As if losing your job isn’t bad enough, losing it because of such an obscure reason is even worse. For the 12 superstars on this list, well, that was the case unfortunately. The reasons for dismissals on this list range from assaulting your boss to smiling at your boss during segment.
As you can see, the firings are wide open in terms of absolute ridiculousness. Although some were lucky to get their jobs back later on (like Alberto Del Rio who just returned), others weren’t so lucky and have never been seen on WWE TV again. Daniel Bryan is another name that will appear on this list. Can you imagine if the WWE didn’t bring Bryan back? There would have never been a “Yes” movement? That certainly wouldn’t have been good for business. Unfortunately though, not everyone was as lucky as Del Rio and Bryan to get their jobs back. Here are 12 of the most ridiculous reasons for firings in the WWE. Enjoy!
12 Jeff Jarrett: Contract Ends With Jarrett Still Champion
11 Alberto Del Rio: Released For Taking Action Against Discriminating Remarks
Yes that’s right, Alberto Del Rio literally got fired for standing up for himself. The WWE universe was shocked when it was announced that Alberto Del Rio had been released by the company because of unprofessional conduct towards a WWE employee. Ultimately, when the details of the story came out it seemed like it was the other way around. WWE employee Cody Barbierri allegedly made some discriminating remarks towards Del Rio. The former World Champion took exception to these comments and slapped Barbierri in the face and demanded an apology. The situation somehow ended up turning on Del Rio, causing his release from the company. It is rumored that Barbierri was going to file for legal action against the WWE and Del Rio. It looks like the WWE may have tried to avoid this situation and just released Del Rio to simplify things and avoid extra trouble in court. Thankfully, just recently Del Rio made his return to the WWE.
10 Nailz: Assaults His Boss
9 Hade Vansen: He’s Too Small
8 Manu: RKO’d Out Of A Job
It certainly looked like the son of the great WWE Hall of Famer Afa, was on his way to becoming a long-time WWE superstar like his dad. Manu was instantly given a chance to shine by joining the Legacy alongside Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase Jr. and Randy Orton. Much to everyone’s surprise, Manu ended up failing to join the Legacy and was later released by the company. According to Orton, Manu was very disrespectful backstage and wanted everything to be given to him. Other sources claim that Orton told WWE officials that Manu just wasn’t right for the stable and should be removed immediately. Due to Orton’s suggestions, not only was Manu moved from the stable, but he was also removed from the company altogether.
7 Paul London: No Smiling Clause
6 Earl Hebner: Illegally Selling WWE Merchandise
5 Curt Hennig: Smashing Brock Into An Aircraft Door
4 Mickie James: Weight Gain and John Cena
3 Jim Ross: Not Being Professional During A 2k Sports Symposium
2 Daniel Bryan: The Tie Choke
1 Chyna: Losing Her Man To The Boss's Daughter
Not many wrestlers got it worse than Chyna. The situation blew over after Chyna found out about Hunter and Stephanie’s secret affair. After finding out, Chyna contacted Vince McMahon immediately to tell him about the situation, which Vince would respond with, “well I guess the jig is up”. Chyna would show up to work on Monday in tears from the situation, and Vince would go on to tell her to go home and that they would work on a new contract. When Chyna got home, she received a fax indicating that the company did not need her anymore. In 2012, Chyna responded to Vince with a series of Tweets, posting things like, “you are a loser”, “an abuser”. Chyna also went as far as challenging Vince to a fight through Twitter. It's obvious Chyna has still not let go of her departure from the WWE more than a decade ago. It’ll be interesting to see if Chyna ever gets the opportunity to step inside a WWE ring again.
Sources: youtube.com, wwe.com, thesportster.com
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