In my last thread, we discussed Vince Russo coming in and his numerous horrible ideas. A lot of those ideas and storylines occurred in the year 2000. Also, some things that didn't have to do with on screen activities occurred in the year 2000 as well. So I want to discuss the year 2000 as it pertains to WCW and how in that year what was already unbearably bad became infamously and intolerably bad. At this point in time WCW had already experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Unfortunately for WCW, though, the lows would just continue to get lower. We're going to discuss a few key/major events that contributed to WCW's horrible product and eventual demise from the year 2000. Here we go..... The Radicalz Walk Not everybody in WCW was stupid enough the be the band that continued playing as the ship was going down. Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, and Perry Saturn could all see the writing on the wall and they left for much much greener pastures. Funny thing is, though, that this didn't happen on Vince Russo's watch. Russo had left the company briefly in early 2000 because he had been demoted over a stupid idea he had with Tank Abbott winning the Championship. While he was gone, the book was given to Kevin Sullivan. Sullivan, realizing that Benoit and the others weren't happy, tried to appease Benoit by giving him his first WCW Championship at Souled Out in January of 2000. It was too little too late though, because the next day the four of them were gone. So, technically speaking, Benoit was never defeated for the WCW Title. Of course we all know their story from that point on. They get to WWE, they have an immediate impact on the program working with major stars right away, and two of them would go on to become World Champions in the WWE. I'd say that they made the right decision. So WCW, who was already having roster problems with their old guys always being either assholes or injured, were in an even bigger issue because now 4 of their best young in ring performers were gone. What to do what to do? Oh, I know; let the old assholes continue to have all the spotlight. The Rise of Jeff Jarrett Russo was gone for a period of about 3 months and in that time, trust me, Sullivan wasn't doing any better than he did. When he comes back, though, he has the book but he also has a partner in Eric Bischoff. So in an epic move in April of 2000, Russo and Bischoff call themselves 'rebooting' WCW and they vacated all of the championships and promised that the show would now revolve around younger, hungrier stars. They made good on their promise as a new person was indeed about to win the coveted WCW Championship. The problem was that the new person couldn't sell out an arena if he paid people to attend and gave them free concessions. On April 16, 2000 at Spring Stampede, Jeff Jarrett defeated DDP to win the WCW Championship. Of course the title would change hands 8 days later as DDP would win it back. Don't get me wrong, it was a good thing for the company to start using new main event stars, however, you just can't use anyone. Jeff Jarrett was a horrible person to use. He wasn't really over and he couldn't draw worth shit. I'll never understand how he got so much shine in WCW. It's fitting, though. Here I am talking about title changes in April of 2000 which leads me to..... David Arquette Wins the WCW Championship On April 25, 2000 Russo basically slapped every former NWA/WCW Champion in the face when he allowed Arquette to win the WCW Championship. To Arquette's credit, he did not want to win the title. He knew how bad it was. Wrestling, at this point in time was already pretty much through the transition of everyone knowing that it was fake and just entertainment, however, the wrestlers were still legitimate athletes that deserved to be taken seriously. Well, when you let some goofy actor come in, who isn't athletic in the slightest and who doesn't do what your roster does and you let him win your biggest prize; what does that say to the rest of the world? That professional wrestling shouldn't be taken seriously. It also tells your roster who have been working for years to get to that point that this guy, who doesn't do what you do is more valuable then you are. It was ridiculous and it pretty much made their title worthless from then on. Great American Bash WCW was on a roll by the middle of 2000. Horrible ideas? Check. Horrible Champions? Check. Losing talent? Check. Worthless title? Double Check. How can we screw up even more? Oh, I know; let's have a horrible PPV and turn our biggest face into a heel. That's exactly what they did at the Great American Bash in 2000. They took Goldberg, who, while nowhere near as big as he was a few years earlier, was still one of their most over faces and turned him heel. As if they didn't have enough of those running around. Needless to say it didn't work and yet again, it set Goldberg back. Nevermind that, it set the whole company back. Bash at the Beach 2000 As if the Great American Bash wasn't bad enough; here we are about a month later and WCW is really cooking ITSELF with gas now. Here's the story, Jarrett was set to face Hogan with the Championship on the line. Russo wanted Jarrett to go over, but that didn't work for Hogan brother. So they tried and tried to come up with a plan that had Jarrett leaving as the Champ but without Hogan losing face. We've seen this a million times before. It still didn't work for Hogan brother. So, legend goes that Russo tells Hogan that Jarrett will lose to him by lying down and that they'll make it look like it was real. Russo sells it to Jarrett as screw Hogan, if he wants the belt then you just get in the ring and lay down for the almighty asshole and stick it to him. Jarrett does as he's told and lays down. Hogan tells him not to do that and let's have a match. Jarrett lies there. Hogan puts a foot on him and get's the three count. Tells Russo that this stuff is the reason WCW is in such bad shape and leaves. Here's where the breakdown occurs. Everything up to this point is a work. Russo, who always has to win no matter what, comes out and cuts a deep and scathing promo on Hogan. Saying that Jarrett was supposed to win but Hogan played his creative control card and politics and as god is his witness you'll never see that piece of shit again. Now, all the marks will have you believe that Russo stood up to Hogan and good for him. Fact is, Russo and Hogan came up with that damn scenario and Russo, who's ego may very well be the biggest in the business, went out and stabbed Hogan in the back by cutting that promo. It is at this point, ladies and gentlemen, that I think Russo, Hogan, and Bischoff shot WCW in the head. It may have gone on for the better part of a year after this night, but it was dead on it's feet after this. Which brings us to.... AOL/Time Warner Merger On December 14, 2000 the Federal Trade Commission cleared the deal for AOL to purchase Time Warner. A lot of people believe that this is what killed WCW, but if you've been paying attention then you know better. I will cover this part of WCW at length in my next thread. What do you guys think of the year 2000 for WCW? Did I miss anything that as awful as the stuff pointed out? Do your disagree with the stuff pointed out? Let me know your opinions.