Wrestling is no stranger to bad ideas. The slews of books written on that subject can certainly attest to that. It can be understandable sometimes as some ideas that sound stupid actually end up being big hits. Sadly, too many times you have stuff that was bad in theory and even worse in practice. Stuff so horrendous that even the most gifted workers can’t salvage them. The long list of amazingly horrific storylines is something entire websites have been dedicated to and still boggles the mind they were come up with in the first place let alone put on the air.
So many ideas are infamous, particularly anything from the mind of one Vince Russo, who believed wrestling itself was the last thing people wanted to see. Yet way before him, we’d see stuff that was utterly wretched and terrible, from the big gun promotions to the indies. The most infamous are the bigger ones that wasted slews of air time for nothing resolutions and did no favors to those involved. There are tons of choices but here are the best of the worst, 15 storylines fans would much prefer to forget and pretend never happened even though we all know by far they did.
15 15. VKM
The major problem for TNA is that they live under the delusion they’re on equal par with WWE when they quite obviously aren’t and take shots at the “competition” when they’re no real challenge. A major case was when James Gang, formerly known as the New Age Outlaws, started to take shots at WWE in 2006. They remade themselves as the Voodoo Kin Mafia, the initials off of Vincent K. McMahon and doing impressions of Shawn Michaels and HHH with vignettes shot in Stamford. Wild but then the two openly challenged DX to a match and offered a million dollars if they would show up for it.
14 14. Big Boss Man, Al Snow and Pepper
13 13. Mae Young Pregnant
12 12. Abyss’ Magic Ring
11 11. Vince’s Son
After the terrible “Vince is Dead” bit was cut short by the Benoit tragedy, they decided to push something else as word came of Vince having had a child out of wedlock. We had bits of him showing off “old lovers” that included Mae Young and others and blood tests and other stuff, all of which was just Vince pushing the ego of everyone caring about this. The plan was to have Kennedy be revealed as the son but he got suspended before that could happen. So the final choice was…Hornswoggle. Yep, the dwarf who was a joke Cruiserweight champion was now the McMahon heir.
10 10. Team Challenge Series
Once, the American Wrestling Association truly was on par with the NWA and WWE with a fantastic selection of talent. But by 1989, Verne Gagne’s refusal to accept the changing times and audience combined with defections of talent to render the AWA a shadow of its former self. In desperation, Gagne launched the Team Challenge Series with the roster divided into three teams captained by Larry Zybsko, Sgt. Slaughter and Baron Von Rashke and all the matches were meant to gain points to earn a million dollar prize.
9 9. Hogan vs. Warrior
The original 1990 program between the two ended with an epic WrestleMania match and the lack of a follow-up annoyed fans. Proving that good things don’t always come to those who wait, WCW brought the Warrior in for a program in 1998 and it was horrific. Kicking off with a 20-minute promo from the Warrior, we had him using a Batman-like spotlight, kidnapping Ed Leslie to form “One Warrior Nation” and other antics.
8 8. Crazy Flair
7 7. Vince Death
6 6. David Flair/Stacy Kiebler
One of the few reasons to tune into WCW in 2000, Stacy Keibler was known as Miss Hancock, a hot secretary with amazing legs and dance moves. She was soon put into a romance with David Flair who, despite being the son of one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, lacked his father’s skill and charisma. We were treated to weeks of setup before they were to be married with Hancock interrupting the ceremony to announce she was pregnant but not by David.
5 5. Moppy
4 4. Al Wilson
3 3. Claire Lynch
That this involved three of the best workers in TNA is utterly laughable. First, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian hinted that AJ Styles had a romance going with Dixie Carter while both were married. They denied it and then the two revealed that AJ had actually slept with a woman named Claire Lynch, “played” by someone whose acting skills made Dixie herself look like Julianne Moore. It was annoying as hell as she produced photos of them together and then revealed she was pregnant with AJ’s child.
2 2. Lost in Cleveland
In his first book, Mick Foley rips into WCW for this one and you can’t blame him. Cactus Jack and Vader were having a feud with Vader giving Cactus a powerbomb on the concrete, the refs checking on him, even Vader looking concerned. Logically, this should have set up weeks of reports on Jack’s health before his big comeback to tear it up with Vader. As most everyone knows “logic” and “WCW” didn’t always go together.
1 1. Katie Vick
An obvious choice in so many ways. On a DVD, most everyone (HHH, Stephanie, Joey Styles and more) rant on this being one of the stupidest and insulting sights ever put on TV but Vince just laughs it was a funny idea. He’s pretty much alone in that regard as most consider this an odious exercise to say the least. As part of a long-term feud, HHH “revealed” that Kane had been responsible for the death of high school sweetheart Katie Vick. That alone would have been terrible but then WWE had to go that extra mile with the skit of HHH in a Kane mask attacking a dummy dressed as Katie in a coffin. To say it didn’t go over well is like saying the Titanic had a slight ice problem as the fans loathed it, it was dropped fast and the program just petered out. Still amazing it was put on TV in the first place to stand as one of the worst ideas ever broadcast in wrestling.
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