History Horrible / WCW

15th May '17 6:55:41 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** These two insane championship wins revealed what is probably [[FatalFlaw at the root of all Russo's ineptitude]]: because of his contempt for [[{{Kayfabe}} "fake wrestling"]], he ''genuinely'' believes that ''any'' schmuck can wrestle, that there's no skill or artistry involved with putting on a good match, and if you can smack a guy with a baseball bat then lie on top of him for 3 seconds then you're worthy of winning a world championship. And that's why Vince Russo is one of the worst bookers in the world.

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** These two insane championship wins revealed what is probably [[FatalFlaw at the root of all Russo's ineptitude]]: because of his contempt for [[{{Kayfabe}} "fake wrestling"]], he ''genuinely'' believes that ''any'' schmuck can wrestle, that there's no [[WrestlingPsychology skill or artistry artistry]] involved with putting on a good match, match (or even that the quality of the matches ''matters'' at all), and that if you can smack a guy with a baseball bat then lie on top of him for 3 seconds then you're worthy of winning a world championship. And that's why Vince Russo is one of the worst bookers in the world.
2nd May '17 11:46:16 AM WillyFourEyes
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->''"If, as the saying goes, an infinite number of monkeys, given an infinite amount of time, could sit at an infinite number of typewriters and eventually write Shakespeare's ''Hamlet'', then two of them, in a half an hour, could book ''Nitro'' and ''Thunder''."''

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->''"If, as the saying goes, [[MonkeysOnATypewriter an infinite number of monkeys, given an infinite amount of time, could sit at an infinite number of typewriters typewriters]] and eventually write Shakespeare's ''Hamlet'', then two of them, in a half an hour, could book ''Nitro'' and ''Thunder''."''
11th Apr '17 12:12:05 PM CosmicFerret
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* To promote the film ''Film/ReadyToRumble'', WCW allowed actor David Arquette to win their heavyweight title, keep it for a good clip of time, then '''[[FaceHeelTurn turn heel]]''' for the sake of one giant, overpriced swerve (with [[YesMan overzealous announcer]] Tony Schiavone branding it "the ''ultimate'' swerve!!"). So, to recap:

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* To promote the film ''Film/ReadyToRumble'', WCW allowed actor David Arquette Creator/DavidArquette to win their heavyweight title, keep it for a good clip of time, then '''[[FaceHeelTurn turn heel]]''' for the sake of one giant, overpriced swerve (with [[YesMan overzealous announcer]] Tony Schiavone branding it "the ''ultimate'' swerve!!"). So, to recap:



'''David Arquette''' in 2000: '''''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl87W1BOYQY#t=330s SHAAAAAAAAAAADAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHP]]!'''''

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'''David Arquette''' '''Creator/DavidArquette''' in 2000: '''''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl87W1BOYQY#t=330s SHAAAAAAAAAAADAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHP]]!'''''



* As bad as David Arquette as WCW champion was, it was only the second most idiotic championship reign in WCW history -- second only to ''Vince Russo's''. Yes, Russo gave ''himself'' the WCW Championship not long after he gave it to Arquette. Unlike Arquette, he feels absolutely no regret for doing it and could've stopped it from happening at any time because '''he was one of the bookers.''' Vince Russo is, to this day, one of the most despised figures in wrestling somehow. Funny, that.

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* As bad as David Arquette Creator/DavidArquette as WCW champion was, it was only the second most idiotic championship reign in WCW history -- second only to ''Vince Russo's''. Yes, Russo gave ''himself'' the WCW Championship not long after he gave it to Arquette. Unlike Arquette, he feels absolutely no regret for doing it and could've stopped it from happening at any time because '''he was one of the bookers.''' Vince Russo is, to this day, one of the most despised figures in wrestling somehow. Funny, that.
3rd Apr '17 10:05:53 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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** This was the angle that cemented booker Vince Russo as being certifiably insane amongst wrestling fans. Even [[OnlySaneMan Arquette]] protested it, since ''[[GenreSavvy he knew]]'' it would [[XPacHeat infuriate the fans]], but it was in his contract. Arquette also quietly donated the paychecks he received during his WCW tenure to the families of Wrestling/OwenHart, Wrestling/BrianPillman, Bobby Duncum Jr., Brian "Mark Curtis" Hildebrand (all deceased), and Darren "Droz" Drozdov (paralyzed from the waist down following an in-ring accident).

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** This was the angle that cemented booker Vince Russo as being certifiably insane amongst wrestling fans. Even [[OnlySaneMan Arquette]] protested it, since ''[[GenreSavvy he knew]]'' it would [[XPacHeat infuriate the fans]], but it was in his contract. Arquette also quietly donated the paychecks he received during his WCW tenure to the families of Wrestling/OwenHart, Wrestling/BrianPillman, Bobby Duncum Jr., Brian "Mark Curtis" Hildebrand (all deceased), and Darren "Droz" Drozdov (paralyzed from the waist down following an in-ring accident).accident), so at least ''some'' good came of it.
14th Mar '17 1:12:54 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** These two insane championship wins revealed what is probably [[FatalFlaw at the root of all Russo's ineptitude]]: because of his contempt for [[{{Kayfabe}} "fake wrestling"]], he ''genuinely'' believes that ''any'' schmuck can wrestle, that there's no skill or artistry involved with putting on a good match, and if you can smack a guy with a baseball bat then lie on top of him for 3 seconds then you're worthy of winning a world championship. And that's why Vince Russo is one of the worst bookers in the world.
9th Mar '17 10:02:30 AM Gimere
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The sheer number of [[DorkAge terrible angles]], GimmickMatches, [[WagTheDirector backstage politics]], [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted horrendous business decisions]], [[TroubledProduction bi-yearly fatalities]], and Wrestling/VinceRusso's booking led to a company worth $500,000,000 and backed by Ted Turner becoming, in a few short years, a hollow shell of a promotion bought by Wrestling/VinceMcMahon for just $3,000,000.

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The sheer number of [[DorkAge terrible angles]], terrible GimmickMatches, [[WagTheDirector backstage politics]], [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted horrendous business decisions]], [[TroubledProduction bi-yearly fatalities]], and Wrestling/VinceRusso's booking led to a company worth $500,000,000 and backed by Ted Turner becoming, in a few short years, a hollow shell of a promotion bought by Wrestling/VinceMcMahon for just $3,000,000.



* Of almost equal importance was the fate of the [=WCW=] Television title. True, it was secondary silver in the championship hierarchy, but it had an uninterrupted history of over twenty-five years dating back to the company's [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] days, longer even than [=WWE's=] Intercontinental title. It was abandoned on November 29, 1999 by Wrestling/ScottHall, who [[ItsAllJunk literally threw it in a dumpster]] after he decided on-screen that it was not worth defending. Acts taken with the World Championship above reduced its value to that of scrap metal, but never before has [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs a title belt been treated literally as garbage.]] It was fished out of the garbage by Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan a few months later, but he never defended it again before the belt itself was deactivated.

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* Of almost equal importance was the fate of the [=WCW=] Television title. True, it was secondary silver in the championship hierarchy, but it had an uninterrupted history of over twenty-five years dating back to the company's [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] NWA days, longer even than [=WWE's=] Intercontinental title. It was abandoned on November 29, 1999 by Wrestling/ScottHall, who [[ItsAllJunk literally threw it in a dumpster]] after he decided on-screen that it was not worth defending. Acts taken with the World Championship above reduced its value to that of scrap metal, but never before has [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs a title belt been treated literally as garbage.]] It was fished out of the garbage by Wrestling/HacksawJimDuggan a few months later, but he never defended it again before the belt itself was deactivated.



25th Feb '17 8:03:26 PM spectertv
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* The WCW International World Heavyweight Championship. This "title" was created from the ashes from WCW's ill fated partnership with the NWA. When they broke up, the current NWA Champion, Ric Flair was stripped of the title, but retained the belt because WCW actually owned it. So "WCW International", a completely fictitious subsidiary, was created and Flair was recognized as it's World Champion(not to be confused with the actual WCW World Championship, held at the time by Vader). The whole thing was a mess and while the International title did have some top caliber champions (Sting, Flair, Rick Rude), it was mercifully ended in 1994 with a unification match with the WCW title.

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* The WCW International World Heavyweight Championship. This "title" was created from the ashes from WCW's ill fated partnership with the NWA. When they broke up, the current NWA Champion, Ric Flair was stripped of the title, but retained the belt because WCW actually owned it. So "WCW International", a completely fictitious subsidiary, was created and Flair was recognized as it's World Champion(not Champion (not to be confused with the actual WCW World Championship, held at the time by Vader). The whole thing was a mess and while the International title did have some top caliber champions (Sting, Flair, Rick Rude), it was mercifully ended in 1994 with a unification match with the WCW title.
1st Jan '17 8:17:31 PM Willbyr
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22nd Nov '16 7:47:44 PM Gimere
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* There's WCW's ''Great American Bash 1991'' PPV, which had the entire Baltimore audience switching back and forth between two reactions--sitting on their hands and chanting "''WE WANT FLAIR!''" ('''especially''' during the main event) to protest Wrestling/RicFlair's firing from WCW just days before the event. Flair, meanwhile, would join the WWF, taking the NWA World Heavyweight Championship with him (because he wasn't paid back the $25,000 deposit he put down on the belt when he received it for the first time) and calling himself "The ''Real'' World's Heavyweight Champion" (a TakeThat aimed at then-WWF champ Hulk Hogan and at booker Jim Herd, who was running WCW at the time).

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* There's WCW's ''Great ''The Great American Bash 1991'' PPV, 1991'', which had the entire Baltimore audience switching back and forth between two reactions--sitting on their hands and chanting "''WE WANT FLAIR!''" ('''especially''' during the main event) to protest Wrestling/RicFlair's firing from WCW just days before the event. Flair, meanwhile, would join the WWF, taking the NWA World Heavyweight Championship with him (because he wasn't paid back the $25,000 deposit he put down on the belt when he received it for the first time) and calling himself "The ''Real'' World's Heavyweight Champion" (a TakeThat aimed at then-WWF champ Hulk Hogan and at booker Jim Herd, who was running WCW at the time).



* Spring Stampede 2000 is about as bad as it gets. It took place 6 days after the reboot. This meant that that all the storylines heading into the show had one night to build, except the Dustin Rhodes/Terry Funk feud which for some reason was the only storyline to make it through the reboot. Since all titles were vacated, there were tournaments for the US and Tag Team Championships, a tournament finals for the WCW Championship, a multi-man match for the Cruiserweight Championship that had more men than minutes allotted, and a Hardcore Championship match. What fans ended up getting was a 14 matches show with only one match going more than 9 minutes. Almost every match had interference and there was also a match between Jimmy Hart and radio shockjock Mancow Muller.

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* Spring Stampede 2000 is about as bad as it gets. It took place 6 days after the reboot. This meant reboot, meaning that that all the storylines heading into the show had one night to build, except build [[note]](except the Dustin Rhodes/Terry Funk feud which for some whatever reason was the only storyline to make it through the reboot.reboot)[[/note]]. Since all titles were vacated, there were tournaments for the US and Tag Team Championships, a tournament finals for the WCW Championship, a multi-man match for the Cruiserweight Championship that had more men than minutes allotted, and a Hardcore Championship match. What fans ended up getting was a 14 matches show with only one match going more than 9 minutes. Almost every match had interference and there was also a match between Jimmy Hart and radio shockjock Mancow Muller.



* The Django Unchained gimmick, while ridiculous, pales in comparison to ''WCW Uncensored '96'': the {{Wrestling/Sherri|Martel}}-[[{{Wrestling/Madusa}} Madusa]]-Colonel Parker love triangle. Where to even begin? It all started when Parker got it in his head that what Sister Sherri (who burned through more boy toys than Jennifer Lopez) really needed was a grey-haired, overweight gambling addict to come sweep her off her feet. He planted a sloppy kiss on Sherri, who belted him, because that's what happens when you try to kiss Sensational Sherri without permission. After suffering a blow to the head, however, the concussed Sherri suddenly developed feelings for the Colonel, and they were almost married in a drive-thru chapel. The ceremony was interrupted by Parker's ''other'' "fried pie", 4x women's champ Madusa, leading into a not-bad street brawl with Sherri and a deplorable man v. woman match with the Colonel. Three things:

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* The Django Unchained gimmick, while ridiculous, pales in comparison to ''WCW Uncensored '96'': the {{Wrestling/Sherri|Martel}}-[[{{Wrestling/Madusa}} Madusa]]-Colonel {{Wrestling/Sherri|Martel}}-{{Wrestling/Madusa}}-Colonel Parker love triangle. Where to even begin? It all started when Parker got it in his head that what Sister Sherri (who burned through more boy toys than Jennifer Lopez) really needed was a grey-haired, overweight gambling addict to come sweep her off her feet. He planted a sloppy kiss on Sherri, who belted him, because that's what happens when you try to kiss Sensational Sherri without permission. After suffering a blow to the head, however, the concussed Sherri suddenly developed feelings for the Colonel, and they were almost married in a drive-thru chapel. The ceremony was interrupted by Parker's ''other'' "fried pie", 4x women's champ Madusa, leading into a not-bad street brawl with Sherri and a deplorable man v. woman match with the Colonel. Three things:



* Jim Herd was the president of WCW during the early part of the 1990s. He had no previous experience with wrestling, and despite Ric Flair being a world-famous World Champion, was convinced that Flair was too old to draw. First he tried to {{retool}} Flair into a Roman gladiator named Spartacus (to which Kevin Sullivan famously replied "while we're doing this, why don't we go down to Yankee Stadium and change Mickey Mantle's number?"). Then he simply fired Flair. The problem? Flair was WCW World Heavyweight Champion at the time. And since he had put down a $25,000 deposit on the belt, which WCW did not refund to him after he was fired, Flair decided he owned the physical title belt. He then showed up on WWF television with the WCW belt. Flair went on to be promoted as "The Real World Champion" by heel manager Wrestling/BobbyHeenan and work a great (and financially successful) program with Hulk Hogan. WCW, on the other hand, was devastated by the loss of their top draw and their inability to find anyone to replace him. At the nadir, fans were ignoring the actual matches and chanting "We Want Flair". Herd would eventually resign in disgrace.

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* Jim Herd was the president of WCW during the early part of the 1990s. He had no previous experience with wrestling, and despite Ric Flair being a world-famous World Champion, was convinced that Flair was too old to draw. First he tried to {{retool}} Flair into a Roman gladiator named Spartacus (to which Kevin Sullivan famously replied "while we're doing this, why don't we go down to Yankee Stadium and change Mickey Mantle's number?"). Then he simply fired Flair. The problem? Flair was WCW World Heavyweight Champion at the time. And since he had put down a $25,000 deposit on the belt, which WCW did not refund to him after he was fired, Flair decided he owned the physical title belt. He then showed up on WWF television with the WCW belt. Flair went on to be promoted as "The Real World Champion" by heel manager Wrestling/BobbyHeenan and work a great (and critically and financially successful) successful program with Hulk Hogan. WCW, on the other hand, was devastated by the loss of their top draw and their inability to find anyone to replace him. At the nadir, fans were ignoring the actual matches and chanting "We Want Flair". Herd would eventually resign in disgrace.
28th Oct '16 3:37:02 AM WillBGood
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* In 1999, legendary punk rock group Music/{{Misfits}} appeared on several weeks' worth of WCW programming...not to perform or promote their album but to ''[[http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/remember-when-misfits-wrestled-in-wcw wrestle]]''. Never mind the fact the fact that none of the members had any wrestling experience and were all approaching 40. Interestingly, the idea didn't come from any ExecutiveMeddling, but from Vampiro, who was a fan of the band. He had originally asked them write his new theme song, but then pitched them actually being on the show to executives. Bassist and leader Jerry Only was very into the idea...but the rest of the band was not. Needless to say, fans never really bought the gimmick, which seemed like an incredibly forced excuse for Vampiro to pal around with his [[PromotedFanboy real-life favorite band]]. The group stopped appearing after Only was injured during a cage match with Dr. Death Steve Williams.

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* In 1999, legendary punk rock group Music/{{Misfits}} Music/TheMisfits appeared on several weeks' worth of WCW programming...not to perform or promote their album but to ''[[http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/remember-when-misfits-wrestled-in-wcw wrestle]]''. Never mind the fact the fact that none of the members had any wrestling experience and were all approaching 40. Interestingly, the idea didn't come from any ExecutiveMeddling, but from Vampiro, who was a fan of the band. He had originally asked them write his new theme song, but then pitched them actually being on the show to executives. Bassist and leader Jerry Only was very into the idea...but the rest of the band was not. Needless to say, fans never really bought the gimmick, which seemed like an incredibly forced excuse for Vampiro to pal around with his [[PromotedFanboy real-life favorite band]]. The group stopped appearing after Only was injured during a cage match with Dr. Death Steve Williams.
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