15 Emotional WWE Behind The Scenes Pics You Need To See
Two things us wrestling fans love about the business is the emotional aspect of it all that tugs at our heart strings and the backstage, behind the scenes news that we desperately crave. This article features a little bit of both as we dive behind the curtain to take a look at some of more emotional incidents that took place away from the camera and behind the scenes.
In terms of emotional moments, we tackle an array of incidents that took place behind the scenes. Whether it be two wrestlers embracing after a match, a wrestler retiring or even something as simple as a young Superstar overcome with joy about being drafted to a show, these moments led to emotional results and some even got us, the viewers, a little choked up. After all, isn’t that the goal of the WWE, to make us feel something? Why do you think Roman entered the Rumble at number 30, to piss us off? No, on the contrary, to make us feel something, to make our hearts beat a little faster; this is the goal and intent of the WWE with every major show they put on. It’s all about creating moments.
So without further ado, take out the tissues and enjoy this list of 15 emotional WWE behind the scenes pictures you need to see. Let us know your favorite behind the scenes moment from this list!
- Shane & Taker Share A Moment
With over 100,000 strong set to attend WrestleMania 32, the company had big shoes to fill in terms of card power for the show. With John Cena missing the card due to injury and various others unable to perform, the WWE went into scramble mode trying to find replacements.
Vince would end up taking a shot in the dark by asking son Shane, if he had any interest in returning for the event. Shane accepted and returned to a mammoth ovation from a Detroit crowd after going years without appearing on WWE television. His return would set up a match against The Undertaker at Mania which quite frankly saved the card. The two veterans who rarely wrestled put on the match of the night highlighted by Shane’s insane leap of faith of the top of the cell. Following the bout, the two exchanged pleasantries backstage and one can imagine, emotions ran pretty high between the two.
- Bliss Joins The Main Roster
The story of Alexa Bliss joining the WWE is quite surreal. A fan of the program all her life, Bliss simply went online and applied for a position at the Performance Center. After WWE officials saw her tape she was given a call back and before you know it, Bliss was signed to a WWE developmental deal in May of 2013.
Her unlikely rise to fame would continue after she struck gold working as a heel valet. The gimmick would stick and the company would branch Bliss off on her own in NXT. She became a fantastic worker both in the ring and on the microphone leading to a call up that not even she expected.
During the 2016 WWE Draft, Bliss was selected to SmackDown Live. Cameras showed the emotional Bliss who was overcome with joy. She made her main roster debut on July, 26th, 2016, and is now the face of the division, recently winning the Women’s Championship.
- Roman & Rocky
It was a night of mixed emotions for Roman Reigns during his Royal Rumble victory inside the Wells Fargo Center. Entering at number 19, Roman dominated the match and picked up the victory after eliminating Rusev to seal the W and a first class ticket to WrestleMania’s main event. Although it all seemed so great, the crowd reaction truly wasn’t. An infuriated fanbase booed the heck out of Roman throughout the match. The displeasures were actually more so towards Bryan getting eliminated early, than Roman actually winning the match.
The Rock would come out to celebrate with Reigns, but not even The Great One could drown the boo birds that night. Filled with emotions, the two shared a nice moment backstage as The Rock embraced Roman at the gorilla position. Reigns would go on to main event the next two WrestleManias, winning last year’s lackluster main event bout against Triple H.
- Vince Pays Tribute To The Warrior
Ultimate Warrior making up with Vince and the WWE was a welcomed sight for fans as his legacy was finally properly celebrated. On April 5th, 2014, the WWE inducted the legend into the Hall of Fame immortalizing his legacy forever. He would appear on Raw the very next night (his first appearance in 18 years) for the last time ever dropping a chilling promo on how his spirit will live on forever.
Sadly, the very next day, Warrior passed away outside of his Arizona hotel room. The cause of death was deemed a heart attack. He was 54.
Following his tragic passing, McMahon honored the Warrior with a fantastic speech about his legacy. Vince got emotional during the tribute claiming the Warrior’s spirit and legacy will last forever in the hearts and minds of wrestling fans. Shortly after, the company would pay homage to his legacy by introducing the Warrior Award into the Hall of Fame given out to individuals that exhibit strength and perseverance.
- Sting’s Emotional WrestleMania Debut
Finally, after years and years of speculation, Sting finally appeared on a WWE PPV during the Survivor Series in 2014. The moment was truly surreal for wrestling fans as they looked on in amazement as Sting stood face-to-face with Triple H, an image many fans no longer thought was a possibility.
From that point on, the company grew a program between Sting and Hunter which would peak in a match at WrestleMania 31. Making his first ever WrestleMania debut (and probably last ever), Sting was overcome with emotions of the spectacle. Before the show, Sting just sat in amazement at the glitz and glamour of it all. When it came to showtime, Sting was once again overcome with emotions making his way to the gorilla position. Just before he stepped out to the curtain, Vince thanked and congratulated Sting. He was also given some words of encouragement by Vince’s daughter Stephanie, who pumped the Stinger up before his entrance. In terms of that nostalgic feeling, the match stole the show and despite the outcome of Sting losing, the experience was one fans and Sting will never forget.