Previously on the Best and Worst of WCW Monday Nitro: In one of the very strangest episodes of WCW television ever, Macho Man Randy Savage was honored by Harvard University only to get turned on in a tag team match by Grimace from McDonald’s, Stuck Mojo debuted a music video featuring them kicking the Flock’s ass as World Champions, Dean Malenko invented the One-Winged Angel, and so much more. Please go read that column immediately.
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And now, the Best and Worst of WCW Thunder for March 5, 1998.
Best: Another Episode About Macho Man Getting A ‘Real Man’ Award From Harvard And Fighting McDonald’s
In case you’d like the Cliff’s Notes for the shoot strangest forgotten segment of 1998, which is saying something, here goes: Kevin Kline was given Harvard University’s Man of the Year award for 1998, so the Harvard Lampoon decided to give the REAL Man of the Year award to Macho Man Randy Savage and, to not understate it, openly mock him to his face. He ended up in a wrestling match with a bunch of frat guys in costumes, including bootleg fast food restaurant mascot costumes, and then came back to WCW to brag about it on TV. And then Hulk Hogan got mad that he hadn’t gotten any of the shit I just typed, and that’s like 40% the basis for a steel cage match that’s about to main-event a pay-per-view.
Here’s the best part, and something I didn’t realize until multiple people pointed it out to me. You see that nerdy Harvard nerdlinger on the left, hoisting the Ivy league Dinner for Schmucks trophy over his head? That’s Nicholas Stoller of The Harvard Lampoon. He’d grow up to be Hollywood director Nick Stoller, director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and writer of a ton of theatrically released comedies including two Muppet movies. They’re currently filming his adaptation of Dora the Explorer. No, seriously.
Unbelievable. This event was like the Lemarchand’s Box of wrestling segments. One day I’m gonna find out the guy in the Grimace costume was Harvard alumnus Barry Obama.