Its safe to say that being a professional wrestler has its advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, you’re adored by fans, you’re a superstar and you can say that you’re not the one on the 9 to 5 wishing you could speed up time until the day you no longer cease to exist. Sure, there’s the possibility that you might get that raise you wanted to buy mommy and daddy that brand new set of wheels. Sure, there’s the possibility that you might get that promotion to be Scooty Rudy Jr.’s new assistant, but deep down, you’re miserable inside because you know there’s a big chance Rudy just doesn’t think you’re cut out to be his lackey.
On the other hand, there are some huge drawbacks to being a pro wrestler as well. The second reason I gave you as to why being a superstar is stellar, it is also a perfect example of why you should think long and hard about your career choices before you go trying to do something you may regret later.
To put it in different terms, it’s like a gift and a curse. While it’s true that if you became a famous WWE superstar or became famous for your work in ROH, GFW or NJPW, in some cases, you would be praised for your skills and accolades, there are also those times where you do something extremely stupid. or outlandish or just plain… weird. Judging by the title, you probably know what this list is going to be about.
15. Enzo Amore – Giving Advice To Cruiserweights… About Wrestling
It isn’t really all that hush-hush that Enzo Amore has a big mouth. Even when he was doing his thing as a babyface and feuding with his ex-tag team partner, Big Cass, this was well-documented. This big mouth of his has made him a two-time Cruiserweight Champion, so he must be doing something right… sometimes, anyway. Apparently, that’s true in real life as well. Since joining the cruiserweight rankings on 205 Live, its been rumored Amore has been trying to give “advice” to his fellow 205 Live superstars. This doesn’t seem to go over well because Amore isn’t known for his wrestling ability.
To put it in more simpler terms, Amore trying to wrestle is like watching a terrible Lifetime Network flick on the weekends. You feel absolutely nothing and on top of that, it’s boring. Oh well. If this is true, Amore can say that he’s still Cruiserweight Champion and that’s something you can’t take away from him.
14. JBL – The “B” Stands For Bully
What is there to be said about JBL that hasn’t been said before? In his prime, Layfield managed to defeat WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero at The Great American Bash in 2004. Shortly after that, he retained said title against the likes of The Big Show, Kurt Angle, The Undertaker, Eddie Guerrero and Booker T. Throughout his career Layfield has had a slew of bullying accusations thrown in his direction. Ivory, Rene Dupree, The Miz and Matt Hardy have all gone on record to prove that these accusations are indeed true.
For specific examples, Dupree has stated that JBL has called him a “French f****t.” Former WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts has stated that during his time with the company, JBL would tell him to go kill himself. Matt Hardy once said that Layfield told him and his brother Jeff to throw alcohol at street signs while drunk, only for their bags to disappear when they refused.
13. X-Pac – Took A Dump In Sable’s Bag
While X-Pac never held a WWE world title, no one can deny that he played a huge part in the success of the Attitude Era along with the rest of DX. During that time, he and Shane McMahon were involved in a high-profile rivalry. Heck, the even wrestled each other at WrestleMania, though the biggest highlight of that match was probably when Triple H crossed his DX buddy and assisted McMahon in picking up the win.
Anyway, the story goes that during a match with McMahon one night, X-Pac really had to go, but not to the ring just yet, as he really needed to go to the restroom. With his entrance music was playing, X-Pac couldn’t possibly make it to the ring in time. So he took a dump in Sable’s bag. X-Pac stated that someone else got blamed for the incident and DNA tests were going to happen. No seriously, this isn’t some made-up rubbish; X-Pac claims it really did happen!
12. Scott Hall – Didn’t Sign Ill Child’s Card
If you’ve followed Scott Hall’s storied career, you probably know that he’s been through some major ups, some gigantic downs and everything in between. What I mean to say is, it hasn’t always been bad, but it hasn’t always been great for the Bad Guy either. For example, being a multiple-time Intercontinental Champion and being a member of one of the most well-known stables in pro wrestling history (the nWo) would definitely be considered some pretty major ups.
One that doesn’t rank too high on the class list would have to be the time that Hall allegedly refused sign a dying child’s birthday card. Both Goldberg and Bret Hart have stated this entire story is true. Hall even admits this himself during an interview on YouShoot. During said interview, Hall stated that the reason why he didn’t sign the card was that he wasn’t feeling well and also that the child wasn’t present at the time.
11. Shawn Michaels – SummerSlam Comedy
Once and forever known as the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels turned over a new leaf and became a born-again Christian. However, he wasn’t always the definition of a saint. As a matter of fact, he’s been said to have been far from that word. Although HBK changed for the better, that didn’t mean the Showstopper couldn’t be a bit outlandish. As a result of that, enter SummerSlam 2005. Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels was set to be one of the greatest wrestling matches in SummerSlam history. Instead, it turned out to be one of the greatest comedy acts in SummerSlam history.
For pretty much the entire showdown, Michaels oversold Hogan’s offense. This includes, but is certainly not limited to an overselling of a shoulder block, overselling a number of kicks to the gut while placed on the top turnbuckle, overselling some of Hogan’s punches, overselling one of Hogan’s big boot and of course, overselling Hogan’s world famous leg drop.
10. Ric Flair – The Man With 10,000 Women
You know Ric Flair may not always be easy to understand sometimes, but give him a break. He’s the Nature Boy, darn it. His list of accomplishments includes being a two-time WWE Hall of Famer, winning the Royal Rumble in 1992, winning PWI Wrestler of the Year multiple times and of course being a 16-time world champion. From claiming that he has had relations with actress Halle Berry all the way to getting kicked out of bars to getting into some real-life feuds with the likes of Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Shane Douglas and Mick Foley and Bruno Sammartino, you name it and Flair has done it.
Unfortunately, it gets a heck of a lot worse than that, though. The 16-time world champion has claimed to have had relations with over 10,000 women during his life. While this is possible, it’s highly unlikely, even for the Nature Boy.
9. Jeff Hardy – Showed Up Under The Influence For PPV Main Event
In the ’90s, Jeff, along with his brother Matt Hardy, helped usher in a new era in tag team wrestling. Sure, everyone who remembers the Attitude Era will always remember Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and The Undertaker. But that doesn’t mean Edge, Christian, The Dudley Boyz or The Hardyz don’t get their fair share of praise too. So anyway, after a decade of leaving his mark on pro wrestling as a legendary tag team competitor, Jeff found himself in the main event of a TNA pay-per-view called Victory Road. His opponent was The Icon, Sting, and they were competing for the TNA World Title. Unfortunately, Jeff Hardy showed up to the match clearly on drugs. The good news is that they somehow managed to play off the entire incident on the fly without someone stopping the match because Hardy was on something. The bad news is, the match only lasted a good two minutes, the fans obviously left home disappointed and Hardy came off looking unprofessional. Luckily, Hardy bounced back from this and returned to the WWE with his brother Matt, although Jeff is unable to compete at the moment, due to injury.
8. Bubba Ray Dudley – Intentionally Trying To Hurt His Fellow Wrestlers
Whether you know him as Bubba Ray Dudley or Bully Ray, Mark LoMonaco is without question a legend in pro wrestling. The 46-year-old is now teasing retirement after 26 years competing, giving his farewell speech at ROH Global Wars earlier this year. However, during his career, Dudley has been accused of intentionally trying to hurt his fellow wrestlers. Former WWE Superstar Rene Dupree has stated that he’s had so many concussions due to Dudley that it’s not funny. He also went on to say that Christopher Nowinski had to retire because of Dudley giving him concussions. Former WWE Superstar Rico has also gone on record as saying that Dudley is dangerous, stating that Bubba is a spoiled brat and that if he doesn’t get his way, he hurts people. He explains that Dudley tore his hamstring three times in one match and while he has no gripe with Devon, he went on to call Bubba Ray Dudley a spoiled little baby.
7. Vince Russo – Criticizing Fans For Chants
There was a time when Vince Russo was seen as the most hated man in the world of sports entertainment, or professional wrestling if you like that term better. He is arguably most famous or notorious for his stint with WCW, where some fans feel he was instrumental to the company’s downfall. With all the random storylines, distasteful parodies and his making a non-wrestler the World Heavyweight Champion, it would be pretty hard to disagree with the hate for one Vince Russo, don’t you think? Surprisingly, his poor decisions in WCW are not why he’s an entry on this list.
The reason why is because he has stated in the past that he thinks that fans of NXT are losers if they chant “this is awesome” for wrestlers like Sami Zayn, Finn Balor or Kevin Owens. His explanation is that normal men don’t react that way. I could even begin to tell you how much that doesn’t make sense, so I’ll choose to just stop.
6. Bill DeMott – Abuse Of Power
Although he wrestled for WCW as Hugh Morrus AKA the first guy who was defeated by the unstoppable, undefeated, Bill Goldberg, he also had a brief stint as a wrestler in WWE. Only this time, instead of the name Hugh Morrus, he was to be introduced to the ring as Bill DeMott and let me tell you, DeMott was anything but humorous… you see what I did there? Anyway, DeMott would make his way down the ring, proceed to scare small children with his intimidating gaze and facial expressions, then he would put the beat down a jobber and sometimes hold him in a pinning position much longer than after the three count, looking as humanly evil and cold as possible to drive home the fact that this was simply no laughing matter.
DeMott would eventually find more success in the WWE as a trainer. During this time, he was accused of making wrestlers do risky training drills, using derogatory terms, and attacking talent. On March 6, 2015, DeMott resigned from his position. While he denied he did anything wrong, he stated that he wanted to avoid any embarrassment or damage to the company.
5. Jeff Jarrett – Holding Up The WWE For 300K
Jeff Jarrett has had quite the career. He was around during WCW’s dark ages and most fans think he’s one of the biggest reasons the company is no more. He was the founder of TNA Wrestling and for a while, the company was known for having some of the best young up-and-coming talent in the world. The company known as TNA is in fact no more and most people think it’s because of people like Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Dixie Carter and… Jeff Jarrett.
Now instead of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, fans get Global Force Wrestling. Many people think that while Global Force has potential to be great, it might end up like TNA. As you may have noticed, during Jarrett’s introduction, I failed to mention his time in WWE. Well, let’s talk about that or at least the end of his run with the company. Jarrett was scheduled to lose his Intercontinental title to Chyna at No Mercy in 1999. Apparently, Jarrett’s contract with the WWE expired on October 16, 1999. No Mercy was the 17th of October that year. The deal was that Jarrett would wrestle at the pay-per-view if McMahon paid him a whopping $300,000.
4. Alberto El Patron – Opened His Big Mouth
El Patron may not be the most liked wrestler, but you have to give him credit. During his tenure with the WWE, he managed to become a two-time WWE Champion, as well as a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Some think he’s boring, some don’t like his mic skills, some think he’s a no-talent loser with very poor manners. Others respect his wrestling ability and enjoy watching his matches. Either way, if you were or you weren’t a fan of his, you either loved or hated him in his prime when he was in WWE.
Between the years 2011-2014, El Patron was on top of the world. For whatever reason, things started to go south and although he returned to the WWE, he left shortly after returning. Then there was series of videos that involved Alberto and then-girlfriend Paige, where El Patron was seemingly drunk. He’d bash the WWE, he’d bash Triple H, who was referred to as the “guy with the big nose” by Patron, and he’d proceed to make a complete and utter fool out of himself in front of his ex-girlfriend, who still works for the company and has just returned after over a year’s absence.
3. Vince McMahon – The XFL
Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that over the years, Vince McMahon has had some brilliant ideas. Plus you have to respect the guy for putting his money where his mouth is and getting in the ring with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Bret Hart, etc. What’s more is that out of all the superstars I’ve just mentioned, McMahon seems to be the one that got his butt kicked the worst. Sure, he had his moments, but most of the time he got his butt whooped.
While McMahon has had some great ideas, one that will forever remain not so brilliant is the XFL. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, the XFL was McMahon’s take on the NFL. It lasted one season and was canceled by NBC due to poor ratings. Well, at least McMahon still has his bread and butter.
2. Jim Cornette – Slapped Santino Marella
Jim Cornette’s career spans over three decades. In those three decades and change, Cornette has managed names such as Vader, Jeff Jarrett, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, Yokozuna, Barry Windham and Owen Hart. One wrestler who wasn’t included on this list is Santino Marella, who had one heck of an encounter with one Jim Cornette. Long story short, Martin Wright, who would soon simply be known as The Boogeyman, crawled out of an OVW ring. After that, he cut a promo and then as he walked out of the arena, he approached Santino Marella.
Marella was supposed to run away, much like everyone else did. This didn’t happen. Marella was supposed to get yelled at by Cornette, who went one step further by slapping the kayfabe Italian, resulting in his firing. Not too long after that, Marella debuted in a WWE ring, where he defeated then-Intercontinental Champion, Umaga. It’s safe to say that Cornette won’t be putting his hands on a wrestler again, or then again, since it’s Cornette, you never know.
1. CM Punk – Going At It With Fans
It’s been since the year 2014 since CM Punk has stepped foot in a WWE ring and yet his name still gets chanted throughout wrestling venues worldwide. This has to do with the respect and appreciation that have for this said superstar. While this is the norm, a wrestling fan shouting your name doesn’t always have to mean, it’s a good thing, as evident when Punk attended a house show event in Adelaide. If you look it up on YouTube, you’ll hear a hilarious back and forth conversation between Punk and a fan. To make the long story short, Punk wanted this said fan to sit down and shut his pie-hole before he got seriously hurt, but the fan had other plans. Punk stated that the fan has a vagina and called him a homosexual. How does the fan retaliate, you ask? By playing on CM Punk’s name and calling him a little punk b****.
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