For the most part, the very best WWE moments actually do happen on camera. Whether they occur during a live show where nothing escapes the camera’s view or during a taped show where the best stuff gets edited into the final product, WWE goes out of their way to ensure that fans never miss a moment. Not everything that you see during Raw, SmackDown, PPVs, and all other programming is the full story, however. You’re probably aware that there are plenty of moments that occur behind the scenes that fans would love to see, but some people don’t realize that great WWE moments happen when during broadcasts and still never make it to air.
The reasons for these content removals can vary, but more often than not, they come down to there being something about the incident that is deemed unsuitable for air. Maybe the event in question is not friendly to the program’s content rating or breaks kayfabe in some irredeemable way. Whatever the case, there is one thing that all of these incidents have in common. You simply have to know more about them. They are the top 15 off-air moments that WWE doesn’t want you to see.
15 15. Sable Completely Loses Her Top
If you watched RAW during the Attitude Era, you will no doubt remember those weeks when RAW was postponed or delayed due to an event called the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Fans were always upset to see one of the hottest shows on the air postponed due to a dog show, and reports suggest it wasn’t WWE’s favorite way to do business during that time either. Still, the fact that they couldn’t air RAW live during those weeks did save them at least one time.
14 14. Hulk Hogan Cuts a Promo like He’s Having A Stroke
Every wrestler flubs a promo. Even the best microphone workers are going to mess up a few words from time to time. Hulk Hogan has always been especially prone to flubs. His energetic, rambling promo style ensures has led to a number of memorable verbal gaffes that have made it on air. One of the best Hogan flubs, however, was never meant to be seen.
13 13. The Undertaker Throws a Post-Show Party For a Guy Named Frank
If there’s one thing that the WWE locker room loves to do off-air, it's celebrate birthdays. At least a few times a year, the boys and girls in the back will stay a little late after the show and throw a little party for one of the performers. Just as in real-life, however, some birthday parties are more memorable than others. Consider, for instance, a party that happened after a SmackDown show in 2003 involving The Undertaker, Big Show, Rikishi, and a guy named Frank.
12 12. Stone Cold and Hulk Hogan Brawl in 2002
People talk about dream matches in wrestling so often that it’s easy to forget that there are only a few true dream matches in wrestling history. One of the most high-profile dream matches in wrestling history that never occurred was a battle between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan. Many expected this match to occur in 2002, but it just never came to pass. What few fans know, though, is that Stone Cold and Hulk Hogan did come to blows in WWE ring in 2002. It just didn’t happen on-camera.
11 11. The RAW Announce Team Mocks The Fans Chants for CM Punk
10 10. CM Punk Dances In The Ring In His Underwear
Speaking of CM Punk, let's dive into an incident that will help remind you just why it is that fans continue to miss the man so very much. Following a 2013 episode of RAW main evented by Randy Orton vs. John Cena that ended in DQ, the wrestlers started saying their goodbyes to the live audience. For some reason, a variety of personalities, including Daniel Bryan and Stephanie McMahon, came to the ring to participate in a spinarooni contest that Booker T had initiated.
9 9. The Undertaker Is Nearly Killed At Elimination Chamber 2010
The Undertaker is going to appear a few times on this list because he seems to always find himself involved in some of WWE’s most notable off-screen occurrences. This one isn’t actually as off-screen as some of other moments. Actually, you’ve probably heard of the time that The Undertaker was caught on fire while making his way to the ring for the 2010 Elimination Chamber match. However, unless you’ve seen the full video of the incident, you can’t really appreciate how severe the accident was.
8 8. The Undertaker Forgets He's In A Casket Match
Here’s another incident involving The Undertaker that’s only been loosely referenced by fans, but it’s too good to ignore. Leading up to an episode of RAW held in Portland, OR, WWE advertised that the post-show special would be a casket match between The Big Show and The Undertaker. The Undertaker was also involved in the eight-man tag match that capped off the broadcast portion of the show, which isn’t that unusual.
7 7. Triple H and Vince McMahon Roll Around in Birthday Cake
6 6. Tony Chimel Repeatedly Fails At Reciting A Few Simple Lines
As awful as Hulk Hogan’s promo flub was, at least it is semi-understandable. After all, you try cutting a lengthy promo in front of a live crowd and tell us if you’re able to maintain complete composure. What would be even more bizarre is if someone like a ring announcer repeatedly messed up their relatively simple lines. Yet, that’s exactly what happened to long-time announcer Tony Chimel during a SmackDown taping. Chimel was trying to introduce the participants in a gravy bowl match and messed up his lines. That happens. It's why WWE has a system in place where they just have the announcer record the lines later on and tape over the incorrect reading.
5 5. John Cena and Batista Join DX
Remember when DX reformed several years ago and turned into a grade school act that mostly participated in toilet humor segments? While fans are still split in regards to that particular era of the faction as it felt like a hollow recreation of one of WWE’s greatest factions, it was still a successful comeback. Of course, those who hated the attempted revival may have felt differently about it had one of the new DX’s greatest moments happened on-air.
4 4. The Undertaker Rehearses Burying Paul Bear In Cement
WWE loves to throw The Undertaker into the worst storylines, don’t they? It seems like they feel that the veteran 'Taker is capable of making anything work and continuously test their theory by making him a part of the worst angles you can imagine. One such story involved The Undertaker needing to bury Paul Bearer in cement as part of a match stipulation. It was an incredibly bizarre series of events.
3 3. Mark Henry’s Most Impressive Feat of Strength Is Edited Down
Oh man, this is a great one. In case you don’t know, those cages that WWE uses for their steel cage matches are the real deal. Wrestlers know how to work around them, but there’s only so much that the crew can fake before the whole illusion falls apart. One part of the cage that is gimmicked, however, is the locked door. Obviously, a wrestler needs to be able to take this door down if needed. Unfortunately, someone forgot to put a gimmick lock on the cage door during a SmackDown taping one time even though Mark Henry was supposed to be able to tear the lock apart with ease.
2 2. The Rock and Triple H Run Through An Entire Iron Man Match
1 1. Brock Lesnar Kisses Kurt Angle
Some people have accused WWE of failing to showcase Brock Lesnar’s personality through his on-screen actions. There have a been a few moments when Lesnar has been allowed to showcase a little humor or an occasional smile, but for the most part, he’s been treated as an absolute monster. Then again, maybe this moment is why WWE is hesitant with letting Lesnar be Lesnar. Shortly after a SmackDown segment between Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar went off-air, the two engaged in a stare down.
This moment was shockingly broken up by Brock Lesnar grabbing Kurt Angle and kissing him on the lips. Angle backed away while the fans let out a massive cheer. Lesnar supposedly did this as a prank on Angle but ended up being pranked himself when Angle returned the favor by grabbing Lesnar’s butt.
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