The backstage environment of WWE creates fascinating stories that the writers would never be able to come up with. While fans are complaining about Raw and SmackDown starting to get boring with a stale product, the juicy details behind the scenes are becoming more interesting than the television show. There have been quite a few stories to break in recent months regarding the lives of various Superstars backstage. WWE drama is nothing new as the culture creates hostility between wrestlers, displeasure towards management and other instances of tension backstage.
We'll look at some of the stories going around when it comes to shocking WWE reports behind the scenes. Various careers will be affected in the aftermath of these stories. It shows just how tough the life of a WWE Superstar is in every facet of the job that comes with it. The in-ring work is often the easiest as dealing with the politics backstage and other personal issues tend to be harder work. We can only hope the careers here will all benefit in the long run with the incidents not hurting anyone. These are fifteen recent WWE incidents to happen behind the scenes that are almost impossible to believe.
12 John Cena Getting Sued By Ford
John Cena doesn’t have many vices and that helped make him more valuable to Vince McMahon. Cena didn’t care about alcohol, drugs or any of the other things that ruined the careers and lives of wrestlers before him. However, there is one spending addiction that Cena has had throughout his career. Cena loves expensive cars and owns many of them that reside at his mansions.
Chris Jericho once again shocked the wrestling industry when it was announced that he would be facing Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom in early 2018. This dream match will take place in New Japan on their biggest show of the year. Omega and Jericho both expressed interest in this match through their mutual friend Don Callis. Jericho made the decision when his contract with WWE expired and NJPW reached a one shot deal with him.
11 Vince McMahon Threatening to Freeze Out Neville
The career of Neville is currently in limbo after his request to leave WWE. Neville grew frustrated due to being forced into the Cruiserweight Division which means less money and potential to move up the ladder. Vince McMahon was not pleased about Neville wanting to pull a Cody Rhodes by becoming a success outside of WWE after a frustrated time with the company refusing to do better by him.
10 Jerry Lawler Believes The Undertaker Is Returning For Another Match
Survivor Series featured legends like Kurt Angle, Triple H and John Cena making rare appearances in the main event. Three legends were also backstage watching the show together. Jerry Lawler revealed on his podcast that he hung out with The Undertaker and Kane watching Survivor Series together. Undertaker and Kane made no appearances on screen but showed up backstage to witness the show.
Baron Corbin’s failed run holding the Money in the Bank briefcase was one of the biggest WWE stories of the summer. The fact that Corbin lost it in a matter of seconds to Jinder Mahal showed how far he fell. WWE did this to punish Corbin for cursing out a WWE doctor during a meeting about concussions. Corbin insulted the doctor in front of the locker room.
9 Vince McMahon Crushes Kevin Owens' Spirit at WrestleMania 33
The new WWE 365 series featured a year in the life of Kevin Owens as the story in the first episode. Fans were given a glimpse at the crushing moment Owens experienced at WrestleMania 33. Vince McMahon hated the match between Owens and Chris Jericho for the United States Championship. Cameras caught Owens asking if the match was good and Vince coldly saying things weren’t good.
8 No More "One Fall" Chant
British independent wrestling fans created a fan interaction moment when they would yell “one fall” after the ring announcer said it during introductions. This carried over to the United States slowly and eventually became a consistent part in WWE. SmackDown ring announcer Greg Hamilton even started intentionally pausing for fans to get their chant in.
7 Enzo Amore Getting His Own Locker Room
The heat of Enzo Amore reached a peak earlier this year during the summer. Roman Reigns kicked him off of a tour bus during a United Kingdom tour for being abrasive and disrespectful to the other wrestlers. The WWE wrestlers reacted to Enzo failing to get humble by kicking him out of the locker room. Enzo was forced to dress elsewhere due to others not wanting him around them.
6 Vince McMahon Mocks Jimmy Jacobs
Chris Jericho’s recent Talk is Jericho podcast interview with Jimmy Jacobs revealed a lot of information about the life of a writer in WWE. Jacobs admitted he was unhappy about the lack of respect he received from Vince McMahon. The job apparently required the writers to be blamed for bad ideas and get no credit for the good ones.
5 Nia Jax Getting Body Shammed
Nia Jax made a comment in a recent interview that is starting to get attention. According to Jax, she has dealt with body shaming by the people she changes in front of. Nia has been in WWE for the past few years making it obvious that the fellow wrestlers she works with are the ones seeing her change. Jax stated that she has been the victim of insulting comments due to her larger size.
4 Dolph Ziggler "Hates" His Role in WWE
We have been hearing rumors about Dolph Ziggler wanting to quit WWE for the past few years. Ziggler is still under contract and a part of the SmackDown brand. However, he is anything but happy when it comes to his job these days. Ziggler appeared on Edge and Christian’s podcast and shared some brutally honest comments about his role in the company.
3 Weird Simon Gotch Incident Got Him Fired
Simon Gotch was fired from WWE earlier this year under some truly bizarre circumstances. The unpopular nature of Gotch backstage made him an enemy of many before this even happened. Gotch however revealed that the final tipping point in WWE choosing to get rid of him came due to a weird backstage interaction with some other employees.
2 Finn Balor Upset With Vince McMahon
The recent report of Vince McMahon pulling Finn Balor out of a major Royal Rumble match against Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship would crush the confidence of most wrestlers. Balor has however shown a humorous side regarding the rumors of McMahon viewing him as not being over enough to warrant facing Lesnar for the title.
The recent WWE 24 special about the return of Goldberg helped give an insight into his return and what was different this time. Goldberg clashed with both Triple H as a talent and Vince McMahon as a boss back in 2003 for his failed stint. His return was completely different as Goldberg was more open to connecting with others in the business.
1 Chris Jericho Argues with Triple H About Festival of Friendship
The Festival of Friendship segment earlier this year that featured Kevin Owens turning on Chris Jericho was viewed as arguably the best segment in 2017. Most fans loved it and it helped set their WrestleMania match in the best way. However, it almost was a different segment due to Vince McMahon missing this episode of Raw.
Triple H tried to change the plans Jericho and Jimmy Jacobs confirmed with Vince McMahon. The thought process of Triple H was that the reveal of Owens’ list would be too comical and not get the reaction desired. Jericho claimed he had an intense debate with Triple H before calling Vince to get his way. It turned out being for the best and Triple H admitted to Jericho that he was right about it.
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