The backstage world of wrestling often provides more unbelievable stories than the scripted entertainment in the ring. When a promotion gets big enough, the number of shocking incidents backstage tends to go up. WWE has shown that over the years with many of these stories being quite dark. WCW had the same reputation during their peak run in the 90s before going out of business. Whether it was egos or just volatile personalities in play, the big promotions will be home to controversial things going down backstage between the wrestlers and management.
Controversial stories usually get released at some point once it takes place. Shoot interviews, podcasts, blogs and other forms of communication for wrestlers have seen wrestlers share tales of dark secrets backstage in WWE and WCW. We'll take a look at some of the stories that have been shared or confirmed by talents that either lived it or witnessed it. Some of the examples will be from stars that witnessed shocking moments in WWE that could paint the company in a bad light. Others are from WCW during their time in the spotlight. All of the tales are rather embarrassing for the company to know it went down. These are ten dark stories revealed by former WWE employees and another ten revealed by former WCW stars.
20 WWE: John Cena Dumping Mickie James Led To Piggy James Storyline
Romantic relationships in WWE ending poorly can lead to things getting ugly backstage. This was shown when John Cena entered a relationship with Mickie James. It ended the career of Kenny Doane when he found his girlfriend was cheating on him with the biggest star in the company. Doane claims Cena ruined his career by killing his push due to the love triangle.
19 WCW: Kevin Nash Called Talented Wrestlers "Vanilla Midgets" in Booking Meetings
One of the most popular opinions about why WCW went downhill was the fact that they refused to build new stars. Aside from Goldberg, the young talent always had a ceiling that kept them in the mid-card picture. Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio all went on to become World Champions in WWE, but WCW held them down.
18 WWE: Shawn Michaels Passed Out Backstage From Substance Abuse
Shawn Michaels is the most popular answer when discussing the greatest in-ring performer of all-time. Sadly, his backstage reputation in the 90s was the exact opposite from his wrestling. Michaels was abusing alcohol and drugs at the time that made him a complete nightmare to work with. This peaked when he served as the Commissioner of WWE in 1999.
17 WCW: Eric Bischoff Wanted To Ruin Ric Flair's Life
Multiple wrestlers have come out over the years to reveal that Eric Bischoff legitimately wanted to hurt the life of Ric Flair when the two were at odds. Flair felt disrespected by Bischoff putting him in the background of the company when hiring the likes of Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan. Bischoff didn’t care for Flair either and the two men showed it on screen with personal promos at different points.
16 WWE: Chris Jericho Was Bullied By DX Early in WWE
Chris Jericho leaving WCW to sign with WWE was one of the huge changes in the Monday Night Wars that showcased why things shook out the way it did. WCW did nothing of note with Jericho outside of the mid-card picture. Jericho actually took less money to sign with WWE due to knowing they would at least give him a chance to prove his worth.
15 WCW: Humiliated Scott Hall On Screen For Addiction Issues
Scott Hall was one of the most influential performers in the Monday Night Wars becoming a huge success. Hall joining WCW to start the New World Order is what actually began the momentum for the company to take over. Eric Bischoff showed little loyalty to Hall in that regard when his addiction issues with alcohol and drugs started to negatively impact his life.
14 WWE: X-Pac Took A Dump In Sable's Bag
Jim Cornette and Paul Bearer both shared a story about X-Pac’s prank meant to humble Sable in the 90s. Sable developed quite the ego as the most popular woman maybe in WWE history at that point. Most of the men and women backstage hated her for the way she carried herself. X-Pac was known for pulling ribs at the time and struck again by taking a "dump" in her bag backstage.
13 WCW: Lower Level Wrestlers Saw Their Residuals go to Bigger Names
Chris Jericho revealed one of the darkest secrets from WCW’s time that showed exactly how they treated certain wrestlers. The current wife/then girlfriend of Jericho purchased an action figure double set of Jericho and Dean Malenko to celebrate him having such merchandise. To her shock, the receipt said she was purchasing the figures of Hulk Hogan and Sting.
12 WWE: Vince McMahon Wanted To Edit Blue Dot Over Christian's Face
Vince McMahon is known for having some of the most ridiculous ideas possible. This was shown when former writer Court Bauer revealed an insane thought McMahon had about Christian. Most fans viewed Christian with credibility and respectability as one of the better in-ring performers that accomplished quite a bit. McMahon didn’t like the appearance of Christian and it always held him back as a singles performer.
11 WCW: Brian Pillman Conned Eric Bischoff Into Granting a Release
An unbelievable story regarding the mid-90s focused on Brian Pillman’s Loose Cannon character. Pillman and Eric Bischoff agreed on an idea that would add to his persona. Many fans remember Pillman saying “I respect you, booker man” to Kevin Sullivan in his final WCW match appearing to break character. This was done elaborately for a storyline regarding his exit.
10 WWE: JBL Orchestrated the Stealing Of Justin Roberts' Passport
JBL is known for being a pain to deal with backstage during his time as a wrestler. The loud mouth Texan often exuded his status as a veteran by hazing young talent backstage. This doesn’t include the instances of him getting downright cruel with wrestlers that he didn’t like. Justin Roberts shared a story in his book about his time as a ring announcer for WWE.
9 WCW: Eric Bischoff Fired X-Pac To Spite Kevin Nash and Scott Hall
The backstage power struggle in WCW saw various members of the New World Order actually going to war with each other. One of the more shocking firings to come during the Monday Night War was Sean “X-Pac” Waltman getting fired during an injury. Waltman clearly fit in perfectly with the nWo and wasn’t in the company too long meaning he had a lot left to offer.
8 WWE: Triple H Tried To have the Highest Video Game Rating
Triple H was known to use and sometimes abuse his power as one of the most influential people backstage during his time as a wrestler. Everyone knew Triple H’s relationship with Stephanie McMahon meant he would always have an upper hand in the WWE booking plans. The stories of Triple H “burying” others have been told, but he also wanted to appease his own ego at times.
7 WCW: The Flock Did Drugs in WCW Crowd
Raven was one of the more underrated characters in WCW. They signed him away from ECW where he was playing a top level heel. Raven did some good work in WCW, but he never fulfilled his potential. One thing that may have worked against him was his use of various drugs at the time. Raven’s group known as The Flock featured him sitting with Scotty Riggs, Van Hammer, Horace Hogan and others in the front row.
6 WWE: The Reason Vince Didn't Push Gail Kim
Jim Ross interviewing Gail Kim for his podcast saw him share a story about her that paints Vince McMahon in the worst possible light. Kim is regarded as one of the all-time great women’s wrestlers despite never finding success in WWE. During her two tenures in WWE, Gail was often underutilized and claimed she felt this was due to McMahon considering her unattractive.
5 WCW: Sting Accidentally Caused Divorces Of Lex Luger & Ric Steiner
Sting is the man most associated with WCW. Almost every major name of the Monday Night Wars went back and forth between WCW and WWE. Sting was one of the select few that never left WCW and remained loyal. However, he would hit rock bottom dealing with a drug addiction in the 90s. While attempting to clean up his life, Sting admitted all his horrible actions to his wife.
4 WWE: Shawn Michaels Had Intercourse With Sunny At Live Events Backstage
An extremely sad story to think about is the relationship between Tammy “Sunny” Sytch and Chris “Skip” Candido. Both wrestlers landed spots with the top promotion at the time. Things seemed perfect for the couple working together on and off screen, but they went poorly for Candido. Not only did his career take a hit, but Sunny made his personal life hell by cheating on him with top star Shawn Michaels.
3 WCW: Racist Road Wild Crowds
Eric Bischoff was an avid biker and decided to come up with the concept of Hog Wild later known as Road Wild. It was an annual show at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota with bikers attending the show for free revving their motorcycles all night. The atmosphere was already awful enough for fans watching at home having to listen to the bikes rather than a traditional crowd adding to the show.
2 WWE: Owen Hart Had Concerns About Doing Stunt That Killed Him
The death of Owen Hart is still one of the most tragic tales in WWE history. Hart was repelling down from the rafters for an elaborate entrance as the Blue Blazer. Vince Russo came up with this idea thinking Owen needed the extra excitement. Of course, an accident occurred leading to Hart falling to his death in the ring for the heartbreaking tragedy.
1 WCW: Scott Steiner Almost Killed Diamond Dallas Page In A Fight
Backstage fights happened every once in a while during the 90s. Volatile personalities would clash with more money and power on the line backstage than in the ring. Scott Steiner became a wild personality towards the final few years of WCW when adopting the Big Poppa Pump character. Steiner cut one of his shoot promos insulting Kimberly Page for refusing to work with him.
Diamond Dallas Page confronted Steiner to defend his wife’s honor but it did not work out in his favor. Steiner absolutely destroyed Page before other wrestlers stepped in to break it up. Multiple wrestlers claimed that they feared DDP may have died at the hands of Steiner if it didn’t get stopped. This was one of the first stories that made Steiner among the most feared men in wrestling.
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