How Low Can You Go? The All Time Worst Moments in Wrestling
I love pro wrestling, but certain things do register on my "cringe" meter. Even if you do not like professional wrestling in the ring, certain storylines have the power to captivate. For as many good decisions made, there are twice as many poor ones. I do not know a lot about pro wrestling, but these are the ones that stick out in my mind.
Starting this list is quite possibly the lowest point in WWE history, the infamous Katie Vick angle.
It all started with a feud between Kane and Triple H over the world heavyweight title. Triple H played serious mind-games with Kane going as far as insinuating Kane killed a girl named Katie Vick in his younger days. Trips even brought the "corpse" into the ring to give Kane an earful, but that was all child's play compared to what happened next.
At the mock wake Triple H, dressed as Kane, first felt up the corpse then performed full-on necrophilia. It has no question haunted Triple H to this very day.
Lost in Cleveland
Message to creative teams: "Never do an amnesia angle."
Mick Foley, during a match with Vader, took a sick bump onto a concrete floor. The result was Foley developed a bought of amnesia, leaving his family and becoming a hobo . Investigators' from WCW tracked him down on the streets of Cleveland, with Mick remembering he was a successful fishing boat captain.
When Foley finally returned it was revealed it was a ploy to get back at Vader. Amnesia is a very serious condition, whoever decided it was perfectly fine to poke fun at should have been fired. To show the class act Mick Foley is, he has requested no one ever view these vignettes ever again.
Mae Gives Birth
Mae Young' s career in wrestling has been long and storied, her and her best friend, The Fabulous Moolah are arguably the two greatest female wrestlers ever. When the two came back to the WWE – then WWF – Mae was inserted into a romantic storyline with Mark Henry.
It was cute to see the giant Mark Henry care for Mae, up until the moment Mae revealed she was pregnant. It is asinine to think a then 76-year-old woman could get pregnant, but it still gets weirder.
As a result of a Dudley Boyz powerbomb off the SmackDown stage, Mae gave birth prematurely to a...hand, and not just a hand a full grown hand. A good example of a nice little storyline gone horribly wrong.
Flair's Heart Attack
When a wrestling angle calls for a fake heart attack, it's never a good sign. Add a legend like Ric Flair and you have a believable angle right? The problem was that it was too believable, Flair did such a good acting job that fans actually thought they witnessed the immortal Ric Flair cut down in the ring.
This was supposed to be part of a "who-done-it" storyline that revolved around Flair being poisoned, due to such a negative response Flair returned the following week to say he was "all better."
This was not the end however, as the brilliant minds at WCW had Flair go into a mental institution. This set of vignettes may have brought Flair's credibility down a little and hastened the downfall of WCW.
Bossman Shows Little Respect
In the midst of the attitude era, the Big Bossman and the Big Show engaged in a feud over the WWF championship. It so happened that Big Show's father had died years earlier and in the minds of WWF writers this would be a charming way to evolve a storyline.
A policeman informed Big Show that his father had died, and it was revealed that he was hired by Bossman. The next week, Bossman smashed the watch Big Show's grandfather had given him.
It gets better still. At the staged funeral, Bossman delivered an impromptu eulogy then chained the casket to his police car and sped away, running over Show leaving him holding on to his father's casket for dear life.
Note to WWE: Never do a storyline that includes crashing a funeral.