The term “swerve” has been a staple in wrestling over the years. A swerve is simply a surprise or twist to a match or a storyline. If it shocks you and you didn’t see it coming, that would qualify as a classic wrestling swerve. WWE has a television show using the name “Swerved” in a more humorous definition as wrestlers play pranks on each other but the wrestling business has been using swerves to keep things fresh for years. An audience should not be able to easily predict the finish to matches and storylines. The swerve is intended to be interesting and a great twist to a story.
Through the years, the wrestling business has seen many tremendous swerves. The best example would be Hulk Hogan joining the New World Order. Scott Hall and Kevin Nash had a third mystery man with them as they attempted to take over the WCW. No one could have predicted the ultimate good guy would join them but Hogan turned heel and it completely stunned the wrestling world. The move made sense with the way the story moved forward and it was an effective use of utilizing the surprise to create momentum. Sadly, not all twists in wrestling have great success like the nWo did.
The terrible storylines and booking in wrestling is often more memorable than the good times. Most of the weak swerves featured on this list are due to two big reasons. They are likely met with disappointment and a lack of interest when it happens. A swerve should be a big deal and lead to excitement going forward. The other reason for making the list is an ineffective use of the swerve. They should have led to bigger and better things with the execution. Basing it off those factors, these are the fifteen worst swerves in wrestling history.
15 Fake Razor Ramon and Diesel
14 Tito Ortiz is “August 1 Warning”
13 The Montreal Screwjob
12 Brock Lesnar Ends The Streak
11 Jack Swagger Wins MITB and Becomes World Champion
10 Kane Revealed as The Undertaker’s Attacker
9 Shawn Michaels Joins the nWo
7 Hornswoggle as Vince McMahon’s Son
6 Goldberg Turns Heel
5 David Arquette
4 Steve Austin Joins the WCW/ECW Alliance
3 Kevin Nash Powerbombs CM Punk
2 Rikishi Runs Over Steve Austin
1 Vince McMahon As The Greater Power
The Attitude Era is known as the most popular time period in wrestling due to the star power and exciting moments, but it also delivered many horrible moments. One of those terrible situations was Vince Russo (or Vince, it's hard to tell who made the call) trying to pull off the ultimate swerve in a storyline regarding Vince McMahon and The Undertaker. McMahon turned face by defending his family from the evil and demonic Undertaker. Taker was stalking Stephanie McMahon for a “greater power.” The big moment of revealing who The Undertaker’s leader was turned out to be Vince McMahon. This formed the Corporate Ministry which was more overpopulated than the New World Order and full of plot holes. It was definitely the worst swerve in wrestling history.
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