WrestleMania season is upon us, and despite the fact that the show of shows will probably take place in front of no live audience, WWE is still promoting the event heavily on its current programming.
One particular Superstar making a big return will be Edge, a multi-time champion who was side-lined permanently back in 2014, only to make a miraculous return at this year’s Royal Rumble. This reminded us of the time Edge actually battled Booker T at ‘Mania over the rights to a Japanese shampoo commercial, and it started the cogs turning to come up with 5 of the most bonkers things wrestlers have actually gone to battle over, because shampoo can’t be the only crazy idea WWE and its counterparts have ever come up with.
ALEX WRIGHT Vs DISCO INFERNO – DANCING FOOLS
WCW always struggled to come up with great creative for any of its talent that didn’t slot comfortably into the NWO cut and paste model that had made the company so much money. This is why there were so many bizarre gimmick matches on WCW television right up until WWE bought them out in 2001.
One such example was when perennial opening match guys Alex Wright and Disco Inferno started to feud because they each thought they were a better dancer than the other. Yes, you read that correctly. Two grown men, who compete in the world of professional wrestling, were more bothered about who had better dance moves than which one them was a better wrestler. It turns out that neither of them was any good, but the real loser here was all of us.
YOSHI TASU Vs TYSON KIDD
What’s that you say? WWE is crazy stupid, but NXT is genius? Well you might be right in 2020, but it wasn’t all that long ago that Yoshi Tatsu and Tyson Kidd actually had a match in which a Yoshi action figure was suspended on a pole, and the winner got to keep it. But yeah, NXT is great.
BOOKER T Vs BIG T – SUPERBRAWL 2000 “THE SESAME STREET DEATHMATCH”
During the mid to late ’90s, Vince McMahon had designs of making Ahmed Johnson the guy in WWE. For reasons we’re too lazy to go into, that never came to fruition, but this didn’t stop WCW signing him and throwing him into a feud with Booker T at the turn of the millennium. In those days if a guy jumped from WWE to WCW, or vice versa, they would have to undergo a name change and the brain trust of WCW came up with the imaginative moniker of Big T for Ahmed, and decided the best way to get him over was to have him battle Booker at Superbrawl 2000 over the rights to use the letter T in their name. Has there ever been a more ridiculous reason to have two wrestlers feud?
While discussing the match on his 83 Weeks podcast, host Conrad Thompson described this match as a “Sesame Street Death Match”, and quite honestly that is the most perfect way to explain the crappy contest. This is the reason why non-wrestling fans think wrestling fans are dumb, and yet it wasn’t the end of the feud because the heel actually managed to go over at the PPV.
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