Trivia / WWE

  • Channel Hop:
    • Raw went from the USA Network to TNN/Spike TV (2000-2005), and back to USA.
    • SmackDown! went from UPN to The CW, then to MyNetworkTV, then to Syfy and now, as of 2016 on USA.
    • Saturday Night's Main Event went from NBC to Fox, and was revived on NBC. Incidentally, Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling, which WWE co-produced with was on NBC rival CBS.
    • NXT went from SyFy to WWE.com to Hulu and WWE Network.
  • Creator Backlash: In 2007 WWE's revival of ECW made Bryan Alvarez of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter so angry he actually directly messaged and emailed WWE personnel to complain to them directly. He said the resounding response could be summed up as "Yup, it sucks." That said, WWE did spend the next three years trying to improve the program before giving up.
  • Demand Overload: Maybe not the best way to describe it. After the 2015 Royal Rumble, people couldn't unsubscribe from the WWE Network because too many tried to unsubscribe at once from the network because the pay per view, or at least the event naming match, angered people so much.
  • Fake Nationality: Russian Alex Koslov as Californian Carlos Sanchez. Despite being a jobber he got a (somewhat faint but still audible) "let's go Koslov" chant on Smackdown.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: Averted, when UPN moved SmackDown! to Friday nights, and again, when it switched to MyNetworkTV, the WWE aggressively promoted the show, and it more or less retained their audience.
  • Lying Creator
    • Buddy Rogers and Pat Patterson became the first WWWF World Heavyweight Champion and WWF Intercontinental Champion respectively by winning a tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!
    • Wrestlemania three had 93,173 people attend it.note 
    • The Rock: This Is Your Life! Highest rated Monday Night Raw segment ever!note 
    • John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan, first time ever!
    • WWE has also been victim to this trope, such as when Penthouse Magazine stated Mike McGuirk was fired for refusing sexual advances from Vince McMahon Jr. when the two of them continued to have a healthy relationship and McGuirk openly citing it was the 300 day a year travel schedule that caused her to leave. The advances she had been refusing were offers to pose in Penthouse.
  • Recycled Script:
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor:
    • The Iron Sheik and "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan were caught driving in New Jersey under the influence of some major narcotics. However, they were released from the company not for this, but for the fact that they were supposed to be arch-enemies, and the world seeing them break character by partying together made Vince furious.
    • Bret Hart, thanks to the Montreal Screwjob. After Bret left for WCW, Vince spent a lot of time buring him in his shows and claimed, quite infamously, that it all had been Bret's own fault. After Bret became interested in making a DVD for the WWE, Vince lost no time in making amends with him and admiting, albeit vaguely, that it was partly his fault.
    • Hulk Hogan, too many times to count.
    • Ultimate Warrior, perhaps the most infamous. His pet project (at least according to several wrestlers) and handpicked by Vince to be the champion after Hogan left (which he never trully did) had an insanely nasty fallout with Warrior in the both the 80s and 90s. They sued each other (accounts vary as who won what, but it is usually accepted Warrior won at least one litigation and Vince never forgave him about it) and were on enough bad terms with each other that the WWE went to produce an infamous DVD called The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior, which was a several hours long DVD bury of Warrior's work and legacy, which alienated the Warrior even more. It wasn't until 2014 that they finally made amends, the WWE replaced the DVD with another in a much positive light, and Warrior was inducted in the Hall of Fame. Warrior died shortly after, and Vince looked absolutely, genuinely devastated on the Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Legend special produced after Warrior's passing.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The WWE Network was originally set for an 2011 debut date and was heavy pushed as such, but for various reason, they didn't manage to get it off the ground. It wasn't until 2014 that the Network finally debuted.
  • Screwed by the Network: Happened to WWE Saturday Morning Slam, as Vortexx wanted to change the format of the show to a WWE news magazine rather than the taped matches that the company wanted. WWE didn't want the change, and thus canceled the show.
  • Too Soon: The Muhammad Hassan angle on SmackDown and Who Killed Mr. McMahon? Although both were more of "too early" examples. The first was filmed before the July 7th bombings, it was only aired after them. The latter angle was actually stopped because of another incident to which the WWE performed this trope: the Chris Benoit double murder-suicide. When the news first broke of the tragedy (before anyone became aware of the circumstances involving the deaths), the WWE dedicated the episode (filmed in an empty arena) to the life and career of Benoit. However, the very next day, it was made known that Benoit killed his son and wife before killing himself, and thus, on the ECW show, McMahon mentioned that Benoit's name wouldn't be mentioned at all on that show, and that the wrestlers would "do what they do best: Entertain you." Interesting to note that the WWE has yet to acknowledge Benoit's existence since that night, to mixed reaction, and made a literal Hand Wave of his matches and appearances in their back library since then.
  • What Could Have Been: With arcs getting aborted mid through, either due to injury of one of the wrestlers involved, lack of reaction or other issues there are some things you really wanted to see happen after reading the plans. WWE has its own page.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Occasionally a wrestler will disappear and return with a new name and gimmick so radically different, many fans won't recognize him. Jamal to Umaga for example.
    • Sometimes the WWE marketing actually helps this along, pretending that an earlier character played by a current athlete-actor never existed:
      • R-Truth (a.k.a. Ron Killings) is actually K-Kwik from back in the day; he even won a title as K-Kwik, but WWE has apparently handwaved that out of existence.
      • Similarly, when Dolph Ziggler won the WWE Intercontinental Championship in 2010, the announcers claimed that it was his first title, conveniently forgetting that the same wrestler was part of the Spirit Squad which won the World Tag Team Championship in 2006. Later on they do acknowledge his status a triple crown champion though.
      • Festus became one of CM Punk's underlings but is actually a subversion as he's acknowledged to be the same person; the story is that he was "saved" by CM Punk and his teachings. He was also the fake Kane, so he's subverted it and played it straight.
      • Speaking of Kane, the real one previously played Fake Diesel when Kevin Nash left for WCW; earlier still, he was 'wrestling dentist' Isaac Yankem, before he was retooled (unacknowledged) under a mask into The Undertaker's psychopathic half-brother.
      • Charles Wright, who played Papa Shango, Kama the Supreme Fighting Machine, and The Godfather. While Kama sort of evolved into The Godfather, they never once acknowledged that he was ever Papa Shango. It sort of helps that Shango wore face paint all the time, and that the time between Wright's stints as Shango and Kama was a fairly long interval.
      • Tyler Reks was a short lived surfer dude who then showed up as Tyler Reks, dreadlocked demolition man.
      • (Lord) Tensai was Prince Albert/A-Train after gaining some respect on the Japanese circuit. Which they actually admit, albeit in a half-assed manner (never mentioning his actual former names aside from WWE.com).
      • Johnny Curtis disappeared off TV after he debuted on Smackdown, and reappeared months later as Fandango. It helps that he was barely on TV, and the TV time he got was on WWE NXT.
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