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7 Times WWE Punished Superstars on Live Television

7 Times WWE Punished Superstars on Live Television


In most jobs, if you mess up, you get punished. Maybe that means getting yelled at, being
made to work extra hours… you know, something like that. In the WWE however, punishment takes a much
different form. Over the years, the company has been known
to go as far as to publicly humiliate employees who do something wrong. This video will cover 7 times WWE punished
wrestlers on live television. Jack Swagger has always had trouble connecting
with the audience, so in 2013 he was paired with Zeb Colter who helped him gain popularity
with fans. The Real American used this push to get himself
a WrestleMania 29 match, but unfortunately around a month prior Swagger was arrested
for a DUI and possession of marijuana. This of course outraged WWE. Swagger would lose his Mania match, go on
a losing streak, and essentially got buried. Swagger’s career never fully recovered and
he very rarely wins a match nowadays, if he’s even on TV at all. For those of you who don’t know, Triple
H was involved with the infamous Curtain Call, where Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon,
and himself broke kayfabe and embraced each other in the ring, coming together as both
heels and faces. Vince was not happy with this, as of course
at this time wrestling was still real in the eyes of many. Well, since Diesel and Ramon left for WCW,
and Michaels was a Champion at the time, the only person left to punish was Triple H. Hunter
would go on a pretty significant losing streak and also lost his main event push, which was
instead given to Stone Cold Steve Austin. A finalist in the 2004 Tough Enough competition,
Daniel Puder stepped up when Kurt Angle challenged any of the remaining contestants to try and
defeat him in an amateur wrestling match, which apparently was unscripted. Now, Daniel had an MMA background could actually
hold his own. As the two engaged, Puder quickly got Angle
into a real Kimura and nearly snapped his arm. The quick thinking of the referee got Kurt
the win, but he was visibly furious after the ordeal. This, incident, combined with the fact he
was quite cocky meant WWE had to take action. This time, that meant having Eddie Guerrero,
Chris Benoit, and Hardcore Holly beat the hell out of him during the 2005 Royal Rumble,
before releasing him from his contract shortly after. CM Punk also makes this list, but for once
it has nothing to do with the pipebomb. Back in 2009 when Punk was World Heavyweight
Champion, Punk was told by somebody backstage that he should start dressing more appropriately
given he was representing WWE as champion. Punk responded by saying something like “You
wouldn’t say that to John Cena”. Whether or not Punk was right in the situation,
this landed him in some trouble. Somebody upstairs decided Punk was full of
himself and not worthy of being champ, so he was dominated and quickly defeated by The
Undertaker at Hell in a Cell. This would end Punk’s push and send him
down the card for about a year. Adrian Adonis first came to WWE as this tough
looking biker guy, but he wouldn’t always remain that way. See, Adonis gained quite a bit of weight over
the years and WWE did not take a liking to that. The company does have a history of punishing
employees for weight-related issues (the Piggy James storyline comes to mind), and instead
of maybe helping Adonis get back in shape, they made him undergo one of the craziest
gimmick changes ever. He transformed from the leather-clad brawler
to… well, this. What your looking at is “Adorable” Adrian
Adonis. This became Adrian’s most memorable gimmick,
so I guess that could be a good thing depending on how you look at it. Back in 2009, Mr. McMahon personally came
down to the ring to introduce “a future World Champion” named Drew McIntyre. Things certainly looked good for Drew as he
went on a winning streak before conquering the Intercontinental Championship. However, things took a turn when McIntyre
was involved with a domestic dispute with his wife, which caused WWE to change their
tune. His winning streak, and push for that matter,
quickly came to an end. He disappeared from TV for a while before
coming back to a losing streak and joining 3MB. From future champion to losing to El Torito,
McIntyre was absolutely humiliated by WWE before being released. Trish Stratus is among WWE’s top female
performers of all time. However, Trish’s ego reportedly made her
hard to work with, and for that WWE had to punish her. What’s the best way to go about this? Completely humiliate her in a segment so degrading,
many countries wouldn’t air it, of course. Yes, I’m talking about when Vince made Trish
get on her hands and knees after removing her clothes and bark like a dog. If you haven’t seen it, you should, just
to see how bad it really was. I don’t have to tell you that this was extremely
distasteful and disrespectful, and would never fly in today’s WWE. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think
having an ego was worthy of this punishment. And those were 7 times WWE punished wrestlers
on live television. I hope you enjoyed the video. If you did please give it a thumbs up and
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26 thoughts on “7 Times WWE Punished Superstars on Live Television

  1. RVD didn't make the list? After a DUI and drug arrest he was forced to drop a championship in a match the next night before a suspension, followed by a lost push upon his return..

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