There are plenty of times in a WWE program where the audience is forced to ask themselves “Is that really happening?” whether it be an amazing move that should have killed someone, such as Kalisto’s recent TLC Salida Del Sol off the top of a ladder or Mick Foley’s historic Hell in a Cell bump or asking themselves that question when things seem to go off-script with a promo like CM Punk’s famed “pipe bomb” speech.
Then, there are those times when WWE fans are forced to ask themselves, “Is that really happening?” and it's not a good thing. It can be something silly, like when The Shockmaster inadvertently fell down after crashing through a set wall at a WCW pay-per-view or it can be the introduction of a ridiculous character such as Jerry Lawler’s dentist, Dr. Isaac (“Somebody I’ll be Kane and then I’ll show them!”) Yankem.
The WWE owns up to most of its gaffes, even sometimes putting fun spins on them, like having no ending to the “Mae Young is Pregnant” storyline. You’ll remember she gave birth to a rubber hand in that classic.
Then there are those times the WWE wants to forget about. It can be something that was completely out of their control, but shines a negative light on their company, or it can be a character or storyline that was just too far out-of-line that it had to be scrapped immediately and ignored forever. Fortunately for wrestling fans, we have long memories and plenty of videotape. Here are 15 such situations the WWE wishes we’d forget about.
15 Ric Flair’s Drunken Burying of Everyone
14 Chyna Was Here
13 Linda McMahon, Character and CEO
12 Reid Flair Passed Away
11 Wrestlers Used to Use Popular Songs for Entrance Music
10 Curtis Axel’s Hulk Hogan impression
9 Blood is Red
8 Mark Callaway Played a Biker Version of The Undertaker
7 He Whose Name Shall Not Be Spoken
6 They Put Everyone Else Out of Business
5 Unprotected Chair Shots to the Head
4 A Woman Named Sunny was the Original Diva
3 The Story of Katie Vick
2 CM Punk Existed
1 The Steroid Trial
In 1993, Vince McMahon was indicted in a federal court after a Grand Jury found enough evidence to suggest he was distributing and forcing his wrestlers to use anabolic steroids, which had recently become a banned substance. At the 1994 trial, McMahon was found not guilty with the defense team resting before even presenting their case. The fallout from the trial, however, were the revelations that McMahon used steroids as did Hulk Hogan, who had publicly denied it. The trial also exposed the lax procedures WWE used for drug testing and overall wellness. Despite his big win, the results were just too damaging and, even 21 years later, the trial is never mentioned on WWE television.
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