The professional wrestling business is one that has seen many successes at unexpected times. Many times, things just need to go your way and this applies to everyone from the front office staff working with a new on-air talent to the performer themselves. When the perfect mixture is met between the performer and all others involved, great things happen. This is especially the case when it comes to the storylines that are being drawn up for the wrestlers.
Sometimes, there are talented performers that are dealt a raw hand when it comes to the storylines they are given. That’s not to say that the only reason why wrestlers fail is the storylines they are involved with, but it doesn’t help. We have seen plenty of wrestlers end up with incredible careers after taking part in a terrible storyline or gimmick. Many of these performers are in the WWE Hall of Fame and many others are on their way. Who could forget Stone Cold Steve Austin when he was The Ringmaster? He certainly tries to. Or what about Kevin Nash when he was Vinnie Vegas in World Championship Wrestling? Or even Kane when he was your friendly neighborhood dentist, Dr. Isaac Yankem?
The thing about these angles and storylines for these performers is they all had something deep down that allowed them to recover. Many of the performers that were unlucky enough to make this list didn’t have the chance to do big things afterwards. Even though Kane is featured on this list, he was able to overcome it all and win the world title, but not everyone was able to turn things around.
What were the top 15 weirdest storylines in professional wrestling history?
Anyone that has watched wrestling in the past 30 years knows that Vince McMahon loves goofy gimmicks. One of the goofiest was the Boogeyman and for us, he was also involved in one of the worst storylines in the history of professional wrestling. The thing about the Boogeyman that really irked us at The Sportster was his complete inability to put on a match worth watching. Not to mention, he also awkwardly danced around the ring (if you can call it that) and ate worms, which were both troubling to begin with. There was also one gross moment that he took part in that will be covered later on in this article.
14 Perry Saturn and Moppy
When Perry Saturn was in Extreme Championship Wrestling, he was a part of one of the best tag teams in the sport. Along with the John Kronus, the Eliminators won the ECW tag titles multiple times and as with most ECW performers, left the company for more money. Eventually Saturn made his way to World Wrestling Entertainment and much like other wrestlers that Vince McMahon wasn’t responsible for creating, was forced into mediocrity with a terrible storyline. For Saturn, it was Moppy. Playing a mentally challenged wrestler, this weird storyline began with Saturn mistaking manager Terri for a mop. Compelling stuff, we know.
13 Jillian Hall’s Growth
Many fans may remember that former Diva got her first major role on television in World Wrestling Entertainment with John Bradshaw Layfield. She was his image consultant, but in typical WWE fashion, had an image issue herself in the form of a disturbing and rather gross growth on her face. The worst and weirdest part of this storyline wasn’t the growth itself, but the fact that the Boogeyman bit it off her face, which made thousands of fans throw up in unison.
12 David Arquette and Vince McMahon Championship Runs
For any true fan of professional wrestling, seeing someone like the Great Khali, who has zero wrestling ability win a world championship is the worst thing that could happen. The only thing that could make wrestling purists think the Great Khali made a great champion was after seeing David Arquette and Vince McMahon as world champions. Arquette won the WCW world title to help promote his terrible movie, Ready To Rumble. In the case of McMahon, he won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H in 1999 and would win the Extreme Championship Wrestling heavyweight title when WWE decided to bring back the hardcore promotion
11 Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero Custody Battle
The storyline between Rey Mysterio, his son Dominic and Eddie Guerrero was not only weird, but despicable. It was deplorable what World Wrestling Entertainment wrote and I still wonder why most fans don’t blame Mysterio more for even allowing this angle to be played out on national television. The disgusting angle saw Guerrero reveal that he was the father to Mysterio’s son Dominic. The angle eventually ended with Mysterio winning “custody,” saving wrestling fans from having to endure a few more weeks of terrible television.
10 Vince McMahon’s Death
For the second time on this list, Vince McMahon makes the cut as being part of one of the worst and weirdest storylines in wrestling history. In 2007, on an episode of Raw, McMahon got into a limousine, which promptly exploded and the promotion revealed on their website that the head of the company was dead. This led to panic among business partners, stock prices dropping, and more. The angle was immediately dropped though because of the tragedy involving Chris Benoit and his family.
9 Shawn Michaels and God vs. The McMahons
Just when you thought that Vince McMahon was done with the weird storylines, he brought God into the ring. Along with his son Shane, the McMahons were set to wrestle the very religious Shawn Michaels and his tag team partner, God. In the buildup to this match, WWE aired way too many distasteful and annoying vignettes and when the match was finally held, Michaels’ partner was introduced with a beam of light. Oh yeah, in case you were wondering, at Backlash, Michaels and God could not do enough to beat the McMahons and the Spirit Squad.
8 Hawk and Tim White’s Attempted Suicide Attempts
Depending on who you ask, the multiple times World Wrestling Entertainment brought suicide into a ring would either be extremely distasteful or just plain weird. In the case of Hawk, he was a legendary tag team performer that was as strong as an ox, but things weren’t easy for him. He struggled with addiction for many years and for some reason, WWE decided to put his struggles out there for everyone to see with fake suicide attempts. They did the same with Tim White, former referee. The story with White was he was depressed from having his career ended in a Hell in the Cell match and while at his own bar, attempted to kill himself with a shotgun.
7 Val Venis Nearly Losing His Penis
If you don’t remember who Val Venis was, he was the man that started every interview with “Hello Ladies.” The former porn star doubled as a professional wrestler and didn’t know when to keep it in his pants. This was not a good thing when it came to sleeping with the wife of Yamaguchi-San. After sleeping with his wife, Venis nearly had his penis castrated by Kaientai, the group managed by Yamaguchi-San. The only reason why he was able to get away from being neutered was a bout of shrinkage.
6 Billy and Chuck Commitment Ceremony
Billy Gunn is one of the most talented tag team performers in the business. He had the talent to become a world champion, but could never get it going as a solo performer. Many remember him partnering with the Road Dogg Jesse James as part of the New Age Outlaws, but another partner he would have would be Chuck Palumbo. The duo was collectively known as Billy and Chuck and after months of giving gifts to each other (remember those awesome headbands), decided to have a commitment ceremony to forever unite their team. Just like any ceremony of sorts in WWE history, things didn’t go off as planned.
5 Heidenreich violates Michael Cole?
Sexual assault is a tough subject to joke about after all the recent incidents in professional sports, but years ago, it was part of just another angle from World Wrestling Entertainment. Heidenreich was not the most gifted inside the wrestling ring or on the microphone, but he was that big, imposing figure that Vince McMahon loved to push. In this angle, Heidenreich confronted Michael Cole in the locker room and while it was never openly stated on television that a rape had taken place, the sounds made by Heidenreich made it seem that way.
4 Snitsky and the Baby
In one of his few major angles during his time in World Wrestling Entertainment, Snitsky makes the list as being part of one of the weirdest storylines in professional wrestling history. The massive performer was involved in a storyline with Kane, who had impregnated Lita and was being protected. Kane and Snitsky were competing in a match that saw Lita get knocked off the ring apron and lose the baby. The next week, Snitsky was interviewed about the accident with Lita and would develop his new catchphrase, “It wasn’t my fault.” He would then go on to punt a fake baby into the crowd, which was a pretty sickening move, but in turn , worked to establish him as a heel.
3 Dawn Marie, Torrie and Al Wilson
Torrie Wilson is one of the hottest Divas in the history of professional wrestling. In this angle which featured her father Al Wilson and former Extreme Championship Wrestling performer, Dawn Marie, wrestling fans were forced to keep track of what happened for close to a year. It began with Dawn telling Torrie that she was beginning to have feelings for her and it continued with Dawn marrying Al Wilson. The slow-moving angle eventually ended with Dawn and Al having too much sex on their honeymoon and the latter dying from a heart attack.
2 Mae Young and Mark Henry’s Baby
The second weirdest angle in the history of professional wrestling involved the World’s Most Strongest Man Mark Henry and Mae Young. Young always seemed to be on speed dial for World Wrestling Entertainment when they needed some sort of humor brought into play, but her angle with Henry was one of the worst they ever made her take part in and ever made wrestling fans deal with. Somehow, as the angle played out, Henry impregnated Young with what we all thought would be a baby. When Young’s time was up, she didn’t give birth to a strong baby boy or girl, but instead gave birth to a hand.
1 The Katie Vick Saga
Back in the day when Kane was actually a force in the wrestling business, the Katie Vick saga began. The story that was relayed to wrestling fans was that Kane killed a woman named Katie Vick in what appeared to be a drunken driving accident. In a vignette, Triple H appeared at her funeral in a Kane mask and proceeded to have sex with the body. Luckily for all wrestling fans, this terrible angle ended soon after, but it will forever go down as the weirdest storyline of all time.
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