AJ StylesAllen Neal Jones
- Birthdate: 06/02/1977 (age 38)
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 215 Ib
While in TNA, Styles held the NWA World Heavywe...
Hey fans. Dan K here, previously DK Wrestling Savior. I was sitting in front of my TV, watching a commercial during RAW. It was a preview of the Monday Night War. I believe there was another commercial earlier advertising Monday Nitro episodes, from the beginning, showing on the WWE Network. And two thoughts crossed my mind. The first being, what if WCW was the winner of the Monday Night War? But I cringe at the idea after seeing what WCW had become late in 1998 until its eventual demise. The second thought I had was, what if the war was still going on today? This article is going to be all hypothetical and trying to envision where we might be in the wrestling world today. So, dig in and let’s have some fun.
It was 13 years ago when WWF purchased WCW and ended any real competition in the wrestling industry. That was in 2001. In 2002, two promotions popped up. Neither ever made it big time but are very popular among people who looking for something other than WWE to watch. Those promotions were TNA and ROH. But, for the sake of hypotheticals, it’s safe to assume that if the Monday Night War was still intact today, those two promotions probably would’ve never been born. In a later section, we’ll discuss where some of the top guys from those promotions may have landed, but for now, we’ll move on to the trick-down effect that would’ve resulted if WCW still existed today.
The biggest standout in this situation is Ric Flair. If WCW was still going today, Ric Flair would still be there. That was his heart and soul. It spawned from NWA and that’s the house Ric Flair built. So, what would the aftermath of that be? Well for starters, there would be no Evolution. Without Evolution, where does that leave Randy Orton? Where does that leave Batista? Is Randy Orton still that pompous sex symbol character he was rolling with early in his career pre-Evolution? Does Batista ever graduate from being Devon’s bodyguard type? Another standout would be Booker T. I don’t think Booker T would’ve ever left WCW if it was still around. That was his home for the many years that was the prime of his career. From Tag Team Champion to climbing the ladder all the way to top to be World Champion near the end of WCW, I think he found success and wouldn’t have been one of those default guys that stuck around in WWF. While he never really accomplished all that much in WWE, if we still had WCW today, there would be no King Booker, with Charmel, there would be no feud with The Rock, and we never would’ve heard the term, Spin-A-Rooney. Another defaulted wrestler was Rey Mysterio. A great cruiserweight champ who for a long time in WWE, was very over and a major superstar. He had good feuds and even made it to the top in WWE. However, he spent 6 successful years in WCW during the pinnacle of the Monday Night Wars. His Cruiserweight battles were something we weren’t used to seeing on our mainstream wrestling shows here in the US. Maybe he would’ve defected to WWF after a while, much like Jericho, Benoit, Malenko, Saturn and Guerrero did, but who knows?
Those are three of the biggest standouts following WWF’s acquisition of WCW. There are more but I don’t think there were too many that had the impact of these three. Many of the others that were retained, weren’t around long and/or didn’t have too much of an impact.
When talking about who would be the future stars, it’s really hard to gauge considering WCW went under in 2001. But we can always speculate. WWF was really good at building new stars after WCW put themselves on the map as a legit national competitor. Since they took all the big names and paid them handsomely, WWF had to do what they needed to do out of necessity. The Rock and Stone Cold are the two prime examples, however they were created during the Monday Night War. So, who was created after the Monday Night War that might not have been if WCW was still around? We already discussed the possibility of Randy Orton and Batista. What about someone like Edge? It was right around the time WCW was bought out that he broke off on his own and started developing a singles career? Would WWF have signed some main event talents from WCW in the 2002-2003 range? Perhaps someone like Goldberg would’ve been interested in jumping ship. What about John Cena? The most interesting part of trying to figure this all out is, there wouldn’t have been a second World Title, or a US Title. So the amount of...