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As WWE weather a storm of negative press and internal gripes, we take a look at the biggest scandals, tragedies and legal proceedings to rock the wrestling world.

Surrounded on all sides by negative press and internal disputes, no period of time in the past decade has been as tumultuous for World Wrestling Entertainment than right now. Regularly pilloried for their 10-year-deal with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their history of human rights violations, the fallout from this month’s Super Showdown in Jeddah continues to rage on. Aside from the mural dubiety of the deal itself, fans and pundits were also left incensed by the disastrous main-event of the show which pitted two ailing legends against one another. Billed as a “dream match,” the resulting contest between 50+ year old icons The Undertaker and Goldberg was one that never should’ve happened as a couple of botched manoeuvres could’ve paralyzed either man for life.

On top of that, the meteoric rise of All Elite Wrestling-- a new company of independent superstars and former WWE mainstays financed by Shahid Khan’s son Tony-- has weakened WWE’s unfaltering grip over the industry’s purse strings and resulted in many of their under-utilized workers pining for pastures new. In fact, it’s rumoured that wrestlers ranging from Sasha Banks, Gallows & Anderson and a whole host of other undisclosed but high-profile names are simply running out their contracts before making their way to the fledgling alternative brand. Coupled with the continually spiralling ratings for Raw and Smackdown, it’s safe to say that things are likely less than harmonious at their Greenwich, CT base of operations.

The singularly-minded chairman Vince McMahon, who is often cited as the leading cause of acrimony in today’s WWE, is likely taking this groundswell of negative publicity and internal unrest better than most. After all, he-- and the wrestling industry at large-- are no strangers to chaos ensuing in ways that they cannot control. Prone to firefighting PR storms, tragedies and legal proceedings with any and all weapons at their disposal, the highly chaotic world of sports entertainment has had its fair share of controversies that have shook the very fabric of the profession. Now that the WWE is on the backfoot in a way that it hasn’t been in many years, it seems like an ideal opportunity to look at some of the other furores that turned the industry on its head.

As a sidebar, this article will examine incidents that played out in the public domain as opposed to internal issues. If you’d like a rundown of those, feel free to check out this list from earlier in the year.
Stone Cold’s Domestic Abuse Charges
https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/the-biggest-public-controversies-in-wrestling-history-news.83317.html
 

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"the meteoric rise of All Elite Wrestling"

The hyperbole is strong with this one.
True, but I can see how the writer sees it that way.

Last year who heard of AEW? Earlier this year everyone was talking about WWE making a huge deal with Fox sports.

Now all of a sudden TNT is back out of nowhere in the wrestling game as if it's 1996 again.

To someone who only watches once in a blue moon AEW does seem meteoric.
 

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"the meteoric rise of All Elite Wrestling"

The hyperbole is strong with this one.
Is it really though? I dont think any companies have started with as much buzz as AEW. WWE is creatively bankrupt, they landed a star in Moxley, fans are leaving in droves (check the ratings) and their first show was a big hit. They’re in the perfect position to become something big.

Not saying that a new ratings war will pop off but i do believe AEW has the potential to sway the 18-34 male crowd... who in turn will probably sway everyone else to begin tuning in
 

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"the meteoric rise of All Elite Wrestling"

The hyperbole is strong with this one.
They just went three for three in sold out big events, their last one doing it in less than 15 minutes with 100K+ at the queue that had a higher demand of ticket sales than Wrestlemania last year.

Man, the astroturfing is real in here.
 

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Believe it or not there's a lot of crossover between wrestling fans and hip hop fans. And would probably be more if wrestling aesthetics and music wasn't so dated to 2000s hard rock shit

Anyway, considering how many big hip hop artists love and reference wrestling, it's interesting to see articles like this. I wonder even if those references and interests are slowly fading too
 

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WWE has been declining for almost a decade and you're just reporting it now? :cena
Believe it or not there's a lot of crossover between wrestling fans and hip hop fans. And would probably be more if wrestling aesthetics and music wasn't so dated to 2000s hard rock shit

Anyway, considering how many big hip hop artists love and reference wrestling, it's interesting to see articles like this. I wonder even if those references and interests are slowly fading too
The irony of these two last posts. John Cena was red hot being the "rapper wrestler" freestyling against his opponents.



I even remember rumors of John Cena vs Eminem for WM in a rap battle.

Then Cena turned into The Marine lol.

Notice when The Rock came back Cena turned to Rapper Cena for a segment?

Then this year at Mania he became rapper Cena again.

The WWE may have killed some of Cena's aura to fans in 2005 although Christian calling him Marky Mark was the funniest thing to his character.

Then let's go back to the NWO with the gang signs and it's birth in 1996 right during the apex of the eastcoast vs westcoast war in hip hop. There was certainly a crossover with things like "NWO 4 Lyfe" and so on.

Think WWE post Cena and hip hop connection. WWE hasn't got that young adult crowd since going for PG. I understood why they saw limitations with Cena in the rapper role though and went for the kids, but who knows if they took him another direction how he would have turned out.
 
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