– WCW Veteran Talks About Ultimate Warrior’s Run-In During Hollywood Hogan vs. Bret Hart Match Being Botched Due To Lack Of Communication In WCW
During a recent edition of “Neal Pruitt’s Secrets of WCW Nitro” podcast, WCW Veteran Tony Schiavone talked about lack of communication in WCW, David Arquette winning the World Title, Hogan vs. Bret & more. Below are the highlights:
On the lack of communication in WCW:
“I thought that the booking committee should have had more communication with production. I always thought here was a lot of miscommunication there. Conrad Thompson and I just watched an event – a Nitro from 1998 – where apparently the Ultimate Warrior was supposed to do a run-in for a Hogan match against Bret Hart.
He never did the run-in, and the reports were that ‘well, it was a miscommunication in the backstage area’. I remember thinking ‘boy is that the tip of the iceberg!’.
“I just don’t think that we had the communication skills that we needed to have. Then again…once people were put in place to communicate, they kept things from us, like we were in a missile silo and we couldn’t get the codes!”
On David Arquette winning the World Title:
“David Arquette was originally not gonna win the championship. The [booking] meeting adjourned, and I was sitting to the right of Vince Russo. Vince looked at me and said, ‘what are you thinking?’
I said, ‘nothing…what are you thinking?’ I remember him turning to me and he said, ‘so you want David Arquette to win the world title’? I said, ‘well that’s a thought! Did anybody think of that?’ He said, ‘well let me give that a thought’.”