WWE Hall of Famer and a former four times WCW World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett recently remembered laying down for Hulk Hogan and the heat between Hulk Hogan and Vince Russo in that time.
There were a lot of things going on at the time in WCW. Vince Russo was making back to back poor decisions which were draining the company down to its death. One of the big incidents that signifies the death of WCW was this horrible segment between Hulk Hogan Vince Russo and Jeff Jarrett.
Jeff Jarrett Remembers Hulk Hogan – Vince Russo Incident From Bash At The Beach 2000
Hulk Hogan faced the WCW World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett for the title. When Jared entered the ring and the bell rang for the match, Jarrett immediately laid down so that Hogan could pin him. Hogan loathed on Russo for this. He grabbed a mike and said to do so that the company is dying because of these foolish decisions. He pinned Jeff Jarrett and Jeff left the arena immediately.
Later Russo clarified that the original plan was a title match between Jarrett and Booker T. Hogan was taking the advantage of his creative control and was trying to Grab the title. This is the reason why told Jarrett to lay down for him. After this match, Russo cut a promo publicly and loathed Hogan. None of these incidents were kayfabe.
Jarrett on a recent episode of my world with Jeff Jarrett remembered this infamous incident. He revealed how it felt to him to lay down for Hulk Hogan and what was the actual back story of this incident. He said;
“Work, not work, all that. It was bad TV, it was bad for the fans, it was a bad story. In so many ways – and it’s not 2021, we’re talking 2000 – this was distasteful and just bad TV. I was right in the middle of it and I knew I didn’t have a lot of options.
“But the one that looked like it was the best for [me] and my family, I didn’t like. Laying down in any scenario is not good, but a World title match is even worse. If you say you’re a wrestling fan growing up in the 80s, Hulk Hogan was bigger than professional wrestling. But it was just something I didn’t want to talk about [since then] because there was no upside legally, professionally, career-wise. It’s just garbage.
“I remember when we did the last TV for Thunder and I got into Daytona on Saturday, and it was a mess. Nobody knew what was gonna happen. It was up in the air and a lot of negotiation.
“I kept being told from Vince, probably Terry Taylor, and maybe Bill Banks that, ‘We’ll see what happens on Sunday.’ One of those deals, knowing that Hogan hadn’t made up his mind or maybe he had made up his mind. My thought is….what’s really going on here? Where are we going with this whole deal?
“Russo is in and out of his conferences, and he comes to me and the usual on a TV or pay-per-view day, he’s stressed. ‘I don’t know what we’re gonna do.’ He didn’t know. But at some point, we are corralled, and John Laurinaitis, me, and Hulk are gonna get together. We sat down, Hogan puts his back against the wall, ‘Alright, where are we at?’
Credit: My World With Jeff Jarrett. H/T 411Mania