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The Death of WCW Audiobook

The Death of WCW

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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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    Mr Dean Robertson 08/10/2016
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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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    damian johnson 13/06/2017
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    "Absolutely Amazing"

    Pure Brilliance, an absolute classic. In my opinion the best book about wrestling. Love it.

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    Amazon Customer 08/05/2017
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    "opinion based horribly read, goes off subject alot"

    This was my first purchase (free) on Audible, how it was told lead me to cancel my subscription, as I'd have to fight to stay awake while listening to this.... but now, I feel I may have been a bit rash with my decision to cancel, whereas it could just have been this particular book & I might find others more enthralling & wanting more...?!

    but, this is just my opinion... ;-)

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    Mitchell N. 16/03/2017
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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.

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    jam 06/03/2017
    jam 06/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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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 .

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    Christopher E Dowding 05/02/2017 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Coyle_8 Scotland 15/11/2016
    Coyle_8 Scotland 15/11/2016 Member Since 2015

    Love most things Zombie related, also crime & thriller. Huge fan of Mark Tufo

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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 12/10/2016
    Alistair KIRKWALL, United Kingdom 12/10/2016 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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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 11/10/2016
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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.

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    Fizzgow 07/10/2016
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    "very good"

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

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    29/05/17
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    "Well written and narrated book."

    I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The narration by Bryan Alvarez was well done and did a great job not only entertaining, with the use of sarcasm, but kept me engaged in the life and The Death of WCW. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in wrestling - casual fans and smarks alike.

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  • Armando mendoza
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    "Bryan killed it"

    This is my favorite wrestling book. I was born early 90s, so i was a child during the war. This book informed me more about wcw and wwe than any dvd or network special. I went back on youtubes after hearing about segments or angles. Insane how cringeworthy stuff was.

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  • Arvoyea Moore
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    "The full story of how you DO NOT do Pro Wrestling"

    Learn more about WCW, their struggle with WWF/WWE and how their rise and fall changed Pro Wrestling forever.
    Narrated by co-author Bryan Alvarez from Wrestling Observer (famous for his MINUS FIVE STARS quote used in Botchamania), learn in detail how the habit of misusing young talent, collusion with the bookers, and blowing money away at things not wrestling resulted in their bankruptcy and being bought out by WWE. Also added are moments were in present day even WWE seems to have made the same mistakes, and a certain infamous promotion, TNA Impact Wrestling, died the same death by the same reasons and by the same integral people responsible for WCW's.
    Dry at first, the wit and sarcasm Bryan is known for and has made many laughed during The Bryan and Vinny Show podcast comes into his narration when the company's decisions are at their worst and dumbest. Recommened to any interested in wrestling, even if one only simply watches the previously mentioned famous Internet video series Botchamania. Of course, a lot of WCW's most famous botches are featured in Botchamania for those who still don't believe in these stories.

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  • Sanjay Dharawat
    30/03/17
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    "A must read for even casual wrestling fans!"

    Having been a fan of the WWE's "Monday Night War" documentary series, I wanted to get the story without the bias of a Vince McMahon production. If anything, Vinny Mac was holding back! This book provides a fascinating look into the rise and fall of a company that was once a close second to the WWF, and the narrator injects life and credibility into the, at times, nearly unbelievable story. A++ would read again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sonofsoulreaver
    12/03/17
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    01/08/17
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    "I Want Complete, Creative Control"

    While the text has a tendency to ramble, and it's not terribly friendly to people who don't already know their wrestling terminology, it's still a magnificent story about failure. The Death of WCW is a legacy of incompotence, ego, stupidity, and more money than most people will ever see. It reminds us that we're only a year away from ruin or success, and to make our changes while times are good.

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  • Ryan Baumbach
    25/06/17
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    "Fun narration by Alvarez"

    This is a fun book but you've gotta know your subject matter to really appreciate it. I stopped really watching wrestling pretty much when the nWo was going down the tubes so I got a little lost with some of the wrestlers afterwards.

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  • Ryan
    23/06/17
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    "a must-listen for any wrestling fan"

    if you were a fan of 90s professional wrestling this is a must listen. great

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  • David
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    06/06/17
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    "If you were a fan this is a great retrospective"

    It is somewhat sad to take this trip back down memory lane. But, it is also amazing how many things had to go wrong to make WCW fail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The DeZarn's
    09/05/17
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    "Best wrestling book ever!"

    I really enjoyed the book. The book was extremely easy to follow and I could barely stop listening.

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