Sunday, May 7, 2017
The Year the WCW Championship Changed Hands 25 Times
That's right in the year 2000, the final full year the promotion was in operation, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship changed hands or was vacated 25 times. Is it any wonder why this promotion ultimately folded.
1) January 16, 2000 Cincinnati, Ohio Souled Out
Bret Hart is forced to vacate the title due to injury after being kicked in the head and being concussed by Goldberg
2) January 16, 2000 Cincinnati, Ohio Souled Out
Chris Benoit defeated Sid Vicious with Arn Anderson as the special guest referee
3) January 17, 2000 Columbus, Ohio Nitro
Title is vacated: storyline Arn Anderson states he is forced to reverse the decision because Sid's leg was under the rope when he submitted to the crossface. In reality Benoit left the WCW with Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, & Perry Saturn
4) January 24, 2000 Los Angeles, California Nitro
Sid Vicious defeated Kevin Nash for the vacant championship. He had to defeated The Harris Brothers in a handicapped match for the right to wrestle Nash
5) January 25, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada Thunder aired 1/26/2000
Commissioner Kevin Nash strips Sid of the championship because he pinned the wrong Harris Brother in his championship qualifying match
6) January 25, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada Thunder aired 1/26/2000
Commissioner Kevin Nash awards himself the championship
7) January 25, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada Thunder aired 1/26/2000
Sid Vicious defeats Kevin Nash & Ron Harris in a triple threat steel cage match submitting Nash
8) April 10, 2000 Denver, Colorado Nitro
Vince Russo & Eric Bischoff stripped all champions of their titles rebooting WCW
9) April 16, 2000 Chicago, Illinois Spring Stampede
Jeff Jarrett defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win the vacant championship, Page had won a four man tournament (Sting, Lex Luger, & Sid) on the April 10th Nitro for the right to face Jarrett
10) April 24, 2000 Rochester, New York Nitro
Diamond Dallas Page defeated Jeff Jarrett in a steel cage match
11) April 25, 2000 Syracuse, New York Thunder aired 4/26/2000
David Arquette won the championship teaming with Diamond Dallas Page in a tag team match against Eric Bischoff & Jeff Jarrett, the stipulation was whoever got the pin would win the title, Arquette pinned Bischoff
12) May 7, 2000 Kansas City, Missouri Slamboree
Jeff Jarrett defeated David Arquette and Diamond Dallas Page in a Triple Cage Match when Arquette turned on Page
13) May 15, 2000 Biloxi, Mississippi Nitro
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair defeated Jeff Jarrett to become the 15 time World Champion
14) May 22, 2000 Grand Rapids, Michigan Nitro
Vince Russo strips Flair of the title, at Thunder on 5/16/2000 (aired 5/17/2000) Flair had defended his title in a handicapped match defeated Jeff Jarrett, David Flair, Crowbar, & Daffney. After the match Flair fell down leaving the ring with apparent equilibrium issues. It was later discovered to be an inner ear issue, however prior to that discovery WCW chose to vacate the title.
15) May 22, 2000 Grand Rapids, Michigan Nitro
Jeff Jarrett defeated Kevin Nash in a no holds barred match to win the vacant championship. Vince Russo tried to award Jarrett the title, however Nash stole the title leading to the match.
16) May 23, 2000 Saginaw, Michigan Thunder aired 5/24/2000
Kevin Nash defeated Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner in a triple threat match
17) May 29, 2000 Salt Lake City, Utah Nitro
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair is awarded the Championship by Kevin Nash who states that Flair never lost the title and it belongs to him. This is Flair's 16th and final World Championship reign
18) May 29, 2000 Salt Lake City, Utah Nitro
Jeff Jarrett defeated Ric Flair with special guest referee David Flair
19) July 9, 2000 Daytona Beach, Florida Bash at the Beach
Booker T defeated Jeff Jarrett. Earlier in the evening Jarrett was scheduled to face Hulk Hogan for the Championship, Vince Russo ordered Jarrett to lay down and allow Hogan to pin him, which Jarrett did and Hogan eventually put a boot on Jarrett's chest. After Hogan left with the belt Russo cut a scathing shoot promo on Hogan and declared that Jarrett was still the Champion and would defend against Booker T. Booker had lost to Kanyon earlier in the evening when Jarrett hit Booker with a guitar. This was Hogan's last appearance in WCW.
20) August 28, 2000 Las Cruces, New Mexico Nitro
Kevin Nash defeated Booker T
21) September 17, 2000 Buffalo, New York Fall Brawl
Booker T defeated Kevin Nash in a Caged Heat Match
22) September 25, 2000 Uniondale New York Nitro
Vince Russo defeated Booker T in a steel cage match to win the title, yes this actually happened!
23) October 2, 2000 Daly City, California Nitro
Vince Russo decided he was not a wrestler and vacated the title
24) October 2, 2000 Daly City, California Nitro
Booker T defeated Jeff Jarrett in a San Francisco 49ers Match to win the vacant title
25) November 26, 2000 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mayhem
Scott Steiner defeated Booker T in a Straitjacket Steel Cage Match to win the title
So there you have it, 25 title changes in technically just under 11 months, two non-wrestlers held the championship, Sid Vicious had the longest single reign at 76 days, Chris Benoit, Sid Vicious, Diamond Dallas Page, Jeff Jarrett each held the title for 1 day where as Kevin Nash and Ric Flair each had a reign that lasted only a couple hours. Jeff Jarrett won the championship four times but Vacated was a six time champion.
Also in the year 2000, The WCW Tag Team Championships changed hands 21 times, Hardcore Championship 19 times, Cruiserweight Championship 14 times, and United States Championship 11 times. Again, is it any wonder that this promotion folded with ridiculousness like this.
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