“You can call this the new world order of wrestling, brother” … Who can ever forget Bash at the Beach 1996 when Hulk Hogan turned his back on all of his Hulkamaniacs and introduced us all to the New World Order?
The red and yellow was a thing of the past and a new version of Hogan was unleashed upon the wrestling world. The black and white Hollywood Hogan – leader of this new wrestling faction – no longer an American hero but an American outlaw.
The nWo storyline that began during the mid-90s would last for much of the duration of World Championship Wrestling. While the concept of the nWo would eventually dwindle and be revamped time and time again, the original storyline is perhaps the greatest in professional wrestling history.
WCW began to push the envelop and do things a little differently – breaking the barriers of traditional wrestling programming. The nWo “invasion” of their product would aid WCW in the coveted ratings battle against rival promotion, WWE.
In fact, for an extended period of time, WCW would win the ratings battle on a consistent weekly basis, placing the company on top of the wrestling world. Everything was going right but in a quick instant it all went wrong.
WWE gained the upper hand and WCW began to reek of soiled desperation. The company had fallen on hard times and was soon placed on life-support. Those who stuck around to witness the last gasp - the final breath - witnessed some troubling times for WCW.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the worst ideas to have ever come out of the promotion – some preceding the legendary nWo storyline and others during the not-so-glory days. These are the top 20 most ridiculous WCW storylines:
20 Drunk Scott Hall
Art imitating life? Scott Hall has long struggled with addiction and personal problems and he makes no secret of his troubled past. In 1998, when Scott Hall showed up to Monday Nitro completely intoxicated, WCW officials forced him into rehab.
Months later, Hall would return to WCW. In a new storyline, Hall would appear drunk while on television. This included bringing alcohol down to the ring and vomiting on Eric Bischoff, all the while performing in a disorderly fashion.
19 Hogan vs. Warrior
Hulk Hogan vs. The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI for both the WWE and Intercontinental Championships is known as one of the best WrestleMania matches of all time.
In 1998, Warrior would sign with WCW and the long awaited rematch with Hogan was set to take place at Halloween Havoc. However, this time around; the storyline lacked the emotionally value that came along with the original Hogan/Warrior match in WWE.
What ensued was a series of “mind games” from Warrior which gave more cheese than intimidation. One night on Nitro, Warrior appeared in Hogan's mirror and was visible to all except for Eric Bischoff (such a bad segment).
When the match itself finally took place, it was poorly executed, sloppy, and boring – and even involved Hogan spitting a fireball. I guess Halloween Havoc can't hold up to WrestleMania.
18 The New Blood vs. The Millionaire's Club
The brainchild of Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo: The New Blood vs. The Millionaire's Club. This storyline was intended to pit the younger stars of WCW against the older stars of WCW. In fact, all championships were vacated (ridiculous approach) and an essential relaunch of the product was under way.
This new version of WCW was launched in the year 2000, when it was already too late to alter the promotion’s inevitable fate. This storyline fell flat and the plug was ultimately pulled. There was nothing WCW could do to keep up with WWE anymore.
17 Team Canada
Perhaps the most bland professional wrestling stable of all time came straight out of WCW and was known as Team Canada – led/captained by Lance Storm.
The entire concept of the Canadian group felt overworked from the start. Whomever envisioned this stable has a pretty narrow view of what it means to be a Canadian. The eventual inclusion of Jim Duggan – who was said to have turned his back on the United States placed the storyline under the microscope even more.
Jim Duggan, the very man who waved old glory while marching with his two-by-four down to the ring was now an honorary Canadian? Not likely.
16 Bounty on Hogan
In March of 2000, a $500,000 bounty had been placed on the head of Hulk Hogan. During an outdoor edition of Nitro; Hogan would address this issue in front of the live crowd.
When suddenly, The Wall (another bad gimmick) appeared high above the crowd atop a hotel roof. While the distance between Hogan and The Wall was vast, Hogan and his excellent vision somehow managed to take a clear notice of The Wall as he challenged The Hulkster from the rooftop.
15 WCW vs. Battle Dome
In September 1999, a new show called Battle Dome made its television debut. The show combined elements of American Gladiators with its own unique form of athletic competition. The show featured scripted antics much like those involved with professional wrestling, so it seemed only fitting that Battle Dome would eventually cross-promote with a professional wrestling organization.
Which promotion? WCW of course. It all began when WCW superstars disrupted a Battle Dome taping. This lead to the inevitable invasion of WCW by the Battle Dome stars. However, the storyline would quickly lose its legs and nothing much came of the ridiculous idea.
14 Jimmy Hart vs. Mancow Muller
If you have never heard of Mancow Muller, consider yourself lucky. Muller is a right-wing shock jock whose only claim to fame is his intolerable idiocy.
Well, idiocy seemed to fit in just fine in WCW back in the year 2000 because Muller was brought in and thrown into a storyline with the iconic Jimmy Hart. This “feud” was born on Muller's morning radio show and transferred to the ring of WCW.
“The Mouth of the South” surely deserved better treatment than being placed in the ring with a small-time big-mouth.
13 Insane Clown Posse
Insane Clown Posse is made up of two “wicked clowns” known as Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. The duo have a vast association with wrestling and even operate their own promotion – Juggalo Championship Wrestling – which is essentially a poor man's ECW.
In 1999, ICP made their debut in WCW where they formed two stables: The Dead Pool and The Dark Carnival. Needless to say, both factions were a dud and nobody ever took the clowns seriously. Perhaps these stables would have fared better if Doink was involved?
12 The Shockmaster
One of the most infamous blunders in professional wrestling history came during a segment of “A Flair for the Gold” (an interview segment hosted by Ric Flair) when Fred Ottman, well known as Tugboat or Typhoon came crashing through the wall (literally) as a new WCW character known as The Shockmaster.
The incident left WCW scrambling with how to work the angle. The Shockmaster character was then spun into a storyline that perceived him as a klutz – as though the original incident was complete intention.
11 Ric Flair Goes to the Mental Hospital
“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair didn't always have the best relationship with those in charge at WCW but remained on board until the ship finally sank.
While serving as on-screen WCW President, Flair would also serve time in a Florida mental institution as part of a ridiculous storyline. The angle saw Flair at the faculty strutting around in his boxers, dress socks, and signature robe while offensive mockeries of disabled individuals roamed the area.
If WCW were going for something reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, they failed miserably.
10 David Flair and Miss Hancock
Not to be outdone by his legendary father, David Flair has also contributed to the list of ridiculous WCW storylines.
In 2000, David was paired up with Miss Hancock (Stacy Keibler) and the couple were set to have an on-screen wedding. However, before the matrimonial bliss could come to fruition, it was revealed that Hancock was pregnant and that David was not the father.
This led to David hunting down the father of the child – even having a match with Buff Bagwell in order to obtain his DNA. The storyline ended abruptly when Hancock appeared on television with a new man, Shawn Stasiak, and a baby carriage which contained nothing more than a photograph of Stasiak.
Following this angle, David Flair would no longer compete in WCW.
9 Rich Raven
If any one wrestler epitomized the look of the 1990's, it was Raven. The long unkempt hair, ratty t-shirts, torn jeans – it was all there. Raven was the grunge king of professional wrestling.
While working for WCW, a short-lived storyline emerged that exposed Raven as a rich kid. This angle included Raven's mom enlisting the help of Kanyon to cheer her son out of his perpetual gloom. Raven and Kanyon would embark on a shopping spree at Versace in an utterly corny segment. However, Raven's riches were soon forgotten and he was back to his old brooding ways.
8 Jay Leno: Headliner
In 1998, Jay Leno went from reading headlines to headlining a WCW Pay-Per-View. The event: Road Wild (formerly Hog Wild) where Leno teamed with Diamond Dallas Page in tag-team match against Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff.
The build for the match was ridiculous as Leno attempted to act serious and tough. The match itself was actually won by Leno when his sidekick Kevin Eubanks hit a Diamond Cutter on Eric Bischoff.
While the storyline did garner a lot of media attention due to the involvement of the the Tonight Show host, the wrestling ring is no place for comedians. Perhaps if Leno ever felt the need to wrestle again, he could square-off against Conan – that would sell tickets.
7 The Dog
During the year 2000, to say WCW was in a dark place would be an understatement. This was evident with a new storyline involving a character simply known as The Dog.
The Dog was teamed with former Nasty Boy, Brian Knobs and the pair were managed by the tough Irishman, Fit Finlay. The Dog was not just a nickname – the character was meant to act like an attack dog. The low point of this storyline came when The Dog was filmed drinking from a backstage toilet.
6 The West Texas Rednecks
The West Texas Rednecks were a WCW stable and supposed country music band who actually recorded two songs: “Rap is Crap” and “Good Ol' Boys.”
The group was lead by Curt Hennig, best known as Mr. Perfect and feuded with Master P's No Limit Soldiers in an urban vs. rural type of storyline. However, everything about the angle came off corny and overplayed. Stereotypes were placed forefront and what was humorous for a minute quickly grew stale.
Curt Hennig is one of the best in-ring performers of all time. It's a shame that WCW never found the proper use for his talents.
5 Vince Russo as World Champion
Vince Russo is often a hot topic with the wrestling community. Russo is heavily criticized on a consistent basis for his handling of WCW, but on the flip side has been credited with creating the Attitude Era – the latter being a great thing.
However, his booking of WCW does fall under the role of ridiculous. Russo made some more than questionable decisions, one of which was booking himself as World Heavyweight Champion. This occurred as a fluke victory when Russo was speared through the side of a steel cage by Goldberg thus awarding him the title.
This storyline was not only ridiculous but plain out wrong. In 1999, Ed Ferrara, a wrestling booker working for WCW began portraying a character based on Jim Ross of the WWE.
Now, this sort of thing has occurred a number of times over the years in professional wrestling and continues to happen to this very day but Ferrara took his mimicry of JR too far when he decided to poke fun at Ross' Bell's Palsy – a new level of low for WCW.
Ferrara has since apologized to Ross and Ross has accepted his reparation.
3 David Arquette as World Champion
Vince Russo winning the World Heavyweight Championship was one thing – at least one could argue that Russo was part of the wrestling business. However, low-rate actor David Arquette capturing the WCW World Heavyweight Championship (booked by Russo) was an outright travesty.
When Arquette hoisted that title above his head it seemingly nullified everything that ever came prior in WCW. Russo thought it would be good publicity while Arquette was hyping his horrid film, Ready to Rumble. In fairness to Arquette, he was firmly against the idea as a huge wrestling fan.
WCW should have folded the very moment Arquette won the gold.
2 Hulk Hogan vs. The Dungeon of Doom
The Dungeon of Doom were a heel stable lead by Kevin Sullivan between 1995 and 1997 in WCW. The gimmick was meant to be dark but came off more like a cartoon or sci-fi movie.
The Dungeon's biggest feud came against Hulk Hogan when they made it their mission to rid WCW of Hulkamania. When The Dungeon introduced The Giant (Big Show), he was set to face off against Hogan for the championship but not before a Sumo Monster Truck competition atop the Cobo Hall which Hogan won – leading to a brawl between the two men and resulting in The Giant falling from the roof and into the Detroit River – only to show up to their scheduled title match unscathed.
1 Capital Combat
Capital Combat: The Return of Robocop was a one-time Pay-Per-View which took place on May 19, 1990 in Washington, D.C (where else could "Capital" Combat take place).
The concept of the event was a crossover promotion to help hype the upcoming release of Robocop 2. During the event, Robocop himself would make a triumphant appearance to help rescue Sting from the Four Horsemen – pulling a cage door from its hinges with general ease – even though the bars were clearly rigged.
This one-off ridiculous event happened years before the Monday Night Wars and it's a good thing that it never happened again.