History WhatCouldHaveBeen / WWE

30th Jan '17 7:35:28 AM Briguy52748
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* Wrestling/TitoSantana and building the WWF around lucha libre, as opposed to going to Canada and the Hart family to find one of their top faces of the 1990s. With fans growing less interested in Rock n' Wrestling era-type wrestling and its top stars (notably Wrestling/HulkHogan) directly involved in the steroid scandal, the WWF was forced to look to a new direction. Reportedly, Santana -- one of the WWF's most talented and reliable wrestlers -- had been eyed for the WWF title and was even eyed as the centerpiece for the WWF's lucha libre template. However, the powers that be also saw tremendous promise in building around another of its top talents, Wrestling/BretHart. The coin was proverbially flipped, and the WWF went north to Canada ... and Hart and the Hart family (including Wrestling/OwenHart, Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith and Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart), but many observers say things likely would have worked out just as well with Santana, whose wrestling skills, charisma and so forth were solid.
24th Jan '17 11:05:03 AM 313Bluestreak
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** Additionally, [[Wrestling/JohnCena Cena]] lobbied to push Wrestling/{{Edge}} in their Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at ''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]] lobbied to push Wrestling/{{Edge}} in their Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at ''Unforgiven 2006'', ''[[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]].
20th Jan '17 7:26:16 PM 313Bluestreak
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** As for Wrestling/ChrisBenoit himself, he would have become the new focal point of ECW by winning the title at 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 Vengeance Wrestling/{{Vengeance}} and feuding with CMPunk, building Punk up similar to his feud with MVP.
3rd Jan '17 12:03:00 PM cyhh2002
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* Had [[Wrestling/CodyRhodes Cody Rhodes]] not requested his release back in May 2016, he still would've remained Stardust but would've had bleached blond hair just like his older brother [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}}]].

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* Had [[Wrestling/CodyRhodes Cody Rhodes]] not requested his release back in May 2016, he still would've remained Stardust but would've had bleached blond hair just like his older brother [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}}]].Wrestling/{{Goldust}}.
3rd Jan '17 12:02:31 PM cyhh2002
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* Had [[Wrestling/CodyRhodes Cody Rhodes]] not requested his release back in May 2016, he still would've remained Stardust but would've had bleached blond hair just like his older brother [[Wrestling/Goldust Goldust]].

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* Had [[Wrestling/CodyRhodes Cody Rhodes]] not requested his release back in May 2016, he still would've remained Stardust but would've had bleached blond hair just like his older brother [[Wrestling/Goldust Goldust]].[[Wrestling/{{Goldust}}]].
3rd Jan '17 12:01:35 PM cyhh2002
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* Prior to Vince [=McMahon=]'s 1994 steroid trial, Vince put together a contingency plan in case the case went bad for him: Linda [=McMahon=] would take control of the company as a whole and the role of creative head would be taken up by long-time Memphis promoter Jerry Jarrett, who had worked with most of the roster of the time (particularly Jerry Lawler and his own son, Jeff Jarrett). The WWF's DorkAge would've been a far different place guided by Jarrett's old-school sensibilities.

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* Prior to Vince [=McMahon=]'s 1994 steroid trial, Vince put together a contingency plan in case the case went bad for him: Linda [=McMahon=] would take control of the company as a whole and the role of creative head would be taken up by long-time Memphis promoter Jerry Jarrett, who had worked with most of the roster of the time (particularly Jerry Lawler and his own son, Jeff Jarrett). The WWF's DorkAge would've been a far different place guided by Jarrett's old-school sensibilities.sensibilities.
* Had [[Wrestling/CodyRhodes Cody Rhodes]] not requested his release back in May 2016, he still would've remained Stardust but would've had bleached blond hair just like his older brother [[Wrestling/Goldust Goldust]].
24th Dec '16 5:30:07 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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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 Wrestling/MondayNightRAW to see Wrestling/MickFoley win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and instead found the Wrestling/HulkHogan vs. Wrestling/KevinNash [[FingerPokeOfDoom 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 Vince 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 Wrestling/MondayNightRAW to see Wrestling/MickFoley win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and instead found the Wrestling/HulkHogan vs. Wrestling/KevinNash [[FingerPokeOfDoom 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?



* WWE almost signed Wrestling/NewJack. Although his tryout match with Val Venis was really short and lackluster, his promo skills impressed [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] and he was well-liked in the locker room. Due to the inevitable {{Bowdlerization}} and Vince's concern that New Jack would seriously hurt someone, it didn't happen.

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* WWE almost signed Wrestling/NewJack. Although his tryout match with Val Venis was really short and lackluster, his promo skills impressed [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] Wrestling/VinceMcMahon and he was well-liked in the locker room. Due to the inevitable {{Bowdlerization}} and Vince's concern that New Jack would seriously hurt someone, it didn't happen.



** The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior was originally going to be the Undertaker's Rival at [=WrestleMania=] VIII, but Warrior's ego didn't allow to lose at a match at WrestleMania, so Jake "The Snake" Roberts was chosen instead. The alternate scenario had it that Warrior would finish his feud with Roberts, then turn his attention back to Undertaker before finishing off Undie once and for all. Neither scenario, of course, came to pass, given that Warrior had been fired by VinceMcMahon in 1991 (shortly after SummerSlam, over a pay dispute) and that Warrior was just returning in time for WrestleMania VIII, but had the latter scenario happened -- and some say that was indeed how the feud that was mapped out by WWF's story writers, or so say disappointed Warrior fans want us to believe -- it is possible that the Undertaker gimmick and thus push would have been all but destroyed and that Mark Calaway's stay the WWF would have thus ended in short order.

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** The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior was originally going to be the Undertaker's Rival at [=WrestleMania=] VIII, but Warrior's ego didn't allow to lose at a match at WrestleMania, so Jake "The Snake" Roberts was chosen instead. The alternate scenario had it that Warrior would finish his feud with Roberts, then turn his attention back to Undertaker before finishing off Undie once and for all. Neither scenario, of course, came to pass, given that Warrior had been fired by VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=] in 1991 (shortly after SummerSlam, over a pay dispute) and that Warrior was just returning in time for WrestleMania VIII, but had the latter scenario happened -- and some say that was indeed how the feud that was mapped out by WWF's story writers, or so say disappointed Warrior fans want us to believe -- it is possible that the Undertaker gimmick and thus push would have been all but destroyed and that Mark Calaway's stay the WWF would have thus ended in short order.



** Wrestling/{{Sting}} was approached to wrestle the Undertaker at [[http://www2.dailystar.co.uk/inthering/view/184049/Wrestlemania-takes-hold ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII'']], but turned it down because he disliked Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's treatment of former WCW talent.

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** Wrestling/{{Sting}} was approached to wrestle the Undertaker at [[http://www2.dailystar.co.uk/inthering/view/184049/Wrestlemania-takes-hold ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII'']], but turned it down because he disliked Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's Vince [=McMahon=]'s treatment of former WCW talent.



** The ECW revival itself was supposed to have been just a WebOriginal produced by Shane McMahon until interest from sponsors and Vince caused it to blow up into a full-on third television brand.

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** The ECW revival itself was supposed to have been just a WebOriginal produced by Shane McMahon [=McMahon=] until interest from sponsors and Vince caused it to blow up into a full-on third television brand.



* [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]], Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield or Wrestling/TripleH were all choices for revealing of the anonymous Raw GM in summer 2010, but because an identity could not have been decided, it was held off indefinitely until Hornswoggle was revealed as the GM.

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* [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]], Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield or Wrestling/TripleH were all choices for revealing of the anonymous Raw GM in summer 2010, but because an identity could not have been decided, it was held off indefinitely until Hornswoggle was revealed as the GM.



* Prior to Vince McMahon's 1994 steroid trial, Vince put together a contingency plan in case the case went bad for him: Linda McMahon would take control of the company as a whole and the role of creative head would be taken up by long-time Memphis promoter Jerry Jarrett, who had worked with most of the roster of the time (particularly Jerry Lawler and his own son, Jeff Jarrett). The WWF's DorkAge would've been a far different place guided by Jarrett's oldschool sensibilities.

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* Prior to Vince McMahon's [=McMahon=]'s 1994 steroid trial, Vince put together a contingency plan in case the case went bad for him: Linda McMahon [=McMahon=] would take control of the company as a whole and the role of creative head would be taken up by long-time Memphis promoter Jerry Jarrett, who had worked with most of the roster of the time (particularly Jerry Lawler and his own son, Jeff Jarrett). The WWF's DorkAge would've been a far different place guided by Jarrett's oldschool old-school sensibilities.
29th Nov '16 5:00:25 PM TheG
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** Soon afterwards it came to light that WWE backed off from signing him at the last moment upon discovering that he was arrested in 2009 for alleged domestic abuse while he was still in the NFL. WWE informed Moose not to worry as they discovered ''he'' was the one abused by his wife and he was merely defending himself, as well as explaining that the temporary halt to his signing was because Adam Rose and Jerry Lawler were recently arrested for similar incidents. They told him the door would be open for him when the heat died down, during that time, TNA threw him a, ludicrous given their financial troubles, $100,000 deal which dwarfed the supposed NXT deal he was going to get, Moose happily snatched it up, which many deemed a stupid move given TNA's financial troubles, it could go bankrupt at ''any moment''. Perhaps worsening it for Moose himself is that in the months following, WWE signed Brennan Williams, ''another'' NFL star turned wrestler who's a good ''decade'' younger, likely killing any chance Moose making it to WWE.
5th Nov '16 12:28:34 PM Morgenthaler
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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 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 Wrestling/MondayNightRAW to see MickFoley Wrestling/MickFoley win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and instead found the Wrestling/HulkHogan vs. Wrestling/KevinNash [[FingerPokeOfDoom 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?
27th Oct '16 7:41:15 PM Freezer
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* While Money in The Bank has become a massive success to the point of getting its own [[Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank show]], rumor has it the original idea was to have a match where the winner would get their wish granted. Wrestling/RobVanDam was slated to win and his wish would be to bring back ECW, resulting in the 2005 One Night Stand pay-per-view. However, Rob was out with a knee injury and the match was reworked into what we know now.

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* While Money in The Bank has become a massive success to the point of getting its own [[Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank show]], rumor has it the original idea was to have a match where the winner would get their wish granted. Wrestling/RobVanDam was slated to win and his wish would be to bring back ECW, resulting in the 2005 One Night Stand pay-per-view. However, Rob was out with a knee injury and the match was reworked into what we know now.now.
* Prior to Vince McMahon's 1994 steroid trial, Vince put together a contingency plan in case the case went bad for him: Linda McMahon would take control of the company as a whole and the role of creative head would be taken up by long-time Memphis promoter Jerry Jarrett, who had worked with most of the roster of the time (particularly Jerry Lawler and his own son, Jeff Jarrett). The WWF's DorkAge would've been a far different place guided by Jarrett's oldschool sensibilities.
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