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The Death of WCW Audiobook

The Death of WCW

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Kevin 03-20-17
    Kevin 03-20-17
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    "Everything That Went Wrong In WCW"

    A must read book for everyone who's interested in the Monday Night Wars or just a wrestling fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sonofsoulreaver 03-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A Must for any Attitude Era Wrestling Fan"

    This is a fantastic look at the life and death of WCW. Reynolds and Alvarez take an in-depth look at the ego, the terrible decisions, and the gigantic wastes of money throughout the history of the company. With this new edition, published with nearly a decade of hindsight, they also show the lessons not learned by TNA and WWE (mostly TNA) in the terrible decisions that have been made more recently. If you were, like me, glued to the TV during the 'Monday Night Wars', then you NEED to pick this up.

    My only complaint is Alvarez sometimes pronounces words strangely. For example, when he says 'lunatic' he pronounces it 'lu-NA-tic'. There are a few other examples, and the pronunciations are so off-putting that I had to rewind just to be sure I was hearing it properly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 03-08-17
    Michael 03-08-17
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    "Ineptitude at its finest"

    Great book that takes you through wcw from right before their boom period to the laughable end.

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    Ryan Simmons 02-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love WCW or Hate WCW...this gets repetitive."

    A seemingly comprehensive history of WCW that's undermined by an early and often proclamation that "This was the worst thing ever!" Such hyperbole loses all meaning by the end of the book. The endless bashing brings so little additional insight, you start to ask yourself, "why am I doing this to myself?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Green 02-08-17
    Brian Green 02-08-17
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    "Enjoyed every word"

    Loved the book. very well done and a easy listen. A must have for true pro-wrestling fans.

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    J. Meyer MN United States 01-09-17
    J. Meyer MN United States 01-09-17
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    "Well written..."

    Pretty much everything any wrestling fan from the 90's already knew. But still a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derahk 01-09-17
    Derahk 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Historical Document"
    What did you like best about The Death of WCW? What did you like least?

    This should probably be titled 'The Rise and Fall of WCW.' The 'rise' part of the book is more entertaining and deals in broader strokes. The Death of WCW is where it starts to fall flat. It's a week by week criticism of WCW's mistakes. It reads less like entertaining and more of a historical document.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bryan Alvarez?

    Absolutely. {I subscribe to the Wrestling Observer)


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If it was in the spirit of the first half of the book (which it would have to be to clock under two hours) and used broad strokes then yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a die hard wrestling fan, then it's a must read. For the casual reader, look somewhere else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 12-29-16
    Stephen 12-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A great nostalgic look back on Wrestling."
    What did you love best about The Death of WCW?

    The nostalgic look back and taking me through all of the years of my childhood


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Death of WCW?

    How you get to see behind the scenes and what really went wrong


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some very funny moments


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    Brian Mcnail 12-27-16
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    "Great Read Even Better Listen"

    The story that everybody in the professional wrestling ought to read in anyone is thinking about running a company whether it's a lawnmowing company or even a professional wrestling company should read well written and even better told by Brian Alverez

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    Jeffrey 12-19-16
    Jeffrey 12-19-16
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    "Must listen for any WCW fan"
    What did you love best about The Death of WCW?

    The death of WCW occurred for me when I was around twelve. At the time I was somewhat aware of how stupid WCW was getting but hearing it now is really interesting and sad. After WCW died I really wanted to get into the then WWF but didn't like the feel of the whole show. I haven't watched wrestling since then.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Death of WCW?

    It had to be the founding of the nWo. I just remember that being so cool when I was nine years old or so. I always wanted the WCW guys to beat up the nWo haha but as authors point out the nWo was definitely poorly managed by the end and pretty predictable even for an eleven or twelve year old.


    What about Bryan Alvarez’s performance did you like?

    He is a co-writer of this book and his passion for wrestling really shone through when he was performing this.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. I often listen to sport podcasts each day and if I have any time left over I'll listen to audiobooks. I found myself skipping my daily podcasts that I'd normally listen to just to get back to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you were a WCW fan you have to listen to this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr Dean Robertson
    10/8/16
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    "Fastest 14 and a half hours of my life."

    Such a good listen that I wish it went on for another 14 and a half hours

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mitchell N.
    3/16/17
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    "The Rise and Fall of WCW"

    A deep and indepth story about the rise, fall and legacy of WCW. Let all wrestling brokers learn from these mistakes and improve wrestling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jam
    3/6/17
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    "Exactly what it says it is ."

    This audiobook is perfect because it is exactly what it says it is and that is a full rundown and informed look at the death of WCW. only fault is you may lose 14 hours of your time apon download and first listen very addictive and very enjoyable .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher E Dowding
    2/5/17
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    "So damn good!"

    As someone who loves the history of wrestling, this book was perfect for me. The author's research and the way they structured the demise of WCW was brilliant. Funny and sad at times, and just when you think things can't get any worse...they do. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coyle_8
    Scotland
    11/15/16
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    "Best WCW History you will find"
    What made the experience of listening to The Death of WCW the most enjoyable?

    I loved the original book when it came out years ago and the new updated version is even better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Death of WCW?

    The Vince Russo era is an amazing listen. It boggles the mind who they thought it would turn the company around.


    Any additional comments?

    Great buy for anyone that likes wrestling or how a company that made so much money could go out of business just 2 years later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alistair
    KIRKWALL, United Kingdom
    10/12/16
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    "Rest In Peace WCW"

    The Death Of WCW is an excellent history of the Monday Night Wars from 1996-2001 with a well written overview of what the company went through in all its various forms before then.

    Brian Alvarez and R.D Reynolds have written a hillarious history account where they are very fair to point out when WCW has a brilliant idea or asset at their disposal - the early NWO, Goldberg and the crusierweights for example - and equally quick to point out where they are sabotaging themselves such as overspending, later versions of the NWO or creative control in the main event contracts.

    Some of the stories told by the interviewed wrestlers are saddening, some just shock the listener and some can't help but be hillarious. I loved the use of interviews to emphasise points or prove that the things under discussion took place and the writers were knowledgeable about their subject.

    This is definitely not a dry lecture but something written by fans for other fans. Brian Alvarez is an entertaining narrator who has the good sense to know when to.read the book as an in-depth history and when to time his jokes at the expense of incompetence such as flying out the entire roster to TV taping and not just the select few who were working that show. I simultaneously found the account fascinating and could hardly stop myself from laughing.

    At the end they tease a future book of TNA and I hope that won't be long in coming if its half as good as The Death Of WCW. If this subject or time period interests you I cannot recommend this book more highly. It is one of the fastest listens I've ever had on Audible. This was definitely a five star book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Geoffrey
    10/11/16
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    "An excellent lsten"

    An excellent listen. This book gives a great insight into the death of what was once the biggest wrestling promotion in the world.

    Reynolds and Alvarez tell how the promotion went from astronomical heights to it's death in just a few short years through a combination of poisonous internal politics and farcical mismanagement.

    Some of the stories are hilarious, some are tragic, and some just beggar belief. This book serves as a cautionary tale to anyone thinking of promoting wrestling or anyone running a business in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fizzgow
    10/7/16
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    "very good"

    A very good Insight for wrestling fans on how truly terrible the WCW became .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gerard
    9/28/16
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    "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).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • matt
    9/24/16
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    "Brilliantly told"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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