Here's a big one to ponder. A condition of JCP selling to Turner was that Flair would be around. Flair came close to signing with the WWF during this time, which would have changed wrestling history in many ways. Just a few things to ponder among many:
- Would the WWF have ended up with a monopoly as early as 1988? How does wrestling history change if WCW never exists?
- Would JCP have been able to sell off to TBS at all, possibly at lesser value?
All of these questions assume there is a monopoly at this point:
- What are the big money matches and just how big money are they? Hogan-Flair, Savage-Flair, Hogan-Savage vs Sting-Luger, Hogan-Luger, Warrior-Sting, Warrior-Luger, Road Warriors-Demolition, Hogan-Savage vs Flair-Windham, Hogan-Sting, and probably others I haven't even thought of.
- How does Hogan's career arc change? How does Flair's career arc change? Sting's? Luger's? Savage's? Ultimate Warrior's?
- Who does the WWF decide they have no place for and/or the talent has no interest in working for? Do Corny and the MX end up working Memphis, Dallas and Continental, for example?
- Does the WWF still take Dusty? Does Dusty still want to go?
These questions assume there is no monopoly and that TBS still purchases JCP:
- How does WCW build up without Flair and make it work, recognizing that the WCW audience was different than the WWF audience? Who came closest to fitting the bill in terms of being a hardcore darling, great worker as a heel or babyface and strong promo that could fill that role?
- Would a Flair run in 1988-1989 be much different than a Flair run in 1991-1992?