Since I'm in a wrestling mood and I'm more of a guy who loves the past than todays scene , this to me is a thread where we can discuss the absolute WORST things that WCW , AWA , WWE , NWA , ECW , and any other promotion or indy has done. But there are rules. It can't be one we all will know like "WWF Invasion 2001" or the Goobly Gooker ....since we all know them.
Anyhow to start....
1-) Steve McMichael : ex-NFL star DT , horrible annoucer.... 4 Horsemen member ? What the..
For those who don't know , Steve McMichael was a pretty solid Defensive Tackle for the Bears and Packers in his career. He had retired in 1992 or 1993 after a decent short career and Superbowl ring with the 85 Bears.
It was his next career that would open him up to mockery and laughter. At the time WCW was in the midst of taking it to Vince McMahon and was given 2 hours each Monday night on TNT , by Ted Turner's order to his TV guy. Bischoff scrambled to go live and get things ready for the kickoff of the Monday Night wrestling wars.
The result seemed to be an answer to what Vince McMahon had done earlier that year with Lawrence Taylor at Wrestlemania 11. Bring in a football player who really has no business there and BOOOM , instant success. Bischoff decided to hire Steve McMichael to annouce.
And trust me folks McMichael added nothing to the annouce crew except talking about "The fight in the dog" referance he'd bring. He must have said this 100 times a show. He also carried a small weiner dog to the annouce table and hold it. Maybe the dog was influencing him to make "dog" statements ...who knows. The end result was everyone basically knew he SUCKED HARD.
Anyhow after months of this , maybe Bischoff realized he was failing as an annoucer ....McMichael was removed. It was the next decision that makes us realize why WCW lost $80+ million bucks in the span of one year.
McMichael got a new nickname "Mongo McMichael" and joined perhaps the most storied group in WCW's history. The 4 Horsemen .
While its true the Horsemen by the 1990's had been pretty much screwed sideways by WCW putting some lame men on the team (Paul Roma ...really ?) the Horsemen name in the Carolina's and Ric Flair was still gold. You'd see as soon as the music hit , people doing th 4 fingers. Because the past invoked a legacy of greatness.... Arn , Tully , Barry and Ric...Arn , Ole , Tully , and Ric ....the legacy baby.
Into it stepped Mongo who was given a push over a lot of talented people. His promos were just as bad as his annoucing. Being a football player he had little skills (I'm sure Ric , Arn and Chris tried to help him) in a wrestling ring. The only thing Mongo had going for him was a smoking hot , beautiful wife named Debra McMichael.
A former Miss Teen Texas runner up , Debra basically was like Rena Mero (Sable). Its just that WCW being moronic fools never realized Debra was the star of the couple and that Mongo wasn't. She would be in the background , say some things ...but she basically for awhile saved Mongo's career.
After awhile though as WCW's past booking sins caught up to them , Mongo soon was gone by 1999. Replaced by Dean Malenko would create the GOD TEAM of Chris Benoit/Dean Malenko. .The best Horsemen tag team since Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson
Now why does this story continue ? In 2006/2007 the WWE put out the above pictured 4 Horsemen DVD. Its there Flair and Arn was allowed to discuss what they thought was shit. Everyone agreed Paul Roma was a bad pick basically with Flair & Arn.
But then it gets to Ric and Arn discussing Jeff Jarrett's short tenure in the group (8 months). Well here is where Ric and Arn start serving their new master Vince McMahon basically. See....Vince hates Jeff Jarrett with a passion . Seems in 1999 Jarrett basically got Vince to pay him back $100,000 grand he owed him (his bonus had been cut months earlier...even with business smoking hot) or he'd walk with the IC Belt to WCW. His contract had ran out and Vince never forgave this . (A fact on the final Nitro in 2001 he spent time to tell us at home Lex Luger and Jeff Jarrett were worthless and would never work in WWE under him)
So back to the DVD. The 2 start discussing how Jarrett just wasn't a Horsemen and wasn't good . The fact he was a hell of a lot better than Mongo and could cut a sensible fucking promo seemed lost on Flair and AA here . Plus love or hate Jarrett....he can at least work a good match.
My friend watched and as we had both been thru the Monday Night Wars , he looked at me in shock : "Is Flair fucking for real ?He can diss Roma sure...but to claim Mongo was better than Jarrett is a stretch beyond damn reality. Check what that man is drinking !"
But many knew that this was less an honest critique and more of trying to appease VINCE MCMAHON. And some will say ...cleary Vince isn't this fucking petty ? Well ladies and gentleman ...I give you this DVD.
Ultimate Warrior DVD.
So if your a wrestler and you piss Vince off , prepare to get whatever good you did SQUASHED like a bug. And watch guys piss all over you in some forms.
In the end Mongo is now a Head Coach in a semi pro NFL League. His career over for good in wrestling. Debra as the star (think Rena Mero again) went on to achieve way bigger fame than her husband ever dreamed of in the WWE. Being Women's Champion and a part of the WWF Attitude era that exploded big for the company.
The lesson here folks ....a hot wife can sometimes be a bigger star.