In the 1990’s, WCW almost destroyed the WWE, beating them in the ratings every week for a year. During that time, the WWE fought back and made themselves out to be the little guys and the victims of the evil “Billionaire Ted” Turner and Eric Bischoff, who played loose with Ted’s money. In his recent Bischoff on Wrestling podcast, Bischoff discounts those allegations and says that he didn’t do anything that Vince McMahon wouldn’t have done, and hadn’t done before.
Heading back to the ’80s, before WCW broke away from the NWA, Vince McMahon Sr. sold the WWE to his son and Vince McMahon had much bigger plans that his father. While Vince Sr. ran his promotion in the Northeast, focusing on New York, Pittsburgh, and the surrounding areas, Vince Jr. wanted to take the company worldwide. To do so, Vince started to buy up the best talent from the territories and systematically put the major competitors out of business.