The Cornette Call: A Pro Wrestling Timeline

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  1. Megafighter3 Well-Known Member

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    Epilogue, Part 2: WCW World Champions

    An important note with these is that if I already covered a champion in a previous part (Michaels, Hogan) they won't get covered again. With that in mind, here are the world champions from down south.

    The Giant: Paul Wight would continue to tear through the WWE, never becoming the Big Show because WCW wasn't on TBS by the time I would've changed him over (and really, it was silly to do that in Too Sweet when WCW programming was on ESPN at that point) before leaving in 2007 and returning to WCW, where he continues to be as big, but not a show.

    Sting: Sting remained a WCW loyalist and stayed a main eventer, feuding with Triple H, Scott Steiner, and others before retiring in 2010, being beaten by Christopher Daniels at Starrcade. He is now a road agent for the company.

    Goldberg: Goldberg continued to tear through WCW, winning the title a third and fourth time, but like Austin, he would find himself a relic of a bygone era, having his last match against Kurt Angle at the Great American Bash 2007. He has since gone on to do Goldberg things and while we do lose out on him in the Longest Yard remake, Santa's Slay is also butterflied away, so I'd say it balances it out.

    Kevin Nash: Nash continued to hog the main event spot in WCW but with both a biceps injury and quad tear in 2004, plus bouts of depression over Hall's death, he decided to hang it up after a match against his buddy Shawn at Fall Brawl 2004. He has since taken to road agenting and will occasionally do commentary.

    Diamond Dallas Page: DDP would get a longer run with the world title down the line, but would eventually retire himself due to injuries and advancing age, wrapping up at Starrcade 2003 in a match against his fellow Jersey Triad member Chris Kanyon for the United States title.

    Triple H: The game has been in a top tier position in WCW since retiring Flair, winning the World title multiple times. He would suffer the unfortunate quad tear in 2001, but he came back in grand fashion. He also spearheaded a revival of the Four Horsemen with himself, Flair as the manager, Samoa Joe, and Triple X members Low Ki and Christopher Daniels. Even after hanging up the boots at Starrcade 2012, Tripel H has been position as a major player both on-screen as WCW President and behind the scenes working with Paul Heyman on the creative team, operating the Power Plant and working with Eric Bischoff and Fusient on new business ventures for WCW.

    Mike Awesome: Awesome would eventually leave WCW in late 2002, citing disgust with the intensely political locker room. Tragically, Awesome would commit suicide in 2007, as he did in OTL.
     
  2. nezza Well-Known Member

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    Hall's death?!
     
  3. Megafighter3 Well-Known Member

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    Epilogue, Part 3: WWF Intercontinental Champions

    Goldust: Dustin would mostly drift through the midcard for a while until his younger brother Cody arrived in WCW. Dustin would undergo a resurgence with the two hold the tag titles and a run with the US title after that.

    Jeff Jarrett: Jarrett became a top name in WCW, holding the world title, though, like Triple H, Double J would see criticism for his backstage politics. And like Triple H, he has joined the WCW creative team

    Chris Candido: Candido would never see a world title, but did continue wrestling for WCW before eventually settling into a training position, having survived pneumonia that killed him in OTL. Tammy was not so fortunate and died of an overdose on April 28, 2006, leading to Chris' decision to retire and join the Power Plant.

    Mick Foley: Foley has had about the same career in OTL, with several best-selling books and a few really brutal hardcore bouts with Randy Orton and Edge smattered in.

    Tazz: Tazz would continue his run on commentary with WWE before jumping ship to WCW in 2009, taking up a seat next to Mike Tenay.

    Chris Benoit: Unfortunately, Chris Benoit did not make it out of this TL alive. While he did talk to Owen frequently after Eddie's death and the two trained together, Chris was found dead in the Dungeon, having hung himself on the equipment. The Hart Dungeon would subsequently shut down and WWE would scupper any plans for future training facilities until the launch of the Performance Center in 2013.

    Chris Jericho: Jericho would have the same career as OTL, becoming a mainstay of the WWE's world title picture in the early and mid-2000s while also touring with his band Fozzy and trying his hand at movies.

    William Regal: Regal would have his OTL run as well, with several runs as the IC title and a rare shot at the main event belt that sadly got hampered by the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He would later retire and become a major player in WWE's NXT, their replacement for OVW when their original deal with Danny Davis expired.
     
  4. mrbraingrayson Author of “RFK if he wasn’t killed”

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    I just wanted to say thank you for this TL. I have enjoyed going through this timeline these past few months and definitely the best professional wrestling story on this website. Great job MegaFighter, thank you for creating an incredible story.
     
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  5. Seafort Well-Known Member

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    Excellent timeline, well done.

    One question...what happened to Jim Cornette?
     
  6. Megafighter3 Well-Known Member

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    Jim would make the move to booking, with the occasional PPV commentary job. He thankfully doesn't get fired over slapping Santino as Vince basically just takes him off commentary (which he was tired of doing) and kept Santino off WWE TV for a year. Cornette would depart in 2013 after years booking for OVW and NXT and would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the next year.
     
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  7. Megafighter3 Well-Known Member

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    Epilogue, Part 4: WCW United States Champions

    Arn Anderson: Arn's enjoyed a storied career as a road agent for WCW since his retirement, and still tops lists of great wrestlers who never won a world title.

    Eddie Guerrero: Tragically the same as OTL. I couldn't stop the car crash or the drug addiction that would be the end of him this time.

    Ric Flair: Ric would be best known for his run as WCW president and managing Triple H's Four Horsemen, plus he was allowed a spot on the booking team, which does cause some contention with Heyman.

    Curt Hennig: Curt would retire from active competition in WCW, jump back to WWF as the manager for fellow Minnesota native Brock Lesnar and would go back to WCW after his firing from WWE following the "Plane Ride From Hell" and tragically would still commit suicide. His son Joe has been doing well in WWE, though has been something of a b-level player (his "Average Joe Hennig" gimmick was pretty fun, though)

    Raven: Raven would eventually get fed up with working for WCW, jump ship to WWF for a few years, get sick of working there and now just works the independent scene. He did at least get another run in WCW to feud with CM Punk, but otherwise, he's been an indie guy.

    Booker T: He still became a five-time WCW world champion in time and would retire to help run the Power Plant while doing color commentary on PPVs, because I will not allow a timeline without a rubber duck with Booker's dread ponytail if I can avoid it.

    Rob Van Dam: He had a good run heading for the top, but it all went up in smoke (heh) after getting pulled over as he did with OTL. He would eventually head to the WWF, having runs with the IC and World title before eventually becoming semi-retired, making trips over to WCW to put over some of their up-and-coming talents before riding off into the sunset.

    Shane Douglas: Douglas, cantankerous as ever, would be drummed out and find work on the indies, having little else choice as Vince wasn't gonna take him back.

    Billy Kidman: Yeah, his career went about the same, mainly being in the US/TV/Cruiserweight ranks before retiring in 2008 to take up a producer role.
     
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    Thank you.
     
  9. Megafighter3 Well-Known Member

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    Epilogue, Part 5: WWF Tag Team Champions

    The Godwinns: The two would repackage as Southern Justice, working the indies. Not much to say on the Godwinns.

    Bart Gunn: Bart Gunn didn't have the advantage of beating Dr. Death, so his career fizzled out after his WWF release. He retired in 2001.

    Tom Prichard: Prichard would work the indies for a bit, but then return to WWE to help with training.

    The Road Warriors: The Road Warriors would make a full return to WCW, getting one last run with the tag titles until Hawk's unfortunate death in 2003, Animal retiring soon after.

    The New Age Outlaws: The two would team together in the WWE for years before jumping to WCW as the New Age Outsiders in 2006. The name made them backstage enemies of Michaels and Triple H, so the two were buried hard, the team jumping back to WWE after a year.

    Terry Funk: He's been retiring every year since, so about the same as OTL.

    D'Lo Brown: D'Lo would stay with WWE until his release, jumping to WCW to wrestle and eventually become a road agent.

    The Godfather: The Godfather would continue to tag with Val Venis until his release, where he would retire from pro wrestling and manage a strip club like in OTL.

    Lance Storm: Storm would continue his run teaming with Test and getting to be part of a major feud with former Thrillseeker partner Chris Jericho for Jericho's IC title. He'd eventually be released and jump to WCW, wrestling there until his retirement and becoming a producer for them.

    Al Snow: Al pretty much became a jobber to the stars after his European title run and would become a trainer for OVW before being released, heading to WCW as a road agent.

    Mark Henry: Same as OTL, especially the Hall of Pain.

    Edge: Edge had the same OTL career, including the infidelity, Ultimate Opportunist character and unfortunately, the early retirement.

    Christian: Christian would have the same career as OTL up until he left WWE for WC, becoming a major player for five years as Christian Cage, winning the World title twice before returning to the WWE in 2010. He would go on to beat his close friend Edge for the World Title at WrestleMania XXVII.

    Jeff Hardy: Jeff had about the same run in OTL, going between WWF and WCW due to his constant drug issues.

    Matt Hardy: Matt would be released after talking about the infidelity, jumping to WCW, being pushed as hard as his brother and feuding with Christian Cage, winning the world title multiple times.

    Deadman Inc: Brian Adams and Bryan Clark would both retire in 2003, Adams dying in 2007. Brian Lee would work the independents until his retirement in 2004.

    The Dudley Boyz: The two would jump to WCW in 2005, becoming Team 3D (Bully Ray and Devon) where they would win the tag titles three times. Bubba sadly loses his main event push, but sacrifices have to be made.

    Too Cool: They've been a good mid-card tag act for years, going between Lawler/Scotty, Scotty/Rikishi and back to Lawler/Scotty, lasting until 2007.

    Super Crazy and Psicosis: Both have been part of WWE's Light Heavyweight and tag divisions since their arrival and helped foster a future partnership with AAA. Juvie would get released due to behavioral problems, though.

    Kane: Kane would go on to feud with Paul Wight, feud with Rey Misterio Jr. for the IC title, lose his mask star in See No Evil, regain his mask and just be big, red and a monster.
     
  10. AestheticAcid Purveyor of silly things of little consequence

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    Does Jeff still show up to a PPV main event stoned ITTL?
     
  11. Megafighter3 Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah, and for a match against Matt. They had to have him taken out backstage and replace him with AJ Styles.
     
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    Epilogue, Part 6: WCW Tag Team Champions

    The Steiner Brothers: Rick would mainly hang around the midcard while Scott continued his ascent to the main event, trading the world title between him and Booker T. Rick would later retire in 2003, losing a match to his brother in the build-up to that year's Starrcade.

    Sean Waltman: Waltman's WCW run would come to an end on November 2001 when it was revealed that he and Joanie Lee were having an affair. Both were released and would become infamous again when their porno Lightning Strikes Twice was released. Waltman and his partner Justin Credible would go to the indies as D-Generation X, a group mocked as a poor imitation of the original Outsiders.

    Lex Luger: Apart from working with Heroes of Wrestling in its 2000s run, Luger didn't have a lot to do after his departure from WCW and would retire in 2005.

    Perry Saturn: Saturn pretty much went about the same career as OTL, never really making huge waves in WWE or WCW. He still works the indies nowadays.

    Chris Kanyon: Another tragic loss unprevented as while Kanyon was a strong player in the US title picture, he would retire in 2004 and unfortunately die in 2010.

    Bam Bam Bigelow: Yep. He's dead too.

    Dean Malenko: Malenko would retire in 2001, becoming a road agent for the WWE.

    Stevie Ray: After toiling away in the midcard for another four years, Stevie Ray would retire in 2005 to help with running the Power Plant.

    The Pitbulls: The two would see solid midcard careers in WCW until Anthony Durante's death in 2003. Gary Wolfe would have a few more years with WCW before heading to the indies.

    Sabu: Sabu wouldn't last long in WCW, being released before Van Dam was due to his drug habits. You can still catch him doing something stupid and reckless on the indies probably.

    Shane Helms and Shannon Moore: Helms would become the bigger of the two, winning television and United States gold in his career while Moore was usually going for the Cruiserweight or tag titles with a variety of partners.
     
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    Epilogue, Part 7: WWF European Champions

    Val Venis: Val would continue to tag with Godfather until Godfather's 2003 retirement. He would then spend another six years in the WWE midcard until his release in 2009.

    Gangrel: Gangrel got released in 2001, same as OTL. You can find him on the indies as the Vampire Warrior.

    Test: Test would continue in WWE for some time, becoming a fixture in the tag, European and IC Title pictures. He went to WCW after his WWE release, feuding with Christian Cage before his retirement and death.
     
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    Epilogue, Part 8: WCW Television Champions

    Buff Bagwell: Bagwell, a constant headache for the front office, would finally be let go in 2004. He has since gone on to make a living as a male escort.

    Vampiro: Vampiro would leave WCW in 2005 to work for AAA, where he remains as color commentator for their Lucha Underground TV show.

    Rhino: Rhino would stay with WCW until 2010, winning the tag team and US titles during his partnership with Christian Cage. He would later rejoin Christian by signing to WWE in 2011, where he remains a solid part of the midcard.
     
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    Epilogue, Part 9: WWF Light Heavyweight Champions

    Kaientai DX: Taka and Funaki stayed in the WWF until 2003 before returning to Japan to run the Kaientai Dojo.

    Rey Misterio Jr: Lil Rey would basically revive the light heavyweight division, bringing lucha libre to the WWF audience and opening the doors for a WWE/AAA partnership. Along with that came European, tag, IC and finally, in 2006, a world title run. He has since retired from full-time wrestling and now works part-time on Lucha Underground.
     
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    Epilogue, Part 10: WCW Cruiserweight Champions

    Ultimo Dragon: Ultimo would briefly come out of retirement to wrestle for the WWE, facing Rey for the Light Heavyweight title at WrestleMania XX to check off two of his wrestling goals (work MSG and work WrestleMania) before returning to Japan.

    Juventud Guerrera: Juvie's ego and drug issues would cost him his job in WWE, threatening the AAA deal in the process. Juventud would jump to WCW, staying there until 2006 before returning to AAA. He has not been picked up for further WWE runs.

    Evan Karagias: Karagias could never shake the reputation of being a paper champion and left WCW in 2002, pursuing a career on the indie circuit.

    Madusa: Madusa became a trainer for the Power Plant, pushing hard for a serious women's division in WCW. Her lobbying paid off and thanks to her and Dave Finlay, the WCW Women's Championship has thrived under champions such as Mickie James, Gail Kim, Awesome Kong, Britani Knight, Rebecca Knox, Mercedes KV and Ashley Flair among others.

    Yoshihiro Tajiri: Tajiri would continue with WCW until 2008, netting TV, tag and US title runs before going back to Japan.

    Chavo Guerrero Jr: Chavo would find success in WCW, breaking out of the Cruiserweight division with TV and US title reigns, but he would never break through the glass ceiling to the world title and refused to exploit his uncle Eddie's death (which is why he refused to work with WWE even after his departure) Chavo would leave in 2011, heading back to AAA with the condition that he is never called up to WWE.

    Devon Storm: Devon Storm mostly stayed in the cruiserweight division, never breaking through to the TV ranks and eventually leaving for the independent scene in 2003.
     
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    Epilogue, Part 11: Behind the Curtain

    And in the final entry for the epilogue, we feature the names from behind the curtains, mainly the bookers and promoters.

    Vince McMahon: Vince would see a few losses in the start of the new millennium, with the XFL tanking in its only season and the loss to the World Wildlife Fund resulting in a name change (with WCW happy to mock them in advertising about how "The last word in our initials is Wrestling" and the like) but he's still a millionaire with TitanSports making in plenty from WWE and UFC.

    Shane McMahon: After finally getting his dad to agree to the UFC buyout, Shane stepped down from WWE television when his clients, Paul Wight and Kane, finally broke up and Paul sent Shane through a stack of tables to build up the inevitable feud. Shane has been running UFC since and has managed to bring it to the mainstream, running some amazing cards. The Hart Dungeon (and later Performance Center) has allowed for some great MMA talents to go through, including heavyweight superstar Daniel Puder. Unfortunately, with Shane running UFC, Cornette running OVW and Vince mainly overseeing things with Titan, that left the book to...

    Stephanie McMahon: Stephanie's ascent up the creative ladder was now unimpeded, leading to the WWE becoming a much more soap opera style place with her in charge. Flanked by her army of television writers, WWE's lead in the wrestling ratings was unseated during this era by WCW and Steph would be dropped in 2006, with the company struggling to regain viewer interest until 2011 when Billy Corgan (Yes, that Billy Corgan) took the book and began to present a much more experimental, but still wrestling-driven, product. Stephanie, once she was relieved of creative duties, headed for writing with the USA Network. Have fun imagining what show she's writing for.

    Linda McMahon: She failed both her Senate runs. Because of course, she did.

    Jim Cornette: Cornette had things go a lot better with OVW ITTL, thanks to Head of Talent Relations Jim Ross (Johnny Ace has made good leeway as a road agent for WCW, though) and nowadays just runs his wrestling podcast with Brian Last.

    Paul Heyman: Heyman has been riding high on his booking of great talent in WCW, winning Booker of the Year awards so many times from the Observer.

    Eric Bischoff: Bischoff, a much more business-focused man, has been working well with Heyman as the promoter and has been using the success of WCW to build Fusient's other ventures (Fusient actually helped fund the DDP Yoga tapes and DVDs, so they've got that going for them)

    Vince Russo: Russo's career in wrestling has been a string of failures. XPW soon folded in late 2001, followed by him attempting a follow-up in TNA in 2004, which tanked within two years. He got picked up by MTV for their Wrestling Society X program, which died within a single season. The only success he has had was in his two shows released after he had become a born-again Christian, Ring of Glory, in 2009 and 2011. Having secured appearances from WCW World Heavyweight Champion (and devout Christian) AJ Styles certainly helped.


    And what better day than on May 19th to finally wrap up the events of the Cornette Call. It's been a helluva ride and I'm glad you guys could join me. I've got plans for future wrestling stuff, but for now, I bid you all adieu.

    Ring the bell.
     
  18. papal duke Look I changed my user title!

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    This was a great timeline, liked the extensive epilogues about the champions.
     
  19. Unknown Member

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    The first one of those (IOTL and, presumably, ITTL), was against Connecticut's Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, in 2010, who got in trouble during said campaign for lying about serving in Vietnam (he was actually in the Reserves); the fact that Connecticut voters picked a phony soldier over Linda McMahon says a lot, doesn't it?

    BTW, what happens to Joanie ITTL?
     
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    How does TNA come into existence with Jeff Jarrett still in WCW?