5 Most Unceremonious Exits in Professional Wrestling
Though I no longer follow professional wrestling regularly, I always keep an eye out on the periphery of the spectacle because I truly do believe that it is a completely unique art form that deserves more recognition. Maybe it's just the manchild in me who never got over watching the Ultimate Warrior finally topple Hulk Hogan when I was small and full of complete suspension of belief, but the combination of theatricality and athleticism has always enthralled me.
However, therein lies the problem... wrestling is basically a professional sport full of actors, and when you combine those two things you end up with some of the bitchiest and most back-stabby organizations that exist on the planet. The result of that is that sometimes superstars are just hurled aside in bizarre or vindictive manners because of politics and ratings.
Today I thought we'd look five of the worst.
Steve "Mongo" McMichael: Mike Ditka called Mongo one of the toughest players he'd ever coached while serving as a defensive tackle for the Bears. He retired from football in 1994 and became a WCW United States Champion for defeating Jeff Jarrett. He was also a member of the Four Horsemen, one of the most elite stables in wrestling history that featured legends like Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Dean Malenko.
In 1999 Ric Flair was once again a babyface taking on the NWO. Flair and McMichael squared off against The Outsiders when Hogan crashed the match to help his NWO-teammates. He succeeded by throwing bleach into McMichael's eyes, "blinding" him. That the last match of McMichael's career as the promised revenge feud fizzled when Hogan shortly turned face and WCW began its long slow slide into ratings failure.
Jeff Jarrett Double J remains both one of the most successful and most difficult to work with wrestlers in the business. Undeniably talented, he has a reputation for standing his ground that has served him well in addition to raised the tempers of his superiors.
In 1999 he agreed to drop the WWF Intercontinental Title to Chyna, the first and to date only woman to hold a major male championship belt. However, the Pay Per View took place the day after his contract expired, and Jarrett refused to perform unless paid $300,000 in bonuses he was due. After receiving his purse, the match went on as scheduled and Jarrett moved onto WCW.
When McMahon acquired WCW in 2001 he was uninterested in Jarrett. McMahon watched the final episode of Nitro on Raw, and when Jarrett was on-screen made his wishes known by publicly firing him. "From now on he'll be known as Capital G Double-O Double-N Double-E," said McMahon.
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