Here are the top ten wrestling episodes you can stream on Hulu right now, as of today, March 20, 2018.
But first, some honorable mentions:
Angel – “The Cautionary Tale Numero Cinco” (link)
Mister Ed – “The Wrestler” (link)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch – “Salem’s Daughter” (link)
Saved by the Bell – “Wrestling with the Future” (link)
How I Met Your Mother – “Robots vs. Wrestlers” (link)
And now, the actual top ten…
10. X-Files – “Fight Club” (Full Review)
In this X-Files episode, Agents Mulder and Scully encounter one of the more peculiar and frightening things, two Kathy Griffins. This somehow ties into Bert “The Titanic” Zupanic, the stereotypical, down-on-his-luck, one last shot at stardom, pro wrestler, who also happens to have an evil twin. This all culminates in a wrestling match between Bert and Rob Van Dam, disguised in a Zorro gimmick, that is so bad fans start to riot.
9. Step by Step – “Beautiful Ladies of Wrestling” (Full Review)
The Lambert father and son duo try to win Super Bowl tickets by taking on the team of Assault and Battery. The dad doesn’t feel comfortable hitting a woman, which works out fine because as soon as the bell rings, he barely has room to breathe, let alone perform a move. The female tag team do exactly what their names say, giving the Lambert men a merciless beat down. This is the first episode on this list to feature Spice-Williams Crosby, prominent female wrestler in most wrestling episodes featuring women.
8. Weird Science – “Men in Tights” (Full Review)
Lisa’s magic spell grants Wyatt and his brother Chett the ability to wrestle, so long as they’re wrestling together. Of course, this is never mentioned to them as the team of the Yankee Dudes go on a winning streak. Also, they’re wracking up wins in the darkest of darkest timelines version of the WWF. King Kong Bundy also drops by, but mostly to hit on Lisa.
7. The Fall Guy – “Ladies on the Ropes”
Stuntman/bounty hunter Colt has to deal with a shady wrestling manager who stages his own kidnapping, in order to force his tag team to drop the belts. Instead of just turning on them mid-match, like most managers do in these types of situations. Andre the Giant also makes a cameo as Killer Typhoon. This is the other episode that features Spice Williams-Crosby.
6. Family Matters – “Psycho Twins”
Steve Urkel’s science and shenanigans force him and Carl to sub in as the Psycho Twins. The team with the most terrifying name and laughable wrestling attire. Their opponents are The Bushwhackers, which is fine when you consider that they weren’t much of a threat in the WWF, until you realize they have a deep-seated hatred for cops. From then on, The Bushwhackers go into business for themselves.
5. Workaholics – “Front Yard Wrestling” (Full Review)
In this episode, the guys decides to turn the backyard wrestling craze on its head by introducing front yard wrestling. In no time they start building a large following, secure television rights on a public access channel, and somehow talk Ben Stiller into taking part in it.
4. Quantum Leap – “Heart of a Champion: July 23, 1955” (Full Review)
Sam Beckett quantum leaps into a wrestler’s body from the 50’s who happens to be working one of those Cold War Russian gimmicks. If you think that’s bad enough, he has to make sure he doesn’t die in the ring, while also fending off the advances of one of the wrestler’s wives, who just happens to be married to Terry Funk.
3. The Strain – “The Silver Angel” (Full Review)
The actual wrestling on this episode consists of a mini-movie within a show. Washed-up luchador, The Silver Angel, spends his breaks in between washing dishes watching old VHS tapes of his movies. Guillermo Del Toro directed the short black and white homage to Mexican b-horror films, Angel contra los Vampiros Malditos. After seeing this, you’ll also want Del Toro to go full Black Dynamite and make a feature-length parody of the old Mexploitation luchador films. What does he have to lose? He already has an Oscar for best picture.
2. Boy Meets World – “Sixteen Candles and Four-Hundred Pound Men ” (Full Review)
This is the best episode of the Vader cameos. Here, we actually get to see Vader wrestle inside a ring and dive deeper into the complicated relationship between Francis and Frankie Stecchino. It also shows how much better wrestling episode matches look when they’re done in cooperation with the WWE, and don’t have to look like they’re taking place inside the saddest high school gyms.
1. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – “The Gang Wrestles for the Troops” (Full Review)
Always Sunny didn’t just skewer the everyday tropes of pro wrestling, they went full ‘Murica and zeroed-in on American pro wrestling’s unwavering love affair with its country, and its xenophobic nature towards everything un-American. It’s what an episode of WWE’s Tribute to the Troops would be if Vince McMahon didn’t have to answer to stockholders.