Following the end of both Extreme Championship Wrestling & World Championship Wrestling in the Spring of 2001 wrestling changed. The free agent pool and the independent circuit became a lot more populated and for the next year wrestling would be very different. Then in early 2002 both Ring of Honor and NWA-Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling would be founded. The best way to compare the companies, TNA went for the more known stars & ROH went for the lesser known and fresh talent. Names like Bryan Danielson, Homicide, Chris Daniels, and Low-Ki would make ROH home.
One other name that would help lead the early years of ROH is the man who would be the longest reigning ROH Pure Champion Nigel McGuinness. Nigel would become a household name for the company and would actually the lead company following the early departures of talent that would become famous for being in TNA. His title reign would actually land right behind Samoa Joe as the second longest reigning World Champion in the companies history.
Around 2009, Nigel would actually leave the company and head to TNA making his first attempt into a national company. However, an unfortunate medical condition would actually stop him from joining the WWE and it wasn't serious enough to stop him from joining TNA. Nigel would then flip his name to Desmond Wolfe and sadly his run wouldn't be for that long. But he would be the returning hero when he came back to ROH and took over the matchmaker duties from Jim Cornette.
Overall, I would say that the in-ring style that was common in ROH took its toll on Nigel especially after his World Title run. Now I am unsure if this did have anything to do with Nigel having to retire, but it would be very hard to believe if it didn't at least play a part. Either way in a way his arrival in TNA was sort of a little "Too little Too late."
One sight that most wrestling fans never thought they'd see is the franchise of WCW in a WWE ring and it seemed pretty likely that Sting would never be in WWE. But once again the saying actually came back that "You never know what will happen in WWE." Because in November 2014 at the Survivor Series the WWE shocked the world as The Stinger made his WWE debut. In a sight that most of us never thought would happen we were able to see Sting in a WWE ring at one of the big four events.
At the time that Sting first debuted a lot of fans were interested in seeing some dream matches finally happen. The number one match on every ones mind is that Sting could finally step into the ring with The Undertaker. However, things didn't work out that way due to well the WWE being the WWE in many fans eyes. Now do I think that Sting & Undertaker could've carried a good match together at Mania, honestly I do think so. But it would have to be kept in mind that both men were into their 50's and may not have been able to have the type of match they could've had in their prime.
Once Sting arrived in the WWE he was in his mid 50's and yes he was still Sting, but not in his prime. I think it was a lost opportunity that Sting didn't arrive in the WWE sooner; had Sting left TNA before 2014 and arrived in the WWE sooner he may have been closer to his prime and with more of an opportunity to see Undertaker & Sting. Is it unfortunate Sting did end up in the company I don't think so, but overall I don't think his run went as well as it could've been had he arrived sooner.
It has been over a year since the last time I used the phrase "Too Little To Late" to describe a series, but now after circling back and realizing that some of the monthly series needed to go a new one was needed. This was at one point not a monthly series as much as a series I did whenever I felt like doing because sometimes the topic required a good amount of writing and other times it didn't.
Fact is when I put a nail in this series and moved on I still had ideas for it and possible topics to discuss I just moved on because of the re-launch for the site. But now with Moment in Time and Superstar Recall officially shelved it's time to bring a new series in on a monthly basis. The reason I have chosen to bring this series back is because I feel like it would number 1 work on a monthly basis and number 2 is that I feel like it's an interesting concept.
With that being said it will be interesting to see what the future holds for this series and where I go from here.
A move that was two or three years to late at the time that it finally happened, by the spring of 2000 talents like Benoit, Malenko, Guerro, and others had walked away from the company and now the once deep roster is gasping for air. On April 10, 2000 we saw the long overdue "re-launch" of a company looking for a break as Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo gained control of the company and lead the creative side of the company. Though the on air product didn't totally change until the day mentioned above the mentality of the company had changed a ways back when Russo took the reigns back in September 1999.
When Russo gained control the first time he realized the WCW needed fresh stars and that's what he tried to make well excluding the time he spent reforming the NWO for the fifty-seventh time. Vince was removed from as the head of creative in January of 2000 only 4 month after being given the book in the first place. Then four months after he got sent home he was brought back with Eric Bischoff to replace Kevin Sullivan who had only had the book for a little over four months at the time he was replaced.
Taking the normal period of time someone had the book during this time and looking at the first months of the Bischoff/Russo regime it saw so many talents try to be pushed and in reality saw more failed pushes then talent actually achieving success. Spotlighting the mistakes made with Billy Kidman, "That 70's Guy" Mike Awesome, and Vampiro. I tossed Vampiro in as a failed push, because did anyone gain from that stupid Human torch except critics who got another reason to hate the company.
I'm not bad mouthing the company for taking a chance on those talents I would actually praise the company for doing that I am more or less saying the only phrase that would describe this situation is too little to late. I will say that if they would have started two years sooner they may have had a different outcome then the results they ended up with saw.
For the last two decades one match has been a dream match for almost all wrestling fans has been the "Franchise of WCW" Sting vs "The Deadman" Undertaker. Though we saw Sting fight at WrestleMania 31 against Triple H and it wasn't billed as WCW vs WWE but most who remembered billed it as that.
However, this match was always the match billed as WCW vs WWE. Undertaker has been the man for the last 25 years in WWE and is still going strong. Sting was the "Franchise of WCW" and in some ways a very important figure for TNA as well during his nine year stint with the company. Not to long before his match at Night of Champions against Seth Rollins the news broke from an interview that Sting did that WrestleMania 31 was suppose to be his last match. Everyone knows at this point he would go on to wrestle twice more back in September. The current status of Sting for Mania this year is unknown following his injury at Night of Champions and now rumors popping up that he may need neck surgery. Right now things don't look good for Sting as it might be time for the Icon to hang up the boots for good.
What would this post be without speaking of the WWE end of the story; I would be inept to not speak of the Undertaker. As I mentioned "The Deadman" has been the shadowy figure watching over WWE for the last 25 years and next year will be his get this 30th year in Wrestling. That's right Undertaker had a career outside of WWE if you don't believe me look up the name Mark Callous. I have said that Taker is on his retirement tour since the late part of the Summer when he returned to reignite his feud with Brock Lesnar as they headed toward Summerslam. The thought was almost confirmed when he returned for both Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series. Now looking back, but at the same time looking forward Undertaker's WrestleMania future is a little more clear but it isn't with who people may want.
Much like a large number of other people I wanted to see Undertaker vs Sting happen at WrestleMania, and have thought of numerous ways the feud could go but never has it happened it real life. Much like a Steve Austin return I think the time is approaching for the fans to move past the idea of Sting vs Undertaker as I think that Dream Match maybe one of them that just remain a dream unfortunately.
It was in 2012 when Brodus Clay was brought onto to Raw from the NXT competition show. When Brodus Clay first appeared on screen he was a big bad ass, but once he debuted on Raw he became a freaking dancing dinosaur. For over a year he would remain as a dancing dinosaur with Cameron and Naomi then later team with Sweet T. Back in the day before Brodus debuted in 2012 their rumors of him opening up the "Hall of Pain" instead of Mark Henry.
It was late 2013 when things started to turn and made some people believe that Brodus Clay could be getting a second chance to be a serious gimmick and an actual push. However, things didn't last when it came to his push in many ways you could blame the talent he was against rather then him. In my opinion his push was never given a serious chance, because of the people not being cared about enough by the fans. Then him getting a demotion to follow in the foot steps of the likes of Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel. Clay would have a small opportunity to get a serious push, but once again didn't really get a fair chance.
Looking back at the push and this point and time for the WWE I think that it was a little to little late for Brodus to get a serious push after being comedic gimmick for so long. Never given a fair shake on the main roster, and in my book his ticket was punched for him once he was demoted to developmental. Am very happy to see that he has achieved deserved success down in TNA as Tyrus.
After years of bad decisions, mismanagement, and never transitioning to a new generation of talent that all end up catching WCW really all at once, because things started going bad they didn't stop going bad. From Starrcade 1997 to Starrcade 1998 to The Giant & Chris Jericho leaving to Bret Hart's career ending injury to The Radicalz leaving so when they tried to save it and change things they were really just beating a dead horse.
Fact is for those who may not know on April 10, 2000 the WCW went through in many ways one last change in power, but that change only lasted a couple of months. As on April 10 it was the first time that Eric Bischoff & Vince Russo would try to work together to save the WCW. On that edition of Nitro it was also the night that WCW was re-launched and all the titles were vacated. This night saw the formation of The New Blood, who were lead by Bischoff & Russo; the stable consisted of talent that had been held down by the company and never really given a fair chance to be something. This stable and this direction for the company lasted about 3 months flat before WCW management wasn't happy and decided to change things again.
This stable idea was a great idea because it gave new faces the TV time that they never got before, but it was two year too late. As fans had been begging for WCW to push new talent for years, but we didn't see anything other then the same from them year after year after year. Then when they finally chose to give the younger talent a chance I guess you could say it was "Too Little To Late." On July 9, 2000 everything changed, because that is the night of Vince Russo's famous shoot on Hulk Hogan and also the last time Bischoff and Hogan would be in a WCW ring. However, this was also night that prompted Bischoff to begin looking into buying the WCW. Imagine what would have been like if Eric was able to purchase the company and save the legacy that WCW left behind.
Due to the large excess of members that were at one point a part of The New Blood the list would to long for me to list them here on the site. So with that being said I have chosen to post a link and the link is to show you all just how many members were in stable that was together for only two months remember that.
This is the start of a new post series or at least an attempt to start a new post series for the site as I felt certain others needed to be taken back and re-launched to make them better then they are or new again. Therefore this series will attempt to occupy that space at least for the time being. This section is entitled Too Little To Late and now let me take a second and explain what this section actually means.
Well first of all let me ask as a fan how many times have you asked the phrase "This happened To Little to late? " Off the top of my head I can probably think of at least a dozen times I thought that phrase could apply to something going on in wrestling. Now this series give you the fan the opportunity to look back and remember all of those moments that you tend to forget or at least look back and say "That Happened to little to Late!"
I am going to keep this post a little short as it is just meant to be a post which describes what this series is meant to be about. How long this series lasts is up to you!!!