10 Most Unbelievable Segments In WWE History
The WWE doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to scripting its characters’ promos.
There have been many times when someone was in the ring or part of a non-wrestling segment, and they said or did something so shocking, so stupid, so intolerably bad that it made fans cringe. These were the segments that actually ticked off long-time wrestling fans because they weren’t connected to actual wrestling and more in-tune with a desperate attempt to cross over into actual ‘entertainment.’
When people discuss the darker side of wrestling, these are the things they’re usually referring to: the desperate need for ratings superiority, and the lengths to which promoters will go to in order to increase those ratings and garner a greater response from their own audience and from society at large.
Some of these segments were so cringe-worthy because they were too cheesy to be taken seriously and were comedy attempts gone bad. Other segments made people uncomfortable because of mature content or otherwise inappropriate creative directions for what’s supposed to be a wrestling program. Other cases still were cringe-worthy because they came off as ‘desperate’ and the fans saw through the charade and rejected what they were being presented.
With WWE’s ratings currently in the toilet, they must avoid the temptation to return to these sorts of skits and segments. If they were to try and recycle these old ideas, the backlash they’d receive now could be far worse than anything they have ever experienced before.
10. ‘Donald Trump’ & ‘Rosie O’Donnell’ On RAW
In 2007, the WWE wanted to show that they cared about ‘pop culture’ events, which might explain why impersonators of Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell appeared on RAW…and had a ‘wrestling’ match.
These two impersonators (which included O’Donnell being obsessed with eating cake and Trump having a much larger hairpiece than in real life), made some people laugh (albeit at the absurdity of the segment), while the rest of the audience chanting ‘boring’ so loudly that it was impossible to drown them out. This ‘contest’ dragged on for far too long, and was mercifully brought to an end when ‘Trump’ won.
This moment was so bad because it was clear that WWE was ‘scraping the bottom of the barrel’ for any sort of hook that would show the world that they’re relevant. But instead of bringing in new viewers, this segment turned many away instead.