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Friday, February 26, 1999

SLAM! Wrestling Guest Column

Similarities purely coincidental

By SCOTT MORAN -- For SLAM! Wrestling

I for one am fed up with all these people who are screaming about how the WWF and WCW are copying each other. Absolutely ridiculous, I say. There is no similarity between these two organizations what so ever.

Just look at their histories: The WWF was a wrestling promotion affiliated with the NWA who left over a conflict about who would be named world champion and went out on their own. They televised their matches nationally and raided other promotions of their talent. The WCW on the other hand was a wrestling promotion affiliated with the NWA who left over a conflict about who would be named world champion and went out on their own. They televised their matches nationally and raided other promotions of their talent. See, totally different?

The WWF is run by a dark haired man with a good head for business who has cast himself as a villainous character. He abuses his power, fights with the ex-wrestler acting as commissioner (Shawn Miachels), is backed up by a huge stable of wrestlers (The Corporation) including the world champ, (The Rock) feuds with one the federation's most popular wrestlers (Austin), is not above stepping into the ring himself, and is hated by the fans. WCW is run by a dark haired man with a good head for business who has cast himself as a villainous character. He abuses his power, fights with the ex-wrestler acting as commissioner (Rowdy Roddy Piper), is backed up by a huge stable of wrestlers (nWo) including the world champ, (Hogan) feuds with one the federation's most popular wrestlers (Flair), is not above stepping into the ring himself, and is hated by the fans.

Not one bit of similarity.

The WWF has a strong unstoppable force in Stone Cold Steve Austin, a bald wrestler who wears black trunks and sports a goatee. WCW has a strong unstoppable force in Goldberg, a bald wrestler who wears black trunks and sports a goatee. You'd never have a case of mistaken identity with these two.

At a recent WCW pay-per-view, you had two blonde wrestlers (Scott Steiner, DDP) in a match where the heel could, and did win the services of the face's wife (Kimberly) for 30 days. I know some may think this is similar to a WWF pay-per-view where you had two blonde wrestlers (Brian Pillman, Golddust) in a match where the heel could, and did win the services of the face's wife (Marlena/Terri Runnels) for 30 days, but I'm telling you that's absurd.

The Undertaker has created a stable. (The Ministry of Darkness) They recruit wrestlers in dubious circumstances, create mayhem in the federation and have declared their goal is to take over and control the whole organization. There has been some backlash that this is just a cheap copy of the nWo, but I assure you it's not. The nWo is a stable who recruit wrestlers in dubious circumstances, create mayhem in the federation and have declared their goal is to take over and control the whole organization. Have you ever seen the Ministry of Darkness just come in and attack someone for the hell of it like the nWo does? Just proves my point.

So the next time you feel like knocking a wrestling organization, just remember that they put a lot of time and effort into coming up with ideas like these. And it's not as if they'd be petty enough to attack each other in a childish barrage of name-calling and copy catting now, would they?


Scott Moran is from Dartmouth, NS and can be emailed at redtiger7@usa.net.



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