Famous Hollywood actor David Arquette winning the WCW World Hevyweight Championship in April of 2000 is widely considered one of the worst moments in professional wrestling history.
At that point, Arquette did not have much actual in-ring training at all, which made it even worse.
During a recent episode of his weekly ’83 Weeks’ podcast, WCW Legend Eric Bischoff revealed why he and Vince Russo booked the title win back then, and – to the surprise of most listeners – even went on to defend the decision.
Here’s what the 2021 WWE Hall of Famer said about making Arquette champion:
“It wasn’t that controversial when it went down.
You gotta realize, WCW was so far down morale-wise, ratings-wise, revenue-wise, organizationally, so any attempt to do anything that might work was generally fairly embraced.
But under the circumstances that we were in, there was not a lot of pushback or people complaining about stuff.
Everybody was just hoping that something was going to click, and this was one of those. Were there individuals backstage who didn’t agree? Absolutely.
The same way there were individuals backstage at WrestleMania (39) that didn’t agree with what WWE did with Cody Rhodes.”
David Arquette became the WCW World Heavyweight Champion on the April 26th 2000 episode of WCW Thunder, when he pinned Eric Bischoff in a Tag Team match.
He would later lose the title in the main event of the May 7th ‘WCW Slamboree 2000’ pay-per-view and turned heel in the process.
Years later, the Hollywood actor actually ended up becoming a legitimate pro-wrestler on the independent scene, where he performed from 2018 until 2021.
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