Much like a wrestler’s finisher, the possibility of a title changing hands used to be a truly special occurrence. Once in a blue moon, you may have your champion drop the belt and, when that happened, it was an indication that whoever held the title now would be the undisputed man for a long time to come. This idea steadily wound down throughout the years, and at some point around the Attitude Era a title change would happen a few times in a year, or even in a matter of months. Title reigns became shorter and the pool of individuals who had former world champion attached to their resume got longer. The number of WCW world championship changes – 2000 is astonishing.
No one pushed the possibility of various title changes more than WCW did in 2000, though. Always looking to get consideration and viewers through any means possible, WCW concluded that it would be smart to pass the belt around as frequently as could reasonably be expected. Tallying times the belt changed ownership that year, there were 25 WCW World Championship title changes in 2000, which is equivalent to the quantity of times the belt changed hands in the vicinity of 1991 and 1998 for the company. That’s a 7 year span in which the title changed hands the same number of times as it did in this one year alone! Everyone from the Legendary Ric Flair all the way to David Arquette belt the title that year.
Here is a look at everyone of those title changes:
And in the event that you are more of a reader than a watcher, courtesy of wikipedia, here is a list of those title changes.
WCW World Championship Changes – 2000
|Bret Hart||2||December 20, 1999||27||Baltimore, MD||Nitro||Defeated Goldberg in a rematch for the vacant title.|||
|—||Vacated||—||January 16, 2000||—||Cincinnati, OH||Souled Out||Bret Hart vacated the title due to a legitimate injury that eventually forced him to retire nine months later.|||
|37||Chris Benoit||1||January 16, 2000||1||Cincinnati, OH||Souled Out||Defeated Sid Vicious for the vacant title. The following day, after a dispute with management, he left WCW for the WWF. The company withdrew recognition of Benoit’s reign, which was not listed in the title lineage at WCW.com. However, WWE (who assumed the title upon purchasing WCW in March 2001) recognizes Benoit’s reign at WWE.com.|||
|—||Vacated||—||January 17, 2000||—||Columbus, OH||Nitro||In storyline, Chris Benoit was stripped of the title because he won the match although Sid Vicious’ foot was under the rope during the submission. In reality, Benoit forfeited the title and left for the WWF after dispute with management.|||
|38||Sid Vicious||1||January 24, 2000||1||Los Angeles, CA||Nitro||Defeated The Harris Brothers for the right to face Kevin Nash. Sid then defeated Nash for the vacant title.
WWE recognizes Sid’s reign as lasting 2 days, ending on January 26, 2000, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
|—||Vacated||—||January 25, 2000||—||Las Vegas, NV||Thunder||Sid Vicious was stripped of the title by Commissioner Kevin Nash due to Sid pinning the wrong Harris Brother.
Aired on tape delay on January 26, 2000.
|—||Kevin Nash||3†||January 25, 2000||<1||Las Vegas, NV||Thunder||As Commissioner, Nash awarded himself the title.
Aired on tape delay on January 26, 2000.
This was not recognized by WCW nor is it recognized by WWE, but WWE considers Nash a five-time champion.
|39||Sid Vicious||2||January 25, 2000||76||Las Vegas, NV||Thunder||This was a triangle steel cage match, also involving Kevin Nash and Ron Harris. Sid made Nash submit to win the vacant title.
WWE recognizes Sid’s reign as lasting 75 days, beginning on January 26, 2000, when the episode aired on tape delay.
|—||Vacated||—||April 10, 2000||—||Denver, CO||Nitro||All WCW titles were declared vacant by Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff after WCW was rebooted.|||
|40||Jeff Jarrett||1||April 16, 2000||8||Chicago, IL||Spring Stampede||Defeated Diamond Dallas Page in tournament final for the vacant title.|||
|41||Diamond Dallas Page||3||April 24, 2000||1||Rochester, NY||Nitro||This was a steel cage match.|||
|42||David Arquette||1||April 25, 2000||12||Syracuse, NY||Thunder||This was a tag team match with Arquette and Diamond Dallas Page facing Eric Bischoff and Jeff Jarrett where whoever scored the decisive fall would be declared champion. Arquette pinned Bischoff to win DDP’s title.
Aired on tape delay on April 26, 2000.
|43||Jeff Jarrett||2||May 7, 2000||8||Kansas City, MO||Slamboree||This was a Triple Cage match, also involving Diamond Dallas Page.|||
|44||Ric Flair||6(7)||May 15, 2000||7||Biloxi, MS||Nitro||Despite being listed as Flair’s sixth reign on WWE.com, the match description says that this was Flair’s seventh reign.|||
|—||Vacated||—||May 22, 2000||—||Grand Rapids, MI||Nitro||Vince Russo stripped Ric Flair of the title.|||
|45||Jeff Jarrett||3||May 22, 2000||1||Grand Rapids, MI||Nitro||Vince Russo awarded the vacant title to Jarrett, but Kevin Nash stole the title belt. Nash was then forced to face Jarrett in a No Holds Barred match, which Jarrett won.
WWE recognizes Jarrett’s reign as lasting 2 days, ending on May 24, 2000, when the following episode aired on tape delay.
|46||Kevin Nash||3(4)||May 23, 2000||6||Saginaw, MI||Thunder||This was a triangle match, also involving Scott Steiner.
WWE recognizes Nash’s reign as lasting 5 days, beginning on May 24, 2000, when the episode aired on tape delay.
|47||Ric Flair||7(8)||May 29, 2000||<1||Salt Lake City, UT||Nitro||Kevin Nash gave the title to Flair.|||
|49||Booker T||1||July 9, 2000||50||Daytona Beach, FL||Bash at the Beach||Earlier that night, Hollywood Hulk Hogan faced Jeff Jarrett for the title in a controversial match that ended in a shoot. In reality, Vince Russo wanted Hogan to lose to Jarrett, who would then lose to Booker T. However, Hogan refused to jobto Jarrett, so Russo told Jarrett to just lay down and let Hogan win. Jarrett laid down and Russo threw the belt in the ring at a confused Hogan, telling Hogan to take the belt. After Hogan pinned Jarrett and was declared new champion, he called out Russo for his poor booking decisions before walking out of WCW. Russo reversed the decision, declaring that Jarrett was still champion, who then lost the title to Booker T in an impromptu match.|||
|50||Kevin Nash||4(5)||August 28, 2000||20||Las Cruces, NM||Nitro||Although listed as Nash’s fourth and final reign on WWE.com, the match description says that this was his fifth reign.|||
|51||Booker T||2||September 17, 2000||8||Buffalo, NY||Fall Brawl||This was a Caged Heat match.|||
|52||Vince Russo||1||September 25, 2000||7||Uniondale, NY||Nitro||This was a steel cage match.|||
|—||Vacated||—||October 2, 2000||—||Daly City, CA||Nitro||Vince Russo decided he was not a wrestler and he did not want the title.|||
|53||Booker T||3||October 2, 2000||55||Daly City, CA||Nitro||Defeated Jeff Jarrett in a San Francisco 49ers match for the vacant title.|||
|54||Scott Steiner||1||November 26, 2000||120||Milwaukee, WI||Mayhem||This was a straitjacket steel cage match.|||