Wrestling's 10 Funniest, Most Ridiculous Interview Bloopers Ever
Throughout the history of wrestling, performers are prone to having an off-night here and there, especially on the microphone.
The superstars of professional wrestling are combatants first and foremost, so it doesn't seem counterintuitive they would falter when giving interviews.
Most wrestlers allow their actions to speak louder than words, opting to clothesline or clobber their adversaries in lieu of discourse.
Thus, when someone like Steve Austin, The Rock, Chris Jericho or even CM Punk pops up, we pay attention because they represent the antithesis of the norm.
Unfortunately, the majority of wrestlers struggle to memorize their lines, deliver them on cue or utter a string of sentences in such a way that not only makes sense, but doesn't have observers shaking their heads in disbelief.
Sometimes, wrestlers rise to the occasion to become passable if not compelling speakers, but when they fall short of the mark, their verbal mistakes become chronicled for the rest of eternity on YouTube.
Let's look at wrestling's most outlandish interview bloopers.
The British Bulldog Is...
When a WWF cameraman caught up to the British Bulldog arriving at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio before the 1997 Royal Rumble, the late European Champion rationalizes as to why nobody but him will win the 30-man match (click here to watch it).
Davey Boy Smith believes he'll reign victorious because he's had a history of participating in the match. According to him, it's his time to finally "remake history."
And why does the British Bulldog believe this is the case?
Because he's "bizarre."
Suffice to say, Davey Boy Smith was probably thinking of a different word to back up his claims. Proper word choice isn't always an effortless pursuit, especially when you're live on-air.
Lex Luger Loses It
A handful of years ago, Lex Luger was in the independent scene, wrestling a few matches for NWA Cyberspace. Following a conflict in the ring, an interviewer gets an impromptu interview with "The Total Package"; however, the promo doesn't go as planned (click here to watch it).
Luger immediately seems out of it, incapable of properly pronouncing the word "despicable." To make matters worse, he can't even name the event where he would be wrestling Ron Killings (R-Truth).
Frustrated with his poor oratory skills, Luger attempts to take off his shirt, but is unable to. This prompts him to criticize the size of the garment ("it's too small") and go off on a tirade against the allegedly thrifty promoter.
Completely disgusted with himself at that point, Luger storms off, leaving the interviewer to chuckle at the horror of it all.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the former WCW champion was not in the right emotional state to give an interview.
Hawk Accidentally Interrupts Vader's Interview
During the pre-show of a WWF pay-per-view in early 1998, Vader was being interviewed by whom many consider to be the original diva—Sunny. However, mid-way through the promo, the late Hawk briefly steps into the picture before quickly realizing his error (click here to watch it).
It's one of those "pay close attention or you'll miss it" moments. The blunder happens and ends between the 10 and 11-second mark when Hawk enters through a door only to exit through it immediately afterwards.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a wrestler who has such quick reflexes. On that day, Hawk showed the wrestling world that he was a consummate professional, despite his bad timing.
Booker T Spills the N-Word
During his tenure as one-half of the Harlem Heat tag team, Booker T, Stevie Ray and the late Sherri Martel did an interview with "Mean" Gene Okerlund that will go down in wrestling infamy (click here to watch it).
Booker T does the majority of the talking, presumably to hype up a tag match with two other WCW superstars.
Fired up, the six-time world champion affirms that after he and his brother defeat Lex Luger and The Giant, they're "coming for the gold, sucka."
Suddenly, out of the blue, Booker T goes off on a tangent: "And Hulk Hogan, we comin' for you, n****"
Not even a millisecond later as if to say "my bad," Booker T hides his face in the palms of his hands.
Simply put, this incident is an example of getting a little too caught up in the moment.
Vince McMahon Doesn't Know the Name of His Company
On at least two occasions in the last few years, Vince McMahon has referred to his company, the WWE, as either the "World Wrestling Federation" or the "WWF."
Certainly, his company used to be called that up until the spring of 2002 when the World Wildlife Fund took McMahon to court, wrangling away the prized initials.
Since then McMahon—more appropriately his subconscious mind—has shown an inability to move on.
For instance, during an interview with ESPN in May 2009 (click here to watch it at the 57-second mark)—in the midst of lambasting the owner of the Pepsi Arena in Denver for double-booking Raw and a Denver Nuggets playoff game on the same Monday night—the WWE Chairman mistakenly refers to his organization as the "World Wrestling Federation."
Furthermore, this past year, McMahon made a similar mistake when he unceremoniously halted a Miz-Rey Mysterio match for the WWE championship (click here to watch it).
Nine years after the WWF/WWE ruling, McMahon assures Mysterio that he "won't deny him the opportunity to become the 'WWF' champion."
Obviously, the missing "F" haunts "Vinnie Mac" to this day.
Mean Gene Drops the F-Bomb
Mid-way through the SummerSlam 1989 Pay-Per-View broadcast, Tony Schiavone and Jesse Ventura alerted viewers that the legendary interviewer, Gene Okerlund, is "standing by with 'Ravishing' Rick Rude and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan" (click here to watch it).
Just as the camera cuts to Okerlund, who is ready to conduct the backstage interview, the SummerSlam placard behind him spontaneously falls to the floor.
Mid-sentence, the undoubtedly distraught Okerlund shouts, "f*** it," refusing to continue with the segment.
The camera dissolves back to the arena where Ventura tries to make sense of it, alluding to certain people "chasing Okerlund down" and that "it was about time someone (something) interrupted him."
It goes without saying "Mean Gene's" less than nice outburst was edited out of the subsequent home video release.
Hulk Hogan Has Trouble Remembering Saddam Hussein's Name
At the 1991 Royal Rumble, following the Ultimate Warrior's defeat to Sgt. Slaughter, "Mean Gene" Okerlund presided over a backstage interview with "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan (click here to watch it).
Hogan wasn't obviously too pleased about Slaughter "stealing" the WWF title, but once Okerlund apprises him of a rumor that the Iraqi-sympathizer "defaced the American flag," Hogan flies off the rails.
As a rush of indignation courses through his veins, Hogan tries to compare Slaughter's reign to Saddam Hussein's, but the name of the former Iraqi dictator eludes him.
After a seemingly interminable pause, Hogan assuredly proclaims how "Slaughter's reign is going to be a temporary one like Sudan Hussein's reign over in Kuwait, brother."
It's quite challenging to stop a man's reign of terror when you don't even know his name.
Unfortunately, Hussein would go on to rule for another 15 years.
Sid Vicious: A Man and His Brain
In the late 1990s, on an episode of Monday Nitro, Sid Vicious made himself look like a blithering idiot to millions of wrestling fans worldwide (click here to watch it).
Vicious, who is on the entrance ramp, decides to give Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, who are standing in the ring, a piece of his mind.
Attempting to dress down two of the founding fathers of the NWO, "Psycho" Sid rambles on:
"You're only half the man that I am...and I have half the brain that you do!"
To any critical thinker, there is nothing wrong with the first part of his sentence, but the latter only serves to undermine the speaker.
For all intents and purposes, Sid probably didn't mean to insinuate that he was missing a large chunk of his brain; it was likely just a case of short-lived dyslexia.
The comment didn't go unnoticed by Hall and Nash, either, who both broke character by laughing uncontrollably at the former WWF and WCW champion's folly.
Hulk Hogan Is Unable to Properly Convey His Thoughts to Vince McMahon
About seven to eight years ago on an episode of WWE SmackDown, Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan had a duel on the microphone (click here to watch it).
On that particular night, however, no matter how hard "The Hulkster" tried, his words just wouldn't flow.
With a burdensome batch of phlegm in the back of his throat, Hogan more or less argues that there would no WWF/E without "Hulkamania."
McMahon rejoinders that "anybody could've played the part of Hulk Hogan," which draws out the ire of the red and yellow icon.
The anger essentially blows up in Hogan's face, however, because he proceeds to go right into a tailspin (at the 1:33 mark of the video):
"If you actually think I was just the right guy at the right place—at the wrong—at the right time. Let me say it one more time...if you actually think I was the right—gay—guy at the right time then you're a bigger delusional b****** than I thought you were, McMahon."
The hilarity doesn't end there, as Hogan is unable to recall a "match" he had with McMahon before halting in the middle of his yammering as if to capitulate his attempt at getting the message across.
Perhaps it's just a coincidence, but maybe Linda Hogan just recently accused her ex-husband of being "gay" on account of this particular "admission."
Every Scott Steiner Promo
Sometimes the wrestling world comes across individuals who cannot for the life of themselves cut an intelligible promo.
Scott Steiner is the epitome of a wrestler who, no matter how hard he tries, sprays a concoction of gibberish and poorly enunciated swear words into the microphone (click here to watch a montage of his greatest hits).
From his WCW and WWF/E days, to his current stay in TNA, Scott Steiner's lips have always moved one step or two ahead of his brain.
That's okay, though, because at the end of the day, Scott Steiner makes his "point" by using his obscenely large arms to pummel his opponents.
Nonetheless, "Big Poppa Pump's" interviews will continue to addle fans for as long as humanity survives on planet Earth.