DDP, Host of the "Very Best of WCW Nitro," sat down for an interview with WWE.com this week to discuss the project. Lords of Pain recapped the interview and a couple of things came to mind. To me, DDP has always come across as a guy that worked hard and appreciated the opportunities given to him. I know many knock his time in WCW in part due to his relationship with Eric Bischoff, but the fact remains that DDP paid his dues, worked hard at his craft and was able to engage the audience in such a way that he was at one point the hottest act in WCW. Being friends with the boss can certainly open that door for you, but it takes talent to make the most of that opportunity.
The other thing of note is something that I seem to recall hearing before, but it really does bear repeating. For all the outrage that David Arquette's WCW run deservedly receives, I think it's worth pointing out that Arquette really wasn't the problem. It was the WCW "powers to be" as the onscreen characters were incorrectly called that deserve the criticism for it. In fact, Arquette seems like a pretty cool guy in general. Did you know he did the following?
"I couldn’t believe it; I thought it was some kind of joke. What many people don’t know is that when David signed up to compete, he didn’t do it for the money. All the money he made during his run in WCW, he donated to Brian Pillman’s wife."Now, the WCW title run was an absolute embarrassment, but that is damn good of David Arquette no matter how you slice it. I agree with DDP's assessment of the move, but it's nice to see a celebrity do something that generous.
All-in-all I think it's a good read. DDP also discusses what the production process was like, capturing the WCW "feel" and his title loss to Sting that is featured on the DVD.
I, for one, cannot wait to get my hands on this.
WWE.com: Recalling Nitro with a BANG!
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