12 Ideas The WWE Completely Ripped Off

All great ideas take form somewhere; whether it’s through imitation or motivation, an idea can sometimes be controversial because of how closely it resembles another. In the world of sports and entertainment, this is often a major problem, as companies like ROH, New Japan, TNA Wrestling and the former World Championship Wrestling, have all claimed at one time that WWE stole their ideas, whether it be for a gimmick, storyline or even a PPV.

This was especially apparent during the 90s. The WWE was scrambling for ideas in order to revive their product which was seriously hurting because of WCW’s edgier program. Eventually, copying some of WCW’s concepts helped shift the company's momentum. This article will take a look at various ideas and the way the WWE copied the ideas from other promotions; ideas range from gimmicks to divisions to PPV events to even talent acquisitions. Let’s get to it. Here are 12 ideas the WWE stole. Let us know which one of these entries surprised you the most! Enjoy.

12 Montreal Screwjob

11 Attitude Era

10 The Role of the Mid-Card

9 Rebellious Character

8 The Shield

7 Light Heavyweight Division

One thing the WWE did not have in comparison to WCW was a Cruiserweight Division. WCW’s Cruiserweights set the product to new heights in more ways than one, and the division became must-see TV on a weekly basis featuring wrestlers like Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Juventud Guerrera, Ultimo Dragon, Eddie Guerrero and so many others. The WWE failed to replicate the division several times. They initially copied the idea by starting a Light Heavyweight Division. The likes of “Gillberg”, a knock off of Goldberg, quickly turned the division into a joke. The WWE would continue to try and rebrand it to no avail.

6 International Talent

5 Angle Accuses the WWE

4 The Role of the Authority

3 Rebellions Faction

2 RAW Going Live

1 PPV Concept

Before WCW was sold to Ted Turner, Jim Crockett was in charge of the promotion. Crockett was the first ever wrestling promoter to use a pay-per-view concept and type of event by debuting Starrcade in 1983. Jim would continue to produce this event till 1987. Two years after Crockett began Starrcade, the WWE would combat this on March 31st, 1985 with WrestleMania I. This would pave the way for more events and eventual record setting WrestleMania 31 years later with an attendance of over 100,000. Would there have been a WrestleMania without the impact of Starrcade?


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