to take a break, go back to ''[=SmackDown=]'', and [[FaceHeelTurn turn heel]] to refresh his character (restarting his feuds with Wrestling/KurtAngle, from opposite roles, and Rey Mysterio Jr. while possibly aligning with Wrestling/RandyOrton and starting his feud with Wrestling/{{Batista}} years early). However, his feud with Edge ignited a phase of him GrowingTheBeard, so the idea was nixed as he ascended to megastar status. Interestingly, Cena was very disappointed with the outcome as, in stark contrast to his other title wins, he didn't celebrate and looked miserable, [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall somewhat breaking kayfabe]].

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** Additionally, [[Wrestling/JohnCena Cena]] Wrestling/JohnCena actually lobbied to push Wrestling/{{Edge}} in their Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at ''[[Wrestling/{{Unforgiven}} ''[[Wrestling/UnforgivenWrestling Unforgiven 2006]]'', giving Edge the title and the feud. This was because Cena wanted to take a break, go back to ''[=SmackDown=]'', and [[FaceHeelTurn turn heel]] to refresh his character (restarting his feuds with Wrestling/KurtAngle, from opposite roles, and Rey Mysterio Jr. while possibly aligning with Wrestling/RandyOrton and starting his feud with Wrestling/{{Batista}} years early). However, his feud with Edge ignited a phase of him GrowingTheBeard, so the idea was nixed as he ascended to megastar status. Interestingly, Cena was very disappointed with the outcome as, in stark contrast to his other title wins, he didn't celebrate and looked miserable, miserable,[[note]]not helped at all by the event taking place in Edge's hometown, meaning that he had to endure again the same kind of hostile reception he already faced at ''One Night Stand 2006''[[/note]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall somewhat breaking kayfabe]].



* If Wrestling/TripleH hadn't suffered his GameBreakingInjury in 2001, he would have [[HeelFaceTurn turned face]] and restarted his feud with a heel Austin. If that happened, he might have done so well that WWF may have decided "he's much better as a face than as a heel." He may have never turned heel, get pushed to the moon on RAW, bury every face on the brand, form Evolution and allow Randy Orton and Batista to gain credibility, and the two may never have had such great careers.

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* If Wrestling/TripleH hadn't suffered his GameBreakingInjury in 2001, he would have [[HeelFaceTurn turned face]] and restarted his feud with a heel Austin. If that happened, he might have done so well that WWF may have decided "he's much better as a face than as a heel." He may have never turned heel, get infamously pushed to the moon on RAW, bury every face on the brand, ''Raw'', form Evolution and allow Randy Orton and Batista to gain credibility, and the two may never have had such great careers.
29th Jul '17 1:56:09 AM SutairuMasuta
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* According to former WWE writer Dan Madigan, Heidenreich's first gimmick would have been Baron von Bava, a [=1940s=] frozen Nazi soldier thawed out in the present day, with Paul Heyman (who is Jewish) as his heel manager. Madigan's pitch did not get over with the WWE creative team and Vince [=McMahon=], who was [[StunnedSilence shocked into silence]] and left the meeting without saying a word.

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* According to former WWE writer Dan Madigan, Heidenreich's first gimmick would have been Baron von Bava, a [=1940s=] frozen Nazi soldier thawed out in the present day, with Paul Heyman (who is Jewish) Jewish and whose mother is a Holocaust survivor) as his heel manager. Madigan's pitch did not get over with the WWE creative team and Vince [=McMahon=], who was [[StunnedSilence shocked into silence]] and left the meeting without saying a word.
22nd Jul '17 11:38:31 PM Piterpicher
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* Eddie's death also had an effect on his wife Vickie. If he never died, Vickie wouldn't have needed a job, wouldn't have been put in the Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero feud, would have never turned on Mysterio and align with her nephew, would have never been appointed as Teddy Long's Assistant GM, wouldn't have ever been named General Manager of ''[=SmackDown=]'' after Teddy Long's heart attack, wouldn't have delivered such bad promos, wouldn't have gotten so much XPacHeat (and, since people hated hearing her speak, the heat would be the loudest at the beginning of every promo, which was usually opened with "Excuse Me!" and WWE would never have noticed how much heat those two words got, and would have never turned it into a CatchPhrase.) The careers of LayCool and DolphZiggler may not have gone very far without her support, and, wow, it changed everything.

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* Eddie's death also had an effect on his wife Vickie. If he never died, Vickie wouldn't have needed a job, wouldn't have been put in the Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero feud, would have never turned on Mysterio and align with her nephew, would have never been appointed as Teddy Long's Assistant GM, wouldn't have ever been named General Manager of ''[=SmackDown=]'' after Teddy Long's heart attack, wouldn't have delivered such bad promos, wouldn't have gotten so much XPacHeat (and, since people hated hearing her speak, the heat would be the loudest at the beginning of every promo, which was usually opened with "Excuse Me!" and WWE would never have noticed how much heat those two words got, and would have never turned it into a CatchPhrase.) The careers of LayCool and DolphZiggler Wrestling/DolphZiggler may not have gone very far without her support, and, wow, it changed everything.
15th Jul '17 9:12:21 AM nombretomado
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*** The curse didn't stop here as far as the World Heavyweight title was concerned, as Edge would suffer his own injury about a month into what was supposed to be Kennedy's run with the world title. The SmackDown Creative team was so desperate for a {{Heel}} champion that they put the title on the absolutely hated Great Khali.

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*** The curse didn't stop here as far as the World Heavyweight title was concerned, as Edge would suffer his own injury about a month into what was supposed to be Kennedy's run with the world title. The SmackDown ''[=SmackDown=]'' Creative team was so desperate for a {{Heel}} champion that they put the title on the absolutely hated Great Khali.



* SmackDown was pitched as an all-divas show.

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* SmackDown ''[=SmackDown=]'' was pitched as an all-divas show.



* Wrestling/JohnCena might have been ''fired'' if Stephanie hadn't overheard him freestyling, [[StarMakingRole leading to him]] dressing and rapping like Vanilla Ice two weeks later on the HalloweenEpisode of SmackDown. And if Cena was fired, he would have never won the US title, would have never gotten super-over with the fans, would have never been pushed to the WWE title, would have never beat JBL for the championship at WrestleMania 21, would have never took the title to RAW, would have never gotten the smarks to turn on him, and would have never had a 10 month reign that made Vince realize he could be the company's top face. And if Vince never made him the top face, he would have never realized how over he was with kids and wouldn't have turned WWE PG. Wow!
** Additionally, [[Wrestling/JohnCena Cena]] lobbied to push Wrestling/{{Edge}} in their Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at ''[[Wrestling/{{Unforgiven}} Unforgiven 2006]]'', giving Edge the title and the feud. This was because Cena wanted to take a break, go back to SmackDown, and [[FaceHeelTurn turn heel]] to refresh his character (restarting his feuds with Wrestling/KurtAngle, from opposite roles, and Rey Mysterio Jr. while possibly aligning with Wrestling/RandyOrton and starting his feud with Wrestling/{{Batista}} years early). However, his feud with Edge ignited a phase of him GrowingTheBeard, so the idea was nixed as he ascended to megastar status. Interestingly, Cena was very disappointed with the outcome as, in stark contrast to his other title wins, he didn't celebrate and looked miserable, [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall somewhat breaking kayfabe]].

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* Wrestling/JohnCena might have been ''fired'' if Stephanie hadn't overheard him freestyling, [[StarMakingRole leading to him]] dressing and rapping like Vanilla Ice two weeks later on the HalloweenEpisode of SmackDown.''[=SmackDown=]''. And if Cena was fired, he would have never won the US title, would have never gotten super-over with the fans, would have never been pushed to the WWE title, would have never beat JBL for the championship at WrestleMania 21, would have never took the title to RAW, would have never gotten the smarks to turn on him, and would have never had a 10 month reign that made Vince realize he could be the company's top face. And if Vince never made him the top face, he would have never realized how over he was with kids and wouldn't have turned WWE PG. Wow!
** Additionally, [[Wrestling/JohnCena Cena]] lobbied to push Wrestling/{{Edge}} in their Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at ''[[Wrestling/{{Unforgiven}} Unforgiven 2006]]'', giving Edge the title and the feud. This was because Cena wanted to take a break, go back to SmackDown, ''[=SmackDown=]'', and [[FaceHeelTurn turn heel]] to refresh his character (restarting his feuds with Wrestling/KurtAngle, from opposite roles, and Rey Mysterio Jr. while possibly aligning with Wrestling/RandyOrton and starting his feud with Wrestling/{{Batista}} years early). However, his feud with Edge ignited a phase of him GrowingTheBeard, so the idea was nixed as he ascended to megastar status. Interestingly, Cena was very disappointed with the outcome as, in stark contrast to his other title wins, he didn't celebrate and looked miserable, [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall somewhat breaking kayfabe]].



** Even further - if Triple H didn't tear his quad, thus leaving the WWE without Triple H ''and'' [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], who was shooting ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' at the time, then TLC III wouldn't have taken place at the following [=SmackDown=] tapings due the WWF having to scramble rewrite the show; Wrestling/ChrisBenoit may not have broken his neck (TLC III was the match where the injury first happened), the WCW Invasion may not have occurred in the manner it did (The first WCW run-in happened the week after the injury), and Wrestling/ChrisJericho & Wrestling/KurtAngle may not have been pushed to the main event due to the the three absences already mentioned.

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** Even further - if Triple H didn't tear his quad, thus leaving the WWE without Triple H ''and'' [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], who was shooting ''Film/TheScorpionKing'' at the time, then TLC III wouldn't have taken place at the following [=SmackDown=] ''[=SmackDown=]'' tapings due the WWF having to scramble rewrite the show; Wrestling/ChrisBenoit may not have broken his neck (TLC III was the match where the injury first happened), the WCW Invasion may not have occurred in the manner it did (The first WCW run-in happened the week after the injury), and Wrestling/ChrisJericho & Wrestling/KurtAngle may not have been pushed to the main event due to the the three absences already mentioned.



* The Juniors division of SmackDown was an attempt to relaunch the Cruiserweight Division (considered dark match/B-show material) until a mix up caused the WWE to pick up mostly midget wrestlers. This may have led to WWE signing Hornswoggle, who of course has been involved of some of WWE's most embarrassing moments.

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* The Juniors division of SmackDown ''[=SmackDown=]'' was an attempt to relaunch the Cruiserweight Division (considered dark match/B-show material) until a mix up caused the WWE to pick up mostly midget wrestlers. This may have led to WWE signing Hornswoggle, who of course has been involved of some of WWE's most embarrassing moments.



* During her time in developmental, Shantelle Taylor (aka former TNA Knockout Wrestling/TaylorWilde) wrestled in dark matches for SmackDown under the name San-Eye while wearing a mask. The story goes that she would've been called up as the masked San-Eye character eventually winning the cruiserweight title before unmasking to reveal she was actually a woman. This was dropped after only a few matches and Taylor was sent back down to developmental before eventually being released.

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* During her time in developmental, Shantelle Taylor (aka former TNA Knockout Wrestling/TaylorWilde) wrestled in dark matches for SmackDown ''[=SmackDown=]'' under the name San-Eye while wearing a mask. The story goes that she would've been called up as the masked San-Eye character eventually winning the cruiserweight title before unmasking to reveal she was actually a woman. This was dropped after only a few matches and Taylor was sent back down to developmental before eventually being released.



* Eddie's death also had an effect on his wife Vickie. If he never died, Vickie wouldn't have needed a job, wouldn't have been put in the Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero feud, would have never turned on Mysterio and align with her nephew, would have never been appointed as Teddy Long's Assistant GM, wouldn't have ever been named General Manager of SmackDown after Teddy Long's heart attack, wouldn't have delivered such bad promos, wouldn't have gotten so much XPacHeat (and, since people hated hearing her speak, the heat would be the loudest at the beginning of every promo, which was usually opened with "Excuse Me!" and WWE would never have noticed how much heat those two words got, and would have never turned it into a CatchPhrase.) The careers of LayCool and DolphZiggler may not have gone very far without her support, and, wow, it changed everything.

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* Eddie's death also had an effect on his wife Vickie. If he never died, Vickie wouldn't have needed a job, wouldn't have been put in the Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero feud, would have never turned on Mysterio and align with her nephew, would have never been appointed as Teddy Long's Assistant GM, wouldn't have ever been named General Manager of SmackDown ''[=SmackDown=]'' after Teddy Long's heart attack, wouldn't have delivered such bad promos, wouldn't have gotten so much XPacHeat (and, since people hated hearing her speak, the heat would be the loudest at the beginning of every promo, which was usually opened with "Excuse Me!" and WWE would never have noticed how much heat those two words got, and would have never turned it into a CatchPhrase.) The careers of LayCool and DolphZiggler may not have gone very far without her support, and, wow, it changed everything.



* After impressing during a Smackdown dark match, The Briscoes were invited to the revived version of FCW in 2009, for a week of free developmental. Their ring work was deemed impressive and the locker room liked them(which isn't surprising considering it was full of ROH veterans). Then the Briscoes were sent home and told over the phone they weren't "cosmetically pleasing" enough for WWE. Well Mark wasn't getting dentures and no one even had any idea what Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis thought was wrong with Jay, so that was that.

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* After impressing during a Smackdown ''[=SmackDown=]'' dark match, The Briscoes were invited to the revived version of FCW in 2009, for a week of free developmental. Their ring work was deemed impressive and the locker room liked them(which isn't surprising considering it was full of ROH veterans). Then the Briscoes were sent home and told over the phone they weren't "cosmetically pleasing" enough for WWE. Well Mark wasn't getting dentures and no one even had any idea what Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis thought was wrong with Jay, so that was that.



* Had Roman Reigns had not gotten a wellness suspension, he would have kept the WWE World Championship past the Brand Split and brought the senior title to Raw. The WWE Universal Championship would have ended up on Smackdown with AJ Styles as the first champion. Finn Balor on the other hand, would have had his first feud vs. Chris Jericho.

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* Had Roman Reigns had not gotten a wellness suspension, he would have kept the WWE World Championship past the Brand Split and brought the senior title to Raw. The WWE Universal Championship would have ended up on Smackdown ''[=SmackDown=]'' with AJ Styles as the first champion. Finn Balor on the other hand, would have had his first feud vs. Chris Jericho.
10th Jul '17 5:35:33 PM cdmnumber1fan
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** Wrestling/RandyOrton would've still won the Rumble match, but he would've turned on Wrestling/BrayWyatt to win, setting up a match between the two men seven weeks earlier at Elimination Chamber. Orton would've gone on to challenge Styles for the WWE title at Mania.

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** Wrestling/RandyOrton would've still won was always slated to win the Rumble match, but he would've turned on Wrestling/BrayWyatt to win, setting up a match between the two men seven weeks earlier at Elimination Chamber. Orton would've gone on to challenge Styles for the WWE title at Mania.
10th Jul '17 5:34:00 PM cdmnumber1fan
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* A boxing match between Triple H and Mike Tyson was planned to take place at WrestleMania X-Seven but did not come to frution, so Tyson was replaced by The Undertaker.

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* A boxing match between Triple H and Mike Tyson was planned to take place at WrestleMania X-Seven but did not come to frution, fruition, so Tyson was replaced by The Undertaker.



* WWE almost released a video game called "WWE Brawl" The entire game was to be set in the fictitious Brawl City, where John Cena, Kelly Kelly, Triple H, Hulk Hogan and others [[IncrediblyLamePun brawl]] their way through town in order to take down an evil organization hellbent on dominating the world...none other than World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. The game would lay out a secret conspiracy perpetrated by none other than the Vince [=McMahon=] himself in a mech suit.

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* WWE almost released a video game called "WWE Brawl" The entire game was to be set in the fictitious Brawl City, where John Cena, Kelly Kelly, Triple H, Hulk Hogan and others [[IncrediblyLamePun brawl]] their way through town in order to take down an evil organization hellbent on dominating the world...none other than World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. The game would lay out a secret conspiracy perpetrated by none other than the Vince [=McMahon=] himself in a mech suit.suit.
* WrestleMania 33 would've turned out much differently if Wrestling/JohnCena hadn't agreed to propose to [[Wrestling/BellaTwins Nikki Bella]].
** For starters, rather than losing the Intercontinental Championship in January and going on to face Cena at WM 33 in a mixed tag team match, Wrestling/TheMiz would've instead defended the IC title at Mania against a debuting Wrestling/ShinsukeNakamura.
** Wrestling/AJStyles would have lost the WWE Championship to Wrestling/TheUndertaker at the Wrestling/RoyalRumble, who would've lost it back to Styles in the Elimination Chamber match after being eliminated by John Cena, thus setting up a long-awaited Taker/Cena match for Mania.
** Wrestling/RandyOrton would've still won the Rumble match, but he would've turned on Wrestling/BrayWyatt to win, setting up a match between the two men seven weeks earlier at Elimination Chamber. Orton would've gone on to challenge Styles for the WWE title at Mania.
20th May '17 1:11:54 PM nombretomado
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** She did a surprise anonymous run-in during [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Champion]] Ivory's promo on the June 28, 1999 ''Raw.'' The {{Usenet}} [=newsgroup=] [=rec.sport.pro-wrestling=] went nuts asking who it was. The plan was for Hosaka to be come in as an unknown commodity, then rise through the ranks and challenge Ivory for the Women's title (her character was supposed to be a "Rocky Balboa" type), but the idea got scrapped because too many fans recognized her.

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** She did a surprise anonymous run-in during [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Champion]] Ivory's promo on the June 28, 1999 ''Raw.'' The {{Usenet}} Website/{{Usenet}} [=newsgroup=] [=rec.sport.pro-wrestling=] went nuts asking who it was. The plan was for Hosaka to be come in as an unknown commodity, then rise through the ranks and challenge Ivory for the Women's title (her character was supposed to be a "Rocky Balboa" type), but the idea got scrapped because too many fans recognized her.
15th May '17 6:58:21 PM nombretomado
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*** Apparently, the night Benoit died the "murderer" was supposed to be revealed as Linda [=McMahon=], who would be arrested at that show. Some weeks later, there was supposed to be an "aired Will reading" by Mr. [=McMahon=] himself wherein he would leave the entire WWE in the hands of his "illegitimate son" Mr. Kennedy. This was meant to turn Kennedy into a massive heel and give him a mega-push to the championship. At that point, [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie [=McMahon=]]] and Wrestling/TripleH were going to reveal their kayfabe-second, consensual marriage - based on their [[RealLifeWritesThePlot real one]] - that would entitle TripleH to combat Mr. Kennedy for the right to own the WWE, culminating in a feud that would push all the way to the Main Event of that year's Wrestlemania. After THAT was finished, in which Wrestling/TripleH would win back control of the company from Kennedy, Vince was meant to come back and reveal that he'd faked the whole thing and setup Linda to take the fall so that way he could give everything to his "true son."

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*** Apparently, the night Benoit died the "murderer" was supposed to be revealed as Linda [=McMahon=], who would be arrested at that show. Some weeks later, there was supposed to be an "aired Will reading" by Mr. [=McMahon=] himself wherein he would leave the entire WWE in the hands of his "illegitimate son" Mr. Kennedy. This was meant to turn Kennedy into a massive heel and give him a mega-push to the championship. At that point, [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie [=McMahon=]]] and Wrestling/TripleH were going to reveal their kayfabe-second, consensual marriage - based on their [[RealLifeWritesThePlot real one]] - that would entitle TripleH Triple H to combat Mr. Kennedy for the right to own the WWE, culminating in a feud that would push all the way to the Main Event of that year's Wrestlemania. After THAT was finished, in which Wrestling/TripleH would win back control of the company from Kennedy, Vince was meant to come back and reveal that he'd faked the whole thing and setup Linda to take the fall so that way he could give everything to his "true son."
8th May '17 3:45:07 PM fruitstripegum
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** What if John Cena joined Evolution instead of Randy Orton?

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** What if John Cena joined Evolution instead of Randy Orton?Orton?
* WWE almost released a video game called "WWE Brawl" The entire game was to be set in the fictitious Brawl City, where John Cena, Kelly Kelly, Triple H, Hulk Hogan and others [[IncrediblyLamePun brawl]] their way through town in order to take down an evil organization hellbent on dominating the world...none other than World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. The game would lay out a secret conspiracy perpetrated by none other than the Vince [=McMahon=] himself in a mech suit.
22nd Apr '17 2:10:28 PM datyanderegirl
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**Similar to the above, Hornswoggle has revealed in [[https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2017/04/19/five-questions-hornswoggle an interview]] that his character/gimmick would have been a mob-boss style character. He would have had a Napoleon complex, throwing his power around while running RAW. Obviously things didn't work out that way, though.
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