Secrets are hard to keep in the wrestling business. The years go by and information will leak out one way or another. In real time, there are many backstage sources that provide wrestling website with the information that could damage the reputation of a fellow wrestler. The power of the internet and the accessibility of the wrestling industry will also give the talent many opportunities to admit their worst moments. Quite a few top names have either willingly confessed or have been forced to admit a regrettable action during their career that could harm the legacy of the WWE.
Vince McMahon loves getting the real story and using it for profit in storylines or documentary releases. However, there are a few instances of him shying away from discussing something too much. The shameful moments that would make both him and the company look terrible by association will get swept under the rug in the grand scheme of things. We'll take a look at some of the most surprising stories that painted the WWE in a poor light. These are specifically the tales of fifteen confessions by wrestling talent that Vince McMahon definitely did not want the media or fan base to know about.
15 15. Roman Reigns Violating The Wellness Policy While WWE World Champion
One embarrassing confession in recent memory that WWE was forced to witness featured Roman Reigns violating the Wellness Policy in 2016. Reigns was suspended for thirty days after failing the drug test during his WWE World Championship run. Following losing the belt, Reigns was sent home for the month with WWE having to publicly announce the violation given the importance of credibility.
14 14. John Morrison Admits JBL Asked Him To Steal Justin Roberts’ Passport
Many stories about the bullying tactics of JBL backstage were revealed publicly following the story regarding Mauro Ranallo leaving WWE due to it. One of the more high profile tales featured Justin Roberts sharing the story of someone stealing his passport during an overseas tour at the request of JBL. The story started to blow up and JBL claimed Roberts was lying.
13 13. Daniel Bryan Was Happier On Indies Than WWE
WWE wants both fans and the wrestlers of the industry to believe they're the only place one can happily make a living as a professional. Daniel Bryan proved that to be wrong with the release of his autobiography. The move to WWE came when he wanted to finally make some big money and save for his future. Bryan however claimed he did not completely enjoy his time there.
12 12. Jim Ross Reveals Real Reason Vince Didn’t Push Gail Kim
Gail Kim is easily one of the best women’s wrestlers of all time, but none of her best work came in her two WWE tenures. The talent of Gail was wasted both times due to Vince McMahon not seeing anything special in her. Kim stated she felt McMahon thought she was unattractive leading to a lack of success with less talented wrestlers being ranked above her.
11 11. Shawn Michaels Used To Wrestle Drunk
Everyone knows Shawn Michaels used to have his addiction struggles with drugs and alcohol. No one could have predicted he worked under the influence given how tremendous his matches were every single week. Michaels had arguably the greatest in-ring career of all time, but some of his 80s and 90s matches featured him having drinks before performing.
10 10. Ultimate Warrior Homophobic Tirades
WWE is strongly trying to present their product as being welcoming to all viewers and performers. The support of the LGBT community has become a bigger deal to WWE in recent years. However, they still celebrate The Ultimate Warrior and actually have a Hall of Fame induction in his celebration every year. Warrior confessed many problematic views through the years that completely differ from what WWE is looking to represent.
9 9. Kurt Angle Took 65 Vicodin a Day
The shocking departure of Kurt Angle from WWE back in 2006 was partly due to his drug addiction. Angle’s body was falling apart with various health issues after all of the wear and tear. One of the terrifying things he did towards the end of his career was taking 65 extra-strength Vicodin pills per day to get through the pain he faced so he could continue wrestling full time.
8 8. Triple H Cheating On Chyna With Stephanie McMahon
The love triangle behind Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Chyna is still one of the most controversial stories in wrestling history. WWE obviously has tried to protect Stephanie and Triple H whenever referencing the background of it all. Documentary productions discussing the relationship always references Triple H and Stephanie mutually falling in love while working together and then getting to be a couple.
7 7. The Rock Breaks Script To Call CM Punk
This confession is a little less serious than the others on the list, but it's very important in the grand scheme of WWE. Every wrestler has to follow the script and guidelines WWE sets in place for them considering it’s a television show. The Rock is one person that doesn’t care about doing what he's told and often goes over the line to get his own segments over.
6 6. Many WWE Talent Way Underpaid
Various wrestler confessions have revealed that many current WWE Superstars are not being paid very well. Alberto Del Rio stated one of his friends recently signed with WWE and made a bad decision as he made less money than Lucha Underground offered. Ryback also had similar criticisms calling out WWE for not paying talent fairly across the board unless you're in the main event picture.
5 5. WWE Sent CM Punk Termination Papers the Day of his Wedding
CM Punk had many harsh words for WWE when he did his tell all podcast on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling regarding his exit. Many confessions from Punk featured stories of WWE breaking promises and not caring about his well-being despite having success as one of their most popular performers. The most shocking moment came when Punk said WWE sent his official termination papers on the day of his wedding with AJ Lee.
4 4. Owen Hart’s Final Entrance Was Not Originally Planned
The death of Owen Hart during an error with his stunt entrance coming down from the rafters is the most heartbreaking moment in wrestling history. Owen was having a new run with his old Blue Blazer character. Vince Russo revealed in an interview with Steve Austin that this entrance was not even planned as part of the original show until the last minute.
3 3. Hulk Hogan Steroid Trial
One of the first shocking confessions to hurt WWE’s reputation featured Hulk Hogan taking the stand at the infamous 1994 trial. Vince McMahon and WWE were feeling the heat of steroid allegations. Hogan took the stand and put a huge nail against his former employer. The confession of Hogan stated steroid use was very common in WWE during the 80s and he used to call McMahon’s secretary to illegally get the steroids to him from a doctor.
2 2. John Cena Bullied Alex Riley Backstage
John Cena is the biggest WWE star of the past decade. The success of Cena in the ring is perhaps second to reputation he has in real life. Cena has dedicated much of his free time to various charitable efforts. The record for most wishes granted in Make-A-Wish history is still held by Cena. It's obvious he loves using his platform to help provide others with happiness.
1 1. Steve Austin Brutally Attacked Debra
Another legend in WWE with a mistake that haunts his legacy is Steve Austin. The success of Austin made him arguably the biggest star in WWE history. Austin however made headlines for the negative side of things when he was arrested for beating his wife and fellow wrestler Debra in 2002. This is one story that Austin goes out of his way to never discuss in interviews.
Austin has admitted it once in his book stating he regrets the incident. The actual claims of him brutally beating her were never addressed, but his regret along with not denying it basically confessed the guilt. Austin has repaired his reputation and is still a part of the WWE family today. Vince McMahon, WWE and Austin all want this removed from the memories of fans that still value his wrestling genius.
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