What if Magnum TA didn't crash?
If Magnum hadn't crashed, what impact do you think he would have had on the business? What companies would have closed and which would have stayed open?
- The DragonLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Both Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes (Jim Crockett's two top stars) wanted Magnum as NWA World Champ. Crockett himself wanted Magnum as NWA World Champ. Crockett had considerable influence with the NWA Board of Governors. Flair's word (as World Champ) carried a lot of weight with the Board, as well.
Magnum was a fast-rising star throughout Crockett's large territory, very popular wherever he wrestled. High-profile feuds with the likes of Tully Blanchard and Nikita Koloff made him one of Crockett's marquee stars. As did his tag team with Dusty Rhodes in Rhodes' war with The Four Horsemen.
Magnum would have beaten Flair for the NWA World Title if he hadn't have had the car wreck. He would have been a very popular World Champ, possibly even rivaling Flair. He certainly didn't have Flair's flamboyance and showmanship (nobody did, really) but he was the "working class hero" that fans loved in those days. He likely would have been NWA World Champ a few times for several years, battling Flair and the other heels. Nikita Koloff would have remained heel and been a top challenger to Magnum, likely being World Champ himself a time or two. Sting's rise as the new Face of the NWA/WCW would have been delayed but not stopped. Sting had more universal appeal than Magnum, who was a little "too southern" to really challenge Hogan for worldwide dominance. Hmm, it would have been interesting to see how Sting as Crockett's top star would have stacked up to Hogan (in worldwide popularity) in the 80's when Hulkamania "ran wild". A question we'll never know the answer to...
Magnum would have been a very popular NWA World Champ but nothing was going to stop Vince McMahon from destroying the NWA, putting everybody out of business, and taking over the wrestling business in North America. Magnum would have continued the tradition of NWA World Champs traveling the territories (and other countries) defending the World Title and he would have been a top draw wherever he went. As Vince's death march on the wrestling business grew stronger, Crockett would have brought Magnum "home" and kept him there (as he did Flair) in a desperate attempt to hold Vince off.
But it wouldn't have made any difference. Vince was too rich, too powerful, too cold-blooded and ruthless, and was willing to do anything (and did!) to put all competition out of business.
The NWA was an alliance of territories and promotions throughout the country, they mostly cooperated and worked together for the betterment of the business. Crockett wasn't trying to drive anybody out of business, and neither were Flair, Rhodes, and Magnum. Vince WAS and did everything he could (fair and foul) to do just that.
- 3 years ago
I believe Magnum would have been a Multi time Champ. Stars like Ricky Garvin Steamboat, Luger and Simmons probably would not have been NWA/WCW Champion. Things would have been drastically different in NWA Flair and TA would have tore the house down Starcade 87. I believe TA title reign would have lasted from 88-93. Trading titles with Flair, Vader, and Koloff. I also believe TA would have made to the WWF around 96 during the attitude area forming some type of alliance with Steve Austin feuding with DX, Bret Hart, Rock Vince McMahon, UT, Steve Austin etc.
- 8 years ago
Word has it that Jim Crockett Promotions was grooming Magnum TA to be a Future NWA World Heavyweight Champion. If Magnum TA had not wrapped his Porsche around a Telephone Pole, Nikita Koloff would have remained a Heel and Magnum would have eventually become a top Contender for The NWA World Heavyweight Title and he probably would have been the one who would have beat The Nature Boy Ric Flair for The NWA World Heavyweight Title in 1987 in Detroit, Michigan instead of Ronnie Garvin. Magnum TA was enormously popular both in Mid-South Wrestling and The National Wrestling Alliance and would have become a Mult-Time NWA World Heavyweight Champion and NWA Wrestling Fans can only dream about the future match-ups they would have seen. We can also be sure that Magnum TA would have received offers from Vince McMahon to leave The NWA and sign with The WWF. We can only speculate as to how that would turn out. A lot of NWA Stars did sign with The WWF back then.
- CandleLv 78 years ago
As Julius C said, TA was being groomed to be the next NWA champion. He's definitely one of the big what if's of wrestling because he had a look for the time, he had ample talent, and people loved him. I don't think a wrestler could ever save a promotion from going under singlehandedly, so I doubt he would've had that big of an effect on the industry if he'd stayed well. However, we might've seen some legendary bouts between him and some other old timers, and he definitely would've been one of the names Vince would've swiped from the NWA.
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- el diabloLv 58 years ago
The world will never know...
- khole12Lv 78 years ago
WCW would have probably not gone defunct.
- Anonymous8 years ago
he would of joined the icarly cast.