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2006 and 2009 alienated me as a customer but i wouldn't necessarily classify them as weird, just very lame.
 

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In what sense weird?
Idk, when i look back at some time lapses in WWE history, i get weird vibes, like the past twelve months or so, with guys like Elias, Ambrose, Owens, Rusev, Strowman and Gargano changing alignment for such a short while, a giant roster with guys like Nakamura, Asuka, Major Brothers and Ali getting start and stop pushes, midcard titles being barely defended, Gargano and Ciampa getting called up for all of a couple weeks, Lesnar keeps getting the title back ruining the flow of main event storylines, it's a mess.
 

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Weird is a very broad term so I do not know what type of answer you are looking for. I will take a stab at it by weird booking. I will go with 1993.

1993 saw the end of the Hulkamania era in the WWF. Booking throughout saw "weird" things such as:

Macho Man trying to pin Yokozuna in the Royal Rumble

A career vs. career match on free tv instead of Wrestlemania (Perfect vs. Flair)

Wrestlemania held in a parking lot with everyone wearing togas

Hogan winning the title in am unscheduled match at the end of Wrestlemania then disappearing for a couple of months

Hogan losing a match and the title by someone doing a leg drop on him

A jobber (123 Kid/X-Pac) win a match against an established star

A star being built up to be the replacement for Hulk Hogan (Lex Luger)...then celebrating with confetti and balloons after winning the title match by COUNTOUT!!!

A heel champion with a long run (Yokozuna)

Randy Savage on commentary

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan leaving
 

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Whatever year(s) Goldust was doing the whole "Artist Formerly Known As" thing with Luna. Those alone HAVE to at least be in the conversation for what they were doing alone.
 

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Weird is a very broad term so I do not know what type of answer you are looking for. I will take a stab at it by weird booking. I will go with 1993.

1993 saw the end of the Hulkamania era in the WWF. Booking throughout saw "weird" things such as:

Macho Man trying to pin Yokozuna in the Royal Rumble

A career vs. career match on free tv instead of Wrestlemania (Perfect vs. Flair)

Wrestlemania held in a parking lot with everyone wearing togas

Hogan winning the title in am unscheduled match at the end of Wrestlemania then disappearing for a couple of months

Hogan losing a match and the title by someone doing a leg drop on him

A jobber (123 Kid/X-Pac) win a match against an established star

A star being built up to be the replacement for Hulk Hogan (Lex Luger)...then celebrating with confetti and balloons after winning the title match by COUNTOUT!!!

A heel champion with a long run (Yokozuna)

Randy Savage on commentary

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan leaving
Great post! 1993 was definitely a year where Vince was in panic mode after all his 80s stars were either gone or had one foot out the door. He also had the impending steroid trial staring down at him.

Safe to say 1993 was probably the worst professional year for Vince since he bought the company from his dad
 

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1995 with those awful WrestleMania and SummerSlam pay-per-views (especially the main events), Isaac Yankem, King Mabel, Savio Vega, Bertha Faye, Bodydonnas, Goldust, Luger leaving. It felt like a mess. Also 1996 with sequels of those things - WrestleMania XII with Bodydonnas winning the tag titles, Piper/Goldust and UW/HHH... Wow. Just wow. The opening and the main event saved the show however.

2009 was worse, but less weird, as it was just generic PG crap.
 

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1997 was pretty damn weird if you think about it. It was a dramatic break from everything that had come before. Face and heel lines were blurred. This was the birth of tag champs who can't get along. Wrestlers were good guys in one country and bad guys in another. Wrestlers threw matches in kayfabe. Heel vs. Heel feuds like all the damn time. WWF added two new titles after not adding any for years. ECW invaded. Other promotions were regularly acknowledged. Guys renounced their gimmicks.

I love 1997. It edges out 2000 as my favorite year in WWF history. But it was also weird af. Especially if you had already been watching for a decade as I had.
 

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2002, easily.


All you gotta do is watch an episode of Raw/SD from Jan of that year and the watch another episode from Dec. If someone came to me at the beginning of that year and told me "Hey, later that year, The original nWo members will finally make their debut in the WWE, which will lead to a Rock/Hogan match at WM, and there will be brand extension,...and Steve Austin will walk out on the company, not to mention there is a kid named Brock Lesnar will run through every one from Taker to Flair to RVD to Hogan, and eventually he'll beat The Rock clean and become the Undisputed champion and the FOTC... also, Shawn Michaels will make a successful comeback and he'll win the world title in a match called an elimination chamber"....................I would've said "GTFOH!!".

That year was surreal.
 

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You'd have to define "weird," but pound for pound, 04, 06 and 07 could have a pretty good triple threat match for strange supremacy methinks off my head. 06's weirdness Is well documented, but as for the other two:

04:
Non-kayfabe, Hardcore Holly gets the first WWE ppv title shot of the year and by the end of 2004, Bradshaw is now an enduring WWE champion under an arrogant Wall Street aristocrat gimmick after spending his whole career as a tough Texan brawling in either the mid card or tag scene.

The closing image of a milestone Wrestlemania held in the Mcmahon family backyard is an embrace between two sub-6 footers—in Benoit's case a man solely renowned for technical prowess. Not strange considering 2004's circumstances, but looking at that through a historical lens reveals the bizarreness. This main event is now erased.

Brock Lesnar goes from being positioned for a seemingly permanent premium spot on WWE's marquee to leaving for the NFL. Less shockingly, Goldberg leaves simultaneously. What should seemingly be similar to the explosive extravaganza we witnessed at WM 33 ends up being one of the most infamous Mania matches of all-time.

Kayfabe Eric Bischoff's mentally challenged nephew Eugene, who picks his nose and has mastered his idol's best moves from constantly watching wrestling, becomes one of the most consistent fixtures on the flagship's weekly television. Eugene even enjoys a full program with HHH that included a broadway at Summerslam.

Kane and Lita intertwine in a forcefully married relationship that heavily implies non-consensual intercourse. If that's not strange enough, Gene Snitsky debuts by causing Lita to miscarry and starts an "It wasn't my fault" catchphrase, He later "Punts a baby" into the audience. Whether that's funny or distasteful, there's no denying that's weird as hell.

Stuttering Matt Morgan (I think that was 04?)

The one and only Concrete Crypt match where Paul Bearer "Dies in a cement mixer." :maury


WWE of all places debuts a character exposing American post-911 xenophobia by having an actual Italian portray an intelligent American Muslim accompanied by a fellow foreign manager who is more hostile. Of course, the act quickly generates the biggest heat in several years. Uncharacteristically intricate.


07:
Damn near every top guy gets injured
Hornswaggle becomes Vince's illegitimate son
IIRC Edge and Vickie become a couple
The future President of the United States shaves Vince's head bald
Vince subsequently starts wearing a durag, definitely calls Sabu "A member of the Taliban" and seemingly calls Booker T "My N*****"" to their faces on live television
Teddy Long kayfabe has a heart attack at his wedding
Vince kayfabe dies in a limo explosion.
The very next week, Benoit actually dies and WWE runs the tribute with Vince publicly apologizing for his fictional angle.
Regal has a starkly different reaction than the others to Benoit's death. We soon learn of the horrific circumstances and see WWE just unknowingly memorialized a murderer on tv.
CNN embarks on a witch hunt to seemingly try to destroy WWE as irrelevant opinions quickly crawl out the woodwork like termites.
 

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2007 obviously. the shadow cast over wwe by the benoit stuff made everything weird and uncomfortable, then a few months later half the roster was suspended for PEDs :lol and edge & cena were both out of commission for injuries so had to relinquish their title early.
 

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You'd have to define "weird," but pound for pound, 04, 06 and 07 could have a pretty good triple threat match for strange supremacy methinks off my head. 06's weirdness Is well documented, but as for the other two:
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Here's the thing about 06, to me, that was the year their creative juices ran out and they went back to lame shit, midget leprechauns, samoan savages, there was no real drama or suspenseful storylines, even the attempts at being edgy, like the live sex celebration and dx reunion, were like whatever, is this supposed to be compelling TV? Calling it weird is a disservice to the word IMO. Weird implies you get surreal vibes from the product, and my feeling in 06 was wow this shit is going down the tubes fast.
 

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Weird is a very broad term so I do not know what type of answer you are looking for. I will take a stab at it by weird booking. I will go with 1993.

1993 saw the end of the Hulkamania era in the WWF. Booking throughout saw "weird" things such as:

Macho Man trying to pin Yokozuna in the Royal Rumble

A career vs. career match on free tv instead of Wrestlemania (Perfect vs. Flair)

Wrestlemania held in a parking lot with everyone wearing togas

Hogan winning the title in am unscheduled match at the end of Wrestlemania then disappearing for a couple of months

Hogan losing a match and the title by someone doing a leg drop on him

A jobber (123 Kid/X-Pac) win a match against an established star

A star being built up to be the replacement for Hulk Hogan (Lex Luger)...then celebrating with confetti and balloons after winning the title match by COUNTOUT!!!

A heel champion with a long run (Yokozuna)

Randy Savage on commentary

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan leaving
Yeah, for sure. 1993 was strange. Let’s not forget how bizarre Survivor Series 1993 was. Bret Hart’s brothers against Shawn Michaels and some masked nobodies was strange enough, but add the Smokey Mountain tag match, and that weird match where the Bushwhackers and Men on a Mission were dressed as Doink, and you’ve got a truly bizarre event.
 

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Whatever year(s) Goldust was doing the whole "Artist Formerly Known As" thing with Luna. Those alone HAVE to at least be in the conversation for what they were doing alone.
That was 1998...the year that saw the official launch of the Attitude Era and rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company and the Mr. Mcmahon character which produced arguably the greatest feud in wrestling history. 1998 does not fly in this thread.
 

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Weird is a very broad term so I do not know what type of answer you are looking for. I will take a stab at it by weird booking. I will go with 1993.

1993 saw the end of the Hulkamania era in the WWF. Booking throughout saw "weird" things such as:

Macho Man trying to pin Yokozuna in the Royal Rumble

A career vs. career match on free tv instead of Wrestlemania (Perfect vs. Flair)

Wrestlemania held in a parking lot with everyone wearing togas

Hogan winning the title in am unscheduled match at the end of Wrestlemania then disappearing for a couple of months

Hogan losing a match and the title by someone doing a leg drop on him

A jobber (123 Kid/X-Pac) win a match against an established star

A star being built up to be the replacement for Hulk Hogan (Lex Luger)...then celebrating with confetti and balloons after winning the title match by COUNTOUT!!!

A heel champion with a long run (Yokozuna)

Randy Savage on commentary

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan leaving
Yeah, for sure. 1993 was strange. Let’s not forget how bizarre Survivor Series 1993 was. Bret Hart’s brothers against Shawn Michaels and some masked nobodies was strange enough, but add the Smokey Mountain tag match, and that weird match where the Bushwhackers and Men on a Mission were dressed as Doink, and you’ve got a truly bizarre event.
Correct...so much more was strange about that year that I didn't recall off the too of my head. I will give them a pass on the HBK and his Knights at Survivor Series though. That was supposed to be Jerry Lawler but they had to find a replacement as Lawler had legal issues and had to be taken off TV.
 

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Weird is a very broad term so I do not know what type of answer you are looking for. I will take a stab at it by weird booking. I will go with 1993.

1993 saw the end of the Hulkamania era in the WWF. Booking throughout saw "weird" things such as:

Macho Man trying to pin Yokozuna in the Royal Rumble

A career vs. career match on free tv instead of Wrestlemania (Perfect vs. Flair)

Wrestlemania held in a parking lot with everyone wearing togas

Hogan winning the title in am unscheduled match at the end of Wrestlemania then disappearing for a couple of months

Hogan losing a match and the title by someone doing a leg drop on him

A jobber (123 Kid/X-Pac) win a match against an established star

A star being built up to be the replacement for Hulk Hogan (Lex Luger)...then celebrating with confetti and balloons after winning the title match by COUNTOUT!!!

A heel champion with a long run (Yokozuna)

Randy Savage on commentary

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan leaving
Great post! 1993 was definitely a year where Vince was in panic mode after all his 80s stars were either gone or had one foot out the door. He also had the impending steroid trial staring down at him.

Safe to say 1993 was probably the worst professional year for Vince since he bought the company from his dad
Agreed! 1993 was the "drizzling s**ts"! 1995 was horrible as well, but 93 definitely was "weirder".
 

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That was 1998...the year that saw the official launch of the Attitude Era and rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company and the Mr. Mcmahon character which produced arguably the greatest feud in wrestling history. 1998 does not fly in this thread.
I mean, Dustin went to Vince with the idea of getting breast implants, but I'm sorry for daring to say anything about the Attitude Era was "weird" :lol
 

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That was 1998...the year that saw the official launch of the Attitude Era and rise of Stone Cold Steve Austin as the face of the company and the Mr. Mcmahon character which produced arguably the greatest feud in wrestling history. 1998 does not fly in this thread.
I mean, Dustin went to Vince with the idea of getting breast implants, but I'm sorry for daring to say anything about the Attitude Era was "weird" <img src="http://i.imgur.com/EGDmCdR.gif?1?6573" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" />
No argument that was weird and that there was nothing weird in the Attitude Era (Mae Young giving birth to a hand...). The question was the weirdest year. While you can find things weirder than anything done in 1993, I said 1993 because that year was consistently weird throughout.
 

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2001, the end of an era and a beginning of a reign of misery and lost opportunity
 

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1999 had some strange stuff.

Undertaker wrestles Big Boss Man in a HIAC match at WM 15. After the match Boss Man is hung from the cell.

Undertaker stalks Stephanie McMahon and kidnaps her at the end of Backlash. The next night he tries to marry her in a dark wedding.

Steve Austin becomes the CEO of WWE.

For weeks going into Summer Slam the main event program revolves around Triple H's rise into the main event. Only for Mankind to return a week before the event, get inserted into the main event, and win the title.

Chyna wins the Intercontinental Title (she deserved it, it was believable, but it was still out of the ordinary)

Rock and Mankind, one of the most unlikely tag teams, are tag team champs.

An elderly Fabulous Moolah wins the Women's title

Triple H drugs Stephanie McMahon and marries her in a drive through wedding.

Big Boss Man continually harasses Big Show over his father's passing. He crashes the funeral, ties the casket to the back of his car and drives off, with Big Show hanging onto the casket and being dragged with the car.
 
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