#9 Vince Russo-Hulk Hogan-Jeff Jarrett controversy at Bash at the Beach 2000
By 2000, WCW was dwindling downwards and it had become painfully clear that WWE won the Monday Night Wars. At the Bash At The Beach pay-per-view, Vince Russo came out during the WCW World Title match between Hulk Hogan and Jeff Jarrett, and Russo ordered Jarrett to lie down and allow Hogan to pin him. Hogan refused at first, and then picked up a mic and told Russo: “This is why the company is in the damn shape it’s in, it’s because of bullsh*t like this”.
According to Russo and Eric Bischoff, this was a planned angle. However, this would turn out to be Hogan’s final match with WCW. Later in that show, Vince Russo came out and cut a profanity-heavy promo about Hulk Hogan playing backstage politics and went on to state that the championship Hulk Hogan had just won was worthless and that Jarrett was still the real champion and that he would be defending the title later that night against Booker T. Russo then fired Hulk Hogan. Here is the promo:
Now, it is an interesting case of what actually happened. Russo said that the unanimous decision by the creative team was to crown Booker T as the champion by the end of the night, but Hogan wanted to crown himself champion before eventually agreeing to the finish that happened.
Hogan and Bischoff both said that after the match they left and celebrated the success of the angle, but Russo firing Hogan on air was, in fact, a shoot. Hogan sued WCW for character defamation, but it was later dismissed. The truth behind this entire incident is debated till date.