History Horrible / WWE

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.

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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.
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.
26th May '16 10:16:45 PM McJeff
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* Wrestling/{{Batista}} vs. Wrestling/TheBigShow for the ECW Championship in August 2006. Doesn't sound ''quite'' as bad as you'd think, and to give credit where it's due the match itself wasn't horrible. However, it was held '''at the Hammerstein Ballroom''', home to the ''wrong'' kind of audience for that exact sort of thing.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZS5BMq-SWc See for yourself all the boos they got.]]

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* Wrestling/{{Batista}} vs. Wrestling/TheBigShow for the ECW Championship in August 2006. Doesn't sound ''quite'' as bad as you'd think, and to give credit where it's due the match itself wasn't horrible. However, it was held '''at the Hammerstein Ballroom''', home to the ''wrong'' kind of audience for that exact sort of thing.[[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZS5BMq-SWc com/watch?v=26MXMI0Bx-c See for yourself all the boos they got.]]
15th May '16 9:07:41 AM Gimere
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* After the [=InVasion=] ended, all the WCW main eventers who had been supposedly too expensive to bring over were hired over the years, with Ric Flair showing up the very night after the [=InVasion=] ended. Over the years, every WCW main eventer would end up in WWE, with Sting eventually being the last; though he was invited several times in the interim, he didn't trust WWE creative to treat him well and declined to hop on board until 2014. In a shoot interview, Sting admitted that the reason he thought this was because of seeing how the WWE treated Booker T during the [=InVasion=] angle. [=InVasion=] was so bad, it ruined even the future possibility of the dream match of Sting versus Undertaker, as they're both long past their prime in the ring and Sting announced his retirement from wrestling at his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016.

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* After the [=InVasion=] ended, all the WCW main eventers who had been supposedly too expensive to bring over were hired over the years, with Ric Flair showing up the very night after the [=InVasion=] ended. Over the years, every WCW main eventer would end up in WWE, with Sting eventually being the last; though he was invited several times in the interim, he didn't trust WWE creative to treat him well and declined to hop on board until 2014. In a shoot interview, Sting admitted that the reason he thought this was because of seeing how the WWE treated Booker T during the [=InVasion=] angle. [=InVasion=] was so bad, it ruined even the future possibility of the dream match of Sting versus Undertaker, as they're both long past their prime in the ring and Sting announced his retirement from wrestling at his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016.



* As bad as David Arquette: WCW Champion was, it was just barely the worst angle that year. Over in the WWF, Wrestling/MarkHenry (who at the time worked a Barry White gimmick as "Sexual Chocolate") got involved with female bodybuilder/Degeneration X enforcer Chyna, and then with her friend Sammy who turned out to be a transvestite. Then he got involved with Mae Young, (then in her seventies) and got her pregnant. Three months later, Mae gave birth (while smoking a cigar) on RAW--''to a disembodied hand'', leading to the punchline: Vince declaring "Let's all [[JustForPun give her a hand!]]". And let's not forget the way it opened--Mae Young [[FanDisservice flashing her audience]] in defiance of the [[Wrestling/JerryLawler "show me your puppies"]] gag. In Website/{{WrestleCrap}}'s annual "Gooker Award" voting, Arquette beat this by '''only 0.5%'''. The whole shebang actually placed at #62 in ''[[Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory What Were They Thinking? The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History]]''. The only thing it was good for was an over-the-top BrickJoke, and even that doesn't cancel out them repeating the angle--only to have her give birth to Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}}.

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* As bad as David Arquette: WCW Champion was, it was just barely the worst angle that year. Over in the WWF, Wrestling/MarkHenry (who at the time worked a Barry White gimmick as "Sexual Chocolate") got involved with female bodybuilder/Degeneration X enforcer Chyna, Wrestling/{{Chyna}}, and then with her friend Sammy who turned out to be a transvestite. Then he got involved with Mae Young, Wrestling/MaeYoung, (then in her seventies) and got her pregnant. Three months later, Mae gave birth (while smoking a cigar) on RAW--''to a disembodied hand'', leading to the punchline: Vince declaring "Let's all [[JustForPun give her a hand!]]". And let's not forget the way it opened--Mae Young [[FanDisservice flashing her audience]] in defiance of the [[Wrestling/JerryLawler "show me your puppies"]] gag. In Website/{{WrestleCrap}}'s annual "Gooker Award" voting, Arquette beat this by '''only 0.5%'''. The whole shebang actually placed at #62 in ''[[Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory What Were They Thinking? The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History]]''. The only thing it was good for was an over-the-top BrickJoke, and even that doesn't cancel out them repeating the angle--only to have her give birth to Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}}.



* As bad as the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob was, the "Original Screwjob" on Wendi Richter 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 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 Wendi Richter 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 Moolah [[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]]



* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} vs. Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Two men with similar gimmicks big, charismatic, intense wrestlers who were nigh unstoppable by most other wrestlers. What could go wrong with a showdown between them? Well, Lesnar was ditching WWE to try out for the NFL, Goldberg's contract was set to expire and he wasn't renewing, and the show they wrestled at (''[=WrestleMania=] XX'') was being held in Madison Square Garden, a location that skews towards the {{Smar|tMark}}k section of the fanbase. Goldberg and Lesnar decided not to bother having a good match knowing each other's fate, and the viciously negative fan reaction (skewed towards Lesnar, whose decision to leave WWE was more widely known than Goldberg's and more shocking, having only been reported a week before the show) certainly didn't inspire them to give a good performance. The end result was quite possibly the worst match in ''[=WrestleMania=]'' history, and the only saving grace came after the bell when guest referee Steve Austin gave both Lesnar and Goldberg a Stone Cold Stunner as a lovely parting gift. It's widely believed that WWE purposefully laid out the match to be as awful as possible as a spiteful parting gift for both men. Given how petty people in wrestling can be (''especially'' Vince [=McMahon=]), it's entirely possible. You know it's bad when the fans are getting a better reaction from one another than the match--the biggest pop went to a fake wrestling match between a Hulk Hogan cosplayer and a "Macho Man" Randy Savage cosplayer. One {{Smar|tMark}}k recapper described "Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg vs. the NYC crowd" as "the greatest squash match in history."

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* Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} vs. Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Two men with similar gimmicks big, charismatic, intense wrestlers who were nigh unstoppable by most other wrestlers. What could go wrong with a showdown between them? Well, Lesnar was ditching WWE to try out for the NFL, Goldberg's contract was set to expire and he wasn't renewing, and the show they wrestled at (''[=WrestleMania=] XX'') was being held in Madison Square Garden, a location that skews towards the {{Smar|tMark}}k section of the fanbase. Goldberg and Lesnar decided not to bother having a good match knowing each other's fate, and the viciously negative fan reaction (skewed towards Lesnar, whose decision to leave WWE was more widely known than Goldberg's and more shocking, having only been reported a week before the show) certainly didn't inspire them to give a good performance. The end result was quite possibly the worst match in ''[=WrestleMania=]'' history, and the only saving grace came after the bell when guest referee Steve Austin gave both Lesnar and Goldberg a Stone Cold Stunner as a lovely parting gift. It's widely believed that WWE purposefully laid out the match to be as awful as possible as a spiteful parting gift for both men. Given men, and given how petty people in wrestling can be (''especially'' Vince [=McMahon=]), it's entirely possible. You know it's bad when the fans are getting a better reaction from one another than the match--the biggest pop went to a fake wrestling match between a Hulk Hogan cosplayer and a "Macho Man" Randy Savage cosplayer. One {{Smar|tMark}}k recapper described "Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg vs. the NYC crowd" as "the greatest squash match in history."



* Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} vs. [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] at ''[=WrestleMania=] XVIII'' for the World Heavyweight Championship, which lasted ''eighteen seconds!'' Worse, it was WWE's attempt at beating a record that shouldn't have even been shot for (certainly not for a ''world title'')--quickest match at Wrestlemania--and came seven seconds short of even tying. Hard to envision a better way to utterly waste what could have been a good bout. Fortunately, this didn't seem to hurt either's career in the long run.

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* Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} vs. [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] at ''[=WrestleMania=] XVIII'' for the World Heavyweight Championship, which lasted ''eighteen seconds!'' Worse, it was WWE's attempt at beating a record that shouldn't have even been shot for (certainly (and certainly not for a ''world title'')--quickest title'' at that!)--quickest match at Wrestlemania--and came seven seconds short of even tying. Hard to envision a better way to utterly waste what could have been a good bout. Fortunately, this didn't seem to hurt either's career in the long run.



* Wrestling/AlSnow vs Wrestling/BigBossman inside the Kennel from Hell Match. While it is an interesting concept (A Steel Cage inside the Hell in a Cell), the match was... dull. Exacerbating this were the allegedly {{angry guard dog}}s (in reality, [[BigFriendlyDog they were just the opposite]]). [[NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals Rather than keep the wrestlers in the cage as intended]], they urinated, defecated, and mated ''right there in the Hell In A Cell'' during the match, in front of the whole audience. Hilariously, on Mick Foley's "Hard Knocks and Cheap Pops" DVD, he MST-ies the match with Kevin Kelly, calling it as if it were a five-star classic.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker was given two matches with Giant Gonzales one at ''Wrestlemania'', the other at ''Summerslam''. Both are regarded as some of the worst matches of all time. The only good thing that came from those matches was Gonzalez's [[http://ecwfrenchtribute.free.fr/HTLM/Photos/G/Giant_Gonzales/Giant_Gonzales_-_Jorge_Gonzales_08.jpg suit]] which [[HilariousInHindsight makes him look like a]] [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Titan]].

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* Wrestling/AlSnow vs Wrestling/BigBossman inside the Kennel from Hell Match. While it is an interesting concept (A Steel Cage inside the Hell in a Cell), the match was... was just dull. Exacerbating this were the allegedly {{angry guard dog}}s (in reality, [[BigFriendlyDog they were just the opposite]]). [[NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals Rather than keep the wrestlers in the cage as intended]], they urinated, defecated, and mated ''right there in the Hell In A Cell'' during the match, in front of the whole audience. Hilariously, [[note]]Hilariously, on Mick Foley's "Hard Knocks and Cheap Pops" DVD, he MST-ies the match with Kevin Kelly, calling it as if it were a five-star classic.
classic.[[/note]]
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker was given two matches with Giant Gonzales one at ''Wrestlemania'', the other at ''Summerslam''. Both are regarded as some of the worst matches of all time. The only good thing that came from those matches was Gonzalez's [[http://ecwfrenchtribute.free.fr/HTLM/Photos/G/Giant_Gonzales/Giant_Gonzales_-_Jorge_Gonzales_08.jpg suit]] which [[HilariousInHindsight makes him look look]] like a]] [[Manga/AttackOnTitan a Titan]].



* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that the WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Wrestling/DanielBryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). It all came to a head when Wrestling/RomanReigns was declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000--the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result.

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* ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2015'': In light of not just the above, but everything that had happened between then and this point, it was expected that the WWE wouldn't be stupid enough to rehash last year's results. It was also expected that they wouldn't be suicidal enough to do so in ''UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}},'' AKA SmartMark Central and the birthplace of Wrestling/{{ECW}}. And yet, they did. WWE darling Wrestling/DanielBryan Daniel Bryan entered at number 10, to roaring applause--and was eliminated in ten minutes. At this point, the audience went into a rage, booing all but [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli the]] [[Wrestling/DolphZiggler most]] [[Wrestling/DamienSandow beloved]] [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose participants]] (who, by the way, were unceremoniously beaten by Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow, riling the audience further). It all came to a head when Wrestling/RomanReigns was declared the winner--the crowd jeered so fervently that not even the presence of The Rock (who was drug out onto the ring to join Reigns in celebrating) could placate them. The marks rioted outside the arena, preventing WWE staff (including Wrestling/TheUsos, who were met with chants of "When y'all say 'move,' we'll say 'no!'") from leaving. Its impact was felt for days--[=#CancelWWENetwork=] promptly became Twitter's #1 worldwide trend. The amount of subscriptions to the WWE Network dropped by 300,000--the 300,000, and the page to cancel subscriptions ''crashed'' due to heavy traffic. The sad thing is that the night also boasted [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Rollins vs. Cena vs. Lesnar]], which was completely forgotten in the face of this failure. At least Bryan resumed involvement with the championship as a result.



* Mid-1993 saw one of the company's biggest flop gimmicks to date, with Friar Ferguson, played by Mike Shaw. Ferguson was a [[WrestlingDoesntPay wrestling monk,]] complete with a bottle of holy water and a big brown cloak. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext And he danced.]] In the Friar's one match, the fans had no idea whether he was {{Heel}} or {{Face}}, but the match, with jobber Chris Duffy, was such a plodding, tedious waste of time that fans stopped caring (at one point, Friar picked up his opponent before a count of three, and you can audibly hear fans turning on the segment right there). Vince [=McMahon=] was the only one entertained by the gimmick, and it was probably one of the first big disasters of ''Monday Night Raw.'' Mike Shaw did get another chance with the company, and his next gimmick wound up being Bastion Booger, whose gimmick was that he was a [[ThePigpen smelly, disgusting slob.]] This one was also stupid, but veered a bit closer to SoBadItsGood.

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* Mid-1993 saw one of the company's biggest flop gimmicks to date, with Friar Ferguson, played by Mike Shaw. Ferguson was a [[WrestlingDoesntPay wrestling monk,]] complete with a bottle of holy water and a big brown cloak. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext And he danced.]] In the Friar's one match, the fans had no idea whether he was {{Heel}} or {{Face}}, but the match, with jobber Chris Duffy, was such a plodding, tedious waste of time that fans stopped caring (at one point, Friar picked up his opponent before a count of three, and you can audibly hear fans turning on the segment right there). Vince [=McMahon=] was the only one entertained by the gimmick, and it was probably one of the first big disasters of ''Monday Night Raw.'' Mike [[note]]Mike Shaw did get another chance with the company, and his next gimmick wound up being Bastion Booger, whose gimmick was that he was a [[ThePigpen smelly, disgusting slob.]] This one was also stupid, but veered a bit closer to SoBadItsGood.[[/note]]



* Beaver Cleavage was basically a take-off of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', even wearing a propeller beanie and school uniform type outfit, and was shown in a series of black & white vignettes (compete with canned laughter) that showed him acting like a little kid while his mom (played by Marianna Komlos) would make various [[ParentalIncest sexually]] [[DoubleEntendre suggestive comments]] to him [[note]](For example, when Beaver fell into a puddle, Ms. Cleavage said "Oh no, Harry Beaver's all wet!")[[/note]]. The gimmick was Wrestling/VinceRusso's pet gimmick and he fought with the entire creative staff to get Beaver on the air. After only two weeks of the character (and hostile fan reaction), Wrestling/VinceMcMahon personally stepped in and axed the character, causing Vince Russo to go to WCW (and royally screw ''it'' up, too). Chaz Warrington is to this day best remembered as "That poor schmuck who had to be Beaver Cleavage".
* Chaz and Marianna didn't make out much better in the follow-up storyline, which took them from creepy and dumb, to offensive and horrific. Chaz and Marianna carried on under their own names, ditching the gimmicks and simply being themselves on TV. Which was fine, until they suddenly broke up... which was turned into a ''domestic violence'' angle where Marianna would keep showing up on TV with bruises on her face, accusing Chaz of beating her. And in a typical WWE [[TheReveal Reveal]], she made the whole thing up, and disappeared from TV by the end of the year. ''Man,'' it sucked to be Chaz Warrington in 1999.

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* Beaver Cleavage was basically a take-off of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'', even wearing a propeller beanie and school uniform type outfit, and was shown in a series of black & white vignettes (compete with [[LaughTrack canned laughter) laughter]]) that showed him acting like a little kid while his mom (played by Marianna Komlos) would make various [[ParentalIncest sexually]] [[DoubleEntendre suggestive comments]] to him [[note]](For example, when Beaver fell into a puddle, Ms. Cleavage said "Oh no, Harry Beaver's all wet!")[[/note]]. The gimmick was Wrestling/VinceRusso's pet gimmick and he fought with the entire creative staff to get Beaver on the air. After only two weeks of the character (and hostile fan reaction), Wrestling/VinceMcMahon personally stepped in and axed the character, causing Vince Russo to go to WCW (and royally screw ''it'' up, too). Chaz Warrington is to this day best remembered as "That poor schmuck who had to be Beaver Cleavage".
* Chaz and Marianna didn't make out much better in the follow-up storyline, which took them from creepy and dumb, dumb to offensive and horrific. Chaz and Marianna carried on under their own names, ditching the gimmicks and simply being themselves on TV. Which was fine, until they suddenly broke up... up, which was turned into a ''domestic violence'' angle where Marianna would keep showing up on TV with bruises on her face, accusing Chaz of beating her. And in a typical WWE [[TheReveal Reveal]], she made the whole thing up, and disappeared from TV by the end of the year. ''Man,'' it sucked to be Chaz Warrington in 1999.



* 2012 was a very, very long year for Wrestling/ZackRyder. He starts off the season as US Champion, which already bodes badly for him. However, within the month he is regulated to being Wrestling/JohnCena's perennial rescuee. Because Wrestling/{{Kane}} wants Cena to give in the PowerOfHate, he keeps on using Ryder as [[DistressedDude his personal Fay Wray]] [[strike:which never seems to work because who gives a toss about Zack Ryder?]]. He then loses his US title (unceremoniously) along with his girlfriend, Wrestling/EveTorres, who turned out to be a GoldDigger. The end result was a broken Ryder who never recovered from his attack and subsequent burial. While Cena on the other hand shrugged off the attempt to corrupt him and went on his merry way.

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* 2012 was a very, very long year for Wrestling/ZackRyder. He starts off the season as US Champion, which already bodes badly for him. However, within the month he is regulated to being Wrestling/JohnCena's perennial rescuee. Because Wrestling/{{Kane}} wants Cena to give in the PowerOfHate, he keeps on using Ryder as [[DistressedDude his personal Fay Wray]] [[strike:which never seems to work because who gives a toss about Zack Ryder?]].Wray]]. He then loses his US title (unceremoniously) along with his girlfriend, Wrestling/EveTorres, who turned out to be a GoldDigger. The end result was a broken Ryder who never recovered from his attack and subsequent burial. While Cena on the other hand shrugged off the attempt to corrupt him and went on his merry way.



* ''[[Wrestling/WWEToughEnough Tough Enough 2]]''. Head trainer Al Snow, in just about every ConfessionCam segment, was agonizing over how poorly the training was going. In fact, "These kids aren't ready" was practically the CatchPhrase for the entire season. Then when it was time to select the winners, they deviated from the "one male winner, one female winner" thing at the very last split second, to the point that the person announcing the winners was audibly confused. The first winner announced was Linda "Shaniqua" Miles, aka Linda "miss a missile dropkick by" Miles, named after an incident in a match she wrestled on ''Heat''. Yes, Linda was '''worse''' in the ring than Jackie (The second winner) following ''Tough Enough 2''. In 2013 this was [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/tough-enough-2/ inducted into the annals]] of Website/WrestleCrap.

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* ''[[Wrestling/WWEToughEnough Tough Enough 2]]''. Head trainer Al Snow, in just about every ConfessionCam segment, was agonizing over how poorly the training was going. In fact, "These kids aren't ready" was practically the CatchPhrase for the entire season. Then when it was time to select the winners, they deviated from the "one male winner, one female winner" thing at the very last split second, to the point that the person announcing the winners was audibly confused. The first winner announced was Linda "Shaniqua" Miles, aka Linda "miss a missile dropkick by" Miles, named after an incident in a match she wrestled on ''Heat''. Yes, Linda was '''worse''' in the ring than Jackie (The (the second winner) following ''Tough Enough 2''. In 2013 this was [[http://www.wrestlecrap.com/inductions/tough-enough-2/ inducted into the annals]] of Website/WrestleCrap.



* The entire ending sequence to NXT Season 2 was just such a trainwreck it may have stopped several careers in their tracks. It started off with [[Wrestling/LowKi Kaval]] winning, which was about the only thing that went well here. After the announcement was made, runner-up [[Wrestling/CurtisAxel Michael McGillicutty]] was handed the mic and cut a very [[{{Narm}} narmy]] promo where he trips over his lines. In that promo, he basically promises a Genesis of the career of Michael [=McGillicutty=]. Then he leaves the ring. Kaval tries to cut a celebration promo, but is cut off when the rookies eliminated in the previous weeks come in and attack him. The WWE Pros try to intervene, and we get what ends up being the very anti-thesis of what made Wrestling/TheNexus work. Even the people in the nosebleeds could have heard the spots being called and the refs yelling instructions to the angry rookies. After that promo, only Kaval and Riley would find themselves appearing on television in the weeks that followed, (Kaval joined the Smackdown roster, while Riley would hang around Wrestling/TheMiz as his 'apprentice') and [[CanonDisContinuity the end of NXT Season 2 was never mentioned again]]. [=McGillicutty=] and Harris would finally resurface at ''Hell In A Cell'', costing Wrestling/JohnCena his match against Wrestling/WadeBarrett and acting as unofficial Nexus lackeys, before being officially inducted into the group a few weeks later. If there were plans for a Genesis stable involving NXT Season 2, they were quickly axed.

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* The entire ending sequence to NXT Season 2 was just [[EpicFail such a trainwreck trainwreck]] it may have stopped several careers in their tracks. It started off with [[Wrestling/LowKi Kaval]] winning, which was about the only thing that went well here. After the announcement was made, runner-up [[Wrestling/CurtisAxel Michael McGillicutty]] was handed the mic and cut a very [[{{Narm}} narmy]] {{Narm}}y promo where he trips over his lines. In that promo, he basically promises a Genesis of the career of Michael [=McGillicutty=]. Then he leaves the ring. Kaval tries to cut a celebration promo, but is cut off when the rookies eliminated in the previous weeks come in and attack him. The WWE Pros try to intervene, and we get what ends up being the very anti-thesis of what made Wrestling/TheNexus work. Even the people in the nosebleeds could have heard the spots being called and the refs yelling instructions to the angry rookies. After that promo, only Kaval and Riley would find themselves appearing on television in the weeks that followed, (Kaval joined the Smackdown roster, while Riley would hang around Wrestling/TheMiz as his 'apprentice') and [[CanonDisContinuity the end of NXT Season 2 was never mentioned again]]. [=McGillicutty=] and Harris would finally resurface at ''Hell In A Cell'', costing Wrestling/JohnCena his match against Wrestling/WadeBarrett and acting as unofficial Nexus lackeys, before being officially inducted into the group a few weeks later. If there were plans for a Genesis stable involving NXT Season 2, they were quickly axed.
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WWE's tag team division has fluctuated in quality heavily over the years. 2009 was a great year for tag teams, culminating in four former world champions (Chris Jericho and The Big Show vs. Wrestling/DGenerationX) having a serious feud over the titles. However, in 2010, the division went from prominence to shambles in no time at all, with every single tag team either breaking up or becoming irrelevant. Needless to say, smarks want nothing more than for the Tag Team division in the WWE to stop sucking so hard.

* 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 [[Wrestling/MattHardy Hardy]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Boyz]], Wrestling/{{Edge}} & Wrestling/{{Christian}}, [[Wrestling/EddieGuerrero Los]] [[Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr Guerreros]], 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 & 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).
* The Legion of Doom made their first WWE run in the early 1990s, and it can be said, without any doubt, that they were VERY over with the crowd; it was quite common to hear the crowd chant "LOD! LOD!" in time with their entrance music - the peak of this was arguably when they won the tag titles at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 1991''. In early 1992, they took a brief hiatus and when they returned at ''Wrestling/SummerSlamWrestleMania VIII'', they had their longtime manager Paul Ellering along with them, which no doubt had a lot of fans marking out - even Bobby Heenan on commentary was raving, dubbing Ellering "the man that rocks the cradle." Someone on WWE's creative development team, however, obviously felt that something was missing from this trio...and eventually came up with Rocco, the LOD's mascot. Rocco was a ventriloquist dummy, which meant that Ellering had to channel Edgar Bergen. Anyone wondering when exactly BadassDecay began to set in for the once-legendary Road Warriors can probably look here.

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WWE's tag team division has fluctuated in quality heavily over the years. 2009 was a great year for tag teams, culminating in four former world champions (Chris Jericho and The the Big Show vs. Wrestling/DGenerationX) Wrestling/DGenerationX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels)) having a serious feud over the titles. However, in 2010, the division went from prominence to shambles in no time at all, with every single tag team either breaking up or becoming irrelevant. Needless to say, smarks want nothing more than for the Tag Team division in the WWE to stop sucking so hard.

* 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 [[Wrestling/MattHardy Hardy]] [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Boyz]], Hardy Boyz (Wrestling/{{Matt|Hardy}} and Wrestling/{{Jeff|Hardy}}), Wrestling/{{Edge}} & and Wrestling/{{Christian}}, [[Wrestling/EddieGuerrero Los]] [[Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr Guerreros]], 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 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).
* The Legion of Doom made their first WWE run in the early 1990s, and it can be said, without any doubt, that they were VERY over with the crowd; it was quite common to hear the crowd chant "LOD! LOD!" in time with their entrance music - the peak of this was arguably when they won the tag titles at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 1991''. In early 1992, they took a brief hiatus and when they returned at ''Wrestling/SummerSlamWrestleMania ''Wrestling/WrestleMania VIII'', they had their longtime manager Paul Ellering along with them, which no doubt had a lot of fans marking out - even Bobby Heenan on commentary was raving, dubbing Ellering "the man that rocks the cradle." Someone on WWE's creative development team, however, obviously felt that something was missing from this trio...and eventually came up with Rocco, the LOD's mascot. Rocco was a ventriloquist dummy, which meant that Ellering had to channel Edgar Bergen. Anyone wondering when exactly BadassDecay began to set in for the once-legendary Road Warriors can probably look here.
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