TLC 2011 and the Best Commercials/Promos in WWE History
Next week the annual TLC PPV will air and as usual, the WWE has been hyping it up both on Raw and SmackDown as well as releasing a commercial starring David Otunga. In that commercial, he treats the concept of TLC as a educational show of what Tables, Ladders and Chairs are meant to be used for interspersed with how WWE superstars use them.
Otunga's deadpan deliverance of his lines and how it is cut, the commercial works well in not only promoting the event as well as being kinda funny. With that kind of humor, it reminded me of how the WWE/F used to make commercials to promote events. They were funny for every fan, not just small kids, and they had they wherewithal to not take themselves too seriously.
So with that in mind, I made this list of the funniest or memorable commercials in WWE/F history. So sit back, watch and enjoy, as you take a trip down memory lane with these commercials.
No Mercy Commercial
This was a no-brainer as the ad for the No Mecry PPV. Like other commercials at that time, it featured WWF superstars causing mayhem to those around him, all the while promoting the desired product.
For this commercial you had Kane playing baseball and trying to get a home run. As he rounds the bases he gets aid from Edge, the APA, and the Hardys while at the same time destroying the team and their mascot to the delight of fans in the stadium.
Royal Rumble West Side Story Spoof
There is only one way to describe the awesomeness of this commercial. WIGS! In a parody of the rumble scene in West Side Story, two factions battle it out in promotion for the Royal Rumble. Seeing basically every main roster member snapping in tune, wearing vintage clothes, and wearing over the top wigs (especially Rey Mysterio), made this commercial hilarious.
I don't know why the WWE doesn't use more ideas like this to promote their events. They achieve the purpose of promoting the events while at the same time being enjoyable for fans to watch and get them excited about the event.
WWF Super Bowl Commercial
Here was a fantastic commercial that played well with what the WWF was always good with, tongue-in-cheek humor. The problem with the WWE today is they are either one of two things, super serious with storylines or trying too hard to be funny to where it's overt at what they are trying to get across.
With the overt humor, it takes away from the enjoyment as it's too forced to where younger kids can get the jokes. This is being pulled back a bit now as guys like CM Punk are going back to the old form of humor that made the Attitude Era great.
This commercial was one of the best examples of the Attitude Era and it's style of humor, though it had to be edited due to complaints. Even with the edit, it's still a fun look at what made wrestling fun in the late 90s.
Smackdown: Know Your Role Commercial
In the same vein as the Super Bowl commercial, the ad for the second Smackdown video game was part goofball humor, part tongue-in-cheek. The commercial played also well with Kurt Angle's Olympic Hero gimmick.
His obliviousness to the mayhem he causes is a perfect match to the happy go lucky persona. That and the game was incredibly fun and filled with chaotic action made the commercial a perfect ad for it.
This is more nostalgia purposes as the late 80s-mid 90s had some of the best Saturday morning cartoons and commercials. With guys like Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, and Ted Dibiase, it's no wonder the kids in the commercial are psyched to be playing with the action figures. Add to it the cheesy visuals of NEW! being blasted on the screen every second and you got yourself the ultimate action figure commercial.
Get the 'F' out
In early 2000, the World Wildlife Fund (known as the WWF) sued the World Wrestling Federation (also known as the WWF) for trademark infringement in in the UK. The Federation had been allowed to use the Trademarked initials outside of the UK but the company had ignored that ruling and was thus being sued by the Fund.
In 2002 the Fund won and the Federation would end up changing their name to World Wrestling Entertainment. So in order to promote the name change, the WWE started the “Get the 'F' out” promotion, an obvious play on words. The commercial released featuring the old woman made the joke even more humorous and played well into the post-Attitude era.
Wrestlemania 21 Basic Instinct Parody
For Wrestlemania 21, the WWE went with the idea to use numerous parodies of classic films or scenes with wrestlers in place of actors to promote the event. With this promo Chris Jericho and Stacy Kiebler took on the roles of Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone respectively from the film Basic Instinct.
Add to this you have Christian and Chris Benoit talking about S & M among other things makes this a funny promo in a pre-PG era WWE. Along with the double entendre of many WWE fans not knowing the subtext of the scene that they are watching and what that scene is most known for in pop culture.
Wrestlemania 21 "Are You Talking to Me?"
Another fantastic promo for Wrestlemania 21 was the parody of the infamous line from Taxi Driver. What made it even funnier was that it was basically made as a gag reel where every WWE superstar was vying for the role. Look for Batista and the Big Show who give the best performances comedy wise.
WWF Attitude Legends Commercial
Part nostalgia, part passing of the torch. This commercial was an incredible promo for the Attitude Era of the WWF. With Legends like Freddie Blassie and Killer Kowalski talking about the wrestling of their day compared to the wrestling of the time along with how they still remember the crowds cheering their name, it's easy to feel joy or even a little choked up about what these men are saying.
Stone Cold Steve Austin ESPN Commercial
This was a classic ad that was part of a series of commercials that featured big name athletes “working” at the offices of ESPN. This commercial featured Stone Cold Steve Austin who at the time was in the height of his popularity.
The commercial ended up being classic for two reasons. First, it showed the sense of humor that the WWF and Stone Cold Steve Austin had about their jobs and the persona that each had in public. Secondly and most important was that it showed that ESPN was recognizing the importance of showcasing the WWF as a legitimate entity in the sports world, even though it is considered an entertainment company more so than a sport these days.