Kurt Angle has given his thoughts on why he feels that the invasion storyline of 2001 was doomed to fail and why having a WCW show wouldn’t have worked after the company closed.
Vince McMahon famously bought his competition in March 2001 bringing a full stop to the vaunted ‘Monday Night Wars.’ McMahon purchased WCW and kickstarted an invasion storyline that would play out on WWE television over the course of the rest of the year.
A key player in the storyline was Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle who has explained why he thinks the idea of keeping WCW separate was not going to be a goer. Speaking on an episode of The Kurt Angle Show [first available at AdFreeShows.com] Angle says fans were too clever for that to work.
“I don’t know, the fans are so smart, they know that the WWE purchased WCW. When there’s a ratings war and there are two companies with two different owners, fans get excited, they want to see that, they want to compare the companies. But when one company buys every other company, the excitement is gone. It’s no longer the ‘Real WCW’ or the ‘Real ECW’, it’s the WWE’s version of WCW or ECW. I think that’s the reason why it didn’t work either time.”
Kurt Angle was also an integral part of the relaunched ECW brand in 2006 before he left the company for pastures new in August. For Angle, the invasion might not have parlayed into resurrected brands but he did feel the 2001 storyline had more legs to it.
Kurt Angle continued:
“I think that WWE could’ve went a little further with the Invasion. I think if they would’ve continued on it would’ve made a lot more money because it was very intriguing to the fans, there’s no doubt about that. For some reason they wanted to see WCW vs. the WWE and I’m not surprised. I am surprised that Vince ended it abruptly, that he didn’t continue on with it, but I know that we have pay per views like SummerSlam that is more of its own theme than it would be, SummerSlam Invasion. There are certain things that we don’t change, we don’t adapt too because we have these prestigious pay per views. I don’t think Vince wanted to tap into those with the Invasion angle.”
With the invasion storyline never hitting the heights many felt it could have without WCW’s top stars, Angle explained why WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is never going to come out and admit his failures:
“Honestly, you’re never going to see Vince say ‘F*ck, that didn’t go off right. He’s pretty stubborn and he sticks by his guns. When he does something, he follows through with it and he backs it up. Vince has never been sorry about anything in his life. He’s always sure about what he does, there’s no doubt about that.”
After being a staunch part of the WWE roster, Kurt Angle was actually a part of Team Alliance for the ‘Winner Take All’ match at Survivor Series 2001. Angle turned on his team during the match costing Stone Cold Steve Austin a loss and handing Vince McMahon’s company the vital win. According to Angle, it was hard to know what was coming out of the match as plans constantly changed.
“It’s so hard because you don’t know what the plans were from Vince, you don’t know what he was trying to accomplish. Was he trying to make WCW a formidable company that would stand forever, or was he trying to do it temporarily? That all depends on what I would do in that match. In other words, I’m not sure what Vince’s plans were for the company. Obviously he changed his mind several times and didn’t follow up on what he said he was going to do. The match all depends on the direction they wanted to go with WCW and I don’t know which direction it was.”
Jim Ross recently discussed the storyline as well and also talked about why the company didn’t revisit the story once WWE had acquired the likes of the nWo, Goldberg, and Eric Bischoff.
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