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    Posted: 09/August/2018 at 11:17
A episode of Something else to Wrestle with saw a discussion about the ‘invasion’ angle that took place after the WCW buy-out.
The jist of it was the poor execution of the angle which was largely due to WWE being unable to secure so many top WCW talents to contracts because they all had big money deals with Time Warner which they chose to sit out, I mean who wouldn’t it would be crazy to pass up the chance of getting paid big bucks to sit at home.

Anyway this thread is a chance to fantasy book how things could have gone down if contractual issues weren’t present and WWE could have had their pick of the WCW talent roster.

Top matches for me would have been:

Goldberg vs Stone Cold Steve Austin

The Undertaker vs Sting

Kurt Angle vs Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner

Rob Van Dam vs Rey Mysterio

The Rock vs Randy Savage

TLC match - Harlem Heat vs The Dudleys vs the Hardys vs The Impact Players

DX(Triple H, Shawn Michaels, X-Pac) vs The NWO(Hogan, Hall, Nash)

Chris Jericho vs Diamond Dallas Page
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I always had hoped for 

Goldberg vs Austin
DDP vs The Rock (because they were both "The People's Champions)
Taker vs Sting

Primarily those 3 matchups because they were the biggest 3 in each company.

Angle vs Steiner 
Shawn vs Hunter vs Hall vs Nash
Bischoff vs Vince

They were both ones I really wanted to see as well, but not as much as the previous. 

Looking back on it, it wouldn't have made much sense but I've always been kind of fixated on the idea of booking Raven vs Bret Hart mostly because late 90's Bret dressed and looked a lot like Raven did during that same time period. Torn up jean shorts, t-shirt, leather jacket, greasy hair, about the same height, both really good at what they did.

I was a big mark for The Raven back then:




Also back then I really wasn't very big on Jericho, sad to say. 

Nor was I a big fan of many tag teams either, Edge & Christian never really did it for me, nor did the Hardys, but I liked the Dudleys. I liked Harlem Heat but they had broken up and Booker was a pretty big star at that point, just getting cemented in as a main event guy by WCW. Kind of like Daniel Bryan circa 2014 before he got injured but after he won the title at mania. He was there, he was huge, but his footing wasn't really that firm yet, and then WWF kinda knocked him down a few pegs and then hurt him even worse when he lost to Triple H at mania a couple years later. Anyways, point being I didn't see Harlem Heat getting back together, even though I really liked them, and even if they were together they were more of an old-school tag team for that era that would have looked far more at home with guys like Money Inc., The Rockers, The Hart Foundation (Bret & Anvil), The Natural Disasters, Steiner Brothers, & Legion of Doom. 

The only tag team I really liked back then, and actually were really good within the WCW system was Kronik, and we all know how bad the chemistry was between them and Undertaker & Kane. It wasn't even that Kronik was bad, but they did NOT mesh well with the Brothers of Destruction. So yeah, tag teams just didn't interest me beyond The Outsiders vs DX and even with them I'd rather have seen them in a fatal fourway.
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Goldberg's streak had ended but I think the plan was to start a new one (as heel) when he came back after Sin. I'd build his streak up and finish at Mania against Taker in a streak vs streak.

Obviously the payoff to teh Invasion angle would be longer, Survivor Series was the end 4 months after the start which was pathetic.

Triple H and Benoit were injured and Michaels hadn't come back yet, assuming we could use them then could have some clusterfuck tag match at Survivor Series, DX vs nWo.

Some great tag mayches with Hardyz, Dudleys, 3 Count, Team Canada, M.I.A, Perfect Event, Natural Born Thrillers etc.

Sting v Taker. Steiners vs APA. Jarrett and Booker would probably be shunted down to midcard again.

Massive problem with the disparity between WWE's mid card and WCWs, WWE only really had Jericho and Guerrero who were any good and they would have been prime candidates to join team WECW, so the undercards would mainly consist of WCW vs WCW matches.

There were so many possibilities.

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The invasion done the right way well to start things off here is how I would start it 



Undertaker and Kane are facing off with the Dudleyz Taker and Kane are about to pick up the win when suddenly the lights go out the lights come back on the Dudleyz are missing but in their place is Sting pointing his bat at the Undertaker, Kane gets attacked by Booker T and DDP and the fight starts, Jericho, Austin, Angle, Triple H, the Hardyz and the APA come out to even the odds only for Austin to get speared out of nowhere by Goldberg and the NWO show up beating down the others, the Dudleyz come back down but they don't come alone they have their ECW buddies with them in RVD, Sabu, Sandman, Dreamer, Tazz, Rhyno and the rest and they are beating down all of the WWF superstars and divas, the last one standing is Taker who as the soul of the WWF is fighting for everything he's got only to get speared by Goldberg, the Dudleyz lift Taker up and Sting walks up to him and looks him in the eye in a bit of a stare down, Taker spits in his face and gets hit with a scorpion deathlock. 


And that is how the invasion starts.
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The top matches would always have been Austin vs Goldberg(we eventually got The Rock vs Goldberg which was a disappointment), Sting vs The Undertaker, Angle vs Steiner(this could have happened but far as I’m aware never did and by the time Steiner headed to WWE he was a broken down mess with attitude issues), we got value for money out of The Rock as he had matches with Hogan, Goldberg, Booker T and others, they really should have booked the battle of the people’s champions with DDP rather than the horrific feud Page had with The Undertaker which pretty much killed DDP’s career.

WWE messed up what could have been a ground breaking storyline by rushing it, they could have just integrated the talent they aquired straight away like Booker T and DDP etc into the WWE roster then held off for a year or two until the big guns were available then offered the big contracts to the NWO, Goldberg, Sting, Steiner etc then launched the invasion angle and they could have given people the dream matches they wanted, but instead all we really got was a feud between two sets of WWE talents both led by WWE management figures with a handful of WCW mid-carders mixed in. Should have been so much better and will be remembered as one of the most botched angles in history. I think the only positives were the emergence of Rob Van Dam as a star and the Invasion PPV which despite having a lot of mediocre matches drew a killer buy rate.
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