40 WWE Botches That Still Make us Laugh

Whether it’s finishing moves, promos or segments – everybody loves a good botch. I know 40 is a big number, but trust me when I say that this list was trimmed down quite a bit. Humorous botches and unintentional moments from the past decade are featured in this piece, so brace yourself. For the sake of the article I had to five a time-frame, therefore,, the botches that are featured in this piece take place from 2004-2014.

Now, I didn’t add Brock Lesnar dropping Hardcore Holly on his head/Lesnar’s failed Shooting Star Press or mistakes like that.  As most of us already know, Holly broke his neck and Lesnar got a concussion. Both are serious injuries and while the botches may have been humorous at the time and will always be remembered – it just isn’t right to laugh about them…at least in public. As far as I know, nobody was severely injured during the taping of these mishaps.

I understand that this is a completely random post, but I think that sometimes the IWC, including myself, needs a break. We all need a day off from arguing about who should or shouldn’t be pushed or lashing out about Seth Rollins’ new ring-gear. So sit back, relax and just enjoy some genuinely funny botches and accidents. This list is in no particular order. Enjoy.


We start things off with one of the funniest promos in WWE history. Granted, Curtis Axel has come a long way since this debacle, but he will never hear the end of the genesis of McGillicutty.


New WWE fans may not remember Mike Adamle. But looking at the clips in the compilation, I have one thing to ask WWE – what on earth were you thinking?



Alberto Del Rio is one of the most talented in-ring competitors in WWE today and his feud with the Big Show was fairly memorable. However, the most memorable part of this feud may have been this botch.


I’m a big Randy Orton fan. Sure, he may be boring at times, but the Viper dominates his competitors, as well as this list full of botches and humorous mishaps.


I highly doubt that this is the sole reason why former WWE referee Marc Harris was let go. However, this is the moment he will always be remembered for.


CM Punk and Chris Jericho had a tremendous feud and series of match back in 2012. During this classic heel promo, Y2J accidentally slips and really hears it from the crowd. Perhaps he had some of that Jack before this segment?


To no surprise, the original Sin Cara has made this list. As of today, I believe he is known as Mistico and is competing in Mexico. If you ask me, he should stick to the comic books.


At the time, Booker T was the managing manager of Raw. He interrupted CM Punk during a promo and we all know that’s a big no no. Booker T has since learned from this mistake.


Dolph Ziggler is an internet darling, and rightfully so. However, no matter how over he is and how well he sells, I had to include this rare mishap, which is actually pretty funny if you ask me.


There are no words to describe this botch. I cringe every time I view it and at the time I felt horrible for Ryback because we all knew he could hit the move. But on that night it just wasn’t happening for him.

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  • Matt Gallagher

    The Brock lesnar botches are hilarious because of the injuries

  • Progressed_Now

    chant of the year “YOU FUUCKED UP YOU FUUCKED UP!!!”. and Melina is one cool cat. I miss her like crazy.


    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Melina was great. I would be for WWE to bring back her and Morrison. Both are great talents.

  • Cloaker

    Shame you didn’t put that failed HBK entrance, where his chains somehow got stuck to the floor

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      I don’t recall watching that happen…I’ll look it up.

      • Progressed_Now
        • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

          Hahaha. That’s great. Wish I included it.

          • Progressed_Now

            can easily replace Orton’s WM pyro with it, because technically it wasn’t HIS botch. if stage technicians are included, then you should’ve used Taker’s Elimination Chamber entrance botch with the flames engulfing him and burning his chest.

          • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

            In the first paragraph I stated that this article was about wrestling, promo and segment botches/mishaps/mistakes that didn’t lead to serious injury. The Orton pyro mistake – I would classify that as a segment mistake. I saw and read about the Undertaker pyro accident and he suffered severe burns, therefore I didn’t include it in the article. Plus, I didn’t find it to be that funny to be honest, so perhaps I was a bit biased.

          • Cujo999

            Being fair, for any pyro sequence like that, the talent has certain marks he’s supposed to hit at certain times. Undertaker blew his spot. The pyro people should have caught it and stopped it from going off, but the initial botch is on taker.

  • Drmgiver

    Tensai wasn’t a botch, he intentionally sandbagged him.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      The move didn’t go according to plan and/or was a mistake therefore it was a botch. Also, did Tensai say he intentionally sandbagged him? I remember everyone saying that Tensai intentionally did it when the spot happened, and it sure looks like it, but do you know if there’s any proof that he did?

      • Drmgiver

        Yeah there is. Watch it happen. lol It is obvious. Like you said, “it sure looks like it”.

        • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

          I know it looks like it – but I was seeing if you maybe read something where he actually said that he did, but he is still employed with WWE so he probably hasn’t said anything. Anyways, so you think Alex Riley did the same thing with the Jack Swagger move?

          • Drmgiver

            No. Alex actually looked to jump there. That was a botch.

  • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

    That Swagger/Riley gutwrench powerbomb actually didn’t look that bad.. Added realism and in the end it did look a lot more impressive since he used his strength, that weren’t bad.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Yeah I mentioned that it made Swagger look beastly – but it was still a mistake that I found to be pretty funny.

      • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

        Definitely, good mistake though, the impact looked spot on.
        Great article as well, bro, I do like these ones, good job.

        • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

          Thanks a lot, really appreciate it. I decided to post something different – give myself and others a break from the typical news stuff lol

  • https://twitter.com/StrangeDeranged Pozessed

    That Cena spit one is the greatest, “I choose my partner to be… THE ROCK! -Spitung-“

    • pwnez

      I still get a kick out of Mike Adamle’s botches. Jeff Harvey wrestling for the WEDF, woo!

    • Marvin B.

      LOL at it hanging from his lip afterwards awkwardly

      • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

        I think you can hear Michael Cole laughing towards the end of the video.

      • Ron Burgundy

        Cena is a spitter… A spitter is a quitter…

  • Zahid Zafeer
    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      This is just so painful to watch…

      • Zahid Zafeer

        Its my personal favourite! Great article by the way…

        • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

          Thanks a lot. Appreciate it!

  • http://www.Twitter.com/Daniell02242471 Mrs. Ambrose #MNW

    I forgot some of these botches.

  • Land of the SMARKS

    Great work for putting the time and effort into this.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Thanks a lot. Very grateful to hear positive feedback whenever it comes. I hope you enjoyed the piece.

  • Adnan

    Gail Kim actually knocked herself loopy off a top rope cross body where she hit her head on the mat, hence she cant seem to do anything for the rest of the match

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      That’s interesting. She looked perfectly fine before the DDT – thanks for letting me know.

  • brad

    Good stuff made my day.

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Awesome to hear. Glad you enjoyed the piece.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com yrabadi

    I genuinely felt bad for Kane’s pyro not going off… poor guy. Even he looks so upset that it didn’t happen… :(

    • SOBI

      He seemed to be holding his laugh :D

    • Progressed_Now

      you need new glasses, he was nowhere near upset and in fact he looked amused.

      • http://www.rabidpictures.com yrabadi

        Well, you might be right – i’m watching low res youtube clips on my iphone… so yeah, apologies for getting it wrong.

  • SOBI

    Great list , truly great work
    you should also add that Seth Rollins entrance botch where the barricade gave in and Rollins was so pissed he punched the floor :D

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      Thanks a lot. When did this happen? I don’t seem to recall, but it sounds familiar.

  • Marko

    The Brian Kendrick botching the supposed elimination from the Royal Rumble and telling Triple H ”I know I f**ked up!”

  • SWa

    6-1-NONE is a great title lol! Love it

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      I’m glad you caught that. Really tried to be as clever as I could haha.

  • Scott

    Wish I coulda seen the Bella Twins botch when Lita got inducted into the HoF and they tried to do her turnbuckle move she used to do with the Hardy’s where was that at?

  • Summer Rae Dudley

    The Randy Orton and Royal Rumble Pyro fail gets me all the time.
    At Wrestlemania 25 it will be that damn Wrestlemania sign vs. Randy Orton.

  • Eskylee

    My fav is Orton asking Shemus what’s my line

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      He tried to be so discreet about it. Pretty funny.

  • I hate Micheal Cole

    You know what I don’t get how come that mess Mike Adamle got fired for being a botchtastic idiot yet that fool as idiot Michael botchfest Cole is still allowed to be in WWE after all these years. I mean seriously Micheal Cole probably botches up more on the regular then Adamle did yet the WWE keeps his fool a$$ around they mind as well hire Adamle back if there gonna just let that idiot Cole continue to screw up week after week. I’m convinced Coles screwing Stephanie or he’s Vinces illegitimate son or something because there’s no way a fool like him can continuously screw up and not be fired.

    • gdaddy1971

      Michael Cole really isn’t that bad. He does a pretty good job on both shows each week as well as the PPV’s. Adamle was just horrendous.

      • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

        I really changed my outlook on Cole after the Jerry Lawler incident. He is a class act and his commentating style is geared more towards the younger Cena-esque type fans – but he is a quality commentator.

        • Progressed_Now

          lol you mean that little speech he gave to the camera? that was Vince in his ear telling him what to say.

          • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

            Well regardless, he did very well with it considering it was a very serious situation. I think a lot of people started to respect Cole more after that.

  • http://twitter.com/JamieEvsxx JamieEvsxx

    this article has honestly made my night!…xD…I will have to say though another good one is the R-Truth/Wisconsin incident…xD…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnsbgTcy9MQ

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article! Damn, I forgot about this – totally slipped my mind. Classic moment.

      • http://twitter.com/JamieEvsxx JamieEvsxx

        thanks…=P…and yeah, definitely goes down as my favourite R-Truth moment (besides the heel turn)…xD

  • J’vo

    Goldberg entrance and Kane slip rope, Summerslam 2003,that’s the funny one,but they edit that at DVD version or The Rock when his glasses slip

    • http://www.sescoops.com/author/adrianf/ Adrian Fylonenko

      I could have added a hell of a lot more botches/mishaps – but I wanted a good time frame all these occurred from 2004-2014 – basically a decades worth. Love the Rock dropping his classes. Foley was hilarious.

  • Puppet H

    I swear man that Randy Orton pyro during RR had me DYING.

  • Curtis Axel FACE of WWE

    Just once, during a Rumble, when we have the usual spot of an eliminated person coming back in to throw someone out – just once I would like to see the referees NOT ALLOW the elimination to count. Let the guy get back in! You CANNOT be eliminated by a wrestler who is already out ! RULES ! Also, I think both Macho Man jumped over the top rope once when going after Jake The Snake. His self-elimination DID NOT count. But at another time, Andre The Giant stepped over the top, to get away from Jake The Snake, and his self-elimination DID count.

  • joshidanger

    I really don’t actually think that the 450 splash on Orton was Gabriels fault. Orton moved wrong. ORTON BOTCHED AGAIN.

  • Mr_DJ

    I thought Tensai was sandbaggin Ryback…

    One’s gotta wonder how many pyro guys they’ve fired :p

  • PepsiMexi84

    LOL.. love this list! So glad you did this needed this laugh today :)

  • Ron Burgundy

    “THE SILVERDOME… I MEAN SUPER DOME” I think it’s clear that the Hulkster was focusing a little too much on trying to get some Dome…