THIS Sunday’s Payback will feature WWE Champion Randy Orton v Bray Wyatt in the first ever “House of Horrors” match.
Details on the match are sparse, but speculation is that the match will take place in a haunted house-style set before making its way to the ring.
Either way, with the supernatural antics in this rivalry – including the bonkers maggot visuals Bray conjured up at WrestleMania – this could be WWE’s hokiest match in a long time.
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Of course wrestling’s no stranger to silly stipulations and ridiculous gimmicks. Promoters are always coming up with new ways for its wrestlers to settle the score.
Here are nine of the worst ever.
Blindfold Match – WrestleMania VII
Jake “The Snake” Roberts v Rick “The Model” Martel
This feud was classic old school WWE. The Model had blinded Roberts in one eye using his own brand of cologne, “Arrogance”.
But the final showdown was ridiculous, with both men fighting in hoods.
It was the blind wresting the blind. Except, it was obvious they were blind, because before the match started it was obvious the hoods were mesh and easy to see through.
Jake’s masterful ring psychology makes this actually watchable – and he finally gets revenge with a DDT.
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King of the Road Match – WCW Uncensored 1995
Dustin Rhodes v Blacktop Bully
Rhodes (the future Goldust) battled Bully (the former Demolition Smash) on the back on an 18-wheeler truck – while it was driven around the roads and loaded with livestock.
The aim was to climb on top of the trailer’s cage and beep the horn – except the men could barely stand on the moving truck, let alone fight.
Blacktop Bully got the win. But both Bully and Rhodes were fired for breaking WCW’s no-blood policy and blading during the match. Guess the PPV wasn’t “uncensored” after all.
Good Housekeeping Match – No Mercy 1999
Jeff Jarrett v Chyna
Jarrett had spent weeks playing a vile chauvinist pig – first abusing his valets Debra and Miss Kitty, and telling Chyna she belonged at home doing chores, not a wrestling ring.
The result was this hardcore-style match with household items for weapons – an ironing board, mop bucket, and even the kitchen sink.
Chyna showed him she was all woman by clobbering Intercontinental Champion Jarrett with his own guitar to win the title.
It’s also notorious as Jarrett – who was leaving for WCW – held up Vince McMahon for a for a reported $300,000 before the match, or he refused to lose to the title to Chyna.
Punjabi Prison Match – Great American Bash 2006/No Mercy 2007
Undertaker has Buried Alive.
The Hardy Boyz have the ladder match.
And The Great Khali has the Punjabi Prison – a less-than-terrifying structure made from bamboo.
Like a cage match, the point is to escape. But there’s no escaping the fact that this is beyond awful – and Khali is one of the worst performers in the history of WWE.
There were two Punjabi matches, the first in 2006 against Undertaker – with Big Show ultimately replacing Khali on the night for health reasons – and again with Batista at No Mercy in 2007.
Hog Pen Match – In Your House 5
Henry O. Godwin v Hunter Hearst Hemlsley
Long before Triple H was “The Game” and heir to the wrestling kingdom, he was the snobbish “Connecticut Blueblood”.
In a stinker of a match he’d rather forget, Hunter and WWE’s resident pig farmer Godwin tried to dump each other into an actual hog pen – complete with swine, mud, and slop.
Trips won the match but was still slammed face-first into the muck for his troubles.
Chamber of Horrors Match – WCW Halloween Havoc 1991
Sting, El Gigante, The Steiner Brothers v Big Van Vader, Abdullah the Butcher, The Diamond Studd, Cactus Jack
Simply put, it’s a cage with an electric chair. All eight men battled to get one of the other team into the chair, then pull the lever to win the match.
Vader’s team lost when Cactus Jack accidentally pulled the lever with Abdullah in the chair – and supposedly fried the poor butcher’s brains.
A strong contender for WCW’s worst ever gimmick.
And for a company that once booked RoboCop to team up with Sting, that’s no easy feat.
Judy Bagwell On A Pole Match – New Blood Rising 2000
Buff Bagwell v Kanyon
Wrestling has put some strange things on a pole for superstars to fight over – nightsticks, furry dice, even Viagra. But Buff Bagwell’s mum has to be the strangest of all.
Though was billed as “on a pole”, Judy Bagwell was actually on a forklift truck while Buff battled her stalker Kanyon. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Kanyon’s pal David Arquette runs in.
Thankfully Buff got the win to save his mother’s honour – and put everyone out of their misery.
Hardcore Evening Gown Match – King of the Ring 2000
Pat Patterson v Gerald Brisco
If there’s one match that perfectly sums up the ludicrous depths of the Attitude Era, it’s this.
The evening gown match – in which Divas would have to strip each other to their bra and knickers – was a staple for the likes of Sable, Debra, and Ivory.
But with stooges Patterson and Brisco – both in their late 50s – it was a stomach-churning sight to behold.
Crash Holly rushed to the ring to clobber Patterson with a trash can and win the Hardcore Championship and end the match.
Thank god for the 24:7 rule.
Kennel From Hell Match – Unforgiven 1999
Big Boss Man v Al Snow
The build up was as bad as the match itself (though hilarious). The Big Boss Man kidnapped Al Snow’s dog Pepper, then killed, cooked, and fed the dog to Snow as “Pepper steak”.
The resulting match was for Boss Man’s Hardcore Championship, with the old school blue cage set inside the Hell in a Cell structure – and the least threatening Rottweilers ever guarding the space in between.
Instead of savaging the competitors, the dogs just weed and pooed on the floor.
A critique of the action between Boss Man and Snow perhaps.