Thursday, May 3, 2012

Rewriting History.....

WWE is in the habit of doing exactly what I titled this column. That's right, rewriting history. It's pretty bad to put out TWO separate documentaries about the fall of WCW, but to go in and do a documentary disparaging Eric Bischoff once again for storylines that happened nearly 20 years ago is pretty low, even for WWE standards. By all means, have a look at this from WWE.com.....

"At the height of the heated “Monday Night Wars,” Hulk Hogan and his New World Order cronies were getting much of the credit for the record television ratings of WCW’s flagship program, Nitro. And they deserved it. But fans tuning into TNT to see exciting matches weren’t getting it from guys like The Disciple and Scott Norton, who spent the majority of their time mugging for the cameras. The show needed innovative, entertaining bouts to hold viewer attention, and WCW President Eric Bischoff was sharp enough to realize this.

Through the crumbling of WCW and his own shameless self-promotion, Bischoff has become somewhat of a sports-entertainment punchline. It’s not a totally unfair assessment of the guy who once challenged Mr. McMahon to a karate fight live on pay-per-view, but the truth is the slick salesman had more than a few good ideas hiding beneath his Ken doll hair and, more importantly, had the nerve to pull them off. So, with Ted Turner’s blank checks in his pocket, Bischoff set out to amass the single greatest lightweight roster in sports-entertainment history."

If there was ever a mixed compliment to match, I've never seen it. Nor have I seen a more polarized opinion of Bischoff's portrayal between "The Rise and Fall of WCW" and now. All the way until Bischoff decided to jump back into sports entertainment with TNA, WWE had been more than cordial, giving credit where credit was due. But Bischoff isn't the only one WWE has taken pot shots at. Through their YouTube channel, they've been pretty specific about gathering video of silly storylines featuring Sting, Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, and other performers now under the TNA banner.

Is this really necessary, Vince? I'll grant that the Voodoo Kin Mafia might have gone a little bit overboard, Rhino burning the ECW Television Title on Impact, pokes at the Nexus, and the consistently better programming may have made you a bit upset, but that's no reason to throw down the gauntlet.....or is it?

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