10 Awful WWE Backstage Hazing Stories

If there's no smoke without fire, WWE's locker-room is a raging inferno.


The Mauro Ranallo situation has been all over the headlines recently. Having missed several weeks of television, the popular SmackDown announcer isn't expected to return to WWE TV prior to his contract expiring in August. In all likelihood, Ranallo is done with the company, and the circumstances surrounding his probable departure seem grim.

Mauro has been signed-off through depression, with recent reports suggesting that his latest bout with the condition was triggered by harassment from JBL, his broadcast colleague. Whether this is true or not, they're just the latest in a long line of WWE backstage horror stories stretching back multiple decades.

"Hazing" is an unfortunate wrestling tradition, where newcomers are conditioned to "respect the business" through ribs and practical jokes. Unfortunately, WWE's more domineering personalities have a penchant for taking this too far, and from the outside looking in, many of these accounts come across as outright bullying.

Everything within should be taken with a pinch of salt. In most cases, we're only getting one side of the story, and there's no guarantee that each of these incidents happened. Even if only a handful of them are true, however, it paints the image of a company where backstage bullying is not only accepted, but encouraged...

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