Top 10 Most Controversial Pro Wrestling Matches

These are the most controversial wrestling matches in wrestling wither due to backstage politics, superstars using their backstage power to determine the outcome, a screw job finish, a matches buildup. or massive backlash from the fans.
The Top Ten
1 Shawn Michaels vs Bret The Hitman Hart - Survivor Series 1997

This match and the word "controversial" go together like peanut butter and jelly

2 D-Von Dudley & Mass Transit vs The Gangstas - ECW November 23, 1996
3 2015 Royal Rumble Match - Royal Rumble 2015
4 Wendi Richter vs The Spider Lady (Fabulous Moolah) - November 25, 1985

12 years before the Montreal Screw job there was another screw job involving Wendi Richter and The Fabulous Moolah under the "The Spider Lady" gimmick, the plan was apparently concocted by Vince McMahon himself after Richter had refused to sign a new contract with the then WWF however Richter had claimed that she was still under her original 5 year contract though she had a couple of disagreements with the company, during the match Moolah went of script and pinned Wendi while the referee who was in on the plan counted the 1,2,3 even though Wendi had kicked out.

5 Sting vs Jeff Hardy - Victory Road 2011
6 Hulk Hogan vs Yokozuna - WrestleMania IX

Using his backstage power Hogan came out following the Hart vs Yokozuna match and defeated Yokozuna for the title in mere seconds which did not sit well with Hart or the fans.

7 Hulk Hogan vs Andre The Giant - The Main Event 1988

The Controversial ending that created a big backlash for Hulkamania fans, I know I remember watching that match on New York's WNBC 4 and fans even to this day still feel that Hogan was screwed out of the title.
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Long story short Andre pinned Hogan despite kicking out, Andre then surrendered the title and tried to give the title to Ted Dibiase.

Though the "on stage" antics were entertaining, the real-life backstory regarding this match is heartbreaking.

8 John Cena vs CM Punk - Money in the Bank 2011
9 Bob Backlund vs The Iron Sheik -  December 26, 1983

Sheik had Backlund in the Camel Clutch and refused to submit a few minutes later Backlund's manager Arnold Skaaland threw in the towel allowing The Iron Sheik to claim the WWE Championship.

10 Triple H vs Booker T - WrestleMania XIX

The match isn't controversial, but the angle had some racist undertones. HHH cut a promo stating that people like Booker T would never become World Champions. The promo came off as racist.

The Contenders
11 Hulk Hogan vs Shawn Michaels - Summerslam 2005

This was originally going to be a best of 3 series with Shawn winning at least one of their matches. However, Hogan didn't want to job, saying that he couldn't work the other 2 matches due to a nagging back injury. Michaels was then informed that it would be a one and done at Summerslam with Hogan winning. Michaels was pissed that Hogan would politic his way to a win, so he decided to oversell all of Hogan's offense to a comical degree in order to make a fool out of Hogan. Seriously, though, go watch this match on the Network to see Michaels flop around like a fish after a single Big Boot from Hogan.

12 Brock Lesnar vs Undertaker - Wrestlemania 30
13 Kurt Angle vs Baron Corbin - WrestleMania 35
14 Hollywood Hogan vs Jeff Jarett - Bash at The Beach 2000
15 John Morrison vs CM Punk - Vengeance: Night of Champions 2007
16 Will Ospreay vs. Ricochet - NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors 25/07/2016
17 Sgt. Slaughter vs Ultimate Warrior - WWE Royal Rumble 1991
18 Triple H vs Mr. McMahon (WWE Championship) - Smackdown
19 The Rock vs Mankind (Deadly Games Tournament Final) - Survivor Series (1998)

Can you say deja vu all over again? The sequel to the Infamous Montreal Screwjob, I know Mick Foley fans know, he DID NOT quit to the Rock's sharpshooter, it just Mr. McMahon ring the bell and declared the Rock as the WWF Heavyweight Champion and Vince is right The People screwed the people.
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20 Hulk Hogan vs Hercules - Saturday Night's Main Event VIII (1986)

I remember watching it for the first time and I fought Hercules won when he had Hogan on the back breaker. 30 plus years later with the audio of that match now improved with time I can hear Hogan saying I quit, but the referee didn't listened, now the biggest question is did Hogan pay off the referee before the match, if it's true oh oh its trouble in Hulkamania land.
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