Scotty 2 Hotty has spoken about the origins of his famous finishing move ‘The Worm’.
Scotty 2 Hotty is well known for his association with Grandmaster Sexay and Rikishi as part of Too Cool. The trio were big fan favourites during the WWE Attitude Era and the stable remains fondly remembered for their post-match dance routines and entertainment factor.
Another hugely popular feature during their matches would be Scotty 2 Hotty’s iconic finishing manoeuvre known as ‘The Worm’.
Speaking to Wrestling With Johners podcast, Scotty recently revealed how the famous finisher came to be:
“It was an accident, first time I did it was grade school — 4th or 5th grade — something we used to do. We’d breakdance at recess and try to do ‘the worm,’ try to do ‘the moonwalk,’ try to do ‘the backspin,’ and then years later I could do ‘the worm.
I would do it during our entrance or during a match, I’d do ‘the worm’ and have a guy drop an elbow on me and I’d roll out of the way. I never did it on television but I was doing it, and I was starting to get a reaction. Every time I did it I got some kind of reaction. I just didn’t know what it would be and how big it would become.”
The multi-time champion continued, explaining it was the crowd that made the move as popular as it was:
“I always say it’s not what I did that made ‘the worm’ as big as it was, it was what the crowd did. It was the crowd going ‘W-O-R-M’ and all of the stuff that goes along with it. That’s what made it fun. It wasn’t what I did. If it was just me hitting the ropes and worming across, it would’ve been a flash in the pan.
I’ve never been the Austins or the Rocks. I mean we were climbing pretty high but to be 22 years later and there’s these [rappers like Migos and others] putting it in their songs is pretty cool. It’s mindblowing honestly.”
Back in November 2021, Scotty 2 Hotty left WWE after requesting his release. His departure brought to an end a three-decade-long relationship with the company as an active performer and as a coach.