What went wrong with WCW?
In 1997, World Championship Wrestling was on top. It was the number-one pro wrestling company in the world, and the highest-rated show on cable television. Each week, fans tuned in to Monday Nitro, flocked to sold-out arenas, and carried home truckloads of WCW merchandise. Sting, Bill Goldberg, and the New World Order were household names. Superstars like Dennis Rodman and KISS jumped on the WCW bandwagon. It seemed the company could do no wrong.
But by 2001, however, everything had bottomed out. The company - having lost a whopping 95% of its audience - was sold for next to nothing to Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. WCW was laid to rest.
How could the company lose its audience so quickly? Who was responsible for shows so horrible that fans fled in horror? What the hell happened to cause the death of one of the largest wrestling companies in the world? The Death of World Championship Wrestling is the first book to take listeners through a detailed dissection of WCW's downfall.
©2014 R.D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Bryan Alvarez and RD Reynolds do a fantastic job of showing you just how much wasted talent and/or potential this company had.
The ten-year anniversary addition expands on the story we already knew and shows that Dave Meltzer's original forward was right on the money when he suggested we would see far more of the behavior that killed WCW replicated than what made it successful.
Great updated version of this book! If you are a wrestling fan, Bryan and R.D. do an amazing job of helping you relive the moments you watched and give you great behind-the-scenes stories you may not know.
I strongly feel that the best audiobooks are the ones read by the author. Their ability to inflect the correct tone and pacing to heavier and lighter passages makes the read feel more alive and brings more color to the content. Bryan Alvarez really knocked it out of the park with with this - he's a somewhat professional radio host and prolific podcaster - and his ability to drive home the absurdity and real life cartoon antics of WCW makes for a must-have audiobook for any wrestling fan, regardless of if they have already completed the book or not. The schadenfreude is strong with this one, and Alvarez's incredulous tone in relaying the hard, nearly unbelievable facts about the failed company kept me laughing for hours. Get. This. Audiobook. P.S. I wonder if Bryan will mention this glowing review on Observer Live?
A great listen for any fan of professional wrestling. Bryan Alvarez does a fantastic job of bringing to life one of the hottest times in the history of pro wrestling.
Bryan reading it made this book more entertaining than it already was! The added chapter with TNA/WCW 2.0 really put it over the moon in a great listen if you are a wrestling fan. PLUS 10 STARS!
Outstanding, wonderful and hilarious
Finally getting access to one of the best wrestling books ever in audio form is memorable enough.
Not a scene but the chapter on the year 2000 was wonderful. I was a die hard WCW fan and stuck it out with the company until the bitter end. Remembering that year made me laugh at the stupidity and cringe over having still spent lots of money on the promotion.
I was sad when the book came to an end because I remembered what happened when the WWF purchased the company and how such a golden opportunity was wasted. It was also sad because the company's end was self-inflicted and so unnecessary.
Bryan Alvarez is one of the best narrators of a professional wrestling related audiobooks ever almost by default. No mispronounced names or any of the other mistakes that seem to plague other wrestling related audiobooks not narrated by people who were fans.
There is a reason that 'The Death of WCW' won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter's best book of the year ward...twice! I was so happy to finally get this on audio and couldn't stop listening once I started. A pure pleasure.
"wish there were more books like this"
loved it. finished it in a few days, great reading, really informative and very funny, if a little depressing for the the poor people who had to watch WCW at the end. would love more books from these guys (the TNA one hopefully won't be long).
Even none wrestling fans will be drawn into Alvarez' storytelling. This is the factual story of how ego, delusion, greed and stupidity collided to burn a multi million dollar business, and left long lasting ramifications on the wrestling entertainment business that are still felt today .
It's also a stark reminder to us all that even when the sky is clear of clouds , the rain is never far away , so you'd better pack an umbrella.
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