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2000 R.S.P-W Awards

Worst Angle

Worst Angle                             

Award Description:

To be given to the worst angle you've seen in the sport this year. It may be
the worst because of taste or because of execution. 

Previous Winners:

  1990: Earthquake breaks Hulk's ribs & get well card drive / 
        Black Scorpion (tie) 
  1991: WWF exploits the Gulf war 
  1992: Papa Shango curses the Ultimate Warrior 
  1993: WCW's Cactus Jack gets amnesia; search leads to Cleveland 
  1994: WCW gives Hulk Hogan the WCW Title 
  1995: WCW bills Giant as Andre the Giant's alleged son
  1996: Jim Ross announces return of Razor Ramon and Diesel to WWF
  1997: Brian Pillman claims paternity of Dakota Runnells
  1998: "Mysterious laughter" source revealed as Chucky the doll
  1999: Big Show's father stricken with cancer; Big Boss Man exploits it

**2000**: Mark Henry impregnates Mae Young...or does he?

509 first place votes
485 second place votes
469 third place votes

 91 61 43  724   Mae Young's pregnancy results in birth of a hand
106 39 25  697   David Arquette wins WCW World Heavyweight championship
 55 22 22  385   Big Boss Man torments Big Show, family following Wight, Sr.'s "death"
 27 21 27  252   Who is the father of Stacey Keibler's baby?
 19 23 24  212   Booker becomes G.I. Bro
 18 25 17  199   Vince Russo wins WCW World Heavyweight championship
 13 19 17  156   Mae Young turns exhibitionist
 11 13 20  134   WCW wrestlers (Goldberg) "go against the script"
 13 14  9  125   Hulk Hogan reinvents himself as Terry "FUNB" Bollea
  5 15 23  116   WCW airs "shoot" interviews
 13  7 12  110   Search for Steve Austin's assailant leads to Rikishi
  8 13  6   91   Mark Henry falls in love with Mae Young, double dates with Harvey Wippleman
  4 12 12   80   Oklahoma challenges Madusa for the cruiserweight title, and wins
  4 12 10   76   J. Biggs, Harlem Heat sue Booker over tights, music and the letter T
  6  8 10   74   Vince Russo embarrasses Ric Flair and family
  2 12 12   70   Mike Awesome chases fat chicks
  5 10  6   67   "Positively" Kanyon wants Judy Bagwell to "be his Kimberly"
 10  2  5   66   Millionaires v. New Blood
  5  7 10   66   Band gets back together again
  3  8 12   63   Mideon picks up a streaking habit
  4 12  3   62   Chris Jericho spills coffee on Kane
  6  5  6   57   Vince McMahon costs Rock the title because he didn't say thank you
  1  6 14   51   Pat Patterson, Gerald Brisco fight over hardcore championship
  4  7  4   49   Vince Russo restarts Goldberg's streak, telling him he must win or be fired
  3  6  7   47   Chyna and Chris Jericho become co-intercontinental champions
  6  4  1   44   Vince Russo, Eric Bischoff form New Blood
  3  1 13   44   Jushin Liger loses IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title thanks to tequila bottle
  5  4  3   43   Bret Hart turns on Goldberg in the desert
  4  6  2   42   Eddie Guerrero has to get his high school diploma
  3  6  3   39   Right to Censor forms for our own good
  3  4  5   37   Big Al follows Tank Abbott
  2  5  3   31   ECW fights the Network
  4  2  1   28   Chyna falls victim to Eddie Guerrero's Latino Heat
  1  5  2   24   Road Dogg and X-Pac have friendly rivalry
  1  4  1   19   Kevin Nash "coaches" the Natural Born Thrillers
  2  1  2   17   Vampiro, Sting team, then feud, and feud, and feud
  2  1  2   17   Lance Storm forms Team Canada
  2  1  2   17   Dean Malenko defends light heavyweight title against women
  0  3  4   17   Goldberg turns heel
  0  3  2   13   Dean Malenko becomes James Bond
  1  2  0   11   Mike Awesome suddenly transforms into That 70's Guy
  2  0  0   10   McMahon-Helmsley Era
  2  0  0   10   Eddie Guerrero tries to take on Playboy
  1  1  1   10   Evan Karagias, Madusa carry spat over into cruiserweight title match
  1  0  2    9   Undertaker returns to cost Rock the title
  1  0  2    9   Sting horribly burned...for two weeks
  0  1  3    9   Tori experiences flashbacks to her Christmas with X-Pac
  0  1  3    9   Hulk Hogan pins Jeff Jarrett in :03 at Bash at the Beach...and is never seen again
  1  1  0    8   Kurt Angle creates a love triangle between himself and the Helmsleys
  0  0  4    8   Fired wrestlers form Misfits in Action
  1  0  1    7   Shane Douglas' surprise for Kidman is Wall
  1  0  1    7   Powers that Be
  0  1  2    7   Terri turns on Hardy Boyz for no apparent reason
  0  1  2    7   Radicalz Reunite
  0  2  0    6   Insane Clown Posse targets Sting
  0  2  0    6   Big Show turns heel...again
  1  0  0    5   X-Pac as a ladies man
  1  0  0    5   Undertaker and Kane feud...again
  1  0  0    5   Triple H turns heel / face / heel.....
  1  0  0    5   Too Cool dance a lot
  1  0  0    5   Sid Vicious returns as Millenium Man
  1  0  0    5   Rock pins Vince McMahon to win WWF title
  1  0  0    5   Nitro Girls clash
  1  0  0    5   Maestro v. Artist
  1  0  0    5   Eric (?)
  1  0  0    5   Dudley Boyz turn face by putting women through tables
  1  0  0    5   David Flair v. Ric Flair
  1  0  0    5   Boogie Knights hire other wrestlers
  1  0  0    5   Big Show in WM main event
  1  0  0    5   Acolytes form Protection Agency
  0  1  1    5   Undertaker hates Angle for messing up his bike
  0  1  1    5   T&A take over APA office
  0  1  1    5   Pat Patterson starts regularly using stained underwear as weapon
  0  1  1    5   Kanyon crippled from 3-tier cage fall, walks again next week
  0  1  1    5   Everyone betrays Diamond Dallas he quits
  0  1  1    5   Diamond Dallas Page accuses Buff Bagwell of having affair with Kimberly
  0  1  1    5   David Flair asks Daffney to marry him in New York
  0  1  1    5   DX reforms
  0  0  2    4   Vince Russo shaves Ric Flair's head
  0  0  2    4   Terry Funk named WCW commissioner
  0  0  2    4   Ric Flair named CEO of WCW
  0  0  2    4   Revolution secedes from USA, declares sovreignity
  0  0  2    4   Dean Malenko becomes Godfather's protege
  0  0  2    4   D'Lo Brown teams with Godfather
  0  1  0    3   WWF issues the SmackDown Challenge to Bush & Gore
  0  1  0    3   Vince Russo has "brain surgery"
  0  1  0    3   Trailer Trash Johnny Webb's search for Homeless Jimmy
  0  1  0    3   Total Package masquerades as Sting
  0  1  0    3   Torrie Wilson's pregnancy (her WHAT?)
  0  1  0    3   Too Cool/ E&C (?)
  0  1  0    3   Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley stays married entire year
  0  1  0    3   Shane McMahon, Steve Blackman have epic hardcore feud
  0  1  0    3   Sexual innuendo between Eric Bischoff and Kimberly Page
  0  1  0    3   Scott Steiner, Booker T fight over WCW title
  0  1  0    3   Scott Hall's contract dispute
  0  1  0    3   Ric Flair makes comeback...again
  0  1  0    3   Kurt Angle, Triple H participate in angle that didn't end
  0  1  0    3   Kronik imitate APA
  0  1  0    3   King defends Jim Ross' honour against Tazz
  0  1  0    3   Just Joe hears things in the back
  0  1  0    3   Hummer appears again...with Bischoff and Kidman behind the wheel
  0  1  0    3   Hulk Hogan calls upon the spirit of the Yapapi Indian to fight Ric Flair
  0  1  0    3   Dean Malenko mentors Crash
  0  1  0    3   Crash defends Hardcore championship 24/7
  0  1  0    3   All the people retiring in WCW
  0  0  1    2   Total Package breaks about a dozen arms
  0  0  1    2   Tazz & Raven's longtime, fully developed friendship is shattered
  0  0  1    2   Screamin' Norman Smiley dresses in local team's jersey
  0  0  1    2   Scott Steiner tries to rape Goldberg's girlfriend
  0  0  1    2   Russo v. Booker T.
  0  0  1    2   Rhino spears Sandman's wife
  0  0  1    2   Mick Foley retires w/a loss - twice!
  0  0  1    2   Mankind loss "pink slip on a pole" match
  0  0  1    2   Lo Down forms from a common search for respect
  0  0  1    2   Lane, Idol decide to become their true selves
  0  0  1    2   Kurt Angle's lack of an angle
  0  0  1    2   Jeff Jarrett v. Sid
  0  0  1    2   Earl Hebner is a hero
  0  0  1    2   Chyna, Mr. Ass renew friendship
  0  0  1    2   Cat, Mike Sanders dueling commissioners
  0  0  1    2   Bull Buchanan turns on Big Boss Man

REJECTED - didn't occur between 11/02/99 and 11/01/00

  3  5  4        "Anything..." votes
  1  2  5        Triple H averts death despite falling 40 feet in a car
  2  1  1        "Tie" votes
  2  2  0        WCW, BattleDome athletes clash
  1  3  0        Road Dogg raps with K-Kwik
  1  0  0        WCW in General
  0  1  0        Holly Superheavyweight Angle
  0  1  0        Big Boss Man kidnaps / cooks Pepper

DON DEL GRANDE: I didn't consider this the same as "Chyna falls victim to
Eddie Guerrero's Latino Heat" as this seems to refer to the aftermath
(when Eddie turned on Chyna), while I refer to the whole thing before the
heel turn.

HIRO: Rikishi as the driver certainly was a disappointment.  Thankfully
WWF did some damage control by revealing Triple H as the true master mind
behind the act. The other two really left a bad taste on alot of people,
not to mention being hurting some people's sensitivites.

HSB: Question 43 was really tough this year!

CHRIS WILCOX: Again, several people will have put down "Kurt" for this
category, although you might get the occasional "Eric" for this category.  
Again, all will think it's funny and original.  Again, all will be wrong.

J3R CR0WE: Couldn't think of anything worse than WCW.

DEVON: No one likes "shoot" interviews.  Marks don't like them because the
interviews confuse them, and smarts don't like them because they expose
the business and ruin suspension of disbelief.  The "Team Canada" angle
sucks because Americans generally don't take Canada seriously as a rival
country.  The thought of feuding with them is ridiculous.

DAN LONEY: WAY too many choices.

ALEX GIPSON: You know, Russo was right-that whole Arquette angle was very
definitive of what the new Bischoff-Russo era would be like: ridiculous,
shameful, ludicrous, etc.

CHRIS OSTER: I wrote a lengthy Rant Crew article about what an abomination
Dewey's title reign was back when it happened, so I won't rehash it again.  
The amazing thing was, Mae Young's hand angle was just as stupid - but,
since it was a throwaway joke and not a garbage World title switch, it
rates a little lower on the Suck-o-Meter.  And the whole Big Show-Boss Man
thing was insulting.  And it led to bad matches to boot.

SCOTT W.: Let's see.  Vince Russon and his WCW Title, then David Arquette
and his title, followed by giving birth to a hand.  Who was on crack then
in the WWF?  Was Tammy back???

MARCUS SPARKS: I won't even repeat it this time.  The Hart/Goldberg thing
wouldn't have been bad if it weren't so painfully obvious what was going
to happen.  The whole Harlem Heat thing ended up leading nowhere at all.

PETE GOODRICH: Eddie at the Playboy mansion..the pain...

GREG NECASTRO: Mr. Good Guy for the World tries his hand at being a face
with an attitude.  And fails.

STEPHEN TISZENKEL: Why wasn't Eric Angle nominated in this category?

JON WALTON: Can I just vote for "anything in hour one of Nitro?"

JAMES HOWARD: I *knew* the Big Bossman tormenting the Big Show was in very
poor taste, but it only gets third place because it was the only time that
I genuinely liked the Big Bossman. Not only was he an evil heel, he was an
evil heel who was *damn* *funny*. Judy Bagwell on a forklift was extremely
insulting to my intelligence, but it recieved only second because at least
*that* was funny. Albeit unintentionally. But David Arquette winning the
WCW World Title... *that's* *not* *funny*. ^_^;;

GEORGE JOHNSON: A hand?!  Are you kidding me?  Anyone who thought this was
funny please raise your hand.  That's what I thought.

BOB MORRIS: Pregnancy angles just don't work...period. Nobody seriously
buys into them, and that's why the Stacy Kiebler pregnancy angle is my
pick for the worst of the year. The David Arquette angle was also really
bad, but at least that one didn't get dragged on as long as the Kiebler
angle did.

RICK SCAIA: How awful was the whole Mark Henry/Mae Young Gets Pregnant
thing? Easily the most insultingly poor angle of the year.  The whole
thing with Bossman tormenting the Big Show after the "death" of Show's
father was also not funny, not convincing, and probably just not in very
good taste. Proving that pregnancy angles just tend not to work in
wrestling, the whole "Who's the father of Stacey's baby bit" (still
on-going in WCW) rounds out my list of the three worst angles of 2000.

DOMINIC SEIBERT:  Worst Angle (con't.) -- A bunch of angles made me
wretch, so, if possible, please consider all of them as a tie for first
place.  If not then go ahead and use the ones I named above as a tie for
first place.  They are in no particular order: * Big Boss Man torments Big
Show and family following Wight, Sr.'s "death." -- No respect for the dead
= no respect for life.  That is not cool. * David Arquette wins WCW World
Title -- I've already said my piece on this. * Everyone betrays DDP so he
quits -- What happened to the original People's Champion? * J. Biggs,
Harlem Heat sue Booker over tights, music, and the letter T -- Why didn't
they sue Sesame Street since they're programming is occasionally sponsored
by the letter T?  Doesn't that sound like a ridiculous idea?  So was this
angle.  (Of course, Russo is probably now saying to himself, "Sue Sesame
Street?  DAMN!  Wish I would've thought of that.") * Judy Bagwell on a
forklift -- I do not want you on a crane, I do not want you in a plane, I
do not want you on the screen, I do not want you in tight jeans, I do not
want you near the ring, I don't want you doing a single thing, I do not
want you feigning hurts, and (most of all) I do not want you to take off
your SHIRT!!! (Which brings us to...) * Mae Young turns exhibitionist --
One of the few times I reacted the exact same way to something as Jerry
Lawler did.  * Mae Young's pregnancy results in the birth of a hand -- Was
that goo really necessary?  And did they get permission from Thing? * Mark
Henry falls in love with Mae Young, double dates with Harvey Whippleman --
Mae Young mentioned in three straight items.  I think I'm about to hurl.  
* Kane attacks Jericho because he spilled coffee on him -- The WWF
could've thought of a better way to get these two feuding. * Lenny and
Lodi become their "true selves" -- How is this an improvement on their
"fake" selves? * Mideon picks up a streaking habit -- See Judy Bagwell/Mae
Young. * Mike Awesome chases fat chicks -- Or any other angle Awesome's
had since arriving in WCW. * Oklahoma challenges Madusa for cruiserweight
title and wins -- At least WWF had enough brains to have Chyna lose one of
their major titles to a wrestler and not a fat-assed ass. * Revolution
secedes from USA, declares sovereignty -- Even Chris Benoit is not
perfect. * Terri turns on Hardys for no apparent reason -- Have we found
out the reason yet? * The Band gets back together again -- The biggest cry
for help of the year. * Total Package breaks about a dozen arms -- What
the hell was this? * Vince Russo embarrasses Ric Flair and family -- Get a
life, Vince. * Vince Russo wins WCW World Title -- I've already said my
piece on this. * WCW airs "shoot" interviews -- Creator of this angle
should shoot self. * WCW wrestlers "go against the script" -- Yeah.  

JEREMY DELINE: It didn't really last long enough to compete for worst
feud, but one of the most horrible angles of the year was the Big Al/ Tank
Abbot clash, climaxing in their Leather Jacket on a Pole match. seeing
Tank hold a knife to Big Al's throat while saying 'I could fucking kill
you right now..' could have been as big as the 'Austin-attempted vehicular
homicide' storyline in the WWF. but alas, WCW blew it and Big Al has not
graced our screens since. maybe he could show up and attack Tank Abbott
with a forklift. I don't know what offended me more: The whole (Mae Young
sleeps with Mark Henry/Mae gets pregnant, Mae keeps wrestling/Mae loses
baby/baby turns out to be a rubber hand) angle, or the indelible image of
David Arquette wearing the WCW belt. Did anyone see Ready to Rumble?

BRIAN SPARKS: I can't believe you didn't list thw worst angle of the year:
Pat Patterson feuding with Rikishi and giving him a stinkface with his
poop-stained underwear!

NATHAN LONEY: Who in the FUCK decided to pair Mark Henry and Mae Young?  
Who in the FUCK came up with the idea that poor old Mae should get
pregnant?  And who in the FUCK came up with the idea that an 80 year old
woman should give birth to (of all things) a HAND?!?  It boggles the mind!  
I mean, I could write a term paper on this shit!  It was retarded, it was
disgusting, and I hope that whoever sprung this on us (and having Mae
flash us at the Rumble) will one day pay for their crimes.  I really wish
I could give all of my votes to this pile of garbage, but I can't.  The
idiocy with Booker T., Stevie Ray, Tony Norris, and Cash was stupid,
boring, and lame.  I never cared about Harlem Eat (thanks, Hyatte!  :) )
for one moment, and litigation didn't change that.  And finally, Jushin
Lyger may be a bit out of step, a little old perhaps, but to have to lie
down the way he did (for a tequila bottle) and to lose his IWGP title (a
title that, you know, actually MEANS something still) when he didn't
believe that he was going to is just pathetic.

BILL LEHECKA: I believe Mae Young's hand angle was poorly executed and did
not live up to the hype that was intended.  Sorry, my head was set to
forgiving (flips switch on head to scathing commentary).  A hand?!?!?  
Mae Young gave birth to a hand??!?!?  Is this supposed to be some kind of
sick fucking joke?  Please Calgon, take me away from this bullshit!

NATE PATRIN: Actually, it's merely the lowest point in the overall angle
from hell that is the Mark Henry-Mae Young love-in.

MATT SPAULDING: I'm going off the board (?) and putting Goldberg's heel
turn at No. 1.  Put aside everything the man said about it afterwards;
turning your *only* draw heel is stupid, stupid, STUPID.  Any angle that
involves David Flair is automatically a recipe for disaster, but when it's
a pregnancy angle on top of it... well... you get the picture.  Same goes
for Russo basically retiring Ric Flair, who at least deserved to lose to a
*wrestler*, or even David.

BLAZEJ SZPAKOWICZ: Considering how much praise I've heaped on Former WCW
Champion David Arquette so far, it should surprise nobody that his
attaining that lofty position gets my top vote in this category. The whole
Mae Young pregnant angle was disturbing, and the finale was incredibly
stupid, so that's an easy second. For third, I'll be nice to WCW (for
once), and vote for another stroke of WWF genius, the birth of Naked
Mideon. That's just *wrong*. Thank Benoit they killed it off relatively

ERIC STRAGAND: nWo 2000- Despite the re-hashing of the idea, the original
late 99 concept was kinda cool: Bret Hart, Steiner, Jarrett, Hall and
Nash. But within a month, it had reverted to simply Jeff Jarrett and the
Harris Boys. The whole thing was forgotten by April.

LAWRENCE BENEDETTO: 1st: Quite possibly the worst angle/promotional move
EVER. 2nd: That angle went on for waaaaay too long and that payoff just
was NOT funny. 3rd: Stupid. Just stupid.

TANVIR RAQUIB: "Push, Mae, push! There it comes! Ohmygod, it's a...HAND?!

SCOTT HILLMAN: Worst Angle - RTC if not really about any of the
participants if just for the WWFs hypocracy about not allowing pro RTC
signs in thier Arena.

MIKE PLYLEY: If there is any justice in this world, Mae Young's "birth"
will be unanimously voted the worst angle of the year.  And I would never
have thought that being a 70's guy with a "Lava Lamp Lounge" would be a
STEP UP the angle ladder, but the Fat Chick Thriller was to me, just that
bad.  3rd place goes to DDP's tragic life, as everyone he knows turns on
him, for no real reason, too.  I especially loved Kanyon turning on him,
despite Mike Awsome throwing him off a cage a month ago.  Oh, that wacky
Russo, he sure knows how to do SHOCKING SWERVES!

JOHN DONALDSON:  Some of the worst acting I've seen on WWF TV all year was
during the Chyna/Latino Heat Playboy Interludes.  The Stooges battling for
the Hardcore Title was disgusting, but not as repulsive as the fecal
stains on Patterson's briefs.  When Mae Young gave birth to a hand, I
think the whole world collectively headed straight for the bathroom to
engage in a rousing catharsis.  That pregnancy or lack there of was awful.

JEFF "FRO" WAHLMAN: WWF came up with an answer to beat Russo at his own
game with Mae Young "naked" and giving birth to a HAND? I hope whoever
wrote that crap is homeless on the streets of Cleveland and with no

JBELL55146: The whole Big Bossman/Big Show mess at the beginning of the
year was everything that is wrong with wrestling. Bad Wrestling plus an
over the top angle that was embarrassing to boot. And Harlem Heat sueing
Booker T over the let T was just stupid. Next think you know they'll sue
him over the number 3 and the letters O and K. Comon. And if I hear
another 'Shoot' inteview, I am gonna go nuts.

General Comments
Best Wrestler
Best Tag Team
Best Heel
Best Babyface
Best Worker
Best Jobber
Best Jobber to the Stars
Best Flyer
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Best Gimmick
Best Move
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Worst Gimmick
Worst Move
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Worst Feud
Most Disappointing News item
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Best Second
Best Announcer
Best Colour
Best Interviewee
Best Angle
Best Organization
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Best Major Show
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