WWE: The 50 Most Awkward Storylines in Wrestling History
Awkward is defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary as lacking social grace or insurance or causing embarrassment.
Let's face it.
Pro wrestling promoters make a lot of mistakes.
Sometimes you have to question the intelligence of the creative decisions by any pro wrestling organization.
They cannot always be trusted to make smart and funny decisions.
Someone on that booking stuff just loves jokes about everything from being fat to being dead.
There are many thorns in pro wrestling history which are not entirely equaled by the roses.
For every Rock, there is Santina and Heidenreich.
For every Stone Cold, there is Jillian Hall and Shelton Benjamin's mom.
The following are the moments that were the most disgusting, horrendous, embarrassing, business-destroying and just plain awkward in professional wrestling's long history.
The Hall of Fame Ring
When Hulk Hogan joined TNA, one of his most ridiculous storylines was when he gave his HoF ring to Abyss.
Abyss fell in love with the ring.
He almost worshiped it.
It was just strange and ridiculous.
Jillian Hall the Newest Pop Star
Jillian has had some bad gimmicks in her career.
This one was just hard on the ears.
It wasn't really funny.
My ears hurt when she tries to sing.
Not a good idea by any stretch of the word.
Montreal Screw Job
Things always get awkward when reality blends with pro wrestling.
This was a moment where personal feelings trumped all.
It was confusing at first, but looking back, it was just a bad situation.
Ruining a great career with a ring of a bell.
The spit in the face of McMahon further made this come off badly, and for good reason.
The Fingerpoke of Doom
This was just horrible.
It devalued everything in WCW.
The fact that Nash sold a finger poke to the chest like a "cannonball to the chest" was just bad.
This was supposed to be a World Title match.
It was just strange to watch.
Sting and Hulk Hogan
Yes, this is a current storyline, but it is still awkward.
Sting and Hogan are past their prime.
That has been obvious, especially for Hulk Hogan for a long time.
TNA thought it was a great idea to set up main event matches between these men.
Ric Flair, Sting and Hulk Hogan are very quickly getting worse and worse.
It is made even weirder thanks to Sting's Joker ripoff gimmick, and the fact that he is putting over Hogan as a major threat because he can hit a guy with a steel chair.
This was a horrible moment in WCW history.
It devalued their title to no end.
It was uncomfortable to think about. In fact, it is still uncomfortable to think about.
Why would you ever give a celebrity a World Title?
Randy Orton Uses Mental Illness as an Excuse
This persists to this day.
Apparently, Randy Orton has mental issues, which gives him an excuse to crush anyone and get no retribution.
This blatant use of mental problems is abhorrent.
Billy and Chuck
As if the idea of two men having intimate homosexual relations didn't already rile up enough people, this ended in an even worse way.
Apparently, the two faked the whole thing.
They were never "gay."
Well, that just made the whole situation weirder, especially since WWE had gained GLAAD's support for the angle by originally saying that the two would actually get married.
The Higher Power and the Ministry
The Ministry of Darkness lead by the Undertaker was dark but cool.
However, WWE ruined it by having Vince McMahon become the leader.
Apparently, McMahon actually orchestrated the sacrifices of several people including his own daughter for no particular real reason.
This would have been cool.
It had a nice "shoot" effect to it.
But this was just not the right story to put on WWE.
Matt Hardy had some serious heat against this angle.
He was cheated on, and it was being exploited.
Also, Matt Hardy was crazy (even then), so he overreacted.
It was just too much.
Paul Bearer Buried
Sometimes, the deaths of the Undertaker are cool.
But is it really cool for him to go around murdering others for the heck of it?
The crowd was cheering for this.
That is some sick stuff there.
Mr. McMahon vs. Stephanie McMahon
This was an awkward thing to think about.
A father decides to beat down and abuse his own daughter for disrespecting him.
The whole McMahon family just always seems to set up strange and disturbing angles.
Did anyone really think was funny?
It was a horrible time for WWE Diva division, and it had some horrible moments with Santina trying to act like a girl.
It was unbelievable and strange.
Mr. McMahon Cheats on Stupored Wife
More McMahon family drama.
This was just nasty.
Vince tries to divorce his wife.
She falls into a stupor.
Vince decides to make out with Trish in front of the unmoving Linda McMahon.
It was just not a pretty angle.
David and Ric Flair
In WCW, they decided to have Ric Flair feud with his son, David.
During this feud, David would taser his father, be committed to an asylum and make out with the divas.
Just more family issues that never should have been aired.
Hervina, the Woman's Champion
This is just bad on so many levels.
This guy cross-dressed as a woman and won the Women's Championship.
It is horrible for the title, and the idea of this guy wrestling women is just weird.
Mr. McMahon's KMA Club
One of WWE's longest-running stories that always seems to pop up when McMahon is involved in a storyline, the Mr. McMahon "Kiss My Ass" Club has gained much notoriety.
But why would we ever want to see McMahon drop his pants on national television?
The answer is that we never would.
This has got to be weird for everyone involved, and it also spawned a moment that involved Big Show's own club with one member.
Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett
The ultimate example of TNA thinking it was cool to put together reality and storylines.
Jeff Jarrett becomes romantically involved with Kurt Angle's former wife.
So Dixie Carter, after originally putting Jarrett on a leave of absence for the situation, eventually decided to have him come back and use the angle as a storyline.
The mix of personal life and reality was just bad to watch.
DDP Stalks the Undertaker's Wife
DDP has been good and bad during his time in pro wrestling.
This here was really bad.
DDP would stalk The Undertaker's wife Sara until the Undertaker finally took notice.
It was just a weird angle that made DDP look like a pervert.
The Boogeyman's Worm Fetish
It was less of a single storyline as his whole gimmick, but it needs to be addressed.
Boogeyman ate worms and put them in other people's mouths.
That is not hygienic at all.
Jillian Hall's Face
I have no idea what that thing is on her cheek.
It is disgusting and unnecessary.
It was supposed to make her stand out, but it just made Jillian look strange.
The best part: It was removed by the Boogeyman's mouth.
For about five seconds, he is a funny character.
After that, he is a horrible parody of mental illness.
It is horrible to think of what he represents as he is made to be a complete joke.
Kane's Search for the Truth
While Kane's search for his brother was interesting, it also brought us many uncomfortable moments.
Kane repeatedly kidnapped people.
He would use varieties of scare tactics and unknown violence to get results.
In the end, he was the man behind the attack that threw his own brother into a coma, which made his abductions all the more pointless and uncomfortable.
Mr. McMahon's Illegitimate Son
It had so much potential.
Sure, it was weird that we were parading around that Vince was unfaithful, but let's face it: It had been done many times before.
At one point, reports said that Mr. Kennedy would be Mr. McMahon's son.
In the end, they wasted the entire thing on Hornswoggle.
It was weird to think about, horrible to watch and gave Hornswoggle a big spotlight.
Let's not even try to think about who the mother was, or the fact that Finlay ended up being Hornswoggle's real father.
Mickie James Called Fat
As if mass media wasn't bad enough, WWE joined the fun of showing us all that women need to be toothpicks to be pretty.
Mickie James, who is not at all fat, was called "Piggy James" by Laycool again and again.
It was just another way that WWE showed that it has no sense of its affect on its audience.
This is supposed to be a company that wants to stop bullying, not enforce it.
Zach Gowen was a man with only one leg.
It made him unique and interesting.
He could have used a prosthetic if he wished, but he chose to wrestle without it, usually to add to his appeal.
Gowen himself was a surprisingly good wrestler.
He was agile and had serious athletic ability.
However, when he came to the WWE, he wasn't just an underdog.
He was basically the butt of all of his opponent's jokes.
During his tenure in the WWE, Gowen was beat down, abused and thrown down a flight of stairs all because he was missing a leg. Then he was released.
How's that for anti-bullying?
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler
Everyone remembers this as it is still fresh in our minds.
Just about half a year ago, this feud started.
Cole's wrestling was atrocious, and the antics involved were horrible.
The real problem, though, was the personal issues.
Michael Cole repetitively insulted Lawler's dead mother.
He also brought in a horrible appearance by Lawler's son, Grand Master Sexay.
There were too many issues brought up that no one wanted to know about here.
Jeff Hardy Saga
This may not be a storyline, but it happened on PPV in front of millions.
Jeff Hardy decided to wrestle his match with Sting at TNA's PPV, Victory Road, while severely intoxicated.
TNA decided to let the match happen.
It is all just insane.
Rey Mysterio Becomes Champion Thanks to Eddie
At first, this was an honorable and heart-warming thing to see as Rey finally won the World Title.
However, as time progressed, Rey kept using Eddie's legacy to his advantage.
It gained him popularity and success.
Chavo and Rey fought over this for a while with Vickie Guerrero also involved.
It was just blatant use of Eddie's legacy.
While it may have looked happy from the outside, it was disturbing when you really began looking at it.
Angle Wants to Have Beasty Hottie Sex with Sharmell
Kurt Angle was feuding with Booker T when he decided he wanted to get physical with Booker T's wife.
This feud turned horribly wrong from that point on.
He was quoted as saying he wanted to have "beastly hottie sex" with Sharmell.
It was pretty horrible to watch.
Mass Transit Incident
ECW has crossed the line on many occasions.
This was one of the worst.
ECW had lost a man for a tag match they had planned, and a 17-year old boy named Eric Kulas, who looked much older and lied about his age, convinced them to let him wrestle.
He was squashed and bled profusely.
It was disturbing and a horrible decision by ECW.
They paid for it for a while afterward.
This angle actually includes credible stars in Rey Mysterio and the late Eddie Guerrero.
That does not change how bad it was to watch.
Supposedly, Eddie was the real father of Rey's son Dominick.
That lead to them fighting over custody of the boy in a WWE ladder match.
I felt so sorry for the kid to even have to deal with the angle at all.
Edge Gets Kane to Kill His Father
This storyline was supposed to be about Edge getting the better of the bad guy Kane.
Instead, it was about Edge kidnapping Kane's father and torturing him.
He would eventually cause Kane to kill his own father.
That is extremely twisted.
I will never understand why Vince McMahon hates JR so much.
He uses every opportunity to humiliate or make fun of the great WWE commentator.
When JR was having medical problems, McMahon decided to use the time to make fun of JR's weight.
He would have a mock-surgery on JR.
The moment was rife with fat jokes to no end.
It was despicable and hard to watch.
Big Boss Man Uses Big Show's Father's Death
So Big Show's father is terminally ill.
Sounds like a storyline to exploit!
His dad dies.
That means there is even more to work with!
Big Boss Man and Big Show feuded for quite a while around the real death of Big Show's dad.
Some people in this business may not have hearts.
If anyone disliked JR as much as Vince McMahon, it might have been Vince Russo.
In his brilliant mind, he thought up a way to make fun of JR while he wrote for WCW.
He had Ed Ferrara (who apparently also disliked JR) play the gimmick of basically being JR.
The worst part: one day, they decided it would be a great idea to make fun of JR's real Bell's palsy.
Wow, mature and ingenious!
Al Snow Eats Pepper
For a long time, Al Snow had Head to "talk" to him, but one day that all changed.
Head was replaced by Pepper, a chihuahua.
While he was cute, he did not last long.
Big Boss Man would kidnap the dog and dine with Al Snow.
Unknowingly, Al Snow would eat a meal of Pepper thanks to Big Boss Man.
It would lead to an even more awkward moment for the audience as the two would compete in a Kennel From Hell match which was just horrible to witness.
Animal cruelty and animal defecation. Joy!
Muhammad Hassan and the Undertaker
This was one of the biggest mistakes by WWE in its history.
It took a great star in Hassan and destroyed him with one segment.
The Undertaker was beating down Daivari, who was Hassan's manager at the time, when Hassan decided to pray for thugs to help him.
Five guys with ski masks came out and beat down the Undertaker.
As if it wasn't awkward at first, this episode would air right after the Al Quaida terrorist attacks on downtown London.
That put the final nail in the coffin for this idea and destroyed a possible star.
Rowdy Roddy Piper and Goldust
Goldust has had a strange run in WWE.
However, nothing is stranger than watching this fighting between Roddy Piper and Goldust.
During the match, Goldust would attempt and successfully kiss Piper along with being stripped to the point where he was only wearing women's lingerie.
It was strange and disturbing.
Val Venis and Kaientai
They say a picture speaks a thousand words.
I would agree in this case, so I will only explain a bit more.
Val Venis, at the time, was supposed to be a playboy.
During a feud with a stable named Kaientai, Venis apparently slept with a young women who was the wife of stable's manager named Wally Yamagauchi.
Needless to say they were mad and decided to castrate Venis for what he did.
Somehow, he came out perfectly fine at the end of it all.
Heidenreich Has His Way with Michael Cole
This is just messed up on so many levels.
Heidenreich was a crazy superstar who decided one day that he wanted to "study" Michael Cole personally.
He kidnapped Cole and had his way with him.
You can make many inferences of what happened, but there are obvious allusions here.
It sort of makes you pity Cole even today.
Hawk Commits Suicide
During a strange time in the WWF, Hawk was supposedly booked as being drunk or on drugs.
He would fail to make matches again and again.
Eventually, he would jump off the titantron.
It was a horrible play to try and gain controversy and led to the Legion of Doom leaving the company.
Snitsky Kills a Baby
So earlier there was talk about the saga between Matt Hardy and Lita.
Well, Lita's love triangles actually reached all the way over to Kane.
In a bizarre turn of events, Lita's "services" were won by Kane.
In fact, the two almost had a baby through what was implied to be sexual assault.
But WWE decided, in its great wisdom, to have Snitsky cause Lita to miscarriage.
What makes this story even worse is that Snitsky would try to say he was sorry for the attack later.
Followed by him kicking a "baby" into the WWE crowd.
This whole angle was just a bad idea.
Dawn Marie and Torrie Wilson's Father
Dawn Marie "falls in love" with Torrie Wilson's much older father, Al Wilson.
The two get married, and Torrie's father dies of having too much sex.
Sure, some fans may remember the Torrie Wilson/Dawn Marie hotel scene from this, but that is the only thing that came out of this wretched idea.
It was just wrong in so many ways.
Just FYI, they are in their underwear here as they get married.
Mae Young, Mark Henry and a Baby
This is disgusting to even think about.
Mark Henry and Mae Young were in a romantic relationship.
That is awkward by itself.
Then they decided to have Young give birth to a...hand.
It was disgusting and strange. Not sure why it ever happened.
Vince McMahon Dies
It wasn't a bad idea, but it is close to the epitome of an awkward situation.
Vince McMahon "died" in a sudden limo explosion at the end of Monday Night Raw in 2007.
The moment was big and garnered a large amount of media coverage, but it never went anywhere.
A three-hour Raw was planned that would be a memorial for Vince.
It never happened.
Two words: Chris Benoit.
His death would come the weekend following Vince's "death."
Needless to say, plans changed fast.
Mr. McMahon vs. God
Some say that church and state should remain separate.
Well, Mr. McMahon thought that religion and WWE go hand in hand.
In fact, Mr. McMahon challenged Shawn Michaels to a tag team match.
Mr. McMahon and Shane McMahon vs. Shawn Michaels and God!
Now that is entertainment.
During the build up here, McMahon made fun of every facet of religion, and the WWE even acted as though the match wasn't a handicap match with God being portrayed as an overhead light in the promotional pictures for the match until it started.
With the religious sentiment in the world today, I am surprised McMahon did not get in serious political trouble for this.
The Suicide Watch
So the WWE had a great idea one day.
While figuring out storylines, they thought up a "hilarious" idea.
Let's film a man who attempts to kill himself.
Needless to say, watching Tim White, former WWE referee, try to kill himself was not funny.
It was ridiculous and disturbing.
It is hard to imagine that anyone thought this extremely serious real-world issue was worthy of comedic music and a regular spotlight.
This is a moment that WWE will never live down.
No matter how much they try to move on, Triple H and Kane were still involved with this angle.
For those who don't know, Triple H was feuding with Kane at the time when he decided it would be a great idea to make fun of Kane.
How did he do make fun of Kane?
He decided it would be hilarious to portray Kane having sex with his dead girlfriend's (Katie Vick) corpse.
So, on national television, Triple H simulated necrophilia.
If you're wondering, the guy responsible for this story, Brian Gewirtz, is now the Senior Vice President of Creative Writing in WWE.
So maybe Vince thought this angle was hilarious.
The Crucifixion of the Sandman
This was so bad that the entire audience was offended.
ECW decided that would be edgy to have Raven, who was in a feud with the Sandman, actually crucify Sandman in front of the audience.
It was the most sacrilegious incident in professional wrestling.
It was so bad that the actors involved had to openly apologize for it.
Pro wrestling carries many mistakes on it shoulders.
Every major pro wrestling organization has at one time or another made some horrible mistakes.
However, we all hope that it leads them to more success as they learn from each one.
Did I miss any moments?
Did you think these were all awkward socially and/or business-wise?