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The Death of WCW

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,166 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
This detailed tell-all of the demise of the former top pro wrestling company World Championship Wrestling explores the colorful personalities and flawed business decisions behind how WCW went from being the highest-rated show on cable television in 1997 t
ebook, 240 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by ECW Press (first published November 1st 2004)
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Damien Field
The reviews for this book will be split most likely between fans who had saw the demise of WCW and read this with an interest in what caused it and those who saw the demise of WCW and have previously read articles, books, watched documentarys on it. The former will enjoy this book greatly, sadly I fall into the latter. RD Reynolds is by no stretch a literary great, nor does he claim to be. However it's glaringly obvious how this book was created. It's a story created off articles in Dirt Sheets, ...more
This is the first book I finished on my iPad, using the Kindle app, while my wife was away in Las Vegas for a weekend.

In an age where corporate incompetence only seems to allow higher-ups to fail upwards into more money that furthers their greed, it's nice to see a story where morons who make poor decisions actually suffer the consequences of them. The story of WCW's rise to the top of the wrestling world and the subsequent fall that followed and led to its sale to rival Vince McMahon's then-WWF
Jan 04, 2014 Restokes92 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For this book I feel that voice was highlighted extremely well in the book. The key component of voice that I felt was used the best by the author was that he knew his audience. I think voice was used very well because Brian Alverez knew that the audience that was going to pick up this book were going to be smart wrestling fans. Fans of wrestling who knew that the sport is nothing more than acting with wrestling put in it where the winners of matches are prearranged and wins and losses don’t ...more
Jason Schneeberger
Ahh....the glory days of wrestling, the pinnacle moment in sports entertainment history: the Monday Night War. WWF vs WCW was the ULTIMATE feud in wrestling history, but WCW was doomed from the get go. You wouldn't think so when considering how dominating they were over the WWF in 1997, but WCW had zero leadership or a vision for the future and in the end, it damned the company. This book covers it all.

I have many fond memories of this period in history. I was always a WWF guy at heart, but I da
Al Young
Jan 04, 2014 Al Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of wrestling, The Death of WCW is a must-read.

It is co-written by a writer for the essential site and the creator of the excellent website WrestleCrap.

This is the story of how the hottest wrestling company of the mid-90s went out of business in about five years.

I would recommend it to non-wrestling fans, but it probably really is only for those fans of the squared circle. I could try to spin it as a book on business (and to a point it is, there's a lot of h
Artiom Karsiuk
Jan 04, 2014 Artiom Karsiuk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was a huge WCW fan back in the day- so much so that I didn't even know that a rival company (WWF) existed. Of course, that was mostly because I was an ignorant 10-year old living in Lithuania, but I was a loyal fan. So it wasn't without pain that I read this book, but I do believe that this as objective of an evaluation as you can get. I loved the book for two distinct qualities:
1. It is written by a very witty writer in a manner that balances comedy (where appropriate - like the Hogan/Warrior
Anthony Brennan
Jan 04, 2014 Anthony Brennan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I nearly broke my neck from shaking my head at all the incompetence. Wrestling is a very individual-centred craft, but that's what makes it the ultimate team endeavour. But by thinking only of themselves, and not the greater good, Hogan, Hall , Nash, Bischoff and even Vince McMahon killed what could have been a strong brand for decades to come.
Before reading this, I wondered how it died. Now I'm shocked World Championship Wrestling lasted as long as it did. Every other page you're like "no, sure
Juan Ortiz
The Good: The book provide statistic about ratings and PPV buys that I did not know about. It's good to note that even at its worst time, WCW was doing very good rating numbers, so everyone's idea that the booking and bad ratings were the reason behind its demise is proven wrong.

The bad: The book is very opinionated, which wouldn't be as bad if said opinion was coming from somewhat with any successful entertainment or business background. These are the opinions of a fan; nothing more,
nothing les
James Faulkner
Jan 04, 2014 James Faulkner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good informative book about WCW. Being a wrestling fan in the 1990's was probably the best time to be one and this book does what it says on the tin and charts the WCW story. As I was more a WWF fan this was essential reading to find out what really went on with the rivals. The world of wrestling is like no other and if this was a story you wouldn't believe it. In my opinion a great read for fans and former fans of the 'sport' but I doubt would be interest to anyone else.
Amy tribes
every wrestling fan MUST read this book.
Mar 15, 2011 Superilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best wrestling-related book I've ever read.
Couldn't put this down. I could read this a thousand times and not get tired of it.
Jan 04, 2014 Davy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To anyone like me who was a wrestling fan during the "Monday Night Wars" this book was great. It was funny and answered a lot of questions to all us wrestling fans who watch WCW wondering "what the hell just happened?" It was also funny being reminded of the the stupid crap WCW came up with. Very often though this book I was sitting there laughing and saying to myself "Yeah I remember that." And "Oh holy crap I forgot about that." Maybe I'm little biased against WCW because I was always a WWF ...more
Laurie V
Jan 04, 2014 Laurie V rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I've been meaning to read this book for years. I started following U.S. pro wrestling closely around the same time WCW went under, so there were a lot of events in the book that I'd heard of but never really understood. Not that there's much to understand about the dumb decisions WCW management made over the years. Jesus...

Overall this was a fun and informative read. I'm a patron of Bryan Alvarez's newsletter and audio shows, and it's possible to actually hear him saying a lot of what I was read
Jan 04, 2014 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a surprisingly good read. Since I had watched most if not all of the 'Monday Night War' as it happened it was interesting to get a 'behind the scenes' look at what was really going on as two companies waged a ratings war. However, even though it lets the reader in on what was going on behind the curtain, there were several things omitted from it as to what occurred in front of the camera. As I read it I found several things that were missing that lead to some of the incidents ...more
Jan 04, 2014 Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, a week-by-week dissection of everything right/wrong, behind scenes/on camera, workers/bookers/owners/managers/announcers, that is written with the knowledge of a scholarly work, but the wit and gen-x angst of what keeps boomers from taking blogs seriously as news sources.

My only complaint is that the resources aren't cited in the text, but rather a sparse bibliography is dumped in at the end. Sadly, I've read so many wrestling books that I know exactly where almost all of the un-cited
Claude Willis
Jan 04, 2014 Claude Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another addicting, read it in a day, tome. I loved WCW, and was bummed by it's demise. I was always fascinated by the saga of it's meteoric rise, and equally spectacular fall, all in the space of about 5 years. This book thoroughly explains, and documents every step of WCW's story from the pre-inception NWA days, to the final Nitro telecast in 2001. Quite informative for the wrestling aficionado.
Jan 04, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A definite must-read if you were a fan of WCW or if you fondly remember the Monday Night Wars. Provides an interesting perspective on the Fall of WCW, without the bias found in the books of anybody involved in WCW during that period.
Jan 04, 2014 Dickydavis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading for any wrestling fan, covering the biggest boom period in the history of the discipline, and it's tragic waste. Extremely well paced, informed, and laugh out loud funny, I was left open mouthed by the internal state of Turner's 'organisation.' Vital.
Jan 04, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story with a lot of inside information. Not the greatest editing and writing ability, but still a fantastic read.
Victor Orozco
Jan 04, 2014 Victor Orozco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Good Book. One of the best told stories on the rise and fall of World Championship Wrestling. B+
John Wiswell
A great story told poorly. In the mid-1990s, professional wrestling was slumping badly in the face of poor products at both WCW and the WWF/WWE. When two of WWF's top stars, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, left for WCW, the head writer Eric Bischoff hatched a plan to make it look like an invasion from the enemy company. It spun into a counter-cultural storyline that kickstarted the biggest boom in pro wrestling history, and made WCW the biggest show on cable television. But in a few years, those same ...more
Nov 29, 2016 Anastacia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember watching WCW back in the day. I was a huge Nitro fan and loved Bischoff. But my all-time favorite was Vampiro. I don't know why he wasn't pushed more. He rocked! He had Misfits AND ICP. Anyway, this book details why WCW failed. It was a sad day for me when WWF bought WCW. There are photos and details from the beginning of WCW to the end. RIP WCW. I loved New Blood.
C.T. Phipps
Apr 30, 2015 C.T. Phipps rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Death of WCW is a mean-spirited book. This is the biggest problem with it. It's informative, sometimes hilarious, but fundamentally filled with a contempt for the sequence of events which led to the fall of Turner Broadcasting's wrestling promotion. Admittedly, reading through the book, it's not hard to see why the authors felt this way.

Essentially, The Death of WCW is a book chronicling the rise and fall of World Championship Wrestling. Created by Ted Turner as an alternative to the World
K. Carters
I had a soft spot for WCW when I was a kid and so it did have a real nostalgia feel. I remember watching and hoping to see some of the mid carders having a push. I remember seeing some weird returns, story angles and odd antics. I gave up when Russo had every match as a "something on a pole San Francisco 49ers mystery box match".

It was good to read about some of the wastes of money and decisions. However, I feel the book wasn't journalist quality and so was biased, leaning to one solution and lo
Sean R
Jan 12, 2016 Sean R rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall the book did a decent job of documenting the rise and fall of one of the largest professional wrestling companies ever. I hesitate to say that it was a balanced view, but I also don't think the authors intended that to be the case. The book is littered with the personal opinions of the authors and, much like the subject matter, doesn't suffer from a lack of hyperbole.

The authors are best known for their respective websites, blogs and newsletters dedicated to covering pro wrestling. I re
Mar 04, 2014 Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt this had some interesting points. I had stopped watching it in early 1997, because I could already see they were not going to give the young talent a solid push, and all they focused on was the WCW/nWo angle. When you look back even when the ratings were in WCW's favor, RAW was the better show; they always kept new ideas, and their talent pool was not to be denied. I agree with the author that WCW and ECW did not need to be shelved, Vince could have run them as their own organizations, ...more
The 10th anniversary edition contains a dedication to the fine people at TNA who in their short history have made the exact same set of mistakes that WCW did. The book does give a nice overview of how WCW came to be and many of the events and people who ultimately caused it's demise. One thing that was interesting that almost no mention of the Nitro Girls makes it into the book - the backstage issues with that group might be a book in and of itself - despite their involvement with many of the ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back when I was a wrestling fan, I always wondered why the WWF (Or E now) had more exposure and business sense than WCW. WCW had some awesome talent and even some legends to back up the promotion. After reading this, everything made sense. From legends like Hogan putting down the up and coming talent so he can shine, the mismanagement of budget and events, to giving the title to the 1-800-COLLECT guy. This book holds no punches on who was to blame for the downfall to a worthy competitor for WWE. ...more
Barry John Evans
As a big fan of WCW, I found this book fascinating.

This book gives you a great insight into the goings on behind the scenes during the companies later years. You begin to understand how such a massive company went bust in a relatively short space of time.

There are many events recorded in this book that even now I find hard to get my head around. Terrible script writing, lack of co-operation from certain stars, terrible advertising/marketing etc etc.

I very rarely get through an entire book but th
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