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Yes, I like wrestling. You know this already, but I admit, wrestling can be really stupid sometimes and this book highlights just how stupid it can be. Based on the website, Wrestlecrap.com, this is a ... Read full review
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Funny as it was to "relive" some of the dumbest angles and debuts/repackagings ever (and for those who complain about the slant towards WCW, remember they're the one that went out of business because of it) a few things knock it down for me:
1) The timeline jumps around so much and is out of order that it almost loses meaning--not to mention that one example ends up stepping on the other. Reynolds correctly mentions the dear-god-awful "Razor Ramon and Diesel" bit to counter what was an NWO-centric hour of Nitro, then a few chapters later mentions the little-remembered NWA (which wasn't even a main storyline) that followed SOME 13 MONTHS LATER as counter-programming. For those that remember, that came out of a Jim Cornette "real wrestling" rant and was basically done to shut him up.
2) The descriptions seemed to be written in an annoying almost half-kayfabe style, kind of like a Wrestlemania insert I read years ago. Thankfully, Reynolds improved by mountains on "Death of WCW" the next year.
3) Factual errors: Sid and Barry Windham merely "running buddies" as if BW was some henchman that Sid had with him? No mention of them being Horsemen; the LOD didn't drop from the face of wrestling world forever after the sorry Rocco gimmick, resurfacing in WCW both briefly the next year and for a bit longer in 1996 (plus Hawk's stints in ECW and in New Japan) before returning to the WWF in 1997; Roddy Piper left to film "They Live" AFTER the Adonis feud/WrestleMania III; Jake Roberts from Georgia? GCW maybe, and he could have been billed from Stone Mountain in his pre-WWF days, but he was born in Gainesville, TX (his Texas heritage was played up in Mid-Atlantic, so I doubt he was billed from SM there).
4) REALLY?! at some of the inclusions. No one will argue against most of the crap WCW tried to push in 1991 (Oz, Big Josh, Yellow Dog, Van Hammer) or the WWF five years later (Duke Droese, TL Hopper, The Goon, Alex "The Pug" Porteau), but the Undertaker, while it would have been a flop with anyone else (as Brian Harris proved, though he did kind of look like Taker in ECW), was perfect for Mark Callaway; Once again Jake's inclusion, the snake idea was something he originally wanted to do with Watts but he was shot down and waited until moving to the WWF; With both, their skits with Warrior were great--absolutely not WrestleCrap--and were destined to set up surefire moneymaking feuds, although Warrior/Taker seemed to be cut off for the Warrior/Jake feud that didn't happen. Seemingly every Taker feud post-Wrestlemania VIII for almost the next four years could be classified as WrestleCrap however, starting with the Berserker and even all the way up through Diesel (as Nash was, as usual, showing little effort). The backstory to Mankind was suspiciously Russo-like (possibly his first contributions as a writer), but nothing else about it was.
5) The chapters themselves, why would you name a chapter after the Gobbledy Gooker (Hector Guerrero might have warranted a mention), the NWO, or the Russo-rific sex angles when maybe half of them is devoted to each? With the knowledge that Reynolds changed the original layout of DoWCW, it's easy to surmise it looked something like this.
And, 6) Consistency: Look, just about every smart mark on the planet wanted a full-scale WCW invasion of the WWF instead of what wasn't even the New Japan/WCW best-of at Starrcade 95, but bringing up how horrible Steiner, Hall, and Nash (among others) looked isn't a good way to convince anybody of what it should have been, and quite frankly by going on about Goldberg's burial in 1999-2000 it's also hard to see him (instead of Booker T) emerging for a staredown with Austin.
Quite frankly WCW was such, well, Wrestle Crap Wrestling, from 1998 to its merciful end that why the hell anyone wanted to see them all the sudden challenge the WWF for supremacy is baffling.
So, very funny in some spots, but Death of WCW was much better