Discontinuity: Professional Wrestling
WrestleCrap some fans would just love to write out of their minds:
- Some fans disregard the existence of WWE entirely, claiming that the company died when the name changed from WWF to WWE.
- Some fans claim the company truly died when Vince McMahon bought WCW and ECW, thus leaving no competition for the WWF at the time, causing the quality of the promotion's product to degrade significantly.
- As noted in the picture above, some people refuse to acknowledge the career of Chris Benoit following the double-murder/suicide of the Benoit family in 2007.
- This was taken to huge extremes by WWE, which ran from the reasonable of pulling his DVD (Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story) out of print, to arbitrarily pulling RANDOM DVDs out of print that feature him prominently, yet NOT pulling out of print OTHER events that feature him prominently. All commentary about him for Vengeance 2007 (the event he was scheduled to be in when he was murdering) was muted, and the crowd chanting "We Want Benoit!" was muted as well.
- BenWHO?: Many members of Game FAQS Pro Wrestling Board simply replace Benoit with Perry Saturn or Hardcore Holly in WWE history.
- It's rumored that WWE will start acknowledging his existence again on DVD sets but will edit out any forms of praise for him.
- Confirmed as of the Satan's Prison - The Anthology of the Elimination Chamber DVD. Benoit is featured in one of the matches, and all commentary about him is edited out.
- The iron curtain appears to be raised up another few inches. Chris Benoit was not only featured on "The Best of WCW Nitro" (in segments where he appeared) but was mentioned by name by the commentators.
- And a bit further. WWE aknowledged him in a press release regarding the WWE Network, stating he will appear, with an advisory warning prior to any show he appears on. His matches are not noted on the bullet system that navigates between matches on a given show.
- In the 1980's, when a wrestler went to the WWF, fans of other wrestling promotions would often deny that those wrestlers ever worked for Vince McMahon, especially if they adopted an embarrassing new gimmick (e.g. Terry Taylor never became the Red Rooster) or they became Lighter and Softer (The Sheepherders did not become the Bushwhackers).
- Prior to the Attitude Era and the advent of the internet, the WWF routinely revised its own history to suit their storylines or praise its biggest star, Hulk Hogan. If you were a typical wrestling fan of the Rock-N-Wrestling era, Hogan joined the promotion in 1984 (shortly before defeating The Iron Sheik for the title) as the ultra-virtuous superhero ... and never had a previous run as a bad guy. Additionally, his fiercest nemesis of the late 1980s – André the Giant – had NEVER been bodyslammed, much less met Hogan in the ring. (Hogan had met Andre in 1980, when Hogan was a heel and Andre was the face, and "The Hulkster" slammed Andre at least twice.) And, Andre never lost to anyone by pinfall in more than 15 years ... until suffering his famous defeat at WrestleMania III.
- Actually, that last one is valid. The (Original) Sheik had defeated Andre in Toronto in 1974 by throwing a fireball in his face, with the referee declaring Andre unable to continue. Antonio Inoki had defeated Andre by submission in 1986. Both of these were losses, but neither were by pinfall, and neither were in WWE canon.
- Hardcore John Cena fans and the WWE itself would like to forget about his heel run from 2003-2004, which featured him bullying handicapped wrestler Zach Gowen and submitting to Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit. The reason for the former is Cena's anti-bullying image, and the latter is due to his "Never Give Up" mantra.
- On that note, several fans like to forget any match that results in The Undertaker or Kane submitting, as it contradicts their entire characters.
- Show of hands: Who else wants to permanently forget that bikini model Barbie Blank (better known as Kelly Kelly) ever got anywhere near the WWE Divas' Championship, let alone won it and successfully defended it for more than three months? Even worse was the mixed-tag team match just a few months earlier in which Edge's World Heavyweight Championship was on the line and Kelly retained it for him by pinning Layla El - which means that, yes, technically speaking, Kelly Kelly won a world heavyweight title match. We're lucky the very fabric of the universe didn't tear apart due to that one. And that Vince Russo didn't book the match.
- Remember that Laptop GM thing they had going on? Sure, it could get annoying at times and it went on for too long, but it would have been nice to see an end to it since it still had lots of promise. Oh well. Guess it will end up as one of many gimmicks that were just dropped. What's that, you say? Hornswoggle was revealed to be the secret GM?! Surely you jest!
- In what might be one of the fastest cases of this occurring in recent memory, fans who aren't furious at the end of Undertaker's streak are generally ignoring it. Time will tell if this can be salvaged.
- Some even go so far as to declare that the WWE died after the Montreal Screwjob and the league's subsequent makeover.
- Many people never even watched WCW, and the WWF didn't mention them by name on the air until WCW started doing it first. On the flip side, many fans refuse to acknowledge WCW's existence at all, citing such examples as RoboCop showing up at NWA Capital Combat, May 19, 1990, David Arquette becoming champion, and the Fingerpoke Of Doom.
- Ooh, ooh! Don't forget the argument between Rick Steiner and Chucky the Killer Doll, just in time for his latest film Bride of Chucky! Come on, we all know wrestling is fake, but it doesn't have to be embarrassing, too.
- A smaller fraction of fans believe that wrestling peaked when Goldberg won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan" on Nitro, that wrestling exploded due to the awesome climax, and that fans simply moved on to watch other things from that point on.
- Many fans saw WWE's 2000s incarnation of ECW as being a complete bastardization of what Paul Heyman's original vision of extreme or hardcore wrestling was. In fact, many have gone so far as to label it 'Entertainment Championship Wrestling'. Seeing champions like Bobby Lashley and Vince McMahon, the eventual departure of Paul Heyman, and then the introduction of the new "Platinum Phoenix" ECW Championship, it's not hard to see why some fans disregarded the entire show's existence.
- A good portion of the fans that do regard the show's existence believe it was a fairly entertaining show that helped to build up new personalities. They just wish it wasn't called ECW.
- As it goes, those that did watch the show generally refused to acknowledge it after CM Punk got drafted to RAW. All the hardcore fans that hated WWECW would watch it for him (probably because Punk wouldn't have been out of place in the original ECW) — a fact so prevalent that when Bobby Lashley got drafted to RAW, Punk became the focus to the point of being a borderline Spotlight-Stealing Squad. The consensus was that after Punk got drafted, the quality of the programming went down a noticeable degree. They still had a strong roster to carry on, but when said roster was poached to nigh-oblivion in 2009, their relevancy was so low that they were barely above Superstars in importance. The only reason anybody watched at that point was for Shelton Benjamin, a perennial but nonetheless important midcarder and, more glaringly, Christian, a main event talent whose popularity has exceeded John Cena's at certain points, who really should not have been on the show. The only reason he was at all was because his return storyline got spoiled on the Internet. In fact, Christian carried the show so much that, except for Tommy Dreamer's brief reign prior to his retirement, he was the ECW Champion for almost all the time between his return and ECW's last episode, where he lost the title to Ezekiel Jackson (something else the fans like to ignore).
- Some fans like to ignore TNA's existence entirely. This is partially motivated by the fact that the "story lines" are so nonsensical that it makes watching Impact! nigh-unbearable, regardless of the superior match quality. Match quality that usually beats WWE but can easily be matched or even surpassed by many indy shows.
- Much of TNA's dedicated fan base likes to forget almost all of Eric Bischoff's and Hulk Hogan's time in the company from 2010-2013. They cite the almost inane amount of blatant nepotism (specifically Brooke Hogan's romantic storyline with Bully Ray), constantly ripping off of the WWE, and just about all of Hogan and Bischoff's attempts to turn the company into WCW-lite. To this day, it is still considered the absolute low point of the company, and that includes the early days of TNA.
- TNA itself likes to gloss over its pre-'04-'05 years, back when it was firmly under the umbrella of the NWA. The amount of vulgarity during that time far exceeded anything spat out by the Attitude Era, to the point that you were wondering if Russo was trying to run the company down before it even started up.
- Many fans declared TNA dead the moment AJ Styles left at the end of 2013. The heart and soul of TNA, the general consensus was that if even AJ couldn't take it anymore, then the company was far beyond the point of redemption. Considering that Sting, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Chris Sabin and in 2015, Samoa Joe, soon followed him out the door, there was a vibe going around that this opinion was not just among fans.
- If fans weren't declaring TNA dead when word got out AJ was leaving, they sure as hell were considering it when Jeff Jarrett, the founder of TNA, announced he was leaving too not long afterwards.
- After TNA left Spike TV, they found themselves on Destination America with only half the possible viewership to take on. When they debuted, only a quarter of their regular viewership on Spike apparently followed them. It was an indication that the fans themselves felt that TNA was dying or already dead and didn't bother to move with them.
- Claire Lynch, the Katie Vick of TNA. It was indisputably the nadir of AJ Styles' career, and the only good thing to come out of it was Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian partnering up and forming Bad Influence. Unlike WWE, TNA didn't have wherewithal to move the angle into Canon Discontinuity like WWE had with Katie Vicknote and it was still brought up occasionally, up until AJ's departure from the company.