Over the course of the last couple of years the WWE has used their 'behind the scenes' footage to their advantage, creating numerous DVDs and TV shows out of this material. The newest show on the WWE Network entitled Breaking Ground is yet another way the WWE takes their fans behind the scenes for a raw and candid look of what goes on every day at the NXT Performance Center.
Despite the WWE now capitalizing on these kayfabe storylines, this wasn’t always the case. In the 80s and early 90s the world of pro wrestling was obsessed with keeping what went on backstage behind closed doors. Wrestling promoters were like magicians, they had no intentions on revealing their secrets. After the Kliq did there infamous “curtain call”, the business changed and turned into a program that was much more reality based. The next thing you know, there were wrestling rumor sites around every corner online.
As much as the WWE likes controversy and kayfabe storylines, some things are just not meant to be shown to the public. These 15 pictures are exactly that; pictures that the WWE probably didn’t want you to see.
15 Rivals Enjoying The Outdoors Together
Had this picture gone viral in the 90s, McMahon and the WWE would have had a mega fit. One of the most important elements of wrestling in the early 90s was keeping the business as real as possible outside of the ring. Some wrestlers used to go to extraordinary lengths to ensure this (like Bret and Owen Hart who during their feud with one another stopped riding together from show to show).
14 The McMahons Exposed
One thing that’s been very consistent over the past decades is the McMahon family’s privacy outside of the ring. Despite their openness in the ring, the McMahons are very quiet about what goes on outside of it. As you can imagine they are a very close knit family. As a matter of fact, Stephanie and Hunter live just minutes away from Vince in Connecticut. The two residences are also close to the WWE headquarters in Stanford, Connecticut.
13 Vince Goes In The Casket
12 Chris Benoit’s Passing
11 Stephanie Gets Crucified
10 Undertaker Breaks Character
9 A “Rocky” Reception
8 Declining Attendance
7 Lana and Rusev Post Engagement Picture
6 Two Worlds Collide At The Peak Of The Battle
5 Sneak Peak At The Airport
4 The Golden Boy’s Mugshot
3 The Faces Of The Attitude Era Out Of Character
2 Anything Chyna
1 CM Punk With UFC Gear
For the time being, it seems like CM Punk has been swept under a rug by the WWE. As much as Vince McMahon doesn’t want to admit to it, losing a talented wrestler to MMA certainly does hurt. UFC will profit even more out of this situation because of Punk’s popularity in the WWE. Don’t expect to see Punk get any sort of recognition come time for his first fight with the UFC.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, thesmokinggun.com, tmz.com, bleacherreport.com, thesportster.com
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