If I sound mad at WCW, it's because I am. If Eric Bischoff and the WCW booking committee want to find the answer as to why they slipped this week, they have to look no further than themselves. Live by the Hogan, die by the Hogan, that should be their motto. From what I can tell, they've got too many people in the back with veto power over their matches for us to hope for anything but the occasional clean finish, and I think that WCW is too scared to deviate from the tried-and-true formula to adapt to new tactics by the WWF.
So I'm Eric Bischoff, I'm staring down the barrel of a promotion with far less talent and a penchant for injuries to its major stars. What could I do to bring WCW back from this setback, to the top of the charts once again:
Fire Ric Flair?
OK, so it's not really clear WHAT has happened to the Nature Boy, but it's obvious that something has gone down. Most reports indicate that Flair has either been fired (probably not too likely) or suspended/punished (more likely) for no-showing at Thunder and Nitro. First off, Flair's been sitting on the shelf since they made him kiss Bret Hart's Canadian tail for a few weeks (got Hart over REAL well, didn't it?) So Flair (according to reports) asks for the night off to see his son wrestle. Bischoff conveniently chooses that night (again, allegedly) to bring Flair back to the spotlight, reform the Horsemen, and find a cure for cancer. Flair doesn't show, Bischoff flips, and the rest, well, you know the rest.
WrestleManiacs is reporting:
Wade Keller reports that there has been no communication between Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff since last Friday. Apparently some WCW officials are encouraging Bischoff to talk to Flair. The general feeling is that Bischoff wants to get rid of Flair with out having him go to the WWF. Insiders have been quick to point out how neatly Flair would fit in the current WWF storyline. He would easily "suit" the champion that Vince McMahon wants.
After signing his three year extension, Flair had received legal threats from WCW because he was in negotiations with the WWF.
The WCW website has been ordered to remove all references to Ric Flair.
Now, this could certainly all be a big ol' work, and I don't know one way or the other. But if it isn't, I gotta say that's one of the dumbest moves I've heard out of Bischoff. The guy hires and fires wrestlers more often than most people change socks. That's gotta be keeping the morale REAL high in the locker rooms, dontcha think?
I guess all a WCW fan can do is hope that this ratings turnaround by the WWF will spur Bischoff & Co. to actually work for the fans' attention, rather than coasting on the success of the nWo and the ineptitude of the WWF.
The show started late due to the Braves game going overtime. Interestingly the baseball announcers knew something about wrestling and were saying how great Ric Flair is. They even knew who Goldberg was.