Watching pro wrestling is supposed to bring you lots of great action, exciting moments, and memorable matches. In an effort to please fans on a weekly basis, it’s only natural for things to get pushed too far. The WWE creative team has come up with some crazy storylines over the years. Many of these angles attempt to get a reaction out of fans and try to bring something unique. A lot of times this can lead to great scenes like when Stone Cold Steve Austin drenched the McMahons in a beer bath. Other, times however, WWE fans realized that the creative team has pushed things too far. When this happens, it can leave fans with an uneasy feeling.
Reliving some of these uneasy moments will showcase how much the WWE has evolved over the years. We are now in the PG era, so these uneasy moments are few and far between, but they were really prevalent in the WWE Attitude Era when writers and Superstars could get away with pretty much anything. Read on to see uneasy moments involving Trish Stratus, Lex Luger, CM Punk, John Cena, and the WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon.
15 Trish Barks like a Dog
Trish Stratus was one of the best female wrestlers during the Attitude Era and beyond. She won multiple Women’s Championships and had excellent feuds with other Divas like Lita and Mickie James. Her ring skills were good enough to perform without being involved in some type of goofy storyline, but Vince decided otherwise, putting the two in an awkward program together.
14 Tim White’s Suicide Watch
Suicide is not a laughing matter, but the WWE creative team decided to play it up for laughs during the 2005 Armageddon Pay Per View. The main event of the event was a Hell in a Cell match between Randy Orton and The Undertaker. In an effort to showcase the dangers of the cell, Josh Mathews conducted an interview with former WWE referee Tim White. A few years prior, Tim White was injured during a cell match and was portrayed as traumatized ever since.
13 Lex Luger’s 911 Call
WWE Confidential was a great show that offered an unprecedented look behind the scenes before social media and the WWE Network took off. The show offered great takes on The Montreal Screwjob and the rise of various stars. In 2003, one of their segments went a little too far.
12 Jeff Jarrett: Woman Beater
Chyna completely changed women’s wrestling in the WWE. Not only did she compete against men, but she entered a Royal Rumble and feuded with many top level Superstars like Chris Jericho. During one of Chyna’s early male feuds, she would compete against Jeff Jarrett. In an effort to prepare for a match against Chyna, Jarrett decided to attack random females in the WWE.
11 Jon Heidenreich & Michael Cole
WWE is known for creating a lot of strange characters. While this is okay, the actions of the bizarre Jon Heidenreich were not. During an episode of WWE SmackDown, Heidenreich attacked Michael Cole from behind and proceeded to drag the announcer to the backstage area. From there, he locked them both inside of a bathroom. In one of the most uncomfortable scenes to ever air on SmackDown, Heidenreich pinned Cole up against the door and began thrusting his body into Cole’s.
10 Daddy vs. Daughter
As the head honcho of the WWE, Vince McMahon wields a lot of power. He’s used that power to feud with his family for many years, but in 2003 he may have taken things too far. In a battle for control of SmackDown, Vince challenged his daughter Stephanie to an “I Quit” match at No Mercy. It’s hard enough seeing male on female violence, but this took things a notch further because it was Vince unleashing pain on his own daughter.
9 Paul Heyman as Paul Bearer
When a figure in the wrestling world passes away, it’s a sensitive time mourning such a loss. WWE often uses a wrestling death to help propel stories or honor the person, but in the case of Paul Bearer, things got taken too far. For weeks, CM Punk taunted The Undertaker about Bearer’s death. This was an ideal way to build heel heat, but things got taken a little too far in the final week before WrestleMania 29.
8 Eddie Guerrero's Exploitation
Paul Bearer wasn’t the only WWE Superstar to get exploited through WWE storylines. The same thing happened following the sudden and saddening death of Eddie Guerrero. After Eddie’s passing, WWE Superstar Randy Orton would mock the late Eddie to his very own family and friends like Rey Mysterio.
7 Hawk’s Fall from Grace
WWE rarely tackles real-life storylines pertaining to drugs and alcohol. This is for a good reason. They often come off as too comedic or too insensitive to people that really go through these issues. In the case of Hawk’s alcohol abuse storyline, things went from insensitive to truly offensive. After appearing on Raw out of his Legion of Doom gear, Hawk proceeded to stumble down the ramp and clearly looked drunk out of his mind.
6 Fat Shaming Divas
For many WWE Superstars, it takes a lot of work to get in shape and perform in the ring on a weekly basis. It’s also important for these stars to remain role models for youth and fans. For the Divas, this is especially important, as women already have a hard enough time dealing with body image, weight, and public perception. It seemed like the WWE took a few steps back on this issue when Michelle McCool and Layla began a feud against Mickie James. For weeks, McCool and Layla taunted James' size, calling her "Miss Piggy," and basically fat-shaming her in front of millions of people.
5 Kharma’s Strange Moment
When Awesome Kong debuted in the WWE as Kharma, many fans were expecting a huge shake-up in the Divas division. After weeks of hype, Kharma finally made her way to the ring on an episode of WWE Raw. With the ring filled with Divas, many fans expected to witness a one-sided attack that showcased her power and strength. Instead, Kharma fell to her knees and began weeping.
4 Vince Says the “N” Word
There are some words that are forbidden from anyone saying on television. WWE Chairman broke this sacred rule. It didn’t happen by accident though, it was actually a scripted promo that attempted some sort of strange comedy. During John Cena’s "thug life" stage, Vince McMahon decided to approach The Doctor of Thugonomics and try to fit in with him. After an awkward exchange, McMahon refers to Cena using the “N” word.
3 The Melanie Pillman Interview
Brian Pillman was scheduled to wrestle a Pay Per View match, but mere hours before that he was discovered dead in a hotel room after overdosing on pills. The shocking death of a WWE Superstar is hard to take and WWE tried to honor him the next night on Raw. While a dedication video package was ideal, Vince McMahon tried to get ratings off of the moment by interviewing Pillman’s grieving wife, Melanie.
2 Mark Henry & His Sister
Mark Henry may have had a fun run as “Sexual Chocolate,” but the origins of that nickname are pretty gross and strange – even for WWE Attitude Era standards. During backstage segments, Mark Henry was forced to meet with therapists to talk about his sexual feelings. It was during this time, that Henry revealed his shocking sexual past. One of the biggest and oddest revelations was that Henry used to have sex with his own sister – when he was eight years old!
1 Triple H & Katie Vick
WWE fans were left with one of the biggest WWE Raw cliffhangers of all-time when Triple H announced that Kane was a murder. It’s too bad fans demanded to know more because what we found out ended up being pretty disgusting and a poor moment for the WWE and its flagship program, Monday Night Raw.
In the weeks that followed the murder announcement, Triple H revealed that not only did Kane murder a woman named Katie Vick, but he had intercourse with her after she had passed. Things only got worse when Triple H decided to reenact the scene by literally violating a dummy dressed as Katie Vick. The whole angle was absurd, made no sense, and was really gross – even by Attitude Era standards. Triple H probably wishes that forcing marriage on a drugged up Stephanie McMahon was his worst action, but this move really takes the cake.
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