The culture in professional wrestling has its negatives to come with the good times. We all enjoy the perfect combination of entertainment and athleticism to play out on WWE television. However, there are quite a few horrible things that go down within in the industry. WWE specifically has been home to some of the most terrible moments in wrestling history that went down behind the scenes. Wrestling provides more stories in terms of gossip and rumors than actual professional sports leagues. The backstage life of a WWE Superstar is just as fascinating as the stories that we see on television.
Many of the incidents crossed the line from silliness to disgraceful. We'll look at some of the more disturbing acts to go down in WWE when the cameras were off. The backstage drama has lived in infamy with these stories still floating around through the years. WWE has attempted to crack down in recent years to create a better and more professional environment. These tales will give you all of the reasons why professionalism is so important today. Let’s take a look at the negative history of backstage life in WWE with fifteen of the most disturbing incidents.
15 Wrestlers Court Makes Melina Cry
The purpose of Wrestler’s Court is to have many of the veterans uniting to embarrass someone they deem worthy of punishment. Melina was one of the wrestlers to get a lot of heat for having a huge ego. Bradshaw led the locker room in sending her to Wrestler's Court where she was forced to explain her actions to the wrestlers while they retorted with insults.
14 WWE Mocks Lilian Garcia's Looks
Lilian Garcia has achieved great success as one of the more memorable ring announcers in WWE history. Times have not always been great for her, as many in the company have tried to rib her through mean jokes. There have been a few jokes about Lilian on air through the years. One specifically stood out when Triple H said Garcia was just “horsing around” with the implication being she looked like a horse.
13 Bret Hart Destroys Hulk Hogan With Harsh Cartoon
One story that has a bit of humor to it featured Bret Hart getting revenge on Hulk Hogan. In Hogan’s final year with WWE before jumping ship to WCW, he made a promise that he would drop the WWE Championship to Hart to pass the torch before leaving. Of course, Hogan went back on his word and refused to lose, demanding to drop the title to the larger Yokozuna instead.
12 Fallout Of Plane Ride From Hell
The infamous Plane Ride From Hell featured lots of shenanigans on a flight to the United Kingdom. Curt Hennig and Brock Lesnar started shoot wrestling on the plane. Goldust got into a drunken war of words with his ex-wife Terri Runnels. Michael Hayes almost urinated on Linda McMahon after getting wasted. X-Pac cut the ponytail off Hayes and taped it to the wall at Raw.
11 Booker T Beats Up Batista In Front Of Everyone
A high profile incident featuring two legends getting in a scrap took place during the filming of a commercial for SummerSlam in 2006. Batista was the top SmackDown star and Booker T was one of the veterans leading the locker room. Batista's attitude started to rub the locker room the wrong way and Booker spoke out against him.
10 JBL Hazing Wrestlers In Shower
A disturbing incident that bordered on creepy was one of JBL’s hazing tactics. Bradshaw was known as a locker room bully, picking on numerous wrestlers on a weekly basis. His actions would range from verbal insults to stiff attacks in the ring, but nothing was as bad as his idea of entering the shower and harassing the targets at the one time they felt safe from him.
9 Joey Styles Knocks Out JBL
JBL would see karma catch up to him in the most disturbingly silly way possible. One of his moments of bullying saw him harass many wrestlers on the flight to Iraq for a Tribute to the Troops show. Bradshaw actually poured water on Lilian Garcia at one point before turning his attention to Joey Styles. Naturally, he assumed he would be able to get away with intimidating a short broadcaster with no athletic background.
8 CM Punk Verbally Destroys Triple H While Quitting
CM Punk’s time in WWE ended in shocking fashion. Punk had enough of the politics and work with no breaks. The final nail came when he went into a closed door meeting with Vince McMahon and Triple H. Punk’s recollection of the story saw him flat out insult Triple H for playing a role in his unhappiness over the tenure of his time in the company.
7 AJ Lee Curses Out Michelle Beadle
One disturbing moment that involved CM Punk in the weirdest of ways saw him in the middle of a verbal war between AJ Lee and Michelle Beadle. Punk and Beadle were friendly at shows and on social media until an event when she appeared backstage. Beadle used some insulting terms in a friendly manner towards Punk, but he took offense to it.
6 The Miz Forced To Change In Public Rest Room
The Miz is currently one of the biggest stars in WWE, having a long run consistently on television. It wasn’t always easy for him with the beginning of his WWE career being a hot mess. Miz constantly annoyed the veterans of the locker room with one specific moment spelling his doom for a short time period. Bad positioning saw Miz eat his fried chicken above another wrestler’s bag and dropping crumbs.
5 Nailz Attacks Vince McMahon
A rare instance of a wrestler having a physical exchange with Vince McMahon saw Nailz attacking his boss. Nailz was a lower tier wrestler but one of the tougher guys on the roster. The incident saw Nailz get into a shouting match with McMahon over financial disagreements. Bret Hart’s book revealed everyone heard a loud crash and could decipher the sound of Nailz going after McMahon.
4 X-Pac's Pooping Pranks
X-Pac was one of the bigger pranksters in WWE. Most of his jokes were fun but some crossed the line. The locker room always wanted to get back at the wrestlers that were developing egos or making things difficult for those working with them. Two WWE Divas specifically found their property on the worst side of X-Pac.
3 Sunny Cheating On Chris Candido in Locker Room
One of the things Sunny did to become an enemy of the locker room was cheat on her boyfriend Chris Candido in a shameless fashion. Sunny did not even try to hide it when hooking up with Shawn Michaels behind Candido’s back. The two were a longtime couple going back to their high school and college days. Sunny showed no respect as she would often make out with Michaels in front of the roster.
2 Michael Hayes Uses N-Word Towards Mark Henry
A very offensive disturbing moment came when Michael Hayes crossed the line in a horrible way. Hayes has been known for running his mouth and saying ridiculous things throughout his career. During his role as a lead writer for SmackDown, Hayes made the disgraceful error of using the n-word in a conversation with Mark Henry. The context of the comments was Hayes saying he was “more of a (n-word)” than Henry.
1 The Montreal Screwjob Aftermath
The aftermath of the Montreal Screwjob is the most disturbing moment in WWE history. Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels and Triple H “screwing” Bret Hart by going with the finish of a match he wasn’t aware of or agreed to led to a lot of bad blood. Hart’s Wrestling With Shadows documentary film crew captured some of the moments to happen directly after the historic controversy.
Bret's former wife then got into an argument with Triple H, calling him out for playing a role in it, as he lied pretending he didn’t know about it. Of course, the most disturbing moment was the interaction between Hart and McMahon. To his credit, Vince went into Bret’s locker room to apologize and explain his actions, and Bret responded by knocking him out. The visual of McMahon getting helped out of the locker room covering his eye will always be one of the more disturbing backstage images in WWE history.
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