David Arquette Has Come A Long Way From His WCW Championship Victory

There is some heartbreaking news out of Hollywood, as "Cougar Town" star Courtney Cox and longtime husband (and production partner) David Arquette have decided to separate. The pair have been married 11 years and originally met on the set of the first "Scream" movie, way back in 1996 (they'll both appear in the upcoming "Scream 4" as well). Cox and Arquette always seemed like a great couple, and it's a shame that their relationship appears on the rocks.

While Cox has remained in the public eye in recent years both as the star of the current hit "Cougar Town" and the underrated and canceled-before-its-time cable show "Dirt," Arquette hasn't made a whole lot of on-camera appearances in the past few years. But there was a time when Arquette was a huge star among fans of professional wrestling, as he starred in the wrestle-centric comedy "Ready to Rumble" in 2000 and, for a few brief days that same year, stood tall as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion.

If you think that's strange, you're not alone. Since "Ready to Rumble" had a load of tie-ins with WCW (the movie was produced by the company and featured a number of wrestlers from the organization), Arquette appeared a handful of times on WCW television to promote the film. He quickly found himself embroiled in a feud with WCW general manager Eric Bischoff. After beating Bischoff in a singles match, he squared off alongside champion Diamond Dallas Page against Bischoff and Jeff Jarrett in a tag-team encounter. The stipulation of the match stated that whoever got the pinfall became the new World Heavyweight Champion, and after eight minutes of action, Arquette speared and pinned Bischoff to win the belt. Though Arquette was against the idea (he was a wrestling fan himself and didn't think that fans would buy him as a legitimate champion), his victory was a big promotional success for WCW (the image of Arquette raising the championship belt in victory ran on the front page of USA Today).

After only 11 days as champion, Arquette lost the belt in a match at the WCW "Slamboree" pay-per-view show (he ultimately turned on friend Page to help Jarrett win). Though purist wrestling fans consider Arquette's title reign a complete joke, time has actually been kind to it, and it comes across better than it did 10 years ago. It's a strange footnote in Arquette's personal history, but it remains forever tattooed on the brains of pro wrestling fans.