8 Wrestling Angles Which Exploited Real Life Deaths

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The wrestling business sure is a funny one. It's an entertainment product that blends physicality of sports, live performance and theatrical storytelling all in one, unique hybrid.

The majority of these constructed storylines consist of many of the basic tropes you see in any fictional show, like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. There are bad guys and good guys. There are love triangles and break ups. There are betrayals and unions. It's all there.

Unlike the world of TV and cinema, wrestling can incorporate real life elements into its show, like a couple dating in real life being written to partner each other on screen, or a wrestler's other sporting achievements being inserted into their character's arc.

However, every now and then, for some inexplicable reason, those in charge of writing these stories dive into one pool too many, a pool that's far too deep to swim back out of. That metaphorical pool is filled with deceased relatives.

It sounds about as bad as it actually is. Over time, the wrestling industry, with all their creative might, thought it was a good idea to include actual dead people in stories to further a rivalry or character arc.

It's pretty much always absolute s**t.


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