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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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    Jacob 12-09-16
    Jacob 12-09-16
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    "AMAZING read"

    AMAZING IN-DEPTH LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN in the sport entertainment industry of the yesterday yay!

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    Kevin 11-28-16
    Kevin 11-28-16
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    "How's it going everybody?"
    What did you love best about The Death of WCW?

    A fun read about a story any wrestling fan has some knowledge of. It was certainly an enjoyable listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    What about Bryan Alvarez’s performance did you like?

    Not sure how Bryan recorded this. As the book started it seemed a little flat and lacking the personality he usually shows on his audio shows. However as the book went on he seemed to grow more at ease with it


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

    I always enjoy breaking a book up so no...but that's not a crticism


    Any additional comments?

    A fun book so check it out~!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell Maryland 11-17-16
    Darrell Maryland 11-17-16
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    "I like it"

    I learned a lot about the behind the scenes of WCW. I would read it again in order to catch some other stuff I may have missed. This is a great book about both the rise and fall of WCW

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    Amazon Customer 11-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a great read for any fan!"

    whether you know the history, or don't, watched it happen or lived theough it, this book takes you back and brings you into a world which many fans thought they knew. its a good listen. and some of the things you hear will have you shaking your head more time than not. i love pro wrestling and this book made me appreciate what these guys do in the ring, behind the scenes and in back of the curtain that much more.

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    Michael 10-25-16
    Michael 10-25-16
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    "Masterpiece"

    Its one of the most important books in the industry's history a how to guide on how not to run a wrestling company.

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    Patrick Joseph Jennings 10-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great listen for any pro wrestling fan."

    Great stories about wcw and its big failures. Definitely worth a listen if you are a fan of professional wrestling. 5 Stars.

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    Vince Cooper 10-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny, Yet So Sad"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Death of WCW to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What other book might you compare The Death of WCW to and why?

    There really is not a comparison because there is not such a disaster as WCW.


    Have you listened to any of Bryan Alvarez’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    I laughed, shook my head, and was utterly confused several times, but I was thoroughly entertained the entire time.


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    Terrance 10-20-16
    Terrance 10-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent listen, it was hard to put down"

    The best thing about this audio book for me was listening to the storylines that played out on tv week after week.

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    Christen 10-17-16
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    "amazing"

    This has been one of the greatest wrestling books I have ever read. The author did an amazing job.

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    Simon Bélanger 10-15-16
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    "Bryan is awesome, the book is amazing!"

    You can listen to him reading in his own style and it's just great. The book is fantastic for every wrestling fan.

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    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
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    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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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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