The above clip was a moment of wrestling history that I was not fortunate to have seen live, but one that affected me in my youth nonetheless.
Actually, it wasn’t really this moment specifically, but rather the era in which it took place in as a whole.
It was the year 2000, and the modern generation of WCW had pretty much run it’s course.
All through the 90’s, my brother and I had spent our Monday evenings clicking back and forth between WCW and the WWF, but by 2000; it became increasingly apparent that WCW was rapidly losing it’s audience.
Many reasons have been cited as to the cause of WCW’s demise, though most would agree that poor management and booking were chief among them.
Despite boasting an immensely talented roster of wrestlers that were often capable of outperforming the WWF stable, the most visible reasons WCW failed; at least to me, were the fact that the writing was vastly inferior, and there were far too many older, big name wrestlers that were being paid too much to do too little.
Seriously man, as much publicity and brand recognition as guys like Hulk Hogan can bring you, at the end of the day if they take the biggest paycheck and only wrestle once a month; it’s probably not gonna’ be worth your while to rely on them to sell your program.
That being said, one of the other commonly known elements of FAIL that contributed to WCW’s downfall, was a booker named Vince Russo.
Despite bringing the same “edginess” of his WWF writing to WCW, for whatever reason; it just didn’t work.
Under Russo, character arcs moved uncomfortably fast, titles changed frequently to the point of making them irrelevant, and to top it all off; David Arquette was given the opportunity to own the world title, however briefly.
For those keeping score, that last part is regarded as one of the darker moments in wrestling history.
From what I understand, this whole operation was basically a sloppy means to remove Hogan from the company due to his excessive price tag.
It worked, but not without the instigation of a few FCC violations.
Apparently, Hogan refused to lose the aforementioned match against Jarrett, (I don’t blame him. Jeff Jarrett’s a piece of shit.) ordering a rewrite as per a creative control clause in his contract.
Anyway, after Hogan’s blow-up, Russo would surprise everyone by coming out and proceeding deliver his own profanity ridden, unscripted promo:
That’s what I call professionalism!
While Hulk Hogan did in fact get the boot from WCW, this silly wildly over-the-top gesture proved to be for naught, as WCW would end up folding within the next year.
Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
Now, for something stupid: