On a recent episode of his weekly ‘My World’ podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Jeff Jarrett revealed a lot of details about the infamous WCW Screwjob in 2000.
At the Bash at the Beach 2000 PPV, WCW booker/writer Vince Russo made The Chosen One lay down for Hulk Hogan, who – for the first time in his career – used his creative control clause to overturn Russo’s original booking.
Below are the highlights from Jarrett’s podcast:
On laying down for The Hulkster:
“Work, not work, all that. It was bad TV, it was bad for the fans, it was a bad story. In so many ways, and it’s not 2021, we’re talking 2000, this was distasteful and just bad TV. I was right in the middle of it and I knew I didn’t have a lot of options. But the one that looked like it was the best for [me] and my family, I didn’t like.
Laying down in any scenario is not good, but a World Title match is even worse. If you say you’re a wrestling fan growing up in the 80s, Hulk Hogan was bigger than professional wrestling. But it was just something I didn’t want to talk about [since then] because there was no upside legally, professionally, career-wise. It’s just garbage.”
On not knowing the finish before the PPV:
“I remember when we did the last TV for Thunder and I got into Daytona on Saturday, and it was a mess. Nobody knew what was gonna happen. It was up in the air and a lot of negotiation. I kept being told from Vince, probably Terry Taylor, and maybe Bill Banks that, ‘We’ll see what happens on Sunday.’
One of those deals, knowing that Hogan hadn’t made up his mind or maybe he had made up his mind. My thought is…what’s really going on here? Where are we going with this whole deal?”
On what he thought the finish would be:
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