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  1. #601
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    That Jarrett thing was a work, right? A Russo Special.

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    The entire angle is mired in controversy. It depends on what site you read, what year it was written and who is telling the story. BUT, from what UI can gather the story goes something like this.

    Hogan had a title match against Jarrett, and neither wanted to lose. Hogan was playing backstage politics and said he doesn't want to lose, and forced his agenda. So Jarrett comes out with Russo, and Russo orders Jarrett to 'lay down' for Hogan to let Hogan win. Hogan initially refuses, but then covers Jarrett, and then cuts a promo saying 'this is why this company is shit....' and leaves. Russo then comes out later cutting a promo saying 'Hogan's title meas shit, and he is fired, and that Jarrett is still the champion, and he will defend the title later tonight against Booker T.'

    Again it depends on who you ask, but some say the entire angle was a work with all parties involved, including Bischoff. Some say no. But the facts are that Bash at the Beach 2000 was Hogan's last appearance for WCW, and he did leave the company



    However, if a wrestler is disgruntled, and is going to be on a TV match, then he/she could do what Jarrett did, and just go out and lay down for his/her opponent to protest their treatment. They still 'wrestle', but they just go out and throw the match.
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    It was a Russo joint.


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    I normally wouldn't trust Russo, Hogan and Bischoff with watching my Nintendo Gamecube but all three have more or less confirmed this version of the story to a certain degree.

    It starts in the spring of 2000 when Russo and Bischoff are given the keys to the WCW car again after the Kevin Sullivan era and start the New Blood vs. Millionares Club storyline where the young guys being held down are inexplicably the heels and the old guys holding the young dudes down were actually faces (don't ask). Hogan, ever the politician and desperately wanting to be in the World Title scene still, initially agrees to play ball and put over guys like Billy Kidman on the condition that he ultimately win the feud and get a title shot against Jeff Jarrett (which did happen). Around this time Russo claims that he and the creative team all unanimously agree that the next champion after Jarrett (who mind you has won and lost the title at least twice in a month's span during the late spring/early summer) is Booker T; whether that's because they thought he deserved it (as Russo argues) or because they wanted to avoid the racial profiling lawsuits they would soon be facing (as others argue) is a whole other can of worms. The decision is made to have Booker beat Jarrett at Bash at the Beach to win the belt after Jarrett beats Hogan early in the night due to interference. According to Russo Hogan initially refused to do it, but after adding enough interference and such Hogan agrees during the middle of the week.

    Then the day of the show arrives. As best as I can tell Hogan, Russo and Bischoff have all corroborated this chain of events. Russo arrives at the building and is informed by Bischoff that Hogan wasn't going to do the job, having changed his mind over the weekend. Russo goes to Hogan, Hogan explains he wants the title and, in what he describes as an attempt to get out of the situation with Booker holding the title, Russo presents a this scenario to Hogan; Russo will go back to Jarrett and tell Jeff that Hogan won't do the job (effectively working poor Double J), followed by Jarrett then deciding (at Russo's encouragement) to lay down to Hogan. Hogan and Bischoff will then leave in a fit following the match, Jarrett and Booker will have their match later in the night where Booker wins the betl and it would then open the door for Hogan to later return and do a Champion vs. Champion match (according to Russo that was more Hogan's idea than his; Russo himself just wanted to get through the night). At that point the work is on and everything plays out from Russo working Jeff to Jeff laying down to Hogan winning the belt and cutting his scathing "that's why this company is in the state it's in" worked shoot promo to Hogan and Bischoff leaving the building acting all furious.

    It's at this point accounts begin to differ. Russo claims they had all agreed that, after Hogan and Bischoff left, Russo would come out and cut his own scathing worked shoot promo on Hogan in order to both further the angle and set up the Jarrett-Booker T match. He's further claimed that after the show (the next day I believe) he was told by Turner executive Brad Seigel to not bring Hogan back as a cost cutting measure and that because of that Russo didn't call Hogan the next day as he promised, thus leading Hogan to believe he had been betrayed. Hogan, in his autobiography, claimed that Russo turned the angle into a shoot via his promo, but also seems to back up Russo's claim that Seigel was involved in preventing Hogan from returning. Bischoff, in his autobiography, has stated the stuff with Hogan and Jarrett was all a work but the Russo promo was a shoot and that Russo used the angle as a way to double cross Hogan. In the end it all leads to the lawsuit filed by Hogan against Russo (which Hogan lost I believe) and I believe Hogan and Bischoff vowed to never work with Russo again (and vice versa)...until a decade later when they all worked together again in running TNA. Carnies are gonna carny.


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