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Top 15 Wrestlers Who Were Fired For The Most Ridiculous Reasons

In the make believe world of professional wrestling, storyline "firings" are quite common, and they don't always happen for the most logical of reasons. Losing one specific "Loser gets fired" match or failing to get on your knees, beg for your job and kiss your boss's buttocks are a couple of reasons one might find themselves out of a storyline job. When it comes to reasons for legitimate terminations, though - well they aren't always free from stupidity either.

Just this past November, Brad Maddox was released from the WWE for comments he made prior to a dark match during a Smackdown taping. It's far from the first time such an incident has occurred, but it doesn't usually result in the wrestler losing their job. Take CM Punk for example. He let his mouth get him in trouble on more than one occasion, once urging a fan on Twitter to commit suicide and another time yelling homophobic language at a pair fans at a house show in Australia. Those incidents were both followed by apologies and Punk was allowed to keep his job. Of course, Brad Maddox is not Punk, and given that he rarely appeared on television after he was relieved of his duties as General Manager of Monday Night Raw in 2014, the WWE likely just used his controversial promo as a reason to cut bait with a wrestler that they no longer had any interest in utilizing. That's what makes this all the more stupid.

Nevertheless, Maddox is gone, but not forgotten as his termination has inspired us to take a look back at some of the other stupid firings that have occurred in the business of professional wrestling. Here are the top 15 wrestlers who were fired for the most ridiculous reasons.

15 15. Earl Hebner

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14 14. Jim Ross 

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13 13. Aloisia

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12 12. Kharma

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11 11. Abraham Washington

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10 10. Dawn Marie

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9 9. Emma

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8 8. Highlander Robbie

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7 7. Konnan 

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6 6. Mr. Kennedy

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5 5. Alberto Del Rio 

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4 4. Curt Hennig 

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3 3. Brian Pillman

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2 2. Daniel Bryan

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1 1. Hulk Hogan

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Hulk Hogan was scheduled to fight Jeff Jarrett for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at the 2000 Bash at the Beach, but citing the creative control clause in his contract, Hogan did not want to lose to Jarrett and instead wanted to leave with the belt. When the match began, Jarrett laid down in the ring and the WCW's head of creative, Vince Russo, threw in the belt and yelled at Hogan to pin him. A confused Hogan picked up the microphone and cut his infamous promo, saying, "Is this your idea, Russo? That's why this company is in the damn shape it’s in, because of bulls**t like this!" Hogan pinned Jarrett and then left the building with the title, along with Eric Bischoff. Afterwards, Russo returned to the ring and publicly fired Hogan.

Russo claimed that the entire thing was a work, but Hogan and Bischoff have both said that it was a work up until they left and Russo firing Hogan was a shoot. Regardless, Hogan fired a defamation lawsuit - which was later dismissed - and never appeared in the WCW again.

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