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Friday, January 8, 1999

WCW needs fresh ideas, not personal attacks

Foley
Gramlich: Yawn! New nWo is a bore.
By "HARDCORE" CHRIS GRAMLICH -- For SLAM! Wrestling

This past Monday night on Nitro, WCW played its trump cards. The first was to spoil the out come of their competitions show and in the process deride one of the greatest talents modern wrestling has ever seen. Secondly, they reunited the Outsiders and re-established the elite New World Order with Hollywood Hogan at the Helm. Obviously neither worked.

Raw absolutely crushed Nitro in the ratings this week and many are glad of that. Notwithstanding the horrendous display of immaturity WCW and their announcers have shown, WCW was destined to lose because they cheated the fans out of two promised main-events (Goldberg/Nash and then Nash/Hogan). Instead, opting to resurrect an angle that had long run its course.

When Hall first arrived on the scene and perpetuated the myth that the WWF was invading the WCW (first by showing-up on his own and later by bringing in Kevin Nash); the wrestling world's eyes were fixed on WCW. Here were two wrestlers invading a rival's promotion seemingly on behalf of the competition. So what if it was a work? Fans for years had dreamed about something like that transpiring and the WCW were going to give it to them, even if it was an angle.

The two instituted the New World Order and declared war on the WCW. The WCW wrestlers banded together to stop this heinous invasion with a then blonde, buzz-cut Sting, leading the crusade. Matches were made. Battles were fought and it all came down to a six-man tag match to determine their fate. During the course of the match, Luger was injured and was carried out and Hogan, instead of coming down and making the save, turned his back on the fans and WCW forever by dropping the "big leg" on the Macho Man.

That was in the beginning. The New World Order then went on to become one of the most entertaining angles a wrestling promotion has ever run. Much like the Four Horsemen before them, they ran roughshod over anyone who opposed them and always found a way to win or at least to lose without losing heat. More members joined all the time leading to a state of paranoia within WCW.

In the world of ratings, WCW rode the New World Order non-stop to achieve ratings victory after victory. With the success of his creation, Eric Bischoff predicted the death of the WWF within a year mistakenly thinking that he could hook his cart to the Black and White forever. That fans would always care. They didn't.

As time past and the New World Order versus WCW angle grew stale and tired convoluted with the weight of too many mid-carders. The nWo split into two rival factions, the Red and Black (The Wolf Pack) and the Black and White (nWo Hollywood). This subsequent three-way dance was less entertaining than the original New World Order/WCW angle and it seemed that the WCW's original idea that had propelled them to Wrestling dominance was finished and it was time to move on.

However, this past Monday night on Nitro instead of giving the fans what they promised or coming-up with a new and original idea, Bischoff and the WCW took the easy way out. They brought back Hogan, reunited the Outsiders and established an elite New World Order. In the process they've reverted back to an angle fans have seen a hundred times.

It's safe to say from Raw's huge ratings win and the reaction of the fans in the Georgia Dome that this was not what the fans wanted. The fans wanted Hogan gone. The fans wanted a title match. The fans didn't want a recycled angle. But, that's what they got. WCW took the low road on two occasions that night, one by instituting a New World Order and secondly by attacking Mick Foley on air.

If anyone in the wrestling world deserved to win a heavyweight title it was Mick Foley and the fact that WCW made fun of this accomplishment is inexcusable. Lest WCW in their haste to sink the WWF forget that Mick Foley wrestled for WCW as Cactus Jack, as a matter of fact it was while he was touring Germany for the WCW that he lost his right ear to Big Van Vader. They admitted that Mick had worked for them, however they left out the sacrifice this man had made while under contract to them and thus proclaimed Goldberg more of a champion than Mick would ever be.

FOLEY
WCW's comments towards Foley were inexcusable.
One would think that if the WCW really cared about winning the ratings war that they would put together a better product, create fresh new ideas and utilize all the talent that they have under contract. Killing Hogan wouldn't hurt either. (Heh. Heh.) The point is the WCW pretty much proved that they care less about their product than they do about the WWF's product, one they are desperately trying to convince the fans not to watch.

However, in there rush to expose the WWF's taped Raw they forgot the fundamental rule of entertainment which is "Give the fans what they want." Sadly, even with all their aces played the WCW still failed to stop the WWF from clinching another victory. I'm afraid to see how much lower the WCW will sink and how many more times we all will have to watch the New World Order and the WCW wallow in its own redundancy.

Chris Gramlich originally hails from "anywhere he damn well pleases" (a.k.a. Vancouver, BC). His hobbies include: wrestling, piercing various body parts, aggressive music, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek related programs, good animation, any all shark programs, video games, wrestling and walking his dog. Gramlich plays in a jazz/metal/punk/noise band called Association Area, being previous associated with bands such as Bad Blood and Tchort. Also a respected music writer based out of Toronto, "Hardcore" writes for the Exclaim and Doomhauled magazines.

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