It’s Thanksgiving this Thursday, and as a pro wrestling portal on an entertainment website, our job is to say, “Hey, remember when wrestling did a thing that holiday?” Here’s the good news: Very few holidays create more things you can’t remember in pro wrestling than Thanksgiving. The turkey popping out of an egg and dancing with Mean Gene was just the beginning.
To celebrate the holiday, let’s take a look at some of pro wrestling’s most ridiculous Thanksgiving traditions, from sexy Indians to sexier, naked Indians. Also, food fights.
Divas As Sexy Pilgrims And Indians
For most of the late ’90s and the entirety of the 2000s, WWE was obsessed with celebrating every possible holiday with a Divas costume contest match. It’s a tradition that sadly continues today. Whenever it’s Christmas, you can count on a Santa’s Little Helper match, and when Thanksgiving approaches, you can expect Pilgrims and Indians.
As an example, check out this “Mayflower Melee” match from 2009. It pits Michelle McCool, Layla and Jillian (as Pilgrims, who are uptight and therefore heels) against Mickie James, Melina and Kelly Kelly (as Indians, who are the faces, because that’s how the Thanksgiving story works). It even features an appearance from The Gobbledy Gooker, WWE’s failed turkey mascot from Survivor Series 1990. The highlight are the entrance themes and TitanTron videos, which are so stupid they can’t even be offensive. A team of Indians? Send them out to Tatanka’s music and put Iron Eyes Cody in their video.