Jeff Jarrett has opened up about controversial WCW pay-per-view Bash at the Beach 2000, where he says Hulk Hogan refused to lose to him.
Bash at the Beach 2000 remains one of the most controversial pay-per-views in wrestling history. Backstage conflicts made their way to the ring, Vince Russo called Hulk Hogan a “piece of sh*t” live on air, and no one, including those involved, seemed to know what was real and what was storyline.
At the show, WCW Head Writer Vince Russo wanted World Champion Jeff Jarrett to retain his title over Hulk Hogan. However, Hogan had other ideas, and refused to lose the bout.
Come show time, Russo instructed Jarrett to lie down in the ring so Hogan could cover him, which he duly did. A confused looking Hogan then placed his foot on Jarrett to win the World Title. But there was more chaos to come.
As Hogan stood over Jarrett, he blasted Russo on a live microphone, saying “That’s why this company is in the damn shape it’s in, because of bullsh*t like this!”
In response, Russo shot back that this was the last time fans would see that “piece of sh*t” in a WCW arena ever again. In the midst of the chaos, Russo also reversed the decision, meaning Jarrett kept hold of the title. Not that his reign lasted much longer, by the end of the night he had been defeated by Booker T.
Reflecting on one of the more chaotic nights of his career on the Broken Skull Sessions, Jarrett recalled the moment that Hogan said he wouldn’t put him over.
“Russo wanted me to go over [win],” Jarrett said. “Hulk, to his defence, I think this is where the rubber meets the road, I don’t think he necessarily had a problem putting me over. He wanted to know, ‘If I’m putting Jeff over, where am I going from here?’ Like any talent would. I don’t think Russo had the exact plan, so he [Hogan] refused to put me over.”
Looking back on how it all went down in the ring, Jarrett said that the incident left him disgusted.
“Still to this day I’m a part of a black eye on the business,” Jarrett continued. “The business has had a lot of black eyes – we could go down the list – but I know I’m a part of one. There’s no upside to that for me. I was disgusted.”
In the wake of the show, Hogan filed a lawsuit for defamation of character against Vince Russo and WCW’s parent company, Turner/Time Warner. Although the suit was dismissed in 2002, Hogan never appeared in WCW again.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.