Wrestling entrances for quite some time have been over the top, elaborate and larger than life. They have become part of the sports entertainment extravaganza and in some ways are as important to the show as the matches themselves. Given that superstars are required to be entertainers as well as wrestlers, they must hook the crowd from the moment they step onto the stage. However, they can go spectacularly wrong.
The problem with live TV is that any botch will be seen around the world. Titus O'Neil found this out at the Greatest Royal Rumble, as his spectacular fall under the ring during his entrance in the 50-man Royal Rumble, quickly went viral.
Wrestlers know there is a chance they can get hurt in the ring, but they never expect to get to risk injury during their entrance. Sometimes these instances are more embarrassing for the superstar then anything else and given they perform in front of a live audience, there is no chance of a retake if they mess up.
Sometimes these botches are due to technical glitches or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Here are 5 entrances that were spectacularly botched.
When John Bradshaw Layfield was doing commentary for WWE, before live shows he would normally come out to his usual longhorn theme and perform his trademark Texas two-step down the entrance way. However, on this occasion, as JBL was performing the dance, a cameraman obstructed the former WWE champion and he took a fall on the entrance way.
JBL was unhurt and playfully hit the cameraman with his cowboy hat afterward, before making his way to the announcers' table to call the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
Layfield is probably the last person you want to cross, however accidental it may have been. It is uncertain why the cameraman was so up close to him in the first place, but I think it's safe to say camera crew probably stopped getting too close to JBL during his jig down the ramp after this incident.