Buckle up, Teddy! Creepier than The Boogeyman’s diet, it’s the countdown of the Top Ten Scariest Wrestling Moments.
A mix of the real and the surreal follow this week, as we take a look at the scariest moments both inside and outside the squared circle.
*Some of the list may contain NSFW or disturbing content*
10) Vince McMahon’s “death”
On June 11 2007 WWE owner Vince McMahon staged his own “death” – complete with exploding limos. This was done purely as a ill-judged storyline – complete with “tributes” from McMahon’s colleagues. Unfortunately, the timing couldn’t have been worse.
The June 25th Raw show was scheduled to be a three-hour memorial to “Mr. McMahon”. However, due to the actual death of Chris Benoit, the show opened with McMahon standing in an empty arena, acknowledging that his reported death was only of his character as part of a storyline. It would go on to become a three-hour memorial to Chris Benoit, who wasn’t suspected in the tragedy at the time.
On ECW the night after, with the horrible details of the event now apparent (Benoit’s murder of his family and subsequent suicide), Vince had to acknowledge Benoit’s actions – his name has hardly been mentioned by the company since.
9) Regal’s Tribute
Friends of Chris Benoit in WWE received several “curious text messages” from Benoit in the lead-up to his death.
One of the wrestlers who reportedly received Benoit’s erratic text messages was William Regal. It’s clear from the other wrestlers’ reactions on the tribute show that there was no confirmation at the time that Benoit had killed his family.
Contrast Regal’s scripted reaction to Vince’s ‘death’, with his bone-chilling disposition when prompted to remember Benoit – at a time when most of his peers were seemingly ignorant of the details.
8) Arn Anderson’s Prophetic Advice
A slight departure in the Benoit saga – back to 1996 in WCW
Here’s an eerie unintentional foreshadowing of the 2007 Benoit tragedy (an exemplary display of Anderson’s mic skills, if nothing else).
The women mentioned was Nancy, who was the wife that Chris killed along with their child. The real correlation here is Arn’s emphasis of the importance of family – a theme not often explored in such detail in wrestling.
The Chris Benoit story has undoubtedly delivered some of the scariest wrestling moments in history.
7) Dark Wedding
A slightly happier ending here, as the Undertaker turns up the creepiness to eleven.
Here he tries to force Stephanie McMahon into an ‘unholy’ marriage, including a commitment to ‘bear his offspring’.
Thankfully, a certain someone runs in to save the day.
6) Kane’s barbecue
Unfortunately, Stone Cold was left helpless to save someone else on this occasion.
His good friend J.R’s interview with a newly-unmasked Kane quickly goes south – with the commentator being lit on fire while Steve Austin looks on in horror.
5) Hangman’s Noose
Some rather disturbing imagery here, as the Big Boss Man appears to be hanged from a cell after his Wrestlemania 15 match against the Undertaker (starts around 14:50 below). Yes, it happened at their most watched show of the year. Then again, it was 1999 where anything and everything went on.
4) I Quit
An “I Quit” match took place between Mankind and The Rock at the 1999 Royal Rumble.
With Mankind lying unconscious in the ring, the Rock handcuffed Foley’s hands behind his back. Mankind stood up only to be met with three hard steel chair shots but still refused to quit, saying he’d have to be killed first.
The Rock then chased Mankind out of the ring and up the walkway, hitting him repeatedly with a chair until he fell unconscious on the concrete.
Backstage footage of before and after this match can be seen on the pro wrestling documentary Beyond the Mat – including footage in the red link of Foley’s wife and kids crying at ringside at the disturbing action.
3) Cane Dewey
“Dewey Foley is a three year old boy!”
In the mid-90s of ECW, Mick Foley was giving advice to wrestler Tommy Dreamer. The rant found Foley — then competing as Cactus Jack — addressing a fan who had written the words “Cane Dewey” on a sign — a sickening message pointed at Foley’s then-three-year-old son.
2) “They’ve killed him!”
J.R’s all-time great quote sums up the fear that most felt while watching this match.
While Foley’s first fall through the table was planned, the second one through the cage wasn’t – lodging Foley’s tooth in his nose among other damage.
1) Mass Transit incident
This horrifying incident occurred at an Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) house show on November 23rd, 1996.
Eric Kulas, a 17-year-old performing under the name of Mass Transit, lied about his age to get into a match against Mustafa Saed and the notoriously crazy New Jack, when someone pulled out.
Before the match Kulas asked New Jack to blade him since he never had done it himself and New Jack agreed. The end of the match saw New Jack blade Kulas, with an exacto knife, but accidentally cut too deep and severed two arteries in Kulas’ forehead. Kulas immediately passed out as the blood was spraying out of his head.
Three years after the incident, Jerome “New Jack” Young was tried on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and was later sued by the Kulas family.
It was testified that Eric’s father, Stephen Kulas, began berating The Gangstas and screamed, “He’s only 17!” and, “Take it easy on him, he’s just a kid!” when they isolated his son from his tag partner during the match and double-teamed him.
Footage of the event is available on the internet, but we’d rather not link to it.
The incident led to the cancellation of the Barely Legal pay-per-view, by pay-per-view provider Request TV, delaying it’s eventual broadcast by four months.
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