Never Live It Down / Professional Wrestling

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    Pro Wrestling in General 
  • Pro Wrestling is fake entertainment that claims to be real. Well it was, until the 1990s when they finally came clean.
  • Due to a certain Vocal Minority in the dying days of Kayfabe, apparently anyone who watches wrestling thinks it's real. And will refuse to accept it if you "inform" them.
  • All professional wrestlers are steroid-abusing sissies in tights who make lots of money pretending to fight and then dying of drug abuse in their fifties (or younger).

    Specific Promotions 
  • The World Wrestling Federation
  • WCW was once the second largest wrestling promotion in the U.S. and a dangerous threat to WWE (then known as WWF), but the catastrophic management, egos and bad booking during its last two years killed the company and it was purchased by its former competitor for scraps, with most people only remembering the negative things about the company rather than the positives. To list everything they can't live down could have its own page, but the primary things are:
    • Madusa. When she left for WCW, she trashed the WWF's womens' belt live on TV which got her blacklisted for 20 years. Especially since this widely was a catalyst to the Montreal Screwjob a year later.
    • Tony Schiavone giving away the results of WWE Raw on the weeks that it wasn't aired live, most famously the night that Mick Foley won his first WWF title. Especially since this, combined with the Fingerpoke Of Doom is considered to be the moment that put WCW on its deathbed.
    • Pushing aging, ex-WWF part-timers ahead of their homegrown talent, and refusing to push younger stars.
    • The absolute clusterfuck of a finish to the match between "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan vs. Sting match due to politics and to capitalize on the publicity of the Montreal Screwjob note 
    • The infamously terrible rematch between Hogan and the Warrior at Halloween Havoc 1998. The match was so bad and full of botches, only existing to give Hogan his win back. What made this match worse is that it preceeded the match between Goldberg and Diamond Dallas Page for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Due to the previous match going on longer than expected, the PPV went off the air during the Goldberg/DDP match. Many buyers were understandably upset and WCW had to refund millions of dollars to those buyers, airing the entire Goldberg/Page match on WCW Monday Nitro the following night, which was a nice gesture but did little to repair the incident.
    • The Fingerpoke Of Doom. That is all.
    • Actor David Arquette winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Yes, that really happened.
    • The WCW Power Plant had a poor reputation as a training facility, largely because the biggest star they trained was Goldberg (see his listing), and while she was there, Madusa said "All [Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson] did was whine and complain". When they came to WWE during the Invasion, Ivory was assigned to train them and she said, "They were horrible! They were uncooperative, unwilling to learn. What did I ever do to deserve those two?" As a manager, Stacy regularly played the Damsel in Distress and the only times she was portrayed as someone who could hold their own the ring was when she kept going over on Molly Holly in October 2004 (generally regarded as Villain Decay on Molly's part rather than Stacy Took a Level in Badass), when WWE were trying to build her up in preparation to become Women's Champion, only to have her turn down the title on the grounds that she wasn't a wrestler. Since leaving WWE, Stacy herself has said she was only in the business for the exposure to launch her acting career.
  • TNA, even to this day, is still unable to get out of the shadow of their Dork Age, the Hogan/Bischoff era. The fact that the person who brought Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in, Dixie Carter, remained in charge of the company until it was literally no longer called TNA, making a ton of boneheaded business decisions even while TNA came the closest it's ever had to going out of business since she bought her way helped none. And given that the TNA name is no longer in use, even if the company does ever manage to live it down, the letters TNA likely never will.

    Wrestlers and Wrestling Personalities 
  • To the Canadian Professional Wrestling fans, Shawn Michaels is forever known as the guy that screwed Bret Hart out of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. To this day, whenever Michaels, Vince McMahon, or former WWE and current TNA referee Earl Hebner appear in Canada, particularly in Montreal itself, the fans would chant "YOU SCREWED BRET!" at them.
    • Likewise, Bret Hart is remembered by casual (or non-wrestling) fans as that guy who got screwed out of the title, and the fact that he cannot get over it.
    • Shawn got some amazing heat thanks to his legacy in Montreal in 2005 prior to his match against Hulk Hogan at SummerSlam with a scathing heel-esque promo that included Trolling the audience with Bret Hart's music and entrance video.
    • This might've FINALLY been let down because of a 2010 edition of Raw in which Hart and Michaels shook hands and embraced in the ring (it was known that both were willing to bury the hatchet for some time). Interesting to note, though, that Vince and Bret had forgiven each other a long time before this, though the ending to that episode could've fooled some people who didn't understand the scripted nature of wrestling storylines because Vince decks Bret to close out the show (this was actually to begin setting up their eventual Wrestlemania 26 match).
  • Amy "Lita" Dumas' career was never the same again in 2005 after cheating on Matt Hardy with Adam "Edge" Copeland. She was on the verge of a mental breakdown due to the constant chants of "Slut" (among many others), and retired. Edge did get flack also, being one of Hardy's closet friends, but it actually helped him because he was already one of WWE's top heels at the time, and the success he's had since surpassed what anyone would have predicted during the previous seven years of his career. Hardy, in turn, became known for his inability to get over this for a while, although that would be only the beginning of his downfall. For more, see below.
  • While Vince Russo is the worst thing to ever happen to wrestling, in his defense, many casual fans are under the impression that he regularly had wrestlers lay down in the ring for him, and held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship for an absurd period of time. In reality, he routinely allowed guys like Ric Flair to use him as a punching bag. And his WHC win? He was on the losing end of that Cage Match, when Goldberg "accidentally" speared him through the side of the cage, causing him to win by default. He vacated the title two days later.
  • Most of the people who were involved in the creative side of WCW within the last year or so of its run in some way (Eric Bischoff, Vince Russo, Kevin Nash, etc) will probably never live down the stigma that they killed WCW. While their writing didn't help, the biggest factor in WCW's death was more likely the fact that an AOL Time Warner executive who absolutely hated professional wrestling just so happened to be the person in charge of its programming.
  • Speaking of Kevin Nash, here's a guy that suffered a biceps tear, took four months to rehab his injury, returned to action in a 6-man-tag and tore his quadriceps within twelve seconds of tagging in. To this day, one of the most common jokes among wrestling fans is how injury-prone Nash is. And, as mentioned before, for a guy with a 20+ year career, he's always going to carry the stigma of the guy who tried to bury Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit, breaking Goldberg's streak only to drop the title eight nights later via the Fingerpoke of Doom.
  • In wrestling circles, Kevin Sullivan is notable for "booking his own divorce". And you know the rest...
    • ...and just in case you don't, his ex-wife would later marry Chris Benoit...
  • In a more awesome fashion, Mick Foley will forever be known as the guy who took a headfirst bump off the top of the Cell during his Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker, as well as getting chokeslammed through the top of the Cell. Foley even remarked that the bumps nearly wiped out everything he had done in his career prior, and he was pretty much unable to ever top himself in the eyes of the casual fans (despite having had some of the all-time most brutal hardcore matches ever later on). As a side note, Foley doesn't actually remember the match, due to a concussion he suffered from that headfirst bump. When writing about it in his autobiography, he had to go back and watch the tape to remind him what happened.
  • And speaking of Chris Benoit, the fact that he was an excellent technical wrestler for decades has been completely and utterly overshadowed by his murder of his wife and child and subsequent suicide. Not that it wasn't a horrible situation (it was), but there was more to his life than "he was a wrestler, then he flipped his lid and murdered his wife and son." What's worse is that many people never even heard of him before his death, so his final breakdown is literally the only thing they'll ever know about him.
  • James Hellwig worked for WWE as the Ultimate Warrior and was so adored by fans that he rivaled freaking Hulk Hogan in popularity! So it's too bad that he felt compelled to tarnish that legacy with the horrible One Warrior Nation angle and the bizarre feud with Hogan in WCW and uttering a homophobic remark at the University of Connecticut while making the rounds as a political speaker. At some point along the line, he apparently went completely insane; he legally changed his name to "Warrior" and his kids are saddled with "Warrior" as surnames.
  • Matt Hardy will always be fat, even after dropping the weight before heading to TNA. Granted, when explaining why you have weight problems (even if it was something serious such as abdominal muscle tears and digestive problems), it's usually not a good idea to claim you're not fat while stuffing your face full of grapes.
    • Between various DWI arrests, his resulting termination from TNA, and a fake suicide note to advertise yet another "rebirth", many would say his name has been Ruined Forever. To his credit, though, he has worked hard to repair his life since then.
    • Matt seems to have completely shaken this reputation off, and replaced it with EVERYTHING from his run as "broken" Matt Hardy in TNA. From his accent, to dilapidated boats, to crowds chanting "delete" at him even when he's with another promotion. This is due to Matt being possibly the most over wrestler of 2016, in what many people are calling the best work of his career.
  • Erik Watts will always be remembered for a particular dropkick he did while in WCW. Starrcade 1992 to be precise. Relive the misery here.
    • Not to mention, the incident with Arn Anderson at a gas station.
  • "Dr. D" David Schultz, prior to 1984, was known as a tough, hard-edged, no nonsense wrestler (in fact, his persona was very similar to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's). After 84, he was only known as the guy who punched out John Stossel.
  • Regardless of his quality (and the memorability over time) of his matches, Triple H will always be accused of playing politics to hold back wrestlers he perceived as a threat to his position. A typical Smart Mark reaction towards a Triple H victory will be "OMG, TRIPLE H BERRIES HIS OPPONENT, LULZ!" For the record, Triple H is guilty of office politics, but so was every other member of The Kliq, which includes Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels and X Pac, as well as other established stars like Hulk Hogan. Popular wrestlers have been have out-maneuvered and held down by the more politically minded since the days of Lou Thesz actually; Trips just seems to be the one who can't escape the stigma.
    • Triple H (and Kane for that matter) will always be remembered for the one of the worst story lines in professional wrestling history. Two words: Katie. Vick.
  • Even though he only made one major mistake in announcing for the WWE, Mike Adamle will always be known as the irritating announcer that always botched. His infamous incident of calling Jeff Hardy "Jeff Harvey" at the 2008 Royal Rumble was never forgotten, to the point where he could never escape it. Even though those types of Freudian slips are normal in live broadcasting (and he immediately corrected himself not even a second later to indicate that it was just a slip of the tongue), wrestling fans are known for not even letting one mistake go. More obscurely, he is also remembered for a commentary line he delivered in a Kofi Kingston match; "Jamaican me crazy!" (which he didn't even make up, since it was a pun originally used by a restaurant chain).
  • More infamously, Michael Cole will never truly escape his WrestleMania 15 screw up in which he blew the ending to the main event during a segment for WWE Shop. Even though there are other controversies involving Cole (some fair and some overblown), that one incident always seems to be the one screw up that is overblown to the point where people think that Cole always botches on commentary. In 2010, Cole was known as the guy who loves The Miz, hates Daniel Bryan, and is the spokesman for the Anonymous Raw General Manager. He's also known for being the guy who was kidnapped and raped by Jon Heidenreich.
  • Bruno Sammartino is the longest reigning WWF Champion in the company's history. However, he's also known for his extremely strained relationship with the current wrestling industry and especially Vince McMahon Jr, to the point where, every year, he refuses to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Hardly anyone ever mentions that he has been inducted into plenty of other Hall Of Fames or shows up at plenty of other wrestling events, such as Ring of Honor. Apparently there is nothing to professional wrestling beyond WWE. He was finally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
  • Art Donovan may be an accomplished American football player, but wrestling fans will forever remember him as that guest announcer in the WWF 1994 King of the Ring who didn't know anything about wrestling and constantly asked, "How much does this guy weigh?"
  • Sin Cara will always be remembered for his constant botching and a T-shirt that seemed to have a penis on it. This is a case where WWE's annoying tendency to rename and repackage wrestlers ultimately softened the blow (even if their mismanagement played some part in his failure). The names Místico and Hunico are still relatively respected.
  • The Spirit Squad and its leader, Kenny Dykstra. The only member who enjoyed any WWE success following its split up is Nicky, who was repackaged as Dolph Ziggler. He ended up becoming a Triple Crown Champion, one of the WWE's major stars, and an Ensemble Darkhorse to the entire fandom - which is ironic, because the gimmick was originally created to put over Kenny. However, that worked to his disadvantage, and he became forever associated with the gimmick. Even to this day, Kenny Dykstra is still the butt of Spirit Squad jokes. But worse than Dykstra, who at least has people like Paul Heyman talking up how great he is, is Mike Mondo, whose career has spawned something of a hatedom, mostly because of his Spirit Squad involvement. Since Dolph has no allusions to his previous gimmicks, this allows him to avoid this trope.
  • The Miz will always be known as the guy who was a reality star - and, in the words of one WWE fan, a "himbo," seeing as his first major appearance was as the host of the 2006 Diva Search. He started out in The Real World, which showed how much of a fan he was of wrestling.
  • Rey Mysterio Jr. joins Kevin Nash, Edge, and Mark Henry as a wrestler infamous for getting seriously injured quite often. His age and his small stature are sometimes taken into account by sympathetic fans. Mysterio might have an even worse stigma now; Perro Aguayo, Jr, died in the ring during a match that involved Mysterio, and already some people are saying Mysterio killed Aguayo.
  • Speaking of Mark Henry, he still gets "Sexual Chocolate" chants, especially when playing a heel, in a reference to his Attitude Era gimmick. This was a gimmick where Chyna set him up with a woman who turned out to be a transvestite, and where his kayfabe relationship with then-70-something Mae Young eventually had her giving birth to a hand. Despite winning almost every title in the WWE and being one of the company's longest-tenured workers, it's still "Sexual Chocolate" that the fans keep bringing up.
  • The Gobbledy Gooker. They named an award after it.
  • Stacy Keibler and her legs. To hear a lot of people talk, you'd think that was the only body part she had that actually looked good. Even when Keibler was on the second season of Dancing with the Stars - and was arguably the single best performer on the program - host Tom Bergeron couldn't shut up about the legs. Even worse is the widespread perception of Keibler as a Faux Action Girl who couldn't defend herself at all in the ring unless she choked her opponent with her foot (which is illegal if you do it for more than five seconds). While the Foot Choke was one of Keibler's signature moves (even after her Heel–Face Turn), it wasn't her only move—in fact, fans of her Duchess of Dudleyville run will remember that she once had a killer spinning heel kick. And wags who are constantly saying that Keibler "couldn't wrestle" forget that she attended the WCW Power Plant wrestling school (which had an 80 percent dropout rate) and that on those rare occasions when she participated in non-Fanservice matches, she could hold her own and even deliver bodyslams.
  • The Divas in general tend to be remembered primarily for posing nude in Playboy if they do so. This is probably why Keibler repeatedly refused to pose - not that it did her much good. Regardless of whether or not they posed for Playboy, they're all remembered as being bad wrestlers who only got into wrestling for the money and fame, were only hired because of their looks and slept with everyone to get to the top. The only ones exempt from this stereotype are Chynanote  Trish Stratus, Lita, Beth Phoenix, Natalya Neidhart, and most female wrestlers from NXT.
  • Samoa Joe went undefeated on TNA Impact for over a year. He was the first person to hold more than one TNA championship belt at one time. He held the tag team championships by himself. Oh, he had a career before TNA, where he was the longest running champion of both UPW and Ring Of Honor, we could go on, but more than any of that or anything else, the most important fact about Joe's career is that he was ambushed by ninjas who loaded him into the back of a van and drove off to the apathy of his employers, coworkers and Florida law enforcement.
  • On the February 7, 2011 episode of RAW, R-Truth, before his match with Mason Ryan, shouted out the wrong city ("Green Bay, Wisconsin-WHAT'S UP!")note . The crowd was deathly silent, until Michael Cole led the crowd in chanting "MIL-WAU-KEE!" "MIL-WAU-KEE!" Since that moment, whenever Truth has wrestled in Milwaukee, no matter what storyline or position he's in, he ALWAYS makes sure he knows (and the crowd reminds him) that he's in Milwaukee.
  • Chris Harris may have been a part of TNA's first great tag team, America's Most Wanted, but his career has been dubiously overshadowed by his brief yet memetic stint in ECW as Braden Walker.
  • Chris Hero is less renowned for wrestling multiple 50 minute matches throughout multiple promotions back to back, living in the gym, less often regarded as the best example of CZW who is not a Garbage Wrestler, but more often mocked as the dude who can't keep his body in shape. Because of a single NXT incident. Not his NXT release (though the story is often twisted to make it sound as if Hero was released for being too fat), just an instance of him being told to get in better shape, which he did. However, after returning to the independent circuit and continuing to be ridiculed for being fat, Hero actually did in fact get fat!
  • Terry Taylor may not have been a household name during the late 1980s and 1990s, wrestling primarily in the WWE and WCW. What's he best remembered as? The Red Rooster gimmick, widely considered one of the worst gimmicks while he was wrestling in the WWE (then WWF). The crowd seemed to have made sure he never lived that gimmick down, chanting "Rooster!", no matter where he went.
  • In an unfortunate example, Ella Waldek was part of a tag team match where one of her opponents died. Despite all three living wrestlers being arrested, tried, and found innocent, the fans decided that Waldek was the one to blame and she was greeted by chants of "murderer" for the rest of her career. What doesn't help is that Waldek as wrestler was best known for being half of the NWA World Women's Tag Champions, whose belts no longer exist, being the partner of Mae Young, who became less known for her wrestling career than her pervert WWF gimmick.
    • Jose Gonzalez will forever be remembered for the murder of Bruiser Brody. He has never been able to shake it off for the rest of his career, and several angles related to him won the coveted "Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic" award by the Wrestling Observer newsletter.
  • Daniel Bryan's most recognizable trademark is unquestionably his chanting of "YES!" Unfortunately, to non-fans this tends to be the only thing he is known for.
  • Time will tell if Sami Zayn shakes this off, but for most of his NXT career he had to deal with an embarrassing last name; while common in Muslim countries, "Zayn" is in the western world tied to Zayn Malik, an ex-member of One Direction.
  • The Bella Twins will likely forever be known as blackholes who have absolutely no talent and only got their positions by Sleeping Their Way to the Top, even though both have become passable since their debut. Brie might be able to do it, since her husband is Daniel Bryan who has been screwed by management for their personal favorites, despite being by far and away the most popular wrestler the company has had in almost fifteen years. Nikki, not so much, since her significant other is John Cena, who has been the face of the company for years, even when it's clear that the fans are sick of having him shoved down their throats (though they like Cena the performer well enough). Not helping matters is the fact that the wrestler the fans want to see take Cena's spot in WWE more than anyone else is indeed Bryan, or Nikki's 301 day title reign in which she hardly defended the belt during the latter half of the reign due to an injury. Since John Cena became Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in late 2015, Nikki is considered to be a better wrestler than Brie, and her successor, Charlotte, has had an even more infuriating championship reign, some are anticipating her return and she might live this down if she does well enough.
  • Theodore Long has had a long career in professional wrestling, as a WCW manager, referee, and General Manager of Smack Down and WWECW. Nowadays, he's best remembered for booking impromptu tag team matches and forcing heels to "go one-on-one with 'Da Undatakah'".
  • Jerry Lawler's 40+ year career will forever be defined by his stint as the goofy, Dirty Old Man announcer who can't help but talk about divas' "Puppies". On a more serious note, in 1993, he was once arrested after being accused of raping an underage girl. Although he was found innocent after the girl confessed to lying about it, he was mocked for the incident for years, especially by the folks in ECW. This is one of the reasons why Lawler heavily dislikes ECW.
  • Jeff Hardy and his drug problems. Of specific note is the infamous Victory Road 2011 disaster, in which Jeff arrived to a PPV he was main eventing late and stoned out of his mind. Thus, the fans had a main event title match that lasted ninety seconds because Sting had to forcibly pin him to make sure he wouldn't hurt anybody. The fans, unsurprisingly, were not happy. Nor was Sting for that matter. TNA, who was so forgiving of Hardy's problems to the point that he seemed to have Ultimate Job Security, sent him home, and when he came back informed him that this was his last chance. Jeff's managed to stay on the wagon since then, but his career and legacy will forever be marred by this incident. That being said, Jeff still managed to somehow end up being considered the more responsible Hardy brother that year, thanks to his brother's own screw-ups detailed above.
  • Hulk Hogan:
    • Hulkster will always be remembered as a selfish, senile old man who kept down the young talents at any cost. While he has admitted he wants to maintain a higher profile than everyone else (he's earned it, you see), he also jobbed to stars that had great potential like Warrior and Goldberg. Additionally, the haters seems to ignore that Hulk Hogan is also doing good deeds as Bret Hart said. Every rumor is automatically believed, no matter how wild or fallacious, while the good deeds go unacknowledged.
    • When he confused the Silverdome for the Superdome at Wrestlemania XXX.
    • Lying about not using steroids, only to admit (under oath) that he had been using them for 16 years.
    • Contributing heavily to TNA's near-death.
    • It's highly unlikely that his detractors (and black people) will ever let him live down saying the N-word in his sex tape.
    • Worst of all was likely the disgusting homophobic rant that finally convinced the WWE to fire him.
  • Goldberg will always be known as a poor man's "Stone Cold" Steve Austin who only got into wrestling solely to make money, only knew two moves, yet squashed everyone without paying his dues, delivering a career-ending superkick to Bret Hart, and getting beaten by Chris Jericho in a Real Life fight.
  • Sting seems to be known for three things these days: being "the dumbest man in wrestling" (since all of his allies inevitably turned on him and he always forgave them, only to be betrayed again), never winning any of his feuds and for having bad hair.
  • Roman Reigns (who is considered to be a poor in-ring worker, terrible talker and undeserving of his main event push) has quite a few of these:
    • Apparently Roman has "lots of rough nights" keeping him away from making promotional interviews. explanation  Thankfully downplayed if not averted, as it never caught on to the point his real life fiancee and daughter will ever hear of it and come away with the resulting Unfortunate Implications about his fidelity.
    • Though, in a much more playful and lighthearted way, Seth Rollins has said he'll occasionally call Roman "Fabio" whenever he's not around. Ambrose also said that, while each member of the Shield has their fangirls and each of them is somebody's type, Roman is the one that seems to be everybody's type. It's mostly kept in the realm of a very intense Mr. Fanservice, but it'll occasional tip over into this.
    • Ever since a certain podcast broke the internet, "making Roman Reigns look really really strong" has become this.
    • When Vince started personally writing Reigns' promos leading up to Royal Rumble 2015, two of the corniest phrases Vince made him say, "Sufferin' succotash, son!" and "You know who didn't have to remind people they were a giant? André the Giant." became endlessly mocked amongst smark fans as a reason why Reigns wasn't ready to be pushed.
    • His first violation of the Wellness Policy seems to be going down this way. Doesn't help that news of his suspension was met with widespread celebration (which was really saying something, as the majority of the IWC was already on cloud nine thanks to Rollins pinning Reigns semi-clean, Ambrose winning the Money in the Bank ladder match and cashing it in on the same night to finally win the title, and the fact that the long-awaited Shield Triple Threat match had finally been booked) and pretty much flushed his entire two year long push down the drain.
  • Cameron is always going to be known as the Diva who cited "Melina vs. Alicia Fox" as her favorite match on Tough Enough. To a lesser extent, she is also infamous for attempting to pin someone who was laying face down and being an intolerable bitch on Total Divas.
  • Eva Marie will always (rightfully) be remembered as a terrible wrestler who is apparently only there for money and fame. She was placed on the main roster almost immediately after being signed and received only minimal training. Despite going down to developmental to work on her skills, she has hardly improved at all and zero charisma to make up for it.
  • Seth Rollins is quickly approaching this territory for two major things:
    • The nude photo scandal where it came out that he not only cheated on his fiancée, but was also dating an alleged Nazi sympathizer.
    • Being associated with (and frequently Mis-blamed for) three high-profile superstar injuries — to John Cena, Sting, and Finn Bálor — within the span of 13 months, despite spending six of those months sidelined by a knee injury of his own. It didn't help that Sting's injury ultimately retired him from the ring, while Bálor's not only cost him months of action but also cost WWE its newly-crowned Universal Champion, derailing storylines in the process. Many fans are criticizing Rollins for being a dangerous worker even though all of those injuries were accidents and Sting was well past his prime and shouldn't have been competing at a level that high anyway.
  • Sheamus beating Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 28 in just 18 seconds was obviously designed to be such a moment for Bryan, but he overcame that, and it ironically enough became an example for Sheamus instead.
  • Emma has at least two of these examples: the shoplifting incident where she was fired from WWE only to be rehired hours later, and the infamously delayed and ultimately aborted "Emmalina" gimmick.
  • Despite being a fan favorite in the wrestling community, Alexa Bliss will likely always have the shadow of the disastrous "Bayley: This is Your Life" segment looming over her career (even more so than Bayley herself). It was so badly received that WWE tried to pretend the segment never happened.
  • Many fans won't let Rey Mysterio Jr. forget about the time he entered the 2014 Royal Rumble at the #30 slot and ultimately becoming a scapegoat for that year's exclusion of Daniel Bryan from the match.
  • There are a lot of reasons why Bob Holly's reputation deteriorated during the 2000s. Some of them legitimate, many lies, exaggeration or rumor, but they all stem from two incidents involving "Tough Enough" winner Matt Cappotelli. First, Holly decided to take liberties with Cappotelli and beat him into a bloody mess in Ohio Valley Wrestling. Second, during a later match, Cappotelli received a concussion from Holly. Cappotelli was then released from his contract due to health problems and would not work in the pro wrestling business again until WWE cut its ties with OVW. Now Cappotelli's medical issues didn't just stem from Holly's abuse and Holly said the second time was an accident, but this series of events embittered fans who read about it, causing them to look back on Holly's previous interactions with rookies in a different light and assume the worst of him in those following the Cappotelli case. Holly, to his credit, has shown he can be gracious to rookies on the independent circuit, but since most WWE fans seem to refuse to watch anything other than WWE, it's done little to improve his reputation among them.
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