WCW's Wildest Celebrity Appearances
WWE isn't the only sports-entertainment organization to play host to celebrities over the years. Throughout the 1990s, NBA ballers, NFL players, movie characters, late night talk show hosts and more stepped into the squared circle in WCW. Some celebrities actually became active competitors while other appearances are better left forgotten. ( PHOTOS | VIDEO PLAYLIST)
WWE Classics ranks 20 of the most memorable – and ridiculous – WCW celebrity crossovers.
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Unfortunately, this wasn’t Michael Keaton reprising his role from the 1988 movie Beetlejuice. No, this was the little person from Howard Stern’s “Wack Pack.” Clad in an outfit resembling Superman’s, Beetlejuice ran into Jeff Jarrett backstage and quickly got on Double J’s bad side. Jarrett clocked him in the head with his trademark guitar, thinking that would keep Beetlejuice out of WCW.
Beetlejuice got retribution on the Oct. 2, 2000, edition of Nitro, when he interfered in Jarrett’s San Francisco 49ers Match against Booker T, keeping Double J from winning the WCW Title. For his efforts, Beetlejuice nearly had his head removed from his body when Scott Steiner ran out and locked him in the Steiner Recliner.
Arli$$ (Robert Wuhl)
If you’re expecting Robert Wuhl, the actor who appeared in "Batman," "Bull Durham" and "Good Morning, Vietnam," you might want to look elsewhere. On July 19, 1999, Wuhl appeared on Nitro in character as Arliss, the sports agent from the HBO series of the same name.
WCW stars appeared on the sitcom and now Arliss was coming to Nitro to “scout talent.” He joined Bobby Heenan and Scott Hudson at the announce desk as Randy Savage took on Kidman. When Dennis Rodman attacked Savage, Arliss jumped into the middle of the fracas and tried to sign Rodman to his agency. Hilarity ensued.
In the history of sports-entertainment, Mr. T will always be remembered for being Hulk Hogan’s tag team partner at the inaugural WrestleMania in 1985 and his boxing match against “Rowdy” Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 2. But the “A-Team” star’s career in sports-entertainment was far from finished.
In October 1994, Mr. T served as the special enforcer in a battle between Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan for the WCW Championship inside of a steel cage. Despite his previous alliance with The Hulkster, Mr. T tried to keep the match fair and balanced between the future WWE Hall of Famers, getting physical with both competitors on numerous occasions.
Flair eventually lashed out at Mr. T, taking out the match’s special enforcer and handcuffing him to the ropes. Although a masked man and Sensational Sherri tried to create a wider advantage for Flair, the power of Hulkamania overcame the odds and Hogan claimed victory as Mr. T made the three count while still hand-cuffed.
When Goldberg made his return to WCW in July 1999, he wanted to make as huge an impact as possible after being out of action for several months. So, he called up his good buddies, heavy metal band Megadeth, and asked them to perform their latest single, “Crush ‘Em,” on Monday Nitro.
Dave Mustaine and crew melted WCW fans’ faces with a blistering concert. At the end of the song, fireworks went off and smoke engulfed the stage. When it cleared, Goldberg stood tall and proclaimed, “I’m back!” From that moment, every competitor was put on notice, as Goldberg was ready for a fight.
Legendary Green Bay Packers defensive end Reggie White made appearances in both WWE and WCW during the 1990s. Although White only appeared at ringside during WrestleMania XI, he entered the squared circle to lock up with former NFL star Steve “Mongo” McMichael at WCW Slamboree in 1997.
Fresh off a Super Bowl victory, White had the WCW faithful clearly in his corner against the former Chicago Bears standout and Super Bowl champion. Both competitors were total powerhouses and battled to a virtual stalemate until Mongo used a steel briefcase to take out the Green Bay Packer and secure victory.
Comedian Will Sasso is a huge fan of sports-entertainment. His impressions of the squared circle’s biggest Superstars are impeccable. However, the funnyman’s antics tend to earn him a beating when he takes it too far.
Sasso angered Bret “Hit Man” Hart during the “Hit Man’s” guest spot on "Mad TV" and ended up in the Sharpshooter. Looking for retribution, Sasso showed up on Nitro and cost Hart the United States Title. So, the WWE Hall of Famer challenged Sasso to a match. Surprisingly, the rotund comedian accepted and took a vicious beating in a one-sided affair that ended with the comedian once again tapping out to the Sharpshooter.
WCW star Vampiro fancied himself a musician outside the ring. So, it was no surprise that the frightening grappler brought in the equally frightening punk band, The Misfits, to watch his back. Lodi, N.J.’s favorite sons made their way into WCW in November 1999.
The Devilocked rockers weren’t just idle bystanders. Jerry Only, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Michale Graves and Dr. Chud ran interference to help Vampiro gain victory. That often put them in line for a beating from WCW’s most vicious competitors. Bassist Jerry Only got it the worst, as he was locked inside a steel cage with “Dr. Death” Steve Williams.
Fifteen years before Shaquille O’Neal faced off with Big Show on Raw in 2009, he had the back of another squared circle titan. At Bash at the Beach 1994, The Big Aristotle was in the corner of Hulk Hogan as The Hulkster challenged Ric Flair for the WCW Title in his debut match with the company.
Having a 7-foot-1 dunking machine on his side paid off for Hogan, as none of Flair’s cronies dared step to O’Neal, lest they be on the receiving end of some Shaq-Fu. When the final bell rang and Hulk picked up the win, Shaq was the first in the ring to raise Hogan’s hand in victory.
When his attempt at an NBA career fizzled out, rap star Master P decided it was time to get in the ring. After all, how hard could it be?
The head of No Limit Records signed a lucrative deal with WCW in 1999 and joined forces with Konnan and Rey Mysterio, forming the No Limit Soldiers. The crew grew to include B.A., Chase Tatum, Swoll and the massive 4x4.
Unfortunately, WCW fans sided with Curt Hennig and his country music loving West Texas Rednecks, who declared “Rap is Crap,” over the hip-hop crew. More often than not, Master P made ‘em say “ugh.”
The NFL shares a deep connection with sports-entertainment. Current and former NFL players have always competed in and attended events of various organizations such as WCW and WWE. Former linebacker Kevin Greene took the relationship one step further and actively competed in WCW in the late 1990s.
The NFL star found himself at odds with The New World Order on numerous occasions. At Slamboree 1997, Greene lived any competitor’s dream by teaming up with Ric Flair and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper to defeat nWo representatives Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Syxx. He was also teammates with NFL alum Steve “Mongo” McMichael, but McMichael turned his back on the former NFL star to join The Four Horsemen. Greene refused to let Mongo’s betrayal rest and claimed retribution against McMichael at The Great American Bash 1997.
In 1998, formed an alliance with former Atlanta Falcon Goldberg in his war with The nWo. Greene unsuccessfully challenged The Giant at Bash at the Beach 1998. Following the loss, the NFL required that he no longer compete in WCW and focus on his football career.
Insane Clown Posse
After The Misfits left WCW, Vampiro switched genres, bringing in controversial rappers Insane Clown Posse to the Atlanta-based promotion. Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, fresh off rapping The Oddities to the ring in WWE, surprisingly made the leap to in-ring competition. During their time in WCW, ICP challenged for the WCW Tag Team Titles, and Shaggy took on Lenny Lane for the Cruiserweight Championship.
After joining forces with Vampiro, Raven and The Great Muta, the pair became popular with WCW fans. Some quickly turned into Juggalos, showing up at Nitro and Thunder with painted faces and signs declaring WCW now stood for “Wicked Clown Wrestling.”
Jay Leno and Kevin Eubanks
In 1998, WCW reached the height of its popularity as Hollywood Hogan and The New World Order reigned. The organization was so popular that late night talk show host Jay Leno began making jokes about Hogan in his monologue. Eventually, the leader of The nWo and Eric Bischoff had enough and confronted Leno on the set of "The Tonight Show." A heated confrontation with Leno and his band leader Kevin Eubanks led to Diamond Dallas Page coming to the comedian’s aid. Page formed an alliance with Leno that would culminate in a tag team match against Hogan and Bischoff at Road Wild 1998.
The battle at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally proved Jay Leno could hold his own in a fight. Though Diamond Dallas Page primarily exchanged blows with Hollywood Hogan, Leno unleashed a huge offensive on Bischoff late in the match. When The nWo tried to get involved, DDP kept them at bay as Kevin Eubanks slipped into the ring, hit Bischoff with a Diamond Cutter, and allowed Leno to pick up the victory.
One of WCW’s most bizarre celebrity guest appearances came in the form of homicidal children’s doll Chucky from the “Child’s Play” series of horror films.
After months of tension following Scott Steiner’s shocking betrayal and defection to The nWo, his brother Rick was gearing up to battle Big Poppa Pump at Halloween Havoc. As the Dog-Faced Gremlin was being interviewed by “Mean” Gene Okerlund about the impending emotional roller coaster, a maniacal laugh was heard throughout the arena and Chucky appeared via satellite.
The exchange between the Hollywood horror star and Rick Steiner was awkward to say the least, with Chucky hurling lame insults and “your mother “ jokes. Finally, Chucky warned the The Dog-Faced Gremlin not to hurt Scott Steiner, because The Big Bad Booty Daddy was allegedly going to star in the doll’s next film. This threat, of course, came after Chucky’s shameless promotion of his upcoming flick, "Bride of Chucky."
In 1998, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz to complete their second “three-peat” as NBA Champions. At the same time, Bulls forward Dennis Rodman had been competing on and off for WCW and representing The New World Order. During the finals, Utah Jazz star Karl Malone and Rodman shared a tense rivalry that often got physical on the court. The intense animosity between the two power forwards led to Malone joining forces with his personal friend, Diamond Dallas Page, and challenging Rodman and Hollywood Hogan.
Malone became a WCW fixture throughout summer 1998, even giving Curt Henning the Diamond Cutter moments before Goldberg defeated Hogan for the WCW World Title. At Bash at the Beach 1998, Malone and Rodman finally squared off inside the ring. Unfortunately for Malone, The nWo got involved, causing him to suffer yet another defeat to Dennis Rodman.
Steve "Mongo" McMichael
Most people thought WCW’s officials made an odd choice when they revealed that Super Bowl champion Steve “Mongo” McMichael would be the color commentator for its new show, WCW Monday Nitro. They were proven right when Mongo’s unintelligible analysis beamed into millions of homes each week.
After Ric Flair tried putting the moves on McMichael’s wife, the former Chicago Bear got the itch to step in-between the ropes. He brought in another football player, Kevin Greene, to take on The Nature Boy and Arn Anderson at The Great American Bash 1996. During the match, Mongo turned on Greene and became a member of The Four Horsemen. To his credit, McMichael went on to have a somewhat successful in-ring career, winning the United States Title.
It was no secret that Ernest “The Cat” Miller was a big James Brown fan. The WCW competitor modeled himself after the Godfather of Soul and often mimicked his dance moves. In 2000, soul music enthusiast Miller was involved in a bitter rivalry with classical music aficionado, The Maestro.
At SuperBrawl 2000, Miller tried to fulfill his desire to meet Brown by having a doppelganger impersonate the music legend. This drew the ire and mockery of The Maestro who humiliated the would-be James Brown and insulted The Cat’s taste in music. Before the musically inclined competitor could finish his rant, the Godfather of Soul himself made his way to the ring. The crowd inside San Francisco’s Cow Palace erupted and Miller lived out a dream, dancing alongside “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.”
KISS is without a doubt legendary in the annals of rock ‘n’ roll. The band has rocked the world since 1973 and has a bevvy of products available still today including comic books, action figures and even a KISS coffin. You name it, the recognizable KISS logo has more than likely been on it. At one point, KISS even had their very own wrestler representing them.
In 1999, Eric Bischoff presented the legendary band in a special concert on WCW Monday Nitro. The band used the opportunity to debut their new competitor. Intended to be the wrestling alter-ego of KISS frontman Gene Simmons, The Demon donned face paint and a hairstyle similar to the band member.
Unfortunately, the concert produced the lowest rated segment in Nitro history and resulted in Bischoff’s firing. But the sight of The Demon emerging from a sarcophagus as KISS finished playing “God of Thunder” was undoubtedly one of the most awesome debuts in the history of sports-entertainment.
During the 1990s, Dennis Rodman was one of the most recognizable stars in the NBA. It wasn’t just his legendary rebounding ability that got him noticed, it was the tattoos, dyed hair, piercings and “bad boy” attitude that made him stand out amongst Chicago Bulls teammates like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. That same rebellious nature is what captivated The New World Order, welcoming “The Worm” into their ranks. Rodman’s allegiance rested with Hollywood Hogan, making his debut by teaming with The nWo’s infamous leader in a tag team bout against Lex Luger and The Giant. Though the duo came up short, The Worm helped Hogan reclaim the WCW Title from Luger at Road Wild 1997.
Most famously, Rodman and Hogan battled Diamond Dallas Page and NBA Superstar Karl Malone at Bash at the Beach 1998. Hogan and The Worm were victorious in the highly publicized contest pitting two stars of the recent NBA finals against each other once again. Rodman suffered defeat in his final WCW match at Road Wild 1999 against “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
It’s one of the most infamous moments in sports-entertainment history. David Arquette, star of WCW’s film “Ready to Rumble,” appeared on WCW Thunder to promote the movie. Somehow, he ended up teaming with WCW Champion Diamond Dallas Page to face Jeff Jarrett and Eric Bischoff. The winner of the fall would be crowned champion.
The match quickly broke down into chaos. Amid the bedlam, the “Scream” star somehow managed to pin Eric Bischoff, becoming the most unlikely champion ever. Arquette defended his title at Slamboree 2000, but turned on DDP, helping Jeff Jarrett take back the title.
One of the most highly anticipated movies of 1990 was Robocop 2, a follow-up to the 1987 hit about a cyborg police officer. At WCW Capital Combat in 1990, Sting made a return from injury and prepared to address the WCW fans about his upcoming World Title match against Ric Flair later that summer. The Stinger entered the arena with his own personal bodyguard, Robocop. As WCW’s face-painted franchise made his way to the ring, The Four Horsemen locked him inside of a steel cage originally intended for Jim Cornette in the previous match.
Moments after Sting was caged, Robocop made his way down the entranceway as The Four Horsemen kept their distance. The fictional cyborg police officer then pulled apart the metal bars on the cage and ripped the door off the cage, setting The Stinger free. Though Ole Anderson threatened to turn Robocop into a bucket of bolts, The Horsemen ultimately retreated.