10 WCW Rip-Offs That Helped WWE Win The Monday Night War

10. The Heel Authority Figure


As winners of the Monday Night War, WWE has the privilege of rewriting history to fit their narrative. At times, this can leave the facts a little skewed in WWE's favour and one prime example of this is the role of heel authority figure.

Fans of WWE will forever associate Vince McMahon with the evil Mr. McMahon character he portrays on TV. Such is the brilliance of his on-screen abilities, many have come to credit the heel authority figure as a McMahon innovation; however, this assumption simply isn't true.

While the creation of the Mr. McMahon character following Survivor Series '97 was the spark that reignited WWE's fight in the war with WCW, Eric Bischoff was actually playing the role of heel authority figure almost an entire year beforehand. 'Easy E' joined the New World Order on 18 November 1996 and his smug grin instantly became a fixture of Monday Nitro thereafter.

Bischoff's turn to the dark side started a trend that has become the go-to formula for most wrestling companies ever since and one that is still prevalent over 20 years later, particularly whenever Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are on Raw.


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