The Alliance v WWF was one of the biggest squandered opportunities in the history of wrestling!!
Allow me to explain why I feel like this.
The complete lack of major WCW main eventer's. Vince claimed that the cost of bringing in guys like Goldberg, Scott Stiener, The Outsiders, Ric Flair and Sother's, who were all under highly paid contract with AOL, was too high... Too high? The Invasion PPV pulled a massive buyrate, even by the WWF's then lofty standards, and that was with just a couple of topline WCW stars. Imagine what the numbers would have been if Vinnie, at the risk of upsetting guys like The Rock and Austin, had bought out more of the WCW's main guys. Whom he eventually brought in one by one anyway (once their contracts had ended).
The portrayal of DDP as a stalker and his subsequent burial at the hands of the Undertaker! why the fuck would Page, who had a smoking hot wife in Kimberly, stalk the Butt Fugly Sara? Senseless.....
When the ECW guys joined up with the WCW guys it was a MARK OUT MOMENT if ever I saw one. Then they rolled out the ultra annoying Stephanie and I did the Undertaker eye roll. Although I should have seen it coming a mile off, what with Shane being the "owner" of WCW. From that point on it became a McMahon Family Affair! It completley undermined both (ex) companies performers.
Speaking of undermining.... As much as I (eventually) loved Stone Cold as a heel, when he joined/took over the Alliance it's members were instantly devalued. Any true ECW fan who remembers the treatment of Taz during this period must have been as frustrated as I was.
Though The Alliance were booked strongly before and during the Invasion PPV, they (apart from SCSA of course) were soon made to look completely inferior to the WWF SuperStars. With the exception of RVD who, completely shocked management and, was instantly over with WWF's Sheeple (told you I was stealing that Rich!). By the time SummerSlam came about the Invader's were seen as nothing more than an annoyance to guys like Angle, The Rock and Taker & Kane. The Buyrate for SS was nothing compared to Invasion.... Which is ludicrous when you think about it. Mercifully the whole thing was put to sleep at Survivor Series, whose end result was made painfully obvious when Vince stated live on Raw that he'd "had it with this Alliance Crap!!!"
The whole thing went from being a potentially wonderful series between The Big Three of the late 90's to an overly long and disheartening WWF/McMahon storyline!
Don't get me wrong. There were numerous Diamonds to be found in the Rough, but Vinnie Mac well and truly dropped the ball on that one..... It was eerily similar to what happened when Crocket promotions procured the UWF from Bill Watts back in 1988, the UWF at the time had a huge amount of stars that could of been perceived as a threat to Crockets top guys. Instead Dusty's ego had The Crockett mid-careers defeat most of the top UWF guys and pretty much ruined a perfect opportunity for a stellar interpromotional series between the two companies.... Eerily similar ; )
Shawn v Bret on the other hand was riveting to watch in the ring and to read about the backstage dramas.
Opposite sides of the same coin, these two had very similar paths to the top of the WWF ladder but, character wise, they couldn't be further apart from each other if they were on different continents. The matches they had mostly (Mania XII snoozefest aside) put a smile on this fans face. I absolutely loved their match at Survivor Series '92. The explosive ending to this feud (at Survivor Series '97 for those living under a rock) and the, years long, name calling and accusations that followed only added more depth to this legendary war of hated rivals. The Handshake and Hug that ended it was a nice touch too.... This feud is gonna take some beating in this tournament, for sure.
For the record: Shawn was my favourite of the two while I was growing up.