Tear Jerker: WWE

  • WWF The Main Event, from 1989 and featuring the Mega Powers vs. Twin Towers match (where Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage split up and Savage turns heel) the segment with Elizabeth getting knocked unconscious was intended as a tearjerker, playing up the uncertainty of Elizabeth's condition when Hogan became distraught and feared that she had (practically) died from her "injuries," caused when Savage was thrown onto her by Akeem. The drama continued as Elizabeth had not yet regained consciousness when the network cut to a commercial (and local stations took their bottom-of-the-hour ad breaks). Instead, this turned into a moment of Narm, due to some poor acting by Hogan and Elizabeth's "miraculous" recovery.
  • In 1990, to build up the Hulk Hogan-Earthquake feud, a week after Hogan was (in Kayfabe) severely injured by Earthquake in a sneak attack, a video showcasing Hogan's 1984-1990 WWF career, followed by the sneak attack and then a locker door (with Hogan's T-shirt) closing was played on the WWF's syndicated programs and WWF Prime Time Wrestling. At the end, "Mean" Gene Okerlund got very emotional and was in near tears as the segment came to a close.
  • The tribute RAW for Owen Hart, and tribute RAW and SmackDown for Eddie Guerrero.
    • The one for Chris Benoit? Not so much. Today it's seen as a massive tearjerker, but for all the wrong reasons.
    • The intended "tribute" for Vince McMahon, whose character was (supposedly) killed when he was trapped inside a limousine that suddenly burst into flames. This was scrapped during the (now ill-advised) tribute show to Benoit.
  • The Raw is Owen tribute show, shortly after Owen Hart's death in 1999. Many of the then-current WWF superstars gave emotional out-of-character tributes to Hart, who tragically (and needlessly) died at the young age of 33.
  • Many former prominent WWF superstars whose passing was announced on a TV show. WWE Raw will sometimes air well-done tributes to former stars, with vintage video clips and a voiceover highlighting career accomplishments, set to light piano music. If the passed superstar was especially prominent, a current star may be asked to comment. Sometimes, the tearjerker moment sets in during the ten-bell salute.
  • Edge's retirement.
  • Jerry Lawler suffering a heart attack during Raw. He survived thankfully, but hearing Michael Cole report what happened was absolutely heartbreaking.
  • There really isn't a proper way to phrase this as the timing is just so horribly perfect however this promo from The Ultimate Warrior was made the day after WrestleMania XXX and two days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Warrior died the very next day on April 8, 2014.
    • This tribute to a young wrestling fan who passed away of cancer shortly after Wrestlemania XXX is sure to get the tears flowing too.
  • Near the end of the 11/3/2014 Raw, Randy Orton had essentially defected from The Authority, releasing months of pent-up aggression over being forced to ally with Seth Rollins, a lack of faith from The Authority going into WrestleMania, and never receiving his true one-on-one rematch for the WWE World Title, with his relentless assault on Rollins and the Authority's goons. When they finally have him brought down after a Rollins curb-stomp on the announce table, Stephanie tells Triple H to "finish it"...and Trips looks absolutely despondent at the idea.
    • Regardless of their sordid history, Triple H was the one who brought Orton into Evolution, anointed him the "Face of the WWE" and did everything he could to convince Stephanie and the rest of the Authority that Orton could still be a productive member of their "family." When he uttered the line "Finish it", you could really sense the bitterness as he realizes there are no more ways he can justify Orton being with them anymore; as he and Steph walked away from the aftermath, he never even turns around because he can't bear seeing the loss of someone he's come to call a part of his "family."
    • And note Triple H doesn't even lash back out at Orton for hitting him before he goes after Rollins again, Hunter trying to stop the struggle from reaching a critical point. The look of hesitation in Trips' eyes before he gives the order pretty much says, "Randy, why are you making me do this?"
  • The implosion of The Shield, as well as much of the fall-out. Many of the group's fans had come to enjoy the extremely tight-knit friendship and brotherhood between Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins, and while everyone knew the team had to break up sooner or later, the way it (abruptly) did seemed specifically designed to break those fans' hearts in order to get major heat for Seth. He rubs salt in the wounds by claiming they were never really his brothers, just business partners, and feeling no guilt or regret over stabbing them in the back. Even more depressing is the the theory found here that the reason why Roman put off going after Seth himself and kept many of the Shield's signature aspects (theme music, attire, entrance through the crowd, a one-man version of the Symbol of Excellence,note  a variant of the "Believe in the Shield" Catch Phrase, and still going after the goals they had before they broke up) is because he is in denial and trying to stick to the same routine he and his friends had to avoid facing the full reality of the situation with them.