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Top 15 Wrestlers Who Were Unfairly Treated Backstage

Wrestling is a business, and just like any other business, you have the barracudas and the minnows and you have people who are willing to step on a few toes and screw a few people over in order to get to the top.

At times, wrestling can be a cut-throat affair, with promoters and managers – the background people –getting involved not only to sensationalize storylines, but to ensure their own client continues to climb the WWE ladder of success, making it a more lucrative business for everyone involved. Often, wrestlers themselves engage in bullying and ill-treatment of their colleagues that gets overlooked by management for one reason or another.

There are times when some of this animosity is evident and spills out into the ring. But a lot of what goes on in wrestling takes place behind the scenes, in the locker rooms and board meetings – yes wrestlers do occasionally don a suit and have to attend these cooperate affairs! But just imagine what takes place in many instances when the cameras aren’t rolling. Jealous and competitive wrestlers targeting one another and engaging in behavior that is downright ugly and of course, clashes are bound to erupt. Inevitably, someone is bound to get hurt, whether its emotionally or getting fired.

When a wrestler gets unfairly treated or fired, many people are quick to point their fingers and put the blame on the athlete, but that’s not always the case. Don’t forget that much of what happens in wrestling is scripted, and that means things often happen in favor of the people at the top. In other instances, unfair treatment is just how things pan out.

Here are 15 wrestlers who were subjected to unfair treatment during their time in the sport because, after all, wrestling is a business and it’s inevitable that some people get caught in the crossfire.

15 15. William Regal

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14 14. Chyna

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You’ve got to be brave to mix business and pleasure, especially in WWE. It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction, reality from scripted storylines, and if you get the two mixed up, it could have dire consequences. That’s what Chyna discovered in 2001 when she fell victim to political power play. She was introduced into the wrestling scene as a bodyguard, to the up and coming Triple H.

13 13. Sean Waltman

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12 12. Dawn Marie

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11 11. Mickie James

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10 10. Awesome Kong

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9 9. Davey Boy Smith

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8 8. CM Punk

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7 7. Matt Hardy

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6 6. Muhammad Hassan

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Muhammad Hassan, who portrayed the young, angry Arab, was certainly unfairly treated by bosses and script writers who were guilty of racially stereotyping him throughout his entire – although short-lived – career. But things obviously went too far one night when Hassan ambushed and attacked The Undertaker alongside a posse of masked men, in a gimmick that was meant to simulate a terrorist attack.

5 5. Vickie Guerrero

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4 4. Lilian Garcia

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3 3. Chris Masters

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2 2. Judas Devlin

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1 1. René Duprée

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Now unlike the other scenarios in this article, nothing was done about René Duprée’s unfair treatment at the hands of the WWE’s resident bully, JBL. According to Duprée, JBL constantly referred to him as a “French f*****” and was also racially homophobic, making Duprée’s life in SmackDown! an absolute misery for the three years he was there. While other wrestlers would have lashed out, Duprée showed restraint and never complained, handling the situation like a true professional.

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