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Former Intercontinental Champion’s Return Got Cancelled Due To Backstage Politics

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• ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (May 7, 2000) – WCW SLAMBOREE 2000

On this day in Pro Wrestling history on May 7, 2000, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired their annual ‘WCW Slamboree’ event LIVE on PPV from the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.

This was the 8th and final Slamboree pay-per-view out of 8 that WCW aired between 1993 and 2000.

Famous Hollywood actor David Arquette main evented this pay-per-view event as the reigning and defending WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

The results can be found below:

WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Chris Candido (c) defeated The Artist

WCW Hardcore Championship: Terry Funk (c) defeated Norman Smiley & Ralphus

Shawn Stasiak defeated Curt Hennig

WCW United States Heavyweight Championship: Scott Steiner (c) defeated Captain Rection

Mike Awesome wrestled Chris Kanyon to a no contest

The Total Package defeated Buff Bagwell

Shane Douglas defeated Ric Flair

Sting defeated Vampiro

Hulk Hogan defeated Billy Kidman

Triple Cage – WCW World Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Jarrett defeated David Arquette (c) and Diamond Dallas Page

• Former Intercontinental Champion’s Return Got Cancelled Due To Backstage Politics

Epico Colon was one of the many wrestlers released by WWE during the budget cuts.

While talking to SuperLuchas, he revealed that former Intercontinental Champion Carlito was very close to returning to the company. However, he could never return due to backstage politics.

Below is what Epico said:

“We talked with Vince, Michael Hayes was behind us and give Vince this signal: The OK signal. Sounds good. Sounds great. So we (Epico and Primo) said: “So let’s bring Carly (Carlito)!

But in all this process, 3 months happened and, politically, other people with power within WWE [interfered]. I don’t know if Carly made this person mad, but when [Triple H] called Carly, he just offered him the money [on the level of a] development contract. Take it or leave it.

So Carlito said, ‘No. I don’t need the WWE, the WWE needs me’. So we understand that there was something interfering between us and Vince because we have a great relationship with Vince.

One day we were talking with the Director of Talent Relations (Mark Carrano). We asked him about Carly, but he told us that Vince has not given the ‘OK’ so we told him: ‘Let’s go to talk with Vince! He’s there!’

He was afraid of that, but we said to him, ‘Yes! We have confidence with Vince.’ So we grabbed him by the arm and we go to Vince’s office. He’s on the phone and we asked him about Carlito and Carrano asks “What are we doing with Carlito?” And Vince made this signal (Thumbs up). Vince approved the idea, but after several weeks we realized that Carlito’s return to the company was no longer going to materialize.”

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