Former WCW World Heavyweight Champion David Arquette not too long ago made his go back to skilled wrestling. Former WCW head booker Vince Russo not too long ago had Arquette on his The Brand podcast, and Russo mentioned who got here up with the speculation for Arquette to win the identify.
Arquette’s championship win is in large part cited because the straw that broke the camel’s again within the dying of WCW. Arquette used to be an avid wrestling fan and first of all did not wish to win the identify as a result of he knew how negatively the fanatics would react to a celeb turning into champion. But Russo believed it will be an effective way for WCW to spice up its exposure, and he satisfied Arquette to head at the side of it. Russo published that announcer Tony Schiavone used to be the person who got here up with the speculation to have Arquette transform champion.
“I write the presentations. The presentations are within the can. The presentations are written, the presentations are accomplished. That tag team the place it used to be you and Diamond Dallas Page towards Eric Bischoff and Jeff Jarrett, that used to be already written. The display is written. We have our manufacturing assembly. I do not bear in mind the end of that fit however you weren’t going over. When I used to be writing that display, you profitable that identify used to be now not even a idea in my thoughts. Not even a idea. So, we’ve got the entire manufacturing assembly and we lay out all of the display. I do not bear in mind what the end of the fit initially used to be,” Russo stated. “The meeting is over and everybody leaves; Tony Schiavone comes up to me, and you can verify this with Tony, but he goes, ‘Vince, I want to pitch you something.’ I’m a huge Tony Schiavone mark, who is a great guy. Tony is the guy. He looked at me and said, ‘What if David Arquette won the WCW World Title?’ Now, you know me and my reputation. I was the swerve master, so anytime I could swerve you and give you surprises I did it. When he said that to me I stopped dead in my tracks because here is the swerve king, that thought never even crossed my mind. I looked at Tony and I said, ‘Tony, that thought never crossed my mind. If Vince Russo wasn’t even considering that can you imagine the people watching the show?'”
The thought have compatibility proper into Russo’s unpredictable reserving taste, so he cherished it as a result of he knew how sudden it will be. Russo made certain that Arquette would finally end up pinning Eric Bischoff, as a result of he knew no wrestler would ever permit Arquette to pin them.
“Now, I am like, we have to do this. I’m like, bro, if I did not consider this nobody is going to see this. The beauty of it was Eric Bischoff was in the match so pinning an Eric Bischoff was not you pinning a Jeff Jarrett,” Russo stated. “We would not have been able to do it if you were pinning a wrestler, so I’m like, if he can pin Eric Bischoff we can probably get away with that.”
Russo additionally published that not one of the WCW behind the curtain officers or manufacturers had been hostile to the speculation of Arquette profitable the identify. According to Russo, it used to be unanimously believed to be a perfect thought for the corporate.
“The production meeting was over, Tony hits me with this one on one, I call everybody back in from the production meeting, and when I say everybody it was everybody who was working back there during that time. It was Eric Bischoff, Terry Taylor, Arn Anderson, J.J Dillon, whoever was working there at the time I called them in and told them that Tony Schiavone gave me this idea, it wasn’t even a thought in my mind, but what do you guys think?” Russo stated. “One-hundred percent on board. I think Jimmy Hart was there too. Not one person said that we couldn’t do it, or that it was a ridiculous idea. Not one person did that. After we had the discussion and everybody was on board I was like, let’s do this. Now, everybody agrees with it and then they all leave the room.”
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Source: Vince Russo’s The Brand
Peter Bahi contributed to this text.