Great invasions in sports-entertainment history

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November 28, 2012

The Invasion

William Shakespeare himself couldn’t have written the familial crisis that befell the McMahon family in spring 2001 when Shane McMahon purchased the folding WCW from under his father’s nose, robbing The Chairman of what should have been the crowning victory of the Monday Night War. While Shane assumed control of Eric Bischoff’s roster, Stephanie twisted the knife by buying ECW and hiring Paul Heyman as her General Manager. The two bickering siblings set their squabbles aside and joined forces in an all-out effort to topple the clan’s preening paterfamilias by initiating a monthslong saga that simply became known as “The Invasion.” Kick-started by WCW Champion Booker T, who attacked “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at King of the Ring ’01, the Invasion consisted of wave after wave of WCW and ECW wrestlers causing endless mayhem for the denizens of WWE. Things became so tumultuous for the McMahons that no less an icon than Austin himself defected from WWE, assuming the role of general for the villainous Alliance and breaking the collective hearts of the WWE Universe in the process.

The chaos boiled over into Survivor Series, where the McMahons agreed on a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match between WWE and The Alliance. And to the victor, as they say, would go the spoils: The victorious team would assume control of all three companies. The historic bout was truly an all-out effort (Shane-O Mac even suited up for The Alliance’s side), but despite a dastardly betrayal by Chris Jericho, The Rock scored the final pinfall for WWE to seal Mr. McMahon’s empire and end Shane and Stephanie’s WCW/ECW Alliance for good.

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