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"There is only room for woman at the top of the WWE...ME the Celtic Warrior Sheamus!"
Any bit that gets put into the Botchamania series becomes narm material by default.
90% of the chanting at wrestling events causes this effect. Heels will be cheered, faces will be booed, dramatic moments will be undercut, and supposedly comedic moments will be mocked even further.
Sid Vicious was supposed to be a towering menace, but on a live WWF PPV, Sid asked for a retake when he screwed up his promo, and Jim Ross told him that they're live. And then there's the persistent rumor that he actually crapped his trunks during his WrestleMania 13 match with The Undertaker. Given the fact that The 'Taker had to hoist Sid's rear end towards his own face several times during the climax of that match to execute the Tombstone Piledriver, this brings new meaning to the scowl Taker has on his face throughout the match. And every waking moment since.
Sid Vicious:Nash, you know and I know that you are only half the man that I am... and I have half the brain that you do!
Just about any promo (HUH?) cut by Scott Steiner (HUH?), when he's supposed (HUH?) to be intimidating. (HUH?)
He even botched his Catch Phrase: I am the Executive Vice President of Monday Night Raw.
Don't make me take off my jacket!
You're on team Teddy... Johnny.
We're nearing the 100th episode of Raw
CZW co-founder John Zandig will probably forever be best-known for this promo, which is chock full of narm, and which Botchamania made famous.
Repeating spots is a no-no. It can completely drain the moment of any dramatic tension and exposes the underbelly of pro wrestling that no one should see. This clip exemplifies why. Notice the broken bits of table in the corner near Bully Ray. That's because that table broke when Jeff Hardy attempted to put him on it. Rather than roll with it, Jeff went ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE ENTRANCE RAMP, picked up another table, and set it up. Then Bully laid himself down on it after taking a Twist of Fate in order to take a Swanton (since, dammit, they are going to do this spot regardless of the violations in logic required to make it work after the first attempt). Turns the moment into a hilarious farce but Suspension of Disbelief is totally gone, which is the ultimate enemy of every pro wrestling match.
Any and all angles involving a pregnancy. There is no way to justify having a pregnant woman wrestle, nor is there any way that a respectful presentation of someone giving birth would make for compelling television on a wrestling program. Therefore, expect drawn-out "Who's The Father" storylines, awkward interview segments, convenient miscarriages, and, in the worst case scenario, eighty-year old women giving birth to a hand.
Ring of Honor
ROH isn't immune to the narm despite being one of the most prestigious independent promotions in the northeastern United States; There was the sexual harassment angle that saw the Christopher Street Connection going after Alexis Laree. While the group were said to be wrong for picking on her, the commentators couldn't help but admit they were turned on by the whole thing and it generated huge pops from the crowd, especially when Allison Danger forcibly kissed Laree.
There was the time that Larry Sweeney knocked out Allison Danger, then demanded that his obese lackey Bobby Dempsey (who basically was a Face to the crowd) hump her; when Bobby hesitated, Larry Sweeney eventually knocked him on top of Allison Danger, and then started pushing him into her. Problem was, the fans were chanting at Dempsey to "man up."
Unfortunately, women very rarely are treated with respect by the fans during ROH events. Doesn't matter if they're faces, tweeners or heels. The sheer number of "You got herpes!" chants shouted by the crowd is rather disturbing.
While we're on the subject, the Delirious-Daizee Haze-Rhett Titus love triangle was narm from start to finish. It was normal for fans to chant "YOU GOT COCKBLOCKED!" at the universally loved Delirious whenever Rhett Titus stopped him from asking Daizee Haze out. Not to mention, when Titus bragged about having sex with Haze, he started getting face pops despite being the heel. Haze, thanks to her rejection of the lizard man, and this episode, was the opposite. It didn't help matters that Delirious joined the Age of the Fall at the aptly titled "Age of Insanity." Ultimately, the payoff to this was highly predictable, as Titus revealed that not only did he not sleep with Daizee, but he was a virgin.
Of course, ROH "narration" (read: the Newswire) did admit that the "confession" was under duress. It was impossible for the fans to take Rhett Titus seriously as a heel or to really treat him as one. The gimmick was FUNNY! Plus, he was acting so enthusiastically and "sincerely" that it was treated as Narm Charm.
Since this is an audience reaction page, a few too many people laughed at Homicide's attempt to murder Colt Cabana with drain cleaner.
TNA No Surrender 2008 featured an MMA-style match between AJ Styles and Frank Trigg. Mike Tenay and Don West, bless their hearts, were trying to sell the match as important and dramatic, but their efforts were shot to hell by the cameras getting closeups on upset fans chanting "We want wrestling!" and "Fire Russo!".
Doesn't help that the finish of that was a no contest due to accidental groin hit.
TNA's AJ Styles trying to emulate his mentor Ric Flair. With his complete lack of Flair's trademark charisma, there's just no way you can take him seriously. Especially when he starts throwing out Flair's catchphrases...
Blame Ric Flair (well... his pre-TNA self) being simply one of a kind; it's essentially reviving WCW's "Lil' Naitch," except wasting one of the young TNA 'legends' instead of a ref.
The 9-16-10 episode of Impact was host to perhaps Abyss' most ludicrous moment of narm to date, in which he abducted someone, presumably TNA backstage personnel, and proceeded to bring them to a torture chamber for the purpose of conducting various non-PG activities. In a scene more akin to something you'd expect to see in a Saw flick rather than professional wrestling, Abyss branded the date 10-10-10 onto the exposed abdomen of his captive. That this was filmed by a cameraman, who did nothing to intervene, and furthermore, shown on TV, to announcers who had little to no reaction whatsoever, not only makes suspension of disbelief impossible, but is also hilarious.
From the "THEY are coming" storyline rehash, there's the scene of Crimson "murdering" Abyss by hitting him in the back with Janice, followed by Abyss falling over after stumbling onto the ramp, with Crimson standing behind him, grinning like a horror movie villain. Sadly, the grin, Crimson's ridiculous faux-spiky hairdo, and his odd head-tilt ruined any attempt to take the scene seriously.
Abyss chokeslamming AJ Styles through the ring, despite the fact that when that sort of thing normally happens it's one huge guy doing a huge power move to another huge guy. AJ is not huge, Abyss is really not that huge and the chokeslam had almost no strength behind it, making it look more like TNA just has a really shoddily constructed ring.
Well this whole affair was Narmtastic. Hogan and Abyss celebrate like they won the title and actually didn't, Ric Flair gets hastily wheeled down to the ring like an old man about to admonish kids who are messing around on his lawn, gets shoved around by Hogan and Abyss, Hebner accidentally trips on the hole, Desmond Wolfe shows up, has the same thing happen to him, trips backwards over Flair and stumbles into the hole, and then Flair does a Flair flop into the hole himself. It was clearly meant to be a comedic end to a PPV (why?) but the end product was less "HA HA, this is hilarious" and more "HA HA, who the hell wrote this?"
I choose to blame the whole integration of Chucky into WCW in the first place; as someone else said on TV Tropes, the worst part about that storyline wasn't this, but that before the reveal, the build-up and hype by unexplained off-screen laughter... they could have gone anywhere with it.
Goldberg's catch phrase in WCW was "Who's Next?", which was simple and effective. After one match, though, Gene Okerland was interviewing Goldberg.
Gene: "After that win, the question isn't 'who's next,' but 'who's left?'!"
Goldberg: "No... the question isn't 'who's left'... it's... 'WHO'S NEXT?'!"
Announcer Tony Schiavone was a physical manifestation of this trope.
And given the fact that they took place in front of a patriotically raised, North-American audience, Hogan's insistence on making it sound like he was promoting an "Apple-Pie, Indian strap match" can only be wondered at. God knows what the audience made of the imagery of Ric Flair's skin 'bubbling' from the strapping he would supposedly receive. We've all seen the texture of those McDonald's pies.
"As I strap that flesh, as your flesh bubbles and burns over your body! You understand, my man, what the YAPAPI mean by the Indian strap match!"
Sid: OH MY GOD! What happened to my car?! GOLDBERG! WHERE ARE YOU?! GOLDBERG! GOLDBERG! GOLDBERGGGGGGGGG!!!
In Fall of 2000, as WCW was clearly in death spiral mode, the end of Nitro led directly into a Wall Street drama called "Bull". As a result, for about a three month period, viewers who stayed to the end of Nitro saw the wrestling show fade to black followed immediately by a dramatic voiceover that was easy to interpret as commentary:
Voiceover: You're watching BULL!
An episode of WWE Raw gave us a dramatic moment turned into a Narm by crowd participation. Randy Orton had just systematically destroyed John Cena's father as Cena watched, helplessly, handcuffed to the ring ropes. Cena finally manages to free himself (by unbuckling the turnbuckle, one of the most unique ways out of this situation this editor had seen) and chases off Orton, and Orton and Cena have a tense, dramatic staredown, Orton smiling like the cat that ate the canary, Cena staring daggers at Orton... and the crowd loudly chanting "You can't wrestle!" at Cena.
A hilarious moment of audience narm was brought by a Providence, Rhode Island crowd at Backlash 2009. After Triple H was given an RKO by Randy Orton followed by a punt kick, he was shown as unable to get up and was taken out on a stretcher all the while the crowd sang "na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, good bye."
WWE audiences in general love their role in creating Narms. After Vince McMahon was allegedly killed in a car bomb, the tapings of the next two shows started with a moment of silence from the wrestlers and a ten-bell salute from ringside. Which would've been fine if the show hadn't been in Philadelphia, a.k.a. Smark Central, the most notoriously cynical fanbase in all of sports, real or staged.
Speaking of the limo-bomb, how about Paul London's ridiculously cheesy grin during the hallway segment?
But then again, the Northeastern United States - particularly, from Philadelphia, PA to New York City - is home of the most hardcore fans/smarks in the entire professional wrestling world. It would be more of a shock if these crowds didn't create Narms.
One might want to include Eastern Canada as well with hotspots being Toronto and Montreal for narmtastic crowds
That may also have something to do with an early ECW revival show that was held in the Hammerstein Ballroom (one of the original ECW's old haunts), in which the main event of The Big Show vs. Batista was met with chants of, "Where's my refund?" and, "Change the channel!"
In 1989, Hogan and Randy Savage teamed against the nefarious Twin Towers (the Big Bossman and Akeem]). Midway through the match, Akeem threw Savage on top of their valet, the beautiful but tiny Miss Elizabeth, the force of which knocked Elizabeth unconscious. As a dazed Savage tried to regain his bearings, Hogan immediately rushed to her side and began breaking down in tears. He picked up and carried the limp Elizabeth to a waiting stretcher (note that Hogan did not wait to see whether Elizabeth's neck or back "were broken''), bawling and sobbing all the way and – certain she was going to (dum-de-dum-dum) DIE(!) – practically demanding that the doctors save her life. In the process, Savage was beaten from pillar to post in the ring, and when Hogan returned, Savage played the Ungrateful Bastard in slapping his partner's face before leaving ringside to let Hogan fend for himself. After the match, Hogan continued his over-the-top acting as Savage claimed that 1. He wasn't getting the respect he thought he earned; 2. Hogan was blatantly lusting after Elizabeth. You know the rest: Savage turned heel and eventually lost his WWF World Championship to Hogan at WrestleMania V.
The best part was that Lesnar and Goldberg likely thought they could get away with phoning the match in, as they were both leaving the company the following week. Boy were they wrong! You really had to see it on PPV or in person for the full impact, as the crowd was edited in the DVD version.
At least if you watch it with the English audio track. The chants are retained on the Spanish audio track.
There was a match in 2002 featuring the WWE version of the New World Order (which naturally, they did "right"). It was special because it was the big return of core member Kevin Nash to action after taking several months out due to injury. Approximately one minute after he is tagged in, he got seriously injured again from simply walking across the ring. At the end of the match, nWo member Shawn Michaels cut a promo about how the nWo was unstoppable and was going to destroy WWE... all while poor Kevin was lying in a painful, powerless heap right behind him. Next week, Vince McMahon appeared and handwaved the group out of existence.
But the really fun bit was the video that circulated among Smart Marks for weeks afterwards, which showed that pivotal moment repeatedly. In slow motion. Set to "Chariots of Fire".
In fact, he looks to be in pain from the moment he stepped over the top rope (raising the leg tugs on that muscle). This is then exacerbated by the torquing he did after the Big Boot. After which, he mis-stepped a little, and all 300+ pounds went crushing down on the muscle. Narm, if only because Shawn's speech included: "Triple H! What you see here is your future!" (It was in the past that he tore his left quad in 2001, but in the future that he tore his right one in 2007). Credit to the rest for breaking the match into a brawl to cover.
On a related note, at the 2005 Royal Rumble, Vince McMahon tore both quads stepping into the ring after both Batista and John Cena were simultaneously eliminated.
Take your pick with Bobby Lashley — his supposedly badass character being routinely described as "soft spoken" to the point of it being in his entrance video? All the various amusing nicknames smarks have given him? The infamous "I say your name is Finlay, and you're a baathturd" promo? Or the "No!", or the "old enough to be my dad's uncle" comment? Good God, Lashley is Narm.
Much of Lashley's Narm stems from one source — his high-pitched, lisping speech. Nothing deflates a massively-muscled, built-like-a-Sherman-tank, military-alumnus Scary Black Man like having him open his mouth and sound like the most stereotypical Flamboyant Gay ever.
Lashley soon realized this and went into MMA, where he doesn't have to talk and can actually kick ass.
And then he went to TNA, where he's had promo time every week and only one actual match.
And in MMA, he (or his management) instead gets a reputation for dodging anyone who would be an actual challenge/threat and isn't the champion (i.e. Alistair Overeem, Strikeforce heavyweight champion) or Fedor Emelianenko.
The Great Khali once won the World Heavyweight Championship. That itself is not Narm, though. The following night on SmackDown, there was a big celebration in the ring for him, with many native Indian folk dancing, singing and celebrating with the big man. And there were a good number of shots of his face, in which he looked legitimately happy. This still isn't the Narm, though. The Narm came when Dave Batista stormed out to the ring, scared away all the dancers and attacked Khali. Nothing says heroicface like trashing another guy's victory celebration. Batista's a jerk!
In the same vein, the segment where the Great Khali brings Big Show out and gives him various "peace offerings," including a goat, and basically doesn't do a single heelish thing despite being the heel. Big Show, conversely, abruptly ends the segment by punching Khali in the face and walking off.
Perfectly consistent with the above, making him the gigantic homeland Face and Batista and Big Show (and I figure any of Khali's enemies) to be the arrogant, big and rude (whathaveyou) Americanbullies. If anything, it sounds like Khali's face turn on RAW was supposed to finally synchronize the two versions of him.
Vince McMahon gets the lighting rig dropped on him and the show ends with saying "Paul," and "I can't feel my legs."
Some fans see the angle as a Take That towards a TNA stage worker who was killed in a stage accident after the 2008 Slammiversary PPV two weeks earlier, but the similarities between the two events are merely coincidental.
And six months later, he returns with much fanfare (and nary a scratch)... only to be "put back out of action" by a kick from Randy Orton. Which wouldn't be Narm if it weren't for daughter Stephanie's hilariously high-pitched screechy wails...
Actually we can apply the term Narm to pretty much every time Randy Orton gives somebody a head kick.
Orton's taken a liking to punting members of CM Punk's Nexus in the same way. Every time, Punk walks out and starts trying to negotiate with Orton. "Randall. You don't want to do that. Randall. Do not punt Husky Harris in the head. Do not do it, Randall. You will regret it. There will be consequences." The most hilarious was probably "Randall Keith Orton, do not do it." Orton then does it anyway, and contrary to what Punk said, he doesn't face consequences.
CM Punk has since been referring to Orton as "Randall Keith Orton" anytime he mentions him. Usually, it comes off as awkwardly forced into the sentence or just sounds like Punk is about to give Randall a time-out so he can think about what he's done.
During one WWE PPV, The Undertaker's entrance was specifically arranged so it would look like he was floating down the entranceway towards the ring. The only problem with this was that the cameras filming the entranceway were angled completely wrong, causing one hell of a Special Effect Failure by revealing that he was standing on what looked like a pulley-board. Needless to say, WWE never did that again.
Ricky Steamboat, while an incredible worker and a ring legend, still participated in this WWF promo in the 80's. But what can you say, it was the WWF in the 80's.
Not to mention, as dumb as it looks in retrospect, it fit the character.
WWE babyface Dave Batista is pretty much a Narm Fuel Station Attendant. From the "That's my title, and come Sunday, I'm taking it back" line that became hilarious through repetition (and Batista's constant failure to back up the threat) to his infamous "Basketballs don't hold grudges" comeback, the big man is a great source of unintentional hilarity.
As of mid-March 2010 turning heel cured him of the Narm...
Or so we thought. The last time Batista was on Raw, he was confined to a wheelchair, screaming for someone in the back to "GIMME MAH DAYUMN SPOTLIGHT!!!" It's safe to say that, Face or Heel, Batista cannot resist being Narmy.
The 9/18/09 episode of SmackDown! contained a moment of Narm so perfectly emblematic of the trope that it's hard to believe it wasn't actually intentional. In response to general manager Teddy Long's nefarious actions in cheating The Undertaker out of the world title at the Breaking Point PPV prior to the episode, the Undertaker impersonated a limo driver and abducted Teddy Long in a jaw-droppingly stupid scene. See it here. From the Undertaker's hilarious one liner, to T-Lo's ridiculously exaggerated expression of surprise◊, to the incredibly cheesy special effects that kick in as Teddy struggles to free himself, I dare you not to laugh.
There's also the infamous 'Heidenrape' incident, in which Heidenreich kidnapped Michael Cole and took him backstage. We later see Heidenreich pushing Cole up against a door, talking to him in a low raspy voice and reading him a poem whilst keeping him in what we can assume was a hammerlock, although since we only see them from the chest up it looks much worse.
Cole's facial expressions during this scene don't make this any... uh... "straighter"?
The crowning jewel was months later when Chris Jericho replayed the clip, actually called it "Michael Cole gets raped," and added Dueling Banjos as background music.
On an early 2010 RAW, CM Punk asked audience member Jared Fogle (yes, THAT Jared Fogle of Subway commercials fame) if he wanted to join the Straight Edge Society. When he refused, CM Punk decided he would force Jared to accept Punk as his savior. The Narm comes when Punk uttered the following line, one that many thought would never be uttered anywhere, much less on a WWE television show, "Luke, Serena, go get me Jared (Beat) from Subway."
Vince McMahon bragging in early 2010 about how he screwed over Bret Hart, and how Bret apparently brought it upon himself. Especially (unintentionally) hilarious is hearing Vince scream, "YOU DESERVE TO BE SCREWED!" to Bret, as he backpedals like a Looney Tunes character, hiding behind almost a dozen hilariously inept security guards. It came very close to crossing the line into "cartoonish supervillainy" territory.
The entirety of The Big Show vs Big Bossman feud, but especially the scene at The Big Show's dad's funeral. Bossman drives by the funeral in The Bluesmobile shouting insults against Show's dad through a megaphone. Then he hooks the casket up to his car and drives away with it, with Big Show hanging onto the casket and riding it like a sled.
What's ironic about this feud is, during Bossman's original WWF run in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was scheduled to begin a feud with "Ravishing" Rick Rude, with Bossman's mother being the target of Rude's insults. (The feud never got past a few promos and house-show matches, as Rude left the WWF in late 1990 before their first matches could be taped.)
Actually, the feud still went on, but now it was Bobby Heenan who was hurling the insults and Bossman was fighting the entire stable.
Speaking of Bossman narm, special mention has to go to the Al Snow feud, which culminated in the "classic" Kennel from Hell match.
The Undertaker vs. Kane feud from 1997/1998 shouldn't be overlooked just because it was a part of the Attitude Era. On the final Raw before WrestleMania 14, The Undertaker delivered a long, heartfelt promo to his parents' gravestones which was immediately followed by an even longer promo where Paul Bearer rambled about The Undertaker whilst Kane set television sets and eventually crew members on fire using his power over lightning bolts, whilst Jim Ross, Kevin Kelly, and Michael Cole played the whole thing completely, hilariously straight.
The January 11th 2010 episode of Raw featured The Miz and MVP cutting a pretty damn fine promo that could qualify as a Crowning Moment Of Awesome...except for one line where MVP draws a comparison between WWE and the circus and he thinks Miz is a monkey flinging poo. And then The Miz responds with a sarcastic "poo" as though he actually took that line seriously. The restrictions of PG television definitely were showing here.
On the July 6th 2009 episode of ECW Tommy Dreamer called Abraham Washington a "lego head" as a comeback to a barrage of fat jokes. Bear in mind this came from a badass who wrestled in countless hardcore streetfight matches and in barbed wire years earlier.
One moment saw Eve Torres making a run in on Maryse in the ring. Only problem was she couldn't get through the ropes on the first attempt.
Pretty much any time Maryse tries to be intimidating or come across as a believable heel. She tries to cover up for her lazy Five Moves of Doom wrestling with hair flipping and hand gestures with the occasional promo in French. It doesn't work.
Every promo by the Ultimate Warrior. Trying to make sense of anything the Warrior says is an exercise in futility, and yet his intensity and delivery makes them strangely compelling (not to mention utterly hilarious). Mocked repeatedly on The Spoony Experiment.
One example of many: "I came here for one reason - to attack and keep comin', not to ask but just to give, not to want but just to send-the send the power of the Warrior down everybody's throat in the WWF 'till they become sick of it- well, you're gonna get sick of it, 'cause this freak of nature is just beginning to swell, and when I get big enough, brother, there ain't gonna be any room for anybody else 'cept me and all the Warriors, floatin' through the VEINS, and the POWER of the WARRIORRRRRR..."
How about Jack Swagger bursting into the room of Rey Mysterio and dragging him away with an ankle lock, Rey was screaming out in pain and Jack had this manic grin on his face, this was still within the range of decent until Jack Swagger dragged him backwards through a curtain, you just got this image of a creepy pedophile dragging away someone who "looks like a freaking twelve year old" who's trying to crawl away from his abuser, hey, who said Narm had to be light and fluffy laughs.
Val Venis' debut included a feud with Kaientai and Yamaguchi. The narm comes from Yamaguchi's obsession with revenge (Val supposedly slept with his wife) and a backstage skit where the Kaientai stable ties up a nude Val Venis and Yamaquchi-san apparently cuts his penis off with a sword. Then the WWF waited until next week to say that he missed.
And to add to the Narm, Yamaguchi only missed because the lights were turned out at the last second - by John Wayne Bobbitt.
The 9-27-10 edition of RAW had Edge interview the anonymous RAW General Manager on the Cutting Edge. The GM had only previously communicated through a laptop operated by Michael Cole. For the interview, the RAW GM was being run through a voice changer. While the segment was narmy enough already just because Edge was interviewing a laptop (Lampshaded by Edge himself when he said that RAW had come from Austin stunning McMahon to Edge arguing with a computer), the voice distorter made the GM sound exactly like GLaDOS. The segment would even end with Edge destroying the laptop, making people wonder if the computer would starting singing Still Alive after RAW went off the air.
The infamous "Pillman's Got A Gun!" Moment: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, feuding with his onetime ally Brian Pillman, breaks into Pillman's house (observed by cameras). Meanwhile, Pillman, his wife and his friends, and announcer Kevin Kelly are all lying in wait for Austin, who beats up all of Pillman's cronies. Pillman then produces a Glock and claims he will "blast his sorry ass straight to hell" as Kevin Kelly screams "Pillman's got a gun!" At this point the cameras "cut out" until we rejoin the action with Austin unsurprisingly not dead. Pillman drops an F-Bomb on live TV as Austin gets pulled away. The vignette was so widely panned that the WWF and Pillman publicly apologized. Basically everyone involved realized how preposterous it was to have a scripted fighting show where guns could be involved.
The 11-15-10 episode of Raw had a promo of John Cena's decision as the special guest referee in the Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett title match. To gather the effect perfectly, the AM Raw was better to watch. The promo was cut directly from a Piper's Pit that ended with John Cena basically no-selling an RKO, and then FUing both Orton and Barrett. The promo itself was shots from Cena's career. However a more recent shot showed Cena hunched depressed in the corner of the ring and almost looked to be crying. One could simply picture Barrett standing behind him screaming "Cry, Cena! CRY!!" It then ends with a shot of Cena leaving the building. It's mostly ridiculous because it may be the first ever title match to be more about the referee than either of the two competitors.
At the June 2010 Viewer's Choice Raw, the group of NXT season 1 rookies who later became The Nexus literally destroyed everything in sight after they came out during the main event between Cena and CM Punk. This moment is widely regarded as a Crowning Moment of Awesome, but there was some Narm in the little kid shouting "MR. KING! MR. KING!" at Jerry "The King" Lawler after he had the announce table thrown onto him.
This incident also led Daniel Bryan to get legitimately fired for choking Justin Roberts and made the situation go into Narm territory after the fact due to Fridge Logic (if he is dismissed for abusing a ring announcer, how are the rest allowed to keep their jobs for derailing and vandalizing a very expensive television program; despite being a necessary move to appease their sponsors, it pulled back the curtain on Kayfabe). Fortunately, Bryan soon made a comeback.
The pregnancy angle between Kane and Lita led to the delivery room moment when Kane found out that Lita had miscarried. The angle was already not that impressive but getting to see Kane degenerate into a screaming pile of rage did give the angle a comedic spin.
It also didn't help that Lita was sitting on the hospital bed with a look of, what can best be described as, stoic indifference instead of a mother who lost her child.
I always figured she was in shock.
Or she was asking herself, "How in the hell did I get talked into this?"
After WrestleMania 22, Vince decided to get back at Shawn Michaels by booking him and Shane against Michaels and "God" at the next PPV (Backlash 2006). You see, Michaels had been a born-again Christian for several years and Vince decided to go after that in their feud. It was kinda stupid and tasteless to some, but one moment was very Narmtastic. A vignette during the feud had Vince and Shane visiting a church and doing a bunch of sacrilegious things. One moment, though, had Vince taking a palmful of holy water then saying to Shane "Who am I?". He then sipped the water, looked up and spat it in the air like Triple H does with his water bottle during his entrance. Even the harshest critics of the angle though that was unintentionally hilarious even though it was intended as an act of sacrilege.
During an Inferno Match between Undertaker and Kane at the 2/22/99 episode of RAW, Vince McMahon, who was on commentary for the match received a black container from Paul Bearer. He opens the container and inside was... a teddy bear. His reactions afterwards, including repeatedly saying "Why", falling on his knees crying and a Big "NO!" after Taker set the bear on fire, even as kids, got a big laugh out of some people.
The video games also have the potential for some potent narm, such as in one game, adding Jerry Lawler's entrance music to Val Venis' Titantron.
While The Miz promo at WrestleMania 27 is pretty damn awesome, chronicling his days on The Real World then rising to the top of the WWE, his entrance was not. It showed him busting through an AWESOME sign made of what seems to be styrofoam. The thing looked like a prop from Pee-Wee's Playhouse.
The last Raw before WrestleMania 27, a huge promo with Triple H, The Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels in the same damn ring at the same time. It's a pretty tense moment (sure Shawn came down acting like a big kid, but that's one of the reasons why he's beloved), but then Hunter gave a weird "you got soft" monologue to Shawn, which he sort of accepted, although didn't like. Then Taker basically told him that he ended Shawn's career and humbled him. After a failed kick and a broken up fight, it cuts to a show of Shawn's face... and it looks like he was about to cry from their comments, and then left, apparently indicating that he went backstage so nobody could see him do that.
Speaking of that promo, as Shawn was leaving the arena, you could overhear a fan yelling to Michaels, "C'mon Shawn! One more match! One more match, Shawn." The way that fan was yelling causing quite the Mood Whiplash.
The opening music to the Tough Enough revival, which sounds less than suited to a pro wrestling show.
After Cody Rhodes moved to SmackDown! he adopts the "Dashing" gimmick. Following a few months being Laughably Evil, he Took a Level in Badass. He attacks foes with his face mask in No Holds Barred Beatdowns. So what's the narm? Well, when he talks about the ugliness he sees he puts paper bags on people. Symbolically he's covering the "sinful" appearance of others by doing this. In reality, the idea of Rhodes gaining vengeance by placing a paper bag on his foe's head is truly humorous.
Everyone's extreme enthusiasm to wear the bags and seeing people on the front few rows sitting jauntily with them over their heads doesn't help with Cody's intimidation either.
The commentators refer to it as the "ultimate humiliation".
Perhaps the narmiest thing about Cody's otherwise brilliant persona is that the commentators cannot seem to decide whether Cody is delusional about his facial injuries or if he has actually been rendered ugly. You would think the transparent protective mask would aid in such a judgment call.
The narm continues: following the attack on Randy Orton on the 10/10/11 Raw he taunts, "Would you like a receipt with that paper bag?"
Everything Cody Rhodes says makes him sound like he's sedated. He's supposed to sound crazy, but he sounds more like a talking goat in an earthquake.
"''Cuhuhut the heeadd offa vipurr and the venum goes wihith ihihit."
Pretty much everything R-Truth says or does since his heel turn. That weird "shitting his pants" expression he always has or beating John Morrison to the point of Overly Long Gag.
"When a angry black man is talking you do not interrupt him."
"STOP THE PRESSUH! CALL THE POLI-CIA! THERE HE GO, RIGHT THUR! HE'S A THEIF, YO! THAT AIN'T RIGHT, YA'LL!"
"USED TA!? USED TA IS A ROOSTA FROM BREWSTA!"
"YOU GON GET GOT!" Which he's unfortunately said at least twice.
Also during his rampage against John Cena merchandise, he stormed away from the table of shirts and other things and comes across a concession stand. He then violently attacked...a pyramid of empty soda cups◊ featuring Cena on them. He then turned and saw a poster with a giant soda cup on it, groaned angrily and stomped away.
On the June 13, 2011, R-Truth referred to the Titantron as "the Triton."
Eve dancing to R-Truth's raps. No...just...no. Stick to wrestling. CM Punk was right when he, on commentary, said that it looked like she was having an epileptic fit.
No doubt hurt by the fact that due to the PG rating, that kind of limited what she could do in terms of movement, dance in general tending to be suggestive (For the record, she can dance, she choreographed a lot of the routines for her college dance squad.) She does tend to repeat the same few steps over and over.
In a promo between CM Punk and Orton, they mess up. Orton throws out a classic gem with "You'll be sleeping... unconscious."
And then he still can't help but crack a smile during the line, as though he were a little kid on the playground who'd just learned a new swear word and wanted desperately to try it out. To be charitable, he was probably corpsing more than anything.
Even more hilarious was the audience's reaction, which was a mix of ooh's and ah's, but you could tell that it was probably at least 70% sarcastic.
The 7/18/11 episode of Raw concluded with Triple H coming out and firing Vince McMahon. This was concluded with a tearful, and very hokey, "I love you, Pop." Even worse, the crowd, confused into thinking it was an actual retirement of sorts, ran through a gamut of chanting things. They ran through chanting "Triple H," "Cena," singing goodbye to Vince, and finally "Thank You Vince." At the end it seemingly broke down into a huge mess of different chants running at once while Vince stood in the middle of the ring blubbering.
Natalya, bless her heart, is a fountain of Narm. Apparently, the Neidhart family is a conservative one, because trash talk just isn't that girl's strong point. One night, while on commentary, the closest she ever came to snapping at Michael Cole (pretty much a requirement for commentary) was to tell him to "settle his teakettle." And another night, after a Face-Heel Turn, she goes into a speech about vegetables. [What had happened there was that Kelly Kelly said that the fans like her and the other Divas like her (the ones that Beth Phoenix and Natalya are feuding with for being all looks and not talented), Natalya then compared the fans to candy-eating kids, and how she and Beth were going to show them they need to "eat their veggies" by showing them what "real" Divas wrestling was.] However, Beth and Nattie have made it work, and have a sense of humor about being "the two hottest veggies in the WWE."
Kevin Nash's return in 2011 is full of some truly narmy moments. We'll just say that his issue with Triple H is centered over texting.
"I'M YOUR FRIEND!"
"Would you like to see the text message on my telephone?"
"I'M TRYING TO MAKE THE WWE COOL AGAIN!"
Hopefully in the right section, just from the trailer of Triple H's new movie Inside Out, it seems to have no clue what kind of movie it is. Is it a straight, but really cliched action movie? A subtle parody of an action movie? A so-so porno with none of the good stuff? Seriously.
Mark Henry slamming Jerry Lawler through the announce table had some serious impact...or would have if not for the fact that directly afterward, the guys in the front row behind him were cheering in demand for him to do the same to Michael Cole.
JR's firing by John Laurinaitis, or afterward, when Michael Cole screamed for a good minute about how awesome it was that JR was fired, even channeling Schiavone and declaring several times that it was the greatest night in the history of wrestling.
An early 2012 episode of Raw featured a scene straight out of a horror film, where the big red monster Kane was chasing down Zack Ryder and Eve Torres. Pretty thrilling stuff... until Ryder discovered that his getaway vehicle had a flat tire. He then spent the next fifteen minutes fixing said flat tire... and did I mention that during the night's main event, update footage of the titanic struggle was shown periodically on the big screen? This lead to comments along the lines of "He's still changing that tire? Why don't they just run for it!"
The same week's SmackDown featured a no-DQ match for the World Heavyweight Championship between The Big Show and Daniel Bryan (c). Right near the end of the show, Big Show is chasing Bryan around the ring, when he collides with D-Bry's girlfriend AJ Lee. Bearing in mind that AJ is all of 5' tall and maybe 95 pounds, while The Big Show is easily 2 feet taller and some 5 times her weight, she goes down in an instant. Then the smarks start chanting "She's OK" while Big Show looks like he's about to cry, and Daniel Bryan closes the show by calling Big Show a bastard.
The show actually ends of a close-up of Big Show's face, blubbering like a baby.
The 1/23/12 episode of Raw ended with a big confrontation between CM Punk and Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis. After a particularly tense promo, Punk manages to finally get his hands on Laurinaitis, and actually sets him up for the GTS, but Laurinaitis seems quite okay with getting KO'd to oblivion, showing no expression whatsoever in his predicament.
From that same edition, there's also John Cena's angry face to the camera after being forced to watch Kane basically destroy his best bud Zack Ryder.
The 10/24/11 episode of Raw ends with Laurinaitis giving John Cena the opportunity to pick any partner he wanted for his upcoming tag team match against The Miz and R-Truth at Survivor Series. After building it up for a few moments, Cena announces, "I choose my partner to be... THE ROCK!!" - at which point the cameras get a great close-up of the line of dribble hanging off his lip.
In the lead up to his match with Big Show at Wrestlemania 28, Cody Rhodes continues to show his opponent's most embarrassing WrestleMania moments. With the loss record Show has had at the event that shouldn't be that hard, as Cody has shown footage of his losses to the likes of Akebono and Floyd Mayweather. Then he said he would show another loss except Show didn't even wrestle this time, referencing WrestleMania 18 when Show was at WWF New York. That could have ended the segment as it would indicate that the company didn't have anything for him that year. Yet Cody provides a clip of Show at the restaurant with fans, followed by an Evil Laugh. Apparently, being at a restaurant is embarrassing. This also fuels Big Show's anger as he squashes The Miz, indicating that referencing it was Serious Business.
Yeah, Chris Jericho beating up CM Punk and dousing him with liquor on the 4/2/12 edition of Raw was a tense segment, but it loses its edge somewhat due to Jericho slipping on the spilled liquor and falling on his ass when attempting to kick Punk. The spilled liquor having come from Jericho trying to smash a bottle over Punk's head, somehow managing to make the 'glass' shatter a good 2-3 inches before it hit his head.
On the topic of WrestleMania 28, the Triple H vs The Undertaker match in Hell In A Cell, while an excellent and emotional match, had its moments. One such moment was when 'Taker kicked out of a Pedigree that was chained from a Sweet Chin Music from guest referee Shawn Michaels: HBK sells it by dancing in circles like a lunatic around the ring. Another was when 'Taker sat up after that as Hunter prepared to hit him with a sledgehammer again (it was that sort of match): Hunter sells it by dropping to the canvas in fright like he got kicked in the face. A little bit later, Hunter kicks out of his first Tombstone Piledriver of the night again, that sort of match): the camera zooms in to 'Taker, hoping to get a priceless shot of his surprised face like when HBK did the same at their WrestleMania 25 match, and instead gets a view of 'Taker with drool hanging out of his mouth.
The Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena feud was mostly awesome, except for the go-home show which, inexplicably, required Brock Lesnar to work the mic for the entire segment, mostly with John Laurinaitis, no less, negotiating his contract and talking about Cena. Particular gems include referring to clause in his contract as "exhibit A" and telling Cena, "This is real, John. This is a real feeling, that you're feeling, because I...can feel it!" There was a reason they had Heyman talk for him during his first run (mercifully, they brought Heyman back to do exactly that)
In a late 2012 show, Daniel Bryan debuts his No No No catchphrase. Fair enough. After his main event match, however, he starts shouting it... and ends up in a Big "NO!" shouting match with a random fan. This isn't just the two of them shouting No at each other. This is the two of them literally forehead to forehead shouting No at the top of their lungs for as long as they can. Michael Cole is the only commentator to say anything and even he can only manage a Flat Okay...
Not that it was intended to be serious...
The 1000th episode of Raw also had toward the end, where CM Punk clotheslines The Rock. It then cuts to a shot of The Rock's face and...he's gasping with his eyes bugging out like somebody threw a fish onto land.
Whenever Layla uses a body scissors in her matches. The body scissors is typically done from behind the opponent but she prefers to do it the old school way of facing the opponent, which makes it seem like she's doing a bit of dry humping. There's no way that wasn't intentional though. The Narm however comes from the opponents actually selling it like it's a painful submission hold. This sums it up.
The ending scene of Summerslam 2012, after Triple H lost to Brock Lesnar by submission, which had the crowd chant "YOU TAPPED OUT" to Triple H as he walked sullenly up the stage to the backstage area.
Then there was the Raw after this, where Lesner and Paul Heyman come out and cut a promo about it. It was going fairly smoothly, but the entire thing came crashing down when Paul used the word "Brocktagon."
And if that weren't bad enough, they had Brock Lesnar quit the company (again!) via Tout. The WWE 15-second video service.
One segment on Smackdown becomes Narm with a bit of Fridge Logic. CM Punk scares the living crap out of Rey Mysterio's daughter at the start of the show. Rey showed up later to attack Punk in revenge. As is normally done in professional wrestling, he took his shirt off and he was wearing a t-shirt underneath. Except it had been fairly obvious in the opening segment of the evening that he wasn't wearing a t-shirt underneath. So apparently in the blind rage after his daughter was scared, Rey took off his shirt, put a t-shirt on and then put his other shirt back on just so he could dramatically remove it when he appeared on the stage.
Mick Foley has a weird tendency to repeatedly subvert this trope when he's clearly trying to reinforce it by doing stuff with the intention of it being stupid but which turns out to be brilliant and gets over despite Mick's best efforts. Examples include the entrance video for his Dude Love personanote (On the 1999 VHS release The Three Faces of Foley, Mick tells the Hardyz that with so many actual tough guys or guys trying to be tough, he should go in the opposite direction, and that Dude Love had the market cornered on stupid), the debut of "Mr. Socko"note (In his first book, he wrote that he had asked Al Snow for an idea for something really stupid that he knew Vince would hate. Al suggested a sock puppet.) and the "Rock, This Is Your Life" segment on the September 27, 1999 Raw which drew an amazing 8.4 quarter hour rating.
Triple Hsaving Vince from Lesnar would be awesome… if not for that wet spot in the middle of Trips' pants.
John Cena and Cryme Tyme vandalizing John Bradshaw Layfield's limo wasn't a bad idea for a segment. Having Cena go from sarcastic vandal to spraypainting "JBL IS POOPY" on the hood? Oh you better believe that was Narm.
The Wyatt Family's debut on RAW, where they assaulted Kane and injured him, is possibly one of the most shocking debuts in the history of the WWE... or at least it would've been, if it wasn't for the crowd chanting "Husky Harris" after their assault.
Also Kane vs. Bray at SummerSlam in a "Ring of Fire" match (basically an Inferno match but no one HAS to get burnt, with the flames basically acting like a steel cage would in any other situation). The premise is needlessly complex and made sillier by the other Wyatts attempting to hand Bray a kendo stick only for the flames to cut off their efforts (setting the tip of the stick alight with a weak flame; why not just throw it over the fire?!). Eventually it ends with Rowan and Harper putting a flame retardant blanket over the vents and ambushing Kane, rendering the entire stipulation practically pointless. All in all a textbook case of overthinking in the creative department.
John Cena vs Ryback at Extreme Rules 2013, Cena jumps off the audience section onto Ryback and through a table. WWE obviously tried to play it off as if it were some kind of extreme spot (the shot of Cena obviously hesitating), but Cena couldn't have possibly dropped more than four feet. Falling off the Titantron, it was not.
In fact, just about any time Cena performs an aerial attack of some kind, simply because his aerial offense has all the grace of a baby elephant.
The feud between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon (later Nikki Bella) in 2014 is pretty much nothing but this, primarily because of the Bellas' complete inability to act. Gratuitous use of the word "bitch", both of the Bellas' voices cracking like pubescent boys whenever they try to shout anything, Stephanie wearing what is clearly a dominatrix outfit for their match at Summerslam, Triple H selling Brie's slaps like he were getting shot, and post Face-Heel Turn Nikki trying way too hard to be edgy by shouting at Brie...
"I wish you died in the woOOOOmb!"
On an episode soon after, WWE tried to get the hashtag "Raw Is Womb" to trend on Twitter. Another segment later on ended with the Bellas' slow, sloppy catfight legitimately injuring Jerry Springer. It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context.
Before this, Daniel Bryan and Kane's feud involved Kane stalking Bryan and Brie like a slasher movie villain. At one point, Kane appeared in the backseat of their car with Brie while Bryan was attempting to fix the engine and Brie responded with laughably unconvincing screaming.