10 Important Lessons WWE Wrestlers Learned The Hard Way!
Some lessons you have to learn the hard way, just look at these ten lessons WWE wrestlers had to learn the hard way during their career!
The 10 most important lessons in wrestling are often learned by WWE wrestlers the hard way. But which are the 10 most important lessons WWE wrestlers had to learn?
1. Respect The Championship Belt
Respecting the championship belt is one of the 10 most important lessons learned by WWE wrestlers along the way. A prime example of a wrestler who learned this the hard way is none other than Alundra Blayze.
When Alundra Blayze made the move to Nitro, she ended up throwing the title in the bin on live television. This incident led to Alundra Blayze being banned from WWE for a whole 20 years!
2. Behave Or Be Punished
Vince McMahon’s word is final. And if you dare to go against him, then you will be punished.
A famous incident of a wrestler being punished goes back to 1996. When most of the Kliq was heading to a rival brand, the wrestlers shared a hug in the ring.
Unfortunately, the hug broke kayfabe. Needless to say, Vince McMahon was not impressed.
Triple H was eventually punished for the hug. Thrown in a hog pen, the message Vince McMahon was sending was clear.
3. No Selling Others Has Consequences
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No selling moves from other wrestlers can give you a bad reputation in the locker room. In addition to that, no selling can also put you in a bad light with Vince McMahon.
Over the years, there have been numerous wrestlers who have been no selling moves. Some of them were even quite prominent, as one of the most famous names is none other than Goldberg.
Goldberg made his career on being practically invincible, so no selling was pretty much part of his gimmick. Unfortunately, not everyone was happy about it.
4. You Have To Work The Crowd
Even the most technical wrestlers do not necessarily get over with the crowd. So, you could argue that working the crowd is the most important trait to have as a wrestler.
There have been many wrestlers who learned this lesson over the years. One of them is none other than Jerry “The King” Lawler.
As you may know already, Jerry was never the most technical wrestler around. However, Lawler did know how to work a wrestling crowd.
His ability to get the crowd going eventually saw him land a sweet commentator role after his wrestling career.
There are dozens of WWE wrestlers who could learn some important lessons from Jerry Lawler. After all, wrestlers like Apollo Crews and Dana Brooke struggled to find that connection with the crowd.
Despite a lack of connection, they are terrific wrestlers in their own right.
5. Jobbers Can Get Hurt
Even jobbers can get injured. This is a hard lesson that even WWE legend Mick Foley has learned.
In his biography, Mick Foley described his experience as a young Cactus Jack. Back in the day where he was still a jobber, he suffered a dislocated jaw against The British Bulldogs.
With it, Mick Foley gave an important lesson to countless wrestlers coming after him. You have to start at the bottom.
Of course, Mick Foley suffered more horrifying injuries during his career at the top of the wrestling industry. But being a jobber undoubtedly proved harder for him, as it could have lended him with an injury that would have stopped his career before it began.
6. Locker Room Politics
Everyone knows that there is such a thing as locker room politics. If you upset the wrong person, it could mean the end of your wrestling career.
A number of iconic wrestlers have learned this lesson along the way. One of those wrestlers is none other than Chris Jericho.
In his biography, Jericho described he was the locker room pariah during his early wrestling years. This came after he publicly called The Undertaker boring.
Early in his career, Jericho also made a number of mistakes; this included his match against The Rock and injuring Chyna. However, the wrestler got some valuable advice from Triple H along the way.
Thanks to Triple H, Chris Jericho learned to master locker room politics. This gave him the ability to become the wrestling icon he is today.
7. A Championship Does Not Equal Success
When you are given the title belt, it does not mean you have made it. In fact, there have been numerous wrestlers who were given titles and then went back into obscurity.
One of the more recent examples is none other than Jinder Mahal. Mahal was given the title after WWE decided to expand in India.
And while Mahal had a lengthy run, nothing much came from it. Since his title win, Mahal has been back into the background.
8. You Better Bring It
When you lack skill in the ring, it often comes to bite you in the behind. Just ask Public Enemy, who got absolutely destroyed by APA during the Attitude Era.
Public Enemy often hid their lack of in-ring ability by using hardcore tactics. This even happened during a match against APA.
APA however turned the tables and brought everything they had to the match. Public Enemy were absolutely destroyed.
A mere month later, Public Enemy were released.
Anyone who wrestles knows what “receipts” mean. This phenomenon was also featured during Paige’s film “Fighting with My Family“.
Randy Orton learned about receipts the hard way though. This happened after Orton busted The Undertaker open with a chair shot.
The incident happened during the Hell in a Cell match between the pair at Armageddon. However, the Undertaker would give the “receipt” by a worked chair shot.
So, Orton learned the very important lesson to protect his fellow wrestlers.
10. Be Careful Of Social Media
What you say on social media can impact your career. Just look at what happened to Seth Rollins when he decided to take on the WWE Universe.
His social media tirade eventually saw his popularity turn. Despite being one of the best wrestlers around, fans were no longer keen on Rollins.
Instead of seeing Rollins punished, WWE decided to turn him heel. Fortunately, this worked out quite well for him.