Induction: Farting Natalya: When a Diva passes gas on TV, Wrestlecrap is never far behind.

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WWE, 2012

Farts have had a complicated history in television. Even though everyone has them, and they are on the whole (no, I don’t like how that sounds; let’s just say, “for the most part”) harmless, for decades they were shunned from the airwaves. Kids have long included flatulence in their schoolyard humor, and fart jokes are often the sole source of comedy in PG-rated films, but once upon a time, the dreaded other f-word was so verboten in media that when George Carlin revised his list of words you can never say on TV in the late 70s, he included “fart.” In fact, he noted, entire television plots could revolve around sex as long as certain words were avoided, but farts could never even be referred to.

It’s only fitting that the WWE followed the same pattern of pushing sexual content for years before working everyday tooting into the product. The problem was that, while many fans were turned off by mature themes presented in immature ways, pretty much everyone was turned off by immature themes presented in the most immature way possible. So while the Attitude Era provided us with gimmicks like the wrestling porn star, the wrestling pimp, and the wrestling sex slave, 2012′s WWE gave us the world’s first wrestling fart machine.

And it was a woman.

And it was a member of the Hart family, Natalya.
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(Bret Hart’s sister Ellie is her mother. Who is her father? That’s correct)

nnf02 Natalya was one half of the “Divas of Doom,” a pairing that saw her and Beth Phoenix bully the smaller, less-talented Divas on the roster like Kelly Kelly.
Cracks started to appear (ahem) when Nattie developed the nasty habit of losing every single match with a surprise roll-up, even to talent-and-charisma vacuums like Aksana. nnf03
nnf04 Before WWE started promoting its tag team division again, their standard practice was to take a team of two wrestlers and cut one. The Divas of Doom were no different, except in this case, it was Natalya who was expected to cut one. Already established as Beth Phoenix’s inferior, Natalya slid further into her wacky sidekick role by, you guessed it, farting backstage.
Nattie Neidfart would be in the middle of verbally tearing down some poor Diva when suddenly her bowels would decide to let off some steam nnf05
nnf06 …making her the only wrestling wind-breaker never available in a WWF catalog.
Even Bastion Booger never farted on TV, and he once announced an entire episode of RAW. nnf07
squats Other times, she would be warming up backstage when her sphincter would decide to warm up her tights.
Then she would run off, embarrassed, like a WWE writer whose idea for a Diva with gas ended up airing on worldwide television. nattie runs
santino sells Santino was usually there to over-sell Nattie’s gas like Shawn Michaels over-sold for Hulk Hogan (if the Hulkster had had terrible farts instead of terrible offense).
Every compelling villain needs an origin story, and Booker T did not disappoint.
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Picture unrelated, but ouch.

nnf09 If only “Total Divas” had started filming back then to get Natalya’s thoughts on her gimmick, E! could have had a reality show worth watching.
I can only imagine that Vince was really, really adamant that this farting get on the air, so to speak. To put this situation in perspective, Natalya’s uncle Bret, a relative nobody in 1985, balked at the idea of a lucrative cowboy gimmick and not only managed to keep his job, but went on to become one of the WWF’s top stars of all time. Natalya, on the other hand, was a former Divas champion already and still had to cut the cheese on TV every week with no merchandise to move. nnf10
nnf11 This intestinal disorder eventually spilled into the ring (figuratively), causing the referee to gag. Her flatulence was never claimed to add extra power to her sharpshooter, though. Talk about letting a genius idea slip through the cracks.
Speaking of wasted opportunities, if WWE was going to go all in on a farting gimmick, they picked the wrong Hart family member. As any reader of WWF Magazine in the mid-90s would know, Bret Hart’s daughter Sabina is nicknamed Beans (I shudder to think what nickname Smith Hart cooked up for his own daughter, Satanic Ecstasy Hart). Her entrance theme could have kicked off with a sound bite of her reciting that classic poem, “Beans, Beans, They’re Good for your Hart.” Even if they couldn’t have gotten her trained in the ring long enough to be ready for TV matches, they could have at least brought her in to manage cousin Natalya as the Fart Foundation.
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The breast there is, the breast there was, and the breast there ever will be.

nnf13 Either that, or stick Alicia with the farting gimmick and dub her, “Flatulent Fox.”
See, that’s three or four flatulence-related ideas better than anything that ended up on WWE television. But really, can you expect top-of-the-line fart jokes from someone like Vince McMahon, who didn’t even know what a burrito was until 2003 when his writers proposed that Big Show eat a tainted one? nnf13
nnf14 My best guess as to the purpose (if any) of this gimmick was to further WWE’s Be a Star campaign. That much is obvious from the heel Divas being bullies who wanted to make other people cry, but as for the cheese-cutting, I suppose they wanted to show how at least one of the Divas of Doom was insecure about her own weaknesses. You know that cliché about how every bully is secretly compensating for having uncontrollable gas?
Eventually, WWE decided to turn Nattie Neidfart face (Fart Face?), not by killing Hornswoggle with her terrible intestinal outbursts… hornswoggle dies
that stinks …but by ripping one in front of Eve while calling her out for mistreating Zack Ryder.
Natalya got rid of her gas quietly, eventually hooking up with Khali and letting Hornswoggle tag along in another McMahon brain fart of an idea. nnf15

Neidhart’s gas might not have been the first reference to flatulence in WWE history (Vince McMahon used to make a farting noise each time Doink executed the dreaded Whoopee Cushion), but for better or worse, in the field of one-dimensional fart-based wrestling gimmicks, Natalya blazed a trail.

She must have done that trick with the Bic lighter.

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A wrestling fan ever since the days of Wrestlemania IX, Art graduated from college in the same building where Art Donovan called King of the Ring 1994. He currently runs the "How Much Does This Guy Weigh?" blog, where he reviews New Generation-Era Monday Night Raws and Hasbro WWF figures.
27 Responses to "Induction: Farting Natalya: When a Diva passes gas on TV, Wrestlecrap is never far behind."
  1. Reid says:

    It really sucks that this had to happen in the same year as Claire Lynch because good god was this one of the most Gooker-worthy gimmicks in recent memory.

  2. John says:

    It’s hard to believe Vince could never get Linda elected into the Senate with this award winning material “behind” her (“GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!) after all most Senators are a-holes anyways. If anyone deserved to have a “crappy” (GET IT!!!!!!!!) gimmick like this it should go to the no-talent Bella Twits. If you’ll excuse me I have to go take a Vince.

  3. Down With OPC says:

    It’s as if WWE writers were struggling to come up with PG storylines, so they went to a fifth grade classroom looking for ideas. Cena was already Superman, so this was their next choice.

  4. Justin Henry says:

    Glad to see Art’s still alive. NFL Network had me thinking something terrible happened.

    • Autrach Sejanoz says:

      I hear ya! I found out about Mr. Donovan’s demise via this website’s Facebook page, so I was worried there for a second.

      Also, Great work as always, Art! This angle stunk worse than Nattie’s post-burrito farts!

    • Cpt. SuckerPunch says:

      i didnt even know he was sick!…somebody had to say it…

  5. Cameron A. says:

    The Farting Natalya gimmick could have been salvaged. Natalya could have transitioned to Steve Martin’s old smoke/fart monologue, from Let’s Get Small. John Kricfalusi could have become Natalya’s manager. A humourless man named Scott could have stalked her, and another diva. Even Natalya ripping off LoD Puke would have been better than the New Oddities this gimmick eventually led to.

  6. Big Jim says:

    They should have brought back the SyxxPacKid for this gimmick, I hear he has quite the talent for leaving literal WrestleCraps in people’s bags.

  7. No Pants Mafia says:

    I love how much announcer Vince loved fart jokes.

  8. John Matrix says:

    I was just thinking about this angle the other day. Natalya must have really pissed someone off backstage to get stuck with this gimmick.

    And they didn’t even even have the decency to call her finisher “The Shartshooter.”

  9. E-Squared says:

    I knew that this would be inducted someday and I am glad that I read this. Plus, I thought it was a little too over the top with the ref to start gagging, hence not doing the three count for Natalya or even announcing a submission. I know it was part of the angle, but really?!

  10. Ladyboy says:

    As much as this gimmick blew, what stinks even worse was that WWE just dropped it when fans were just starting to get behind her. And yes, puns fully intended.

    It was kind of like the Pirate Paul gimmick – it should never have worked, but the stupidest part was that when the audience actually did start responding to it, they just ended it cold and teamed her up with (former Cruiserweight champion) Hornswoggle and (former World Heavyweight Champion) Khali.

    Luckily the midcard and main event scene is still solid.

  11. Joe T says:

    Good thing Nat’s intestinal fortitude got her past this gimmick. Well nevermind the fact that hooking up with Khali and throwing Hornswoggle in was improvement, kinda sad isn’t it.

  12. Thomas Moffatt says:

    I’m glad Vince McMahon has never seen the Gross Hot Tub Accident – Cole, Bo Dallas and the Bella Twins take a Jacuzzi together, someone is going to shit themselves but who is it?

    That has a Justin Henry post written all over it…

  13. Time Lord Soundwave says:

    This is one of the few gimmicks I can remember than actually made be angry, rather than amused by it’s stupidity. The moment I heard that first fart, I buried my face in my hands in disgust.

    Natalya is one of the few actually talented Divas they have, and she’s not bad looking either. Why they don’t build the entire division around her is a mystery to me, let alone why they come up with such garbage for her.

    See also, the current “Natalya’s an ugly duckling” storyline. Such a waste.

    • Paul R. from SpookCentral.tk says:

      I agree with Time Lord Shockwave 100%. Everything he said is exactly that I world have said. Natalya is one of my top three favorite Divas (AJ and Layla being the other two). It pained me to see her subjected to this garbage. At least thanks to Total Divas I get to see her more often than on Raw, and in lingerie :-)

  14. Jimbolian says:

    Vince must hate the Neidharts for sure. I’m sure Anvil did something to piss him off, thus this is why we got The Who and farting Natalya.

  15. EoE says:

    I just handwave this whole thing away by telling myself that it was all caused by Tamina Snuka splashing her every week for like 2 or 3 months. That kind of thing causes untold stress on the abdomen.

  16. James says:

    A friend of mine who was on the WWE creative team basically told me that this entire thing started out as a joke. They thought it was funny that “fart” rhymes with “Hart”. They basically jokes around for a while about giving Batalia a farting gimmick, and it eventually made if to TV. Goes to show you where these things come from.

  17. Matt Soileau says:

    Vince doesn’t hold a grudge against the Harts or anything…

  18. Matt Soileau says:

    And the burrito story explains A LOT.

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