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  • Breakup Breakout:
    • The WWWF was the second major wrestling company to break ties with the NWA after the AWA and declare its own world champion. Flash-forward to the 2000s and the WWE is a billion-dollar industry while the AWA is just a memory and the NWA barely exists.
    • Anytime a tag team break up and one of the wrestlers does better than the other. The most prominent example is Shawn Michaels after the break up of The Rockers. Marty Jannetty was the former Trope Namer for this reason.
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    • The Wyatt Family and the Shield are perfect examples. The former had all three split individually, while the latter did so with each member going on to great singles success.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: WWE is, simply put, the largest wrestling promotion in the world.
  • 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 USA Network, where it's been since early 2016.
    • 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 to Hulu and the WWE Network.
  • Creative Differences: Dan Severn no longer wanted to work for the company after being asked to join the Ministry Of Darkness and paint three sixes on his head.
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  • 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.
  • Follow the Leader
    • In the early days of its women's division the WWF frequently looked to Zenjo. When it was time to revive said division after Rockin' Robin, all pretenses were dropped and talent was simply flown in from it.
    • The Attitude Era was basically the result of a few wrestlers rejecting their WWF given gimmicks and the WWF stealing ideas from ECW.
    • In December 2015 Lucha Underground held Aztec Warfare 2, a battle royal-type match, with the title on the line. A few weeks later, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship is on the line at the 2016 Royal Rumble.
    • The Cruiserweight Classic is Lucha Libre Elite's Campeonato Elite Mundial meets New Japan Pro Wrestling's Best of the Super Juniors. That very year New Japan brought back the Super J Cup after having not used it for about seven years as if to remind everyone they had already done that too.
    • The Hardy Brand "Final Deletion" was part of a three match series in TNA and the result of much Character Development between those involved. The New Day/Wyatt Family thing where they had a brawl in a location similar to the one the "Final Deletion" took place was an obvious cash in. Chris Jericho admitted the roster would hold screenings of the Final Deletion in between matches where they analyzed it in detail.
  • 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. It eventually did catch up over time, with SmackDown's ratings declining, but this could be equally attributed to WWE gradually turning SmackDown back into a B Show for Raw.
  • Long-Runners
    • Raw and SmackDown which have been on the air since 1993 and 1999 respectively. WWE itself is a long runner, being founded in 1952 as Capitol Wrestling Corporation, before their namechange to World Wide Wrestling Federation after leaving the National Wrestling Alliance in 1963.
    • The "Big Four" pay-per-view events, with WrestleMania running annually since 1985, followed by Survivor Series (1987), SummerSlam (1988) and the Royal Rumble event (1989 as a pay-per-view, the 1988 event airing on free television).
  • 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! It went to the point that one April Fool's Day had acknowledge it by claiming that they had footage of the tournament for the Intercontinental Championship, but clicking the link that supposedly directed to it only led to an "April Fools!" message.
    • WrestleMania III had 93,173 people attend it.note 
    • The Rock: This Is Your Life! Highest rated Monday Night Raw segment ever!note 
    • John Cena vs. The Rock: Once in a Lifetime! Then they got a rematch the following year.
    • 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.
  • Market-Based Title: In Germany, the Elimination Chamber PPV is promoted as No Way Out because the Elimination Chamber name has connotations that tie it to the gas chambers in Nazi extermination camps. Elimination Chamber was introduced in 2010 by WWE as its replacement for the No Way Out PPV. Interestingly, when No Way Out was brought back in 2012, it was promoted in Germany as No Escape.
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  • 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 burying him in his shows and claimed, quite infamously, that "Bret screwed Bret". 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 truly 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 reasons, 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.
    • WWE has been the guilty party too, such as when it denied VH1 and Corey Maclin's version of Memphis Wrestling Jerry Lawler in 2007, despite otherwise allowing Lawler to wrestle where ever he wanted so long as it didn't conflict with Raw, because they didn't want Hogan to have the publicity.
  • 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 that was supposed to reveal that McMahon was alive and well (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.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Official WWE Wiki covers WWE. Others like The Pro Wrestling Wiki cover more than WWE.
  • 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, and Ziggler himself mentioned being a male cheerleader and a caddy for Kerwin White.
      • Festus became Luke Gallows, 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. Gallows also uses his WWE trademarked name as a part of The Club.
      • 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
      • 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.
      • The man known only as Stan who got superkicked by Shawn Michaels showed up on WWECW as Gavin Spears, but was released a few months later. He reappeared in WWE several years later, as Tye Dillinger.

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