The most absurd champions ever!

David Arquette and Vince Russo: WCW World Heavyweight Champion

In April 2000, “Scream” star David Arquette began appearing on WCW programming in conjunction with the film “Ready to Rumble” – a wrestling comedy that was produced in association with the Atlanta-based company.

Arquette’s initial appearances were innocuous enough, but his role took a dramatic turn when he was involved in a tag team match on Thunder pitting Jeff Jarrett and Eric Bischoff against Arquette and WCW Champion Diamond Dallas Page. The stipulations of the bout dictated that whoever scored the pinfall would win the title. When the comedian covered Bischoff for the three count, even he could not believe he was being handed the iconic “Big Gold Belt.” (WATCH)

The infamous moment is noted as having played a pivotal role in the eventual demise of World Championship Wrestling. Thankfully, Arquette’s reign did not last long. Twelve days after winning the title, he lost it in a Triple Threat "Ready to Rumble" Triple Cage Match (say that 10 times fast) where he turned on DDP, solidifying his role as one of sports-entertainment’s top villains. (WATCH)

An even darker moment in WCW’s decline came only five months later. Vince Russo, a backstage bigwig, weaseled his way in front of the cameras and into in-ring competition. In a Steel Cage Match for the WCW Championship at Long Island, N.Y.’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Russo shockingly defeated Booker T in a chaotic bout to win the title. The following week, the pompous slob came to his senses, realized he was not an athlete, and relinquished the championship on Nitro. It didn’t matter – the damage was done. After Arquette and Russo, the credibility of WCW’s most coveted prize was beyond repair, and the company ceased operations six months later.