WWE is no stranger to introducing controversial storylines to its massive audience base. The company has seen its fair share of notoriety for coming up with weird angles and segments. Fans who grew up during the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression era might have an idea about just how far WWE used to push the envelope with their storylines. Having said that, there were time when some storylines were considered too offensive even from WWE’s standards.
Adam Rose had an underrated gimmick as Leo Kuger in Triple H’s version of NXT. The South African had a decent run on the black and gold brand. However, the same cannot be said about his time on the main roster where his whole gimmick was changed drastically.
Rose had an entourage called the Rosebuds who would accompany him to the ring. One of the people used to wear a Rabbit costume. Rose himself disclosed that someone pitched for Vince McMahon to play the Bunny. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.
WWE would often push the boundaries during the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression eras. Mark Henry was one of the wrestlers who were part of storylines that would be considered offensive by today’s standards.
The World’s Strongest Man disclosed he was pitched with a "Silverback Gorilla" storyline. However, the Hall of Famer rejected the pitch as he believed it was racist. Henry expressed his feelings about the pitch to the creative in person.
Malakai Black used to work in WWE under the ring name Aleister Black. Black worked for several years in Triple H’s version of NXT before joining the main roster. He approached WWE Creative with several pitches but none were accepted.
During one of his Twitch streams, Black talked about one of those ideas, which involved him taking Rey Mysterio's children, Dominik and Aliyah, hostage. Black would get released from WWE in 2021. He is currently signed to AEW.