Over the years, we’ve seen the WWE boast about some of its historic achievements where it ousted other sports at some records which elevated the status and prestige of the company. Right from WrestleMania III, where WWE broke the record for highest attendance of a live indoor event in North America with 93,173 people watching it inside the Silverdome, they boast about this fact till this day and will probably continue to do so forever. Other, more modern achievements like the success of the WWE Network and many a WrestleMania being more popular than the grandeur event of other sports in America have been touted over and over again by the WWE, who can’t help but show their beaming pride at their success.
But just like everything else, WWE has had its lows over the years and has had to go through some humiliating moments which damaged the image of the company. This includes failed storylines or dangerous gimmicks produced by the WWE itself and for which they’re completely at fault, but the WWE has always been quick to shove it under the rug and keep quiet about it forever. Be it controversies regarding their current and former superstars or any internal problems within the company, the WWE does not let it be remembered for very long and often just decides to straight up ignore the problems.
We’ve seen instances of some controversial superstars who’ve been completely forgotten by the WWE, who act almost like they don’t exist, as Vince McMahon tries to shove his failures out of our of memories and in a perfect world would like to keep it that way. Some important things which have happened over the years are ignored by the WWE completely, as the company has a bad history of running away from its failures.
So Daniel Bryan, one of the Indy darlings and a guy who was just gaining his momentum after winning the World Heavyweight Title some months back, had to job to Sheamus in his World Title match at WrestleMania XXVIII. Bryan (a heel at that time) would lose to Sheamus in 18 seconds, making it one of the shortest matches in WrestleMania history. This didn’t go over well with too many people who were extremely disappointed at Bryan’s treatment, but two years after he’d go on to win the WWE World Title in the main event. WWE covered this up recently as Erick Rowan was defeated by the Rock in six seconds which made it the shortest match in WrestleMania history.
18 Gene Snitsky Punts Lita’s baby
Snitsky had quite the debut when he faced Kane in a no DQ match, but things escalated into becoming disturbingly absurd when he knocked Kane onto Lita who was then pregnant (kayfabe) with Kane’s child and caused her to miscarriage. This started a fiery rivalry between the two, with Lita being shown as a victim; many disgusting things were on display, including Snitsky punting a baby (actually a doll) onto the crowd and saying "It wasn’t his fault" which would then go on to become his catchphrase. WWE obviously wouldn’t want itself remembered for showing live miscarriages and abuse against women, so they moved Snitsky onto newer things and have forgotten about this ordeal altogether.
17 Vince McMahon vs "God"
16 Miss Kitty flashes on Live TV
15 Muhammad Hassan's terrorist storyline
14 The Invasion Angle
13 Edge and Matt Hardy’s Feud
12 Triple H And Booker T’s Racist Storyline
11 Stone Cold Leaves the Company Hanging
10 Goldberg’s Run in WWE
9 Vince McMahon’s "Death"
8 Jimmy Snuka’s Murder Charge
7 Katie Vick Angle
6 WWE’s Steroid Scandal
5 Stone Cold and Brian Pillman Incident
4 The Chyna Scandal
3 The Curtain Call Incident
2 Hulk Hogan's Scandals
1 Chris Benoit
If you go to WWE headquarters and ask about someone named Chris Benoit today, the authorities are probably going to act oblivious as to who you’re referring to. This is a sad fact in the case of WWE who have decided to absolutely wipe out any trace of Benoit’s career in the WWE, which consisted of many championship wins, including one in the main event of WrestleMania XX. Benoit’s double murder/suicide in 2007 would rock the whole foundation of WWE and they would erase any memory of him being in the company, and are still adamant at keeping it that way. It's understandable, but also tragic as his amazing wrestling career is overshadowed by one terrifying incident.
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