Stress, fatigue, and the pressure of performing in front of thousands of fans can make the workplace a tension-filled bath house. That’s why we’ve heard many great tales of pranks being pulled in the pro wrestling community. These guys would spend six days out of the week together and, of course, they had to let off a little steam. Most pranks are harmless, while others can be a living nightmare for the victim. We never said wrestling was like Disneyland, so be prepared to hear some repulsive, distasteful or hilarious tales. We would like to mention that many of these pranks were done during a time when there wasn’t a corporate environment surrounding the business.
The likelihood of being disciplined was non-existent. For these, think of the WWE Network’s“Swerved,” but without the PG rating. We also would like to point out that some of the best ribs ever were done by three legends that are no longer with us today. Curt Hennig, Davey Boy Smith, and Owen Hart.
After this article, check out TheSportsters’s “Top 15 Funniest Owen Hart Prank Stories,” it’s a can’t miss read if you want to laugh.
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15 The Pepper Hotline
In 1999, Al Snow had a feud with The Big Boss Man that revolved around Snow’s dog, Pepper. At one point during the feud, the dog went missing and Snow would plead to a Raw audience and the viewers at home, asking for help in finding his best friend. The vignette involved calling a phone number that appeared on the titantron. Snow said to call the number if anyone has any information about Pepper.
Val Venis was backstage and his cell phone started to ring. The man on the other line said he found Pepper. Venis thought he was being pranked by a personal friend, but once he hung up, the phone rang again in regards to the whereabouts of Pepper. It turns out Snow gave the production crew Venis’ cell number live on Raw.
14 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
In a shoot video, Ahmed Johnson told a beautiful story about Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith. As we mentioned in the intro, both Owen and The British Bulldog were notorious pranksters throughout their careers. No one was safe, including Johnson. Right around Johnson’s first WrestleMania (XII), he received a phone call from people working for Jay Leno’s talk show.
They asked Johnson if he would like to appear on the show, which he happily agreed to. He was so excited, that he bought fresh clothes and a chain worth around $4,000. While waiting to be picked up by Jay Leno’s crew in a hotel lobby, Davey asked where he was going. Davey then acted mad when he heard Johnson got invited to a talk show and he didn’t. Owen then appeared and asked why Ahmed the limo hadn't picked him up.
At that moment, Johnson knew he was being pranked because he hadn't told anyone the time he was supposed to be picked up.
13 A Bet Among Legends
Before Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mick Foley became wrestling Gods, they were mid-carders in WCW. At the same time, an older gentleman named Diamond Dallas Page was trying to get his wrestling career going in the right direction. Page was obviously stressing out and nervous in those days and both Austin and Foley surrounded him like vultures. The two legends made a bet that they could break Page in two or three days because they were traveling and sleeping in the same hotel room together. Foley explains in his first autobiography, “Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks,” they got DDP going when Stone Cold made a joke about his age.
By day two, they hid the towels from DDP after he called the hotel manager’s desk for more. They then put 36 “soft and chewy cookies” made by a fan in the sheets of his bed. While DDP was trying to rest, he then realized he was sleeping in chocolate and was seriously ticked off. Mission Accomplished.
12 Prank Phone Calls
You can ask anyone in the industry, Canadian wrestlers stick together and have a special bond. The same goes for Canadian countrymen Chris Jericho and Christian. With a great friendship comes great pranks and Christian pulled off an epic one after being pranked by Jericho. Christian talked about the rib, explaining he knew of a deaf telephone interpreter service from his indie days.
For those that don’t know, the interpreter would relay the audio by text to a deaf person and that deaf person would text back their reply. As Jericho was on tour, Christian disguised himself as a devoted deaf female fan of Jericho’s band, Fozzy. Christian would call Jericho for months and every phone call would get stranger, and a bit stalker-like. Christian eventually told Jericho, but not before making him sweat about a crazy fan.
11 Padlocks! Padlocks Everywhere!
Curt Hennig was a genius at the rib game, even before he reached the status of a Superstar. A long time ago, in the wrestling community, many wrestlers would take padlocks and find ways to lock up colleague’s clothes, bags, and other personal items. Hennig was a master at this rib and was involved in a prank war during his time in AWA.
The owner, Verne Gagne, got so fed up with the shenanigans he called a meeting, letting all the wrestlers know that they needed to stop. Wrestling legend Nick Bockwinkel also told the locker room not to prank him because he’s a top dog. Later that night, Hennig was driving a group of guys and pointed at Bockwinkel’s car. Each door had locks on them, what’s even funnier is when they pulled aside to Bockwinkel, you could see a lock on his glasses.
10 A Rhyno in the Woods
While doing a few shows in Tennessee, Rhyno would stay at James Storm’s house with Billy Gunn. After Storm and Gunn had a long night of drinking, Storm asked Rhyno to drive the next day, which he did. Little did he know he was about to be set up by Storm. While driving through the Volunteer State, Rhyno was pulled over by a police officer. It went normally, as Rhyno rolled the window down and obeyed the officer's command.
While the cop was asking Rhyno questions, Storm was throwing fries at him, told the cop he’s on steroids and had a gun. Let us remind you, Gunn is also in the car and isn’t in on the joke. The cop then pulled a taser on Rhyno and told him to get out of the car. As Rhyno was being handcuffed, Storm got out and proceeded to knock the cop out. He then told Rhyno they can destroy the video evidence and high tail out of there. Rhyno said no and started running into the woods. When Storm caught up to him, he let the cat out of the bag and told him that the cop was his brother and it was all a joke.
9 The Edge Splash
Tommy Dreamer and Edge may have had different backgrounds, styles, and charisma in the wrestling industry, but that hasn’t stopped them from being good friends. Dreamer shoots in a video that the former World Heavyweight Champion would pull off the legendary Super Fly Snuka splash while in a hotel room.
It's supreme awesomeness that a professional wrestler acts out the wrestling moves of their favorite Superstars from their childhood, but there was a catch to this one. While dead asleep, Edge would perform the move on Tommy Dreamer, waking him up. To boot, he would do this while naked, which made it even stranger, but also a better story. We wonder if Dreamer ever got back at Edge and pulled a leg drop while naked.
8 The Legend of Paul Bearer
What went generally unnoticed throughout his managerial career was Paul’s ribbing skills behind the scenes. He was creepy as hell in the ring, but was actually quite hilarious outside of it.
He ribbed multiple wrestlers during his time backstage and even The Undertaker felt his wrath. Taker apparently hated cucumbers, so Paul would hide them in his bag and even in his boots, which The Deadman was obviously none too pleased about.
Bearer took things a step further with Mark Henry by hiding his crutches when he broke his leg. Like Taker, Henry was furious and, to make matters worse, Paul was nowhere to be seen when poor Mark walked around the arena in search of his crutches.
For poor Henry, this was only one of a series of ribs throughout his career.
7 Attire Malfunction
Mick Foley, Bob Holly, and Al Snow made the hardcore division matter in the WWE and it’s only fitting that a rib would involve all three. In Foley’s autobiography, “Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks,” he dedicated one chapter to the legend of the pen** suplex. During a house show, Foley knew Snow was working with underwear on and decided to prank him.
Holly was Snow’s opponent for the night and Foley decided to get Holly in on the rib. After some persuasion, Foley convinced Holly to carry out the prank. During the match, Holly would hold Snow upside down before exposing him and contributing to one of the greatest outfit malfunctions never recorded in wrestling history. This time, Snow was on the receiving end of a well orchestrated rib.
6 The Mischievous Life of X-Pac
If you know about The Kliq, you know about X-Pac and his antics. We decided one rib wasn’t good enough so we included all three with the same theme, human waste. X-Pac didn’t care much about what his victims thought when he pulled off his poop pranks. Not even Mark Henry and all 300 pounds of him scared X-Pac from putting his feces in Henry’s sandwich, which Henry then ate.
In a shoot video with the late Percy Pringle (Paul Bearer) and Jim Cornette, they talked about X-Pac going after the Divas as well. He allegedly put his homegrown product in Sable’s purse as well as Tammy Sytch’s (Sunny) Chinese food. As you would imagine, both ladies were not too happy when they found out about it.
5 Mr. Perfect's Favorite Bucket
Human waste and pranks were a part of the culture in wrestling for a long time. Don’t believe us? You can easily find tales of these outrageous ribs being used on unsuspected victims. Curt Hennig (Mr. Perfect) was no exception when it came to ribbing, especially with feces.
One tale that has circulated around the internet is of Hennig giving The Ultimate Warrior something to smell while hiding under the ring. The story goes Hennig didn’t care for The Ultimate Warrior and filled a bucket with his own waste. He then put the bucket underneath the ring before The Ultimate Warrior went under the ring for a segment. For three hours, Ultimate Warrior would have to bear the waste of Hennig and we doubt it was the "perfect smell."
4 Sunny's Sloppy Day
Tammy Sytch or Sunny, whatever you want to call her, got a lot of heat backstage during her time with WWE. Backstage rumors indicate her behavior ultimately got her released by the company. Some believe, the backstage heat between Sable and herself actually caused the manager to lose her job.
In this situation, Mark Canterbury, known as Henry Godwinn, told one story about Sunny and the bucket of slop he used to carry around because of his farmer gimmick.
He said the bucket of slop was only half full when he left it in the locker room and told the boys Sunny was going to get slopped on tonight. When he returned, the bucket was filled to the brim and we can only imagine what was put in there. He said, “she got a mixture of everybody that night.”
3 Roddy Pipper and a Bear
The Hot Rod, Roddy Rowdy Piper, was the ultimate performer in the wrestling industry. He was great on the mic, looked the part, and could take a lot of punishment. In his book, “In the Pit with Piper,” he lets the fans in on a prank that was done to him when he first started wrestling in the North West territories.
Back in the 70s and 80s, some wrestling promotions would have bears that could wrestle. Piper literally had to fight a bear during his career, how many guys can say that? The bear, Victor, wasn’t ferocious and it was a stunt, but he still put a thrashing on Piper more than he normally would. It turns out, that before the match started, Piper’s friend, Jay, smacked him on the tush for good luck. It turns out his hand was covered in honey and that honey stuck to Piper’s trunks.
2 Coach's Gambling Problem
Being the new guy in the WWE locker-room can be hard. Jonathan Coachman was approached by Jerry Brisco to start a football pool soon after he started working for the company. It was a harmless $10 to pick the winners of the football games. Not realizing hew as being pranked, Coachman did what he was told. It wasn’t too long before the cops showed up and accused Coachman of running an underground gambling pool.
As they placed Coachman in handcuffs and walked him through a hallway, they passed by Mr. McMahon’s office. Vince, Stephanie McMahon, her husband Triple H, The Rock, Brisco, and backstage employee, Kevin Dunn, were all in the room. Vince would rip Coachman to shreds for being arrested before telling him to leave. The cops walk a handcuffed Coachman out of the office and in front of The Undertaker and fans before pulling him back into Vince’s office, so they could tell him it was a joke. Everyone was hilariously laughing at the prank Vince just pulled off. Coach was terrified throughout the rib as you might expect!
1 Mr. Fuji's Secret Ingredient
Some fans remember Mr. Fuji as being the ultimate heel manager in the WWE, while others remember him for his great work as a wrestler, especially in the tag team division. What a lot of people don’t know about Mr. Fuji is he was a hardcore prankster and not in the nicest way. One example is the stories of him eating at a restaurant with colleagues and he would drain his bladder right there at the table, projecting his waste on to the nearest person sitting with him.
But that's not the most shocking rib that Mr. Fuji pulled. The tale surfaced on Eric Bischoff’s podcast when he interviewed Hulk Hogan. After former wrestler, Tor Kamata, got on Mr. Fuji’s bad side, he decided to make a meal for Kamata and a few other wrestlers. After the meal, Mr. Fuji showed the guys his ingredients and came out with the head of cat.
The lesson is, don’t mess with Mr. Fuji.
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