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

Everyone already knows the story here, Bret Hart was leaving the company to go work in WCW originally Hart was suppose to drop the belt to Michaels but Hart refused as the match took place in Montreal, on the day of the match Triple H stated that if wasn't going to do business then we do business for him as Vince concocted for them to screw Bret Hart out of the title at the matches finish Michaels strapped in the sharpshooter the referee calls for the bell and Bret was not only upset with the end result he was pissed as he went backstage asking Shawn if he had known about it which Shawn lied and said he knew nothing about it then went to Vince and punched him.

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

This is why you never lie about your age and that your a trained wrestler, when Axl Rotten failed to make a ECW house show Eric Klaus who was actually 17 years old told owner and booker Paul Heyman that he was 23 and a trained wrestler by Killer Kowalski to fill in for Rotten which he agreed unaware of his actual age Klaus wrestled as Mass Transit as a Ralph Kramden bus driver gimmick unaware of what he had gotten himself into before the match he had asked New Jack to blade him during the match him and Mustafa completely destroyed the kid pummeling him with countless objects like a toaster, crutches and other object before New Jack cutting him open way to deep with a surgical scalpel severing two arteries in his forehead causing him to bleed until he lost conscience, the incident lead to a series of legal troubles for ECW and New Jack who was acquitted of all charges as a result ECW's first pay per view for that year was cancelled.

3 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.

4 2015 Royal Rumble Match - Royal Rumble 2015

Possibly the most hated Royal Rumble matches in history the year prior fans complained about Daniel Bryan not being in last year's rumble the WWE finally gave the fans what they wanted only to screw the fans in the worst way possible by having Bryan eliminated 10 minutes into the match which infuriated the fans who booed relentlessly throughout the rest of the match even chanting for refunds, Roman Reigns would win the match only to be booed out of the building.

5 Sting vs Jeff Hardy - Victory Road 2011

The most infamous match in wrestling history as soon as Jeff made his entrance it was clear that something was horribly wrong with Jeff as he was clearly high minutes later Eric Bishoff came out and whispered something to Sting most likely telling him to end the match as quickly as possible before announcing that the match is now a No DQ match like they even needed it in the first place, seconds later Sting pinned Hardy and Jeff really tried to kick out and Sting was like no we're ending it now, Sting had to have been really disappointed at Jeff for ruining what could have been a really good match.

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

Leading up to the match CM Punk had cut a real promo known as a pipe bomb as he expressed his grievances with the company and how his contract was expiring that very day and was planning on leaving the company with the WWE Championship, as the match went on Mr. McMahon had planned to screw CM Punk only for Cena to stop those plans then as he got back in the ring Punk hit him with the GTS for the win becoming the new WWE Champion McMahon attempted to take back the title by ordering Alberto Del Rio who had won the MITB ladder match earlier that night to come out and cash in only to be stopped by Punk as he left through the crowd as he left eh building with the WWE title intact.

John cena beat cm punk and says you can't see me

And his name was JOHN CENA

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

Russo originally wanted Hogan to job to Jeff Jarett but Hogan refused thanks to his creative control on his character, the end result they worked a shoot angle in which Jeff Jarett simply layed down in the middle of the ring so Hogan could pin him which ultimately lead to a real life shoot with Russo bashing Hogan telling the WCW fans that they would never see Hulk Hogan in WCW again which lead to Hogan not returning and sued Russo for defamation of his character.

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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