Wrestling is always performed in front of a live audience. Moves can sometimes be botched, lines can be fluffed or superstars even miss their cues at times, and what follows is usually awkward silence until the problem is rectified.
Botches happen on WWE TV every week, but they are only small ones a lot of the time, like Lilian Garcia announcing The Usos as Grammy Award winners or Naomi trying to cover Cameron after she attacked her, when it wasn’t part of a match. Other times, there are botches that are talked about for a long time afterwards, since those botches that are so bad that they cause injuries to the wrestlers.
The WWE Universe is more interested in the small botches, and this has lead to Botchamania becoming a famous online. These usually showcase some of the most hilarious botches of the week, and are shared amongst the WWE Universe and the wrestling superstars.
With that said, here are some of the most memorable and equally dreadful botches in WWE history:
15 Vince McMahon blows his quads
John Cena and Batista were the hottest up and coming stars in the WWE, and had all the momentum going into the 2005 Royal Rumble match, so it's no surprise that it came down to the two of them.
14 Undertaker Suicide Dive at WrestleMania
The Undertaker and HBK squared off at WrestleMania 25 in 2008, in front of a jam packed crowd in Houston, Texas. Shawn Michaels had spilled over to the outside while the Undertaker was inside the ring. This set up the Undertaker's signature suicide dive. This time around, it was planned that HBK would dodge the dive and shove a planted cameraman in the way to take the bump.
13 Batista Oversells
The beauty of wrestling is that it's a predetermined sport where the competitors are not really trying to hurt each other, but are making it look like they really are. But there are times when things look so fake and forced, that you can help but cringe or change the channel. This was certainly the case when Batista decided to get a little too cute with his selling on an episode of Monday Night Raw.
12 Gail Kim vs. Mickie James
On paper, this looked like it would be quite an intriguing contest between two great in-ring workers. In reality, though, the two women's lack of in-ring chemistry with each other made them look like Tough Enough contestants learning how to work.
It was plodding, clumsy and choppy. Both women were seriously off their game on live television, resulting in an embarrassing contest that both women would like to forget. We later found out that Gail Kim was dazed from a missed crossbody that left her disoriented for the rest of the match.
11 Randy Orton Dislocates His Shoulder
Randy Orton has had a long successful career in the WWE and has been one of the company's most trusted in-ring performers. But even the best performers can mess up and that is what Orton did when in a match with Edge.
10 Sid Vicious Doesn't Realize It's Live TV
Sid was an intense guy on the microphone, and sometimes a little bit too intense which probably earned him the nickname Sycho Sid. Though he proclaimed himself to be "the master and the ruler of the world," he certainly wasn't the ruler when it came to nailing a promo.
9 Sin Cara Abruptly Stops A Match
When Sin Cara was portrayed by Mistico, he gained a reputation for being a superstar who botched in almost every match he was a part of. The masked superstar was known as a high flyer, but he once botched a back flip whilst in the ring alone. Whether it may have been because of communication in English, or his mask not giving him the greatest vision, Sin Cara just wasn't very smooth in his WWE stint.
8 Mickie James Crashes & Burns
Mickie and Melina had a storied rivalry, and this was set to finally see it come to an end. However, this match is one that both Mickie and Melina certainly want to forget as it wasn't either of their greatest performances.
7 Enzo Amore Almost Breaks His Neck
Thankfully, this botch wasn’t as bad as it potentially could have been. At Payback 2016, The Vaudevillians took on Enzo Amore and Colin Cassidy for an opportunity to face The New Day for the Tag Team Championship. This was a fantastic match in its first few minutes until it had to be suspended due to a serious injury to Enzo.
6 Melina's Splits-Gone-Wrong
Melina had one of the most famous entrances in the history of WWE. Melina would come down the aisle, get to the apron and after some theatric poses, she would hop up and perform the splits before sliding into the ring under the bottom rope. Her flexibility was one of the most interesting things about her.
5 Joey Mercury Gets His Face Rearranged
One of the most painful and gruesome botches in WWE history, poor Joey Mercury from the tag team MNM was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Matt Hardy was holding both Joey and Johnny Nitro’s heads over the ladder whilst his brother Jeff then jumped onto it on the opposite side and it managed to lift up and hit Joey in the face. Johnny managed to cover his face in time and avoid any impact whilst Joey didn’t manage this in time. His nose was completely shattered.
4 Owen Hart Breaks Steve Austin's Neck
The Tombstone Piledriver is a move that has been banned in WWE for many years, with the only superstars who are able to use it being The Undertaker and Kane. But back in 1997, Owen Hart was given permission to use the move with dire consequences.
3 Hulk Hogan Messes Up Taker's Chokeslam
It is widely considered to be the worst chokeslam that The Undertaker has ever delivered and this is mainly because both Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker were scared of the legend taking a full bump on his surgically repaired hips and spine.
2 Mickie James Messes Up The Finish
WrestleMania 22 saw one of the greatest women’s matches in the history of WWE, when Women’s Champion Trish Stratus took on Mickie James. It was revealed following the match that there was a forced ending because the original scripted ending was accidentally botched by the Champion.
1 Brock Lesnar Botches The Shooting Star Press
One of the most famous botches in WWE history occurred at WrestleMania XIX when "The Next Big Thing" Brock Lesnar took on Kurt Angle for the WWF Championship.
Lesnar is not exactly a high flyer, but he could fly when he wanted to. Early on in WWE tryouts, Lesnar impressed talent scouts with his ability to pull off a perfect shooting star press off the top turnbuckle. Lesnar was told not to perform that move regularly because it didn't fit his size and body type. Instead they asked for it to be pulled out at big events, such as WrestleMania. What was supposed to be Lesnar's shining WrestleMania moment turned into a near catastrophic incident. Brock attempted a shooting star press, but actually landed on his head. The botch did result in a concussion, but Brock still managed to power through it and deliver an F5 to win the championship.
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