Janpei Posted April 9, 2018 Share Posted April 9, 2018 (OOC: For anyone who actually knows the real world events, I’m well aware that this narrative is a stretch. I was combing through some of my favorite TEW mods and the closest I could get to where I would have preferred this story to take off was Rising Storm’s 1991 kit. If you’re not entirely sure what I’m talking about, I guess that’s good news for the narrative I’m going to attempt to set up and yet for some dumb ass reason, I’m still going to provide you the context. Going to give a couple of shoutouts: firstly to a user by the name of jimbiz over on another forum. He's decided to play EWR for old time sake and made a topic chronicling his thought process in regards to his booking decisions. Was the main reason for getting back into Diary making. Then definitely have to say something to The Final Countdown. He is, in my opinion, one of the very best Diary/Dynasty writers I have ever come across on any fantasy booking forum. Again, another inspiration. I'm also going to let it be known up front that there won't be much in the way of graphics or artwork, at least not initially. The forum that I've been sharing and posting my ideas on doesn't support images so I've not spent any time creating an image database and nothing I've typed has been formatted around including images. Right now, I feel that it will be an inevitable change but apologies for now!) In 1991, Eric Bischoff made his official WCW debut as an on-screen commentator for WCW’s July Pay Per View, The Great American Bash In 1993, after drawing unnecessary attention to himself with unsavory comments on racial and sexual orientation discrimination, Bill Watts was forced to resign from WCW where, prior to his release, had fulfilled the role of WCW’s executive producer. While many insiders felt that the newly opened position would inevitably fall in the lap of Tony Schiavone or Jim Ross, it was relative newcomer, Eric Bischoff, who would have the seat at the table. In 1994, Eric Bischoff was promoted from Executive Producer to Executive Vice President. As Executive Vice President, Bischoff became the boss of World Championship Wrestling. In 1994, Bischoff did the unthinkable and signed Hulk Hogan. In 1995, he introduced WCW Monday Nitro to cable television, slotting it directly against WWF’s Monday Night Raw. In 1996, the wrestling world changed when Hulk Hogan became a bad guy for the first time since Hulkamania erupted in 1984. These highlighted events attributed to not only WCW turning a profit for the first time since its inception, but also gave the World Wrestling Federation legitimate competition with Nitro even winning the ratings war for 83 consecutive weeks. But…’What if?’... If you listen to any number of ‘shoot’ interviews or behind the curtain podcasts, you’ll learn that the attitude of Bill Watts did him no favors among the executives of Turner Broadcasting System. Stories range from mild tales of his personality rubbing people the wrong way to wild tales of him urinating out of his corporate office window. By all accounts, termination was a not a matter of if, but when. So even if Jim Herd wasn’t favorably viewed by TBS executives your other options were Ole Anderson, who had negative relationships with several key names, including Ric Flair, and Bill Watts who, as previously stated, would not fit the corporate mandate. When the American Wrestling Association could no longer afford payroll, Eric Bischoff auditioned for an announcing role at the WWF but was not hired. Leaving AWA with no monetary compensation and his audition receiving no follow up from WWF. These two separate events become the driving force for Eric Bischoff. He’s had a taste of the business. He wants more. Just getting an in is no longer satisfactory. He’s had first hand accounts of Verne Gagne’s money dealings in the AWA. He postulates on where Gagne failed and theorizes on decisions Gagne could have made to prevent his company’s decline (such as really getting behind Hulk Hogan when he started to take off) So…Bischoff meets with WCW Vice President Bob Dhue. What was expected to be an interview for a broadcast position turns out to be a power play by Eric Bischoff. ”It’s no secret that you want Jim Herd gone but let’s be honest...Watts...he’d be a crass representation of your company” That sentence, it was enough to catch Bob Dhue’s attention. It was enough for a former announcer to become head of operations of the second most recognizable wrestling promotion in the world. At that moment in time, Bischoff wasn’t too sure where his attempt had gotten him. Bob Dhue gave him a nod, a thanks for your input, and a you’ve given me a lot to think about. Basically, the usual pleasantries when they plan on turning you down. Unbeknownst to Bischoff, however, Bob Dhue immediately went to TBS executive Bill Shaw in regards to the encounter. Bischoff was everything Watts, Ole or anyone else in the wrestling business wasn’t. Was everything TBS was looking for. Young, intelligent, well-spoken, ambitious, could obviously play the politics game, clean cut, and given his limited experience in the wrestling industry, could provide a fresh set of younger, new eyes for the product and reasoned that for WCW to stand a chance to turn a profit, they would need to put some distance between them and the “old guard” since, as evidenced, the “old way” of doing things wasn’t working. In December 1990, Jim Herd was asked to resign. WCW ushered in the new year with a new regime. His first move: changing things up creatively. Bischoff not only wanted to sit in and contribute on the development of the programs, but as Shaw and Dhue had postulated, he wanted to add younger, more diverse brains to the writing table. His goal was to make it a television show that happened to be about wrestling and not necessarily a wrestling promotion that happened to have a television show. The statement caused a lot of confusion. No one was really sure just what he meant by that. Bischoff, who already knew well ahead of time that he’d have his work cut out for him, introduced writers, not wrestling personalities, but Hollywood writers to the team. And that’s where I come in. Who am I? Name isn’t important. I was a kid trying to chase a dream in California and only found myself fruitlessly shopping scripts off to studios for all my dream chasing. Bischoff didn’t see me as some hopeless romantic with Hollywood aspirations. He saw I had assistant writing credits for a couple of okay TV shows. He knew I had some pro-wrestling knowledge (and by some I mean I could tell you what color Hulk Hogan preferred wearing). Most importantly, though, he recognized that I had that same hunger and drive he had. No matter how many times my scripts were shot down, I kept writing, and kept improving, and kept sending them out. ”You’re exactly what we’re looking for.” And there I was. Between being called ‘pumpkinhead’ by Dusty Rhodes to scowls from “the boys” for being an outsider to all night back and forth arguments over who we should put the title on, I, too, had a taste of pro-wrestling and I wanted more. This is the story of the new direction World Championship Wrestling would take starting in January 1991. Eric Bischoff’s first mandate at our creative meeting… ”We’re dropping our association with NWA. It makes us come off as ‘old timey’”. The face Dusty made...it was one of confusion, anger, and a recognition that change might not necessarily always be a good thing. First official day in the creative room and Bischoff’s opening sentence alone caused for a four hour back and forth argument amongst everyone in the room. This is going to be interesting… Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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