WWF Invasion PPV Television Spot [July 22nd, 2001]
Even though I hate armchair fantasy booking, the WWF Invasion angle is something that I love going through and “fixing” everything wrong within it. I love the general idea of having the ECW guys group up with WCW to take out the WWF and I actually loved what went down during this PPV — it’s just where this whole Invasion Angle ended up that really bothered me:
Austin as the head of the WCW/ECW team, The Alliance. The Rock as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle as WCW competitors — it all went to shit pretty fast.
The one guy that got the worst of it was definitely Diamond Dallas Page, though. The idea of having him stalk the Undertaker’s wife as his debut angle was pretty laughable considering how insanely stunning his wife Kimberly was, but DDP took a massive buyout on his guaranteed WCW contract that was keeping him handsomely paid even past the company folding. Page has mentioned since then that he just wanted to be part of wrestling history and thought the entire Invasion thing couldn’t be anything but good!
How wrong was he?
D-Generation X Invades WCW - WWF RAW is WAR [April 27th, 1998]
Back in April 1998, both WCW and the WWF were running their shows in the same area of Virginia with the two venues set at nineteen miles apart. While WCW played up the concept of being invaded by a federation from “up north” with the nWo, D-Generation X actually attempted to take over the WCW Monday Nitro taping dressed in full army fatigue. The DX Army of Triple H, Chyna, X-Pac, “Bad Ass” Billy Gunn, and “Road Dogg” Jesse James (along with Bruce Pritchard, Vince McMahon, and a cameraman) made their way to the venue and drove around in the parking lot, spouted out insults against WCW while demanding the release of their fellow Kliq members, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.
No one at WCW ever responded to the DX invasion at that moment, but there was a follow-up response by Eric Bischoff two weeks later on Monday Nitro. On May 11th, Bischoff gave an open challenge to Vince McMahon for a one-on-one match at the Slamboree PPV. Six days later at the event, McMahon no-showed and Eric Bischoff was awarded the victory due to a ten-second countout.
"Who’s Next? - Sparks Fly as Goldberg Hits WWE" - WWE Magazine [May 2003]
Fantastic cover that smartly uses the WCW Nitro set from 1999 as the backdrop for Goldberg, who was (arguably) the biggest homegrown superstar that WCW had ever produced. The piece inside WWE Magazine plays everything straight and brings up Goldberg’s desire to dominate inside the WWE several times and even throws in a bit about the trash talk between Triple H and Goldberg outside of the wrestling arena.
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs Ultimate Dragon* - WCW Spring Stampede [April 6th, 1997]
An incredible match to start off the Spring Stampede PPV, an opener that ends up being the high point of the entire WCW event — when Mysterio and Dragon were in the ring together, it was pure magic.
The WWE really needs to put of a Best of the WCW Cruiserweights DVD Collection as there are several matches/wrestlers who deserve to have a spotlight shown on them.
*Ultimo Dragon made his WCW debut as the Ultimate Dragon and kept the name for several months before reverting back to his Spanish ring-name
- Artist: WCW
- Album: WCW Themes
- Track: Rey Mysterio Jr. WCW Theme
Not too sure why/how this ended up being the first theme for Rey Mysterio Jr., but it’s actually pretty amazing to listen to. The tune sounds more like something that Glacier or Wrath would’ve used but hey — it’s guess it’s kinda works for the twenty-two year old, 5’4” Mexican luchador (actually, no it does not).
WCW eBay Find of the Day - WCW/NWA Pillowcase 
So… did anyone actually look at a photo of Tom Zenk before making this or did they just wing it?
#19 Lenny Lane - Topps WCW/nWo Nitro Trading Cards 
I remember always referring to this guy as “fake Chris Jericho” to my friends whenever he around. Thinking back, I can only recall a handful of bits involving him and Lodi wrestling as a tag team, but nothing regarding Lenny Lane’s single run.
Regardless, I am a big fan of a full-nelson slam as a finisher — maybe I should’ve given Lenny Lane a chance.
Rey Mysterio Jr. WCW Promo Photo 
Not a big fan of these colors but I guess I can kinda dig the snakeskin look of it all…
"Sting Revealed" - WCW Magazine #69 [January 2001]
One of the cooler features during the final years of WCW Magazine were the “Uncensored Q&A” sections, which were extensive non-kayfabe interviews with various WCW wrestlers. Nothing seems to be off-limits as past storylines are usually discussed along with items like wrestler pushes, career highs/lows, and even the World Wrestling Federation or Vince McMahon usually comes up. I’ll get around to transcribing one of these interviews soon, but for now, here’s a snippet of Sting discussing his feud with Vampiro:
“[WCW Magazine] When you were pitted against Vampiro during the New Blood vs Millionaires Club angle, there were some who suggested the two of you didn’t work well together. Your thoughts?
[Sting] I have nothing personal against Vampiro. He and I have talked about it and I’ve been straight up with him. I told him there just wasn’t chemistry there. It wasn’t his fault, it wasn’t my fault; I’m not pointing the finger at anybody. For whatever reason, it just didn’t work. I tried everything I could do — we did videos and vignettes. At the end, I finally said, if the bookers or writers are trying to make a new Sting, sensing that Sting has lost his drive or whatever, and they want to capitalize on another painted face around here and they want to make Vampiro that guy, then fine. But let him go off and do his thing by himself. He probably stands a better chance without me involved. Originally, they had Vampiro as a babyface aligned with me, and I think that would have been good if they had continued that storyline. That story could have been something that people could sink their teeth into. Instead, he was slapped up on me, just as Kidman was slapped up onto Hogan, and so on. They wanted to make stars overnight, I guess. But you had guys with very high “Q” ratings and guys with very low “Q” ratings. They were trying to give guys the rub and bring them up, but what happens is that it brings the guys on top down.”
I’d love to hear The Stinger openly discuss his career, but he’s a seemingly private guy that doesn’t dish out this kind of information regularly. So, to read him come across as a guy worried about his spot AND critical of incoming talent is completely foreign to me.
Pretty great read overall, I’ll have it online here next Monday.