20 Pieces of WWE Trivia That Are Just Weird Enough to Be True
The WWE is a unique place.
It features a nearly 400-pound man known as "The Funkasaurus," a guy who paints himself gold and calls himself Goldust and a midget leprechaun who was recently given the ability to talk by Santa Claus.
Yeah, there aren't many other forms of entertainment that have the pure craziness that the WWE has, and along with that craziness that goes on in the ring comes even more that we really can't see.
I'm talking about all the odd things that go on in the WWE that often go unnoticed but make it what it is—the random facts and pieces of information that separate it from sports or even soap operas.
For example, did you know that Paul Bearer actually worked in a morgue before he made it to the WWE? Crazy, huh?
But that's just one of many random and weird WWE facts.
So, let's take a look at 20 more pieces of WWE trivia that are just weird enough to be true.
20. No. 27
Fact: More wrestlers (four) have won the Royal Rumble from the No. 27 spot than any other position.
You would think it would be advantageous for a wrestler to enter the Royal Rumble match from No. 30 because it increases their chances of winning.
But, oddly enough, No. 27 is actually the lucky number for the Royal Rumble.
Four wrestlers (Big John Studd in 1989, Yokozuna in 1993, Bret Hart in 1994 and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in 2001) have won the match from the No. 27 spot.
I'm sure this is just a coincidence, but it's crazy enough to make me always pay attention to whomever enters the match at No. 27.
19. Taste in Music
Fact: Randy Orton once used CM Punk's "This Fire Burns" entrance music before it was given to Punk because it "fit him better."
Before switching to his current "Cult of Personality" song, CM Punk used "This Fire Burns" for his entire WWE career.
Only, he "stole" that theme song from Randy Orton because WWE officials felt it was a better fit for the Straight Edge Superstar.
If I'm just being completely honest, "This Fire Burns" didn't go well with Orton at all.
It was about as awkward as it would be if The Miz came out to John Cena's "My Time is Now."
18. Why Can't We Be Friends?
Fact: Edge and Christian started off in the WWE as storyline brothers, but upon Christian's return to the company in 2009, were acknowledged simply as friends on TV.
I get a big kick out of this one because I always say how the WWE just completely ignores history, and this is a shining example of that.
How can two guys just randomly go from brothers to friends?
You know, I'm good friends with my brother, so I'm sure it's possible to be both friends and brothers.
But, unless Edge and Christian were step-brothers whose parents then got divorced, then there is really no way to explain this one...other than the fact that history means little to nothing in the WWE.
17. Championship Material
Fact: The Colons (Carlito and Primo) have had the longest title reign of any champions in WWE since 2008. They held the WWE Tag Team Championship from Sept. 21, 2008 to June 28, 2009, a total of 280 days.The second longest reign during that span was Triple H, who held the World Heavyweight Championship for 210 days between April and November 2008.
Who would you think had the longest title reign (of any WWE title) in recent history? John Cena? Maybe Randy Orton?
Wrong. It was one of the greatest tag teams in WWE history, The Colons (Primo and Carlito).
Seriously, I was a fan of Primo and Carlito, but these guys didn't exactly set the world on fire during their tag team reign, so it's kind of hard to believe that they're the longest reigning champions of the last four years.
I guess that's what happens when you have virtually no challengers, though.
Fact: Carlito faced a different member of Evolution at three consecutive Unforgiven pay-per-views. He faced Ric Flair in 2005, Randy Orton in 2006 and Triple H in 2007.
Speaking of Carlito, this guy just wouldn't leave Evolution alone.
He wrestled three members of the faction on three separate Unforgiven pay-per-views, each of which was roughly a year after the previous one, making Carlito vs. Evolution one of the longest feuds in history.
OK, not really.
I'm of the sense that this probably just happened by default, but had Carlito faced Batista at Unforgiven in 2008, I think I probably would have changed my mind.
Fact: Jake "The Snake" Roberts never held a title in the WWF/E.
Really? That's pretty hard to believe.
Roberts was a staple of the WWE throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, but the timing just never seemed to be right to give him a run with any title.
"The Snake" must have just came along at the wrong time, though, because titles get passed around like hot potatoes today.
Had Roberts come around about 20 years later than he did, I could see his resume reading something like this: "32 WWE Championships, 21 World Heavyweight Champions, 17 Intercontinental titles..."
14. Summer Blues
Fact: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has never competed in a match at SummerSlam.
Poor Hot Rod.
Not only is Piper considered to be one of the best wrestlers to never win the WWE Championship, but he couldn't even get a match at SummerSlam at any point in his career.
Let this marinate for a second: Roddy freakin' Piper has never wrestled at a SummerSlam pay-per-view, but Michael Tarver, Darren Young, Heath Slater and David Otunga have all main evented one.
13. Singles Only?
Fact: WrestleMania XVI did not feature a traditional male singles match.
The WWE's biggest pay-per-view of 2000 was one of the weirder ones you'll ever see.
As you can see by the results, there were exactly zero matches featuring just two male wrestlers going one-on-one.
There were Triple Threats, tag team matches and Fatal 4-Ways, but no singles matches whatsoever.
Triple H was in the main event, though, so I guess this PPV wasn't that weird.
12. The Name Game
Fact: The WWE Championship match between Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XIX was the first WrestleMania main event to feature two competitors who used their real names.
This is professional wrestling, a business that's filled with ridiculous monikers that we affectionately call "ring names."
They're often horrible—see: Eli Cottonwood, Lucky Cannon or any name given to someone on NXT—and that's precisely why I prefer seeing wrestlers use their God-given birth names instead of some randomly-thrown-together name that makes little to no sense.
So, kudos are in order for Lesnar and Angle for breaking the mold and proving that you do not have to be named after a jacked-up green guy to main event a WrestleMania.
Fact: Sheamus once worked as a bodyguard for U2's Bono, while Brodus Clay served as a bodyguard for Snoop Dogg.
I know we tend to think that WWE superstars are these larger-than-life human beings who aren't exactly like normal people.
But before they were huge stars, they worked mediocre jobs just to help them get by while pursuing their dreams. Oh yeah, except some of them got to work with famous people.
For example, Sheamus with Bono and Clay with Snoop Dogg.
If you want to have a good laugh, switch those two around, and try to picture the Celtic Warrior spitting some lyrics to "Gin and Juice" with the D-O-G-G.
10. Young Stud
Fact: Rene Dupree is the youngest tag team champion in WWE history. He was just 19 when he won the World Tag Team Championship.
When you think of great tag team champions, the Hardy Boyz, the Road Warriors, the British Bulldogs or the Hart Foundation probably pop up in your head.
One name that probably doesn't come to mind? Rene Dupree.
Yet, Dupree somehow managed to become the youngest tag team champ in history when he won the World Tag Team Championship alongside Sylvain Grenier as "La Resistance" in 2003.
Not bad for someone who was green as goose poop and had the name of a woman.
9. Second Place Winner
Fact: From 2005 to 2010, the last wrestler eliminated from the Royal Rumble match went on to have a World title match at WrestleMania anyway.
Two is not a winner, unless you finish in "second place" in the 30-Man Royal Rumble match.
Every year from 2005 to 2010, the last person eliminated from the match still wound up making it to WrestleMania for a World title match: John Cena in 2005, Randy Orton in 2006, Shawn Michaels in 2007, Triple H in 2008, Triple H in 2009 and John Cena in 2010.
Thankfully (or perhaps not thankfully), Santino Marella ended that trend in 2011, but during that six-year span, the WWE was able to come up with a new slogan:
"WWE: Where Finishing Second is Just as Good as Winning."
8. Yoshi vs. Sheamus
Fact (as far as we know): Yoshi Tatsu once beat up Sheamus (in real-life), allegedly for using his protein shaker and failing to clean it.
Here's how the so-hilarious-I-almost-don't-believe-it story goes, courtesy of ugo.com:
So, back when Yoshi Tatsu, Sheamus and Ted DiBiase Jr. were all in WWE's Florida developmental territory, the three grapplers lived together in some type of wacky sitcom-ready situation. But all was not well in the household, as Sheamus reportedly had a problem with using other people's things without permission. One day, Tatsu and DiBiase had enough and confronted the Celtic Warrior, catching him redhanded with one of their protein mixers. Sheamus got heated and hurled the mixer at Tatsu.
Now, the story goes that on account of Tatsu's training in the New Japan Dojo and the fact that he is "very good with his hands," the Japanese wrestler caught the protein mixer in the air (we like to think it was only centimeters away from DiBiase's horrified, helpless face). Then, Tatsu allegedly stomped across the kitchen and proceeded to open up a can on Sheamus, with some reports even characterizing the beating as bad enough to elicit tears from the future WWE Champion.
Let this be a lesson to you, folks: Size doesn't matter...unless you want to get pushed in the WWE.
Fact: Al Snow's infamous mannequin head, affectionately known as "Head," was the model for Mankind's mask.
Al Snow's mannequin head, Head, was a staple of the Attitude Era, primarily because Snow seemed to think it was an actual person and even used it as a tag team partner.
But, in actuality, Head was used as the model for Mick Foley's Mankind mask.
Just look at those four together. It's like they're one big happy family, even if it's not the traditional type.
By the way, what do you think Head is doing these days? Last I heard, he was being used as a fill-in for the head of the creative team.
6. SmackDown Surprise
Fact: SmackDown was originally scheduled to be an all-women's wrestling show.
Just read that, and take a few minutes to let it sink in.
OK, now that you've had time to digest that, could you imagine having to sit through a two-hour show dedicated entirely to the Divas every week?
Good lord, that would be awful.
While I suppose it wouldn't have been as bad 10 years ago when the Divas division actually had some, you know, talent, watching an all-Divas show today would be equivalent to getting a root canal and having a colonoscopy done while sitting outside in -20 degree weather completely naked.
Well, maybe not that bad. But still pretty bad.
5. The Luck of the Game
Fact: Three superstars have won the Royal Rumble match when entering immediately after Triple H.
On three different occasions, the Royal Rumble entrant after Triple H has gone on to win the match.
In 2006, Triple H entered at No. 1, Rey Mysterio entered at No. 2 and Mysterio won it. In 2008, Triple H came in at No. 29, John Cena came in at No. 30 and Cena emerged victorious. In 2009, Triple H was entrant No. 7, Randy Orton was entrant No. 8 and Orton won the match.
So, let's cut Triple H some slack—he doesn't always win the Royal Rumble match, he only makes it to the end of it just about every year.
4. Lengthy Reign
Fact: Bruno Sammartino holds the record for the longest WWE Championship reign at 2,803 days (more than seven years). That one reign was longer than all the WWE title reigns of John Cena, Randy Orton and Triple H combined.
If you think Cena is around the WWE Championship too much, then you probably would have wanted to stab Bruno Sammartino in the face with a fork.
Sammartino makes Cena's one year title reign from 2007 to 2008 look like the shortest title reign ever.
He held the WWE title from May 17, 1963 to January 19, 1971. In other words, his title reign started before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and ended two years after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
3. Start and Finish
Fact: Triple H vs. Randy Orton, John Cena vs. JBL and The Undertaker vs. CM Punk are the only three matches in WWE history to both close and open a pay-per-view.
Cena vs. JBL was the opener of Judgment Day in 2008 and the main event of Judgment Day in 2005.
Triple H vs. Orton opened No Mercy in 2007 and main evented Unforgiven in 2004, Judgment Day in 2008 and WrestleMania XXV in 2009.
Meanwhile, Punk vs. The Undertaker was the main event of Breaking Point and the first match at Hell in a Cell in 2009.
Not much to say here, except (even though I like him) more Triple H bashing. Notice he had the most main event matches on this list.
I'm just saying...
2. Open and Close
Fact: The Undertaker vs. CM Punk is the only match in WWE history to close a pay-per-view (Breaking Point in 2009) and then open the next one (Hell in a Cell).
To kind of keep in theme with the last slide, The Undertaker vs. CM Punk actually followed up a main event slot at one pay-per-view with a show-opening spot the next—the first and only time that's ever happened.
Take one guess who was in the main event slot at Hell in a Cell that year? Yeah, it was Triple H.
I really don't dislike the guy, but putting this slideshow together made me realize just how often he was in the main event in recent years.
Punk vs. Undertaker probably should have closed that show instead, though, especially after the "screwjob" finish at Breaking Point.
But D-Generation X vs. The Legacy apparently is more important than the World Heavyweight Championship.
1. Nap Time
Fact (We think): Andre the Giant once fell asleep during a match with Big John Studd.
Although there's never been confirmation of this, it definitely seems like Andre the Giant decided to take a little nap when wrestling Studd back in the 1980s.
I mean, that video is eight minutes long, and all it features is a front face lock. Yeah, that's it.
If Andre the Giant wasn't actually counting sheep at this point, the only other possible explanations are that he was either passed out from drinking so much or that he decided to do his taxes.
I'm guessing that he just dozed off a little bit, though, and never actually passed out because if he would have been unconscious, I'm sure we would have known it.
Regardless, props are in store for Andre (for taking a siesta in front of thousands of people without them noticing) and Studd (for the longest rest hold I've ever seen).