#5. Jay Leno Takes on Hulk Hogan (and Wins)
In 1998, wrestling was red hot and firmly in the mainstream. Everybody wanted in on the act, and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) just refused to say no. This is how they wound up having Jay Leno (yup, that one) fight Hulk Hogan. And not just fight him, but beat his ass. If it’s still not clear to you why this made wrestling fans groan and roll their eyes, just look at it.
We get that wrestling fans don’t demand gritty realism from their sport — they’re not stupid, they understand the concept of suspension of disbelief. But regardless of how ridiculous the storylines can get, at the very least they have to make it somewhat plausible that the guy who wins the match could actually have done it. You know, because both guys in the ring are professional wrestlers and it’s not, say, a muscle-bound superman versus a pudgy middle-aged desk jockey.