The WWE strongly encourages wrestlers to get on the social media train as it gives them the opportunity to grow their brand and extend storylines further. It also gives them the opportunity to express themselves to their fans. The problem with this is it also brings about the opportunity for problems.
Superstars also use social media as a platform to interact with fans and to take a break from the constraints of their on-screen character and just be who they are. This, at times, can be problematic as their real persona interferes with their on screen one.
Even with the problems that have happened, the WWE still has not implemented a policy on social media. The WWE has to get in front of the next social media controversy. A clear, proactive policy for its superstars' accounts is a new necessity. It’s a vital part of adapting to a changing world. WWE is a global brand and incidents like racial discrimination bring embarrassment and negative publicity to the company. Here are 13 cases of WWE social media controversies gone wrong for these former wrestlers.
13 Shane Helms Disses Shawn Michaels
12 Jasmine's Racial Slur
11 Kevin Nash
10 Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan
9 Lana's Engagement Post
When someone announces that they’re engaged on social media, it is usually considered a good thing. However, if you’re a WWE Diva and in a program with your real life boyfriend (Rusev), that you left to be with Dolph Ziggler, then it’s probably best you don’t post anything about it. Lana got a lot of heat from WWE because of this post. The writers had to scrap the program and rewrite another angle that was rushed and done quite poorly. Ultimately, all it really did was leave wrestling fans confused. This post ended Lana's big push with the company.
8 Kevin Owens vs Sabrina The Teenage Witch
7 The Miz Mocks Tommy Dreamer
6 Zahra Schreiber
5 CM Punk Embarrasses Shawn Merriman
4 Paige the bully
3 Josh Bredl
2 Darren Young
1 Seth Rollins' Leaked Pictures
This social media controversy happened when nude photos of Seth Rollins were leaked onto his Instagram account. Along with these photos, nude pictures of Zahra Schreiber were also leaked through social media. It was later revealed that both accounts were hacked by Rollins' former fiance Leighla Schultz. This all went down when Schultz found out that Rollins was cheating on her with Schreiber. This disastrous situation happened while Rollins was getting the biggest push of his career. No punishment was handed down to Rollins though, luckily.
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