We all know that the WWE is king when it comes to crazy, insane storylines. I remember as a teen I used to follow the daytime soap, Days of Our Lives, as they embarked on an overly embellished tale about Marlena being possessed by the devil, but they had nothing on the stories that have come forward throughout the decades by WWE creators and Superstars.
We have seen love triangles that sometimes started with real-life affairs that concluded with adult scenes, miscarriages, and baby punts. There have been wars that included blown up limousines and beer trucks driven down the ramp resulting in a beer bath. You name it and the WWE has most likely done it with overdrive spelled in big letters over top of it, but if we have seen everything from kidnapping to old women giving birth to hand's then how insane could the storylines be that never made it because they were too crazy for WWE to follow through with them?
Some of these storylines never made it past a pitch, but were given some serious thought before fortunately being nipped in the bud. Some made it part of the way through before causing a quiet awkward silence or astonishment elicited from fans before being dropped, but here they are, 15 Insane WWE Storylines… That Nearly Happened.
15 CM Punk's Fake Return
The first live event in Chicago aired about a month after CM Punk's exit from the WWE and the crowd was in high anticipation of The Best In The World's return. According to a 2015 interview with Wade Barrett done on Chris Jericho's podcast, the original plan was to have Bad News Barrett come out to CM Punk's entrance music and relay some “bad news” to the loyal fans of CM Punk.
The plan was abruptly dropped 30 minutes before because the crowd was already so fired up about Punk that the WWE feared the backlash that would follow, so they instead opted to send Paul Heyman out to the entrance to keep the peace.
14 Ric Flair Makes Rocky Balboa Run At 57
This storyline idea would not have been entirely insane, so much as it might have been insanely boring. Apparently, the idea was for Flair to go on a Rocky Balboa-style run towards the World Championship by coming out of retirement and having one last push for gold.
13 Juan Cena
In late 2010, John Cena was fired as a stipulation that was in place after Wade Barrett lost in his WWE Championship Title match against Randy Orton. In the match Cena pushed Wade into the final RKO costing Wade both the match and the belt. After getting fired, John Cena's name was changed to Juan Cena for all future live events.
12 Hade Vansen, X-Man Mutants & The Undertaker
In 2008, the WWE had hinted at a new feud between Hade Vansen and The Undertaker that never officially made it through. Many people were upset about the storyline being dropped because it could have been insanely good.
Vansen was supposed to be a take on a dark force-like character with Keven Thorn and Black Pain as his sidekicks that would be similar to X-Men mutants. In the plot, Vansen's Mutants were going to come out every week and attack The Undertaker leading up to WrestleMania where Vansen would finish up the storyline by trying to beat the streak. He has never suggested that he was actually going to beat the streak, but there were rumors flying around back then saying that it was a possibility.
11 The Real Anonymous GM From Monday Night Raw
I do not think a WWE storyline has been more hated by fans since the Anonymous GM angle. It left people unsure about just where WWE was going with the idea after it had gone on for about a year and then the whole idea just vanished. WWE could have just left things alone, but a year later, the Anonymous GM popped back up only to be revealed as Hornswoggle, which left fans confused and disappointed.
10 Daniel Bryan & The Wyatt's
Fans were actually a little excited to see The Wyatt Family pull off a kidnapping that actually had something to it when they turned Daniel Bryan in December of 2013. However, after only two weeks, Daniel Bryan had turned on them.
9 Goldust's Million Dollar Breast Implants
When Vince first contacted Dustin Rhodes with his character, they couldn't have realized how popular the persona of Goldust would become. The idea was questionable to have an ambiguous two-sided personality, but Goldust has mentioned in interviews that he was willing to put 110% into anything given to him. Little did Vince know just how serious he was about keeping his persona up. In fact, after Goldust began to dwindle in the eyes of fans, he pitched the idea about getting real-life breast implants for his character Goldust. He felt that this idea would be so bizarre that everyone would want to see him wrestle and that it would bring his stardom back, along with a huge payoff for the WWE.
8 Charlie Sheen vs Daniel Bryan
At the 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw, Charlie Sheen took to Twitter as an ambassador for the WWE and appeared via Skype several times throughout the episode. During the segments, Sheen talked about how epic the 1,000th episode was and how they might have had a place for him with the stable D-Generation X. He also took time to comment on The Rock's promo on Daniel Bryan and spoke of him having anger problems and mimicked The Rock by calling him an Oompa Loompa. Later, Sheen went as far as calling Daniel Bryan out and it seemed as though the storyline was leading up to a SummerSlam match-up.
7 What Happened To GTV?
That is a big question on wrestling forums, as the angle went on for about a year in the late 90s where a black and white security style footage would occasionally pop up showing Superstars backstage in embarrassing situations, such as in the shower or in a bathroom staal. Eventually, the footage just stopped appearing and it seemed as though the angle had been dropped.
6 Dolph Ziggler and Maria Adult Tape
One of the creative writers for the WWE pitched an insane angle to Dolph Ziggler and Maria back in 2009. Dolph was supposed to be blackmailing Maria, yet they would never directly show what he was blackmailing her with. The plan was to imply that the whole thing was over an adult tape from when they had been an item and that Dolph was threatening to release the tape to Maria's friends and family, but not to fans.
5 Batista's Anger Issues Finally Addressed
Did anybody ever wonder why Batista was so angry back in his early years? Well as of 2014, it all began to make sense. In a podcast with Chris Jericho, Batista brought up how his in-ring persona always seemed pissed off about something. Apparently, the original storyline was supposed to be that he never knew who his father was because his father abused his mother, which is how Batista was conceived.
4 The Blonde B**** Project
The Blonde B**** Project was yet another of Vince Russo's insane storylines that was in the process of being aired before getting zed and it could have been a good one. Although, when I look back at The Blair Witch Project days and decide to watch it now, it is kind of hard to see what all the hype was about.
The angle was meant to use Stevie Richards and Blue Meanie in a parody of the famous movie meant as a joke on Sable who had left. The filming had been done in the woods at one of the writers' house and the idea was for Blue Meanie to track down Stevie and upon finding him in the basement Meanie would see that Stevie was dressed as Sable, then the cameras would go black.
3 Beaver Cleavage
Vince Russo once pitched a gimmick and storyline to Charles “Chaz' Warrington, aka Mosh. His character would be known as Beaver Cleavage and the storyline was to be a WWE parody of Leave It To Beaver, but the entire goal was to inconspicuously lead to him having an incest angle with his mother Mrs. Cleavage, who was really Marianna Komlos and went on to be his on-screen girlfriend.
2 Vince McMahon's Death, The Power Struggle, and The Hobo Army
There were multiple rumors circulating about the 'who killed Vince storyline' from 2007, which was abruptly dropped after the death of Chris Benoit. The story kicked off with Vince being blown up as he got into his limo. Everything was planned out so that the world would really believe Vince was dead, but, instead, he showed up a week later very much alive.
1 Stephanie McMahon's Baby Daddy
For some reason, Vince has been really stuck on doing an incest storyline for years and, to make matters worse on this occasion, he was planning to involve not only his daughter, but his granddaughter as well.
When Stephanie was pregnant with her first child, Vince pitched a storyline where he'd be her baby's father. He has pitched the incest card a couple of times before, just not with his own grandchild in the angle. Of course Stephanie turned the idea down immediately only for Vince to pitch the idea again with her brother, Shane, as the father instead, which fortunately she also turned down.
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