The backstage world of WWE is almost as entertaining as the scripted on-screen product we watch. Various stories of drama have always been reported regarding how wrestlers interact. However, there are also many emotional moments that take place behind the curtains. The most real things about the wrestling business are the pains and joys faced by the performers. Fans get into the stories and it helps create a special feel for the product. A great wrestler finally getting to the top of the mountain usually leads to both emotional moments from the fans and the performer. Christian winning his first World Championship and tearing up while fans went nuts was one of many on-screen moments to showcase this.
There’s another dynamic to it as the performers interact with each other backstage in emotional moments following such wins. The pain of injuries and other sad moments allow emotions to run wild. We'll take a look at some of the most candid photos ever taken and shared from the WWE backstage world. These images each showcase a memorable and important moment that will live on forever as we look back at it. Let’s take a look at fifteen emotional pictures from backstage that made us cry.
One of the most emotional moments for wrestling fans featured Daniel Bryan’s improbable run to the main event of WrestleMania XXX. WWE originally wanted him to have a lower card match, but the fans demanded Bryan get added to the main event by delivering overwhelming support. This culminated in Bryan defeating Randy Orton and Batista to win the WWE World Championship.
The moment of Finn Balor being crowned as the first-ever Universal Champion at Summerslam 2016 would have been an emotional enough moment for the right reasons. However, sadness struck when Balor suffered a serious injury within the match when Seth Rollins powerbombed him outside of the ring. Everyone greeted Finn with joy backstage, but he knew the injury was bad and that the celebration, was to be short-lived.
NXT has created many emotional moments through the recent years for the fans, wrestlers and even Triple H at times. Sasha Banks winning her first NXT Women’s Championship was the first major moment of her career as she ascended to a major role in WWE. Triple H revealed that he hoped Banks would break her heel character and show real emotion in the ring. While she did have to fight it back, she stayed true to her character for the most part.
Two of the biggest stars in WWE history to have extremely long careers are Triple H and The Undertaker. Both men stuck with WWE through the New Generation Era, Attitude Era, Ruthless Aggression Era, PG Era and beyond. They had countless matches through the years but ended their rivalry with a series of classic matches at WrestleMania XXVII and WrestleMania XXVIII.
8 Family Matter
The recent health issues of Ric Flair made fans worry about the legendary performer potentially passing away. Ric appears to have overcome these health issues and is recovering after surgery. Charlotte Flair’s success has been the brightest spot of her dad’s life in recent years. Ric has stated that he gets more joy from witnessing her success than he did during his own career.
One of the best rivalries in WWE today features Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Both men traveled the world together becoming best friends along the journey before getting to WWE. Their chemistry has been showcased with a bitter feud pitting both men against each other in incredible matches. Owens and Zayn usually try to portray their hatred for each other on social media and other platforms.
7 The Kliq For Life
Another instance of friendship in wrestling lasting features controversial 90s backstage group, The Kliq. Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Triple H and Sean Waltman were best friends that alienated the other wrestlers. The Kliq used the backstage power of Michaels to benefit while making life difficult for their peers. Names like Bret Hart, Bob Holly, Bam Bam Bigelow and countless others trashed them for many years.
6 Pride Of A Champion
The late Eddie Guerrero is one of the most celebrated performers in wrestling history. It is hard to find any flaw in his wrestling skills when looking back at his matches. Guerrero was one of the few performers that would have equally great matches with Cruiserweights, giants and everyone in between. All of the boys respected the hell out of Eddie, and Vince McMahon was among them.
5 Legends Make Peace
The relationship between Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior witnessed many ups and downs. Hogan and Warrior delivered a classic match at WrestleMania XI where Hogan passed the torch to Warrior. Unfortunately, this was the peak of Warrior’s career and Hogan continued to thrive in the business for many more years. A rift between the two occurred at some point to make Warrior snap.
The first NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn special inside of a large venue featured the fans selling it out to see the stars of the developmental brand. Bayley against. Sasha Banks was one of the two main events of this show and they took it seriously. Many fans and wrestling minds consider this to be the greatest women’s wrestling match in WWE history.
4 Where Are They Now?
CM Punk posted this picture on his social media page back in 2011. It was a tremendous image of all the champions on the WWE roster taking the picture together to try to start a new era in the company. Everyone involved had tremendous talent and potential to become huge stars. The emotional moment here is the sadness of looking at where most are today.
Triple H allegedly viewed a lot of similarities between himself and Seth Rollins. It was one of the factors in Rollins being the one to turn heel on The Shield and align with Triple H. Rollins went on to become a huge singles star with Triple H being his mentor both on-screen and behind the scenes.
2 McMahon Family Love
Shane McMahon returning to WWE in 2016 is one moment Vince McMahon desperately wanted to make happen. After many years away from WWE, Shane was talked into coming back as an on-air talent. The big match that brought him in was the Hell in a Cell battle against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32. Shane jumping off the cell and crashing through the commentary table may have stolen the show.
An extremely emotional moment for Daniel Bryan, his fans and his peers was his retirement speech. Bryan showed up to Raw in his hometown to say farewell to the wrestling ring. WWE doctors believe Bryan isn’t healthy enough to ever compete in the ring due to the risks attached. Bryan agreed to Vince McMahon’s request to have him retire in front of his friends and family on Raw.
Any wrestling fan to witness Jake “The Snake” Roberts in his prime knows just how talented he was. Roberts was one of the best characters in the business always knowing how to get fans to buy what he was selling through his actions and his words. The personal demons of Roberts saw him addicted to drugs and alcohols for the majority of his career.
Everyone to follow his story feared Roberts would pass away due to the decisions he made. Diamond Dallas Page was the one to change his life by taking him into his own and helping him recover through the methods of DDP Yoga. Roberts saw his physical shape improve and started to beat his addictions. WWE finally trusted Jake enough to bring him back into the company for a cameo appearance. This was his goal during his recovery and this picture perfectly sums up the happiness Roberts felt as his road to redemption culminated here.
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