Like in any kind of pop culture outlet, there is always some sort of merchandising available to fans of the show, sport, or person, that they are following. Good merchandise works because it will help promote the product while also adding an additional source of income to those in charge of the product. Everything form T-shirts to video games to even things like hygiene products have been made as forms of merchandise for various shows or people. Wrestling is no different and may in fact have the largest variety of merchandise out of any area of pop culture. With action figures, shirts, and countless other products, pro wrestling definitely has the market cornered by flooding the market with a boatload of merchandise.
Yet for every good piece of merchandise a wrestling promotion has released, they have released four or five pieces of bad merchandise. Whether it is a shirt for a wrestler no one likes or horribly made Halloween costumes, there are countless examples of where the merchandising department completely missed the mark. So with that in mind, this article will rank the worst of the worst when it comes to pro wrestling merchandise. The only real way that items were chosen and ranked was their overall awfulness and how they failed as products. This list is designed to be both a shot of nostalgia with a mixture of guilty pleasure as I am sure you the reader may have owned one or two of these items, I know I did after researching for this list.
So please read, enjoy, and let us know what you think down in the comments section. How would you have ranked these differently? Are there other pieces of merchandise that you felt should have made the list or that one of the entries should be ranked differently?
16 20. Smokin' Gunns Giant Cowboy Hat
15 18. Red Rooster T-Shirt
14 15. APA Pounding Shirt
13 14. Maximum Sweat Action Figures
12 13. S.T.O.M.P. Figures
11 12. Titantron Playset
10 11. WWE Talking Soap
9 10. WCW Halloween Costumes
8 9. EY Beard
7 8. AWA Cage Playset
6 7. WWE Shootout Hockey
Now, these games sure were fun to play, but if you were to play with a foosball table hockey game, wouldn't someone want, I don't know, hockey players on it? The WWE must have been at a point where they felt anything with Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage on it would sell. Were fans supposed to be made to believe that this is what wrestlers do in their spare time?
5 6. WWE Pizza Prints
4 5. Black Layla Figure
3 4. Punjabi Prison Playset
2 3. Kevin Nash Comic
1 2. Ultimate Warrior Comic
While Nash’s comic was a play on his ego, the Ultimate Warrior’s comic series delved into how completely crazy the man was. There is no rhyme or reason for why things happen in the course of the five issues of the comic but it all apparently centers around “Destruncity” which is explained in the comic as:
In its design, Destruncity represents a constellation existing in the heavens which symbolizes the 'Eight Disciplines' by which Warriors chose to live their lives.
One of the most shocking and controversial storylines in WWE history involved Kane, Triple H, and a woman named Katie Vick. Triple H would tell the audience that Kane had been in a horrifying car accident which killed Vick, but did not stop Kane from sleeping with her corpse. This was all enacted with a video of Triple H wearing a Kane mask and dry humping a mannequin in a cheerleader outfit inside of a coffin. The angle was toned down leading up to their match as fans unsurprisingly acted negatively to the necrophilia storyline, but the legend of Katie Vick lives on to this day. Well, the WWE still felt the need to milk the angle for all it was worth and decided to sell the cheerleader outfit that was on the mannequin, which was ultimately bought by the guys at Wrestlecrap.com for $200.
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