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  • Any time a member of the audience jumps the barricade and tries to enter the ring, unless it is a plant in the audience that was scripted to do so, they will be apprehended by security and blacklisted from attending future events. Not to mention, they might get a firsthand lesson as to why attacking someone who looks like a bodybuilder, that knows how to throw their weight around (literally), and is now really pissed off at you, is a very stupid idea.
  • Plenty of rather egregious injuries occur to pro wrestlers, both acute and long-term. It's a reminder of the reality when you are working 300-plus days a year being dropped on your back and head, and the amount of conditioning needed to sustain that kind of schedule. Unfortunately, the next reality that ensues tends to be drug addiction, domestic problems, and early death (Chris Benoit is a perfect real-life example). It's rare to see full-time professional wrestlers live past the age of sixty.
    • Every time a wrestler gets injured and/or is otherwise indisposed, plans change because God isn't going to take pity on any promotion and magically heal wrestlers back to their full health near instantly. Roman Reigns's hiatus from leukemia is by far the worst case of this because the company basically had to treat him as if he had retired since they had no idea of when he was coming back if he ever came back. The fact that Roman was able to beat back into remission within four months was honestly a miracle into itself, and even then you get the feeling the company had no real plans for him considering how he had been demoted to the midcard for the rest of 2019.
    • Speaking of Reigns, his leukemia leaves him immuno-compromised, so while WWE keeps its activities going during the COVID-19 pandemic, he is simply unable to participate on any tapings, empty arena and closed set be damned.
  • Head Butting Heroes is one of Dutch Mantel's trademarks as a booker, particularly in CSP/WWC and IWA Puerto Rico. In particular, Carlos Colon and Savio Vega, de facto owners of both companies have never really forgiven Invader #1 for anything in Kay Fabe, even before the whole Bruiser Brody stabbing (which made Vega legitimately develop a grudge with Invader #1 outside of kayfabe). The Colon family and the Gonzalez family are also always a hand breath away from suddenly feuding, no matter how long they have been on seemingly good terms, especially if Gonzalez patriarch Ray is involved. Xic Xavant and Ilegal Chicano often refuse to spend any measurable amount of time in each other's presence, in spite of their many mutual enemies and proven success as a Tag Team, often showing up only long enough to save the other from a beat down before walking out in opposite directions in mutual disgust.
    • When Seth Rollins pulled a Heel–Face Turn and later on helped Dean Ambrose against The Miz and Miztourage, Ambrose still didn't trust Rollins and made it clear he still was mad at him from when Rollins had turned on the shield and had that intense personal feud with Ambrose. It took a long time for Ambrose to trust Rollins and, giving more recent events, it's quite unclear if he ever truly forgave him in the end. Goes to show that no matter how much someone might be genuinely sorry for what they have done, that doesn't automatically mean the person they wronged is just going to immediately forgive them, if ever.
    • A more comical example was at Survivor series 2007, Triple H and his teammates were doing an interview about working together despite not liking each other. This leads to both Kane and Jeff Hardy pointing out the terrible things Triple H has done to them which Triple H sheepishly apologizes for.
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    • Something like this would again occur with Tommaso Ciampa's and Johnny Gargano's 2020 feud. The two had beforehand seemingly reconciled only for Gargano to turn on Ciampa. Gargano would then revealed how he still resented Ciampa for turning on him and doing everything in his power to make Gargano's life miserable. Like in the case of Rollins and Ambrose, no matter how much you might be sincerely remorseful for your actions, that doesn't mean the person you wronged is going to forgive you or just let it go. Especially if the person you wronged was someone you were close with.
  • In a 1997 angle, Eric Bischoff issued a restraining order to prevent the Giant from getting within 50 feet of him. When the Giant broke the limit, he was arrested. The next week, while the Giant was wrestling, Bischoff stormed out to ringside and demanded the Giant be arrested for being within 50 feet of him. Barely able to keep from rolling his eyes, the head of security dryly informed Bischoff that restraining order violations don't count if the restrainee is the one breaking them.
  • In 1999, Stephanie McMahon shockingly turned on her father and joined up with his nemesis Triple H. Why? Because he had her abducted and almost raped by an insane zombie cultist earlier that year. After that, she wasn’t inclined to go along with his crazy schemes.
  • During a period of being savvy, Samoa Joe would just move out of the way when he saw his opponents going up to the top rope for high-risk moves. Not much you can do about it when your opponent is all the way across the ring. Though this was the default during the days of Dynamite Kid and "First" Tiger Mask
  • From the 2002 WWE Divas Undressed DVD: During the portion of Ivory's segment shot at a boutique in Greenwich, CT, she tried to go outside to put money in a parking meter wearing only her bra and panties. However, this being Greenwich, a town with no patience for that kind of crazy behavior, the door was locked from the inside.
  • During a steel cage match between Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio on the first episode of SmackDown on Friday nights, Rey attempts a 619 on Eddie, only to realize how impossible it is to do so inside the structure.
  • In Ring of Honor, Jimmy Jacobs spent a long time(years) trying to get his manager, Lacey, to reciprocate his love. His efforts finally paid off, but when Lacey told him she loved him, in his own words, "I felt nothing". Realizing that in reality, love doesn't instantly fix you or make you a better person, Jimmy hit his Despair Event Horizon and started the Age of the Fall shortly afterward.
  • When CM Punk went off on his infamous "Pipe Bomb" Worked Shoot, his microphone was cut off after he started mocking the entire company on camera. It was announced immediately after that he had been suspended indefinitely, which is what would happen if any other professional athlete did something so brazen.
  • WWE went about deconstructing all their "supernatural" gimmicks in 2014.
    • The Undertaker's aura of being a mythical god of death took a huge hit when he lost to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX, especially since Lesnar and Paul Heyman have made Worked Shoot references to Undertaker's mortality amidst their constant boasting about it for Cheap Heat.
    • Undertaker's brother Kane, who, while billed as the Devil's Favorite Demon, seems to go back and forth between being a demon of hate and a corporate stooge at the whims of The Authority, both of whom can still be beaten into irrelevancy by any top-level face act. He's lost all presence of actually being a monster threat even compared to his debut as Kane in 1997, and thus comes across more like a lumbering big man with a mask-reliant Split Personality than anything else.
    • The Ascension from WWE NXT, initially a Ministry of Darkness expy tag team, began their transition into a The Legion of Doom expy instead by openly denying any supernatural ties of their own in a article interview shortly after winning the NXT tag team titles. They also abandoned the Ominous Latin Chanting theme for a heavy rock piece by CFO$, and the lighting for their entrance doesn't imitate Undertaker's quite as much as it used to. It hasn't made them any less fearsome or dominant, however, and they've actually turned up the occult symbolism in their attire since then. The result is they're clearly acknowledged as human, but one would be forgiven for thinking they draw motivation from some kind of twisted Illuminati ritual—especially after seeing their Titantron entrance video on the main roster.
  • At one point during The Authority angle, Big Show gets fired by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon for not playing ball. He ends up suing them for unfair dismissal, and Trips and Steph are forced by the board of directors to bring him back in order to prevent a lawsuit.
  • At the 2016 Survivor Series Brock Lesnar took on Goldberg in the main event. Goldberg then shockingly proceeds to beat Brock in a minute with little effort. No matter how tough Brock may be, like in any real fight, all it sometimes takes is to get caught off guard and get a few good hits on someone and they will go down easily.
  • A funny minor example in Lucha Underground was when Dario Cueto tells the Gift of The Gods champion that they can't cash in the championship just anytime they want because he needs a notice in advance so he can promote the match. Other than being a Take That! to WWE's Money in the bank, it also makes sense that in real life, a combat sport promoter would want to actually build the match up so they can make money off of it.
  • On one occasion, Stephanie was arrested for battery after physically assaulting Brie Bella, who had quit in protest and was attending as a member of the audience.
  • Seth Rollins tried to exploit having his own Power Stable during the 2020 Men's Royal Rumble by bringing his muscle with him to the ring, but it ended up backfiring. Sure the Authors of Pain and Buddy Murphy ended up helping him eliminate a couple of guys, but just because the guys in question were out of the match didn't mean they were suddenly unaccounted for. They fought off Seth's cronies and dragged them back to the locker room with them, leaving Seth alone to face the remaining men in the ring who were not only still in the match, but also angry and united against him.
    • Seth tried to reach out to Roman Reigns, his longtime Shield brother, to help him, but Roman just Superman Punched him and left him to the other three men in the ring. They may have been like brothers, but even uber-face Roman wasn't about to save Seth from a situation he had only himself and his heelish ways to blame for being in.

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