franticloser Posted May 1, 2018 Share Posted May 1, 2018 Coming soon to The Network, a retrospective of the one of the most pivotal times in the history of not only the WWF but wrestling as a whole. In 1996 WCW with the deep pockets of Ted Turner, Gave Eric Bischoff not only the ability to sign Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, but also steal away two top stars of WWF. At The Bash at the Beach in August of 1996 the NWO was born, the renegade faction, was made to look like an invading force from WWF, By November of 1997 the NWO had run roughshod over everyone in their path, except for the Man Called Sting, who after feeling betrayed by his friends, had taken to spending time in the rafters and attacking the NWO at will, all while never saying a word or wrestling a match. WCW is finally reaching the climax of this year long Sting vs NWO feud, with Sting set to face Hollywood Hogan, for the World title at Starrcade, and nothing seemed able to slow down the juggernaut. Paul Heyman left WCW in 1993, after trying to set up a promotion in Texas with Jim Crockett Jr., and failing due to Crockett wanted to be a traditional based company, and Heyman believing tradition was only a sure fire way to sink any company, and wanting to innovate. He ended up in the small North Eastern company ECW, first assisting and then fully taking over the booking duties. Once the most prestigious title in the world, after parting ways with WCW, the NWA and it's title had seen better times. So, in August of 1994 the NWA held a tournament, hosted by ECW to crown a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion, with Shane Douglas scheduled to win. Unknown to the NWA and Tod Gordon (the owner of ECW) Paul Heyman and Shane Douglas conspired to start off a new storyline, and turn their backs on tradition, sparking a new revolution. Shane Douglas in a post match interview, threw down the NWA title, and as he was about to tell the NWA and tradition to kiss his ass, his microphone was cut. behind the scenes Tod Gordon was livid, firing Paul Heyman and Shane Douglas on the spot. To try and heal the wounds, he hired recently retired Ricky Steamboat as his new booker, and took the company in a more athletic and technical style, steeped in tradition. WWF was intent on riding the wave of momentum built in the 1980's on the back of Hulkamania, they tried several times to recreate that magic but no one ever caught on quite like Hogan did. Going into 1996 even though they had fallen down a bit, due to scandals and the steroid trial, WWF was still going strong as the number one company in the world, but once the NWO caught spark in WCW they pulled ahead and went on a massive streak in the ratings. By November of 1997 things where looking bleak, as Vince McMahon was worried he may lose the company started by his father, and built into a global phenom by his own guidance, he was possibly about to lose another star in Bret Hart, as he couldn't match the offer WCW had on the table, and the tensions between hart and Shawn Michaels where at an all time high. He knew he needed to innovate or die, so he made a desperation phone call to the one man who he knew could possible save the WWF. Ladies and Gentleman My Name is Paul Heyman, and this is my story, the story of how one man dared to have the balls to spit in the eye of tradition, who dared to step up to Vince McMahon, and tell him his ideas sucked! And who dragged Vince and his baby, out of the cartoony world of the 80's and into the gritty 90's and beyond. Join me on this journey as we look back to the time I started, this will be !nfiltered! Uncensored! unapologetic to anyone...and...anything! Ladies and Gentleman my name is Paul Heyman, and this is going to be Extreme! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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