It’s been thirteen years since WCW became a property of WWE officially and it was closed. There are a lot of histories of this promotion, some are good, some are bad, some might be emotional and some are ridiculous. WWE.com announced the twenty most ridiculous moments in WCW history. You can check out the list here in Sportzwiki as well.
#20 Sting goes to the dogs
Sports-entertainment is a rough and tumble industry. You could say it’s a dog-eat-dog world. On one occasion in WCW, though, it was dog-eat-wrestler.
Sting took on Rick Steiner at The Great American Bash 1999 in a hard-hitting brawl. The action quickly spilled out of the ring, which is where things took a turn for the groan-worthy. Steiner led The Stinger backstage, where Tank Abbott was waiting to attack. Once the mixed martial artist was done with him, Sting stumbled into Scott Steiner’s path. Big Poppa Pump then signaled for something.
Two vicious Dobermans rushed toward the face-painted warrior, for what was supposed to look like a brutal attack. Instead, one bit into a rag, which was suddenly wrapped around Sting’s hand, while the other gently latched onto a pad sticking out of Sting’s boot. Thankfully, the debacle ended before we got to see how tame Big Poppa Pump’s Rottweiler was.
#19 Everyone can see Ultimate Warrior except for Eric Bischoff
The “Citizen Kane” of dopey wrestling rivalries, the build to the 1998 rematch between Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior was defined by trap doors, smoke bombs and even a little demonic possession. But of all the B-movie horseplay that had sports-entertainment fans switching the channel to “Raw,” no moment was as misguided as this chestnut from the Oct. 5, 1998, edition of Nitro.
That night, Hulk Hogan was so shook by Warrior’s mediocre magic tricks that he retreated to his locker room with Eric Bischoff in tow — only to find his longtime rival staring back at him in his mirror. Here’s the thing: Hogan could see Warrior, the announcers could see Warrior and everyone watching at home could see Warrior, but Bischoff, for some unexplainable reason, could not. The segment should have had fans clamoring to see the showdown between The Hulkster and Warrior. Instead, everyone just became concerned for Sleazy E’s mental health.
#18 Raven takes Kanyon shopping at Versace
Dressed in a ratty T-shirt and a worn leather jacket, Raven was the last person you’d ever expect to come from money. It turned out that behind the flannel, the brooding brawler was a bratty trust fund kid.
Raven’s mom, unable to see past her son’s gloom, enlisted Kanyon to cheer him up. The former Flock member ended up getting an eye-opening experience when his pal took him on a Ferris Bueller–style adventure (complete with fourth-wall breaking interjections) in his yellow Ferrari. After withdrawing $20,000 from the bank, Raven took Kanyon shopping at Versace where they tried on outfits in a montage that would have fit perfectly in any mid-90s rom-com.
After a night on the town, Raven’s grunge god image had been shattered. But like many things in WCW, the Bowery punk’s riches were forgotten and he was hanging out with Vampiro and Insane Clown Posse shortly after.
#17 Jerry Flynn is the new kid on “The Block”
As if there wasn’t enough bug nuts stuff going on in the ring in 1999’s WCW, hirsute kung fu kicker Jerry Flynn decided to take up residence in the basement of whatever arena Nitro was broadcasting from that night — a makeshift domain he dubbed “The Block.”
Basically a rip-off of WWE’s Boiler Room Brawl, The Block’s bouts saw competitors fist-fighting around scorching steam pipes and unforgiving concrete with one goal in mind — survival. As if the premise of these contests wasn’t silly enough (Why exactly would a karate master chose a utility room as his preferred fighting ground?), there always seemed to be even more absurd things going on in The Block. David Flair once stumbled upon WCW hippy Buzzkill enjoying a lava lamp down there, while Meng and Tank Abbott accidentally fought their way into the house of pain. Flynn’s signature bout never did catch on, but at least he cut his mullet.
#16 WCW battles the guys from “Battle Dome”
In late 1999, “Battle Dome” debuted in syndication as an edgier version of “American Gladiators” for the new millennium. The competitive show featured a number of colorful personalities battling each other as well as regular Joe contestants in high concept challenges for championships and cash prizes.
On the Nov. 6, 2000, Nitro, “Battle Dome” stars like Michael O’Dell and Bubba King had front row seats for the broadcast where they got into a confrontation with WCW stars like Rick Steiner and Diamond Dallas Page. “Battle Dome” was actually pretty awesome, but there was little interest in a rivalry between the two waning organizations. By the time Steiner showed up on the “Battle Dome” show to battle T-Money — better known as actor Terry Crews — the two groups were well on their way to entertainment obscurity.
#15 Hacksaw Jim Duggan hates America? Blame Canada.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan is as American as mom’s apple pie. Perhaps the most likeable star in WCW, Duggan, unsurprisingly, got put in some unfortunate situations by WCW’s “powers that be.” After trading in Old Glory for a trash bag as WCW’s janitor, Duggan’s next move was even more humiliating.
At Fall Brawl 2000, Hacksaw turned his back on America, helping Lance Storm retain the U.S. Title and embracing the maple leaf of the Canadian flag. Although he never replaced “HOOOOO!” with “EHHHHHH!” Duggan underwent a complete transformation. He cut his hair and shaved, donned a red and white tracksuit and, most egregiously, waved the Canadian flag. But Hacksaw’s heart never seemed into the clean-cut Canuck patriotism. Storm wasn’t buying it either. After catching a beating from Team Canada, Duggan was welcomed back to the USA with open arms.
#14 Ring announcer David Penzer technically wins the WCW Title
Toward the end of WCW, inane Pole Matches became as much of a predictable — and loathsome — part of the television product as Lee Marshall’s weekly road report. Leather jackets, piñatas and even Buff Bagwell’s mom all got put on the proverbial pedestal, but no Pole Match equaled the absurdity of the San Francisco 49ers Match from the Oct. 2, 2000, Nitro.With boxes hanging from poles at each turnbuckle, the bout pitted Booker T against Jeff Jarrett in a brawl for the disgraced WCW Title vacated by Vince Russo. The hook was that three of the boxes held goofy items like a framed photo of Scott Hall while one contained the championship. The first man to get to the title would win, but when Booker grabbed the right box, the bottom opened up and the championship tumbled to the floor — where ring announcer David Penzer picked it up. Booker was declared the winner, but shouldn’t Penzer’s name be in the history books?
#13 Oklahoma changes the definition of “Cruiserweight”
Mention the name Oklahoma to any wrestling fan, and you’re likely to hear a long, disgusted groan. WCW’s not-so-subtle dig at WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross was in extremely poor taste, mocking the legendary announcer’s Bell’s palsy.
If Oklahoma had been a background character, perhaps he wouldn’t have been as reviled. But WCW stuck him front and center on television for months, because it’s totally cool to make fun of peoples’ maladies. He was at the announce booth, at ringside with Dr. Death, and even taking part in matches.
Perhaps the worst of it came at Souled Out 2000, when he cheated to defeat Madusa and capture the Cruiserweight Championship. His reign, thankfully, didn’t last long, as he failed to make the title’s weight limit. And Madusa got a little bit of retribution for insulted fans everywhere when she dumped barbecue sauce down Oklahoma’s tights.
#12 Ric Flair goes to the nut hut
In an effort to create an edgier product to try and reclaim their television ratings dominance over WWE, WCW made some offensive choices. Oklahoma — a direct insult to WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross — is a prime example, but so is Ric Flair’s stint in a Florida mental hospital during his run as WCW President.
Whoever dreamed up this hare-brained idea had a relatively outdated view of what a mental institution really looks like. Filled with offensive stereotypes and caricatures of real disabled individuals, the hospital’s chaotic environment was perpetuated by The Nature Boy — possibly the only actual crazy person in the segment — who strutted around in his dress socks, boxers and sequined robe. The extended interludes ended with The Nature Boy and his new friends making it to Nitro. Unfortunately for WCW, viewers didn’t make the trip with them as Raw dominated the ratings that night.
#11 Jimmy Hart tangles with a shock jock on pay-per-view
Those WCW fans who shelled out $30 for November 2000’s Mayhem pay-per-view — and there weren’t many of them — probably didn’t spend their hard-earned money to watch a nearly 60-year-old wrestling manager tangle with a third-rate Howard Stern knockoff. But that’s what they got when “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart hit the ring to wrestle Midwestern morning DJ Mancow Muller in a bout that may have looked a lot worse if it didn’t take place in WCW in the year 2000.
Paying off a rivalry that began on Mancow’s morning show but was ignored on WCW television, the debacle saw involvement from the DJ’s flunky The Freak and WCW’s Three Count (who must have been incensed by Mancow’s oh so controversial “Boy Bands Suck” T-shirt). The whole mess was over in a few minutes, but why did it happen at all?