Arn Anderson on why Mike Awesome flopped in WCW, why Starrcade 2000 was a depressing time

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On the newest episode of the “ARN” podcast, Arn Anderson and Conrad Thompson speak about WCW Starrcade 2000. This was the ultimate Starrcade occasion earlier than the corporate was bought by WWE.

Arn and Conrad discuss in regards to the situation of WCW on the time, they usually speak about among the names that have been round at the moment together with Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Shane Douglas, the Steiner Brothers, Mike Superior, and plenty of others.

Arn was requested what he thought of Mike Superior in WCW: “I believe Mike, who was a pleasant sufficient man, got here into an surroundings of wolves and sharks. I believe there was just a little little bit of sniffing out that hey, this man is a giant star in ECW and will likely be a giant star right here. I believe the antenna went up on quite a lot of the highest guys, the extra vicious prime guys, the smarter prime guys they usually figured we’re going to need to get this man to sabotage himself or we’re going to need to sabotage him. It was not too many TV’s you began to see including layers onto his characters that he didn’t want, placing him in precarious conditions as an alternative of simply successful for 9 weeks. If the man was huge, he was an excellent performer, the best approach to get a man over right now, tomorrow, 25 years in the past, is to place him in matches which have sufficient time, give him an opponent that is aware of what time it’s, and simply exit and win each week and have good matches. I don’t assume he actually had a good begin. If he would have come to the corporate 10 years earlier, who is aware of what the man might have been.”

Arn gave his ideas on the state of WCW and Starrcade in 2000: “For me, I used to be having to have a look at this. I couldn’t sprinkle any magic mud on it. I couldn’t put a brand new coat of paint on it. I couldn’t rationalize it. For me, it was a interval of my life that the businesses that I actually liked, which was Jim Crockett Promotions that morphed into WCW. Then it turned WCW and I noticed that it was on hearth and the hearth vans weren’t going to make it in time. I used to be the man who took the decision. We have been standing in entrance of the home and it’s ¾ on hearth and the man calls from the dispatch and he says, sorry Arn, we’re nonetheless 45 minutes away with the hearth vans. We’re not going to make it in time. Then there’s that second the place inside your head, you simply go, that is over. The enterprise as I do know it’s over. This firm might be going to be completed. I can now not wrestle irrespective of how a lot I’ll myself to do it. I’m simply bodily not in a position. It was a extremely down, miserable time for me, however I used to be taking a look at all the roles, all of the goals, all of the younger guys like myself that dreamt of this their whole life and actually needed to make it an occupation of theirs, lifelong, they have been by no means going to have it as a result of when that firm goes down, a minimum of half the roles within the business goes to go down the sink with it. To sit down there and have to observe it, it’s like anyone holding my head straight saying, watch the monitor. There may be the longer term. It doesn’t look very brilliant. It was not an excellent feeling.”

In the event you use any portion of the quotes from this text please credit score ARN (Arn Anderson’s podcast) with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription

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