Putting the WCW Title on Arquette was one of the dumbest moves ever but it’s become really overblown when discussing the significance of it in wrestling history. You’d think WCW was in great shape, the wrestling industry was highly respected in society and the sanctity of world titles were honorable before this moment. This was just another terrible wrestling decision.
That being said, the use of David Arquette was god awful giving him a spot on this list. Winning the WCW Title in a weird stipulation match (vintage WCW) by pinning Eric Bischoff, Arquette became the champion.
He would go on to defend it in a triple cage match (a gimmick created in the WCW movie Arquette starred in: Ready To Rumble) vs. Jeff Jarrett and co-star/friend Diamond Dallas Page. Much like Page’s wife, neighbor and best friend during this feud, Arquette turned heel on him. It led to this awe-inspiring promo where Scott Hudson steals the show.
Ready To Rumble was a film about wrestling. It was not a very good film but to some (me), it is a beloved film. Let’s take a look at the cast and see where they are today and what they’ve been up to.
David Arquette aka Gordie Boggs
David Arquette’s character Gordie was a diehard wrestling fan dreaming to become a pro wrestler despite his dreams being shut down by his jerk cop father. Quite similar to the current Triple H/Big Show storyline, it was quite a roller coaster of emotions but Gordie achieved both his dream of being a wrestler and his dad’s dream of becoming a cop (all in a matter of days) by the end of the movie.
Arquette went on to have a string of bad luck after this film with horrible things happening to him such as getting divorced from Courtney Cox and winning the WCW Title. We kid. David actually donated 100% of the money made from his WCW appearances (which was a lot given WCW’s spending) to the families of deceased wrestlers Owen Hart, Brian Pillman and severely injured Darren Drozdov. Classy move.
His acting career has been going strong (for David Arquette standards) since then which includes a lead role in one of my favorite cult films – Eight Legged Freaks. Arquette also had to work with aforementioned ex-wife Cox in Scream 4. Awkward.