Wrestling is an intense sport that features athletes who regularly beat the crap out of one another in the ring. Sure, there is a lot of choreography that goes into professional wrestling, but we do know serious injuries happen. With big massive bodies flying all over the ring and around hard surfaces, it is normal for bones to be broken and bodies to be bruised. The best of the best have also reached celebrity status, transcending far beyond the ring and garnering endorsement deals, television and movie appearances, and big money. This raises the stakes of wrestling and also raises the profile of those who compete. That is where scandalous behavior comes into play.
What’s wrestling without scandals? Well, it wouldn’t be wresting, that’s for sure. Over the years, there have been many rumors of varying degrees of extremes concerning professional wrestling and issues that have arisen. Avid fans may have heard of some of these crazy accusations, some of which have been proven and others still linger in stale air with questions that have been met by deafening silence.
What is clear is these men have been regularly accused of taking steroids (many of which have admitted as such). In addition to drug use, extreme behavior has accompanied the hefty travel schedule these athletes endure, and the stresses demanding of their wrestling status. Some of the scandals are personal in nature, whereas others feature chaotic behavior indicative of a world out of control behind the closed curtains. These are 10 Of The Craziest Wrestling Scandals.
10 The Vince McMahon And Shawn Michaels' Affair
9 Sex, Drugs, And WrestleMania On A Flight?
8 Sleeping With The Boss’s Daughter
7 Court’s In Session
6 Drug Dealing McMahon
5 Sexual Appetite
4 From The Far East
3 Snuka The Murderer?
2 Death Drop
1 The Awkward Tribute
Well, this is when scripted television and real life converge into one messy disaster. Chris Benoit was hand-picked as the new face of the WWE for their Wrestlemania 20-year anniversary event. He won the championship and the show ended with the image of Benoit with his wife and kids. Two years later, Benoit was dead and was found to have killed his own son, Daniel and wife, Nancy. The tragedy was a disaster and when WWE learned that Benoit died shortly before their Monday Night Raw broadcast, they scrapped the live show plans. Vince McMahon came on television to break script and let the audience know that Benoit was dead in real life, when in fact, McMahon was supposed to be killed just as the storyline on the show had been written. WWE went a step further and aired a “tribute” to Benoit, showing his career highlights in an epic tear-jerking event. Wrestlers were interviewed and spoke about how great a guy Benoit was. Just as this was airing, new channels broadcasted the truth that Benoit had, in fact, murdered his wife and son. WWE had to quickly release a statement condemning Benoit and the embarrassing moment is yet another epic moral fail for Vince McMahon and company.
Sources: whatculture.com; www.mandatory.com
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