But history is written by the winners, and WWE have farted out as many books, DVDs, articles and even pay-per-view matches as they could get away with in order to perpetuate the myth that World Championship Wrestling was merely a rinky dink southern outfit that briefly out-drew the wholesome family World Wrestling Federation strictly by purchasing all its old stars.
The clichés are now deeply embedded in the fibre of younger fans growing up in a world where WCW literally never existed, despite a wealth of evidence to the contrary on WWE's very own over-the-top streaming service.
As is often the case, the realities were nowhere near as messy as McMahonism would have you believe, nor as blusterous as a Bischoffian address. The truth fell somewhere in between, with a host of the Atlanta outfit's successes and failures alike over-wrought for the benefit of whomever happens to be arguing the toss.
Yes, if the organisation had ultimately curbed the worst of its latter day excess, it may still have existed today. Had this alternate timeline occurred though, what then of a WWE so beloved by its core 'universe' and broadly tolerated by a vast fanbase picking and choosing the bits they like for a princely monthly fee? And how differently would WCW's darkest days be framed, had they won the war?
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