Although there have been plenty of exceptions, the point of professional wrestling was never to look pretty. The fame associated with success no doubt appears glamorous and appealing to fans, and it should, but the road to that success is paved with violence, blood, sweat, and tears, and that’s just when things are going the way we expect them to. Because WWE is desperate for mainstream attention, and Vince McMahon has the most bizarre sense of humor known to man, wrestling can often be far worse than simply “not pretty”—it can get downright gross.
Wrestling is a scripted form of entertainment, and as such, they have the liberty to plan and therefore fake some pretty disgusting moments. Vince and company have shown a propensity towards the more scatological forms of humor, which means fake waste, human and animal, has been sprayed all over multiple wrestlers (and Vince himself). We didn’t include those moments on the list, because the truth is, there have been plenty of times they did things that couldn’t have possibly been faked, and that instantly made those actions far more unsettling. Even if some of these events were faked, they were presented so convincingly some fans found themselves looking away in disgust anyway. And some were even obviously fake, but the sheer audacity of what they were faking made it disgusting on an even deeper level. Keep reading if you have the stomach to learn about 15 WWE moments that made fans physically ill.
15. Vince and Stephanie McMahon Douse Trish Stratus in Sewage
One of the most infamous and morally reprehensible moments in Raw history was the night Vince McMahon forced Trish Stratus to strip to her underwear and bark like a dog in front of a roaring crowd. While that left many fans with a bad taste in their mouths, just one week prior, things weren’t really any better for Trish. Barking like a dog was Trish’s way of getting back on Vince’s good graces, after he and Stephanie McMahon attacked Trish and doused her in sewage. The sewage was almost certainly fake, but given the full story and all of the circumstances involved, it all ranks as one of the most disgusting episodes in wrestling history. It’s hardly the worst thing Vince did, though…
14. The Vince McMahon Kiss My Ass Club
The Raw after Survivor Series 2001 was famous for reverting the status quo of wrestling back to before the failed Invasion experiment, but that wasn’t the only noteworthy thing to happen that night. On November 19, 2001, Vince McMahon gave in to his most deplorable fantasies as a CEO of a million dollar company, and invented the “Vince McMahon Kiss My Ass Club.” The first member, William Regal, thought Vince meant he’d have to suck up to his boss, but in fact his boss was being literal, and wanted Regal to pucker up instead. Vince made things worse showing off the “tricks” his naked 55-year-old behind was capable of, and later forced Jim Ross, Shawn Michaels, Shane McMahon, Mick Foley, and Hornswoggle to join in increasingly gross displays.
13. Triple H Humps A Mannequin in a Coffin
Triple H hasn’t taken over control of WWE from the McMahon family just yet, but he’s already done something so disgusting he couldn’t have possibly gotten away with it and kept his job unless he was at least a pretty special employee. The worst was unquestionably what many have called the worst moment in WWE history—the Katie Vick incident. During a feud against Kane, Triple H first accused Kane of murder, and then necrophilia. To prove it, Triple H raped a mannequin in a coffin. While most of this story falls under the category of morally disgusting, it fell into the physically disgusting category as well when, after committing the act, Hunter reached into the mannequin’s skull and pulled out her “brains.” Obviously, the whole thing was many levels of fake, but it was such a surreally gross experience for fans it didn’t matter how realistic it was or wasn’t.
12. The Nasty Boys Take Their Enemies to Pity City
The Nasty Boys were one of many tag teams who simply stuck around too long and gradually turned into jokes for their lack of wrestling ability past a certain age. There was a brief time they were extremely popular, though, and during this time they managed to run roughshod over the tag divisions of AWA, WCW, and WWE. Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags named themselves after their attitudes, with an understated punk rock influence giving them an extra bit of menace when they were on top. Their personality wasn’t the only thing that was nasty, though. The boys were presented as unwashed slobs, and one of their signature moves was to take their enemies to “Pity City”—one or both of them would shove an opponent’s face into Knobbs’ sweaty, hairy armpit. There were endless victims to the disgusting move, but our vote for the most unfortunate would probably be Sherri Martel at Starrcade 1994.
11. Bastion Booger Eats Dog Food
We just covered the wrestlers who became famous for being nasty, but Bastion Booger is something else entirely—he’s the only wrestler in the world who’s sole characteristic was that he was extremely gross. Booger was played by Mike Shaw, who was forced by religious groups to drop his holy gimmick of Friar Ferguson, and then instead decided to eat literally everything in sight while on camera as a result. He carried pizzas and rotisserie chickens with him to the ring, disgustingly shoving them into his mouth and spitting out remnants at his opponents. His most famous moment in WWE saw him act as the color commentator during an early episode of Monday Night Raw. He had little to add in the way of wrestling insight, but he did entertain Vince McMahon by eating dog food at ringside. Of course, there are worse things in this world to be fed than dog food…
10. Al Snow Eats His Dog
In 1999, Al Snow parted ways with his mannequin friend Head and began carrying around an adorable little dog named Pepper. Eventually, the dastardly villain The Big Boss Man stole Al’s dog, leaving Al despondent, and even crazier than usual. Boss Man appeared to show some form of contrition one night on SmackDown, inviting Al to his hotel room to apologize and return Pepper, but not before offering Al a gigantic dinner as an apology. Al hesitantly ate the food, and quickly Boss Man revealed the trick—the “meatballs” in Al’s meal were made from Pepper, who Boss Man killed and cooked. While that part was obviously fake, Al immediately shoving his fingers down his throat and vomiting all over the room while Boss Man beat him up at least felt pretty believable. This would be a pretty common theme in wrestling, in fact…
9. Cesaro Makes Titus O’Neil Vomit
WWE SmackDown has always been a pre-taped show that airs on Thursdays or Fridays in the United States. Because of its pre-taped nature, WWE has used plenty of well-known TV tricks and tropes they wouldn’t be able to do on a live Raw broadcast. One of their favorite tropes is the big backstage holiday party. The night after Thanksgiving 2013, the WWE superstars were having their holiday celebration, and apparently Titus O’Neil had a bit too much to eat. After his meal he was forced to wrestle a punishing match against Cesaro, which included O’Neil falling victim to Cesaro’s famous Giant Swing. O’Neil fell out of the ring, grabbed JBL’s hat, and profusely vomited into the hat for over a full minute. WWE added cartoony turkey graphics to cover the most disgusting element of the story, which was that O’Neil wasn’t faking. After actually throwing up, he poured the former contents of his stomach on Michael Cole’s head. O’Neil then wandered over to Zeb Colter and threw up on him, too. Amazingly, it wasn’t the first time Cole was covered in a wrestler’s vomit…
8. Rikishi Makes Booker T Vomit
While overeating is one way to make a person lose their lunch, the whole point of this list is that there’s more than one way to make a wrestler spew. In January of 2002, Booker T learned about the one method that hopefully only happens in wrestling. Booker fell victim to Rikishi’s famous Stink Face. If you’re unfamiliar with the move, think Vince McMahon’s Kiss My Ass Club, with the added bonus Rikishi is easily twice McMahon’s size. Booker fell out of the ring and wandered a round in a daze, eventually ending up in front of Michael Cole. Cole mocked Booker for looking like he was going to throw up, which was the obvious cue for Booker to do so all over Cole. It didn’t seem quite as real as when Titus would try the gag later, but Cole really sold it with his disgust, making fans feel like they got thrown up on as well. And yet, it’s not even the worst vomit related moment in WWE history…
7. Papa Shango Makes The Ultimate Warrior Vomit
The Ultimate Warrior was an outlandish and cartoonish character who seemed out of this world from the very start, and Papa Shango was a voodoo priest, so we’re not saying any part of this one was believable. However, his cartoonish-ness is also worth considering insofar as realistic; adult things weren’t happening on WWE TV in the early 90s. Take for example the beginning of this very angle, which saw Shango put a bizarre “curse” on the Warrior, causing him to leak green goo out of his mouth. There was something unsettling about that, but the far more disgusting action came when the medical staff was checking on Warrior, and out of nowhere Warrior began retching and threw up on several EMTs. Wrestlers were so superhuman at the time they couldn’t even bleed, so to see them in such a vulnerable and weak state shocked (and disgusted) many fans.
6. The Boogeyman Eats Jillian Hall’s Mole
Things gradually got more realistic after the era of Warrior and Papa Shango, but WWE’s biggest strength has always been unpredictability, which is how they pulled off something both more disgusting and more cartoonish than ever before in 2006. The Boogeyman was a throwback to creepy and mystical characters like Shango, and Jillian Hall was the valet of JBL, who sported a hideous mole-like growth on her face. Boogeyman was feuding with JBL, and as such Hall became the primary victim to his horror film antics. In the most remembered moment of Boogeyman’s career, he ate the disgusting mole off of Jillian Hall’s face. Obviously, the whole thing was fake, but it was once again such a unique and disturbing thing to fake that fans ended up extremely grossed out regardless.
5. Dusty Rhodes Really Loves Being A Plumber
Dusty Rhodes is a WWE Hall of Famer and has been celebrated as one of the greatest minds and performers in wrestling history. Of course, the vast majority of that legacy was built outside of WWE, so it took a pretty long time for Vince McMahon to openly acknowledge any of it. When the former NWA World Champion and main event superstar debuted in WWE, Vince McMahon covered him in polka dots and turned the heroic Son of a Plumber into an actual, every day plumber. Because McMahon thought this was hard for wrestling fans to understand, he also aired vignettes of Dusty unclogging toilets. Disgustingly used toilets. As if the actual image wasn’t bad enough, Dusty also used his considerable gift of gab to talk about how brown and chocolate-y it looked, making it offensive to multiple senses.
4. Pat Patterson Has A Streak
Pat Patterson is one of the most important names in WWE history. Not only was he the first ever WWE Intercontinental Champion and great wrestler, from behind-the-scenes, Patterson has more than once been Vince McMahon’s second-in-command for decades at a time. For whatever reason, Vince decided to reward this loyalty by turning Patterson into his main onscreen Stooge along with Gerald Brisco. Brisco was portrayed as equally aloof, inept, and out-of-touch, but Patterson had the additional displeasure of apparently not knowing how to clean himself after going to the bathroom. Rikishi’s Stink Face was one of the more popular moves in WWE with everyone outside of Booker T, and Patterson decided to steal the move, with a twist. By proudly exhibiting a brown streak down his underwear and Jerry Lawler laughing at the “skid marks” on commentary, Patterson made the Stink Face infinitely grosser, but instead of sulking in shame, he later showed off the stained underwear with pride.
3. Michael Cole Has Athlete’s Foot
Because not everyone is as disgusting as Vince McMahon, instead of the Kiss My Ass Club, most other wrestlers have settled with the existence of the Kiss My Foot match. The rules are pretty simple and obvious—the loser bows before the winner and kisses their feet. The idea is definitely gross and humiliating to begin with, but WWE really took things to the next level at Over the Limit 2011. Michael Cole was deeply entrenched in a feud with Jerry Lawler, culminating at the event. Cole eventually lost the match, but early on he attempted to taunt Lawler by showing him his foot. When Cole removed his sock, fans saw a disgustingly scaly diseased brown foot, which Josh Matthews could barely explain on commentary. Fans have since diagnosed it as Athlete’s Foot, which seems plausible, but whatever the case, it was the most disgusting foot in WWE history. It was hardly the most disgusting body part, though…
2. Mae Young Gives Birth To A Hand
Wrestling has made a lot of strides in terms of mainstream acceptance over the past several decades, with millions of fans from all different backgrounds worldwide joining together to enjoy countless hours of wrestling entertainment. However, it still has a certain stigma for being lowbrow and undignified, and if any one moment proves that is forever a deserved reputation, it is the moment Mae Young gave birth to a hand. In 2000, the 76-year-old Mae Young began dating the 28-year-old Mark Henry. Despite all medical science deeming it impossible, Henry impregnated Young, and just a few months later she suffered serious abdominal pains. A doctor was called when it appeared Young went into labor, and that doctor helped her deliver a gooey white human hand. Everything we’ve said about some of these being unrealistic is times a thousand on this example, but that doesn’t do anything to quell how viscerally gross the whole thing would be if real. The only way WWE could ever do something more disgusting would be if they actually tried…which, of course, they did.
1. Tommy Dreamer Drinks The Undertaker’s Tobacco Spit
While we’ve no doubt just mentioned some of the grossest moments in the history of wrestling and television in general, this entire list could’ve been filled with the actions of one man. For a brief period in 2002, inspired in part by MTV’s Jackass, Tommy Dreamer’s gimmick was that he would do extremely gross things for money and attention. It started innocently enough, with Dreamer appearing in backstage skits and vignettes mostly getting paid to eat or drink things humans shouldn’t drink (i.e. virtually everything in a hair salon). Amazingly, this was the one gimmick to elevate the Innovator of Violence to the main event, and he found himself challenging The Undertaker for the WWE World Championship. During the feud, The Undertaker forced Tommy to drink a cup filled with his discarded tobacco spit, which Dreamer later said made him “feel shaky.” Somehow, though, Dreamer regretted eating the hair even more.