7 Times WWE Turned Real Tragedies Into Scripted Storylines
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Sorry about your loss--but that's show business.
The most interesting WWE storylines are the ones that are based in some kernel of truth. When a wrestler makes fun of his opponent's wife, or a real-life injury, or a wrestler's physical appearance, the audience member can gasp, cringe, and easily imagine that, "Yes, these two people hate each other. And I want to pay money to see them fight it out."
But sometimes, in the pursuit of creating that pseudo-reality, WWE hits way below the belt. And fans who feel that WWE went too far in the pursuit of entertainment get mad at the company instead of the heel. WWE must negotiate a bizarre balancing act in the post-kayfabe era; fans want feuds to be intense, nasty, and shocking, but not so nasty that they can't be entertained by them.
Here are 7 times that WWE worked real life tragedies into their storylines. All these instances resulted in multiple calls for WWE to show more restraint and taste. What do you think, and where would you have drawn the line? Let us know in the comments.