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* The January 4, 1999 episode of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''. Aside from hosting the infamous FingerPokeOfDoom (see the trope page for details on ''that'' fiasco), this episode also has one other pivotal incident. See, during the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, ''RAW'' used to be taped every other week. Wrestling/EricBischoff and Wrestling/TonySchiavone would often get the results and spoil them on ''Nitro'' (which was aired live every week) to discourage viewers from switching to ''RAW''. During this episode, Schiavone spoiled Wrestling/MickFoley's first world title win, mocking it with the phrase "That'll put butts in seats." Unfortunately for Schiavone, or rather the higher-ups that ordered him to say that, ''it did'' -- Foley was a major EnsembleDarkhorse at the time and an estimated 500,000 viewers changed the channel to ''RAW'' to watch him win the title. For months afterwards, fans would attend WWF events with signs stating [[TakeThat "Mick Foley put my butt in this seat."]] To top it off, ''Nitro'' ran five minutes longer than ''RAW'', meaning people who switched back to catch the end of ''Nitro'' got the FingerPokeOfDoom to end their night. There's a reason why people say this episode of ''Nitro'' was the killing blow for WCW.

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* The January 4, 1999 episode of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''. Aside from hosting the infamous FingerPokeOfDoom (see the trope page for details on ''that'' fiasco), this episode also has one other pivotal incident. See, during the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, ''RAW'' used to be taped pre-taped every other week. As such, Wrestling/EricBischoff and Wrestling/TonySchiavone would often get the results and spoil them on ''Nitro'' (which was aired live every week) to discourage viewers from switching to ''RAW''. During this episode, Schiavone spoiled Wrestling/MickFoley's first world title win, mocking it with the phrase "That'll put butts in seats." Unfortunately for Schiavone, or rather the higher-ups that ordered him to say that, ''it did'' -- Foley was a major EnsembleDarkhorse at the time and an estimated 500,000 600,000 viewers changed the channel to ''RAW'' to watch him win the title. For months afterwards, fans would attend WWF events with signs stating [[TakeThat "Mick Foley put my butt in this seat."]] To top it off, ''Nitro'' ran five minutes longer than ''RAW'', meaning people who switched back to catch the end main event of ''Nitro'' got the FingerPokeOfDoom Fingerpoke of Doom to end their night. There's a reason why people say this episode of ''Nitro'' was the killing blow for WCW.


* [[Series/{{Survivor}} Jenna Morasca]] vs [[Wrestling/BookerT Sharmell]] at ''TNA Victory Road 2009''. A match so horrifically, ''indescribably'' bad that a clip of it is still a part of Website/{{Botchamania}}'s opening to this very day. No less than Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter rated it "'''[[MemeticMutation MINUS! FIVE! STARS!]]'''" And do you know what makes it worse? Morasca and Sharmell each had actual wrestlers in their corners that, in-storyline, helped them train (Wrestling/AwesomeKong and Sojournor Bolt), making a person wonder why they didn't just have those two wrestle each other instead and spared viewers the sight of two non-wrestlers trying to have something that resembled an actual match.(The only time those two had a bad match, which was nowhere near as bad as this, was when Bolt botch some big moves, Morasca had no moves worth seeing to begin with) This single match managed to secure TNA the "Worst PPV of the Year" award from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter at the height of [[DorkAge WWE's PG Era]], which makes it all the more damning in hindsight.

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* [[Series/{{Survivor}} Jenna Morasca]] vs [[Wrestling/BookerT Sharmell]] at ''TNA Victory Road 2009''. A match so horrifically, ''indescribably'' bad that a clip of it is still a part of Website/{{Botchamania}}'s opening to this very day. No less than Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter rated it "'''[[MemeticMutation MINUS! FIVE! STARS!]]'''" And do you know what makes it worse? Morasca and Sharmell each had actual wrestlers in their corners that, in-storyline, helped them train (Wrestling/AwesomeKong and Sojournor Bolt), making a person wonder why they didn't just have those two wrestle each other instead and spared viewers the sight of two non-wrestlers trying to have something that resembled an actual match.(The [[note]]The only time those two had a bad match, which was nowhere near as bad as this, was when Bolt botch botched some big moves, moves — Morasca had no moves worth seeing to begin with) with.[[/note]] This single match managed to secure TNA the "Worst PPV of the Year" award from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter at the height of [[DorkAge WWE's PG Era]], which makes it all the more damning in hindsight.hindsight. If you want to know why TNA's Knockouts Division doesn't get credit for the mainstream rise of women's wrestling, this is perhaps the ''biggest'' reason why.


* The Shockmaster. For weeks, this character was hyped up as a huge difference maker in a major Wrestling/{{WCW}} feud. Then, at ''Clash of the Champions'', Sting announces his name and the aforementioned "difference maker" plowed through a wall only to trip over a 2x4 a stagehand had nailed to the edge beforehand, landing on the floor on his ass and causing his helmet ([[FashionVictimVillain a Stormtrooper helmet covered in glittery purple paint]]) to fall off. Hilariously, the [[ThisIsGonnaSuck reactions]] of the other wrestlers present were caught on tape, including one Ric Flair moaning [[ThisIsGonnaSuck "Oh God"]], and Wrestling/BookerT incredulously asking the others "Who is this motherfucker?" Several wrestlers and commentators, including Flair, immediately left the scene to avoid breaking character as they burst out laughing, and the Shockmaster's introductory monologue was delayed by several seconds because his voice actor (Ole Anderson) was audibly [[{{Corpsing}} suppressing laughter.]] In mere ''seconds'', this wrestler had his career completely destroyed and by a piece of wood of all things.[[note]]To add insult to injury, they'd done a rehearsal earlier that day where Shockmaster had burst through the trial wall flawlessly and the 2x4 was only added ''after'' that- the poor schmuck (Wrestling/FredOttman) didn't have a ''prayer'' of making it past that kind of sabotage, especially trying to see through that stupid helmet.[[/note]] Only the Gooker surpasses it in sheer stupidity.

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* The Shockmaster. For weeks, this character was hyped up as a huge difference maker in a major Wrestling/{{WCW}} feud. Then, at ''Clash of the Champions'', Sting announces his name and the aforementioned "difference maker" plowed through a wall only to trip over a 2x4 a stagehand had nailed to the edge beforehand, landing on the floor on his ass and causing his helmet ([[FashionVictimVillain a Stormtrooper helmet covered in glittery purple paint]]) to fall off. Hilariously, the [[ThisIsGonnaSuck reactions]] of the other wrestlers present were caught on tape, including one Ric Flair Sid Vicious moaning [[ThisIsGonnaSuck "Oh God"]], and Wrestling/BookerT incredulously asking the others "Who is this motherfucker?" Several wrestlers and commentators, including Flair, immediately left the scene to avoid breaking character as they burst out laughing, and the Shockmaster's introductory monologue was delayed by several seconds because his voice actor (Ole Anderson) was audibly [[{{Corpsing}} suppressing laughter.]] In mere ''seconds'', this wrestler had his career completely destroyed and by a piece of wood of all things.[[note]]To add insult to injury, they'd done a rehearsal earlier that day where Shockmaster had burst through the trial wall flawlessly and the 2x4 was only added ''after'' that- the poor schmuck (Wrestling/FredOttman) didn't have a ''prayer'' of making it past that kind of sabotage, especially trying to see through that stupid helmet.[[/note]] Only the Gooker surpasses it in sheer stupidity.


* At the ''Greatest Royal Rumble'' event on April 27, 2018, Titus O'Neil ran down the ramp for his entrance, but tripped and ended up sliding under the ring. Commentary promptly [[{{Corpsing}} burst into laughter]], as did, reportedly, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, who was directing traffic backstage. It was ''so'' epic in fact, that Wrestling/MichaelCole demanded they replay it no less than five times, calling it the greatest moment in the history of wrestling ''ever'', with the complimentary gif becoming the top trending thing about wrestling on the Internet within ''minutes''.

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* At the ''Greatest Royal Rumble'' event on April 27, 2018, Titus O'Neil ran down the ramp for his entrance, but tripped and ended up sliding under the ring. Commentary promptly [[{{Corpsing}} burst into laughter]], as did, reportedly, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, who was directing traffic backstage. It was ''so'' epic in fact, that Wrestling/MichaelCole demanded they replay it no less than five times, calling it the greatest moment in the history of wrestling ''ever'', with the complimentary gif becoming the top trending thing about wrestling on the Internet within ''minutes''.minutes of occurring. The moment has become known among smarks as "Titus Worldslide" (a play on his slogan, "Titus Worldwide"), and is [[NeverLiveItDown more or less all Titus is known for]].

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* Anytime a {{Heel}} character is trounced in a way that instantly enters the record books. One instance that was truly for the ages occurred during the 2009 ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'' Match to Wrestling/SantinoMarella. He entered the contest, climbed over the ropes -- and was ''instantaneously'' knocked back over them by Wrestling/{{Kane}}, resulting in the shortest ever Royal Rumble time of one measly second. Predictably, Marella suffered a VillainousBreakdown as a result and screamed "I WASN'T READY!"
** When Santino Marella is in ButtMonkey mode, this happens to him a lot, like when he hilariously tried to imitate Wrestling/{{Melina}}'s infamous splits entrance, only to [[GroinAttack injure his groin]] ''and'' fall out of the ring.
** Ditto for throwing ''himself'' out of the ring during a Battle Royale match, [[LovableCoward rather than face]] Wrestling/JohnCena and Wrestling/TripleH.
* At ''Wrestling/MoneyInTheBank 2011'', per Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's request, Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio attempted to cash in his Money In The Bank contract allowing him to face WWE Champion Wrestling/CMPunk for his title, [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle which he just won himself in a grueling match with]] Wrestling/JohnCena. Normally, when someone cashes the contract in, they beat the exhausted champion in a CurbStompBattle. However, because [=McMahon=] went on a headset [[CallingYourAttacks openly calling for]] Del Rio to come out right in front of Punk, who a) had done this before (hell, he'd done it ''twice''), and b) [[WhatAnIdiot had had enough recovery time to stand on his feet]], as soon as Del Rio entered the ring, Punk casually kicked him in the head, knocking him out cold, shrugged, and left, blowing an infamous goodbye kiss to [=McMahon=] on the way out.
** Repeated at ''Money In The Bank 2012'', where Wrestling/DolphZiggler attempted to cash in on Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, and Sheamus knocked Ziggler out cold with the Brogue Kick as soon as he got in the ring.
** The epic fail for Vince actually started in the Punk-Cena match itself. While Cena had Punk locked in the [[FinishingMove STF]] for the second time in the match, Vince had his [[CorruptCorporateExecutive corporate stooge]] Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis try to go and get the referee to call for the bell [[note]](in reference to the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob)[[/note]]. Seeing this out of the corner of his eye, [[TheCape Cena]] left the ring, decked Johnny Ace, and took ten seconds more to tell Vinny Mac he wanted to win the right way before getting back in the ring. Cue GTS and pinfall, leading to the above situation with Del Rio.
* Whenever someone botches a move very badly:
** ''Sacrifice 2008'' provided a particularly bad example: Wrestling/AJStyles attempted a top rope splash on [[Wrestling/RoadDogg BG James]], but missed by a mile and landed on his ''face'' even though James didn't move out of the way.
** Wrestling/BrockLesnar botching his shooting star press at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania XIX''. Even though he screwed up the move, it was still an incredibly epic moment since he landed on his neck in a way that probably would've killed anyone else, but still got up and finished the match.
* In the beginning of ''[[Wrestling/WWEToughEnough Tough Enough 2011]]'', the new recruits declare they are ready to be new wrestlers, but are revealed to be so out of shape that they can't even run a few laps around the ring without getting out of breath and ready to collapse.
* Late in 2005, Wrestling/{{Goldust}} and Wrestling/{{Vader}} return and help Jonathan Coachman ambush Wrestling/{{Batista}} and beat him up. The trio celebrate and try to leave the ring... and Vader stumbles and falls to the floor. He shouted expletives as he couldn't get up on his own and had to be helped up by his comrades.
* Wrestling/KevinNash suffered a biceps injury in March of 2002, and after several long months of rehab, and promotion of his impending return on Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s part, he made said return in a 6-man tag team match in July...and suffered a quadriceps tear within ten seconds of tagging in. Nash [[NeverLiveItDown never quite lived that one down.]]
* At ''[=WrestleMania=] XX'' Wrestling/UltimoDragon lived out his dream by wrestling at a [=WrestleMania=] at Madison Square Garden. A shame he slipped and nearly fell flat on his face ''twice'' during his entrance.
* Wrestling/{{Sting}} faced Wrestling/BobbyRoode for Roode's world title at [[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA]]'s ''Victory Road'' pay-per-view in 2012, in a No Holds Barred match. During the course of the match, a steel chair was set up in the ring by Roode, but before he could slam Sting into it or whatever his plan was, Sting started making a comeback. Finally, Sting was getting ready to hit Roode with his FinishingMove, the Scorpion Death Drop. However, Sting evidently did not notice that the steel chair was still in the ring and right behind him. So when Sting threw himself backward to drive Roode's head into the mat, his ''own'' head smacked into the seat of the chair. Yes, ''Sting knocked himself out'', which led to him losing the match.
* The "[[ThisIsGonnaSuck This is Your Life]]" segment of November 14, 2011 episode of RAW with Wrestling/MickFoley and Wrestling/JohnCena. It was like a car wreck you can't help but keep watching, no matter how painfully bad it is. Every guest -- his old little league coach, his old tag team partner Bull Buchanan, and his own father -- that came for the segment just turned the crowd more and more against Cena, to the point where even Cena {{Lampshaded}} how bad the segment was, calling it worse than the Shockmaster, then stating it was one of wrestling's greatest catastrophes, right up there with the '''''Gobbledy Gooker'''''. It was probably the first time that Cena was ever glad to see [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], who proceeded to go out to the ring, [[DropTheCow Rock Bottom Foley]], and leave immediately afterwards, ending the horrendous segment. It was probably due to remembering his own "This is Your Life" segment with Foley (which is the highest-rated segment in RAW history) that Rock took pity on Cena and decided to end it before it got any worse.
** It's worth noting in this case that Foley would [[https://www.facebook.com/RealMickFoley/posts/1238493299514139:0 admit on Facebook]] that the skit was ''[[SpringtimeForHitler intentionally]]'' awful; he had serious reservations about doing it and regretted it afterwards.
** However, even that angle was practically gold compared to the next "This is Your Life" segment, involving Wrestling/{{Bayley}} and Wrestling/AlexaBliss. That segment was ''not'' made to be intentionally bad, but nevertheless ended up as one of the worst segments any wrestler has ever been subjected to, no less than an absolute ''burial'' of Bayley that seriously damaged her credibility and career. (Alexa's awful acting didn't exactly help either) Needless to say, the reception was so overwhelmingly negative that WWE quickly tried to wipe it out of memory.
* Speaking of the Wrestling/TheGobbledyGooker, it's arguably the worst EpicFail of all of professional wrestling history. After carting a ''giant egg'' (complete with a nest) to events all around the country, it did manage to build up some intrigue with [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF's]] younger audience. Come ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1990,'' what should finally hatch out of the egg but... a guy in a goofy-looking turkey costume.[[note]]It was actually Héctor Guerrero.[[/note]] It's so infamously bad, that ''Website/{{WrestleCrap}}'' named the "Gooker Award" after it, and annually awards it to the promotion with the worst EpicFail angles in wrestling of that year. Among them includes Creator/DavidArquette as WCW Champion, Wrestling/TheInvasionAngle, the Katie Vick angle, Wrestling/JimRoss's mistreatment, "Eddiesploitation" (WWE's exploitation of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero's name and legacy after his death), the Vince [=McMahon=] paternity storyline and the reveal of Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} as his son, Wrestling/MikeAdamle's stint in WWE, Wrestling/{{Chavo Guerrero|Jr}}'s feud with Hornswoggle, the NEW Monday Night Wars ([[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA's]] ''Impact!'' show moving to Monday nights to compete with ''Raw''), announcer Wrestling/MichaelCole becoming a {{heel}} character in WWE, the Claire Lynch angle in TNA (which, while entirely different in storyline, easily became the Katie Vick of TNA), Dixie Carter becoming a heel character in TNA, Vince [=McMahon's=] comments about how WWE wrestlers who were overlooked by the company needed to grab the "brass rings", Wrestling/JinderMahal as WWE Champion, and WWE's ''Crown Jewel'' event in Saudi Arabia (and WWE's dealings with Saudi Arabia in general).
** And the scary part? It could've been ''worse''. Wrestling/VinceMcMahon originally wanted Mark Calaway to debut from the egg as "The Eggman". Wrestling/PatPatterson managed to convince him to scrap that idea and go with a gimmick he created instead. That gimmick? '''''Wrestling/TheUndertaker'''''. Think about it -- one of the most iconic wrestlers in history could have had his career derailed and would have become a punchline to one of the most infamous moments in wrestling if Vince had gotten his way. The fact that he thought it was a good idea ''at all'' is another EpicFail for Vince.
* The "Kennel From Hell" match between Wrestling/BigBossMan and Wrestling/AlSnow at ''Wrestling/UnforgivenWrestling 1999''. They fought in a Hell in the Cell with a regular steel cage inside, with "vicious attack dogs" between the two cages. Unfortunately, they completely forgot to get vicious attack dogs. The dogs completely ignored the two combatants and started [[NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals peeing, pooping, and even mating around the ring]]. The actual match sucked as well, partially due to the former XPacHeat TropeNamer being Boss Man himself.
* Wrestling/AustinAries trying to apply the Scorpion Deathlock on Wrestling/{{Sting}} during the March 15, 2013 ''Impact'' in Chicago only to keep screwing up long enough for Sting to recover and escape just before Aries asked him ''how'' to do it.
* At WWC's 41st Aniversario, Miguel Pérez faced Huracán Castillo in an "extreme rules" match which ended when “Los Templarios” William De la Vega and Superestrella ASH ran in and attacked Pérez, causing the referee to call for a disqualification. To those of you not familiar with wrestling lingo, "extreme rules" literally translates to "no disqualifications"!
* The 2005 ''Royal Rumble'' Match was ''supposed'' to end anticlimactically, but then something happened to make it even more anticlimactic. Wrestling/{{Batista}} and Wrestling/JohnCena, locked in a grapple, go over the ropes and fall out of the ring at the same time, leading to a tie. The referees from ''Raw'' raise Batista's hand, the referees from ''[=SmackDown=]'' raise Cena's hand, and controversy erupts in the arena. Then Vince himself comes running down to the ring, tries to climb between the ropes -- and ''immediately'' tears both quad muscles, but recovers so rapidly that the next thing anyone sees is the WWE Chairman sitting in the middle of the ring with his legs splayed out. Even the commentators didn't know what to make of ''that'' one.
* Nothing is more humiliating for a wrestler than losing a ''[=WrestleMania=]'' match in less than a minute.
** Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield lost the Intercontinental Championship to Wrestling/ReyMysterio in 30 seconds. He did ''not'' [[VillainousBreakdown take it well]], and angrily announced his in-ring retirement. It's been more than half a decade since then, and so far he's kept his promise, apart from a few one-off returns.
** Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr lost the ECW Championship to Wrestling/{{Kane}} in ''eight seconds''. (He later redeemed himself by lasting a lot longer than that in a rematch, even though he didn't win, but he still got a lot of grief for the eight-second defense.)
** ''[=WrestleMania=]'' XXVIII had a really great one that [[BrickJoke resulted in an even greater payoff a whole year later]]. A then-heel [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], defending his World Heavyweight Championship, gets a kiss from then-girlfriend Wrestling/AJLee (who was a face at the time) just as the opening bell rings -- and then turns around to be ''immediately'' Brogue-Kicked by Sheamus. Total length of match: 18 seconds. About a year later, by which point Bryan was a face and AJ was a heel, AJ taunted the poor guy about his poor ''[=WrestleMania=]'' -- and Bryan retorted that, given that AJ was romantically involved with Wrestling/DolphZiggler by that time, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar she should be getting accustomed to guys lasting only 18 seconds]]. Cue shrieking temper tantrum from AJ.
** Poor Wrestling/ErickRowan and Wrestling/TheWyattFamily were made to look like absolute ''jokes'' at ''[=WrestleMania=] 32'' when Rowan got pinned in ''six goddamn seconds'' by [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]].
* Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} Season 2. Season 1 gave us Wrestling/TheNexus, Wrestling/HeathSlater, Wrestling/{{Ryback}}, and Wrestling/DanielBryan. Season 3 gave us Wrestling/AJLee, Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}}, Wrestling/{{Naomi}}, and the valet to Wrestling/LuchaUnderground's Mil Muertes (and [[Wrestling/NXT3 its own page on the wiki]]). Hell, even Season 4 gave us a commentator, Wrestling/{{Fandango}}, one half of Wrestling/TheAscension, Wrestling/BrodusClay, and the guy who would become [[Wrestling/{{EC3}} Ethan Carter III]] in [[Wrestling/ImpactWrestling TNA]] before returning to WWE as [=EC3=]. This season gave us a failed attempt at a rehash of the Nexus (the utter tragedy of which stunted all eight of the rookies' careers), and [[Wrestling/LowKi Kaval]], the winner of the season, was the first out of all of them to get released. These days the only rookie from that season with any relevancy on WWE programming is Husky Harris, who was repackaged as Wrestling/BrayWyatt.
* [[{{Squick}} Katie]] [[NeverLiveItDown Vick]]. Murder, necrophilia, Wrestling/TripleH in a Wrestling/{{Kane}} mask -- it was a terrible idea that only Kevin Dunn and Vince [=McMahon=] liked. Even Hunter, a consummate ProfessionalButtKisser at the time, objected to it but since he wasn't married to Stephanie yet, he had no choice but do what he was told -- Kane, proving himself the ultimate company man, didn't even bother protesting. Fan reaction was so negative that it put a kibosh on their entire feud and the angle was placed into CanonDiscontinuity. Since then, the only time it's mentioned is to ruthlessly mock it as one of the most horrible things to happen in wrestling. It also had the dubious honor of being the second ever winner of the Gooker Award.
* Speaking of Kevin Dunn, and as another notch to his status as one of the most hated men in wrestling, he was responsible for the 2004 Wrestling/WWEDivaSearch. Emphasizing it as a "classy" competition, it would go on to ruin ''Raw'' with terrible segments such as the women trying to seduce Wrestling/{{Kamala}} and a pie-eating competition that was hosted by The Rock (in what would be his last in-person appearance for WWE for ''seven years''), a contest which had Wrestling/ChristyHemme proclaim that her "ass was hungry", culminating in her sitting on a pie. Then there was "Diss the Diva" which had the prospective Divas insulting contestant Carmella (who was widely despised onscreen ''and'' backstage) with language that was torrid even for TV-14, and sure as hell wouldn't fly under the PG rating. Somehow, WWE managed to make a bevy of absolutely gorgeous women annoying to an audience dominated by an 18-49 male demographic, enough that they voted it as the 2004 Gooker Award Winner. And to make it even worse, they ended up signing many of the contestants anyway (most notably Wrestling/MichelleMcCool and Wrestling/MariaKanellis), making the contest pointless in the process.
* Despite the 2004 contest being critically panned and making all four of WWE's live audience shows at the time less interesting in the long run, the 2004 Diva Search ''did'' have good ratings. So how did WWE fool the audience into watching again? By proclaiming they would be open to bringing new wrestlers to the shows through it. WWE proceeded to do the same thing they did last time. The only "trained" wrestler in the contest only knew one move but the fans latched onto that and toughed out another plodding gauntlet of lowest grade reality TV to give Wrestling/AshleyMassaro a landslide victory. Massaro didn't deliver, as WWE gave her no further training beyond what they wanted out of her any given night and after being fooled the fan base turned on the very idea of the diva search. [[Wrestling/{{Layla}} The]] next [[Wrestling/EveTorres two]] contests actually [[CryingWolf did]] produce better wrestlers(who wouldn't be necessary if WWE hadn't gotten rid of and ignored so many for the sake of getting more model types on camera) but the actual competitions were still plodding, the ratings were no longer holding up, [[XPacHeat the live audience audibly turned on]] them and even the "better" winners still took a while to start delivering. Diva searches became an ''annual'' epic fail.
* Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr's feud with Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} during the Guest Host era of RAW, where he spent months jobbing to a wrestling leprechaun and humiliated by numerous guest hosts. On the bright side, he got consistent TV time -- which is more than can be said during the post-Guest Host era, where it was rumored he was the "Swagger Soaring Eagle".
* The NEW Monday Night Wars. At the start of the Hogan/Bischoff era, they somehow managed to convince Dixie Carter and Spike that the best way for TNA to grow was to go directly against RAW despite not even have close to high enough ratings to feasibly compete. It was here that TNA gained the reputation for being "WCW-lite" and the ratings began to fall, not at all helped by the fact that it was ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' season (and even worse, it became very clear early on that this was going to be Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' last run before retirement -- and his opponent was going to be ''Wrestling/TheUndertaker''). So you're going up against the biggest, most recognizable wrestling promotion in the world who's in the middle of building up to the biggest wrestling show of the year and [[ItsTheBestWhateverEver the biggest wrestling event]] of ''all time'' [[note]]Until next year, of course.[[/note]] and you do so without having anywhere near large enough fan base to compete while also putting out the same type of crap that killed the only wrestling promotion that ever came close to unseating your rival? It was just plain stupid all across the board, and was foreshadowing for what Hogan and Bischoff would eventually do to the company. One can tell, just by looking at WWE's programming, what they thought of all this: the first night the two shows went head to head, they brought Bret Hart back for the first time since the Montreal Screwjob... and then promptly went back to business as usual once it was clear TNA wasn't going to be a threat. It took, like, ten weeks for TNA to scurry back to their original time slot, with their viewership having noticeably diminished. And that's how TNA won its first ever Gooker Award.
* ''Victory Road 2011''. An absolutely ''stoned'' Wrestling/JeffHardy shows up to a PPV he was main eventing, and the fans had to deal with a main event, world title match that lasted ''ninety seconds''. You could see the visible anger on Wrestling/{{Sting}}'s face as he held down Hardy for a pin, just to make sure he didn't hurt anybody, and the crowd made it blatantly clear how furious they were, echoing the thoughts of every fan that paid for that PPV and basically got robbed because of Hardy's unprofessional behavior.
-->'''Fan''': This is bullshit!
-->'''Sting''': I agree! I agree!
** Bear in mind, Sting is known for being one of the nicest men in the wrestling business. And ''he'' slagged off the company, ''on camera'', after this one.
** And you know what the strange part about all this is? Jeff still ended up being considered the ''more responsible Hardy brother that year''. A few months after ''Victory Road'', Wrestling/MattHardy decided to advertise the "rebirth" of his career by posting a fake suicide note video on his [=YouTube=] channel. His fans took it seriously, and several calls were made to the authorities to check on him. There was ''massive'' backlash when it was revealed to be a work -- on top of pissing off his fans, he upset several of his closest friends, including his sister-in-law. In short, 2011 was a ''bad'' year for the Hardy Boyz.
* The Shockmaster. For weeks, this character was hyped up as a huge difference maker in a major Wrestling/{{WCW}} feud. Then, at ''Clash of the Champions'', Sting announces his name and the aforementioned "difference maker" plowed through a wall only to trip over a 2x4 a stagehand had nailed to the edge beforehand, landing on the floor on his ass and causing his helmet ([[FashionVictimVillain a Stormtrooper helmet covered in glittery purple paint]]) to fall off. Hilariously, the [[ThisIsGonnaSuck reactions]] of the other wrestlers present were caught on tape, including one Ric Flair moaning [[ThisIsGonnaSuck "Oh God"]], and Wrestling/BookerT incredulously asking the others "Who is this motherfucker?" Several wrestlers and commentators, including Flair, immediately left the scene to avoid breaking character as they burst out laughing, and the Shockmaster's introductory monologue was delayed by several seconds because his voice actor (Ole Anderson) was audibly [[{{Corpsing}} suppressing laughter.]] In mere ''seconds'', this wrestler had his career completely destroyed and by a piece of wood of all things.[[note]]To add insult to injury, they'd done a rehearsal earlier that day where Shockmaster had burst through the trial wall flawlessly and the 2x4 was only added ''after'' that- the poor schmuck (Wrestling/FredOttman) didn't have a ''prayer'' of making it past that kind of sabotage, especially trying to see through that stupid helmet.[[/note]] Only the Gooker surpasses it in sheer stupidity.
* Creator/DavidArquette as WCW Champion, arguably the zenith of Wrestling/VinceRusso's terrible booking in Wrestling/{{WCW}}, one that many say helped kill the company altogether. While the idea in itself was horrible, one that Arquette, a wrestling fan himself, only went through because of contractual obligations, the execution destroyed any chance it had at success.
## It happened in a ''tag team match''. There was a stipulation made so that the title, a ''singles'' title, would go to whomever managed to get the pin or submission.
## Thanks to that caveat, Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, then-champion, lost the title to Arquette, who was his ''partner'', simply because he made the pin.
## Arquette wasn't even the legal man.[[note]]Generally speaking, only one member of a team should be wrestling at a given time, outside of the 5 second leeway between tags. Since Arquette never tagged in, his pinfall wasn't valid and shouldn't have counted.[[/note]]
## The title change happened on the BShow, ''Thunder''. Most fans only watched ''Nitro'' at that point, since this wasn't like WWE Brand Extension where both shows had different rosters. Not at all helping the fact was that, for a noticeable period of time, ''Nitro'' was three hours, and that was more than enough wrestling in a week for the average fan.
** The WCW title was already so devalued that UrbanLegend has it that Wrestling/ChrisBenoit dumped it into a ''trash can'', before demanding for his release from the office the day after he won it, so he could jump ship to the WWF with the rest of the Radicalz. When Arquette won it, the Big Gold Belt effectively became worthless -- an actor who had nothing to do with the industry outside of being a fan was able to win what WCW was touting as the most important title in their company, making them look incredibly bush league. The sad part is that Russo, to this very day, argues that the angle was successful, in the sense that it achieved its purpose: [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity getting WCW publicity]].
* Fans not attending Wrestling/RingOfHonor's shows in person and not residing in Texas may not have known who P-dog was, but it was safe to say the audience in Dallas for ''Supercard of Honor X'' night 2 had an idea and still greeted his appearance alongside the Get Along Gang with StunnedSilence. Even the most hated members of the ROH roster, whether [[{{heel}} intended]] or [[XPacHeat otherwise]] can at least get one streamer thrown their way. The Get Along Gang had to throw them for P-dog and despite being much closer to the ring than fans are, still couldn't do it very well. At this point the audience erupted into jeers and boos, a nice prelude to Moose dismantling the group despite being outnumbered seven to one.
* In the episode where Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield faced "Haas Hogan" (Charlie Haas cosplaying as Wrestling/HulkHogan), before the match started, JBL's limo driver parked the limo too close to a wall. As a result, the driver and JBL had a little difficulty opening the door.
* The January 4, 1999 episode of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''. Aside from hosting the infamous FingerPokeOfDoom (see the trope page for details on ''that'' fiasco), this episode also has one other pivotal incident. See, during the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, ''RAW'' used to be taped every other week. Wrestling/EricBischoff and Wrestling/TonySchiavone would often get the results and spoil them on ''Nitro'' (which was aired live every week) to discourage viewers from switching to ''RAW''. During this episode, Schiavone spoiled Wrestling/MickFoley's first world title win, mocking it with the phrase "That'll put butts in seats." Unfortunately for Schiavone, or rather the higher-ups that ordered him to say that, ''it did'' -- Foley was a major EnsembleDarkhorse at the time and an estimated 500,000 viewers changed the channel to ''RAW'' to watch him win the title. For months afterwards, fans would attend WWF events with signs stating [[TakeThat "Mick Foley put my butt in this seat."]] To top it off, ''Nitro'' ran five minutes longer than ''RAW'', meaning people who switched back to catch the end of ''Nitro'' got the FingerPokeOfDoom to end their night. There's a reason why people say this episode of ''Nitro'' was the killing blow for WCW.
* Claire Lynch, wrestling's first pregnant crack whore. Started as a confusing reveal after rumors spread about something between Dixie Carter and Wrestling/AJStyles, it eventually became an overdramatic story worthy of Maury Povich, where she accused AJ of being her babydaddy. And after weeks and weeks, [[AbortedArc the storyline was abruptly abandoned]] when Claire Lynch herself quit the company due to harassment online, and her "lawyer" declared the whole thing was a fraud. It was by far and away the ''nadir'' of AJ's career, and TNA's equivalent of Katie Vick. The only good thing to come out of it was [[Wrestling/FrankieKazarian Bad]] [[Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels Influence]]. Fittingly, TNA won a [[Website/{{Wrestlecrap}} Gooker Award]] to go with it.
* How just about everyone saw Wrestling/RomanReigns' violation of the Wellness Policy and subsequent Wellness Vacation. This was three months into his third title reign, and that was after the company (Vince) spent the better part of two years pushing him at the expense of the talent, the increasing and ardent hostility of the fans, and the criticism of numerous legends, including Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, including ''finally'' giving him his ''[=WrestleMania=]'' moment to the backdrop of some of the loudest boos in history. And Roman, by violating the policy, effectively flushed that all the way. The company was ''not'' happy with him, and he suffered a gradual HumiliationConga over the course of his suspension, culminating in his cousins Wrestling/TheUsos lifting Wrestling/DeanAmbrose on their shoulders in celebration of his win after Dean pinned Roman himself to retain the WWE Championship in Wrestling/TheShield Triple Threat, which also happened to be Roman's return match.
* The Red Rooster. Terry Taylor had a feud with his manager, Wrestling/BobbyHeenan, who dubbed him "my little red rooster" (meaning that anyone could do Taylor's job in the ring). After breaking ties with Heenan, Taylor took up the Red Rooster gimmick, dying his hair into a red "rooster comb" and acting like a chicken in the ring. It's a stupid gimmick, yes, but what made it an epic failure? ''It permanently destroyed Taylor's career.'' After he left it behind, no manner what company he wrestled for, under what gimmick, ''[[NeverLiveItDown the fans never bought it]]'' -- he always faced catcalls of "ROOSTER!"
* That time Wrestling/VickieGuerrero attempted to [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame use The Spear on]] Wrestling/{{Edge}}, only to bounce off him like he was a brick wall.
* One time in 2006, Wrestling/RobVanDam and Wrestling/{{Sabu}} had a Ladder Match. Rob knocked Sabu down and ''tried to pin him'', and had to be reminded by the referee that you can't do that.
* Wrestling/SinCara Uno's career until his injury, where he was a human botch machine. The mask was one reason why, having mesh cover the eye openings and thus making it hard to see through, but what really did in Wrestling/{{Mistico}} was his refusal to go to developmental and learn English. It's generally accepted that Mistico is the reason why all newly signed wrestlers (with the exception of Wrestling/{{Sting}}) for 2011-2016, had to go through developmental, regardless of previous popularity. After Wrestling/AJStyles's debut on the main roster at ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble 2016'', the rule was bent for certain wrestlers, mainly those who had prior experience in TNA (which has a similar style of wrestling to WWE) or WWE themselves.
* [[Series/{{Survivor}} Jenna Morasca]] vs [[Wrestling/BookerT Sharmell]] at ''TNA Victory Road 2009''. A match so horrifically, ''indescribably'' bad that a clip of it is still a part of Website/{{Botchamania}}'s opening to this very day. No less than Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter rated it "'''[[MemeticMutation MINUS! FIVE! STARS!]]'''" And do you know what makes it worse? Morasca and Sharmell each had actual wrestlers in their corners that, in-storyline, helped them train (Wrestling/AwesomeKong and Sojournor Bolt), making a person wonder why they didn't just have those two wrestle each other instead and spared viewers the sight of two non-wrestlers trying to have something that resembled an actual match.(The only time those two had a bad match, which was nowhere near as bad as this, was when Bolt botch some big moves, Morasca had no moves worth seeing to begin with) This single match managed to secure TNA the "Worst PPV of the Year" award from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter at the height of [[DorkAge WWE's PG Era]], which makes it all the more damning in hindsight.
* At the ''Greatest Royal Rumble'' event on April 27, 2018, Titus O'Neil ran down the ramp for his entrance, but tripped and ended up sliding under the ring. Commentary promptly [[{{Corpsing}} burst into laughter]], as did, reportedly, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, who was directing traffic backstage. It was ''so'' epic in fact, that Wrestling/MichaelCole demanded they replay it no less than five times, calling it the greatest moment in the history of wrestling ''ever'', with the complimentary gif becoming the top trending thing about wrestling on the Internet within ''minutes''.
* In a mixed tag team match during ''[[Wrestling/WWEMixedMatchChallenge Mixed Match Challenge]]'', Wrestling/EmberMoon hit her finisher on Wrestling/AliciaFox and was about to take the win, but her partner Curt Hawkins tags himself in and tries to pin Fox, despite the referee and Moon trying to explain that's not allowed and that Fox's partner Wrestling/JinderMahal is now legal. Hawkins asks why the referee is not counting and then Mahal defeats him, with the commentators calling him an idiot.
* One time, Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr decided to mock Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr by cosplaying and acting like him. In Chavo's match against [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]], Chavo copies Rey's moves rather well... until he attempts the 619. When he tries it, he just falls out of the ring.
* In the main event of ''Wrestling/HellInACell 2019'', Wrestling/SethRollins faced [[Wrestling/BrayWyatt The Fiend]] in a Hell in a Cell match. In the end, Seth hit The Fiend in the face with a sledgehammer, and the referee immediately stopped the match, saying what Seth did was too brutal. Not only does this completely spit in the face of what a Hell in a Cell match is about, The Fiend quickly got back up and beat Seth down, showing that he wasn't injured at all.
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