In the fierce wrestling competition of the late 90s, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) began to seize the advantage over World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in what came to be known as the Monday Night Wars. Eric Bischoff, a key WCW management team figure, grappled with a desperate battle to revitalize the struggling organization.
As WCW's position weakened, management was led into a quagmire of hasty decisions that further exacerbated the situation. There's a vast array of these regrettable choices that are too numerous to recount here. However, a compelling summary can be found in an archived forum post wittily dubbed "the WCW Epic Fail Files," which documents some of the more conspicuous blunders of the era.
Notably, one decision still draws the ire of wrestling fans today: the controversial move to crown actor David Arquette as the WCW Champion. Wrestling enthusiasts and pundits alike widely disparaged this decision. In stark contrast, Eric Bischoff, the man behind this controversial move, staunchly defends it.
Bischoff Defends Infamous WCW Decision
Bischoff recently elaborated on his thought process behind the decision during an episode of his 83 Weeks podcast. He defended the controversial angle by arguing that the potential buzz it could generate might serve as a much-needed morale booster for a company rapidly spiraling toward oblivion.
Reflecting on the circumstances, Bischoff contended, "The controversy wasn't as heated as one might think when the decision was made. You have to understand WCW was in dire straits at that time — morale, ratings, revenue, and organization were all at a nadir.
Thus, any novel approach that held promise was typically welcomed, despite the potential risks." He further clarified, "Given the predicament, we found ourselves in, there was minimal resistance or complaints about the changes we were implementing." To this day, Bischoff's unusual move remains a point of contention in wrestling circles.
While widely criticized, it remains a testament to the extraordinary lengths the WCW management was willing to go to regain lost ground in the heated Monday Night Wars.