If you can go back in time and change just a tiny moment, would it have a huge effect? Can one event not happening make a big difference? What rippling effect would it have on the history that we know? I recently watched the Monday Night Wars on the WWE Network. There is one moment in it that got me thinking. If this moment didn’t happen, how successful would the Attitude Era have been?
Debra Micelli was part of WCW from 1991 to 1993. Then in 1993, she left WCW to go to the WWF. Debra Micelli would be known as Alundra Blayze. WWF Women’s Championship had been vacant since 1990, but WWF would bring it back. Alundra Blayze would be the face of the division. She would win the Championship 3 times in 2 years holding it for 539 days total. In December 1995, she signed with WCW. There was only one problem; Debra Micelli was still the WWF Women’s Champion. On the December 18, 1995 Nitro, Debra Micelli appeared with the WWF Women’s Championship and threw it in a garbage can.
So let’s jump 2 years into the future to November 9, 1997. If you know your wrestling history, you’ll know that is the day of the 1997 Survivor Series. It is of course the night of the Montreal Screwjob. WWF Champion Bret Hart faced off against Shawn Michaels. Bret Hart was going to WCW but still the WWF Champion. During the match, Shawn Michaels put Bret Hart in the sharpshooter. Earl Hebner called for the bell and Vince McMahon made sure the bell was rung. So fans saw Vince McMahon screw Bret Hart out of the WWF Championship in his home country of Canada.
Now let’s look at the Attitude Era. The biggest star of the era was without doubt, Stone Cold Steve Austin. You could argue the Rock, but Austin was the first big star of the Attitude Era. Stone Cold was the Anti-Hero of the Attitude Era. As popular as a wrestler is, he needs to go up against a guy who’s equally hated. Take pop culture for example, where is Batman without the Joker? Is Star Wars the phenomenon, if Luke Skywalker doesn’t have Darth Vader to oppose? No, because you need a good villain for a good hero to succeed. Who better to oppose the Anti-hero who hates authority, then the owner of the company?
Vince McMahon had been a face announcer on WWE Television. But after the Montreal Screwjob, Vince McMahon was acknowledged as the owner of the WWE on TV. From that the Mr. McMahon character was born. Austin vs. McMahon would go on to become one of the biggest feuds, if not the biggest feud, in wrestling history.
So let’s go back to December 18, 1995. Let’s say Debra Micelli doesn’t throw the WWF Women’s Championship in the trash. Instead, she sends it back to Vince McMahon or even appears on WWE TV one more time and drops it to someone. Does the Montreal Screwjob happen? Is Vince McMahon worried what Bischoff would do with the WWF Championship if Micelli doesn’t throw away the Women’s title on Nitro?
Let’s say the Montreal Screwjob doesn’t happen then. Bret Hart on the next night on Raw relinquishes the WWF Championship. Vince McMahon still appears on TV as just an announcer. Stone Cold Steve Austin still wins the 1998 Royal Rumble. He faces Shawn Michaels who wins the title in a tournament. The finals were Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker at the Royal Rumble. Shawn Michaels still gets hurt. Stone Cold still wins the WWF Championship at Wrestlemania XIV. But after that, who does Stone Cold feud with? Does his popularity still grow without Mr. McMahon?
So at the time when Madusa tossed away the WWF Women’s Championship, it was meant to hurt the WWF. But if you connect a series of events, tossing of the title leads to Montreal which leads to Mr. McMahon. Then you have Austin vs. McMahon, which ultimately was the catalyst to lead WWE into victory of WCW.
In closing, I think Stone Cold would have still been a star, but without Mr. McMahon character, WWE doesn’t reach the heights it does. Does that mean WCW doesn’t go out of business then? Do we still have a Monday Night Wars today? One thing for certain, TNA wouldn’t exist, if WCW still did. We probably don’t have a WWE Network. So many things could change if we change one moment. So let me ask you, if Madusa doesn’t throw away the WWF Women’s Championship, do we have the Mr. McMahon character? How successful would the Attitude Era been without the Mr. McMahon character?
There are moments that change history.
But some of those moments are hard to see
What would small change in the past do?
Would it be the same history that you knew?
Do certain things happen for a reason?
Or one change moment, undo everything that was done.