Despite being considered a second-rate copycat, WCW Introduced many highly popular, main event-level stars and concepts to professional wrestling. From WarGames to the Crockett Cup, the company has never failed to deliver creative ideas (or spin on ideas created by others).
However, at times WCW missed the mark, booking odd matches or stipulations during the most important moments of some of their biggest PPVs. Some were simply forgettable and some were downright disastrous, but either way, here are the ten weirdest key events in the company’s history.
10 Hollywood Hogan vs. Kevin Nash, The Fingerpoke of Doom: Monday Nitro, 1999
In terms of widespread negative impact on the company, the infamous Fingerpoke of Doom comes to mind. the worst Major events in its history. However, we sometimes forget that despite the after effects, they were the strangest.
The night after Starrcade, 1998 new WCW World Champion Kevin Nash offered Goldberg a rematch on January 4 at Monday Nitro. The show will take place at the Georgia Dome, the same venue where Goldberg won the title from Hollywood Hogan earlier in August. However, the match never happened as Goldberg was “arrested”, Nash challenged Hogan and with a humorous poke of the Hulkster to Big Sexy Finger, that was it!
9 WCW Vs. nWo Hollywood Vs. nWo Wolfpack, War Games: Fall Brawl 1998
Until 1998 Fall PPV, the WCW/nWo war was still raging. However, it became significantly more complicated as the rogue group of attackers split into a faction led by Still-Hill Hogan and the highly popular babyface Wolfpack formed by Nash.
Of course, not every WCW loyalist joined Nash in his crusade against his former friend, creating an awkward situation for that year’s wargame. WCW Vs. The nWo was an easy decision the previous two years, if WCW ran with the Black and White vs. the Wolfpack, it would have excluded top stars (like Diamond Dallas Page) who had retained their independence. What happened instead was a confusing three-way, and when the company announced that whoever took the first fall would win a shot at the WCW Championship, it felt like an oversight. team in its entirety.
8 Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant: Halloween Havoc 1995
On paper, Hulk Hogan’s WCW World Championship defense against The Giant Halloween Mayhem It was a standard PPV main event: no official stipulation except for the title, ending when Jimmy Hart disqualified The Hulkster for intentional interference. However, words here do not do justice to the downright comic nature of WCW’s booking at the time.
Prior to their main event – the official WCW debut of a young Paul Witt – the two also participated in the infamous Monster Truck Sumo Match broadcast from the arena roof of Detroit’s Cobo Hall in the evening. Between the trucks, the Giant’s “fall” (which left him completely defenseless), and his post-match bear hug with the legendary Yeti over his former victim, the entire show feels like a fevered dream rewatch.
7 Hollywood Hogan & Eric Bischoff vs. Diamond Dallas Page & Jay Leno: Road Wild 1998
Some vocal fans who have an inherent problem with celebrity involvement in wrestling can take a history lesson because, as longtime industry enthusiasts will tell you, Hollywood and the square circle didn’t just become bedfellows during the Halkamania era.
With that said, Jay Leno may be the least-believable in-ring competitor in wrestling history this side of Kenny Omega’s nine-year rivalry in 2011. Hogan – who was working with Eric Bischoff – sold out. Tonight’s show The host’s armbar was roughly the same as he did for Leno’s partner Diamond Dallas Page, which was a funny sight but ultimately humiliating for the entire industry.
6 WCW World Champion David Arquette vs. Diamond Dallas Page vs. Jeff Jarrett, Triple Cage: Slamboree 2000
On paper, a three-tiered cage – with stacked enclosures, each smaller than the one below it – with the WCW World Championship belt suspended from the ceiling above the peak was a unique and ingenious concept. For early pregnancy Ready to rumble The film, featuring DDP and Arquette, was like Hell in a Cell on steroids (in a good way).
For the main event of Slamboree 2000, however, maybe debuting a triple cage in a match based on a movie wasn’t the best way to go, but this was WCW in 2000! In fairness, though Jarrett is usually associated with the company’s dying days, the match — which, like the movie, also featured Page and Arquette — was entertaining. Unlike Wargames, this is one of the reasons why this isn’t a revived WWE gimmick.
5 Hollywood Hogan vs. Ric Flair, First Blood Steel Cage: Uncensored 1999
In March 1999, WCW still saw Hogan and Flair as the top draw, and the previous month Superbrawl 9 – headlining their main event – was the third-highest-grossing PPV in company history with nearly 500,000 paying viewers.
However, soon, the company began to slow down and similar bookings began Uncensored ’99 didn’t help Despite the nWo elite reuniting only three months earlier, Hogan and Flair pulled off one of the least desired double turns in wrestling history (because no one was willing to cheer for Hollywood or In particular to boo Nature Boy). In the First Blood Cage Match, even though Flair drew first blood, “Naitch” managed to win, but millions of fans paid to see the real loser.
4 Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair, Yapai Strap Match: Uncensored 2000
By March 2000, the same two wrestlers had managed to draw 325,000 PPV buys in ’99, managing one-fifth of that number, as only 60,000 people were willing to drop cash to watch Hogan and Flair take to the well. Once again.
At this time (and straight out of the Hulkamania era) the gimmick was the Yapai strap match. Hogan – who was rocking the red and yellow and back with Jimmy Hart during this dismal period in WCW’s history – cuts disjointed promos weekly explaining the history of this supposed uniqueness of the Sinful Tribe (which didn’t exist). Ultimately, the match itself is more upbeat and sad than weird per secBut the finish saw Hogan drag Flair to three corners, hit a legdrop for the pin, later Drag the Nature Boy to the fourth and final turnbuckle.
3 Hulk Hogan Vs. Vader, (regular) belt match: Uncensored 1995
You didn’t think the Hulkster’s weird strap match antics started in ’99, did you? Perhaps the booking of Uncensored 2000 was an homage (or parody) to the PPV five years earlier, although the weirdness was more akin to what would come in ’95 than the heart of WWE’s Countering Attitude Era.
Indeed, the mid-’90s featured an entirely different landscape, which probably helped Uncensored ’95 The (regular ol’) strap match doesn’t seem so odd relative to its surroundings. Most oddly, it should only be one (if not The Only) belt matches in history where the winner won by dragging someone others Rather than their appointed rival at all four corners, in this case it was – who else? – Honoring Flair.
2 Rick Steiner and Missy Hyatt vs. Arn Anderson and Paul E. Dangerously, Cage Match: The Great American Bash 1991
Main Event – a mixed tag in which Hyatt did not even compete – in 1991 The Great American Bash The PPV is probably WCW’s all-time weirder, which has something to do with someone was not There as people on the card.
When Flair took his belt and went home (and soon to WWE) due to his now-famous feud with Jim Hurd, he left the Nature Boy’s scheduled challenger, Lex Luger, without an opponent, leaving the WCW World Title picture in disarray. The bookers knew that Luger – who spent the entire night chanting “We want Flair!” – would hate the result of Luger turning Harley Race and a heel, defeating Barry Windham with the help of Harley Race. As such, the title match was the second-to-last match on the card, with Steiner’s short-handed victory to send fans home happy – or at least satisfied.
1 Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage Vs. The Alliance to End Hulkamania Doomsday Cage: Uncensored 1996
If there were ten editions of Uncensoredwe can do almost Get this entire list from that alone (although Hogan vs. Randy Savage in a cage in 1998 wasn’t really that weird, too bad). However, the March ’96 show takes the proverbial cake as the main event The The weirdest match in WCW history and perhaps the surest sign that two months later the Invasion of the Outsiders couldn’t come soon enough.
Of course, the Hulkster and Macho Man won, a two-tier stacked cage that included the following opponents: Flair, Anderson, Luger, Kevin Sullivan, Meng, The Barbarian, Z-Gangsta (FKA Zeus) and Ultimate Solution (aka Jeep Swenson). Ironically, Sullivan’s Dungeon of Doom and the alliance between Flair and Arn never succeeded in bringing down Hulkamania, as Hogan was the only one who could.