History Horrible / WWE

13th Sep '16 5:07:16 AM JamesAustin
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* The very first time the WWF tried to promote a WCW match counted as this all on its own, for a whole bunch of reasons - some of which weren't even anyone's fault. The match was Wrestling/BookerT vs. Buff Bagwell in front of a very hostile Tacoma, Washington crowd. The crowd had been booing and heckling the wrestlers all night, and many of them walked out before the WCW match even started. Booker and Bagwell didn't help, putting on a truly awful match (most of the blame went to Bagwell, who didn't exactly have a reputation for being a stellar worker to begin with, and who was in exceptionally poor form that night - Bagwell later blamed his performance on nerves from the hostile fans though). The only thing that got cheers during the match was when Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and Wrestling/KurtAngle, the WWF's top heels at the time, came out to beat up Booker and Bagwell before tossing them out of the arena. From this show, Vince [=McMahon=] took the belief that fans wouldn't cheer any WCW wrestlers and that WCW wrestlers didn't know how to work anyway. To put this in metaphor, the [=InVasion=] got off on the wrong step. This show was the wrong step, and WWE has rarely been back to Tacoma since. Bagwell was legitimately fired because the match was that horrible. Its induction into the annals of the WrestleCrap archives didn't come ''[[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/induction-bookervsbuff/ until fifteen years after the initial taping]]'' because RD Reynolds was so infuriated by it that [[BrainBleach "he never wanted to relive it."]]

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* The very first time the WWF tried to promote a WCW match counted as this all on its own, for a whole bunch of reasons - some of which weren't even anyone's fault. The match was Wrestling/BookerT vs. Buff Bagwell in front of a very hostile Tacoma, Washington crowd. The crowd had been booing and heckling the wrestlers all night, and many of them walked out before the WCW match even started. Booker and Bagwell didn't help, putting on a truly awful match (most of the blame went to Bagwell, who didn't exactly have a reputation for being a stellar worker to begin with, and who was in exceptionally poor form that night - Bagwell later blamed his performance on nerves from the hostile fans though). The only thing that got cheers during the match was when Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and Wrestling/KurtAngle, the WWF's top heels at the time, came out to beat up Booker and Bagwell before tossing them out of the arena. From this show, Vince [=McMahon=] took the belief that fans wouldn't cheer any WCW wrestlers and that WCW wrestlers didn't know how to work anyway. To put this in metaphor, the [=InVasion=] got off on the wrong step. This show was the wrong step, and WWE has rarely been back to Tacoma since. Bagwell was legitimately fired because the match was that horrible. Its induction into the annals of the WrestleCrap Website/WrestleCrap archives didn't come ''[[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/induction-bookervsbuff/ until fifteen years after the initial taping]]'' because RD Reynolds was so infuriated by it that [[BrainBleach "he never wanted to relive it."]]



* The January 8, 2007 edition of ''RAW'' featured an attempt to cash in on the brief media feud between Donald Drumpf and Rosie O'Donnell. Two poorly-disguised {{jobber}}s (Former Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA World Women's Champion Kiley [=McLean=] and Ace Steel of the Second City Saints) posed as the two and had a sluggish, no-effort, unbearable fight. It was so bad that the crowd, having gone past "You Can't Wrestle!" and "Boring!", ''began cheering for Wrestling/{{TNA}}.''

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* The January 8, 2007 edition of ''RAW'' featured an attempt to cash in on the brief media feud between Donald Drumpf Trump and Rosie O'Donnell. Two poorly-disguised {{jobber}}s (Former (former Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA World Women's Champion Kiley [=McLean=] and Ace Steel of the Second City Saints) posed as the two and had a sluggish, no-effort, unbearable fight. It was so bad that the crowd, having gone past "You Can't Wrestle!" and "Boring!", ''began cheering for Wrestling/{{TNA}}.''



* Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker. Perhaps the template of "so bad it's horrible" gimmicks. Has its own page, but in a nutshell: A man dressed in a turkey costume hatches from a giant egg at the 1990 Wrestling/SurvivorSeries and dances in the ring with "Mean" Gene Okerlund, to a chorus of boos from a disappointed audience. The gimmick even inspired the "Gooker Award" (for the year's worst gimmick) at the WrestleCrap website.

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* Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker. Perhaps the template of "so bad it's horrible" gimmicks. Has its own page, but in a nutshell: A man dressed in a turkey costume hatches from a giant egg at the 1990 Wrestling/SurvivorSeries and dances in the ring with "Mean" Gene Okerlund, to a chorus of boos from a disappointed audience. The gimmick even inspired the "Gooker Award" (for the year's worst gimmick) at the WrestleCrap Website/WrestleCrap website.
9th Sep '16 10:31:18 AM AFreakyDude
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* As bad as the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob was, the "Original Screwjob" on Wrestling/WendiRichter is even more egregious. One could charitably characterize Montreal as Vince being excessively paranoid about having his champion leave with the belt and throw it down on ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'' (which had happened with the Women's Title a few years prior via [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Madusa/Alundra Blayze]]); this screwjob, on the other hand, was around a time at which Richter's contract was being renegotiated [[note]](according to Vince, she had refused to sign a new contract; according to Wendi, she had been having disputes over pay, but was still under the original five-year deal)[[/note]]. The critical moment was when [[Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah Moolah]] (in the guise of the "Spider Lady") gets Richter in a small package, at which Richter blatantly kicks out at one and has one shoulder obviously up at two. Even Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon didn't initially notice that the three-count was made. Around the 7:18 mark [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDcc766HzxA here]], you can see the small package.[[note]](If you go by Wendi's side of the story, her whole career with WWE was one big horrible moment. By her own words, her contract stipulated that she would earn a minimum of $25 per match, and a lot of times that was all she got. She was also not paid for promotional events she did with Cyndi Lauper, spots she did on WWE's cartoon show, and she was given no royalty checks for merchandise related to her. Considering for a while Wendi was almost a popular as Hogan and was allegedly making ''far'' less than Hogan, it's sort of justified why she kept having contract disputes with Vince.)[[/note]]

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* As bad as the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob was, the "Original Screwjob" on Wrestling/WendiRichter is even more egregious.{{egregious}}. One could charitably characterize Montreal as Vince being excessively paranoid about having his champion leave with the belt and throw it down on ''[[Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Nitro]]'' (which had happened with the Women's Title a few years prior via [[Wrestling/{{Madusa}} Madusa/Alundra Blayze]]); this screwjob, on the other hand, was around a time at which Richter's contract was being renegotiated [[note]](according to Vince, she had refused to sign a new contract; according to Wendi, she had been having disputes over pay, but was still under the original five-year deal)[[/note]]. The critical moment was when [[Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah Moolah]] (in the guise of the "Spider Lady") gets Richter in a small package, at which Richter blatantly kicks out at one and has one shoulder obviously up at two. Even Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon didn't initially notice that the three-count was made. Around the 7:18 mark [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDcc766HzxA here]], you can see the small package.[[note]](If you go by Wendi's side of the story, her whole career with WWE was one big horrible moment. By her own words, her contract stipulated that she would earn a minimum of $25 per match, and a lot of times that was all she got. She was also not paid for promotional events she did with Cyndi Lauper, spots she did on WWE's cartoon show, and she was given no royalty checks for merchandise related to her. Considering for a while Wendi was almost a popular as Hogan and was allegedly making ''far'' less than Hogan, it's sort of justified why she kept having contract disputes with Vince.)[[/note]]



* When Shawn Michaels turned on Marty Jannetty and split up the Rockers, a legend was born where a Tag Team died, and Michaels went on to become of of the most successful singles wrestlers in [=WWF/E=] history. This half-success, was all the justification WWE's ever needed to split tag teams for no other reason. Invariably, the tag team members never worked as singles, at best getting beatdown by monster heels over and over again. Among the victims: Men on a Mission, the Hardy Boyz (Wrestling/{{Matt|Hardy}} and Wrestling/{{Jeff|Hardy}}), Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/{{Christian}}, Los Guerreros (Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero|Jr}}), Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam, the Gatecrashers (Vance Archer and Curt Hawkins), the Colons, Cryme Tyme, the Basham Brothers, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, the Hart Dynasty, the Dude Busters, Deuce 'n Domino, Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick, The Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers and even Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys. Very few of these guys managed to get over as singles competitors, most wound up less over than ever before, and the tag division only gets smaller and smaller each time a breakup happens. The other thing that nobody seems to remember is that the reason the Rockers split was because WWF thought they could get ''two'' singles stars out of the breakup - at the time of the breakup Jannetty was considered equal to Michaels in both ability and charisma. It was Jannetty's love of partying and "personal demons", as well as two different pushes interrupted by injuries, that ended up hamstringing his career. That, and it's possible for members of a unit to achieve individual success without severing said unit (Wrestling/ElSanto of The Atomic Pair immediately comes to mind but the American Wolves and Briscoes of Wrestling/RingOfHonor, the Canadian Ninjas of Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} and countless others serve as examples).

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* When Shawn Michaels turned on Marty Jannetty and split up the Rockers, a legend was born where a Tag Team died, and Michaels went on to become of of the most successful singles wrestlers in [=WWF/E=] history. This half-success, was all the justification WWE's ever needed to split tag teams for no other reason. Invariably, the tag team members never worked as singles, at best getting beatdown by monster heels over and over again and at worst, never being seen or heard from again. Among the victims: Men on a Mission, the Hardy Boyz (Wrestling/{{Matt|Hardy}} and Wrestling/{{Jeff|Hardy}}), Wrestling/{{Edge}} and Wrestling/{{Christian}}, Los Guerreros (Wrestling/EddieGuerrero and Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero|Jr}}), Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam, the Gatecrashers (Vance Archer and Curt Hawkins), the Colons, Cryme Tyme, the Basham Brothers, Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, the Hart Dynasty, the Dude Busters, Deuce 'n Domino, Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick, The Wrestling/PrimeTimePlayers and even Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys. Very few of these guys managed to get over as singles competitors, most wound up less over than ever before, and the tag division only gets smaller and smaller each time a breakup happens. The other thing that nobody seems to remember is that the reason the Rockers split was because WWF thought they could get ''two'' singles stars out of the breakup - at the time of the breakup Jannetty was considered equal to Michaels in both ability and charisma. It was Jannetty's love of partying and "personal demons", as well as two different pushes interrupted by injuries, that ended up hamstringing his career. That, and it's possible for members of a unit to achieve individual success without severing said unit (Wrestling/ElSanto of The Atomic Pair immediately comes to mind but the American Wolves and Briscoes of Wrestling/RingOfHonor, the Canadian Ninjas of Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} and countless others serve as examples).
8th Sep '16 11:50:24 AM CrystalMech
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* The very first time the WWF tried to promote a WCW match counted as this all on its own, for a whole bunch of reasons - some of which weren't even anyone's fault. The match was Wrestling/BookerT vs. Buff Bagwell in front of a very hostile Tacoma, Washington crowd. The crowd had been booing and heckling the wrestlers all night, and many of them walked out before the WCW match even started. Booker and Bagwell didn't help, putting on a truly awful match (most of the blame went to Bagwell, who didn't exactly have a reputation for being a stellar worker to begin with, and who was in exceptionally poor form that night - Bagwell later blamed his performance on nerves from the hostile fans though). The only thing that got cheers during the match was when Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and Wrestling/KurtAngle, the WWF's top heels at the time, came out to beat up Booker and Bagwell before tossing them out of the arena. From this show, Vince [=McMahon=] took the belief that fans wouldn't cheer any WCW wrestlers and that WCW wrestlers didn't know how to work anyway. To put this in metaphor, the [=InVasion=] got off on the wrong step. This show was the wrong step, and WWE has rarely been back to Tacoma since. Bagwell was legitimately fired because the match was that horrible.

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* The very first time the WWF tried to promote a WCW match counted as this all on its own, for a whole bunch of reasons - some of which weren't even anyone's fault. The match was Wrestling/BookerT vs. Buff Bagwell in front of a very hostile Tacoma, Washington crowd. The crowd had been booing and heckling the wrestlers all night, and many of them walked out before the WCW match even started. Booker and Bagwell didn't help, putting on a truly awful match (most of the blame went to Bagwell, who didn't exactly have a reputation for being a stellar worker to begin with, and who was in exceptionally poor form that night - Bagwell later blamed his performance on nerves from the hostile fans though). The only thing that got cheers during the match was when Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin and Wrestling/KurtAngle, the WWF's top heels at the time, came out to beat up Booker and Bagwell before tossing them out of the arena. From this show, Vince [=McMahon=] took the belief that fans wouldn't cheer any WCW wrestlers and that WCW wrestlers didn't know how to work anyway. To put this in metaphor, the [=InVasion=] got off on the wrong step. This show was the wrong step, and WWE has rarely been back to Tacoma since. Bagwell was legitimately fired because the match was that horrible. Its induction into the annals of the WrestleCrap archives didn't come ''[[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/induction-bookervsbuff/ until fifteen years after the initial taping]]'' because RD Reynolds was so infuriated by it that [[BrainBleach "he never wanted to relive it."]]



* The January 8, 2007 edition of ''RAW'' featured an attempt to cash in on the brief media feud between Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell. Two poorly-disguised {{jobber}}s (Former Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA World Women's Champion Kiley [=McLean=] and Ace Steel of the Second City Saints) posed as the two and had a sluggish, no-effort, unbearable fight. It was so bad that the crowd, having gone past "You Can't Wrestle!" and "Boring!", ''began cheering for Wrestling/{{TNA}}.''

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* The January 8, 2007 edition of ''RAW'' featured an attempt to cash in on the brief media feud between Donald Trump Drumpf and Rosie O'Donnell. Two poorly-disguised {{jobber}}s (Former Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA World Women's Champion Kiley [=McLean=] and Ace Steel of the Second City Saints) posed as the two and had a sluggish, no-effort, unbearable fight. It was so bad that the crowd, having gone past "You Can't Wrestle!" and "Boring!", ''began cheering for Wrestling/{{TNA}}.''
17th Jul '16 9:56:47 AM AFreakyDude
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* ''Over the Edge''. May 23, 1999. It became universally known as the night Wrestling/OwenHart died. Working as the Blue Blazer at the time, he was to be lowered to the ground by harness from the rafters in a pastiche of what Wrestling/{{Sting}} was doing at the time in WCW. Instead, the harness failed, and he fell 70 feet, his chest hitting a turnbuckle on the way down. The only positive of the event was that the accident was not seen live on TV, so they could extend backstage activity while dealing with the accident. Hart was taken to a Kansas City hospital, while WWF decided to continue the event, a decision that proved extremely controversial once it was announced that Owen Hart had died. The event wouldn't see the light of day until the premier of the WWE Network, when it would be made available in a heavily-edited form. The WWF would eventually settle with Owen's wife for $18 million, but still occasionally catch heat since part of the settlement was they could never mention Owen again on WWE programming, something the WWE Network has made impossible.

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* ''Over the Edge''. May 23, 1999. It became universally known as the night Wrestling/OwenHart died. Working as the Blue Blazer at the time, he was to be lowered to the ground by harness from the rafters in a pastiche of what Wrestling/{{Sting}} was doing at the time in WCW. Instead, the harness failed, and he fell 70 feet, his chest hitting a turnbuckle on the way down. The only positive of the event was that the accident was not seen live on TV, so they could extend backstage activity while dealing with the accident. Hart was taken to a Kansas City hospital, while WWF [[TheShowMustGoOn decided to continue the event, event]], a decision that proved extremely controversial once it was announced that Owen Hart had died. The event wouldn't see the light of day until the premier of the WWE Network, when it would be made available in a heavily-edited form. The WWF would eventually settle with Owen's wife for $18 million, but still occasionally catch heat since part of the settlement was they could never mention Owen again on WWE programming, something the WWE Network has made impossible.
20th Jun '16 8:24:17 AM Briguy52748
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* Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker. Perhaps the template of "so bad it's horrible" gimmicks. Has its own page, but in a nutshell: A man dressed in a turkey costume hatches from a giant egg at the 1990 Wrestling/SurvivorSeries and dances in the ring with "Mean" Gene Okerlund, to a chorus of boos from a disappointed audience.

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* Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker. Perhaps the template of "so bad it's horrible" gimmicks. Has its own page, but in a nutshell: A man dressed in a turkey costume hatches from a giant egg at the 1990 Wrestling/SurvivorSeries and dances in the ring with "Mean" Gene Okerlund, to a chorus of boos from a disappointed audience. The gimmick even inspired the "Gooker Award" (for the year's worst gimmick) at the WrestleCrap website.
20th Jun '16 6:09:54 AM Briguy52748
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* Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker. Perhaps the template of "so bad it's horrible" gimmicks. Has its own page, but in a nutshell: A man dressed in a turkey costume hatches from a giant egg and dances in the ring with "Mean" Gene Okerlund, to a chorus of boos from a disappointed audience.

to:

* Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker. Perhaps the template of "so bad it's horrible" gimmicks. Has its own page, but in a nutshell: A man dressed in a turkey costume hatches from a giant egg at the 1990 Wrestling/SurvivorSeries and dances in the ring with "Mean" Gene Okerlund, to a chorus of boos from a disappointed audience.
20th Jun '16 6:05:44 AM Briguy52748
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* Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker. Perhaps the template of so bad it's horrible gimmicks. Has its own page, but in a nutshell: A man dressed in a turkey costume hatches from a giant egg and dances in the ring with Wrestling/GeneOkerlund, to a chorus of boos from a disappointed audience.

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* Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker. Perhaps the template of so "so bad it's horrible horrible" gimmicks. Has its own page, but in a nutshell: A man dressed in a turkey costume hatches from a giant egg and dances in the ring with Wrestling/GeneOkerlund, "Mean" Gene Okerlund, to a chorus of boos from a disappointed audience.
20th Jun '16 6:04:27 AM Briguy52748
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* Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker. Perhaps the template of so bad it's horrible gimmicks. Has its own page, but in a nutshell: A man dressed in a turkey costume hatches from a giant egg and dances in the ring with Wrestling/GeneOkerlund, to a chorus of boos from a disappointed audience.
17th Jun '16 7:13:09 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2014'': [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], who at that point and beyond was immensely over with the fans, was a favorite amongst smarks to win the match, and when the countdown began for Entrant #30, fans were on the edge of their seats. When the buzzer rang and [[Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} Rey Mysterio's]] music played, the arena went into meltdown, booing any bit of Rey's offence and cheering his elimination. It got worse when the returning Wrestling/{{Batista}} won it. as they immediately turned on him. It's notable for being Wrestling/CMPunk's last wrestling appearance and for forcing the company to change the WWE World Heavyweight Title Match in order to stop it from imploding on itself.[[note]](The original plans for Wrestlemania XXX were for Bryan to face Sheamus again, with CM Punk to face down The Authority. When Punk walked out, Bryan took his place and won the title, which drew universal acclaim.)[[/note]]

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* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2014'': [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], who at that point and beyond was immensely over with the fans, was a favorite amongst smarks to win the match, and when the countdown began for Entrant #30, fans were on the edge of their seats. When the buzzer rang and [[Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} Rey Mysterio's]] music played, the arena went into meltdown, booing any bit of Rey's offence and cheering his elimination. It got worse when the returning Wrestling/{{Batista}} won it. as they immediately turned on him. It's notable for being Wrestling/CMPunk's last wrestling appearance and for forcing the company to change the WWE World Heavyweight Title Match in order to stop it from imploding on itself.[[note]](The original plans for Wrestlemania XXX were for Bryan to face Sheamus again, with CM Punk to face down The Authority. When Punk walked out, Bryan took his place and won the title, which drew universal acclaim.)[[/note]])[[/note]] Even Wrestling/MickFoley verbally bit WWE's head off over this fiasco, posting the tweet [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "Does the WWE really hate their own audience?"]] that was retweeted ''20,000 times'' in 24 hours.
31st May '16 1:53:38 PM Kuddy
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* There's an infamous match between the Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and [=Kane=]) and Kronik ([[Wrestling/BryanClarke Bryan "Adam Bomb[=/=]"Wrath" Clarke]] and the late [[Wrestling/BrianAdams Brian "Crush" Adams]]) that took place during the [=InVasion=] angle. Taker was no-selling everything any WCW guy did to him with impunity, and Kane was only slightly better; meanwhile, told they were losing, Kronik decided they just wouldn't try very hard in the match. Botches, no-selling, extended rest-holds, miscommunication between the wrestlers, everything that could go wrong did. Both members of Kronik were ordered to go to development after the match, but refused and lost their jobs.

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* There's ''Unforgiven 2001'' featured an infamous match between the Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and [=Kane=]) and Kronik ([[Wrestling/BryanClarke Bryan "Adam Bomb[=/=]"Wrath" Clarke]] and the late [[Wrestling/BrianAdams Brian "Crush" Adams]]) that took place during as part of the [=InVasion=] angle. Taker was no-selling everything any WCW guy did to him with impunity, and Kane was only slightly better; meanwhile, told they were losing, Kronik decided they just wouldn't try very hard in the match. Botches, no-selling, extended rest-holds, miscommunication between the wrestlers, everything that could go wrong did. Both members of Kronik were ordered to go to development after the match, but refused and lost their jobs.
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