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Book It: The End of the Invasion Angle

September 13, 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to the final piece in the trilogy that discusses the purchase of WCW by WWE. Two weeks ago we talked the initial purchase. Last week, we talked about the way that WWE could have implemented the rosters and shifted the way things were run. Today however, as all things must do, the invasion angle would have had to come to an end. With that, we’re going to discuss the end, and the aftermath of the invasion angle.

Originally, The invasion angle ended with a whimper when Team WWE beat Team Alliance at Survivor Series ensuring that the Alliance would be no more. After that night the only thing WWE was really left with were a group of talent, and not a lot of room to use them the way that they should have been used.

This lead to WWE cutting quite a few of the talent that they didn’t see that they needed. From there they also started change the way that they did the programming. They went from a more risqué style of presentation to a more family friendly style of presentation. It didn’t start right off the bat but it slowly went that way over time. This was also about the time that you saw the emergence of the actual Brand split and we started to see the arrival of stars like John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, and a number of other wrestlers. It gave WWE an interesting roster of talent post-monad Night Wars.

But, as most of these conversations do let’s look at what could happened if things would have went differently. Let’s piggy-back off of the second post and talk about what happens if WWE would have went with the Nitro vs. Raw scenario. I think that in this particular scenario you have to see the split come sooner rather then later. At that point I don’t think it really matters because the end result is one of the same. You’ll see a bunch of the WCW guys going out the doors quicker then some of them should have.

I think some of those guys could have taken a couple of the top spots that Cena, Orton and Batista got, at least that’s my opinion. I also believe that WWE would have ended up in a stronger position, both ratings and talent pool wise then they were off after the end of the actual invasion angle. Had it been my choice there were defiantly a couple of WCW guys I think should have stuck around. Then again, that’s why I write a blog about wrestling, and I’m not working as a promoter, maybe that’s part of the reason.

WWE did some good things with this angle, but there were some issues that needed to be fixed. Most notably WWE should have had a bigger, more drawn story for the invasion angle, but that obviously didn’t happen.

The last three weeks have been fun. In fact the last ten editions have been good and going forward things may switch up and change just a little but I’m learning more about this blog as I go along, with that I want to say that Next week I will be talking about the faction known as the Nexus and how I feel like that particular angle should have bene handled.

Until next week, give me a like on Facebook, Give me a follow on Twitter, and join my mailing list. Until then, I’m Kyle Robinson picking up my pen and closing the book on this chapter.

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Dan is host of Shooting from the Hip which you can hear every Sunday at 8pm EST, 7pm CST right here on PWpop.com.