7 Times WWE Superstars Took Extreme Measures To Legitimize Their Characters
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These days, WWE Superstars send tweets out of character. Babyfaces and heels vacation together on Instagram. WWE even encourages this in-character/out-of-character dynamic. On WWE-produced shows like Total Divas, wrestlers use their real, civilian names (Naomi, for example, calls herself Trinity) and discuss their on-screen characters, separately from themselves.
But 30 years ago--before the Internet and before everyone and his cousin knew professional wrestling was scripted--wrestlers lived their gimmicks to convince the general public that what they were doing was "real." These public displays could be minor, such as responding exclusively to one's stage name or wearing a neck brace in public to sell an injury. Or, they could be extreme, like refusing to speak in any language but Russian.
Which brings us to this list. Here are seven times that WWE Superstars went to extreme lengths to legitimize their characters. And if you like this article, you can also read about the times that wrestlers were punished backstage and the times that wrestlers were beat up for real.