Pro wrestling loves to blur the lines between fiction and reality, often bringing real life events into their regular story lines. Most of the time, these angles end up being relatively harmless, and even wildly successful. But sometimes, wrestling crosses the line, things get a little too real, and the result is often very public backlash from fans, sponsors, and concerned citizens. With that in mind, here are some “real life” angles that somebody probably should have thought about a little harder before deciding it was a good idea to put them on television.
10. Matt Hardy, Lita, and Edge
It was an open secret in WWE for a long time that Matt Hardy and Lita were a couple and deliriously happy together. In fact, Matt got himself moved from Smackdown to Raw so he could spend more time with his girlfriend, and ended up in a story line where Kane stole Lita away and got her pregnant with his child. If that weren’t bad enough, after the feud Matt took time off to heal an injury, and discovered that Lita was actually cheating on him with fellow WWE Superstar Edge. Matt started posting rants on the Internet about Edge and Lita, and refused to stop when ordered by WWE, which resulted in his termination. Meanwhile, on television, supposedly face character Lita was the subject of relentless boos from the crowd, thanks to Matt making this information public, and WWE decided the best option was to have Lita turn heel and align with Edge on TV. Shockingly, the pair worked great together, and gave Edge’s “Rated R” character the piece it needed to become a real main event star. Seeing a money-making opportunity, WWE hired Matt Hardy back and had him attack Edge (while pretending that he wasn’t under contract), resulting in a feud where the avenging hero Matt Hardy…was defeated soundly by rising heel star Edge and retreated all the way back to Smackdown.