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Top 10 WWE superstars who received death threats

Published at :February 22, 2024 at 9:01 PM
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Death threats are a grave matter, especially when they stem from the world of professional wrestling. In the realm of WWE, where storytelling blurs the lines between reality and fiction, some fans take their passion to dangerous extremes.

While most understand the scripted nature of wrestling, there are those who fail to distinguish between on-screen personas and real-life individuals. From targeted social media attacks to chilling encounters in person, these incidents shed light on the darker side of fandom.

Here are the 10 WWE superstars who received death threats:

10. Ariya Daivari

Ariya Daivari’s role in WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble event triggered a wave of backlash from Saudi Arabian fans. In a controversial segment waving the Iranian flag, Daivari faced the ire of a nationalistic audience. The fallout led to death threats and hateful messages, underscoring the volatile intersection of wrestling, geopolitics, and fanaticism.

9. Ric Flair

Ric Flair, a revered figure in wrestling, found himself on the receiving end of death threats from football fans in 2014. His allegiance to the San Francisco 49ers irked Carolina Panthers supporters after Flair’s pep talk to the ’49ers before a playoff game. Despite his iconic status in Charlotte, Flair’s choice ignited a firestorm of hostility, emphasizing the blurred boundaries between sports loyalty and personal safety.

8. Lana

Lana was embroiled in a contentious storyline involving her real-life husband, Rusev and Bobby Lashley, became a lightning rod for online vitriol. Despite the scripted nature of her on-screen persona, Lana faced a barrage of death threats from fans unsettled by the narrative’s intensity. The escalation prompted intervention from WWE officials and law enforcement, highlighting the dangers of blurring fantasy with reality.

7. Bobby Lashley

Teaming with Lana in a divisive storyline, Bobby Lashley found himself in the crossfire of fan fury. Portraying the villainous counterpart to Rusev, Lashley’s on-screen persona invited scorn and hostility from impassioned viewers. The onslaught of death threats underscored the toll of portraying antagonistic roles in a fervent wrestling landscape.

6. King Corbin

King Corbin’s involvement in an inter-gender match with Becky Lynch ignited a firestorm of controversy. The unexpected move drew ire from fans, leading to death threats and vitriolic backlash on social media. Despite Corbin’s reputation as a consummate professional, the incident underscored the volatile nature of wrestling fandom.

5. Rey Mysterio

Rey Mysterio is revered for his aerial prowess. But he faced death threats following a tragic incident in the ring. A mistimed maneuver resulted in a catastrophic injury to Hijo Del Perro Aguayo, prompting a torrent of blame and hostility directed at Mysterio. Despite the accident’s tragic nature, Mysterio bore the brunt of fan outrage, underscoring the hazards of performing in the high-stakes world of professional wrestling.

4. Carmella

Carmella was entangled in personal drama involving Corey Graves. She faced a barrage of death threats amid public scrutiny. Accusations of marital infidelity thrust Carmella into the spotlight, exposing her to relentless harassment and threats from aggrieved fans. Despite her efforts to clarify the situation, Carmella grappled with the consequences of invasive scrutiny and unwarranted hostility.

3. Sonya Deville

Sonya Deville’s harrowing ordeal of being stalked and threatened off-screen shook the wrestling community to its core. A chilling break-in by a deranged fan escalated into a nightmare of anonymous threats and harassment. Deville’s bravery in confronting her assailant underscored the sobering reality of celebrity and the need for heightened security measures.

2. Hulk Hogan

Harley Race’s clash with Hulk Hogan culminated in a disturbing confrontation that rattled the wrestling world. Threats of violence and retribution underscored the high-stakes tensions between rival promotions and the volatile passions of wrestling fans. Race’s legacy as a legendary competitor was overshadowed by the specter of danger lurking beneath the surface of the industry. He once pointed gun towards Hulk Hogan.

1. Ava Raine

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s return to WWE sparked a firestorm of controversy, culminating in death threats against his daughter, Ava Raine. Amidst WrestleMania upheaval, Ava Raine bore the brunt of fan outrage, highlighting the perilous intersection of celebrity and fanaticism. The incident underscored the urgent need for enhanced security measures and heightened awareness of the dangers facing wrestling personalities and their families.

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