History WhatCouldHaveBeen / WWE

21st Nov '17 5:46:40 PM nombretomado
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** As for Wrestling/ChrisBenoit himself, he would have become the new focal point of ECW by winning the title at Wrestling/{{Vengeance}} and feuding with CMPunk, building Punk up similar to his feud with MVP.

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** As for Wrestling/ChrisBenoit himself, he would have become the new focal point of ECW by winning the title at Wrestling/{{Vengeance}} and feuding with CMPunk, Wrestling/CMPunk, building Punk up similar to his feud with MVP.
19th Nov '17 12:28:31 PM PeteF3
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* The disastrous one-year WWE Championship reign of Diesel (Wrestling/KevinNash) was originally intended to end at a house show in Montreal... to Montreal native and (kayfabe) Cajun pirate, Jean-Pierre [=LaFitte=] (formerly Pierre Carl Oulette of The Quebecers). ExecutiveMeddling on behalf of Wrestling/TheKliq not only prevented this, but went out of their way to bury [=LaFitte=] on camera.
** Speaking of the Kliq, years before the MontrealScrewjob, Wrestling/BretHart was invited to join. He declined the offer.
17th Nov '17 7:53:51 PM Malady
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* In a 2013 WWE Magazine article, Wrestling/{{Fandango}} revealed that he was almost part of the MagicMike inspired male stripper gimmick that Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks used, which lasted maybe, all of two weeks before Reks decided he wanted to retire and spend more time with his infant daughter.

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* In a 2013 WWE Magazine article, Wrestling/{{Fandango}} revealed that he was almost part of the MagicMike Film/MagicMike inspired male stripper gimmick that Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks used, which lasted maybe, all of two weeks before Reks decided he wanted to retire and spend more time with his infant daughter.
15th Oct '17 2:30:08 PM nombretomado
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* The Rockers: The tag team of Marty Jannetty and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels initially debuted in the WWF in the summer of 1987, but were fired days later -- shortly after their first television match aired on ''Wrestling Challenge''. Interestingly, in between that first match and their being fired, the Rockers were at a house show card where the Hart Foundation was also competing ... and it was Jannetty who threw down the gauntlet and challenged the then Tag Team champions to a match. The Harts accepted, but no match ever took place because Michaels and Jannetty partied too hard that night ... but imagine at least another two years of matches involving Michaels and his arch-nemesis for years, BretHart, both in tag-team and (potentially) one-on-one competition. (And this was at a time when Jannetty and Jim Neidhart were still considered the better members of their respective tag teams ... if they only knew.) Anyway, it would be another year before the Rockers returned -- after the Harts turned face -- and another year after that before the two teams (quietly) wrestled each other, and almost 2 1/2 years after that before the first high-profile Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels match.

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* The Rockers: The tag team of Marty Jannetty and Wrestling/ShawnMichaels initially debuted in the WWF in the summer of 1987, but were fired days later -- shortly after their first television match aired on ''Wrestling Challenge''. Interestingly, in between that first match and their being fired, the Rockers were at a house show card where the Hart Foundation was also competing ... and it was Jannetty who threw down the gauntlet and challenged the then Tag Team champions to a match. The Harts accepted, but no match ever took place because Michaels and Jannetty partied too hard that night ... but imagine at least another two years of matches involving Michaels and his arch-nemesis for years, BretHart, Wrestling/BretHart, both in tag-team and (potentially) one-on-one competition. (And this was at a time when Jannetty and Jim Neidhart were still considered the better members of their respective tag teams ... if they only knew.) Anyway, it would be another year before the Rockers returned -- after the Harts turned face -- and another year after that before the two teams (quietly) wrestled each other, and almost 2 1/2 years after that before the first high-profile Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels match.
19th Sep '17 7:00:10 PM burstkiller
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*** Another thing that was scrapped with the angle was the idea to bring in Vince's real-life older brother Roderick [=McMahon=] II and his kids on the night of the funeral.
25th Aug '17 12:23:02 PM burstkiller
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** He also had plans on separating his personas after the brand split, appearing as Stardust on ''Raw'' and as Cody Rhodes on ''SmackDown Live''.
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.
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