History WhatCouldHaveBeen / WWE

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.
10th Apr '17 7:08:06 PM nombretomado
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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 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?

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* The big what-if for years was, what if VinceMcMahon Wrestling/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 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?



* The Rockers: The tag team of Marty Jannetty and 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 ShawnMichaels 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.
8th Apr '17 6:19:11 PM GodKillerX
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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}}.
* Back when WWE Magazine was still around, every few issues used this very idea with a section called Alternate Realities. Memorable ones include:
** What if Shawn Michaels had defeated the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 26 and not retired? Shawn would have a career resurgence after a FaceHeelTurn, beating both John Cena and Edge for their respective World Titles and unified both belts. Edge would have retired afterwards and Shawn would dub himself "The Career-Ender". A wedge is driven between Shawn and Triple H, with DX disbanding. This would all come to a head at Wrestlemania 28, with Triple H defeating Shawn in a Unified Title vs Career match. After the match, the lights would go out, and the Undertaker (clad in white), proceeded to drag HBK to Hell.
** What if John Cena joined Evolution instead of Randy Orton?
8th Apr '17 11:24:35 AM nombretomado
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* Had controversy not ended his career and storyline, the record for youngest World Heavyweight Champion might belong to ''Wrestling/MuhammadHassan'', who was 23 when he faced Undertaker for the #1 Contendership. Had it not been for the London Bombing incident, he would have won the match, and beaten Batista at Summerslam, beating RandyOrton's record by more than 8 months.

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* Had controversy not ended his career and storyline, the record for youngest World Heavyweight Champion might belong to ''Wrestling/MuhammadHassan'', who was 23 when he faced Undertaker for the #1 Contendership. Had it not been for the London Bombing incident, he would have won the match, and beaten Batista at Summerslam, beating RandyOrton's Wrestling/RandyOrton's record by more than 8 months.
5th Apr '17 7:26:47 AM 313Bluestreak
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* Had Wrestling/BrianPillman not died on the day of the In Your House: Badd Blood PPV, his storyline with Wrestling/{{Goldust}} would have ended with him stealing Goldust's wife, Terri Runnels. He had already won her servitude, but in a match where Goldust was wrestling to win her back, she was going to turn on him and side with Pillman for real.

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* Had Wrestling/BrianPillman not died on the day of the In Your House: [[Wrestling/BadBlood Badd Blood Blood]] PPV, his storyline with Wrestling/{{Goldust}} would have ended with him stealing Goldust's wife, Terri Runnels. He had already won her servitude, but in a match where Goldust was wrestling to win her back, she was going to turn on him and side with Pillman for real.
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]].
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