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5 WWE Superstars who benefitted from another wrestler's backstage issues

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Thomas Lowson
Modified 05 Apr 2019, 13:24 IST
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In the WWE, there has never been any shortage of issues backstage.

In the 80s and early 90s, it was the flagrant use of steroids, that nearly saw chairman Vince McMahon end up in jail.

Whilst in the mid-90s, it was egos that run rampant, as top stars became desparate to keep themselves on top of the food chain, often at the expense of other stars.

And though nowadays, the company seems to be much more respectful, there are still issues happening backstage.

Some of these issues have been so big, that it has forced the WWE to change some of their plans, as months of preparation and storytelling goes up in smoke.

Here are five WWE Superstars whose career's soared from another wrestler's issues backstage.

#5: Ziggler cashes in on Swagger's arrest

Ziggler won the World Heavyweight Championship from Alberto Del Rio the night after WrestleMania 29.
Ziggler won the World Heavyweight Championship from Alberto Del Rio the night after WrestleMania 29.

When Jack Swagger returned to WWE after months away in early 2013, things were very different.


Once a jobber, Swagger came back with a mean streak and an ultra-conservative, tea party character that put him at odds with the face World Champion Alberto Del Rio.

Meeting at WrestleMania 29, it seemed Swagger was going to reclaim the title he briefly held in 2010, until an arrest for possession of drugs through everything into disarray.

Instead of winning, Swagger was handily defeated by Del Rio, and didn't even get an entrance at the show of shows.

With the company still wanting to end the Mexican Aristocrat's reign, the decision was made to have Dolph Ziggler cash in the next night on RAW, in one of the most shocking title changes in recent Monday Night RAW history because of Swagger's arrest.

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Published 05 Apr 2019, 13:24 IST
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