The blurred lines between script and reality are one of the most important factors in creating an interesting product. Fans should not be able to easily tell something is “fake” even though everyone knows wrestling is predetermined. The ability to suspend the disbelief of the viewer can be the difference in a show failing or thriving. However, most diehard fans are jaded by watching for such a long time. While they can suspend their disbelief, it's hard to make them believe something is breaking script. That makes it even more interesting when a moment actually becomes real.
There have been a few times when something legitimate started to occur in the wrestling ring. Wrestlers have seen their personal issues lead to an actual fight or stiff shots as opposed to protecting each other like the typical match. Other performers have used promo time to verbally get a message across. The politics and the egos involved in the wrestling industry influences shockingly real moments to break the script. It often goes unknown due to everyone assuming the entire show is always overly scripted to the point where reality would never occur. We’ll look at some of the more memorable moments in these WWE incidents that you didn’t know were actually real.
15 JBL Beats up Blue Meanie
The ECW One Night Stand PPV was almost a perfect night. Everything went according to plan for the ECW fan base aside from one moment. As a member of the invading WWE heels, JBL hit the ring for a big group brawl and he used the opportunity to continue a personal vendetta. JBL brutally beat up The Blue Meanie during the brawl and bloodied the ECW star.
14 Matt Hardy Plugs ROH
Everyone remembers CM Punk's “pipe bomb” promo, where he referenced Ring of Honor and New Japan on WWE television. Punk wasn’t the first to name drop ROH on Raw. Matt Hardy did this in 2005 during his heated war with Edge. WWE legitimately fired Hardy due to the drama surrounding the love triangle with Lita and Edge. They were forced to bring Matt back with fans chanting for him at shows every week.
13 Emma's Shocking Win
The first NXT TakeOver special in Brooklyn was the biggest night in NXT history. A record breaking crowd showed up for the NXT brand and were treated to a television taping with the main event of Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Emma vs. Dana Brooke. Everyone expected Charlotte or Becky to pick up the win considering both were bigger stars and being positioned as leaders of the women’s revolution.
12 Kurt Angle vs. Daniel Puder
WWE always loves testing potential wrestlers in their various competitions for contracts. The Tough Enough season to take place on SmackDown featured one moment getting a bit too real between Kurt Angle and potential WWE newcomer Daniel Puder. Angle challenged the various contestants to “shoot” wrestling bouts, given his background in amateur wrestling.
11 Randy Orton Calls Kofi Kingston Stupid
Kofi Kingston appeared ready for big things during his feud with Randy Orton in 2009. The young star exhibited great potential with hopes of him being a main event player. A specific moment in the feud damaged Kingston’s chances to move up the card. Orton and Kingston were wrestling on an edition of Monday Night Raw. The match was going well until the ending.
10 Curtain Call
The changes in the wrestling business through the years, along with the influence of the internet, has smartened everyone up. Fans watching today are well aware of the scripted drama and know they're witnessing friends battle each other in the ring for their entertainment. It was the complete opposite in the mid-90s until four buddies decided to change the business with one moment.
9 The Undertaker Throws Mick Foley Through Cage
WWE often has some of the most dangerous action you’ll witness on television. Despite it being scripted action, the violence can be very real, especially back in the Attitude Era. WWE used to push the envelope doing things that would seem impossible and far too reckless today. Mick Foley found himself in many of these predicaments as a hardcore wrestling legend.
8 Snake Bites Randy Savage
Young wrestling fans were temporarily traumatized during a terrifying segment on WWE television in 1991. Jake Roberts feuded with Randy Savage in a great story of a dastardly villain opposing a beloved fan favorite. To get more heat, Roberts tied Savage up with the ring ropes and had his snake actually bite Macho Man.
7 Perry Saturn Brutalizes Mike Bell
The cardinal rule in wrestling is to always put personal differences aside and protect your opponent. Both performers need to be on the same page for a match to go well. An injury can occur with the slightest error and you have to rely on your opponent. Perry Saturn broke the unwritten rule in 2001 when wrestling enhancement talent Mike Bell.
6 Bart Gunn Knocks Out Dr. Death
WWE likely regrets this moment being real, but the inception of the Brawl for All created a mystery to fans. The glorified boxing tournament featured the toughest wrestlers with fighting backgrounds battling it out in a tournament with big money on the line. WWE expected Dr. Death Steve Williams to destroy the field with ease. Williams was supposed to win and move into a feud with Steve Austin for the WWE Championship.
5 Charles Robinson Curses Out Chris Jericho
Wrestling legend Chris Jericho and respected official Charles Robinson have worked together for many years, going all the way back to WCW. The two friends, however, had an unfortunate moment take place at Raw this year during an injury to Neville. Jericho was facing Neville and noticed his opponent was legitimately hurt. As a veteran, Jericho tried to end the match instantly with a rollup but Robinson didn’t count to three.
4 APA Destroys Public Enemy
Ron Simmons and Bradshaw were long-time locker room enforcers in the WWE. Some people flat out believed they were bullies. They were the last two people you wanted to piss off and it only made sense they formed a tag team together as The Acolytes, later becoming more popularly known as the APA. One tag team coming into the WWE particularly pissed off Simmons and Bradshaw.
3 Vince McMahon Tears Both Quads
Vince McMahon's walk to the ring is so memorable that it's became associated with him throughout the years. McMahon’s bravado got the better of him when his forceful walk saw him slip walking into the ring. The fall caused him to tear both of his quadriceps muscles right as he was getting in the ring at the 2005 Royal Rumble match.
2 Daniel Bryan Upset At Ref Stopping Match
Daniel Bryan strongly dislikes the idea of his matches being stopped due to injury. An injury hit Bryan during a match with Randy Orton on Raw. Bryan landed hard following a suplex from Orton and endured a stinger. The referee stopped the match after getting word from management backstage to call it and Orton won due to Bryan being deemed unable to continue.
1 Hulk Hogan Fired as Mr. America
WWE tried to experiment with a new character for Hulk Hogan in 2003. After being fired in kayfabe by Vince McMahon, Hogan returned wearing a red, white and blue mask as Mr. America. The joke was that everyone knew it was Hogan but McMahon couldn’t prove it. Hogan delivered many humorous moments under the mask. At the end of shows, Hogan would unmask in front of the live audience for those in attendance to have a cool moment.
McMahon grew tired of Hogan’s politics and demands for more money. This time, he blended both reality and script by finding the perfect way to let him go. McMahon fired Hogan on television by showing footage of the dark segments with Mr. America unmasking to be revealed as The Hulkster. This was not only for story, but a real firing from the WWE with the footage being used to explain it to the fans as if it was all planned ahead of time.
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