Thought of the Day: Two Notes About The End Of The Monday Night Wars

I’ve mentioned one of these before.1. ECW went out of business about two weeks after WCW did.  It’s a stretch, but for those two weeks, ECW was the second biggest wrestling company in the United States.

2. For all the people that pine for competition and want the Wars back, may I remind you that the greatest show of all time (X7) happened after the Wars were over?

16 comments

  1. chad says:

    its not about one show here or there its about consistency and wwe hasnt been consistently good since wcw folded, its just a fact, vince got lazy with nobody chasing him

    Rocko Reply:

    I don’t feel like arguing this so I’ll just simply say you are wrong.

    Go back and watch 1999 and tell me that was a good year.

    wwefan2013 Reply:

    And I’ll say go back and watch 2000 and then you can thank me.

    Rocko Reply:

    I consider 1999 one of the worst years ever. I do love 2000 but the notion that the Attitude Era was consistently good while post AE has not been consistently good is stupid.

  2. deanerandterry says:

    Competition is good and the more fierce the competition the better a company performs (or it folds). Frankly they don’t need a Monday Night Wars but if they had legit competition they wouldn’t be so damn lazy in their writing. It doesn’t mean it would be better but they would certainly try. That’s the thing with WWE programming, the creative doesn’t try anymore, that’s why you see them basically write 1 show a month and repeat the thing over and over. If they don’t have competition then they don’t have to try, why try if you don’t have to?

    Also, even though WM X-7 did happen after the Monday Night Wars ended it was 6 days after the final Nitro. That’s not a very good example.

    deanerandterry Reply:

    I’m just saying if they had legit competition that was on a grand scale like WCW they maybe they wouldn’t have the same show ending for 7 or 8 consecutive shows.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    If you’re being realistic, the Wars had been over for the better part of, if not more than, a year at that point.

    deanerandterry Reply:

    True but the competition is still there in a technical sense so they still had a team to play against. Now they are just scrimmaging with themselves. My point is that competition is what pushes things to be better, WWE will continue to be lazy because no one is pushing them, then everything just becomes more boring as years go on.

  3. chad says:

    thats not the point, wether you personally thought it was good or not is irrelevant, point is that you could tell the wwf was really heating things up and firing on all cylinders, nowadays the wwe creative team doesnt feel the need to push the envelope, even within the pg confines theyve set for themselves, like the stories in 1999 or 2000 or not, at least 98% of the roster was interesting, they made you care about storys back then because they had competition

    Rocko Reply:

    1999 stories were not good. Main events had good stuff but the undercard was awful. Russo basically was given free reign for the undercard while Vince edited the main event stuff (though crap still got through). I’m not the only one who thought 1999 was awful. Russo made 99 awful, as the talent was there, but the stories were not. Again my point was that the notion of the Attitude Era being consistently good while post AE has never been consistently good is stupid.

    @deanandterry
    I would argue WCW was a non-factor by the time WM X-7 came around. They weren’t much of a threat anymore before they got bought.

    M.R. Reply:

    Please stop acting as if you have any idea which writers had jurisdiction over any parts of the card.

    Rocko Reply:

    I based it of off an interview Russo did. Basically Russo wrote the entire show and while Vince did go over it, he was mostly concerned about what is Austin doing.

    Also if you look at WCW under Russo and TNA, it is similar to what 1999 WWF was like.

  4. james gracie says:

    Yeah sure Mania X7 was a great show…but look what happened after that

  5. MikeCheyne says:

    Yeah, the Crash TV and unpredictability of the Monday Night Wars was fun, but once it was over, I think the comfort to actually go after PPV quality instead of chasing TV show ratings results in some better shows. The WrestleManias from 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 range from excellent to pretty good, a huge contrast from the Manias from 1998 to 2000.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    98 wasn’t bad at all.

    If you go back and look at Raw from back then though, it really doesn’t hold up at all.

    MikeCheyne Reply:

    Yeah, 1998 is certainly a good show, I just think it’s still behind 2001, 2003, and 2004 Manias (maybe not 2002).