The world of sports entertainment is dominated by storylines, but sometimes they don't exactly go over with the crowd as well as it was planned. There's a huge difference between booing a heel because you're supposed to and booing the product because it's either offensive or it just plain sucks, and this list is going to uncover 15 of those infamous moments in wrestling history where the fans made their voice heard in one way or another.
In the old days of wrestling, positive and negative reaction was dictated by the tried and true philosophy of good guy versus bad guy, but eventually the outside world changed at such a rapid pace that fans were no longer interested in seeing the same storylines being played out on television week in and week out. The product became stale and in order to stir things up quite a bit, wrestling promotions started to introduce more and more controversial angles in order to keep their product fresh and entertaining. However, not all of the resulting storylines were home runs.
Some storylines jumped the shark so much that it's embarrassing to even remember that they happened in the first place, while others blurred the lines between kayfabe and reality to a point where a swarm of angry parents wrote very detailed letters to cable networks voicing their negativity. In the end, wrestling history would be forever changed and we the people are partly responsible.
So sit back and relax while we list 15 of the most controversial instances that wrestling fans were none too pleased with!
15 The Gobbledy Gooker
14 Fake Diesel/Razor Ramon
13 WCW's PPV Cuts Off Early
12 The Failed Goldberg Heel Run
11 Jeff Hardy/Sting TNA Main Event
10 Anti-American Sgt. Slaughter
9 The Sandman Crucified
8 Vince Russo: WCW Champion?
7 David Arquette: WCW Champion?
6 Fingerpoke of Doom
5 Pillman's Got a Gun!
4 2014 Royal Rumble
3 2015 Royal Rumble
2 The Montreal Screwjob
1 Hogan's Heel Turn
In one of the most surprising turn of events in the history of professional wrestling, Eric Bischoff concocted the genius plan of doing the unthinkable and turning the lifelong babyface Hulk Hogan into a heel. The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash) were beating down on Macho Man Randy Savage and Sting when down the aisle comes the hero, Hulk Hogan, to save the day for WCW. He cleared The Outsiders from the ring instantly, but while Savage was lying helplessly in the middle of the ring, Hogan bounced off the ropes and delivered the leg drop heard 'round the world. Fans knew then and there the identity of the mystery "third man" that The Outsiders had been teasing, and they acted out by throwing whatever concessions they had on hand into the ring. Oddly enough, it was exactly what WCW needed and they instantly gained huge ratings for several years afterward.
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