Professional wrestling is a cut throat business and has been described by many as a snake pit behind the scenes. If you don't believe that, just go and Google the words "bury" and "Triple H" in the same search bar. Are you back? Good. Like I was saying, the world of professional wrestling is as dog-eat-dog as it gets, and by the very nature of the business, you have to step over people to get to the top. Some wrestlers can be very civil about the way that they ascend, choosing to use their power for good rather than personal gain. One person who nobody talks bad about is The Rock. Rocky was arguably the greatest wrestler of his generation, yet you very rarely hear a negative statement about the former WWE Champion.
Not everyone is as loved as The Rock however and in many instances, fans have heard horror stories about most (if not all) of their favorite wrestlers. Today we will take a look at 15 wrestlers who used their power to not only hold down another person in the business, but actually get that person fired. Not all of these entries are intentional, but it doesn't change the fact that they are responsible for another person losing their job.
As always feel free to let us know what you think of this list in the comments below.
15 Randy Orton/John Cena - Ken Kennedy
Before Ken Anderson had a mildly successful career in TNA, he was a rising star in the ranks of the WWE as Ken Kennedy. Kennedy was on the fast track to big things in the WWE, as in just two short years, he had already won the United States Championship and the Money in the Bank briefcase in 2007. Less than two years after enjoying his successes in the company, Kennedy was released from the WWE to the surprise of many fans.
14 Chyna - Jeff Jarrett
When Vince McMahon fired Jeff Jarrett publicly on RAW following the WWE's acquisition of WCW, fans were shocked to say the least. Jarrett came from a wrestling family who for years was considered family to the McMahons. When Jeff Jarrett jumped back into the WWE in 1998 it seemed as if things were going great, as he was able to capture the Intercontinental Championship during his stay. For whatever reason Jarrett decided that WCW was the place he wanted to be, and when his contract was up he was going to jump ship. The only problem with his plan was that he still held the title, and McMahon wanted him to drop the strap at 1999's No Mercy pay-per-view to Chyna. In order to do this, Jarrett had to sign a one-day contract with the company, as his long-term deal had actually already expired.
13 The Kliq - Shane Douglas
12 John Cena - Michael Tarver
Back during 2010, The Nexus pretty much ran the roost of the WWE. After debuting as the rookies from NXT, the newly formed Nexus group ran through every single superstar on the roster, even John Cena. The group's impact apparently had lasting power on the WWE Universe, as nearly every member of The Nexus went on to have a multi-year career in the company...except Michael Tarver. Tarver was allegedly the victim of John Cena's power back in 2011, after refusing to take chair shots from the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion. While trying to get away from the chair shots, Tarver used his arm to protect himself and inadvertently caused Cena to crack his bone.
11 Edge/Lita - Matt Hardy
The Edge/Lita/Matt Hardy love triangle has been well documented in the WWE, as well as on the internet but here is a recap for those who don’t know. After Matt Hardy got injured in 2005 he left the road, and in the process left Lita to travel alone since she was still on the active roster. Lita chose to ride with Edge during that time and the two grew close, eventually having an affair with each other. The news quickly spread in the locker room, and Matt Hardy voiced his opinions very vocally online.
10 Batista - Shelly Martinez
Shelly Martinez entered the WWE developmental system in 2005, and was quickly promoted to the newly established ECW brand in 2006. After less than a year on the main roster, Martinez was surprisingly released in 2007 less than a year after being on the main roster after a backstage altercation with Batista. The altercation took place because Martinez was defending her friend Melina, who was taking the brunt of some negative comments being made by Batista.
9 Taz - Brooklyn Brawler
How does a veteran road agent of the WWE like the Steve “Brooklyn Brawler” Lombardi get released from the company he spent 30 years at? Well apparently by making a phone call to a radio show that wasn’t cleared by WWE management. Specifically, Brawler was reprimanded for calling into The Taz Show in May of 2016 without first seeking permission from the WWE legal offices. The company has tightened its grip on wrestlers appearing on podcasts since the whole CM Punk/Art of Wrestling debacle in 2014.
8 John Cena - Tyler Reks
7 Santino - Jim Cornette
If you let Jim Cornette tell you the story behind his exit from OVW in 2005, you might actually believe he is the hero of the story; he’s not. After booking an episode of OVW Cornette claims that he saved Santino Marella, who was wrestling as Boris Alexiev at the time, from the wrath of The Boogeyman. Cornette apparently saved Santino by slapping him in his face repeatedly after Santino no-sold The Boogeyman’s gimmick by laughing at him in front of the sold out crowd. Cornette claimed that had he not slapped Santino in the face, that The Boogeyman was going to do something much worse to the former Intercontinental Champion.
6 The Undertaker - Pyro Guy
Remember that time that The Undertaker was set on fire while on his way to the ring to the Elimination Chamber in 2010? Well another interesting fact about that day, is that it was the last day of employment for an unnamed pyro guy in the WWE. As you could probably imagine, the last thing that you want to do while working for the WWE is injure one of the talents, let alone set one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time on fire! After suffering second and third-degree burns, The Undertaker actually competed in and finished the entire match.
5 Perry Saturn/Jericho - Production Assistant
This story is fresh off the presses after Perry Saturn was interviewed by Chris Jericho on his podcast in early 2017. Apparently, during Saturn’s run in the WWE the two men were preparing for a backstage segment with Vince McMahon and a production assistant. The production assistant informed Jericho, Saturn and McMahon that they were going to be recording a backstage segment for an episode of RAW. Knowing this Saturn and Jericho started shooting banter back and forth, the assistant figured that their dialogue would work for the segment and recorded it live.
4 Scott Steiner - Highlander Robbie
You may be wondering who is Highlander Robbie, and how the heck was he fired because of Scott Steiner? Well here is the thing, back in 2006 the WWE introduced a tag team called The Highlanders. The duo didn’t have much success, and suffered from the lack of a tag team division at the time. While still under contract, and floundering for a few months in WWE, Robbie went to a taping of TNA Impact. TNA founder Jeff Jarrett seized the opportunity and featured the WWE star on the episode of Impact, much to the dismay of WWE management. Robbie was immediately reprimanded after the show aired, being stripped of his television time, as well as his WrestleMania Axxess paycheck. Shortly after Robbie was released from the WWE, and hasn’t been heard from again.
3 Murdoch and Cade - Cryme Tyme
Many people forget that although Cryme Tyme has a nice run in the WWE during the late 2000s, the duo was actually fired shortly after their debut on the main roster. In 2007 during a match with the Tag Team Champions Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, Cryme Tyme unknowingly changed the finish of the match after being ribbed by the champions. Following the match Cryme Tyme was convinced to steal the ref’s clothes and auction them off to the crowd, leading to major heat backstage.
2 Ric Flair - Jim Ross
1 John Cena - Mickie James
Serving as the face of the WWE for over a decade has its perks, and one of the perks that John Cena has earned is quite a bit of political stroke. In the case of Mickie James, that stroke caused her to get put into embarrassing storylines and ultimately fired from the WWE. The backstory is that back in 2009 when Cena refused to actually date Mickie James instead of just hooking up, the former WWE Women’s Champion couldn’t handle it. James allegedly flipped out backstage in front of all of the talent after Cena rejected her.
Cena, who was getting married soon, feared the worst and instead of actually dealing with the drama, decided to ask to have James released soon after the incident. You wonder what the SmackDown locker room is like now with Mickie back in the fold.
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