March 26, 2001, for Professional wrestling fans, it was considered a day of infamy, but one that we all knew was a formality, the day that the World Wrestling Federation (now known as World Wrestling Entertainment) bough chief rival promotion, World Championship Wrestling.
It was a monumental thing to think about during the Monday Night Wars, thinking that one promotion had to be victorious in the titanic struggle. Well, after six long years, the WWE finally bought WCW and it was a great day to be a wrestling fan.
Or so one could only hope.
Whereas they was competition back then, with the WWE going from family friendly to the iconic Attitude Era, with edgier content and making stars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, The Rock and Mankind (or Mick Foley if you prefer.) WCW, in contrast, only made one star while building on the success of others, like Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Ric Flair and others.
ECW, a popular hardcore wrestling promotion that went into bankruptcy around the same time, had its homegrown stars, such as Tommy Dreamer, Mikey Whipwreck, the Sandman, Raven and Rob Van Dam. Whereas WCW’s booking and organization were micromanaged (creative control, ECW was much more liberal in their management
Since 2001, the game had changed in the wrestling world, for better or worse. While the Chris Benoit tragedy has had a ripple effect on it, there are times like recent wrestling events, especially the fact that women will main event Wrestlemania 35, (the first such an occurrence this will happen) makes the changes that have been made, the evolution the business has taken seem all the more worth it in the long term.
In closing, it’s wise to take notice that change can be a good thing or bad, depending on your own story, you can’t change the past, yet you can use the lessons to help you on your own journey, so you can grow and find a way, whatever that way is, to…