10 Hilarious WCW Promos Wrestling Fans Completely Forgot About

Fans of WCW are getting a bit older now; the promotion has been out of action since 2001. The original alternative to WWE programming, Ted Turner’s “Rasslin” show, had a massive impact on the industry. Callbacks to the Monday Night Wars echo even today, and most of the industry’s top draws spent at least some time in or around WCW. While its legacy can’t be understated, modern retellings of WCW’s exploits can leave more contemporary fans with the wrong impression of the last real challenger to WWE.



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Despite its enormous impact, WCW could get incredibly silly at times. It is, after all, a southern wrestling show at its core. Even if the nWo story felt more realistic to fans, melodrama and comedy feuds were just as common in WCW. Unfortunately, much of the company’s absurd content stemmed from lousy booking and ultimately doomed the company. Other moments though, were harmless fun, intentionally or otherwise.

10 I Was Goldust … And Goldust Sucked! (WCW Nitro – August 11, 1999)

When Dustin Rhodes debuted with WCW in 1999, he had already been accustomed to bizarre gimmicks. He was the performer behind the Goldust persona. His WCW debut looked like it would bomb; Rhodes played an exceptionally creepy character with undertones of child abuse named Seven.

The debut segment started so bad that it was funny. Seven floated, that’s right, floated, to the ring after yelling at the fans to “Fear Me!” As the WCW fans laughed at the poor debuting Rhodes, he dropped his gimmick and proceeded to rip on the character and call back to his WWE days. He capitalized how bad he thought the character was by comparing it to the previous gimmick because he played Goldust and Goldust sucked.

9 Bore-Us Malenko (WCW Nitro – May 4, 1996)

Chris Jericho was likely one of Dean Malenko’s greatest adversaries in WCW, with their rivalry being some of the most entertaining moments of his career. The charisma of Chris Jericho gave fans a ton of highlights as they feuded over the Cruiserweight and United States titles throughout the ’90s. However, with iconic segments like the 1,001 holds being some of WCW’s best content, gems from that rivalry are not mentioned as much.

Chris Jericho once cut a promo on a cardboard poster of Dean Malenko, which was not even the funniest part of the segment. So he decides to bring out one guest for his segment, a spoof on Dean’s notoriously cold demeanor in Bore-Us Malenko. He uses the fake Malenko to poke fun at his rival in a uniquely entertaining way by serving as the ring announcer while the jobber walks to the ring.

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8 Stars In The Sky (WCW Nitro – November 9, 2000)

Scott Steiner has developed a reputation for his promo style, which can be nonsensical yet surprisingly compelling. His mad ravings and one-liners have left fans thoroughly entertained for over a decade, even if some of his promos haven’t aged well.

While it may feel nearly impossible to forget about a promo from Big Poppa Pump, one of his less iconic promos hailed from his WCW days. The promo was astrology-based to start with but ventured into familiar Steiner territory when he started talking about his freaks. By the time Scott Steiner began bragging about his big dipper, it was almost impossible not to let out a chuckle.


7 Larry Zbyszko nWo Paid Advertising (WCW Nitro – December 22, 1997)

Larry Zbyszko is one of those names that never fades away in the wrestling industry. He debuted back in 1973 and was a featured player with the likes of Nick Bockwinkel and Bruno Sammartino. In 1997, when the nWo turned their sights on the new commentator, he was already in the twilight of a storied career.

The promo started off funny simply because of the concept. A lowly manager told a legendary wrestler that his match at Starrcade would make him famous. Bischoff put together a pretty good promo for their rivalry, even without the help of the more prominent stars like Scott Hall or Kevin Nash. His lines were clever and witty, which became Eric’s signature style.

6 I Know You’re In The Building Tonight, Greenberg (WCW Nitro – October 19, 1998)

Chris Jericho became famous as a member of the WCW roster, where he rose to heights nobody expected for such a small wrestler. His time as the Cruiserweight and the World Television Champion on Nitro sticks with his fans even today. However, some of the best work from his WCW run is forgotten.

Jericho provided fans with three unique bits in one night on his running feud with Goldberg. First, he is accompanied to the ring by Ralphus, aka the Jericho Protection Services. Next, Jericho repeatedly calls his opponent “Greenberg” and the announcer Gene Mean for good measure. Finally, adding one last sight gag to an already hilarious promo, He kept count of his victories over Goldberg, claiming to be 3 and 0 against the undefeated champion.

5 The Bleeping Scott Hall Interview (WCW Thunder – December 06, 2000)

In 2000, the late great Scott Hall’s name was banned from WCW television after legal troubles outside the ring. However, his real-life friends in Diamond Dallas Page and Kevin Nash either did not know about the ban or, more likely, didn’t care about what Turner officials had to say.

On an episode of WCW Thunder, Kevin Nash and DDP had an interview segment where the two cut a promo. The promo’s purpose isn’t all that interesting or funny, but the two stars made the promo hysterical by using Scott Hall’s name 15 times. Luckily, the broadcast team in the back had to censor each mention, which made the promo quite comical for the fans at home.

4 Bring Your Raggedy Rear End Down Here (WCW Nitro – October 12, 1998)

Scott and Rick Steiner are two enormous wrestlers known for cutting hilarious but nonsensical promos. While most people remember the WCW Chucky segments, the funniest Chucky content was when he cut his own weird risqué Steiner promo on Rick in the middle of the brother’s rivalry.

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Mean Gene’s “get that dummy out of here” while a Chucky doll cackled on screen is perhaps one of the best delivered lines in WCW. Whether WCW was aware that the feature was pure comedy gold is debatable, but the commitment from Rick and Mean Gene makes it even better. Still, while many fans rightly recall WCW’s pop-culture tie-ins as detrimental to the wrestling product, Chucky cuts an amazing Steiner promo.

3 That’s The Wall, Brother! (WCW Nitro – March 27, 2000)

Every wrestling fan knows that Hulk Hogan has 24-inch pythons, a medicine cabinet full of vitamins, and a problematic past. However, some younger fans may not know that Hogan has eagle eyes and once cut a hilarious promo on WCW Nitro filmed outside a Sheraton hotel.

After cutting a generic promo about taking on all challengers and his buddy Jimmy Hart spending the evening with spring breakers at South Padre beach, a spotlight shines on a hotel with a man nearly 15 stories up overlooking the ring. Mean Gene and Hulk Hogan look at the hotel, and the wide shot makes it almost impossible to see why. Then Hogan screams that it’s The Wall, brother; he, of course, doesn’t mean the side of the building because “The Wall” is the name of the wrestler. He tells The Wall to come down and fight, which would have taken at least 30 minutes. The segment was silly fun in the earlier days of WCW. Hogan also said, “if you want some, come get some!”

2 Money, Money & More Money (WCW Nitro – January 4, 1999)

One of WCW’s most infamous moments is the Finger Poke of Doom, which happened in 1999 and was the absolute last straw for the dying company. Often forgotten is the brief, unscripted interview Scott Hall did right before the match started. Scott Hall did not have a script, but that didn’t matter much as he cut a hilarious promo.

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He cracked jokes about Goldberg, whom he was currently feuding with, but Hall ended up switching targets. He began insulting and messing with the interviewer to significant effect. Even better is when the man tries to defend himself, and Scott Hall makes it known to everyone in the back the three reasons he is wrestling at WCW.

1 Take a Look at Us (WCW Nitro – July 29, 1996)

The formation of the nWo is an iconic moment that even fans who hadn’t been born yet can almost perfectly recall the third-man story. A less famous moment for some fans is the first of the ongoing nWo paid advertising promos.

The segment was infinitely cool and introduced the trio of Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hulk Hogan to fans officially. What makes the promo funny, though, is Hogan’s performance. He comes across as part Hulk Hogan and part the Joker, strutting around and getting overly excited as fans, Hall, and Nash laughed at whacky villain antics.

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