The 5 Worst (and 5 Best) Sports Nicknames

Maria Sharapova came close to legally changing her name to "Sugarpova," prompting STACK to consider the worst and best sports nicknames.

Worst: "WoW" for Dywane Wade

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When the best player in the NBA tells you your nickname is "corny" (which is putting it kindly; "wack" would be the word we'd go with), it might be time for a new one.

Well, that's exactly what happened when Dwyane Wade tried to make the moniker "WoW" stick a few years back.

It's a sort-of acronym for "Way of Wade," which is a nod to the name of his sneaker venture with Chinese company Li-Ning.

Wade had a pretty awesome "Flash" nickname prior to this, so his attempts to make the awkward "Wow" happen was met with a lukewarm response.

And by lukewarm, we mean LeBron James, his Miami Heat teammate at the time, flat-out told him it stunk.

Wade was even been spotted wearing a "WoW" necklace.

We prefer to use "WoW" in a different way, such as "WoW Dwyane, those pants are way too short on you," or "WoW! That's the worst nickname we've ever heard."

While the nickname never caught on, the Way of Wade brand is still going strong.

We still wish he'd just embrace "Flash" once and for all.