10. Live Suicide Attempts
WWE have a long, checkered history when it comes to handling sensitive issues in disgustingly insenstive ways. Their track record with topics like race relations, sexuality, and addiction is abysmal, and while the inevitable backlash should dissuade WWE from such angles, they’ve never been known to learn from their mistakes.
Suicide - the most delicate of delicate issues - has been broached by WWE several times, with Road Warrior Hawk’s example the most prominent. Drawing on the legendary tag wrestler’s real-life addiction struggles, a 1998 storyline saw an intoxicated Hawk develop suicidal tendencies, culminating in him scaling the Titan Tron in an attempt to end his life. The storyline went over predictably poorly, with both Legion Of Doom members resigning in its wake.
WWE revisited the topic in December 2005, taking on a far more flippant approach with Tim White’s ‘Lunchtime Suicide’ series. These dumb videos saw the former official try to poison, hang, and shoot himself over a number weeks, with the running ‘joke’ being his inability to complete the deed. Unbelievably, the first one took place just one month after Eddie Guerrero’s death. With mental health finally being taken seriously by the broader populace in the decade since, hopefully the company have wisened up to such gratuity.