Review of Timeline WCW 2000 with Vince Russo
by Alan Wojckik
“Who knew the best edition of either WWF or WCW series produced so far would be with a non-wrestler.”
The year 2000 was fun! The beginning of a new decade and century plus the survival of the dreaded Y2K attack. Wrestling was in a great boom period with WWF riding the “Attitude Era” momentum that began in 1998 with the Rock, Steve Austin, Undertaker and countless others while WCW had Bill Goldberg, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Bret Hart & others fighting on TNT. A wrestling fan you would have never thought the once mighty WCW would financially lose near $80 million in 2000 and in March 2001 WCW (more like their tape library) would be purchased by the McMahon family. How the hell did it happen and who is to blame? Kayfabe Commentaries tries to figure that out by sitting down the man who in 2000 was in and out of the driver’s seat, former WWF writer VINCE RUSSO for their TIMELINE HISTORY OF WCW 2000 DVD.
In October 1999 Russo and his writing partner Ed Ferrara exited the WWF to become the creative writers of WCW. By the end of 2000 Russo would be gone completely and probably wished he never left WWF to begin with. In WWF he probably would not have become an on-air personality, suffered three legitimate concussions and won the WWF World championship (Vince McMahon did but that’s another DVD) or written a film actor to win the championship. All that did happen with Russo writing in WCW 2000 plus a lot more.
Here are some of the major storylines, controversial moments and matches covered by host Sean Oliver:
Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero and Perry Saturn’s exit to WWF, The Millionaires Clubs vs. The New Blood, Tank Abbott nearly winning the WCW World championship, David Arquette & Vince Russo winning the WCW World championship, the Bash at the Beach PPV home of the infamous Hulk Hogan/Jeff Jarrett laydown, the David Flair/Stacy Keibler wedding, the Insane Clown Posse, the death of WCW Saturday Night, the emergence of Booker T as World Heavyweight champion, Russo being sent home then brought back to partner up with Eric Bischoff and lots more.
Vince covers working with the WCW/Turner office like Bill Busch and Brad Siegel plus wrestlers like Sid Vicious, Hulk Hogan, Bill Goldberg, Randy Savage, Tank Abbott, Booker T, Jeff Jarrett and Ric Flair who sometimes had egos bigger than Hollywood divas. He goes over moment for moment the Bash at the Beach debacle plus putting the championship on Arquette who had been part of the “Ready to Rumble“ film that was released in 2000 and how Russo came to walk (actually be stretchered out) of the Nassau Coliseum the WCW World Heavyweight champion. This DVD was fun for me because after Arquette won the championship I didn’t watch WCW until the final Nitro in March 2001, so I caught up on what went on.
If you want to play a drinking game over the two DVD’s, take a drink anytime Russo says, “I’ll never forget” or “This is my last time doing this so”, you will be heading to an AA meeting before disc one ends. I have met Vince Russo on several occasions during my time covering TNA Wrestling and have always found him to be a cordial person. The Vince Russo who sat for this interview looks to be on a mission to clear his name of the dirt and mud and crap (literally) flung at his creative writing legacy. He takes some shots at current TNA Impact stars like Christopher Daniels and former stars Generation ME (the Young Bucks) plus all of the internet community since we are the real scourge of the universe. Several times Vince tells host Sean Oliver this is my last EVER shoot style interview and sorry I don’t believe him. I can see him being part of the Timeline WWE series for 1998 or 1999. Who knew the best edition of either WWF or WCW series produced so far would be with a non-wrestler.
Also available right now through www.KayfabeCommentaries.com is YouShoot with Amazing Kong (review coming soon), Timeline History of WWF 1993 with Lex Luger (September 24) and Breaking Kayfabe with Marty Jannetty (October 15)
In addition to reviewing pro wrestling themed DVD’s and books since 2001, Alan Wojcik also covers several wrestling promotions throughout the United States. Be sure to check out www.facebook.com/kayfabewrestlingradio & Follow him on Twitter @MyNameIsWojcik