10 Most Infamous Backstage WWE WrestleMania Moments

Behind the Grandest Stage lies even grander drama.

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Roman Reigns did something unprecedented on 26 March 2020: he pulled himself out of WrestleMania 36.

An immunocompromised man working through a global health crisis, 'The Big Dog' was reportedly driven to do this when The Miz showed up to the Performance Center exhibiting cold/flu-like symptoms. There was minimal drama here, as WWE had previously told wrestlers who didn't feel comfortable working that they wouldn't be punished for sitting bookings out, but it still left WWE scrambling for a replacement main event on what was effectively show day.

A big story and a microcosm of the WM36 situation as a whole, destined to take its place in 'Mania's Hall of Infamy once this all blows over.

The drama that goes down behind the scenes in professional wrestling is often more compelling than what we see on television. As the focal point of all WWE storytelling, this is particularly true of WrestleMania, which has a backstage history as storied as anything ever committed to tape - with some incidents so wild they make TLC II look like an afternoon at the duck pond with your grandmother.

Let's run through them as we approach what could be the weirdest 'Mania ever...

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