Talk is Jericho Recap w/ Dave Meltzer – WWE Purchases WCW, What Led to WCW’s Demise, Failed Invasion Angle, More!
Meltzer notes that Ric Flair and Sting weren’t prepared to wrestle on the final Nitro, and Flair wore a shirt because he was out of shape. There are rumours circulating that McMahon booked this match at the last minute because he was a fan of their work and wanted to see them work one final match together. In that sense, it was a fitting send off for WCW.
Meltzer notes that there was an appetite for an Invasion angle, and even without WCW’s biggest stars the original Invasion PPV did huge numbers. Other than WrestleMania, it is the biggest PPV of all time. Jericho notes that even though he was in a 10-man tag on that PPV, it was still his highest payoff except for one WrestleMania at that point. That’s how well that show did financially.
Meltzer thinks Eric Bischoff had a chance to keep WCW alive if he would have been able to buy the company in 2001. If he could have kept it alive for just a couple of more years the company would have never went out of business because that’s when huge television money started pouring in.
Meltzer thinks the greatest thing that ever happened to Vince McMahon was the Monday night wars, even though he certainly hated everything about it at the time. That period made wrestling extremely popular. Jericho doesn’t think AEW will force McMahon to adapt in order to survive given how much money WWE has nowadays, but he still thinks McMahon will up his game creatively because he’s extremely competitive.
Jericho asks Meltzer to name the biggest reason WCW failed, and Meltzer thinks that reason is terrible creative. He watched all of the shows during that time and he couldn’t believe how bad they were. He also notes that WCW was promoting names for live events and not delivering, and that hurt live event attendance over time.
That sums up today’s episode of Talk is Jericho. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!