It Came From YouTube: Mike Tenay serves up some piping hot Voodoo Chili on commentary

10 Submitted by on Fri, 01 November 2013, 22:11

I know… “Voodoo Chili?” you’re asking yourself. “What in the name of Stubby is Mike Tenay talking about?!”.

Well, let me see if I can explain what Mike meant. Let’s get some facts straight:

1. Hollywood Hogan’s theme song at the time was “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. It’s the last song on their album “Electric Ladyland”.

2. There’s another song on that same album with a somewhat similar title- “Voodoo Chile”. It’s an entirely different song from “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” though.

3. The second word in “Voodoo Chile” is pronounced just like the word “child” but without the “d” at the end (in other words, it’s just a fairly common urban pronunciation of the word “child”).

4. Mike Tenay (or whoever typed up his notes) confused the first song with the second song.

That was the first mistake.

5. Mike saw the word “Chile” spelled like that on his note card (I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt, here) and logically assumed it was pronounced like the country Chile.

That was the second mistake and it’s a pretty easy one to make.

What we’ve learned so far is that apparently Mike A). isn’t much of a Jimi Hendrix fan and B). isn’t so good at researching his facts before he puts on a headset and opens his mouth.

Most fans heard him say “Voodoo Chile” and thought he was saying “Voodoo Chili” possibly referring to the pepper or maybe the dish Chili con carne when in fact he thought he was referring to  the country (I guess?).

But he was really referring to the wrong Jimi Hendrix song to begin with.

Got all that?!

It sounded really stupid and instantly became a running gag online.

“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” is still a really great song though, no matter what Mike Tenay or the WCW brain-trusts thought it was called!

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10 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: Mike Tenay serves up some piping hot Voodoo Chili on commentary"
  1. ScMcS says:

    Thanks for the flashback to late 90’s/early 2000’s trolls spamming message boards insisting the song was Voodoo Chili. I’m not the biggest Hendrix fan, but come on!

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      People would legitimately get confused and think that the song was called “Voodo Chile”. If they’d only bothered to buy Electric Ladyland and you know; listen to the album… Oh well.

  2. Nottingham's 'Mr Sex' says:

    Have you ever been to Electric Larryland?

  3. George from Dudleyville,NY says:

    Is it just me, or have wrestling themes been more enjoyable with real bands? Even the early 00’s WWE had some pretty descent music. Not being a traitor to some of the classic themes, but the bad outway the good. For every Million Dollar Man, we were treated to Stephanie’s old theme or Cactus Jack’s WCW theme. Scorpio dancing to dumb WWE Vince made “Fun-Kay” theme or him dancing to “jungle boogie”? How much of a fiscal dent could that have been? Not exactly a song off the Beatles catalog.

  4. John says:

    Yummmmmm I believe this was Papa Shango’s dish he served when he won Hell’s Kitchen.

  5. Art0Donnell says:

    I was at a cookout the other day at Hulk Hogan’s house. I was a little wary of how spicy the voodoo chili would be, but he told me with amazement, “It’s not hot!”

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