8 Questionable Things WWE(WWF)Blew Millions On During The Attitude Era

8 Questionable Things WWE(WWF)Blew Millions On During The Attitude Era

Today we are talking about
eight questionable things wwe(wwf) blew millions on during the
attitude era 8) Building the Max Moon costume When you look at characters such
as Jushin ‘Thunder’ Luger, it’s obvious there are clear
parallels between pro-wrestling
and anime. Both rely on colourful, larger than
life characters, who wage epic wars of good vs evil. But when the WWF tried to introduce
their own anime hero in 1991, a few years before the Attitude
Era started, things didn’t go to plan. Signing Konnan to a lucrative deal, the WWF christened him Max Moon, giving him an uncomfortable
neon-blue outfit, complete with wrist mounted
gauntlets that shot out fireworks. Claiming that Moon was from
another world, the gimmick quickly died with Konnan leaving to join WCW where he had much more success
during the Monday Night Wars. Refusing to lose out on the
thirteen-thousand-dollar costume, the WWF quickly replaced Konnan
with Paul Diamond, who only received the role because
he could fit in the suit. He didn’t do well with it either, and Max Moon was quickly sent
back to his home world. 7) Opening WWF New York There are few business projects risker
than opening a restaurant, and that risk
is only made bigger when you’re in a prime
real estate like Time Square. Never afraid to roll the dice though, Vince
McMahon opened the restaurant in 1999,
hoping to sponge more money for his loyal fans. This plan worked, for a while, as fans
crowded the bar as their establishment
of choice for viewing RAW, SmackDown
and Pay Per Views. Unfortunately, for the rest of the week,
the place was deserted, as when not
showing WWF content, the place was just one of several bars in
Time Square where people could buy
beer and wings. Despite merchandise sales making over
sixteen-million dollars from the location in i
t’s four years, a bar that was only making
money three days a week clearly wasn’t
going to work , as WWF New York lost an estimate $35.5 million
during its tenure, money that Vince could’ve saved
if he’d never entered the restaurant business in
the first place. 6) Buying the rights to Gangrel Despite never holding gold in the WWF, the career of David ‘Gangrel’ Heath
has lived on with fans, due to his unique gimmick. Appearing as a Vampire in
the Attitude Era, his demonic look and fiery entrance
made Gangrel a huge star of the
mid-card, so it wasn’t surprising that he
lasted with the company for
so long. What was confusing though is
the character’s choice of name, as the term Gangrel had already been trademarked by White Wold Publishing,
for use in role playing games. This meant that any appearance
of the name Gangrel, whether it be on TV, on merchandise or in video games, would lead to the WWF paying White
Wolf receiving an absurd amount
in royalty fees. All of this could have been avoided, if Vince decided to name the
Vampire literally any other name, but McMahon clearly liked the sound
of Gangrel, and stuck to it. Now years later, Heath has said
the serious hassle behind his name, as well as the fortune it cost to use, means he believes he’ll never be
offered a legends contract, a real shame given his popularity. 5) Giving Bob Holly his own Race car The first mistake that the WWE made when
giving Bob Holly the character of race-car driver Thurman ‘Sparky’ Plugg, is thinking that any
would think a race-car driver turned wrestler
made the slightest bit of sense. The second mistake was diving head first
in trying to make the character work, with
the WWE creating an actual WWE stock
car for Holly to drive. Seen in promos at various races, Holly
would actually be flown with the car to
several races for the All Pro Series,
where he would compete with actual drivers. When you include the cost of car repairs
and the pitstop into all of this, it was clear
that this was one of the WWF’s most expensive Superstars. Worst of all, this all happened in 1995,
one of WW’s most financially unstable years,
which is probably why the character was
quickly dropped, Vince cut his losses and Sparky Plugg
became Hardcore Holly. Don’t feel to bad for Sparky though, as
Holly was allowed to keep the car, for free,
a very generous offer that probably helped
build the Hardcore champion’s loyalty. 4) Trying to turn the Debbie Reynolds Hotel in
to a WWE Casino Despite the failure of WWF New York, the
restaurant wasn’t the only example of the
company trying to branch out into other properties. In Late 1998, McMahon purchased the
Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel and casino,
for a hefty $10.65 million. Purchased during the height of the Attitude
Era, the rumoured plan was that the venue
would continue being a hotel and casino, with
WWF logos plastered all over it. According to Bruce Prichard, ideas circulated
the WWE office, including daily matches,
retired wrestlers as greeters, and even an
Undertaker themed tattoo parlour. Other potential ideas for the venue included
a WWE Museum, or a physical Hall of Fame,
which is why it was so shocking that the WWF
didn’t do anything with the real estate. Instead, McMahon sold the casino in 2000,
and even though they earned over eleven
million-dollars in the sale, the cost of upkeeps
means this purchase was definitely a loss. 3) Doing whatever it took to
steal Marc Mero While Marc Mero was a
fine mid-carder, it’s clear in hindsight that he
was never going to be the next
top star in the WWF. Working with WCW as Johnny
B. Badd, Mero was a fine
Television Champion, winning the title on three occasions, but wasn’t exactly known for
setting the world on fire. Despite this, when Mero’s contract
was up in 1996, Vince was quick
to snatch him up, not realising that Mero hadn’t
really trained to be a wrestler, but instead had focussed his time
to play the Johnny B. Badd character. In one of the earliest steals
of the Monday Night War, Mero received the first guaranteed
contract in WWE history, which came at great expense
to the chairman. Debuting for the WWE at WrestleMania
12, things looked promising for Mero, who interrupted Triple H at the
pay per view, and defeated Isaac Yankem aka Kane the next night on RAW. However, Mero would never reach anywhere close to the main event and left the WWF in 1999, and now works as a
motivational speaker. 2) Mark Henry’s Insane Rookie Contract Mark Henry and Marc Mero both joined
the WWF with huge contracts, but
the difference between the two is that the Hall of Pain founded
eventually paid back McMahon’s investments. After competing at the 1996
Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the Powerlifter was quickly signed
to a $10 million, 10-year contract l with the WWF, despite coming 14th out of 18 in
the Super Heavyweight division. Things got worse for McMahon
though, as not long after signing Henry
to an unprecedented deal, Vince quickly found out that the
World’s Strongest Man couldn’t wrestle. While the decade-long contract did give the Texan plenty of time
to develop as a wrestler, the company clearly wanted to
cut ties with him, involving him in some embarrassing
and offensive feuds, hoping he would quit. Instead, Henry would develop
as a wrestler and by the time he became
World Heavyweight Champion
in 2011, the Super Heavyweight had become one of SmackDown’s most
entertaining stars. Even though Henry would eventually
make Vince’s money back and then some, there must’ve been many years
where Vince thought about how he could have saved his money by never hiring the rookie in the
first place. by never hiring the rookie in the
first place. 1) Wasting Millions On The XFL The XFL may go down in history as one of Vince McMahon’s
greatest failures. After the massive success
of the Attitude Era, McMahon aimed to bring his own
brand of Sports Entertainment
to football, describing the NFL as the
No Fun League. Feeling he could take on the
biggest American Football
organisation ever, Vince partnered with NBC to
broadcast the new league paying around $50 million to
fund the NFL alternative. While initial viewing figures were
high, the ratings quickly declined, as fans began to realise that all the players with actual talent were already signed to the NFL, leading to very boring matches. Football fans also rejected WWE-esque Sports Entertainment
involved with the show, with players encouraged to
have characters, such as Rod Smart, who’s jersey had ‘He Hate Me’
plastered on the back. After costing Vince $35 million, the league was cancelled after
just one season and fans thought they’d seen the end of the XFL. That was until January 2018, when McMahon announced a
new XFL, scheduled for 2020, which he sure hopes will right
the wrongs of the biggest financial blunder
in his entire life. Well guys, that’s our list. Can you think
of anything else that WWE Blew Millions
on during the attitude era?
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73 Replies to “8 Questionable Things WWE(WWF)Blew Millions On During The Attitude Era”

  1. Wwf new york had a great club in it, THE WORLD, where a lot of great DJs at the time, like Tiesto and Chus and Ceballos would spin there… took a lotttt of ecstasy at that place lol… and one time, my good friend who did every drug under the sun back in those days, I saw him spenind HOURS on the couch with some chick there, chatting, kissing her, etc… finally he leaves her and goes "I kinda finally came to out of my E and K stupor, and I just realized she didn't speak a word of English" hahahaha… God hit of E qnd Tokyo nor yellow cap special K were great back in the days of like 1998 to like 2005… no more

  2. What a waste of money that Gangriel thing was. He was a decent mid card act but not worth paying for a name.
    Also i'm curious as hell to see how the XFL revival in 2020 works out. Did Vince learn from his previous mistakes?

  3. I think wwe cud pull off the bar idea with so much constant now and the network with maybe a few paid legards at the bar to meet to talk about the old days much more sense then XFL ?

  4. Max Moon was NEVER part of the Attitude Era….AWESOME gimmick that SHOULD have lasted longer…
    Spark Plug Holly was NEVER part of the Attitude Era….another gimmick that SHOULD have lasted longer…

    Mark Mero WAS SET FOR GETTING A PUSH BUT he became overshadowed by Sable…

    The XFL, was NEVER part of the Attitude Era as it was during the Ruthless Aggression Era…but HOPEFULLY the NEW XFL consumes his time and takes him away from RAW. Hell, even MORE successful than the original…..

  5. vinny mac has failed at everything he has ever promoted except the thing he wants to distance him some from, PRO WRESTLING.

  6. did he not lose money bringing back ecw? cause i know decemer to dismember was the lowest selling ppv at that time, the show came on syfy and it was only an hour long

  7. Xfl??? Ok ? Good luck ? Vince… by the way don’t fight nfl try to get there help by getting a endorsement deal think about it… XFL endorses by the NFL …. sounds good doesn’t it ?

  8. 3:03 I think it was by White Wolf, not White World. White World also sounds a bit racist. Also Gangrel now owns the rights to the name for wrestling.

  9. I personally Think Vince has a chance with The XFL this time because in this day and age with both WWE & NFL being totally unwatchable I think he might succeed with it because back in 2001 The NFL was still watchable and of course it was still the WWF Attitude Era (which speaks for itself) and wrestling fans and both football fans alike weren't really interested in a somewhat "Wrestling Football league" WWE changes with the times and the era of PG and Political correctness has ruined it among other things such as comedy for example and with the NFL being the same either one is watchable. Vince stated that XFL 2020 WILL NOT be involved with politics and that "We're here to play strictly play football. So lets just wait and see.

  10. i not watched wrestling in a while was this xfl part 2 in 2020 a joke or real cause if real vince retire why you have a brain

  11. Back in the old WWE/WWF Days they lose more money than there ratings and right now WWE is now losing more ratings than his money

  12. Well the Marc Mero thing was worth it, Vince got Sable out of it. Sable was a great investment, and made up alot of the money he gave Marc Mero.

  13. Very harsh on Marc Mero. Easily one of the best ever high flyers and great charisma. Possibly the most underrated ever.

  14. You should of renamed it "8 things wwe risks their money with during the 1990s" because half this list was Late golden/New generation era

  15. Mark Mero wasn't a total loss. I mean sure he didn't work out too well himself, but he was an example tor the WCW guys. "I'll pay you more and push you while Eric Bischoff will pay you less and bury you while pushing Hogan." If not for Mark Mero Vince may never have gotten Jericho, Guerrero, Benoit, The Big Show, etc. The wrestling world may have become very different; i.e., we may have ended up in 2018 saying "remember WWF? Too bad they went out of business. Anyway, what's on WCW Thunder tonight?"

  16. Holy CRAP I can’t believe more channels haven’t mentioned MAX MOON! Slat Rock always has the best & most creative topics and content overall!

  17. What about the Million Dollar Giveaway, where Vince would call viewers and they had a chance to win a million dollars?

  18. Vince tried making Football, Casinos, Restaurants, NASCAR, Boxing all apart of Wrestling and failed. Do you see the pattern? Anything other than actual wrestling Vince failed at. Hopefully, after all these years, he understands that.

  19. gangrel wasn't a huge star lmfao .. he was so insignificant that they had to break off edge and Christian who clearly out shined him .. and let him go on his own

  20. Max Moon was right before the New Generation in 92, 5 years before the Attitude Era, dumb ass. Slat Rock doesn’t know shit about wrestling.

  21. If Vince is legit bringing back the XFL then I have to believe that he has finally lost his mind. It was stupid the first time around and it'll be even stupider now. What the hell is he thinking?

  22. In order to succeed, you have to be willing to fail. Most people will NEVER succeed, because of fear of failure. Vince has pretty much made back whatever he lost, just off of T.V. deals alone, so I'm guessing he's alright with some of these misses.

  23. 8 Questionable Things WWF Blew Millions on During the Attitude Era…very first entry was not from the Attitude Era. WONDERFUL!

  24. I used to work at WWF New York. https://www.mandatory.com/wrestlezone/news/1031699-gangrel-name And Gangrel just got the rights to his name so this video is quite old.

  25. The only thing I can't understand why the WWE won't invest in, even though they tried all these things, is why they don't invest in an actual Hall of Fame. I know that a ton of people would love to go there and to see all the legends and they could have all sorts of memorabilia, have meet and greets and other kinds of events, and store to buy all their stuff. It wouldn't even cost that much to make or maintain if they where smart about it and didn't try and turn it into one of Vince's grandeur fever dreams.

  26. I agree with Matthew Hunt…
    Mark Henry was great! He actually took time to perfect his craft and become an important part of 2 different era's and became a
    darn good entertainer!

  27. The Attitude Era was a great time to be a wrestling fan. We had awesome stars and matches and had the luxury of remembering the classic 80s era.

  28. Max Moon was before the Attitude Era. He was a cartoony gimmick of The New Generation Era. Sparky Plugg also was before the Attitude Era. The Attitude Era was 1997-2002.

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