Pro Wrestling: Stories and Fights Behind the Ropes

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IIMarch 10, 2011

Pro Wrestling: Stories and Fights Behind the Ropes

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    I understand that this article may have been done before however I was just interested and intrigued by the idea of writing about backstage altercations and stories.

    A lot of these stories are factual however some maybe misinformed or misinterpreted ill try my best to relay the source but if not take this article lightly and not seriously.

    A lot of these stories are taken from sites and are used as quotes with sources given so there is not plagiarism been used just references. If enough people are annoyed with this I will remove the article.

Psycho Sid & Arn Anderson: Don't Run with Scissors

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    Psycho Sid Vicious is a former word champion and has headlined Westlemania on two occasions.  Arn Anderson is a member of the notorious group The Four Horseman alongside good friend Ric Flair. Legends in their own right however both men would go onto have one of the most deadliest confrontations in the history of Wrestling (key word one of!) as both me tried to impale one another with a pair of scissors.  

    “Eudy was involved in a hotel room scuffle with Arn Anderson. Both were rushed to the hospital, as Anderson suffered scissor stab wounds to the chest and stomach. Sid was released from WCW after several wrestlers threatened to walk out because of him. It had been planned to have Sid challenge then-World Heavyweight Champion Vader at that year's Starrcade, but Sid's departure removed him from this match and Ric Flair was elevated to be the challenger against Vader: 

    Source Wikipedia.

Eddie Guerrero & Kurt Angle

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    This video explains it better then any words could.

    Eddie Guerrero is a former WWE, IC , European Champion and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 due to his sudden death but also the massive impact he and his family had on the franchise.

    Kurt Angle has won every single title in the WWE and is a former WCW and TNA World Campion. Angle has also won 3 gold medals for his country in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He has headlined 4 Wrestlemania’s in his career is now working with local WWE rival TNA.

Ken Shamrock & Nasty Boys

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    "This was quite a few years ago, before Shamrock was a UFC star. They really roughed him up in a 2-on-1 hotel room brawl. I heard Ken was thrown right through the hotel room window! Rumor has it that a few years ago when Shamrock was in the WWF, Rock and Shamrock were walking through an airport. One of the Nasty's was walking around and Shamrock spotted him. Story has it that Shamrock immediately went into the "zone" and Rock had to really calm him down, before all Hell broke loose".

Bret Hart & Shawn Michaels

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Vader & Paul Ondorff

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    "In 1995 Vader got into a fight with WCW road agent Paul Orndorff about booking I believe. Paul took Vader down and punched him with his one good arm until it was broken up by other WCW workers. Vader went to WWF right after the incident and WCW used the fight saying how much tougher WCW wrestlers were.

Great Khali & Big Show

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    'Khali and Big Show were verbally arguing for several minutes before Big Show decided to throw the first punch, however he tripped over someone's bag and fell to the ground. Khali jumped on Show and the two began fighting on the ground, with Khali apparently in clear control before the fight was broken up".

Booker T & Batista

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    "Booker T's victory in the fight with Batista has earn him extra lockerroom respect. One source stated that Booker T dominated Batista due to having more street fighting experience. 

    Booker T did take a very personal verbal shot at Batista, however, one source said that it did not come until the situation became very heated. No one blames Booker T for what he did, as the general feeling backstage is that Batista has become very arrogant since wining the World Title. 

    The latest on the Booker T-Batista fight at the commercial shoot for Summerslam 2006 is that it was real. Batista's face was apparently cut up after the incident with Booker T having a black eye that was visible on SmackDown! last week. A close friend of Batista informed everyone it was a work, but many speculate it is just so Batista can save face since Booker T was the clear winner of the fight. 

    Batista was supposedly rubbing people the wrong way while talking about how SmackDown!'s ratings has dropped since he's been gone and basically making it like he was the only attraction on SmackDown! The SmackDown! locker room has always had heat on Batista since Batista did interviews where he would be praising the RAW show and putting down SmackDown! to great lengths. Many have gone so far as to say that JBL sand-bagged his three matches with Batista as a way of paying him back for the insults. Batista did hang out with Eddie Guerrero backstage shortly before his death and that won him over some friends, but the fact that Batista thinks he's a star as big as The Rock or Steve Austin doesn't help matters. Batista does not carry himself backstage like Triple H or The Undertaker, but he does act superior to midcard veterans who have yet to receive a main-event opportunity as he did".

    Source. PWI

Rick Rude & Ultimate Warrior

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    During the Ultimate Warrior/Rick Rude program, Rude came back after the match and asked Warrior to "lighten up" a bit. Warrior got right in Rude's face and said, "I don't have to, because I'm the Warrior." Rude knocked him silly with one punch and walked away.

Haku & Beefcake

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    Haku also had a backstage encounter with Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake after Beefcake complained to WWF management that Haku slapped him too hard during a match. After WWF management informed Haku, he immediately went to the locker room and grabbed Beefcake out of the shower, and began choking him, lifting him two feet off the floor. Other wrestlers were hesitant to break it up, so finally Hulk Hogan (who Haku respected) was called in and was able to calm Haku down.

    Bischoff has said many times, they never fired him in WCW because no one had the balls to do so. Kevin Sullivan said, there were times when many wrestlers refused to do what Sullivan wanted them to do (while he was the booker) and they said no one could make them do it and Bischoff couldn't void their contract. So Sullivan said "ok...if you want to play hard ball, I'll play hard ball" and two said wrestlers said "Shut the fuck up and bring it on. We're not afraid of anyone". Sullivan went and brought in Haku and both said wrestlers immediately said "That's fine Kev, we'll do the jobs...whatever you want".

    - Keep in mind even the so-called "devil himself" Kevin Sullivan feared Haku. There was a time when he asked Haku to do a job and Haku looked a bit upset and Sullivan immediately said you don't have to do the job, if you want to win, you can. Haku decided to it was alright to lose and he lost the match. Kevin Sullivan said that was the most scared he's ever been in his life and he didn't even get in a fight.

    Bobby Heenan on a bar fight Meng had with some guy

    “He took his two fingers on his right hand, his index finger and his trigger finger, and he reached into the guy’s mouth and he broke off the guy’s bottom teeth. I wouldn’t believe it unless I saw it with my own eyes.”

    Rick Steiner on Meng getting arrested

    “I was in LA one time with him and he fought eight cops, they shot him with mace and he closed his eyes and sucked it in. He just opened his mouth and took a deep breath. I mean, some of the stuff he did was like “What the hell”. Scotty and I always thought we were tough guys but that was before we met Meng.

    Ted DiBiase on Meng getting arrested in St. Louis

    “Some of the guys got into a fight and Meng got involved. He was just trying to help and in the process of trying to help, he gets maced by 4 cops and handcuffed. Now they handcuffed himi behind his back and then he said “Is this it?” and he broke the handcuffs. He snapped them.”

JBL and Blue Meanie

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    Meanie had, earlier, stated that JBL took liberties in the ring, and called him a "bully" on his website. At ECW One Night Stand, JBL took a huge liberty by stiff-punching Meanie in the face, opening up a fresh wound and giving him a black eye. Backstage, the fight continued physically as JBl went after Meanie again, but it was broken up. WINNER: Blue Meanie, after his point was proved in front of the Hammerstein Ballroom and the locker room. UPDATE: A handheld video of the incident has surfaced. Meanie is clearly taunting JBL before the brawl, although that was part of the show. JBL then punches him in the head from behind and they lock up. JBL lost his balance and got back up. The lock up again, and JBL nails him with face shots while all Meanie can get in is some weak body shots. JBL puts Meanie down and staggers away, looking back one last time to make sure he's down for good. After Meanie gets up, you can see him tell Al Snow what happened, and Snow looks concerned. Backstage, Meanie and JBL had to be separated, with JBL complaining about what Meanie had said about him on the internet and in a previous court case, testifying against him in a totally separate case involving ex-referee Billy Silverman. WWE never punished JBL for this

The British Bulldogs

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    "After years of pent up aggression between the two, which included Davey phoning up All Japan, telling them Dynamite had died in a car crash, just so he could try and ruin Dynamite's deal in Japan, Dynamite finally had a chance to do something, when Davey was booked on an independent show in Howe Bridge in 1994, just a few miles away from Kid's house. He arrived at the arena, where he found Davey's dad, and tipped over a table with pictures of Smith on it. He then taped his fists as he walked down the corridor to "knock **** out of him". Davey had gotten word Dyno was coming, and locked his dressing room door. Davey had also phoned the police, and Dynamite was escorted from the building"

    Source. PWINSIDER

Kevin Nash & Piper

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    On the very same night that Michaels and Hart were fighting backstage at Raw, Piper and Nash were doing some of the same at Nitro. After a match that ended up being a complete mess between Scott Hall & Nash against Piper & Ric Flair, Nash stormed backstage, booted Piper's dressing room door open and leveled Piper with a punch to the head before the pair were pulled apart by various backstage personnel. Nash went unpunished (which became the theme for WCW later) and nothing further came of the fight.

Vince Mcmahon & Nailz

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    Some of you older fans may remember Kevin Wacholz as Nailz, the former convict, in the WWF back in 1992. Story goes that Wacholz, who was in line for a program with the Ultimate Warrior before he left the company, was pissed at Vince McMahon because of his pay off from SummerSlam 1992 which was, and still is, the highest attendance ever for a WWF event. Wacholz confronted McMahon about the pay off and reportedly, McMahon blow it off which angered Wacholz more so he attacked McMahon and choked him until he was turning blue. Wacholz was fired because of that incident and aside from one pay-per-view appearance in WCW against Sting, he hasn't worked in the big time since. To add another chapter to this story, later at the Vince McMahon steroid trial, Wacholz gave evidence against Vince McMahon but he came off so badly on the stand (including continuously contradicting himself) that word is that his evidence probably was what kept Vince from doing time.

Chris Jericho & Bill Goldberg

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    "Goldberg mouthed off to Nash about Jericho, stemming from their real-life feud in WCW years back. Word got to Jericho what Goldberg said, and he confronted him about it. Seconds later, they were rolling around on the ground (violently, not lovingly, you jokesters). Jericho reportedly had him in a front face lock. It was broken up before any punches really landed. Jericho was quite the hero for this, with Hurricane reportedly being his biggest mark. Don't these guys know their fights will be broken up right away? Knowing that, even I'd pick a fight with Goldberg just to look brave for 2 seconds. Both guys ended up shaking hands when it was over".

Undertaker & HBK

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    Austin, McMahon, Undertaker and Michaels were in a meeting with other officials planning the WWE's strategy going forward. Apparently, leading up to WMXIV, the idea was for HBK to drop the strap to Austin, which HBK initially rejected. At this point Undertaker began to tape his fists methodically. The Deadman told HBK that it was advisable that he, HBK, change his mind about doing the job by the time that he, Undertaker, finished taping his fists or he will MAKE HBK change his mind the hard way. WINNER: WWE and WWE fans because Austin went on to become one of the biggest stars in wrestling history during the Attitude era.

Undertaker & Paul White

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    When the Big Show first started off with the WWE he would go around the backstage and disrespect his fellow wrestlers story goes that The Undertaker went up to the Big show and told him to shut his mouth or he will shut it for him ever since then Show has stood clear from The Deadman.  

Steiner Brothers Causing Havok Everywhere

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    On three straight Nitro's prior the to sale of the WCW to WWFE, Rick Steiner took blatant liberties with all three men during singles match. Steiner, who has a reputation for being a tough guy, had no clear reason to shoot on these three men. For the record, all three of his opponents on these nights stayed professional and tried to work their parts in the match. Rumor has it that prior to the news that the WWF had bought the company, many people backstage were planning on running in during a Steiner match on the final Nitro to beat him down live on the show. Whether it would have happened or not we will ever know. WINNER: Steiner. I'm afraid to call him a loser.

Batista & British Kick Boxers

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    After the April 2005 TV tapings in England, there was a minor altercation at the Hilton Hotel in Birmingham. There was a kickboxing exhibition the same night, and the fighters and fans were all liquored up. They started calling wrestling fake and making fun of the wrestling fans. One of the fans went after WWE ref Jack Doan. At that point, the wrestlers, who were much larger than the boxers and their fans, held them back and restrained them until the cops came. That was it. But the tabloids, of course, blew the story out of proportion to the point Batista was reportedly throwing around the boxers.

Macho Man & N.W.A

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    One night in 1988, when Randy 'Macho Man' Savage who at the time was the top man in the WWF (now WWE) decided to go out to this one particular rough bar where all the NWA guys used to hang out. Savage enlisted the services of Rick Rude and Dynamite Kid who acted as his 'informal' bodyguards. With these two men to watch his back, there were no problems that night.

X-Pac & Juventud Guerrera

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Chris Benoit & Kevin Sullivan

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    This on-screen relationship developed into a real-life affair off-screen. As a result, Sullivan and Benoit had a contentious backstage relationship at best. Benoit did, however, admit having a certain amount of respect for Sullivan, saying on the DVD Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story that Sullivan never took undue liberties in the ring during their feud, even though he blamed Benoit for breaking up his marriage. This would continue for over the course of a year with Sullivan having his enforcers apprehend Benoit in a multitude of matches.

    source. Chris Benoit DVD

Haku & Jimmy Jack Funk

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    Here's Jake Roberts and Kevin Sullivan's take about the time when Meng ripped out Jesse Barr's eye (True story)

    It happened in Puerto Rico and it was Sullivan, Roberts, Barr, and Haku (I'll call him Meng or Haku throughout) walking the streets of PR. There was a construction worker digging the streets and Barr went up to the guy and kicked dirt in his face. Meng told Barr "you shouldn't have done that" and Jesse said "Fuck you, what are you going to do about it?" and the fight started and 1 punch and a take down later, Barr was missing an eye.

    Here's what Meng had to say when asked about the incident and this is a direct quote:

    "It happened. But it's sad because I've always considered the boys as my family. They are my family. When things like that happen to me, it's very sad. We should control it but we're still human beings too."

Kurt Angle & Brock Lesnar

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    Not really a fight, but a friendly challenge of who could take down whom. Not surprising who won, but it’s still impressive given the size of that Lesnar beast.

Kurt Angle & Vince Mcmahon

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    Not really a fight, but yet another Angle skirmish. On an airplane, Vince jokingly reminded Angle that he was the only person to take him down. Angle decided to have a little fun, and promptly took Vince down in the aisle. For the rest of the flight, Vince would try to take Angle down at any opportunity he had. During one altercation, the noise woke up a sleeping Undertaker, who either not knowing who was wrestling with Vince, or not realizing that they were just messing around, grabbed Angle from behind, and choked him out.

Plane Ride from Hell

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    The infamous "Plane Ride from Hell" occurred after the 2002 event. During the flight, Ric Flair, Scott Hall and Dustin Rhodes allegedly sexually harassed the female flight attendants. According to one of them, Flair was dressed only in one of his robes and flashed his penis (while "spinning" it around). Others alleged incidents on the plane included a shoot fight between Brock Lesnar and Mr. Perfect arguing over their amateur skills, X-Pac getting drunk and shaving the hair of WWE road agent Michael Hayes, Dustin Runnels singing to his ex-wife Terri Runnels who also worked for the WWE and Scott Hall placing shaving cream on people's faces. After this flight, both Hall and Perfect were released from WWE

Kane Deadlifts the Most

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    There are stories circulating the web that between 2000-2003 right before Kane tore his bicep he was considered the strongest wrestler in a lock room which consisted of Mark Henry, Big Show, HHH and a lot of other able participants.

    The story goes that all the wrestlers were competing with one another to determine who could dead lift the most amount of weight. It has been said that Kane lifted close to 900lbs that’s close to Mark Henry’s 1 ton dead lift in 2003 at the Arnold Classic, if the story is true then Kane is a king amongst men in the lockeroom.

Finlay & Goldberg

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    1999 in WCW, Finlay and Meng scared the shit out of all the wrestlers’ in the locker room. They both got into each others face and it appeared as though they were ready to fight each other as neither one of them seemed like they were going to back down. However when Finlay and Meng started to laugh instead of fight causing everyone else in the room to break out into laughter as well but in relief as they were only bluffing

Rick Rude & P.N News

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    Rude’s open-handed slap became legendary in itself as many stories emerged of him knocking out his fellow wrestler’s in real locker room fights. The 400-pounder P.N. News was knocked out with just one slap, tough guy Paul Orndorff hit the ground hard just ask Big Van Vader and Tony Atlas and even the legend himself the Ultimate Warrior faced Rude’s disciplinary actions.

Finlay & Haku

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    , Goldberg once was offended by Finlay's anti-Semitic jokes, and rushed to Finlay to stare him down. This was a bad idea as Finlay head butted him and kicked him to the floor in a matter of seconds.