Look it’s hard being rad all the time. We can’t even maintain character on a livestream, and wrestlers are supposed to be out here, pretending to be superheroes, supervillains or whatever Otis is, all while a nosehair away from potential injury.
Not to mention all the pitfalls of live broadcasting and a show whose segments are frequently thrown together at the last minute by the worst most republican pepperami and yeah, the fact that wrestlers are able to maintain character at all is something close to miracle work.
We’ve all seen the candid photos of wrestlers breaking characters when the cameras aren’t rolling, Triple H consoling a child, Baron Corbin consoling a child which is a significant downgrade for the child and undertaker going mental after a hot tag at a house show.
But do we all remember the times that wrestlers broke character and it actually made it to air? Well, that’s why I’m here. Merry Christmas.
These are Ten Times A WWE Wrestler Broke Character On Camera.
10. For Fox Sake
Alicia Fox, hat advocate, northern lights suplex grandmaster, and all-together madarse, was an… unpredictable character.
Sometimes she’d show up, do a no-nonsense job and be relatively normal, other times she’d bring out one of her patented mental tantrums, she was a character always on the precipice of having something to do, but never quite being a featured player.
You never knew which Foxy you were going to get, which makes it all the funnier on the September 5, 2016, episode of Raw when, suddenly, we got both at the same time.
Alicia Fox was backstage talking to Nia Jax about Nia beating up one of her jobber friends, when WWE remembers Alicia’s gimmick and have her start throwing shit.
She proceeds to accidentally CLATTER Nia in the face with a box, and then in WWEville they say, Alicia Fox’s heart grew three sizes that day.
Suddenly human compassion overcomes Foxy and she stops her tantrum dead and holds her hands to Jax’s face in apology before remembering, I’m on camera, and reverts back to ‘yeah how’d you like that’. Oops.
9. London Gurning
Rewind to 2007, a very very bad year for professional reason, for reasons we’ll get into over the next two entries.
Back in June, the first chess moves were being made for what was planned to be the biggest storyline of the year. After a disastrous Vince McMahon appreciation night, Vinny M blew up inside his own limo and seemingly ‘died’.
It was going to span for months, his brother Roderick would appear as an on-screen character, there’d be a struggle for power, Mr. Kennedy would emerge as a major player.
We’ll get to why none of that happened, but just looking back to the night in question, Vince walking to his limo, through the back, where walls of talent are lined up, about 80% of whom I cannot remember their names.
Everyone is SUPER serious, like they know something terrible will happen, the DRAMATIC FOREBODING in all caps, and then there’s Paul London and Brian Kendrick who are smirking up a storm.
Kendrick is trying not to laugh and Paul London is just straight-up beaming with joy while everyone else looks like they’ve caught their willy in a door.
Apparently, Vince was PISSED in all caps at this seeming break of character, but in interviews since, London claims that they did eight takes of the walk and he smiled every time and no one pulled him up on it.
8. Vince Cancels His Own Death
So yeah, the reason why none of it happened.
As most of you probably already know is that a week later, instead of what was supposed to be a Vince McMahon tribute show, WWE aired a Chris Benoit tribute show instead, because they’d learned about the deaths of Chris, his wife Nancy and their son Daniel.
Vince not only broke character but came back to life in order to introduce the show, completely disregarding everything up until that moment, his own descent into madness character arc included.
When real life strikes, obviously storyline has to pushed aside, JR did something similar when Owen Hart died halfway through Over the Edge 1999, but JR was a face commentator so it wasn’t such a violent shift in character.
Not a judgment, just an observation. Anyway, moving onto lighter things…