I'm usually a sucker for odd things in general. It's just how my mind works.
Whether it's corny or creepy, there are just some things that will forever stick out in my mind.
Movies such as Clockwork Orange and the like tend to be high on my list for entertainment value. Other times, it's simply just bad films like Jaws 4: The Revenge and BloodRayne just for kicks.
And yes, I even enjoy Caddyshack 2.
The WWE (and its previous incarnation as the WWF) has produced its share of corny, odd or outright strange segments that no amount of mind bleach can wipe away.
As such, when the "powers that be" sent out a list of stories they wanted to see done, I couldn't resist.
Some of these videos may not be safe for work due to strong language, so be advised. Also, this isn't meant to be entirely inclusive. It's simply some of the strangest bits of TV I remember watching.
With that out of the way, let's go.
We'll need to get the most obvious out of the way. Feel free to hit the video here, but view at your own discretion.
It was 2002 and the WWE was in a bit of a nose dive. The "Monday Night Wars" were over and the WWF stood at the very top of the world.
However, like all sports, it needed to continually reinvent itself to stay relevant. The Attitude Era began transitioning towards to the Ruthless Aggression Era.
With ratings slowly slipping and angles becoming stale, the WWF sought to do what it did best at the time—create controversy.
The story began when Triple H attacked Kane, said he knew Kane's dark secret and asked him if he remembered Katie Vick.
Then, he revealed Kane was a murderer!
Kane came out the next week to tell a tale involving alcohol and an accident that left his girlfriend, Katie, dead. The week after that, Triple H produced a video.
Long story short, a guy wearing Kane's mask and a t-shirt, whom was obviously Triple H, broke into a funeral parlor.
After some horrifyingly bad jokes, Trips decided to "lay the wood" to a mannequin decked out in a cheerleader outfit that was resting in a casket.
The climax of the whole scene was when Trips grabbed some goo, saying he "screwed her brains out."
The entire angle resulted in a casket match, which, with some help from Shawn Michaels, Kane won by slamming the door on Triple H and the angle in general.
Triple H talked about this angle a bit ago and if he ever questioned it. He simply stated, in reference to the whole thing, "What are we doing?"
We all asked the same thing. The notorious segment where Trips has sex with the mannequin stands out as one of the weirdest the WWE has ever done.
Tuesday Night Titans was a skit show put on by the WWE during the mid-1980s. The show was based on the proverbial late-night talk show format, which featured Vince McMahon doing interviews with various wrestlers in character.
The show had a number of the skits as well, of which this tends to the be among the most infamous. Anytime we get to see the Fabulous Moolah dressed as a call girl and Mr. Fuji wearing Old West garb, it's truly an odd experience.
For the record, yes, I am old enough to remember watching this stuff when I was a kid.
This wasn't one of Vince's prouder moments, but the man is an entertainer.
It was 1987 during one of the boom times of professional wrestling.
The year prior, the WWE had decided to create the Slammy Awards. The next year, the 37th Annual Slammy Awards produced this segment.
Needless to say, Vince coming out and doing his best karaoke while Hogan is tooling around on a guitar is weird in any day and age.
This particular segment has been repeatedly lampooned by the WWE over the years.
Vince takes it on the chin because it's good for business. Let it never be said he doesn't know how to laugh at himself.
This is one of the few times the WWE ever needed to apologize for anything.
Steve Austin and Brian Pillman were in the midst of a heated feud, which led to Brian getting injured.
Austin threatened to break inside Pillman's home. Pillman produced a gun on TV (which USA Network was never notified about) and dropped an "F bomb" on TV.
Austin broke in, Pillman pointed the gun and the screen faded to black.
After the scene resumed, Austin was being dragged away while Pillman was threatening to kill him.
The entire incident was a giant mess and was weird even for the burgeoning Attitude Era. Both Vince and Pillman apologized to the network for the scene.
Pillman died later that year due to natural causes.
All in all, it was just a very odd segment with odd consequences.
I tend to think psychotic priest has wonderful potential as a wrestling gimmick. But when the wrestler has a worse lisp than Jack Swagger, it comes off as just kooky.
The WWE had high hopes for Kevin Fertig and the Mordecai character. It seems natural a feud with The Undertaker was planned when you think about the characters involved.
However, Fertig never really took hold amongst the fans and the gimmick eventually washed away.
This promo spot, however, remains one of the oddest the WWE has ever produced. Fertig's pronounced lisp while decked out in religious garb taking pot shots at Eddie Guerrero is just plain weird.
Just watch the video. It pretty much speaks for itself.
Let's move on.
I remember watching this as a kid and being utterly appalled. Now, it's just hilarious.
Earthquake (real name, John Tenta) was in the middle of a feud with Jake 'The Snake" Roberts.
Jake used to scare his opponents by breaking out a snake named Damien in the middle of the ring whenever he felt it was appropriate or simply needed to clear the ring.
Earthquake decided to turn the tables on Jake and off his beloved pet snake. The result is what you see in the video. For being the family-friendly affair it was in those days, this was shocking to say the least.
Tenta, before his death, recalled this particular segment with some fondness, remembering that the contents of the bag being crushed was simply pantyhose filled with hamburger.
I wanted to stay away from pay-per-view spots for this article, but I needed to make an exception for this one.
The story goes that Undertaker needed to take some time off. He had been on tour for quite a while without so much as a break.
At the 1994 Royal Rumble, he was scheduled to face Yokozuna in a casket match. After a majority of the heels came down to assist Yokozuna in getting The Undertaker into the casket, the scene above happened.
For what it's worth, it was simply a hammy way to go about it. Little-used Marty Jannetty was the one raised to the sky.
The entire thing was just odd.
Due to the fact there is a bare butt involved, you can click the video here. Of course, it may not be safe for work due to that.
Val Venis was in the midst of a feud with Kaientai, whom was managed by Wally Yamaguchi. Val, being the porn star he was, decided to sleep with Wally's wife.
This naturally made Yamaguchi angry and he vowed revenge, as all managers do.
This vow went so far that it spawned the single greatest sentence ever uttered in the WWE. Check the video for the context.
All this culminated in the winning segment. Val got jumped by members of Kaientai. Security broke in to find Val strung up, as seen in the picture, while Wally is bringing a katana down presumably across the Venis's penis.
Just as the sword begins its downward thrust, the screen fades to black.
Venis immediately reappeared on TV, noting he was saved by "a little shrinkage" and some help from John Wayne Bobbitt. No, I'm not kidding.
Back around 1990, the Ultimate Warrior was engaged in a feud with everyone's favorite dead man. As a result of being put into a casket that was nailed shut, Warrior decided he needed knowledge of how "the dark side" worked.
This led to a series of vignettes which were labeled "training sessions."
Roberts locked Warrior in another coffin and buried him alive. Warrior uttered some brilliant lines during these segments, including, "Bury me, snake man!" Classic.
The final session, seen here, involved Warrior being locked in a room full of snakes. Roberts egged Warrior to open a box, which revealed a cobra. A plastic one at that.
Warrior was bit in the face by the cobra, which led to him being in a weakened state.
Jake, during the last session, revealed he was working with The Undertaker and Paul Bearer. He left off with the line, "Never trust a snake."
The snakes alone make the segment odd, but the revelation was a nice touch.
This was to lead to a feud between Roberts and Warrior. However, Warrior left the WWF over a pay dispute not too long after this segment took place.
Anytime Ultimate Warrior cut a promo, it was bound to be equal parts incoherent, awesome and odd.
To me, this stands out as his finest example. I'll let this speak for itself.
In 1999, Big Show and Big Bossman were in the midst of a feud that culminated at Armageddon that year.
During a showing of SmackDown, they did a skit where Big Show was at his father's funeral (in truth, his father had passed on a few years earlier).
Big Bossman, being the evil cad he was, ruined the whole thing. The former Georgia State Prison guard hooked up a coffin to his car and drove off.
Big Show, being the face of the feud, tried to save his father's eternal bed, only to produce one of the oddest segments ever on a WWE television program.
The scene with Big Show riding astride the coffin earned the No. 10 spot in the WWE's Top 50 "OMG" moments.
For me, the whole segment was just weird and silly.
I debated whether to add this. Given the entire uniqueness of the segment, it does deserve a spot.
In what became the climax of the power struggle between Laurinaitis and Triple H, nearly the entire roster (save for guys like Cena, Punk, Sheamus and Orton) walked out on Triple H and refused to perform while Triple H remained in charge.
During the segment, Triple H laid out some strong points about his reign as the Raw general manager. Various talents, including Phoenix, Barrett and Lawler, stated their cases, though they came off as weak.
In retrospect, the segment was a great gambit and achieved its purpose (Raw saw a good boost in ratings the next week). The conclusion couldn't live up to its promise, however.
Triple H was relieved of his duties the week after the segment and Raw resumed its normal course.
For its audacity and unique approach, it deserves a spot on this list.
The idea of Scott Steiner debating anyone in an elegant fashion is lot like being a fan of Wile E. Coyote. You hope for the best but expect him to just get blown up.
During Big Poppa Pump's run in the WWE, he was challenged by Chris Nowitski to a great debate that was to discuss the great issues of our time.
The idea of Steiner in any sort of debate is ludicrous. The fact the kayfabe duration of the debate was three hours didn't help matters.
More or less, it resulted in a stereotypical beat down. Regardless, I'm sure "Team America" stood proud.
The Great Limo Explosion was intended to write Vince off TV for a while. During a span of a month, Vince McMahon was giving his money in an attempt to boost ratings for Raw.
After the idea ran its course, Vince concocted an idea to write his character off TV for a while. After Raw, McMahon was sauntering around and got into this limo.
The limo exploded after Vince entered. The segment was supposed to begin a "Whodunnit" story.
However, the entire angle was derailed due to the Benoit murder-suicide.
As such, this is one the few aborted angles that wasn't the WWE's fault. Regardless, it remains a definite footnote in the annals of WWE television history.
I tend to think Henry's current title reign is partially an apology for this segment.
Suffice to say, Mark was in the middle of his "Sexual Chocolate" gimmick.
The entire angle was seemingly done on the fly, which resulted in Henry hooking up with WWE trooper Mae Young.
A frolic in the sack resulted in the segment above. Bonus points for Mae smoking the cigar during the entire fiasco.
In my eyes, Raven was always one of the most underrated talents to grace the ring. A master of nearly every aspect of wrestling, one of his most underrated abilities was simply to ham it up.
During his run in the WWE, Perry Saturn's character snapped. He began wearing a dress to the ring and began seeing a mop named "Moppy."
After spurning the affections of Terri Runnels, Moppy met her ultimate demise at the hands of the dastardly Raven as seen in the video.
If Stanley Spadowski is happening to read this, you may want to turn away.
The Ultimate Warrior was always good for a fun segment.
While feuding with Papa Shango, Warrior received a curse which led to random bleeding and general feelings of unease.
This segment stands out as the best of a series of spots, simply due to how Warrior sold the vomiting and the expression of one of the medical assistants.
For a while in Al Snow's run in the WWE, he brought a chihuahua to the ring named Pepper.
In the midst of a feud with Big Bossman (who just seems so good for these segments), the evil prison guard kidnapped the dog to further the story line.
What resulted was this scene. Just watch it and you'll get the idea.
Incidentally, this feud resulted in the infamous "Kennel from Hell" match that must be watched to be believed.
The object of universal loathing form Internet fans, Hornswoggle was ever a thorn. If you want to watch WWE programming, you are gong to get the leprechaun.
There are many times when the IWC wished the little guy would be written off TV forever.
However, just like rain is wet, some things have to be tolerated.
This was probably the penultimate source of that hatred. Rumors were cropping up backstage that Vince had an illegitimate son and that he was a current wrestler in the WWE.
That resulted in this segment.
This also led a long story line where Finlay protected the little guy, which became the source of many a corny joke and segment.
Watch the video. Think about what he's trying to say.
While the idea of a "carnie" character has possibilities, Kizarny never really established himself. I tend to think vignettes like this are partially to blame.
Let's move on.
During the height of the Attitude Era, there was little the WWE would not do for the sake of the story line.
In April 1999, the Undertaker kidnapped Stephanie and held her ransom for control of the WWE. Vince turned to the one man he knew would get the job done—"Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
Stephanie was brought out to the ring strapped the Undertaker's symbol. Various talents ran in to try and stop the pending marriage, but to no avail. Once Austin hit the ring, all hell broke loose.
The entire idea of Stephanie marrying the dead man is odd, but Paul Bearer conducting the ceremony in only the way he could with lighting that would make Sin Cara proud made the experience all the more weird.
A few weeks after the marriage ceremony, we were left with the revealing of the "Higher Power" story line. Watching the video, JR's commentary pretty much sums up the segment.
The "Corporate Ministry" story line promised to reveal the "Higher Power" behind the whole angle. The issue was there were no new debuts at the time to really fuel the angle.
Vince was left as the only person who could potentially fill the role.
Vince's explanation left audiences groaning and shaking their heads and only heightened the oddness of the segment. If not stupidity.
In 2001, the Attitude Era was drawing down and Austin was in the midst of a heel turn after teaming with Vince to defeat The Rock at WrestleMania.
During the build to King Of The Ring, the WWE was dealing with a depleted talent pool. Triple H injured his quad during a Raw main event and the angle between Austin and Triple H versus The Brothers of Destruction had run its course.
During this time, both Jericho and Benoit were receiving their first real main-event pushes.
The WWE creative team relied heavily on Austin during this period. During one show, what can only be described as the "creepiest hug" in WWE history took place.
Around this time is also the beginning of the infamous "What?" chant, due to Austin being in full-blown psycho mode at this point.
The vacancy in Austin's eyes seals the deal.
While on creepy, the 2009 "Despicable Me" Slammy Award went to Punk for this segment.
The build toward a Punk versus Mysterio match revolved around Rey not wanting the match. Punk, egging Mysterio to accept the match, embarrassed his daughter while pulling off his own vacant psycho look as well.
Incredibly creepy and odd for the WWE in the PG Era.
Thanks for reading! Was there a segment left off this list? Feel free to leave your comments below.