History Horrible / WCW

6th Jan '18 10:41:03 AM OptimumTaurus
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* ''The Great American Bash '91'', which had the entire Baltimore audience switching back and forth between two reactions--sitting on their hands and chanting '''WE WANT FLAIR!''' (including during the main event) to protest Wrestling/RicFlair's firing from WCW just days prior. Flair, meanwhile, would join the WWF, taking the NWA World Heavyweight Championship with him (since he wasn't paid back the $25,000 deposit he put down on the belt when he received it for the first time). Flair kept calling himself the "''Real'' World's Heavyweight Champion" to antagonize then-champ Wrestling/HulkHogan--but everyone knew it was meant for Jim Herd, who was running WCW at the time. The main event featured Wrestling/BarryWindham and Wrestling/LexLuger in a cage, fighting for [[Wrestling/DustyRhodes Dusty]]'s old PWF belt with a plate bolted over that read WCW WORLD CHAMPION, since the new belt wasn't finished yet. It was capped off with the first of many unnecessary heel turns by Lex Luger.

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* ''The Great American Bash '91'', which had the entire Baltimore audience switching back and forth between two reactions--sitting on their hands and chanting '''WE WANT FLAIR!''' (including during the main event) to protest Wrestling/RicFlair's firing from WCW just days prior. Note that this was during the days of kayfabe and Flair was the biggest heel in the company. Flair, meanwhile, would join the WWF, taking the NWA World Heavyweight Championship with him (since he wasn't paid back the $25,000 deposit he put down on the belt when he received it for the first time). Flair kept calling himself the "''Real'' World's Heavyweight Champion" to antagonize then-champ Wrestling/HulkHogan--but everyone knew it was meant for Jim Herd, who was running WCW at the time. The main event featured Wrestling/BarryWindham and Wrestling/LexLuger in a cage, fighting for [[Wrestling/DustyRhodes Dusty]]'s old PWF belt with a plate bolted over that read WCW WORLD CHAMPION, since the new belt wasn't finished yet. It was capped off with the first of many unnecessary heel turns by Lex Luger.
18th Dec '17 11:12:03 AM SecretStrategist
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* In one of the most famous wrestling blunders of all time, Fred Ottman, known to the wrestling world moreover as Typhoon/Tugboat, was the mystery partner in a 4-man tag team bout scheduled for WCW’s next pay-per-view, Fall Brawl: War Games. His tag-team partners were to be Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith, and [[Wrestling/Goldust Dustin Rhodes]] vs. [[Wrestling/SidEudy Psycho Sid]], [[Wrestling/{{Vader}} Big Van Vader]], and the tag-team of [[Wrestling/BookerT Harlem Heat]]. So at Clash of the Champions 93, during Ric Flair’s LIVE Flair for the Gold segment, Sting said the infamous line… “Our partner is going to shock the world because he is none other than… The Shockmaster!” What happened next was '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny THE]]''' [[EpicFail most]] [[{{Narm}} embarrassing]] moment in professional wrestling history:

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* In one of the most famous wrestling blunders of all time, Fred Ottman, known to the wrestling world moreover as Typhoon/Tugboat, was the mystery partner in a 4-man an 8-man tag team bout scheduled for WCW’s next pay-per-view, Fall ''Fall Brawl: War Games. Games 1993''. His tag-team tag team partners were to be Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith, and [[Wrestling/Goldust [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]] vs. [[Wrestling/SidEudy Psycho Sid]], Sid Vicious]], [[Wrestling/{{Vader}} Big Van Vader]], and the tag-team tag team of [[Wrestling/BookerT Harlem Heat]]. So at Clash ''Clash of the Champions 93, '93'', during Ric Flair’s Wrestling/RicFlair’s LIVE Flair for the Gold segment, Sting said the infamous line… “Our partner is going to shock the world because he is none other than… The Shockmaster!” What happened next was '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny THE]]''' [[EpicFail most]] [[{{Narm}} embarrassing]] moment in professional wrestling history:



* The first ''Nitro'' of 1999 opened with absolutely nothing of importance in its first hour (due it not being in direct competition with WWF). As soon as ''Raw'' went live, Goldberg was arrested and charged with "aggressive stalking" towards Wrestling/MissElizabeth. Originally, It was going to be rape, but Goldberg had nixed that idea. The storyline was that Goldberg was scheduled to face Kevin Nash in a rematch for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and that Goldberg himself being unexpectedly arrested had ended up putting the entire match at risk of being cancelled, so could Goldberg make it back in time to participate? The unintentional comedy here was that every time we cut to this storyline, the announcers mention the police station is just across the street from the arena. This also marked the night where Hogan, returning from his yearly football vacation, was to announce his running mate in his bid to become President of the United States. This never happened, and instead Hogan decided that if Goldberg couldn't make it, he would face "that spoon Kevin Nash." Then... this is it. The injection point. After a bit of gesturing, Hogan poked Nash in the chest and Nash took what would be the biggest bump in his career. Hogan covers Nash, wins the belt, and reforms the nWo again. As they're celebrating, it's revealed that Goldberg has been released and arrives at the arena (from the police station across the street) in a car?! The logical thing to do here was have Goldberg (who came out to a massive pop) lay waste to everyone and exact justice, which is what he began to do (and the people lit up for it), but then, of course, they buried the ever-loving crap out of Goldberg and everyone took turns humiliating him (taze him, spraypaint him, handcuff him to the corner, etc). You can pretty much be certain Nash and Hogan had a hand in the booking that night--after ripping off a massive house with the Fingerpoke of Doom while the competition is kicking ass and taking names on the other channel. It was also fitting Hogan orchestrated his revenge to regain the world title at the Georgia Dome--the same place Goldberg beat him for the title six months prior.

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* The first ''Nitro'' of 1999 opened with absolutely nothing of importance in its first hour (due it not being in direct competition with WWF). As soon as ''Raw'' went live, Goldberg was arrested and charged with "aggressive stalking" towards Wrestling/MissElizabeth. Originally, It it was going to be rape, but Goldberg had nixed that idea. The storyline was that Goldberg was scheduled to face Kevin Nash in a rematch for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and that Goldberg himself being unexpectedly arrested had ended up putting the entire match at risk of being cancelled, so could Goldberg make it back in time to participate? The unintentional comedy here was that every time we cut to this storyline, the announcers mention the police station is just across the street from the arena. This also marked the night where Hogan, returning from his yearly football vacation, was to announce his running mate in his bid to become President of the United States. This never happened, and instead Hogan decided that if Goldberg couldn't make it, he would face "that spoon Kevin Nash." Then... this is it. The injection point. After a bit of gesturing, Hogan poked Nash in the chest and Nash took what would be the biggest bump in his career. Hogan covers Nash, wins the belt, and reforms the nWo again. As they're celebrating, it's revealed that Goldberg has been released and arrives at the arena (from the police station across the street) in a car?! The logical thing to do here was have Goldberg (who came out to a massive pop) lay waste to everyone and exact justice, which is what he began to do (and the people lit up for it), but then, of course, they buried the ever-loving crap out of Goldberg and everyone took turns humiliating him (taze him, spraypaint him, handcuff him to the corner, etc). You can pretty much be certain Nash and Hogan had a hand in the booking that night--after ripping off a massive house with the Fingerpoke of Doom while the competition is kicking ass and taking names on the other channel. It was also fitting Hogan orchestrated his revenge to regain the world title at the Georgia Dome--the same place Goldberg beat him for the title six months prior.
18th Dec '17 8:41:38 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* In one of the most famous wrestling blunders of all time, Fred Ottman, known to the wrestling world moreover as Typhoon/Tugboat, was the mystery partner in a 4-man tag team bout scheduled for WCW’s next pay-per-view, Fall Brawl: War Games. His tag-team partners were to be Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Davey Boy Smith, and Dustin Rhodes vs. Psycho Sid, Big Van Vader, and the tag-team of Harlem Heat. So at Clash of the Champions 93, during Ric Flair’s LIVE Flair for the Gold segment, said the infamous line… “Our partner is going to shock the world because he is none other than… The Shockmaster!” What happened next was '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny THE]]''' [[EpicFail most]] [[{{Narm}} embarrassing]] moment in professional wrestling history. Pyrotechnics went off as the Shockmaster crashed through the wall, tripped over a board and fell flat on his face in front of a live audience, knocking off his [[FashionVictimVillain purple sparkly Stormtrooper helmet]] in the process. Ottman snatched his helmet back on, jumped to his feet, and stood there waiting for a pre-recorded tape to play over the arena’s P.A. system, but it was clear the damage had been done. The whole time this is going on, Sid & Harlem Heat are trying desperately not to crack up on camera. Soon after this incident, WCW played him off as a stumbling buffoon until he was eventually let go from WCW.

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* In one of the most famous wrestling blunders of all time, Fred Ottman, known to the wrestling world moreover as Typhoon/Tugboat, was the mystery partner in a 4-man tag team bout scheduled for WCW’s next pay-per-view, Fall Brawl: War Games. His tag-team partners were to be Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Davey Boy Smith, Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith, and [[Wrestling/Goldust Dustin Rhodes Rhodes]] vs. [[Wrestling/SidEudy Psycho Sid, Sid]], [[Wrestling/{{Vader}} Big Van Vader, Vader]], and the tag-team of Harlem Heat. [[Wrestling/BookerT Harlem Heat]]. So at Clash of the Champions 93, during Ric Flair’s LIVE Flair for the Gold segment, Sting said the infamous line… “Our partner is going to shock the world because he is none other than… The Shockmaster!” What happened next was '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny THE]]''' [[EpicFail most]] [[{{Narm}} embarrassing]] moment in professional wrestling history. history:
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Pyrotechnics went off as the Shockmaster crashed through the wall, tripped over a board and fell flat on his face in front of a live audience, knocking off his [[FashionVictimVillain purple sparkly Stormtrooper helmet]] in the process. Ottman snatched his helmet back on, jumped to his feet, and stood there waiting for a pre-recorded tape to play over the arena’s P.A. system, but it was clear the damage had been done. The whole time this is going on, Sid & Harlem Heat are trying desperately not to crack up on camera. Soon after this incident, WCW played him off as a stumbling buffoon until he was eventually let go from WCW.
16th Dec '17 3:23:46 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* In one of the most famous wrestling blunders of all time, Fred Ottman, known to the wrestling world moreover as Typhoon/Tugboat, was the mystery partner in a 4-man tag team bout scheduled for WCW’s next pay-per-view, Fall Brawl: War Games. His tag-team partners were to be Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Davey Boy Smith, and Dustin Rhodes vs. Psycho Sid, Big Van Vader, and the tag-team of Harlem Heat. So at Clash of the Champions 93, during Ric Flair’s LIVE Flair for the Gold segment, said the infamous line… “Our partner is going to shock the world because he is none other than… The Shockmaster!” What happened next was '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny THE]]''' [[EpicFail most]] [[{{Narm}} embarrassing]] moment in professional wrestling history. Pyrotechnics went off as the Shockmaster crashed through the wall, tripped over a board and fell flat on his face in front of a live audience, knocking off his [[FashionVictimVillain purple sparkly Stormtrooper helmet]] in the process. Ottman snatched his helmet back on, jumped to his feet, and stood there waiting for a pre-recorded tape to play over the arena’s P.A. system, but it was clear the damage had been done. The whole time this is going on, Sid & Harlem Heat are trying desperately not to crack up on camera.
Soon after this incident, WCW played him off as a stumbling buffoon until he was eventually let go from WCW.

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* In one of the most famous wrestling blunders of all time, Fred Ottman, known to the wrestling world moreover as Typhoon/Tugboat, was the mystery partner in a 4-man tag team bout scheduled for WCW’s next pay-per-view, Fall Brawl: War Games. His tag-team partners were to be Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Davey Boy Smith, and Dustin Rhodes vs. Psycho Sid, Big Van Vader, and the tag-team of Harlem Heat. So at Clash of the Champions 93, during Ric Flair’s LIVE Flair for the Gold segment, said the infamous line… “Our partner is going to shock the world because he is none other than… The Shockmaster!” What happened next was '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny THE]]''' [[EpicFail most]] [[{{Narm}} embarrassing]] moment in professional wrestling history. Pyrotechnics went off as the Shockmaster crashed through the wall, tripped over a board and fell flat on his face in front of a live audience, knocking off his [[FashionVictimVillain purple sparkly Stormtrooper helmet]] in the process. Ottman snatched his helmet back on, jumped to his feet, and stood there waiting for a pre-recorded tape to play over the arena’s P.A. system, but it was clear the damage had been done. The whole time this is going on, Sid & Harlem Heat are trying desperately not to crack up on camera.
camera. Soon after this incident, WCW played him off as a stumbling buffoon until he was eventually let go from WCW.
16th Dec '17 3:23:24 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* In one of the most famous wrestling blunders of all time, Fred Ottman, known to the wrestling world moreover as Typhoon/Tugboat, was the mystery partner in a 4-man tag team bout scheduled for WCW’s next pay-per-view, Fall Brawl: War Games. His tag-team partners were to be Wrestling/{{Sting}}, Davey Boy Smith, and Dustin Rhodes vs. Psycho Sid, Big Van Vader, and the tag-team of Harlem Heat. So at Clash of the Champions 93, during Ric Flair’s LIVE Flair for the Gold segment, said the infamous line… “Our partner is going to shock the world because he is none other than… The Shockmaster!” What happened next was '''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny THE]]''' [[EpicFail most]] [[{{Narm}} embarrassing]] moment in professional wrestling history. Pyrotechnics went off as the Shockmaster crashed through the wall, tripped over a board and fell flat on his face in front of a live audience, knocking off his [[FashionVictimVillain purple sparkly Stormtrooper helmet]] in the process. Ottman snatched his helmet back on, jumped to his feet, and stood there waiting for a pre-recorded tape to play over the arena’s P.A. system, but it was clear the damage had been done. The whole time this is going on, Sid & Harlem Heat are trying desperately not to crack up on camera.
Soon after this incident, WCW played him off as a stumbling buffoon until he was eventually let go from WCW.
14th Dec '17 11:10:59 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* An attempt to restyle Harlem Heat as "The Posse". They were supposed to be convicts, but it was perceived as a slavery gimmick. They were managed by Col. Robert Parker, who played a sort of shrewd Southern business man who "bought" the services of wrestlers. A white southerner who looked like he stepped off the set of a bad Civil War epic leading two black men to the ring in chains, [[UnforunateImplications what could go wrong?]] Stevie was to be called "Kole" and Booker was to be called "Kane". This was tried at a house show and met with such vehemence that it never made it to TV. Note: Booker and Stevie did initially come out as Kane and Kole, just not with the slave gimmick.

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* An attempt to restyle Harlem Heat as "The Posse". They were supposed to be convicts, but it was perceived as a slavery gimmick. They were managed by Col. Robert Parker, who played a sort of shrewd Southern business man who "bought" the services of wrestlers. A white southerner who looked like he stepped off the set of a bad Civil War epic leading two black men to the ring in chains, [[UnforunateImplications [[UnfortunateImplications what could go wrong?]] Stevie was to be called "Kole" and Booker was to be called "Kane". This was tried at a house show and met with such vehemence that it never made it to TV. Note: Booker and Stevie did initially come out as Kane and Kole, just not with the slave gimmick.
14th Dec '17 11:09:36 AM smasll_lordvoice
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*** They introduced 2 new monster heels for the match, one of which was originally named Final Solution until they realized that was a term for the Nazis' plan to exterminate Jews.

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*** They introduced 2 new monster heels for the match, one of which was originally named [[UnfortunateImplications Final Solution Solution]] until they realized that was a term for the Nazis' plan to exterminate Jews.



* An attempt to restyle Harlem Heat as "The Posse". They were supposed to be convicts, but it was perceived as a slavery gimmick. They were managed by Col. Robert Parker, who played a sort of shrewd Southern business man who "bought" the services of wrestlers. A white southerner who looked like he stepped off the set of a bad Civil War epic leading two black men to the ring in chains, [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong what could go wrong?]] Stevie was to be called "Kole" and Booker was to be called "Kane". This was tried at a house show and met with such vehemence that it never made it to TV. Note: Booker and Stevie did initially come out as Kane and Kole, just not with the slave gimmick.

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* An attempt to restyle Harlem Heat as "The Posse". They were supposed to be convicts, but it was perceived as a slavery gimmick. They were managed by Col. Robert Parker, who played a sort of shrewd Southern business man who "bought" the services of wrestlers. A white southerner who looked like he stepped off the set of a bad Civil War epic leading two black men to the ring in chains, [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong [[UnforunateImplications what could go wrong?]] Stevie was to be called "Kole" and Booker was to be called "Kane". This was tried at a house show and met with such vehemence that it never made it to TV. Note: Booker and Stevie did initially come out as Kane and Kole, just not with the slave gimmick.
31st Oct '17 6:11:31 PM SecretStrategist
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* Jim Herd attempted to make WCW into a product similar to the WWF. His efforts led to several horrible gimmicks with short shelf lives, including: the bell-ringing tag team known as the Ding Dongs, lumberjack Big Josh (the late Matt Bourne, known as the original Wrestling/DoinkTheClown), a comedic cowboy stable called the Desperados and an insane asylum patient called Norman the Lunatic (the late Mike "Friar Ferguson/Bastion Booger" Shaw). There was also an infamous attempt to {{Retool}} Ric Flair with a Roman gladiator gimmick named Spartacus (to which Kevin Sullivan had famously replied "while we're doing this, why don't we go down to Yankee Stadium and change Mickey Mantle's number?")

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* Jim Herd attempted to make WCW into a product similar to the WWF. His efforts led to several horrible gimmicks with short shelf lives, including: the bell-ringing tag team known as the Ding Dongs, lumberjack Big Josh (the late Matt Bourne, known as the original Wrestling/DoinkTheClown), a comedic cowboy stable called the Desperados and an insane asylum patient called Norman the Lunatic (the late Mike "Friar Ferguson/Bastion Booger" Shaw). There was also an infamous attempt to {{Retool}} Ric Flair with a Roman gladiator gimmick named Spartacus (to which Kevin Sullivan had famously replied "while we're doing this, why don't we go down to Yankee Stadium and change Mickey Mantle's number?")number?").



** If you watch the Fingerpoke of Doom segment, it wasn't just that they ripped off 40,000 fans in the Georgia Dome who wanted to see Goldberg vs. Nash rematch. Also in this episode was Bischoff's attempt to reset the company to 1997, so they give away the ''Raw'' main event. The next morning it's revealed that at the exact moment fans were told to not change the channel, around 100,000 homes switched to ''Raw''.
* In the summer of 2000, WCW began advertising something that would happen at ''The Great American Bash'' pay-per-view that would "change the face of professional wrestling forever". What it turned out to be was turning Goldberg heel. Goldberg was the top draw at the time, and the massive loss to his credibility didn't benefit the company at all. Goldberg dragged his feet from start to last, and whenever it came time to do anything heelish (as much as could be expected of him, anyway), it paled in comparison to some of the stunts the [=nWo=] pulled, so fans weren't inclined to start booing. When Goldberg suffered an injury, the whole thing got cut short, and when he returned he was back to being a face.

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** If you watch the Fingerpoke of Doom segment, it wasn't just that they ripped off 40,000 fans in the Georgia Dome who wanted to see the Goldberg vs. Nash rematch. Also in this episode was Bischoff's attempt to reset the company to 1997, so they give away the ''Raw'' main event. The next morning it's revealed that at the exact moment fans were told to not change the channel, around 100,000 homes switched to ''Raw''.
* In the summer of 2000, WCW began advertising something that would happen at ''The Great American Bash'' pay-per-view that would "change the face of professional wrestling forever". What it turned out to be was turning Goldberg heel. Goldberg was the top draw at the time, and the massive loss to his credibility didn't benefit the company at all. Goldberg dragged his feet from start to last, and whenever it came time to do anything heelish (as much as could be expected of him, anyway), [[PokeThePoodle it paled in comparison comparison]] to some of the stunts the [=nWo=] pulled, so fans weren't inclined to start booing. When Goldberg suffered an injury, the whole thing got cut short, and when he returned he was back to being a face.
31st Oct '17 5:27:46 PM SecretStrategist
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* The WCW International World Heavyweight Championship. This "title" was created from the ashes from WCW's ill fated partnership with the NWA. When they broke up, the current NWA Champion, Ric Flair was stripped of the title, but retained the belt because WCW actually owned it. So "WCW International", a completely fictitious subsidiary, was created and Flair was recognized as it's World Champion (not to be confused with the actual WCW World Championship, held at the time by [[Wrestling/BigVanVader Vader]]). The whole thing was a mess and while the International title did have some top caliber champions (Sting, Flair, Rick Rude), it was mercifully ended in 1994 with a unification match with the WCW title.

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* The WCW International World Heavyweight Championship. This "title" was created from the ashes from WCW's ill fated partnership with the NWA. When they broke up, the current NWA Champion, Ric Flair was stripped of the title, but retained the belt because WCW actually owned it. So "WCW International", a completely fictitious subsidiary, was created and Flair was recognized as it's World Champion (not to be confused with the actual WCW World Championship, held at the time by [[Wrestling/BigVanVader Vader]]). The whole thing was a mess and while the International title did have some top caliber champions (Sting, Flair, Rick Rude), Wrestling/RickRude), it was mercifully ended in 1994 with a unification match with the WCW title.



** Arquette's win would've been fine if they had reversed it the next week for not pinning the legal man. Arquette courageously entered the ring and awkwardly speared Wrestling/EricBischoff as Wrestling/JeffJarrett clobbered Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage with the belt. This match was filled with tomfoolery and could hardly have been considered an athletic contest and more of a comedic skit. Arquette was given no legitimacy for the win. He spent the next two appearances apologizing to DDP (as DDP was the champion going into that match, meaning that Arquette had [[TheLoad accidentally taken Page's title when he won]]), trying to give the belt back and generally acting like he was scared to death he might have to defend it in a match against actual wrestlers. But they actually ran with it, turned David heel, and had him purposely lose the title to Jeff Jarrett. The entire company was made to look like a joke in order to pop ratings and tie in with a movie that most fans (at the time) thought was worse than ''Film/NoHoldsBarred.'' Even Arquette (a life-long wrestling fan himself) fought against it, since ''he knew'' it would [[XPacHeat annoy the fans]], but he was contractually obligated. He quietly donated his paychecks to the families of Wrestling/OwenHart, Wrestling/BrianPillman, Bobby Duncum Jr., Brian "Mark Curtis" Hildebrand (all deceased), and Darren "Droz" Drozdov (paralyzed from the waist down following an in-ring accident), so at least some good came of it.

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** Arquette's win would've been fine if they had reversed it the next week for not pinning the legal man. Arquette courageously entered the ring and awkwardly speared Wrestling/EricBischoff as Wrestling/JeffJarrett clobbered Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage with the belt. This match was filled with tomfoolery and could hardly have been considered an athletic contest and rather more of a comedic skit. Arquette was given no legitimacy for the win. He spent the next two appearances apologizing to DDP (as DDP was the champion going into that match, meaning that Arquette had [[TheLoad accidentally taken Page's title when he won]]), trying to give the belt back and generally acting like he was scared to death he might have to defend it in a match against actual wrestlers. But they actually ran with it, turned David heel, and had him purposely lose the title to Jeff Jarrett. The entire company was made to look like a joke in order to pop ratings and tie in with a movie that most fans (at the time) thought was worse than ''Film/NoHoldsBarred.'' Even Arquette (a ([[OneOfUs a life-long wrestling fan himself) himself]]) fought against it, since ''he knew'' it would [[XPacHeat annoy the fans]], but he was contractually obligated. He quietly donated his paychecks to the families of Wrestling/OwenHart, Wrestling/BrianPillman, Bobby Duncum Jr., Brian "Mark Curtis" Hildebrand (all deceased), and Darren "Droz" Drozdov (paralyzed from the waist down following an in-ring accident), so at least some good came of it.



*** Most infamous of all, however, was the Mega Powers vs. the imaginatively-named "Alliance to End Hulkamania": Two of Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen (Ric Flair and Arn Anderson), the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom (Lex Luger, Meng, Wrestling/TheBarbarian, [[Wrestling/KevinSullivan The Taskmaster]]), Z-Gangsta (portrayed by the same guy that played Zeus in ''Film/NoHoldsBarred''), and the Ultimate Solution (Bane from ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''). The first 15 minutes were basically them on top a triple-decker cage (like Hell in a Cell), and they had to fight their way through trap doors to the ring. It's incredible because nobody at all (including the commentators) knows what constitutes an actual victory, and you can tell who the actors are because they have no idea how to sell. Hogan and Savage somehow go over ever heel on the roster. You could watch this match fifty times and still have no idea how they won...and one suspects they don't either. In a shoot, Wrestling/KevinSullivan said that this was the match which really killed Hulkamania. Hogan took a sabbatical, and about two months later The Outsiders appeared on ''Nitro''.

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*** Most infamous of all, however, was the Mega Powers vs. the imaginatively-named "Alliance to End Hulkamania": Two of Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen (Ric Flair and Arn Anderson), the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom (Lex Luger, Meng, Wrestling/TheBarbarian, [[Wrestling/KevinSullivan The Taskmaster]]), Z-Gangsta (portrayed by the same guy that played Zeus in ''Film/NoHoldsBarred''), and the Ultimate Solution (Bane from ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''). The first 15 minutes were basically them on top a triple-decker cage (like Hell in a Cell), and they had to fight their way through trap doors to the ring. It's incredible because nobody at all (including the commentators) knows what constitutes an actual victory, and you can tell who the actors are because they have no idea how to sell. Hogan and Savage somehow go over ever heel on the roster. You could watch this match fifty times and still have no idea how they won...and one suspects they don't either. In a shoot, Wrestling/KevinSullivan said that this was the match which really killed Hulkamania. Hogan took a sabbatical, and about two months later The Outsiders [[Wrestling/ScottHall The]] [[Wrestling/KevinNash Outsiders]] appeared on ''Nitro''.



* Wrestling/RoddyPiper's WCW run. The storylines made him look dumb, his replacement hip ensured all his matches were terrible via limited physical ability, and he worked with Hogan who didn't care about anything but avenging the [[InvincibleHero minuscule]] number of losses he'd taken in WWF. Why was the Piper vs. Hogan main event at ''Starrcade'' '96 '''a non-title match??''' A non-title match despite it having been stated on ''Nitro'' that Piper set the stipulations for the match himself. Had to be some serious Hogan shenanigans to lose-but-still-keep the belt in what is supposed to be the biggest match of the year. (They never state that it was a non-title match, which had some people believing that Piper won the title.) ''Souled Out'' was, in truth, nothing more than a 3-hour [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] promo. So, having the ''Souled Out'' PPV immediately after Piper had defeated Hogan at ''Starrcade'' with Hogan himself still keeping the belt and continuing to reign supreme along with the added bonus of the nWo completely slaughtering most of WCW's wrestlers at the event itself was nothing more than just a gruesome victory lap for the bad guys.

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* Wrestling/RoddyPiper's WCW run. The storylines made him look dumb, his replacement hip ensured all his matches were terrible via limited physical ability, and he worked with Hogan who didn't care about anything but avenging the [[InvincibleHero minuscule]] number of losses he'd taken in WWF. Why was the Piper vs. Hogan main event at ''Starrcade'' '96 '''a non-title match??''' A non-title match despite it having been stated on ''Nitro'' that Piper set the stipulations for the match himself. Had to be some serious Hogan shenanigans to lose-but-still-keep the belt in what is supposed to be the biggest match of the year. (They never state that it was a non-title match, which had some people believing that Piper won the title.) ''Souled Out'' was, in truth, nothing more than a 3-hour [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] promo. So, having the ''Souled Out'' PPV immediately after Piper had defeated Hogan at ''Starrcade'' ''Starrcade '96'' with Hogan himself still keeping the belt and continuing to reign supreme along with the added bonus of the nWo completely slaughtering most of WCW's wrestlers at the event itself was nothing more than just a gruesome victory lap for the bad guys.



** No one was hotter than Sting in '97. It's why everybody is still a bit pissed he didn't go over Hogan clean at ''Starrcade''. The 3 biggest stories in the history of wrestling came to a climax that night. Sting's redemption, nWo vs. WCW, and Wrestling/BretHart's first PPV since [[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob the most infamous night in wrestling history]]. That's the one night in his whole career that Hulk needed to take a clean loss. Hogan hits the big boot, the leg drop, and... wins with a perfectly legit three-count from Nick Patrick. Before the bell can ring, Bret Hart comes out to prevent an "injustice"; he should have come out before the match started (honestly, before the PPV even started, because this entire show was pretty damn bad). Bret becomes the impromptu referee for a match that is still continuing, and Sting wins--we think? Who approved this? How is this allowed? WHY? It made Sting look weak for losing clean to Hogan, it made Bret look stupid for saying it was a fast count, and it sank the post-WWF career of Bret Hart. All they had to do was have Sting win clean. That's it. WCW goes down in history as creating the greatest storyline of all time. (Don't think Hogan would consent to that, though.) Fans were chanting "Boring!" during the match. Maybe they didn't realize that this was the match of the decade.

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** No one was hotter than Sting Wrestling/{{Sting}} in '97. It's why everybody is still a bit pissed he didn't go over Hogan clean at ''Starrcade''. The 3 biggest stories in the history of wrestling came to a climax that night. Sting's redemption, nWo vs. WCW, and Wrestling/BretHart's first PPV since [[Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob the most infamous night in wrestling history]]. That's the one night in his whole career that Hulk needed to take a clean loss. Hogan hits the big boot, the leg drop, and... wins with a perfectly legit three-count from Nick Patrick. Before the bell can ring, Bret Hart comes out to prevent an "injustice"; he should have come out before the match started (honestly, before the PPV even started, because this entire show was pretty damn bad). Bret becomes the impromptu referee for a match that is still continuing, and Sting wins--we think? Who approved this? How is this allowed? WHY? It made Sting look weak for losing clean to Hogan, it made Bret look stupid for saying it was a fast count, and it sank the post-WWF career of Bret Hart. All they had to do was have Sting win clean. That's it. WCW goes down in history as creating the greatest storyline of all time. (Don't think Hogan would consent to that, though.) Fans were chanting "Boring!" during the match. Maybe they didn't realize that this was the match of the decade.



* ''Spring Stampede'' 2000 is about as bad as it gets. It took place 6 days after the reboot, meaning that that all the storylines heading into the show had one night to build (except the [[Wrestling/Goldust DustinRhodes]]/Terry Funk feud, which for whatever reason was the only storyline to make it through the reboot). Since all titles were vacated, there were tournaments for the United States and Tag Team Championships, a tournament finals for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, a multi-man match for the Cruiserweight Championship with more wrestlers than time allotted, and a Hardcore Championship match. What fans ended up getting was a 14 matches show with only one match going more than 9 minutes. And almost every match had interference. There was also a "match" between Wrestling/JimmyHart and "Mancow" Muller, a horrible radio DJ based in Chicago who was/is ripping off Howard Stern. He was brought in solely as a ploy to sell more tickets, i.e., they promoted the hell out of WCW on his shows.

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* ''Spring Stampede'' 2000 is about as bad as it gets. It took place 6 days after the reboot, meaning that that all the storylines heading into the show had one night to build (except the [[Wrestling/Goldust DustinRhodes]]/Terry [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]]/Terry Funk feud, which for whatever reason was the only storyline to make it through the reboot). Since all titles were vacated, there were tournaments for the United States and Tag Team Championships, a tournament finals for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, a multi-man match for the Cruiserweight Championship with more wrestlers than time allotted, and a Hardcore Championship match. What fans ended up getting was a 14 matches show with only one match going more than 9 minutes. And almost every match had interference. There was also a "match" between Wrestling/JimmyHart and "Mancow" Muller, a horrible radio DJ based in Chicago who was/is ripping off Howard Stern. He was brought in solely as a ploy to sell more tickets, i.e., they promoted the hell out of WCW on his shows.



* South Carolina was a recipient of the infamous Sting v. Bret Hart match in October 1998. The "match" took place entirely in the back, displayed on the Titantron, and with a screwjob finish to boot. The audience rightly booed it, and many of them likely never paid $40 to see ''Nitro'' again. A shame because Columbia was a stronghold for WCW when it was still the Mid-Atlantic {{Wrestling/N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA region. Oh, and [[NeverTrustATrailer despite what Schiavone said]] (from under his flat rock), there would be no U.S. Title changing hands that night.

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* South Carolina was a recipient of the infamous Sting v.vs. Bret Hart match in October 1998. The "match" took place entirely in the back, displayed on the Titantron, and with a screwjob finish to boot. The audience rightly booed it, and many of them likely never paid $40 to see ''Nitro'' again. A shame because Columbia was a stronghold for WCW when it was still the Mid-Atlantic {{Wrestling/N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA region. Oh, and [[NeverTrustATrailer despite what Schiavone said]] (from under his flat rock), there would be no U.S. Title changing hands that night.
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Part of the reason fans have so much nostalgia for WCW is that a lot of them never bought a single PPV. If they had actually spent money on any of the following PPVs, they'd probably be furious:

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Part of the reason fans have so much nostalgia for WCW is that a lot of them never bought a single PPV. If they had actually spent money on any of the following PPVs, [=PPVs=], they'd probably be furious:



* Every ''Uncensored'' installment. Historically the worst annual PPV in wrestling.

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* Every ''Uncensored'' PPV installment. Historically the worst annual PPV in wrestling.



* ''Spring Stampede'' 2000 is about as bad as it gets. It took place 6 days after the reboot, meaning that that all the storylines heading into the show had one night to build (except the [[Wrestling/Goldust Dustin Rhodes]]/Terry Funk feud, which for whatever reason was the only storyline to make it through the reboot). Since all titles were vacated, there were tournaments for the United States and Tag Team Championships, a tournament finals for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, a multi-man match for the Cruiserweight Championship with more wrestlers than time allotted, and a Hardcore Championship match. What fans ended up getting was a 14 matches show with only one match going more than 9 minutes. And almost every match had interference. There was also a "match" between Wrestling/JimmyHart and "Mancow" Muller, a horrible radio DJ based in Chicago who was/is ripping off Howard Stern. He was brought in solely as a ploy to sell more tickets, i.e., they promoted the hell out of WCW on his shows.

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* ''Spring Stampede'' 2000 is about as bad as it gets. It took place 6 days after the reboot, meaning that that all the storylines heading into the show had one night to build (except the [[Wrestling/Goldust Dustin Rhodes]]/Terry DustinRhodes]]/Terry Funk feud, which for whatever reason was the only storyline to make it through the reboot). Since all titles were vacated, there were tournaments for the United States and Tag Team Championships, a tournament finals for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, a multi-man match for the Cruiserweight Championship with more wrestlers than time allotted, and a Hardcore Championship match. What fans ended up getting was a 14 matches show with only one match going more than 9 minutes. And almost every match had interference. There was also a "match" between Wrestling/JimmyHart and "Mancow" Muller, a horrible radio DJ based in Chicago who was/is ripping off Howard Stern. He was brought in solely as a ploy to sell more tickets, i.e., they promoted the hell out of WCW on his shows.



* In 1999, legendary punk rock group Music/TheMisfits appeared on WCW programming for several weeks. Not to perform or promote their album, but to ''[[http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/remember-when-misfits-wrestled-in-wcw wrestle]]''. Never mind the fact the fact that none of the members had any wrestling experience and were all approaching 40. They didn't even do anything but crawl around. Interestingly, the idea didn't come from any ExecutiveMeddling, but from Vampiro, who was trying to build a career as an actor/musician outside of wrestling. He had originally asked them write his new theme song, but then pitched them actually being on the show to executives... Which seemed like an incredibly forced excuse for Vampiro to pal around with his favorite band. The group stopped appearing after Only was injured during a cage match with Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams. ''Fun fact'': everybody but Jerry Only thought this was stupid, they eventually broke up because of it.

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* In 1999, legendary punk rock group Music/TheMisfits appeared on WCW programming for several weeks. Not to perform or promote their album, but to ''[[http://www.metalinsider.net/columns/remember-when-misfits-wrestled-in-wcw wrestle]]''. Never mind the fact the fact that none of the members had any wrestling experience and were all approaching 40. They didn't even do anything but crawl around. Interestingly, the idea didn't come from any ExecutiveMeddling, but from Vampiro, who was trying to build a career as an actor/musician outside of wrestling. He had originally asked them write his new theme song, but then pitched them actually being on the show to executives... Which seemed like an incredibly forced excuse for Vampiro to pal around with his favorite band. The group stopped appearing after Only was injured during a cage match with Wrestling/DrDeathSteveWilliams. ''Fun fact'': everybody but Jerry Only thought this was stupid, they eventually broke up because of it.



** The [=InVasion=] was dead in the water without Goldberg, Sting, the nWo, etc. The WWE didn't handle it well, and they'd spent so many years telling us that WCW was inferior and that their talent was washed-up; not worthy of competing in the WWF. And the truth is, the talent who came in ''weren't'' on that level. It was a bunch of mid and lower card guys "invading" the biggest wrestling company of all time. They couldn't do anything about the guys who decided to sit out their contracts (AOL paying them millions of dollars to sit at home and do nothing). Can't really blame any of them, even if it was short-sighted.

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** The [=InVasion=] was dead in the water without Goldberg, Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}, Sting, the nWo, etc. The WWE didn't handle it well, and they'd spent so many years telling us that WCW was inferior and that their talent was washed-up; not worthy of competing in the WWF. And the truth is, the talent who came in ''weren't'' on that level. It was a bunch of mid and lower card guys "invading" the biggest wrestling company of all time. They couldn't do anything about the guys who decided to sit out their contracts (AOL paying them millions of dollars to sit at home and do nothing). Can't really blame any of them, even if it was short-sighted.



* The first ''Nitro'' of 1999 opened with absolutely nothing of importance in its first hour (due it not being in direct competition with WWF). As soon as ''Raw'' went live, Goldberg was arrested and charged with "aggressive stalking". It was going to be rape, but Goldberg nixed that idea. The storyline was that Goldberg was scheduled to face Kevin Nash for the title, could Goldberg make it back in time? The unintentional comedy here was every time we cut to this storyline, the announcers mention the police station is just across the street from the arena. This also marked the night where Hogan, returning from his yearly football vacation, was to announce his running mate in his bid to become President of the United States. This never happened, and instead Hogan decided that if Goldberg couldn't make it, he would face "that spoon Kevin Nash." Then... this is it. The injection point. After a bit of gesturing, Hogan poked Nash in the chest and Nash took what would be the biggest bump in his career. Hogan covers Nash, wins the belt, and reforms the nWo again. As they're celebrating, it's revealed that Goldberg has been released and arrives at the arena (from the police station across the street) in a car?! The logical thing to do here was have Goldberg (who came out to a massive pop) lay waste to everyone and exact justice, which is what he began to do (and the people lit up for it), but then, of course, they buried the ever-loving crap out of Goldberg and everyone took turns humiliating him (taze him, spraypaint him, handcuff him to the corner, etc). You can pretty much be certain Nash and Hogan had a hand in the booking that night--after ripping off a massive house with the Fingerpoke of Doom while the competition is kicking ass and taking names on the other channel. It was also fitting Hogan orchestrated his revenge to regain the world title at the Georgia Dome--the same place Goldberg beat him for the title six months prior.
** If you watch the Fingerpoke of Doom segment, it wasn't just that they ripped off 40,000 fans in the Georgia Dome who wanted to see Goldberg v. Nash. Also in this episode was Bischoff's attempt to reset the company to 1997, so they give away the ''Raw'' main event. The next morning it's revealed that at the exact moment fans were told to not change the channel, around 100,000 homes switched to ''Raw''.

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* The first ''Nitro'' of 1999 opened with absolutely nothing of importance in its first hour (due it not being in direct competition with WWF). As soon as ''Raw'' went live, Goldberg was arrested and charged with "aggressive stalking". stalking" towards Wrestling/MissElizabeth. Originally, It was going to be rape, but Goldberg had nixed that idea. The storyline was that Goldberg was scheduled to face Kevin Nash in a rematch for the title, WCW World Heavyweight Championship and that Goldberg himself being unexpectedly arrested had ended up putting the entire match at risk of being cancelled, so could Goldberg make it back in time? time to participate? The unintentional comedy here was that every time we cut to this storyline, the announcers mention the police station is just across the street from the arena. This also marked the night where Hogan, returning from his yearly football vacation, was to announce his running mate in his bid to become President of the United States. This never happened, and instead Hogan decided that if Goldberg couldn't make it, he would face "that spoon Kevin Nash." Then... this is it. The injection point. After a bit of gesturing, Hogan poked Nash in the chest and Nash took what would be the biggest bump in his career. Hogan covers Nash, wins the belt, and reforms the nWo again. As they're celebrating, it's revealed that Goldberg has been released and arrives at the arena (from the police station across the street) in a car?! The logical thing to do here was have Goldberg (who came out to a massive pop) lay waste to everyone and exact justice, which is what he began to do (and the people lit up for it), but then, of course, they buried the ever-loving crap out of Goldberg and everyone took turns humiliating him (taze him, spraypaint him, handcuff him to the corner, etc). You can pretty much be certain Nash and Hogan had a hand in the booking that night--after ripping off a massive house with the Fingerpoke of Doom while the competition is kicking ass and taking names on the other channel. It was also fitting Hogan orchestrated his revenge to regain the world title at the Georgia Dome--the same place Goldberg beat him for the title six months prior.
** If you watch the Fingerpoke of Doom segment, it wasn't just that they ripped off 40,000 fans in the Georgia Dome who wanted to see Goldberg v. Nash.vs. Nash rematch. Also in this episode was Bischoff's attempt to reset the company to 1997, so they give away the ''Raw'' main event. The next morning it's revealed that at the exact moment fans were told to not change the channel, around 100,000 homes switched to ''Raw''.



* Not the worst match on the list, obviously, but you won't find a match which violates the tenets of pro wrestling to this degree: A three-way match between Nash, Steiner, and Goldberg. It was to be the semi-main event of ''New Blood Rising''. As the announcers geared up for the match, they were audibly confused about not knowing who was going to "go over". And no, the part isn't us editorializing about Goldberg; that's what the announcer actually said. Then came what seemed to be the finish, as Nash preparted to powerbomb Goldberg for the victory. But Goldberg did something totally unexpected by (try to follow us here) ''not'' letting himself be powerbombed. The announcers were in shock, immediately blasting Goldberg for being so unprofessional. Goldberg then stomped off, leaving the other wrestlers to turn and look at each other for a bit... until the commentators signaled them to "improvise", and they wrestled each other. This is like if Luke Skywalker had refused to climb in an X-Wing, said, "Fuck you, George", and then the TIE fighters began to shoot at each other. Read more about it in detail [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/goldberg-script/ here]] at ''[=WrestleCrap=]''.

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* Not the worst match on the list, obviously, but you won't find a match which violates the tenets of pro wrestling to this degree: A three-way match between Nash, Steiner, Wrestling/ScottSteiner, and Goldberg. It was to be the semi-main event of ''New Blood Rising''. As the announcers geared up for the match, they were audibly confused about not knowing who was going to "go over". And no, the part isn't us editorializing about Goldberg; that's what the announcer actually said. Then came what seemed to be the finish, as Nash preparted to powerbomb Goldberg for the victory. But Goldberg did something totally unexpected by (try to follow us here) ''not'' letting himself be powerbombed. The announcers were in shock, immediately blasting Goldberg for being so unprofessional. Goldberg then stomped off, leaving the other wrestlers to turn and look at each other for a bit... until the commentators signaled them to "improvise", and they wrestled each other. This is like if [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker Skywalker]] had refused to climb in an X-Wing, said, "Fuck you, George", [[Creator/GeorgeLucas George]]", and then the TIE fighters began to shoot at each other. Read more about it in detail [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/goldberg-script/ here]] at ''[=WrestleCrap=]''.
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