Sports entertainment is supposed to be exactly that: entertainment. But sometimes athletes get a little too real and the result is something that the viewer at home is completely unaware of. Sometimes these occasions play out into actual storylines, like the time when Edge legitimately had an affair with Lita while she was still in a real-life relationship with Matt Hardy. Those situations do happen from time to time, but we're going to focus on the times when viewers at home may not have been aware of the real life drama that actually played out in a wrestling ring.
Yes, all matches are scripted; this isn't news to anyone. However, whether or not both parties adhere to the script is another thing. There's a term in professional wrestling called "shoot," where wrestlers decide to say "to hell with the script" and go rogue. This leads to interesting television because the viewer at home has already been trained to understand that nearly everything in the wrestling world is based off of fiction, but that's not always the case.
This list is going to focus on the times in which real life repercussions happened due to backstage drama or in-ring occurrences. Some wrestlers were fired for their mishaps, while others had to endure punishments that saw their TV time get devoted to embarrassing situations just to teach them a lesson. No matter what actually happened, most viewers at home may not realize that these situations only happened because of the way business is handled within professional wrestling.
We hope you enjoy our list of the 16 moments when professional wrestlers took matters into their own hands!
16 HBK Lost His Smile
15 Owen Hart's Reboot of the Blue Blazer
14 Saturn's "Moppy" Gimmick
13 Juventud Was Fired for Doing a 450 Splash
12 New Jack Wanted to Kill Vic Grimes
11 The Undertaker Gives HBK an Ultimatum
10 Jeff Jarrett Lies Down for Hogan
9 Antonio Inoki vs. The Great Antonio
8 The Jericho and Goldberg Dispute
7 Why HBK Oversold All of Hogan's Moves
6 Jericho Blows Up on Referee Charles Robinson
5 The Acolytes Destroy Public Enemy
4 Daniel Puder Shoots on Kurt Angle
3 JBL Bullied The Blue Meanie During ECW's One Night Stand
2 Mabel Was Almost Fired for Crushing Diesel
1 Hogan Didn't Know if Andre Would Put Him Over
Andre the Giant was literally a giant and could have done whatever he pleased inside of the wrestling ring. He didn't have to answer to anybody and he certainly didn't have to job to Hulk Hogan if he didn't want to. WrestleMania III was a real-life situation where Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan legitimately had concerns over whether or not Andre was going to do what was best for business. That point was made awfully clear very early on in the match when Hogan went to slam Andre but was overwhelmed by his mass, falling down and very nearly getting pinned under the weight. Andre didn't do much to help his opponent out of the pin, so that right there could have altered the history of professional wrestling as we know it today. Eventually Andre did the job for Hogan and the entire company breathed a sigh of relief, but not without Andre making them sweat throughout the entirety of the main event.
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