Links: WWWF Grudge Match
Who would win in a fight, MacGyver or the A-Team? Would KITT beat Herbie the Love Bug in a race from Vegas to San Lucas? How about if the Enterprise took on the Death Star?
If you'd like to find out the answers to these pressing questions, you should check out "Grudge Match," a website launched back in 1995 by a couple of Cornell grads named Steve Levine and Brian Wright. Pitting pop culture icons against each other (Lucy and Ethel, Scotty from "Star Trek," and Jacques Cousteau, to name a few), "Grudge Match" allowed viewers to vote for the winners and comment on the contestants. The best responses were posted alongside the final fight results.
The whole idea may seem a little quaint in today's social network-heavy Web, but it was state of the art back then. The mix of anonymous commenting and geek fandom made for truly collaborative comedy (the Scrappy-Doo vs. Jar Jar Binks result was as inevitable as it was funny). The site's not posting new matches any more, unfortunately, but the archives make for fun reading on a rainy day.