WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett, a former four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, recently spoke about David Arquette, who won the WCW World Heavyweight Champion in 2000.
David Arquette, who won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, is considered to be one of the worst booking decisions ever made by a professional wrestling promotion. It was one of the main reasons WCW was destroyed. Arquette was not a professional wrestler, but an actor. We’ve always seen professional wrestling promotions treat celebrities really well, but it’s not fair for them to win a championship.
Jeff Jarrett talks about David Arquette’s escape in WCW
When the incident occurred, which was just coming to theaters in collaboration with WCW, David Arquette was the star of the film. WCW was so desperate to promote the film that they let it win their world championship. A title previously held by wrestlers like Ric Flair, Goldberg, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Randy Savage, and many other big names was won by someone with absolutely no connection to wrestling. It completely destroyed the prestige of the title.
And there was something worse. Diamond Dallas Page, the man who lost the title, celebrated with effect after losing the title. It was a completely unsuspecting booking and it was the really strange thing that a terrible idea like this was approved. This was one of the main reasons WCW died.
Jeff Jarrett, who is a former four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, recently spoke about David Arquette, who won the WCW World Heavyweight Champion in 2000, on an episode of My World With Jeff Jarrett.
âI can’t remember ‘what if’ even went the way to make him world champion, but really to make it relevant – to have a bad bunny day [match] or [Rob] Gronkowski appearance. You see, at that time, less than a year before, I was in the ring with Ben Stiller. Cross-promotion for a film, in, out, whatever. We’re selling the film and Stiller helped me get through the plot and finish D’Lo. At that point, I was still making the Arquette on this scale – the film, that was the route we went.
âFrom the day I met him, I can remember him hanging out in the bars after Nitros. Not only is David one of us as a fan, but I can imagine him on a Hollywood set or at the Thanksgiving dinner – he’s a very humble person. This is the real David that I know. Returning to your last point, he had no creative control. None.
“He was like, ‘No, no, I don’t think we should do that.’ But he let the piece go and did it … we are still talking about it today. This is episode 19 or 20, and you picked that episode to be titled David Arquette. Whether it’s hardcore or got into that bubble – no matter how you cut it, Letterman, USA Today, Hollywood actors, the movie, the cross-promotion – there have been far worse ideas in my opinion. But you don’t know until you take your picture and get up and swing.
âI was born and raised in ‘Look, you’re only as good as your last TV or bad. You always have next week. ‘ Sometimes you just can’t hang your hat on the rating of that particular show. Sometimes things are going your way on multiple levels and sometimes they are going against you on multiple levels. But we’re still talking about it – I’m not just saying positive or negative, but I think David has overcome a lot of that negative stigma. I love this guy and he loves our industry.
âWe both knew we had our job. The Triple Cage is a great conceptâ¦ ..but how we go about it and how we wanted to understand it, and just the story of David who wasn’t a wrestler and the belt that got hung up. Myself and Dallas had a few conversations and Dallas tells the story – if you are familiar with DDP Yoga, in many ways, this is where DDP Yoga originated.
âWe went through the game and we had the discussion and there is a hole in the cage between the first and second levels and Dallas has pulled back. One of his legs is just falling through the top and it really threw him off balance. He must have a match in less than 24 hours. He was recovering from a back injury, and DDP Yoga was a huge step on the path to how he wanted to transform his body. I still do DDP Yoga to this day.
âI’m a big fan and supporter and I believe in it. We went through the game and discussed it and laid it out and knew someone had to speak a punch from the top. No you do not. But we went that route and tried all the different moving parts in WCW Creative to tell seven stories at once that never worked. Myself and DDP discussed the entire layout through and through.
Credit: My World with Jeff Jarrett. H / T 411Mania