In 1999, the WWE decided to add a second weekly television show to their programming due to the success of Monday Night Raw, and thus SmackDown was born. Originally referred to as The Rock's show, owing its namesake to his catchphrase "Lay the smackdown", the show has undergone several changes throughout the years. It's changed networks multiple times, thrived in the early years of the brand extension, switched from Thursday nights to Fridays and back again, and in recent years has struggled to stay relevant due to a lack of big name talent and internet spoilers that often ruin the enjoyment of a pre-taped show.
There have been some memorable SmackDown moments over the years. The "SmackDown Six" of Kurt Angle, Edge, Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio, and Chavo and Eddie Guerrero put on some phenomenal matches under the leadership of Paul Heyman, elevating them to superstar status after they had been underutilized on Raw. Smackdown has been home to some of history's greatest matches including TLC III and the unforgettable Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar Iron Man match.
Unfortunately, there have also been many regrettable moments in the show's history. These are moments that we wish we could forget, but stand out as the worst the show had to offer. The fact that SmackDown has been pre-taped for much of its history has kept some of these moments off of television while others were made worse by the timing of their airing. Many of them just make us wonder how these ideas every came to pass.
Here are the 20 Worst Moments in SmackDown History:
20 The Great Khali wins the World Heavyweight Championship
The Great Khali has never been known for his in-ring abilities and in recent years was primarily used for comedic purposes. However, in 2007 the SmackDown writing team thought it was a good idea to give him a main event push. The Great Khali was scheduled to fight Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Great American Bash, but an injury forced Edge to vacate the title and an over the top rope battle royal was held on SmackDown to determine the new champion.
19 The Big Show is full of it
18 Natalya’s flatulence
17 Brock Lesnar pushes Zach Gowen down the stairs
16 Daniel Puder nearly breaks Kurt Angle's arm
15 The Big Show's attempted murder of Kurt Angle
14 Kurt Angle tranquilizes Big Show
13 Al Wilson's funeral
12 JBL's racism
11 JR is drafted to SmackDown without being told
10 Piggy James
9 Paul Heyman is fired as head writer
8 The Big Show's father's funeral
7 Randy Orton Invokes Eddie Guerrero's death
6 Mr. McMahon threatens The Undertaker's Family
5 Melina accuses Batista of sexual harassment
This angle featured Melina seducing Batista backstage prior to a match against MNM for the tag team titles. Batista later left the locker room and thanked Melina for the "warm-up" and then went on to win his bout alongside Rey Mysterio. The following week on SmackDown, Melina head a press conference in the ring to announce that she had been sexually harassed by Batista. The point of the angle was to paint Melina as a liar and strengthen Batista's role as a babyface.
4 Billy and Chuck Don't Get Married
In 2001 Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo formed a tag team. The pair did everything together and it was insinuated that they had a homosexual relationship. Rico became the team's "personal stylist" and eventually Billy and Chuck got engaged. The angle lasted for over a year and drove positive media attention towards the WWE and support from GLAAD. The storyline culminated in a September 12, 2002 episode of Smackdown that was to feature the pair's marriage.
3 Stephanie McMahon's 9/11 comments
2 Muhammad Hassan's Attack on The Undertaker
The character of Muhammad Hassan debuted in 2004 as an Arab American who was trying to fight back against racial stereotypes in a post 9/11 world. In 2005, Hassan began a feud with The Undertaker and on the July 4th Smackdown taping, Hassan's manager, Daivari, was put in a match against the Deadman. After the bout, Hassan summoned several men in ski masks to attack The Undertaker, and then choked him with piano wire before the masked men carried Daivari away as a martyr.
1 Droz's Accident
During the October 5, 1999 SmackDown taping, Darren "Droz" Drozdov was wrestling in a match with D'Lo Brown when Brown tried to execute a running powerbomb. However, Droz was wearing a loose shirt and Brown wasn't able to get a proper grip on him, while Droz was unable to jump properly to aid in the maneuver. As a result, Droz landed on his head and fractured two disks in his neck, leaving him a quadriplegic. He's since regained some movement in his upper body. The match itself was cut out of the SmackDown taping and footage of the bout has never seen the light of day, although the WWE has used footage of Droz leaving the ring on a stretcher in their "Don't Try This at Home" public service announcements..
Droz continued to work for the WWE after the accident and holds no ill-will towards Brown for the incident, but the tragic moment is easily the worst in SmackDown history.
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