The real moments of wrestling can get into the emotions of the toughest of fans. WWE has tried to capitalize off this in recent years with the reality aspect of the product. We get shows like WWE 24 and in-depth coverage of things like the Hall of Fame. It allows fans to look behind the curtain and soak in the moments that the wrestlers are legitimately feeling. Triple H reportedly wants to double down on this in the future with more unscripted moments rather than over the top characters. The bonus to this is strong emotional attachment between the fans and the performers.
Recent history has shown us just how emotional things can get for a fan watching WWE when the script is out the window. Some of the most memorable moments have featured wrestlers going through real moments on screen or in the locker room that break the script. As diehard fans, many of us will shed a few tears at the touching or heartbreaking moments. We will look at some of the most emotional things to happen over the past few years in the WWE Universe. These are fifteen WWE incidents that were unscripted and made us cry.
15 Kurt Angle Embraces Vince After Horrible Falling Out
The return of Kurt Angle to WWE in 2017 was one of the biggest wrestling stories of the year. Angle left WWE back in 2016 in horrible fashion. WWE and Angle had a bitter falling out regarding his addiction to pain killers. Angle trashed Vince McMahon, Triple H and the entire company in various shoot interviews right after leaving the company that was his wrestling home.
As time went on, Angle regretted these comments and wanted a chance to make it right by finishing his career in WWE.
This finally happened last year when Angle returned to get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. A WWE 24 special about his return showed the moment Vince hugged him for the first time before telling the cameras to leave the room so they could have privacy. Angle finally getting that moment of closure was emotional for any fan that followed his journey.
14 Seth Rollins Tears Up After WM 33 Match With Triple H
Seth Rollins missed WrestleMania 32 with a knee injury that made things very depressing for him. WWE footage caught up looking on in pain from a pressbox watching the event as a fan. Rollins’ health was up in the air regarding a match with Triple H at WrestleMania 33. WWE cleared him, and he was able to have the match with his legendary mentor one year after a low point in his WWE career.
The cameras from WWE 24 filmed Rollins moments after one of the biggest wins one can have defeating Triple H. Rollins was overwhelmed from emotions and had tears in his eyes. His commentary suggested he was happy to just be performing on the big stage again after realizing how painful it is to miss such a major night. Rollins tearing up made fans feel similar emotions for his moment of redemption.
13 Kevin Owens Thanks Triple H In Character And in Real Life
The Kevin Owens Show DVD looked at his journey from the independent circuit to NXT to WWE. It all culminated with the biggest moment of his career when he won the Universal Championship. Owens pinned Seth Rollins with the help of Triple H in a shocking moment to give him his first WWE world title. There’s a moment in the ring where Triple H and Owens hug while Owens thanks Triple H.
Owens explained more in the DVD special that he was thanking Triple H outside of the script for all he did for his career.
Triple H was the one to take a risk on him with the NXT contract. Owens repaid him by instantly becoming a major star for the brand leading to a fast call-up. The embrace between Owens and Triple H was a heartwarming moment outside of any WWE storyline.
12 Sasha Banks breaks down talking about making history in Abu Dhabi
An interview for the WWE YouTube channel saw Sasha Banks get to share real emotions about a historic moment rather than having to be in character. Banks faced Alexa Bliss on a live event for the first ever women’s match in Abu Dhabi. WWE was forced to keep the women home on prior live events there, but Banks and Bliss had the first match in 2017.
Banks broke down after the match and teared up discussing her pride of making history. Fans chanted “this is hope” and were excited to see the ladies from WWE tear it up. Sasha’s genuine emotions provided great emotion and WWE had to reference it on their television shows. Banks stated that it was her greatest moment on the main roster and reminded her what her job was all about.
11 Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior make peace backstage
The Ultimate Warrior returned to WWE in 2014 to join the Hall of Fame. His weekend back with WWE saw him make peace with many of his former enemies. Shockingly, Warrior passed away just days later in unbelievable timing. Vince McMahon and Triple H made peace with Warrior, but those were given since they were allowing him to speak with a live microphone on one of their biggest events.
Hulk Hogan making peace with Warrior was a more surprising and emotional moment. The two trashed each other in the media for years. Hogan and Warrior met in person backstage at WrestleMania XXX in their first meeting since all the drama ensued. They made peace and embraced in a moment captured on film by the WWE 24 cameras. We likely would have never believed Hogan, but the documenting of it provided a true emotional moment.
10 Matt and Jeff Hardy surprise everyone
The recent episode of WWE 24 about WrestleMania 33 showed us more details about how Jeff and Matt Hardy shocked us all. WWE hid the Hardy Boyz in a tour bus for the entire day until sneaking them into the venue minutes before their surprise return match. At one point, Matt and Jeff are asked to run to the entrance position since time was sensitive.
The footage of the aftermath is the emotional moment that will make you tear up.
Big Show embraced them with a big hug expressing appreciation for them coming back home. Matt shared another big hug with Kevin Owens as the two grew close when they were in Ring of Honor together. The clips show the family aspect of wrestling with a lot of stars sharing joy in two stars coming back to their wrestling home.
9 Alexa Bliss’ Talking Smack Emotions
Alexa Bliss is one of the cruelest characters in WWE today as the mean heel in the Raw women’s division. However, she gave fans an emotional moment when she provided an unscripted memory on Talking Smack. The show followed her first major championship win to become the SmackDown Women’s Champion. Bliss joined the show to discuss the biggest win of her career over Becky Lynch.
The mean character was dropped by Bliss when asked about the real feelings she was experiencing after such a win. Alexa broke down in tears at accomplishing her dream. Unlike some of the other top stars in the women’s division, Bliss never was truly in NXT Women’s Championship contention and didn’t even have a single match on a TakeOver special. The surprising win provided an emotional moment where fans connected with her despite being a heel.
8 Finn Balor's heartbreak giving up Universal Championship
The rise of Finn Balor saw him become the first ever Universal Champion. WWE introduced Balor in the 2016 brand split and had him win the title in his first PPV match. It was meant to start a long run and Balor getting his rare shot at being the top face on Raw since Roman Reigns was being punished for failing a drug test at the time.
Unfortunately, Balor suffered a serious injury when winning the Universal Championship and had to relinquish it 24 hours later.
The WWE 24 special about his injury documented the difficult situation Finn had to experience. At one point, Balor was crushed and said he felt he let everyone down. It represented the heartache that can come from injury. Luckily, Finn has returned since then and is happy to be back performing.
7 Naomi gets emotional winning title in hometown
Naomi is a fixture in the SmackDown women’s division as one of the most athletic ladies in the company. The hard work and improvement of Naomi allowed her to become a great asset to the roster. Naomi won the SmackDown Women’s Championship for the first time in early 2017 but was forced to give up shortly after due to injury.
The timing worked out that Naomi was cleared to compete in time for WrestleMania 33 in her home of Orlando, Florida. Naomi won back the title that she never lost and was able to soak in the moment in the place she calls home. WWE 24 shows her breaking down and just feeling grateful to have such a special memory after all the hard work.
6 Ric Flair unveils statue
WWE honored Ric Flair’s career by unveiling a statue of him at WrestleMania weekend last year. Triple H and Charlotte Flair said some heartfelt words about Ric before the status was shown to the fans. Ric took part in the moment with some of his best friends, respected peers and beloved family members. It was a special moment in his career that he will likely always cherish.
Considering Flair had health issues later in the year, the unveiling of the statue is even more important looking back.
Ric has stated that all his issues were worth it if he is remembered as a wrestling great. The statue will help remind fans for many generations just how important Flair has been to the wrestling business. Fans will have a chance to see the status in person again at Axxess this upcoming WrestleMania week.
5 Women embrace Natalya after title win
Total Divas switches between reality-based scenes from backstage of WWE shows to scripted entertainment about certain stories in the real lives of the ladies on the show. One unscripted moment to get featured on Total Divas this past season showed Natalya winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship at SummerSlam 2017 by defeating Naomi.
It was the biggest win of Natalya’s career and her first title reign since the division started being taken seriously.
All the ladies were in the backstage area waiting to embrace Natalya with hugs right when she came through the curtain. The Bella Twins were even there despite not being on the roster at the time. Natalya has been a locker room leader for the women over the past few years. This heartwarming moment showed you just how much she means to the other ladies on Raw and SmackDown.
4 Goldberg finding redemption after 13 years
The wrestling career of Goldberg seemed to end in embarrassing fashion when he left WWE in 2014. Goldberg had a horrible one year run with WWE after his success in WCW. WWE never viewed him of having the same star power as he did in WCW leading to poor booking. Goldberg had an atrocious match against Brock Lesnar that led to him leaving.
A return in 2016 saw him become a feel-good story after defeating Lesnar at Survivor Series. Goldberg won the Universal Championship before dropping it to Lesnar at WrestleMania 33 in their final match. Footage from WWE 24 caught Goldberg getting emotional and saying it was the first time he enjoyed wrestling. Goldberg finally found peace and redemption to end in his career in grand fashion. Any fan that followed Goldberg’s career had to feel great seeing it.
3 Nikki Bella being surprised at John Cena's proposal
Everyone seemed aware that John Cena was going to propose to Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33 except Nikki Bella. WWE 24 showed the backstage moments that went on before and after this took place. Nikki thought Cena would never propose and refused to believe the speculation of fans thinking he would finally pop the question in front of the world.
Even after their match, Nikki thought Cena was going to get on the microphone to celebrate his mother who was in the crowd for the first time at a WWE show. Instead, Cena proposed and gave Nikki the surprise of her life. WWE cameras made us all cry when Nikki was in tears backstage in shock at this dream coming true. Vince McMahon was one of the few to know about it and embraced her after it.
2 Women's roster reaction to Royal Rumble announcement
A shocking moment to take place on air for the ladies of Raw came when Stephanie McMahon announced the first women’s Royal Rumble match. The ladies of Raw were all battling it out before Stephanie came out to interrupt them for the announcement. Everyone was happy and emotional about finally having the opportunity to compete in the attraction match.
WWE did not inform the women of what the announcement would be. They wanted a surprise reaction of everyone really showing how they felt about such a big reveal. Sasha Banks, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Paige and the other ladies all were overjoyed as the fans chanted “Yes!” to close the show. Most fans had no idea this was unscripted, but the ladies were not smartened up for us to see a real moment.
1 The Undertaker leaving to the sound of "Thank You, Taker" chants
The Undertaker’s wrestling career is up in the air. Many people believed he retired last year after losing to Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 33. Undertaker is rumored to be considering having another match this year, but he treated the Reigns match as his retirement. WWE 24 cameras were able to capture Undertaker out of camera for the first time. He discussed wanting to still entertain the fans before the match and not wanting to be a parody.
Following the match, fans appreciated his effort with loud “Thank you, Taker” chants.
The aftermath saw The Undertaker lower down from the stage area as the fans serenaded him. Undertaker was filmed with an emotional look on his face. We caught the visual of him soaking in the appreciation of fans as he seemingly ended his career. Undertaker gave us tears one more time if he was truly retiring for good there.