Until the main event.
Let's look at this from perspective.
Ric Flair held the WCW Title.
Sting held the WCW Title.
Lex Luger held the WCW Title.
Vader held the WCW Title.
Chris Benoit held the WCW Title, albeit very briefly in an attempt to keep him from jumping fences.
Chris Jericho could have held the WCW Title, but was held back by some of the bigger guys who thought he was too small.
David Arquette, who stands no taller than 5' 10" and weighs about 150 pounds soaking wet, is the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion.
Let me repeat. David Arquette, who is maybe fifteen pounds heavier than me at best is the world champion (and by default, the torchbearer) of the number two promotion in the country.
This speaks volumes, really it does. In fact, this was the major problem that plagued the prior regimes of WCW -- the focus on celebrities over actual wrestlers and the constant shifting and devaluing of the world title.
If WCW is to be taken seriously, crap like this must not happen. Well, sure, it's sports entertainment and all, but what does this tell the forty or so guys in the back waiting for their shot to be big man on campus? How is the morale going to be in the WCW locker room now that a second-rate actor has the most prestigious title in the organization yet a guy like Norman Smiley is still fighting pointless hardcore matches that will not elevate him?
Basically, it's telling the guys in the back that, in the words of a certain wrestler, IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU WORK HARD AND PAY YOUR DUES! Seriously, though, you have guys that have been spilling their blood for years, working through injuries and trying to please the crowd, and then an actor wins the WCW Heavyweight Title?
This, to me, is the biggest slap in the face of the wrestlers and fans I have ever seen.
Not to mention one of the biggest displays of selling out to corporate America I've ever seen. I watch WCW for WCW action, not to see a gimmick match from a movie being promoted.
I'll tell you something. I really want WCW to succeed. After the first Thunder of WCW v4.0 ended, I wasn't lying when I did my closer -- they put on a good show with mediocre wrestling, but good angle development and excitement to actually make me want to know what happens next. For the first time in months, I was excited for WCW. I actually wanted to know what the next chapter in the story would be.
Well, I found out. And it's not a pleasant feeling.
I assume the world title is going to be vacated or something because another referee came in, but some major damage control is going to have to take place, as the WCW World Title has been made meaningless for the sake of increasing the box office gate of a movie that isn't even going to clear eight-figures to begin with.
And it's going to have to start with the focus on the wrestlers and angles involving said wrestlers. I don't care about Eric Bischoff. I don't care about Vince Russo. I don't care about David Arquette. I care about how Diamond Dallas Page is going to overcome the odds and prevail over Jeff Jarrett. I care about Lex Luger and Ric Flair settling their vendettae with Buff Bagwell and Shane Douglas. I care about the feuds between the workers, not some guy who jumps the rail and rightfully gets the crap kicked out of him.
A DDP/Jarrett feud is a good thing. Both guys are decent-to-great workers who could pull out a good match. Now, just leave them alone and let the two do just that.
And, please, let's keep the crap out the ring, literally and figuratively.
Sorry for ranting, but I had to get it off my chest. Thanks for reading.