World Championship Wrestling: 2000
After months of blustered ratings and bad booking by Vince Russo, the executives at World Championship Wrestling agreed that the company needed to be put back on the right track once again. After studying the market, the WCW and Time Warner Executives agreed that Eric Bischoff needed to return to the company he ran so successfully.
Eric Bischoff met with the WCW and Time Warner executives in early March about making a return to the company he once ran, but this time Bischoff had his own agenda.
Bischoff: If I’m coming back to this company, I am not going to be a pawn in a war between WCW and Time Warner. I want to buy WCW and rebrand it. I want to make WCW the biggest company in the world once again, and in order to do that I need to be the owner.
The Time Warner executives agreed with Eric Bischoff and sold him WCW. The two parties agreed on a television deal that would put WCW Nitro on TNT from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST every week as well as retain WCW Saturday Night on TBS from 6:05 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. EST.
Over the next few weeks; Eric Bischoff planned several meetings with the television crew, superstars, and company executives. Bischoff announced that all WCW programming was to be taken off the air during the weeks of March 27 to April 9, to allow for hype in the program once again. Without notice, WCW Nitro didn’t air on March 27. Instead, TNT posted advertisements for the return of WCW Nitro the following hyping the idea that changes are coming. Similar promo occurred for Thunder’s time block and WCW Saturday Night’s time block. Wrestling fans were in an uproar over WCW’s sudden cancelation that week, making Eric Bischoff’s plan work.
This BTB starts on WCW Monday Nitro which airs on Monday, April 10, 2000.
WCW 2000 Roster
WCW Owner: Eric Bischoff
Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner
Diamond Dallas Paige
Earnest “The Cat” Miller
Nature Boy Ric Flair
Kronik - Brian Clark and Bryan Adams
Mamalukes – Big Vito and Johnny the Bull
The Harris Brothers – Ron and Don Harris
Chuck Polumbo and Sean O’Haire
Nasty Boys – Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags
Road Warriors – Hawk and Animal
Tammy Lynn Synch
Mean Gene Oakerlund
James J. Dillon
World Heavyweight Championship
WCW United States Championship
WCW Television Championship
WCW Cruiserweight Championship
WCW World Tag Team Championships