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10 Times WWE Attempted To Use A Real Life Situation To Their Advantage (And Failed)

Kayfabe and reality, combining to make... a mess.

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Wrestling is a heady mix of real life and fiction - real people playing fake characters taking real risks. WWE has indulged in some crazy storylines that bear no resemblance to anything that has, will, or even could really happen in the world as we know it.

Sometimes, though, the bookers blend in a bit of reality to spice things up, and the results can be amazing. Take CM Punk’s pipe bomb, for example - a planned angle which allowed a performer to get a lot of genuine anger off his chest, that injection of verisimilitude resulting in one of the best promos ever.

It doesn’t always work out that way, though. WWE can bite off more than they can chew, wading into serious political stories they have no business tackling. Often they’ll take sensitive personal matters and blow them up into storylines with nary a thought for the feelings of real people. Or they can let real life grudges get in the way of business sense.

If there’s a pitfall, basically, they’ll most likely stumble down it. Wrestling and real life can go hand in hand, or they can blend into disaster like this.

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