3. What if WCW wins the Monday Night War?
This might deserve to be at the top of the list but let’s go ahead and get into it anyway. There really was a time that it looked like WCW might put WWE out of business. Bischoff’s product was killing Vince in the ratings and his product was just better. It was edgy and real and just more entertaining. The nWo was the hottest thing around and WWE’s days looked numbered. But Vince McMahon was never going to let that happen. He adjusted, took his own creation in a different direction and ultimately won out.
But what if Vince McMahon hadn’t adjusted and the Attitude Era never happened? What if he had decided to close up shop and sell WWE to Turner? What would have become of all of the stars in WWE at the time? Would top names like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H and The Rock ever had real time to become who they became? Would Austin have even wanted to go back there? There obviously would have been no undefeated streak at WrestleMania for The Undertaker. Would we have ever gotten as excited for Starrcade as we do for WrestleMania?
Let’s not forget about the midcard guys that jumped to WWE to get a more prominent role. Would Chris Jericho, who got absolutely buried in WCW, ever become the big star that he is? Would Chris Benoit or Eddie Guerrero ever have become real main event players? And what would have happened with the ECW talent? I know I haven’t talked about them as much as I should have in this piece but they certainly were a big part of why wrestling became as big as it did. What happens to those guys? Do they stay in business on their own? There’s so many questions that would have to be answered if WCW had won the Monday Night War.