This past week, I took some time to look at some old WWE/WCW matches. Attempting to get my Creative juices flowing, I stumbled upon a few old promo's and matches that followed them. Some, I forgot about, while others brought back bad memories.
Not for myself, but for WWE.
The videos showed me everything I needed to know about WWE Creative. While I admire their unpredictability, most their antics appall me.
There's really no limit to how low they will sink for publicity. Even if it's the reputation of one of their own, Creative is looking to better themselves than give some form of dignity to their employees.
It's all about the dollar, and WWE will do just about anything for it. Some stuff is just plain sickening. So I continued to observe some of their tactics, and have chosen the worst of the worst.
Where do these guys get this stuff? First up...
This has to be one of the worst angles of all time. When Hassan and Daivari debuted on RAW back in 2004, I thought it was going to be a comedic ordeal. A little something to make fans laugh. But I was sadly mistaken.
In the following weeks, they continued the angle. Every week he would complain about the stereotypes "Middle Easterns" faced. As a result of 9/11. I remember sitting at home thinking, "are you serious, WWE?"
He even praised Allah in his ring entrance. That's when the first sign of controversy began. Muslim-Americans didn't take to kindly to this. That's when the WWE should've ended the character and gimmick there, but no.
They continued to push the angle. He went on a undefeated streak lasting several months! A few of his victims were Y2J, Benoit, Sgt. Slaughter.
Hassan was used on television on a weekly basis, and continued his rant's about the biased U.S. and his lack of opportunities due to his ethnicity.
Having him pummeled by Batista and John Cena didn't make the angle more comical nor watchable. Creative had many opportunities to end it before it got too far. Before it hurt the wrong people. But it was too late.
Hassan was drafted to Smackdown in the 2005 WWE Draft. He quickly became involved in a feud with the Undertaker. On an edition of Smackdown! Taker destroyed Daivari in a match.
After the match, several men, dressed in "terrorist" attire attacked Taker and chocked him out with wires. While Hassan himself locked Taker in the Camel Clutch.
Since Smackdown! is taped on Tuesday and aired on Fridays, there's nothing WWE could do to prevent this airing on that Friday. Hours before Smackdown! was set to air, the London Bombings took place. UPN, the network that aired Smackdown, was criticized endlessly about the storyline.
UPN decided to have WWE end the storyline all together. Putting the scheduled Undertaker/Hassan Match at Great American Bash in jeopardy. Hassan wasn't allowed on the network that week, but still competed in the match.
Taker destroyed Hassan, Last Riding him through a hole in the entrance ramp. Ending the Hassan character. Oh, it gets worse.
If the bombings hadn't taken place, Hassan would've beaten Taker at the Bash. Receiving a title shot against World Champ, Dave Batista. Planned for a match at Summerslam. Hassan was scheduled to win the World Title.
The Storyline should've been nixed before it got started. He was actually going to be World Champion, Creatures. Hassan was released shortly afterwards and retired from pro wrestling immediately.
Boy, how low can Creative go?
When Mickie James was traded to Smackdown! last year, the Women's Division was locked in the Michelle McCool era. I had big hopes for Mickie, and believed it would be no time before she reclaimed the Women's Championship. Once again, I was wrong.
One week after defeating Layla in her debut, Mickie was on the receiving end of "bullying" by McCool and Layla. Quickly becoming the top contender to McCool's Women's Championship, James was referred to as Piggy James by LayCool.
It was no secret that Creative was "unhappy" with the weight James had gained. Weight I have yet to notice.
After a slew of unsuccessful title matches, the storyline took a turn for the worse. LayCool began incorporating costumes, signs, and food in the promos.
Much to my, and the WWE Universe's displeasure. I understand heel's attempt to get "heat" but did it have to get to this point?
On Jan. 22, 2010, the angle was taken to a whole new level of... disgrace. James had a pig shaped cake shoved in her face. Followed by punch poured all over her head. Disgusting.
The fan's screamed profanity at LayCool and Phoenix, while the announcers were shocked at the "bullying."
James was reduced to crying in the ring, covered in cake, and hair dripping with punch. Absolutely disgusting.
While James may have easily dethroned McCool as the Women's Champion at the Royal Rumble, she lost it back to McCool three weeks later.
Never able to recover her spot in the Women's Division, James was released from her contract a few months later.
Really??? WWE, Really????
The Big Red Machine, Kane was at the height of his career. He was dominating the RAW Roster. Tag team Champion with the Hurricane. Around the same time, defeated Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Championship. He was undoubtedly the number one contender to Triple H's World Title.
When The Game learned of his match with Kane at No Mercy 2003. He threatened to reveal a "secret" of Kane's past. Sensing Kane was a legitimate threat to hit title reign, He called Kane a "murderer." Claiming 10 years prior, Kane had murdered a girl named Katie Vick.
Apparently Kane was infatuated with this woman. Kane was apparently "drunk" driving and swerved off the road, killing Katie "instantly" and breaking his arm.
Triple H later claimed Kane performed "necrophilia" after Katie had died. Basically stating Kane had intercourse while she was dead.
As if that wasn't enough, Triple H went to a funeral home and pretended to have sex with a mannequin. While wearing a Kane mask. Also naked with a thong on...
All this, just to have a logical reason Triple H could defeat Kane.
It was voted one of the most disgusting storylines ever. Even turning the heads of the WWE Universe.
You think it was over? More than five years later at Survivor Series 2007, Kane brought up the angle again. The audience laughed at the situation.
Can't blame Creative for this one. Triple H himself stated that it was Mr. McMahon's idea. Go figure.
One of the Greatest Women's Wrestlers of all time. Her final years in the WWE make you think otherwise.
The Queen of Extreme, Lita certainly spent her last years in the WWE in infamy. She was placed in a on-screen relationship with Edge. Edge being one of the biggest heels at the time, and the reason for the pairing ultimately led to the end of her career.
We all know, Lita in a relationship with Matt Hardy for several years. Lita then engaged in a affair with Edge, who was one of Hardy's best friends. No kayfabe here. Real deal. When the affair became public knowledge, WWE released Hardy for no apparent reason.
Because of the HUGE popularity Matt garnered while apart of the Hardys with his brother Jeff, Lita and Edge became hated by numerous WWE Fans. Creative decided to capitalize on this by rehiring Hardy, and entering him in a feud with the new couple.
Though Hardy has since stated many times that he and Lita remained friends, this didn't sway the fans' hate of the events. She remained a couple with Edge, helping him win numerous titles and matches. Extending her hatred among WWE Fans.
When Trish Stratus announced in 2006, that she would be retiring at Unforgiven. We knew she would go out on top. Besting Lita in their final match against one another. In her home town. Years of scrutiny by the WWE Fans finally got to Lita.
Shortly after regaining the Women's Title, she announced she would also be retiring. At Survivor Series, Lita lost her last match to Mickie James. What followed is the most embarrassing thing Creative could ever do.
Cryme Tyme made their way to the ring. Carrying Lita's personal items, declaring they were going to have a "ho" sale.
Being trashed by them, including JBL. Who declared himself the only guy in the world not to have a set of Lita's panties. Even pulling out a few very PERSONAL items.
Her exit was the exact opposites to Trish's.
No matter the events, Lita's farewell should've went better than that.
On November 13, 2005. WWE lost one of it's most talented and popular Superstars ever. Eddie Guerrero shockingly died at the age of 37. Days before he was reportedly set to win his second World Championship.
The earlier months of 2006. The Ultimate Underdog rose above all the critics. He finally won the big one. Rey Mysterio entered number two. Lasting longer than any other Superstar in WWE history, Rey won it all, last eliminating Randy Orton.
No one else could be more happier to see Rey rise to the top. But the things to come later changed my mind about the whole situation. Not even 24 hours after Mysterio's win, Creative had Triple H using Eddie as an excuse for Rey's win.
Calling it an "divine" intervention. Saying Eddie was there working with Rey to win. Disgusting.
Creative kept exploiting Eddie's death. In a promo with Rey Mysterio, Orton declared that Eddie wasn't in heaven, but down there, in hell. What exactly is the reason for having Orton say something like that?? There could've been a million other ways for Orton to be entered in the WM match.
After Rey won the World Title, I figured things involving using EG's death were done. I guessed wrong. WWE used Eddie's death as a reason for Chavo to cost Rey the World Title. Saying Rey was living off the Guerrero Family name.
Also turning Eddie's wife, Vicky heel and turning her back on Rey Mysterio. After Rey went down with an injury the angles ultimately halted. But the damage was done. Others noticed everything the WWE had done.
Voted the Most Disgusting Promo tactic of 2006.