In the world of wrestling, there are heroes and villains and sometimes there are the occasional tweeners, but for the most part fans are led to believe that the bad guys are just roles that are played on television.
Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Sure promoters want their talents to continue playing their roles as much as possible outside of the ring, in order to make characters that much more believable, but in this day and age of the internet and social media, it's not always the case.
However, that doesn't stop the following fifteen individuals from taking their heel roles a bit too far in the ring, backstage or in the public, as encounters with fans and fellow wrestlers have included less than positive results. Whether these gentlemen (using that term loosely), are using their positions within the company for political power or have a negative interaction with fans in public places or are just straight up crazy and have no idea when too far is too far, a combination of inflated egos, disrespect and lack of compassion for others have led to their spot (clipboard ready....pen clicks) on THE LIST! Enjoy the article of these 15 real life wrestling villains!
He's played the role of a face and a heel on television, but in real life, Dave Bautista may have taken his on-air persona a bit too far. Upon returning to the WWE in 2014, fans voiced their displeasure at The Animal for winning the Royal Rumble (they wanted Daniel Bryan to win) and, in turn, Batista gave them a verbal piece of his mind with a few four letter words as part of his rant.
14 The Miz
The "most must-see Superstar" on TV, Mike Mizanin is not only one of the best heels on the tube, but he translates that same attitude in real life. He kicked off his celebrity status on a series of reality shows, including The Real World, in which he "played the role" of an obnoxious jerk. Since joining the WWE's main roster in 2006, The Miz has played both a heel and a face, but has found ultimate success as a villain.
13 Kevin Nash
Sure he has had his fair share of popular spotlight moments as a member of the nWo or The Kliq and he may have well won a great number of championships during his twenty-five year career, but that didn't quite mask the fact that away from the ring he was a jerk.
12 Ric Flair
He may have been stylin' and profilin' in the ring, but away from it, The Nature Boy has been known to be a limousine ridin', jet flyin', kiss stealin' (just ask Halle Berry), wheelin' dealin' son of a gun jerk.
Flair has been known to shortchange fans at autograph sessions, whether by being rude to their face or just flat out not showing up, despite supporters paying anywhere between $50-$100 to get have the 16-time champ squiggle a sharpie on a piece of paper.
11 Brock Lesnar
The Beast could very well be given the moniker, The Jerk, judging by Lesnar's demeanor, whether it be in the squared circle or the octagon. Simply, he gives the impression that his poop don't stank.
10 Scott Hall
Years after the man was given the character Razor Ramon, demons would take over and with that a world of trouble. As time passed, Hall would become an arrogant jerk in the locker room, a place in which he started to use his political influences and connections to look out for numero uno.
9 Bubba Ray Dudley
Whether you want to call them The Dudley Boyz or 3D or whatever they have been tagged with over their Hall Of Fame career, the fact is, both Bubba and D'Von have earned respect around the world for their accomplishments. However, that doesn't mean that Bubba hasn't been the nicest guy along the way.
Whether he was being a bully to youngsters in the ring through shoot fights and non selling, there are a number of stories of how reckless Bubba was and the injuries that resulted from his carelessness. Just ask former WWE stars Chris Nowinski or Rene Dupree what it's like to be in the ring with Bubba, two wrestlers who suffered major injuries at his hand.
8 Triple H
Hunter Hearst Helmsley has used his family connections to help improve his position of power within the WWE and the funny thing is, everyone knows it. Just like Shane McMahon, HHH has found a way come every April to make himself part of WrestleMania, whether it's warranted or not.
7 Vince McMahon
Like many successful businessmen throughout the world, sometimes in order to get into that position you have to step on a few people along the way and possess a cutthroat attitude that does not make you many friends. Not only has Vince belittled many of his employees both on and off the screen, be it Trish Stratus or Bret Hart, nobody was safe.
Whether he had wrestlers rolling around in Thanksgiving gravy or kissing his rear end (literally), Vince has taken the position of authority to a whole new level. While the WWE has been a success for a long time, the micromanaging role that Vince holds over all of the employees often leaves little to their own credibility.
6 Hardcore Holly
Bob Holly started out his wrestling career with a series of jobber roles before taking on the persona of Hardcore Holly. While he would wear the Tag Team Belts a number of times, he was more known for capturing the WWE Hardcore Championship seven different times.
5 Randy Orton
Maybe because of his last name, The Viper thought that he could get his way at any moment, leading to being one of the most difficult wrestlers to work matches with, especially if you miss your mark (see Kofi Kingston).
Outside of the ropes, Orton has had a hard time figuring out which voice in his head is telling him right and wrong. Stories of his past interactions with pulling inappropriate pranks and verbally and sometimes physically harassing the ladies backstage are a far cry from the more mature professional that Orton is now.
John Bradshaw Layfield may have been one of the biggest heels in wrestling history (minus his later role with the APA), but that can be said both inside and outside of the ring. A bully backstage, Layfield often disrespected fellow wrestlers with derogatory comments and name calling, while trying to suck up to management in order to improve his place on the card.
3 Scott Steiner
Oh Scott Steiner, what would the wrestling world be without his plethora of nasty shoot interviews where he buried numerous wrestlers including Hulk Hogan, Triple H and Shawn Michaels to name a few. Steiner has an enlarged ego and that's been well documented over the years, judging by some of his comments.
2 Abdullah The Butcher
The king of hardcore may have had his following of fans, but for many the draw and appeal started to get out of hand. Long known for his willingness and desire for blood, Abdullah took things to a whole different level during his career. Stories from former wrestlers tell of Abdullah doing anything to get over with promoters.
1 New Jack
There is only one thing (okay, maybe a couple of others) holding New Jack back from being part of any major wrestling organization and that is the fact that he's a certified nut job. Aside from a six year run as part of the original ECW, New Jack (born Jerome Young) has been touring the independent circuit throughout his career.
Let's start with the infamous Mass Transit event that led to a young man being cut up so badly by New Jack that he passed out from loss of blood and severed arteries while yelling racial comments and death wishes. We can then move on to the various times in which New Jack sought to permanently and intentionally injury other opponents with his staple gun...yes that is right, a staple gun.
And then we get to the extreme end of things in which New Jack stabbed an opponent anywhere between nine to fourteen times with a makeshift metal blade. Of course all incidents involved legal action, something that signifies the ultimate jerk (and that is just using the nicest term that we can on a PG site).
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