Friday, October 10, 2014
Why WCW lost money in the early 90s: Exhibit A & B
As mentioned in the readings, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) transitioned in the early 90s to a more sports-entertainment format to compete with the WWF. Part of that transition were producing mini-movies to hype pay-per-views, something the WWF was not doing, all with unintentionally hilarious results.
Exhibit A: Sting vs. Vader and the White Castle of Fear. Unfortunately there's no little burgers:
Exhibit B: Sting vs. Jake Roberts and the "Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal". I really hope Pat Sajak says this line some time on Wheel of Fortune:
I should note that the videos were never explained at all on television. Why does Vader have an evil lair and where is it? Why is Jake Roberts not just challenging Sting to his preferred type of match? Apparently Vader and Roberts both trust the same little person (named Cheatum). Such videos, which have almost nothing to do with wrestling itself, ties in nicely with Ole Anderson's earlier remarks about wasted money in the late 80s/early 90s