34 Responses to "INDUCTION: The Most Absurd WCW Merchandise – And Ways YOU Can Celebrate It!"
  1. T says:

    I already have more coasters than I need, but maaaaan….

  2. Sean Bateman says:

    RD shillin’ stuff that might be good enough for WC’s Somebody Bought This

  3. Tentakil Rex says:

    Risky opinion: A Modern Version of York Foundation Could Work

    Think about it, the vague concept of the York Foundation: a team that computers and (not known at the time) analytics to win matches. Now in the era of Moneyball, analytics is widely used in sports so a wrestling faction using analytics would be not be ridiculous. You could do a story arc where a manager can take some underdog wrestlers and turn into winner, but then this team turns fully heel (ala Houston Astros, a really analytically inclined team than use tech to have baseball greatest Heel Turn since the Black Sox Scandal). Bonus points if this faction manager can play a pompous sabermetrican like Brian Kenny, Rob Neyer, or Keith Law.

    • Nicholas Brown says:

      It’s an interesting idea. To be fair, it would have probably worked at the time if the members actually won matches most of the time (and having the former Red Rooster as a founding member didn’t help their credibility much).

  4. Art0Donnell says:

    Mike Rotunda came up with the ship captain gimmick himself in hopes of getting a discount from a boat dealer. It didn’t work.

    • Unknown says:

      Who would have ever thought that Mike Rotunda’s (I know him as IRS from the WWF) son would become the most famous and creepiest wrestler in the WWE today…

      • Thomas Moffatt says:

        Come on! Bo Dallas is that creepy… or famous… 😉

        • Unknown says:

          I was talking about his other son, Windham Lawrence Rotunda (aka Bray Wyatt, aka The Fiend, and the host of Firefly Fun House, which Rotunda came up with on his own, with no input (or interference) from Vince, according to Braun Strowman (1)), of course :D…

          Really, I consider The Fiend the first example of a wrestling creepypasta–just look at his mask…

          (1) And, if you know how much of a control freak Vince is, that says something…

  5. Andy Herlan says:

    Was it Lex Luger?

  6. Bubbafan2 says:

    Wait, so they made merch for freakin’ El Gigante???
    Hmmmm…
    Makes one wonder if there’s a WWF catalog floating around featuring a child-size version of a particular bodysuit with airbrushed muscles… (SHUDDER)

  7. Mav says:

    Great induction. The Captain Mike shirt…honestly, what were they thinking? Who thought that was a good gimmick? Was this on Jim Herd? Man oh man. And the Big Josh shirt. How many of those could have possible ever have been sold? I’m guessing 37 ever. I wish we had a way to look at the sales of these gems. I always miss WCW.

  8. Al Boondy says:

    The makers of that Sting t-shirt predicted the Rock’s turn as the Scorpion King … Decades ahead of their time, I tells ya!

  9. NextChamp says:

    All of those shirts…good lord…

    That EL Gigante one though, to be fair, isn’t a bad design.

  10. Guy Incognito says:

    Trying to figure out what’s worse.
    WCW selling a 4 Horsemen Nazi logo or RD trying to make money off that same logo with the coaster.
    Shameful.

  11. Rob says:

    I know why Mke’s boat was called the USS Norman! God save me, I know exactly why.

    You see, when Mike turned face, he decided to make a difference in the lives of others, so he took Norman the Lunatic under his wing and that psychotic (lower midcard) monster immediately transformed into Trucker Norm. Which is to say that his personality immediately shifted from deranged madman to Dave Sullivan on one of his more Evad-slow days. I have a friend who works in psychology and I have to admit he must suck at his job because he never gets these overnight transformations from damaged soul to lovable oaf like Cap’n Mike did!

    Anyway, I’m pretty sure the Norman on the boat is the same as the Norman that wrestled. I say “pretty sure” because that’s one of those things which I’ve been successful in at least partially blocking from my head. Might have been fully successful if I didn’t click on this and give myself a reminder, but that’s life.

  12. Jeremy Peacock says:

    My question is how can I get my hands on some of those magazines. I absolutely LOVED WCW Magazine!

  13. Jay says:

    El Gigante…..or as Tony Schiavone called him El egante. “Elegant”.

    I don’t know WHY that makes me laugh almost 30 years later.

  14. CF says:

    I guess R.D. did Nazi Arn’s shirt coming…. B)

  15. John Gianno says:

    Aren’t you blatantly using WWE intellectual property for your own profit? Aren’t those renderings on your coasters protected by their rights owner? We adore you and your talents, please be careful. If I’m mis-informed, then I do apologize for this comment ahead of time.

  16. Stone Cold Warlord says:

    So that’s where they got the idea for the Scorpion King!

  17. Hulk6785 says:

    Of course WCW called their merchandise magazine “WCW Stuff.” Of course they made a York Foundation shirt. Of course they made a Four Horsemen logo that looks like a swastika. Nothing surprises me about WCW anymore.

  18. Doc 902714 says:

    They also had the DOA with Paul Ellering whose gimmick was that Paul was to use his computer and internet saavy to take over the world, or the WWF tag team division. This was back in 1998, in the early days of the world wide web. It failed miserably.

  19. lapin says:

    The boat is clearly named after Cap’n Mike’s “crew member” Normal the Lunatic, making that shirt a Wrestlecrap twofer.

  20. John C says:

    I thought The Horsemen reminded me more of The Glaive, the awesome weapon from Krull. I wonder if Captain Mike ever brought his boat to Full Sail University. Did The York Foundation rent out full conference rooms in hotels to hold meetings before a show to go over strategies or just use their regular rooms with somebody sitting at the desk, or on the couch and the other having to do the uncomfortable sit on the bed? How did this Steiner genetic mutation decide on how they were going to dress for the day, did they just rotate on a daily basis or maybe if one just had a better fashion sense it was always left up to him.

  21. Mr. Boing says:

    I feel ripped off.. this was less an induction and more an infomercial for cheezy coasters.

  22. C Boz says:

    Norman (of Lunatic fame) became Rotunda’s first mate for a bit and was dubbed “Sailor Norman”. Soon afterwards he became “Trucker Norman” hailing from from the “Highways and byways of America”. Which I guess put him a few years ahead of Big Sexy Diesel. The again, he also became Bastion Booger. Mike Shaw, we miss ya.

    And Big Jerk, er, Josh had the patented log roll maneuver to dominate his opponents. Hurray.

    That I remember all of these facts is a testament of a great memory (I think) and a sore lack of prioritization in my life circa 1990.

  23. RustedThunder says:

    I can’t tell if that Johnny B. Badd shirt says “I’m a Baaaaaad Man!” or “I’m a Bisexual Man!”

  24. Thomas Moffatt says:

    Here’s a question – was there a Stunning Steve Austin shirt and how well did it sell?

  25. JyriErik says:

    Maybe I’m picking a nit (or two). But in the in Sting face paint kit his face colors are (l to r) white, black, blue, and the paints are RED, black and blue.

    Or maybe the red is there to foreshadow Sting’s nWo run as “Tomato Sting”??

    Jyri

  26. Anthony says:

    At Wrestlecon last year I believe Terri Runnels was selling those York Foundation shirts. I didn’t ask, but I’m sure she would have wanted a lot.

  27. Todd the Bod says:

    I actually had an ugly turquoise blue Z-Man (AKA Tom Zenk) shirt I used to wear with pride when I was a junior in high school back in 1991 or so. It was so awesome (at the time, anyway). I think I was the only person in the world who actually ordered it from the WCW catalog.

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