As much as we fans love the WWE, and no matter how big of a part it's played in our lives, there's no denying the following words:
They have screwed up royally a bunch of times.
No, we're not talking about letting Batista win the 2014 Royal Rumble, letting Roman Reigns be the top face for a year, The Montreal Screwjob or their constantly-boring matches and storylines. We're talking about something far more serious and sinister. Something that gives the WWE a very bad blemish that can't be erased any time soon.
We're talking about the way they've treated some of their Superstars with nothing but too much respect. For some stars, no matter what awful acts they do outside of the ring, the WWE sweeps it away, pretends nothing ever happened and hopes the fans will be ignorant to what took place.
Sadly for them, we know all too well what has happened outside of the ring for these stars, thanks to the emergence of the internet. So, the fact the company always ignores the heinous acts some of their stars commit becomes ridiculous and inexcusable after a while. For whatever reason, the stars of the past and present can get away with whatever they want.
Hulk Hogan was fired for a racial remark last summer, but a plenty of Superstars have made incredibly racial or homophobic remarks as well. The only difference? The WWE didn't act upon it. It just goes to show how hypocritical they can be.
Here are the top 12 things that the WWE has ignored from their top stars.
15 Scott Hall's Dark Side
Everyone knows that Scott Hall has had some dark moments in his career: From shooting a man to death outside a bar (which was deemed self defence) or his alcohol and drug abuse, there were many tragic moments in his life.
But what was one of the worst that WWE seemed to let go? He's been arrested many times, one of which was for choking his girlfriend (charges were dropped). WWE inducted him into the Hall of Fame a couple of years ago.
That's rather hypocritical, given the way they've punished other wrestlers (hello Hulk Hogan) for making mistakes. Shouldn't they all be punished equally?
14 Michael Hayes' Racism
Here were some of the words that the WWE used when they explained their reason to cut all ties with Hulk Hogan:
"WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds."
Nobody is going to fault them for doing so. In fact, that's the right and necessary way to go about in life. But why does Michael Hayes get into the Hall of Fame for being a racist, who directed disgusting racial slurs against Mark Henry?
Once again, they just remain hypocritical.
13 Pat Patterson's Sexual Harassment
There is almost nothing more villainous and evil than to sexually harass or assault someone. You would really expect a company like the WWE to take action when such events take place.
Pat Patterson was fired after an employee accused him of sexual harassment, only to be rehired a few years later. Many other employees brought up the allegations and he was forced to retire in 2004. But what does the WWE do? He's remained a worker backstage ever since retiring.
Not exactly a great way to show you stand against sexual violence.
12 Shawn Michaels was a Complete Jerk in Real Life
It sure doesn't seem like many Superstars got away with doing whatever they wanted the way Shawn Michaels did. During the '90s, he was a jerk to other stars in the locker room and was a huge part of the infamous Montreal Screwjob.
Aside from that, he was always mean to fans. He told a fan to "leave him alone" for calling him "Shawn Michaels," which isn't "his real name." He also was a jerk to workers at Whataburger in Texas because he didn't appreciate being recognized by fans.
11 Batista, the Crybaby
Though Batista is one of the best characters to ever don the heel persona, there are times where he's went well over the top and yet, of course, the WWE ignores it because it's easy for them to say "he's just in character."
At the 2014 Royal Rumble, he told a fan he'd snap them in half and would later flip off the crowd after booing him for winning the event. Again, it's great to make the crowd hate you more as a heel, but what does it accomplish by being such a jerk to the fans?
Just don't bring it up to WWE. Batista's supposed to be a hero to us!
10 The Nature Boy is Mean in Nature
Judging by Ric Flair's big hot-shot character throughout his wrestling career, you'd think he is only a jerk inside of the ring and is otherwise as kind as it gets outside of wrestling. Well, not exactly.
In 2005, Flair assaulted a motorist and damaged his vehicle and was charged with the incident. He opened up a financial business that went bankrupt within a year of starting. He also refused to wrestle in matches for TNA that he was supposed to.
Flair's also been a jerk to WWE icons like Bret Hart and Mick Foley in the past. Though he comes off as a nice, old(ish) man today, the bulk of these incidents have come in recent years, but the two-time WWE Hall of Famer will always get the company's benefit of the doubt.
9 John Cena Doesn't Perform Hustle, Loyalty and Respect
Call John Cena whatever he wants you to call him: The Doctor of Thuganomics, the leader of Cenation or the guy who came up with "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect" as his slogan, even though he hasn't done that outside of his in-ring life.
There are allegations of Cena cheating on his ex-wife, Elizabeth Huberdeau. Given all of the Divas he's dated and been with, one simply won't turn a blind eye to that.
Because Cena is the WWE's top face and has been one of the most lovable stars for years, they'll of course let it go away, because it's Cena. His old theme song said the following words, by the way:
"I'm untouchable but I'm FORCING you to feel me."
Who could have thought the WWE would agree to that all these years later?
8 Vince McMahon Can Do Anything He Wants
Being the WWE Chairman makes life great for Mr. McMahon. Nobody can fire him from the company and he won't receive any punishment for poor actions. But hey, sometimes you don't cross lines.
During a backstage segment a number of years ago, McMahon dropped the n-word in front of wrestlers, with Booker T and his wife expressing disgust, and rightfully so. I mean, Hulk Hogan got fired for using it, but McMahon can say it whenever he wants and there won't even be an apology from him or the company?
7 JBL: Jerk Bully Layfield
In 2004, John Bradshaw Layfield went from a mid-card wrestler to the top of the card. The WWE booked him to be one of the longest-reigning champions in history, lasting 280 days.
Yes, he was a great heel, but he was also a major jerk. He always bullied younger and smaller wrestlers backstage. Guys like that don't deserve major pushes, but WWE decided he did enough and they even have employed him as one of the three WWE ring-side announcers.
6 CM Punk's Homophobic Slurs
WWE has mentioned time and time again how they support everyone regardless of their races, sexual orientations, ages, religion, and so on. So when CM Punk committed an awful act, why didn't they take action?
Punk called a fan a homophobic slur during a show in Australia. Here's another reminder that Hogan got fired for going against WWE's stance on equality.
But they didn't bat an eye with Punk.
5 X-Pac Forgiven, Chyna Not
Like Chyna before him, X-Pac was needed for DX to be one of the most iconic factions of all-time. That being said, WWE kept Chyna out of the business because of her background in adult film. Some of you may think she deserved it, but consider this:
X-Pac was in the same 'adult' tape as Chyna, but they signed him to a Legends Contract and even had him appear at WrestleMania 31 last year. We'll let that do the talking for you. Ir's absolutely ridiculous how much they contradict themselves here.
4 Brock Lesnar is Homophobic
Brock Lesnar is no stranger to making controversial remarks. Then again, WWE doesn't care. Unless you're the aforementioned Hogan, they'll let you say anything you want that attacks certain minority groups or other races.
The long-time WWE star in Lesnar doesn't only hate gays, but he MAKES IT KNOWN. Here's what he had to say:
Again, people are entitled to their own opinions, but there are some things you keep to yourself.
3 Lex Luger's Domestic Violence
Lex Luger is one of the biggest names in the history of pro wrestling, and as our article has already presented, it can give you benefits from the company in the aftermath.
He was in a relationship with the beloved Miss Elizabeth in 2003, but he was arrested for domestic violence. Making matters worse, she would die just weeks after the incident, further making this whole case a tragedy.
How did WWE deal with it? Sweeping it under the rug and allowing him to work with their Wellness Program. Granted, Luger has gotten better and is only trying to help Superstars deal with substance abuse, but it still deserves attention.
2 The Ultimate Warrior's Racism
The Ultimate Warrior was one of the WWE's biggest starts during the '80s and early '90s. There is no doubt he deserved to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. But seeing how they treated Hogan, shouldn't Warrior have had all his merchandise and history cleared from the WWE website too?
Warrior made many disgraceful racial remarks after his wrestling career, including an awful one towards a Middle Eastern student when he came to do a speech at the University of Connecticut.
We understand it's hard to harshly strip Warrior of his accomplishments just after passing away a couple of years ago, but the remark was made back in 2005, before they welcomed him back.
1 Stone Cold Steve Austin's Domestic Violence
To understand how Stone Cold Steve Austin is by far the biggest Superstar in WWE history, consider the two things:
A) Mr. McMahon has called him the most profitable Superstar ever. High praise from the boss man.
B) The way WWE ignored his abuse of his wife.
His ex wife, Debra Marshall, reported being beaten by Austin three times. We are in a society where laying a finger on a woman is totally inexcusable and ridiculous. But the WWE tries to bring him out whenever they can, giving him all the proper treatment he wants.
Suspending him at the times of the incidents would have at least been appropriate.