History WhatCouldHaveBeen / WWE

24th Jun '16 8:23:21 AM N8han11
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*** How about the events leading up to the murder-suicide? If Kevin Sullivan never filed for divorce with Nancy, she would have never married Wrestling/ChrisBenoit. And if that happened, they never would have had a son. Therefore, Chris Benoit wouldn't have been able to do a murder-suicide. Even if he still killed himself from severe brain damage, he could only have committed suicide, and neither his career nor the wrestling industry in general would have been tainted.
*** Benoit had a wife and two kids before he took up with Nancy. But that's taking far too many assumptions as to what would/could have been.



** YMMV on the PG thing. One of the main theories (and arguably the real reason) why WWE went PG was for Linda [=McMahon's=] campaign for senate. One could argue that if she never made the decision to run for senate, WWE would have never turned PG in the first place.
24th Jun '16 8:15:55 AM N8han11
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* The big what-if for years was, what if VinceMcMahon (Junior) had never purchased his father's stock in the company, and all the shares went to one of the others the elder [=McMahon=] had envisioned eventually selling to (e.g., Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon)? What if VinceMcMahon were held to some promise that, by buying his father's company, he had to keep the promotion regional or else it would revert to a holding company? What if, back in September 1971, WWWF television announcer Ray Morgan had not been fired (over a pay dispute) by the elder [=McMahon=] and young Vince not been in the office that day? [[note]](Speculation had it that Gorilla Monsoon also had been looking at reducing his schedule and, in addition to a desire to do some promoting, had been boning up on his announcing skills. Indeed, he would, during the 1970s, occasionally provide commentary during young Vince's (rare) vacations or when he couldn't make a taping, before finally moving full time behind the mike in late 1982.)[[/note]] What if Wrestling/HulkHogan had never returned to the northeast to become the centerpiece of young Vince's slowly-building empire, or any other major star had ever made it big in the WWF? What if Wrestling/BobBacklund had refused to concede to Vince Jr.'s vision that involved Hogan -- a wrestler that even today Backlund sees as having a limited wrestling skillset and more muscle and hot air than legit love for the sport -- and not him? What if the first Wrestling/WrestleMania had flopped? What if Hogan and VinceMcMahon were grilled by attorneys and forced to admit to their role in the steroid scandals that nearly brought down the company? [[note]](Not to mention the sexual misconduct scandals that involved key promoters and officials, which were ongoing about the same time? More than a few were bracing for this to be just the tip of the iceberg of revelations regarding a possible criminal empire.)[[/note]] What if WCW had won the Monday Night Wars and viewers [[FingerPokeOfDoom heeded Tony Schiovane's scornful warning]] to not tune into MondayNightRAW to see MickFoley win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and instead found [[FingerPokeOfDoom the HulkHogan vs. KevinNash match more compelling]]? What about other future scandals, concerning such things as Wrestling/ChrisBenoit's death? So many what ifs about the WWF and later WWE itself that, had fate gone even just slightly differently, [=McMahon=]'s empire would have been irreparably damaged, if not destroyed ... or in the very least professional wrestling as we now know it would be far different than it is now ... maybe with someone else stepping up to the plate to create company whose promotional territory is national, perhaps still as a territorial company that Vince Sr. advocated, maybe just the underground and smoky bar entertainment with minimal television presence ... who knows?

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* The big what-if for years was, what if VinceMcMahon (Junior) had never purchased his father's stock in the company, and all the shares went to one of the others the elder [=McMahon=] had envisioned eventually selling to (e.g., Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon)? What if VinceMcMahon were held to some promise that, by buying his father's company, he had to keep the promotion regional or else it would revert to a holding company? What if, back in September 1971, WWWF television announcer Ray Morgan had not been fired (over a pay dispute) by the elder [=McMahon=] and young Vince not been in the office that day? [[note]](Speculation had it that Gorilla Monsoon also had been looking at reducing his schedule and, in addition to a desire to do some promoting, had been boning up on his announcing skills. Indeed, he would, during the 1970s, occasionally provide commentary during young Vince's (rare) vacations or when he couldn't make a taping, before finally moving full time behind the mike in late 1982.)[[/note]] What if Wrestling/HulkHogan had never returned to the northeast to become the centerpiece of young Vince's slowly-building empire, or any other major star had ever made it big in the WWF? What if Wrestling/BobBacklund had refused to concede to Vince Jr.'s vision that involved Hogan -- a wrestler that even today Backlund sees as having a limited wrestling skillset and more muscle and hot air than legit love for the sport -- and not him? What if the first Wrestling/WrestleMania had flopped? What if Hogan and VinceMcMahon were grilled by attorneys and forced to admit to their role in the steroid scandals that nearly brought down the company? [[note]](Not to mention the sexual misconduct scandals that involved key promoters and officials, which were ongoing about the same time? More than a few were bracing for this to be just the tip of the iceberg of revelations regarding a possible criminal empire.)[[/note]] What if WCW had won the Monday Night Wars and viewers [[FingerPokeOfDoom heeded Tony Schiovane's scornful warning]] to not tune into MondayNightRAW to see MickFoley win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and instead found the Wrestling/HulkHogan vs. Wrestling/KevinNash [[FingerPokeOfDoom the HulkHogan vs. KevinNash match match]] more compelling]]? compelling? What about other future scandals, concerning such things as Wrestling/ChrisBenoit's death? So many what ifs about the WWF and later WWE itself that, had fate gone even just slightly differently, [=McMahon=]'s empire would have been irreparably damaged, if not destroyed ... or in the very least professional wrestling as we now know it would be far different than it is now ... maybe with someone else stepping up to the plate to create company whose promotional territory is national, perhaps still as a territorial company that Vince Sr. advocated, maybe just the underground and smoky bar entertainment with minimal television presence ... who knows?
21st Jun '16 2:25:16 PM davidpro1992
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* In late 1993, the WWF decided to revive the previously inactive [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html Women's Championship]] by bringing in Wrestling/{{Madusa}}, under the new name Alundra Blayze, who would win the title in December of that year. A few months later, in 1994, the WWF brought in legendary [[Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling AJW]] wrestler Bull Nakano to face off against Blayze, and the two would engage in a heated rivalry that lasted throughout the rest of the year and produced good matches. In 1995, the WWF signed Rhonda Singh, bringing her in as vicious yet comedic heel Bertha Faye, the trailer trash girlfriend of [[Wrestling/HarveyWippleman Dr. Harvey Wippleman]]. Since Blayze would be out for a few months getting plastic surgery after Faye broke her nose in her debut, the plan was for Faye to feud with Bull until Blayze returned and then build the division up from there. However, Bull was found in possession of cocaine and subsequently fired, leaving Faye without a feud, and by the end of the year, frustrated with her gimmick and being told she couldn't perform her signature powerbomb as [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sycho Sid]] was using it as his FinishingMove, Singh had left. At Survivor Series 1995, WWF brought in more women from AJW (Sakie Hasegawa, Chaparita ASARI, Kyoko Inoue, Wrestling/AjaKong, Tomoko Watanabe and Wrestling/LionessAsuka) with the intention of building Aja Kong up as Blayze's next challenger, as she picked up wins over the next few weeks on Monday Night Raw and was scheduled to face Blayze for the belt at the 1996 Royal Rumble. However, Blayze did not like Kong, who was notoriously stiff, and refused to work with her, instead sitting out the last month of her contract and refusing to re-sign while she was still champion. The WWF abandoned its women's division before bringing it back three years later. It's a story full of what ifs: would the plan to build a solid division around Bull, Faye and Blayze have succeeded if Bull hadn't been fired? Would fan interest have continued if the Blayze/Kong feud had gone off as planned, and if so, would WWE keep the focus on bringing in actual women wrestlers (be it American girls, Japanese joshi or Mexican luchadoras)? Of course, the kicker to all of this was the fact that the day her contract with WWF expired, she showed up on WCW Monday Nitro as Madusa with the WWF Women's Championship belt...which she then proceeded to toss in the trash The ''really'' painful part? The massive loss of face Vince suffered from Madusa's action (particularly, having a WWF title on WCW television), is believed to be part of why he pulled the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. This event, of course, also has so many "what could have been" moments as well: Bret Hart was supposed to drop the title at Survivor Series to Shawn Michaels the night before his contract expired, but refused to do so due to the pay-per-view being held in Canada. Desperate to make sure his top prize doesn't leave the company with Hart, Vince forced the referee to ring the bell and declare Michaels as the new champion. The massive amount of heat [=McMahon=] got from the event led to the development of his CorruptCorporateExecutive persona, which led to his classic feud with Steve Austin that helped launch the Attitude Era.

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* In late 1993, the WWF decided to revive the previously inactive [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html Women's Championship]] by bringing in Wrestling/{{Madusa}}, under the new name Alundra Blayze, who would win the title in December of that year. A few months later, in 1994, the WWF brought in legendary [[Wrestling/AllJapanWomensProWrestling AJW]] wrestler Bull Nakano to face off against Blayze, and the two would engage in a heated rivalry that lasted throughout the rest of the year and produced good matches. In 1995, the WWF signed Rhonda Singh, bringing her in as vicious yet comedic heel Bertha Faye, the trailer trash girlfriend of [[Wrestling/HarveyWippleman Dr. Harvey Wippleman]]. Since Blayze would be out for a few months getting plastic surgery after Faye broke her nose in her debut, the plan was for Faye to feud with Bull until Blayze returned and then build the division up from there. However, Bull was found in possession of cocaine and subsequently fired, leaving Faye without a feud, and by the end of the year, frustrated with her gimmick and being told she couldn't perform her signature powerbomb as [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sycho Sid]] was using it as his FinishingMove, Singh had left. At Survivor Series 1995, WWF brought in more women from AJW (Sakie Hasegawa, Chaparita ASARI, Kyoko Inoue, Wrestling/AjaKong, Tomoko Watanabe and Wrestling/LionessAsuka) with the intention of building Aja Kong up as Blayze's next challenger, as she picked up wins over the next few weeks on Monday Night Raw and was scheduled to face Blayze for the belt at the 1996 Royal Rumble. However, Blayze did not like Kong, who was notoriously stiff, and refused to work with her, instead sitting out the last month of her contract and refusing to re-sign while she was still champion. The WWF abandoned its women's division before bringing it back three years later. It's a story full of what ifs: would the plan to build a solid division around Bull, Faye and Blayze have succeeded if Bull hadn't been fired? Would fan interest have continued if the Blayze/Kong feud had gone off as planned, and if so, would WWE keep the focus on bringing in actual women wrestlers (be it American girls, Japanese joshi or Mexican luchadoras)? Of course, the kicker to all of this was the fact that the day her contract with WWF expired, she showed up on WCW Monday Nitro as Madusa with the WWF Women's Championship belt...which she then proceeded to toss in the trash The ''really'' painful part? The massive loss of face Vince suffered from Madusa's action (particularly, having a WWF title on WCW television), is believed to be part of why he pulled the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. This event, of course, also has so many "what could have been" moments as well: Bret Hart was supposed to drop the title at the 1997 Survivor Series to Shawn Michaels the night before his contract expired, but refused to do so due to the pay-per-view being held in Canada. Desperate to make sure his top prize doesn't leave the company with Hart, Vince forced the referee to ring the bell and declare Michaels as the new champion. The massive amount of heat [=McMahon=] got from the event led to the development of his CorruptCorporateExecutive persona, which led to his classic feud with Steve Austin that helped launch the Attitude Era.
20th Jun '16 12:09:08 PM Briguy52748
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* Several times through the years, the WWF/WWE has had storylines where it was teased, or became apparent -- but nothing came to pass -- that women (either managers, divas or wrestlers) would suffer brutal beatings at the hands of male wrestlers (usually Monster Heels that were booked as being bloodthirsty animals who remorselessly kill and there's little that can be done to physically stop him), to help set up an eventual main-event match with the top babyface (depending on the year, Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/TheUndertaker or Wrestling/JohnCena). These have included, but are not limited to, Wrestling/MissElizabeth [[note]](to wit: brutally beaten, or more than just simply being slapped, shoved or having a wrist broken in the ring, all of which happened at the hands of various heels through the years, or otherwise threatened)[[/note]], Wrestling/AJLee, Wrestling/MariaKanellis, Wrestling/KellyKelly and Wrestling/EveTorres.

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* Several times through the years, the WWF/WWE has had storylines where it was teased, or became apparent -- but nothing came to pass -- that women (either managers, divas or wrestlers) would suffer brutal beatings at the hands of male wrestlers (usually Monster Heels that were booked as being bloodthirsty animals who remorselessly kill and there's little that can be done to physically stop him), to help set up an eventual main-event match with the top babyface (depending on the year, Wrestling/HulkHogan, Wrestling/TheUndertaker Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/DanielBryan or Wrestling/JohnCena). These have included, but are not limited to, Wrestling/MissElizabeth [[note]](to wit: brutally beaten, or more than just simply being slapped, shoved or having a wrist broken in the ring, all of which happened at the hands of various heels through the years, or otherwise threatened)[[/note]], Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, Wrestling/AJLee, Wrestling/MariaKanellis, Wrestling/KellyKelly and Wrestling/EveTorres.
17th Jun '16 2:13:35 PM davidpro1992
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* After the Atlanta Falcon Moose left the NFL to become a pro wrestler, he was invited to a WWE training camp and offered a contract. Moose took the training but declined the job in favor of Wrestling/DragonGate USA and Wrestling/RingOfHonor.

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* After the Atlanta Falcon Moose left the NFL to become a pro wrestler, he was invited to a WWE training camp and offered a contract. Moose took the training but declined the job in favor of Wrestling/DragonGate USA and Wrestling/RingOfHonor.Wrestling/RingOfHonor.
* 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.
16th Jun '16 7:31:12 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* After the Atlanta Falcon Moose left the NFL to become a pro wrestler, he was invited to a WWE training camp and offered a contract. Moose took the training but declined the job, going on to Wrestling/DragonGate USA and Wrestling/RingOfHonor.

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* After the Atlanta Falcon Moose left the NFL to become a pro wrestler, he was invited to a WWE training camp and offered a contract. Moose took the training but declined the job, going on to job in favor of Wrestling/DragonGate USA and Wrestling/RingOfHonor.
16th Jun '16 7:30:52 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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** After Rey Misterio Jr, [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Paul London]] ''and'' Wrestling/DeanMalenko all pushed the issue, WWE offered Wrestling/{{Mistico}} a contract in 2007 only to be turned down because 300 days a year wouldn't give him anytime for Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, who he was still committed to.

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** After Rey Misterio Jr, [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Paul London]] ''and'' Wrestling/DeanMalenko all pushed the issue, WWE offered Wrestling/{{Mistico}} a contract in 2007 only to be turned down because 300 days a year wouldn't give him anytime for Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, who he was still committed to. WWE persisted though and eventually got him as Wrestling/SinCara in 2011.



* The Ringmaster gimmick was originally planned to go to Wrestling/BryanClarke in 1993. However, Clarke didn't like the gimmick, so he finally became Adam Bomb, and the Ringmaster gimmick wouldn't be used until Stone Cold Steve Austin arrived to WWE in 1995.

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* The Ringmaster gimmick was originally planned to go to Wrestling/BryanClarke in 1993. However, Clarke didn't like the gimmick, so he finally became Adam Bomb, and the Ringmaster gimmick wouldn't be used until Stone Cold Steve Austin arrived to WWE in 1995.1995.
* After the Atlanta Falcon Moose left the NFL to become a pro wrestler, he was invited to a WWE training camp and offered a contract. Moose took the training but declined the job, going on to Wrestling/DragonGate USA and Wrestling/RingOfHonor.
16th Jun '16 4:37:50 PM Briguy52748
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* The big what-if for years was, what if VinceMcMahon (Junior) had never purchased his father's stock in the company, and all the shares went to one of the others the elder [=McMahon=] had envisioned eventually selling to (e.g., Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon)? What if VinceMcMahon were held to some promise that, by buying his father's company, he had to keep the promotion regional or else it would revert to a holding company? What if, back in September 1971, WWWF television announcer Ray Morgan had not been fired (over a pay dispute) by the elder [=McMahon=] and young Vince not been in the office that day? [[note]](Speculation had it that Gorilla Monsoon also had been looking at reducing his schedule and, in addition to a desire to do some promoting, had been boning up on his announcing skills. Indeed, he would, during the 1970s, occasionally provide commentary during young Vince's (rare) vacations or when he couldn't make a taping, before finally moving full time behind the mike in late 1982.)[[/note]] What if Wrestling/HulkHogan had never returned to the northeast to become the centerpiece of young Vince's slowly-building empire, or any other major star had ever made it big in the WWF? What if Wrestling/BobBacklund had refused to concede to Vince Jr.'s vision that involved Hogan -- a wrestler that even today Backlund sees as having a limited wrestling skillset and more muscle and hot air than legit love for the sport -- and not him? What if the first Wrestling/WrestleMania had flopped? What if Hogan and VinceMcMahon were grilled by attorneys and admitted to their role in the steroid scandals that nearly brought down the company? What if WCW had won the Monday Night Wars and viewers [[FingerPokeOfDoom heeded Tony Schiovane's scornful warning]] to not tune into MondayNightRAW to see MickFoley win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and instead found [[FingerPokeOfDoom the HulkHogan vs. KevinNash match more compelling]]? So many what ifs about the WWF and later WWE itself.

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* The big what-if for years was, what if VinceMcMahon (Junior) had never purchased his father's stock in the company, and all the shares went to one of the others the elder [=McMahon=] had envisioned eventually selling to (e.g., Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon)? What if VinceMcMahon were held to some promise that, by buying his father's company, he had to keep the promotion regional or else it would revert to a holding company? What if, back in September 1971, WWWF television announcer Ray Morgan had not been fired (over a pay dispute) by the elder [=McMahon=] and young Vince not been in the office that day? [[note]](Speculation had it that Gorilla Monsoon also had been looking at reducing his schedule and, in addition to a desire to do some promoting, had been boning up on his announcing skills. Indeed, he would, during the 1970s, occasionally provide commentary during young Vince's (rare) vacations or when he couldn't make a taping, before finally moving full time behind the mike in late 1982.)[[/note]] What if Wrestling/HulkHogan had never returned to the northeast to become the centerpiece of young Vince's slowly-building empire, or any other major star had ever made it big in the WWF? What if Wrestling/BobBacklund had refused to concede to Vince Jr.'s vision that involved Hogan -- a wrestler that even today Backlund sees as having a limited wrestling skillset and more muscle and hot air than legit love for the sport -- and not him? What if the first Wrestling/WrestleMania had flopped? What if Hogan and VinceMcMahon were grilled by attorneys and admitted forced to admit to their role in the steroid scandals that nearly brought down the company? [[note]](Not to mention the sexual misconduct scandals that involved key promoters and officials, which were ongoing about the same time? More than a few were bracing for this to be just the tip of the iceberg of revelations regarding a possible criminal empire.)[[/note]] What if WCW had won the Monday Night Wars and viewers [[FingerPokeOfDoom heeded Tony Schiovane's scornful warning]] to not tune into MondayNightRAW to see MickFoley win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and instead found [[FingerPokeOfDoom the HulkHogan vs. KevinNash match more compelling]]? What about other future scandals, concerning such things as Wrestling/ChrisBenoit's death? So many what ifs about the WWF and later WWE itself.itself that, had fate gone even just slightly differently, [=McMahon=]'s empire would have been irreparably damaged, if not destroyed ... or in the very least professional wrestling as we now know it would be far different than it is now ... maybe with someone else stepping up to the plate to create company whose promotional territory is national, perhaps still as a territorial company that Vince Sr. advocated, maybe just the underground and smoky bar entertainment with minimal television presence ... who knows?
16th Jun '16 4:29:53 PM Briguy52748
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* The big what-if for years was, what if VinceMcMahon (Junior) had never purchased his father's stock in the company, and all the shares went to one of the others the elder [=McMahon=] had envisioned eventually selling to (e.g., Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon)? What if VinceMcMahon were held to some promise that, by buying his father's company, he had to keep the promotion regional or else it would revert to a holding company? What if, back in September 1971, WWWF television announcer Ray Morgan had not been fired (over a pay dispute) by the elder [=McMahon=] and young Vince not been in the office that day? [[note]](Speculation had it that Gorilla Monsoon also had been looking at reducing his schedule and, in addition to a desire to do some promoting, had been boning up on his announcing skills. Indeed, he would, during the 1970s, occasionally provide commentary during young Vince's (rare) vacations or when he couldn't make a taping, before finally moving full time behind the mike in late 1982.)[[/note]] What if Wrestling/HulkHogan had never returned to the northeast to become the centerpiece of young Vince's slowly-building empire, or any other major star had ever made it big in the WWF? What if Wrestling/BobBacklund had refused to concede to Vince Jr.'s vision that involved Hogan -- a wrestler that even today Backlund sees as having a limited wrestling skillset and more muscle and hot air than legit love for the sport -- and not him? What if the first Wrestling/WrestleMania had flopped? What if Hogan and VinceMcMahon were grilled by attorneys and admitted to their role in the steroid scandals that nearly brought down the company? What if WCW had won the Monday Night Wars and viewers heeded Tony Schiovane's scornful warning to not tune into MondayNightRAW to see MickFoley win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and instead found what came to be known as the FingerpokeOfDoom more compelling? So many what ifs about the WWF and later WWE itself.

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* The big what-if for years was, what if VinceMcMahon (Junior) had never purchased his father's stock in the company, and all the shares went to one of the others the elder [=McMahon=] had envisioned eventually selling to (e.g., Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon)? What if VinceMcMahon were held to some promise that, by buying his father's company, he had to keep the promotion regional or else it would revert to a holding company? What if, back in September 1971, WWWF television announcer Ray Morgan had not been fired (over a pay dispute) by the elder [=McMahon=] and young Vince not been in the office that day? [[note]](Speculation had it that Gorilla Monsoon also had been looking at reducing his schedule and, in addition to a desire to do some promoting, had been boning up on his announcing skills. Indeed, he would, during the 1970s, occasionally provide commentary during young Vince's (rare) vacations or when he couldn't make a taping, before finally moving full time behind the mike in late 1982.)[[/note]] What if Wrestling/HulkHogan had never returned to the northeast to become the centerpiece of young Vince's slowly-building empire, or any other major star had ever made it big in the WWF? What if Wrestling/BobBacklund had refused to concede to Vince Jr.'s vision that involved Hogan -- a wrestler that even today Backlund sees as having a limited wrestling skillset and more muscle and hot air than legit love for the sport -- and not him? What if the first Wrestling/WrestleMania had flopped? What if Hogan and VinceMcMahon were grilled by attorneys and admitted to their role in the steroid scandals that nearly brought down the company? What if WCW had won the Monday Night Wars and viewers [[FingerPokeOfDoom heeded Tony Schiovane's scornful warning warning]] to not tune into MondayNightRAW to see MickFoley win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and instead found what came to be known as [[FingerPokeOfDoom the FingerpokeOfDoom HulkHogan vs. KevinNash match more compelling? compelling]]? So many what ifs about the WWF and later WWE itself.
16th Jun '16 11:35:44 AM Briguy52748
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* The big what-if for years was, what if VinceMcMahon (Junior) had never purchased his father's stock in the company, and all the shares went to one of the others the elder McMahon had envisioned eventually selling to (e.g., Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon)? What if VinceMcMahon were held to some promise that, by buying his father's company, he had to keep the promotion regional or else it would revert to a holding company? What if, back in September 1971, WWWF television announcer Ray Morgan had not been fired (over a pay dispute) by the elder [=McMahon=] and young Vince not been in the office that day? [[note]](Speculation had it that Gorilla Monsoon also had been looking at reducing his schedule and, in addition to a desire to do some promoting, had been boning up on his announcing skills. Indeed, he would, during the 1970s, occasionally provide commentary during young Vince's (rare) vacations or when he couldn't make a taping, before finally moving full time behind the mike in late 1982.)[[/note]] What if Wrestling/HulkHogan had never returned to the northeast to become the centerpiece of young Vince's slowly-building empire, or any other major star had ever made it big in the WWF? What if Wrestling/BobBacklund had refused to concede to Vince Jr.'s vision that involved Hogan -- a wrestler that even today Backlund sees as having a limited wrestling skillset and more muscle and hot air than legit love for the sport -- and not him? What if the first Wrestling/WrestleMania had flopped? What if Hogan and VinceMcMahon were grilled by attorneys and admitted to their role in the steroid scandals that nearly brought down the company? What if WCW had won the Monday Night Wars and viewers heeded Tony Schiovane's scornful warning to not tune into MondayNightRAW to see MickFoley win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and instead found what came to be known as the FingerpokeOfDoom more compelling? So many what ifs about the WWF and later WWE itself.

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* The big what-if for years was, what if VinceMcMahon (Junior) had never purchased his father's stock in the company, and all the shares went to one of the others the elder McMahon [=McMahon=] had envisioned eventually selling to (e.g., Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon)? What if VinceMcMahon were held to some promise that, by buying his father's company, he had to keep the promotion regional or else it would revert to a holding company? What if, back in September 1971, WWWF television announcer Ray Morgan had not been fired (over a pay dispute) by the elder [=McMahon=] and young Vince not been in the office that day? [[note]](Speculation had it that Gorilla Monsoon also had been looking at reducing his schedule and, in addition to a desire to do some promoting, had been boning up on his announcing skills. Indeed, he would, during the 1970s, occasionally provide commentary during young Vince's (rare) vacations or when he couldn't make a taping, before finally moving full time behind the mike in late 1982.)[[/note]] What if Wrestling/HulkHogan had never returned to the northeast to become the centerpiece of young Vince's slowly-building empire, or any other major star had ever made it big in the WWF? What if Wrestling/BobBacklund had refused to concede to Vince Jr.'s vision that involved Hogan -- a wrestler that even today Backlund sees as having a limited wrestling skillset and more muscle and hot air than legit love for the sport -- and not him? What if the first Wrestling/WrestleMania had flopped? What if Hogan and VinceMcMahon were grilled by attorneys and admitted to their role in the steroid scandals that nearly brought down the company? What if WCW had won the Monday Night Wars and viewers heeded Tony Schiovane's scornful warning to not tune into MondayNightRAW to see MickFoley win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and instead found what came to be known as the FingerpokeOfDoom more compelling? So many what ifs about the WWF and later WWE itself.
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