Vince’s Built-In Advantage

During the 80's when Vince McMahon started aggressively expanding he already controlled New York, Philadelphia, Boston, DC and most of the rest of the Northeast. Compare this to Crockett's triad of power in Atlanta, Greensboro and Charlotte. You would think Verne would have been in a good position to compete with Chicago, Milwaukee, the Twin Cities, Denver, Vegas and San Francisco under his belt but he was too far behind the times and threw it all away. Considering the huge difference in population and media exposure between the markets wasn't the war against Vince doomed from the start? Or do you think better business practices and creativity could have stemmed the tide? 
It might have stemmed the tide but the end result was inevitable.  Vince had the TV guys in his pocket and the Northeast and yeah, they weren’t beating him.