Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks for what you have and surrounding yourself with friends and family to celebrate. It does turn into a holiday for embarrassing moments to happen. Especially in pro wrestling. Thanksgiving never seems to go perfectly. Turkey and stuffing goes flying as the video camera rolls and causes a regrettable statement to go viral. Embarrassing moments in wrestling never get forgotten. They are often seen by millions from the very beginning and are always revered as one of those "did that just happen?" moments.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, huddle around the computer and watch these 20 embarrassing things said in pro wrestling history. If any of these things are said around your dining room table during the turkey dinner, my condolences.
There may not be any basketball right now, but Dave Batista does us a favor by making sure we know how the athletic balls feel about grudges. The context to this statement was Batista in a feud with The Great Khali. This was around the time where Khali's vice grip submission was out in full display. The former world champion showed his strength off by putting a vice grip on a basketball and popping it.
Here's a news flash for Batista is not a basketball. It isn't because he holds a grudge and the ball doesn't. A basketball is full off hot air, it is a bright color and seems to be inflated with a lot of air. Then again, maybe Batista is a basketball.
CM Punk is often pretty level-headed. When he's working a match, he tries his best to keep things moving pretty smoothly. What makes him one of the best in the wrestling world today is that he seems to rarely show actual pain.
This is usually case except for one night on ECW, when Punk faced Elijah Burke. Burke drove an elbow into Punk's back and Punk couldn't help but show his pain. The embarrassing thing is that Punk was right by a camera, who could show his face and hear his pain...literally.
Bobby Lashley was always a very strong wrestler, but not very strong with a microphone in his hand. Lashley's downfall was that he was forced to show some emotion in order to be a superstar. Not even WWE could market him well, attempting to say he was "hard hitting", yet "soft spoken."
One of Lashley's legendary moments was during his feud with Finlay, where he refers to the Irishman as a bastard. However, due to Lashley's inability to work out his mouth well enough, it sounded a lot more like "bathturd." I don't know what a "bathturd" is. Well, I do. I just don't want to think about it.
It's a good thing that we had Batista to clear this one up. We knew that he had an upcoming match where weapons were welcomed into the match. Millions of wrestling fans were confused. The weapons were not only welcomed, but are they were allowed as well.
Batista knew the answer and was able to let us all know. A sigh of relief was felt all around.
When throwing out an insult, some superstars will try to be witty and seem clever. For CM Punk, that wit comes naturally. Sometimes, though, Punk doesn't need to use it and goes directly to the insulting.
At a house show, Punk did just that. Punk literally told a male fan "you have a vagina." The people at GLAAD got a hold of this video and were not too thrilled about this. Punk has since apologized for this.
Batista makes his third appearance on this list after this clip grew into a life of its own.
As Batista turned heel in the final months of his career, The Animal snapped and took out his frustration on his friend, Rey Mysterio. Well, maybe Mysterio wasn't his friend. He was supposed to be anyway, according to Batista. And he wasn't. Therefore, he could get yelled at and thrown around. Seems fair.
You may have seen Batista a few times so far, but here is the start of Scott Steiner's time on the list. Steiner has always been outspoken and is a legend for saying the absolute wrong thing at the wrong time. On a mixed tag match on RAW, Steiner teamed with Stacy Kiebler to take on Miss Jackie and Rico. Steiner started the match with Rico, only to have Rico tag in Miss Jackie.
Jackie couldn't wrestle Big Poppa Pump, forcing Steiner to tag in Kiebler. Before he does so, Steiner asks Jackie a question that I won't repeat. Just listen for yourself. Make sure to keep in mind that Steiner's glimpse to his groin has something to do with it.
There isn't a list of embarrassing statements in wrestling without Ahmed Johnson. The Don Vito of wrestling, Ahmed has been so difficult to figure out. His real promos are probably not too funny, but we know they aren't too coherent. Therefore, the made-up words are just that much better. Besides, the made-up words might actually be pretty accurate.
At New Year's Revolution, Kurt Angle decided to literally say anything bad. He was anti-American, referred to African-Americans as "the black people" and mentioned Jesus in this promo. That is all because Angle knew that the fans would cheer him no matter what he said or did because of how great he was.
The message is understandable, but we could have done without some of the points made.
Especially with the recent Penn State and Syracuse scandals, this statement has some added meaning. This is JR's version of Gus Johnson's "getting away from the cops' speed."
Wrestling for CSWF, Lex Luger was just plain angry. What made it worse is that he seemed to take it out on the t-shirt. It's not the shirt's fault, Lex. You need to simmer down a little bit. For me, anyway, this is one of the more memorable moments for Lex Luger. There's another one on this list.
Spots in a match are extremely important. Miss your mark and you could be in for some embarrassment.
During Eddie Guerrero's ladder match with Rey Mysterio at SummerSlam with Rey's son's custody on the line (seriously), Vickie was supposed to appear and stop Eddie from winning. She wasn't there when she needed to be, so Eddie and Rey needed to improvise. They did, and the bumps hurt, which didn't make Eddie very happy. Minutes later, they tried it again, and Vickie came out that time.
This is considered one of the more epic fails in WrestleMania promo history. Not only did the microphone cut out, but Kevin Nash had to talk. Diesel was the WWF Champion at the time, which would make any guy happy. That didn't seem to be good enough, as it almost looked like the guy behind the camera told Nash to amp up his attitude. It was just plain awkward and very laughable. It's hard to believe this guy acted in movies.
Lex Luger is just so smooth on the microphone, so you knew that WCW would be looking for his services. He made sure to impress in this promo, until he said W17. I still don't know what it was for. My best guess is that there's an odd version of bingo being played in the back.
It's that time of the list. It's NXT time. Let's begin with Eli Cottonwood's riveting speech about mustaches. I felt bad when Cottonwood had to speak on such an awful topic, but his explanation was just plain bad. At first, he doesn't have a mustache, which he actually does. Then, Cottonwood says that if he did, he would have the best one because he was a man. Well, Eli, you are eliminated, so grow a mustache. After all, it is "Movember."
Vince McMahon has done a lot of interesting things over the years with his wrestling promotion. It's easy to get carried away and think you can do or say whatever you want. That's why Vinny Mac gets treated with kid gloves on this one, but it is still one of those things that you look at with a baffled look. Booker T had the right idea.
Oh, Sid Vicious. You make me feel half stupid, or half smart. I'm just plain confused at this point, but so is he. I think that he's twice as confused as I am, though.
There were a few mistakes in this segment. One of them was having Kaval win NXT Season 2 without having a direction for him.
Another was giving Michael McGillicutty a microphone.
McGillicutty had to know that he was doing a bad job, but he never quite got the hang of the whole "stopping while you are already behind" belief. This was hard to watch. WWE fans may hope that this wasn't during the time of NXT being on television, but sadly it was.
Big exams are coming up after Thanksgiving, so if you need some help with your math skills, Scott Steiner can be your tutor.
Just follow his logic in explaining his chances at TNA Sacrifice. Soon, you too will believe that he has over 100 percent of a chance to win. Just so you know, he didn't win. Must have had a problem in the calculations.
This is the embarrassing moment of all embarrassing moments.
In the heat of the moment, Booker T, still a member of Harlem Heat, was talking about going after Hulk Hogan. He then spouted off the dreaded "N-word" but immediately regretted it. The clip is still played often and is remembered as one of the major mistakes in wrestling history.