For several years, WWE has sponsored the Be A Star anti-bullying campaign. Given the generally violent and pugilistic nature of professional wrestling, it’s nice that the company is attempting to prevent children from imitating what they see on the screen and helping the less fortunate in their own way. However, the campaign has been regularly criticized as downright hypocritical considering some of the horror stories about the WWE locker room, and certain big name backstage bullies in particular.
These stories are mainly culled from Internet reports and ill explained news blurbs, but we did our best to stick with things that seem like they actually happened. The title says backstage, but sometimes the wrestlers didn’t really care where they were, and decided to lay into their weaker victim regardless of how many millions may have been watching on television. A few names are going to repeat throughout this list while a few others only have one particularly bad incident on record, but even appearing at all should be a mark of shame on whichever wrestler initiated the bullying. Read on to learn about 15 times wrestlers unfairly harmed another, and spoiler alert: there’s a whole lot of JBL.
15 Randy Orton Bullied Rochelle Loewen
14 Francine Bullied Dawn Marie
13 JBL Bullied The Blue Meanie
12 Shawn Michaels Bullied Vader
11 JBL and Triple H Bullied Chris Masters
10 Bill DeMott Bullied NXT
9 JBL Bullied Billy Silverman
8 WWE Bullied Mickie James, Molly Holly, Other Women
7 JBL and Chris Benoit Bullied The Miz
6 Chris Benoit, Hardcore Holly, and Eddie Guerrero Bullied Daniel Puder
5 JBL and Chris Benoit Bullied Palmer Cannon
4 Vince McMahon Bullied Kofi Kingston
3 JBL Bullied René Duprée
2 Vince McMahon Bullied Jim Ross
1 JBL Bullied Joey Styles
After a long and sad list of all the times JBL was a huge jerk to up and coming stars, let’s top things off with the time he finally got his comeuppance. JBL was attempting to add Joey Styles to the long list of his victims, getting extremely drunk every day during a tour of Iraq and using the alcohol to fuel his bullying antics. Things reached a breaking point, and where some men quit, and other men merely turned their heads, Joey Styles punched JBL square in the face and gave him a black eye. This is exactly what Joey told Dawn Marie to do to Francine when she was bothering her, and for Joey, it seemed to have worked. JBL is said to have spent the rest of the tour by himself in his hotel room, leaving Joey the hell alone.
Keep being a star, John.
Sources: WWE, PWTorch, Wrestling Inc.
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