"I fought the law and the law won. Oh, I fought the law and the law won." -- Bobby Fuller Four "I fought the crap and the crap won. Oh, I fought the crap and the crap won." -- Wade
Yes, that's right. After a little over two years of reporting on WCW Monday Nitro (first for the IWZ, then for DDT Digest), I've decided that I can't take it any more. The giant volumes of crap streaming out of Atlanta are too much for me to take. Like Terry Funk vs. Ric Flair in the 80s, I'm saying "I Quit."
I've been a WCW/NWA fan since I was a little kid, watching Barry Windham, the Horsemen, Dusty Rhodes, Magnum TA, Nikita Koloff, the Garvins, etc. on the SuperStation. And when I got back into watching wrestling again around 1997, WCW was still the best promotion. They had a hot angle in the nWo, and killer wrestlers like Benoit, Guerrero, Jericho, Malenko, Raven, Saturn, and so forth. The top card had an unhealthy focus on ancient WWF stars like Hogan, Savage, Piper, etc., but you could count on great wrestling and decent storylines.
Somehow, though, things fell apart. WCW ran the nWo angle into the ground, and let all of their good wrestlers either escape (Jericho, Radicals) or get buried (Booker, Kidman, Smiley), while at the same time pushing more crap (various incarnations of the nWo, Hogan love-ins, The Wall, etc.) The good matches became more and more rare, and crackheaded angles and storylines became the norm.
My final straw was probably the release of the Radicals. WCW could have built the promotion around them, but that would have entailed guys like Hogan actually working for the betterment of the company, rather than the betterment of themselves.
Well, screw 'em. This guy's had enough. Y'wanna push Tank Abbott, a guy nobody cares about? Go ahead. Y'wanna try to make Hulkamania run wild again? Feel free. Want to bury the Cruiserweight belt, then put it on Prince Iaukea, instead of Lash LeRoux, Chavo Jr., or Psychosis? Fine. Y'wanna saddle Booker T with a meaningless, heat-killing angle, do nothing with Kanyon, push Dustin Rhodes and The Wall, not do anything with Norman Smiley, put a belt on Jim Duggan, retire Steve Regal? F*** yourselves, I don't care any more. The Hogan fans can have WCW for their little playground. And when WCW crashes and burns, they can sit and wonder what happened.
ECW - I advise you to try to pick up guys like Kanyon. The talent outflux from WCW could be just what you need to become the #2 promotion in the country.
Fellow wrestling fans - our hated enemy (McMahon) has become our only hope. The WWF is actually putting on decent matches and interesting storylines. I recommend checking them out.
And so, since my reports have been pretty crappy for the last few months, reflecting my dissatisfaction with WCW, this will be my last regularly-scheduled one for DDT Digest. I'll probably pop up every now and again doing sub duty, but WCW has finally killed this fan.