Hurricane Helms speaks out against GCW.
It looked like the situation between David Arquette and GCW would go quietly into the good night. Arquette issued a statement on Monday night, taking blame for being too inexperienced and panicking in the middle of his deathmatch against Nick Gage at Joey Janela's LA Confidential. Arquette also apologized for bringing negative attention to wrestling. GCW promoter Brett Lauderdale told Pro Wrestling Sheet that Arquette knew what he was getting into when he accepted the match.
However, Shane Helms isn't letting GCW off the hook that easy.
With all due respect, they took advantage of your name value and put you in a situation that you weren’t trained or prepared for, and it came close to ending very badly. Regardless of whether you wanted to do it or not, that’s shitty and irresponsible booking. https://t.co/LynHWT5Ds6— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) November 20, 2018
A good booker knows what his locker room is capable of and books them accordingly, much like a coach does with putting players into certain positions on a team. https://t.co/KnD7dNGlwO— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) November 20, 2018
They put a barely trained guy in a death match that resulted in him being hospitalized. Does someone actually have to die before you admit that that was irresponsible? And of course they took advantage of his name, they wouldn’t have booked him in the main otherwise. ----— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) November 20, 2018
Sean Waltman and Jim Cornette also chimed in on the situation, agreeing with Helms.
This may be one of the smartest sentences ever written on pro wrestling. https://t.co/uspCIlvw8H— Jim Cornette (@TheJimCornette) November 20, 2018
I don't. It was bullshit.— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) November 20, 2018
Arquette's neck was cut open during the match as a result of a light tube shot to the head. Arquette appeared to seek medical attention before heading back into the ring to finish the match. Arquette was taken to the hospital to be stitched up following the bout.
The friendship between Arquette and Helms goes back to 2000 when Helms served as Arquette's stunt double in Ready To Rumble. The two teamed together this past September at NEW The Time Is NOW.