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Top 15 Most Shocking WWE Departures of All Time

The professional wrestling industry is one that has seen major growths throughout its existence, but it has also seen its share of problems. One of the problems affecting the current state of professional wrestling is the fact that there is no serious competition for World Wrestling Entertainment, the premiere “sports entertainment” company in the world. Total Nonstop Action tries to compete with them, but don’t deliver the type of product that is seen each week on WWE television. Without competition, the product becomes stale, storylines begin to repeat themselves, and fans begin to tune out.

The lack of competition is what is hurting the business and making some competitors want to leave the sport altogether. Back when World Championship Wrestling was still in business, it was common to see wrestlers jump from one promotion to the other at a blink of the eye. At the time when business was great, whether they wanted to be a part of it or not, even Extreme Championship Wrestling was taking part in this talent exchange.

Through it all, whether it was a wrestler leaving one company to get more money like what is commonly seen in other sports, or simply to retire because they were tired with the constant travelling, there have been numerous jaw-dropping exits in WWE history. Some of these exits were predicted, while some came as a complete shock. Others were thought to be part of a storyline and some just made complete sense. Regardless of the reasoning or the belief behind each departure, fans were torn in half by their love for the brand and their love for the character.

What are the 15 most shocking WWE departures of all time?

15 Alundra Blayze

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14 ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude

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13 Kurt Angle

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12 Sgt. Slaughter

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11 The Ultimate Warrior

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10 Lex Luger

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9 CM Punk (2013)

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8 T7. Diesel

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7 T7. Razor Ramon

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6 Edge

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5 Brock Lesnar

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4 ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage

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3 CM Punk (2011)

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2 Bret Hart

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1 Stone Cold Steve Austin

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The most shocking WWE departure of all time has to come from the man who helped bring WWE back in the ratings war with WCW, Stone Cold Steve Austin. When Austin arrived in WWE, it didn’t take long for him to go from being The Ringmaster to one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. He created a lasting catchphrase of Austin 3:16 and had great matches with some of the best in the world. In 2003, before a live edition of Raw, Stone Cold walked out on the promotion after learning that he was booked to lose to Brock Lesnar in a match that wasn’t advertised until a few hours before. After walking out, McMahon and Jim Ross both shared their displeasure for Austin on Raw, with Ross claiming that Austin was “taking his ball and going home.”

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