The rumor mill in professional wrestling is almost as entertaining as the product itself. There is a culture of wacky things happening backstage that follows wrestling and it entertains the audience. We all enjoy reading rumors, stories and theories online regarding the industry we love. Most stories get confirmed or denied with common sense, but there have been a few that existed without explanation through the years. These urban legends are discussed and debated due to the amount of buzz they have created in the news. Web sites, podcasts and shoot interviews make these stories live on despite time passing by.
These fascinating tales delve from personal issues to confusing stories to silly incidents that are still relevant today. We can cross some off the list due to those involved shutting them down or logic erasing the likelihood. The following theories and stories being examined have some level of proof or enough question marks surrounding them. All of these tales are either likely true or at least have the possibility of being true. The history of theories in professional wrestling is on display here as we take a look at fifteen of the biggest urban legends that could actually be true.
15 The Undertaker Made Sure Shawn Michaels Dropped The Title To Steve Austin At WM XIV
Shawn Michaels was a pain to deal with in the 90s. The prima-donna attitude saw him put WWE in a bad position numerous times. Michaels refused to lose certain matches and even faked a retirement to get out of dropping the WWE Championship to Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13. The Undertaker served as the locker room leader at the time and an urban legend features him using his power against Michaels.
The story goes that Undertaker threatened Michaels into appearing at his WrestleMania XIV match against Steve Austin to pass the torch. It was Austin’s big moment and Michaels allegedly considered refusing to do the job. Undertaker laying down the law and physically threatening Michaels to do what was best for business is a realistic story.
14 Randy Savage's Relationship With Stephanie McMahon
The biggest urban legend in wrestling revolves around a potential relationship with Randy Savage and an underage Stephanie McMahon. Speculation has given the story more popularity through the years with the belief that Savage sleeping with Stephanie led to Vince McMahon black-listing him from the company. On the surface, it sounds insane but there are a few interesting factors that could make it true.
WWE tends to address controversial rumors in various productions. No one has ever shut this down with a simple no. Former WWE writers have claimed Vince was adamant about Savage being the one former wrestling personality he did not want to make peace with. Savage apparently was not ever going to be welcomed back to the WWE. We have never been given a valid reason why Vince loathed Savage more than other wrestlers to spurn him, and the potential relationship with Stephanie could explain it.
13 Undertaker Fears Cucumbers
An unbelievable story that is most likely true features The Undertaker being afraid of cucumbers. The urban legend is that the terrifying wrestler only had one fear in life and it was the random vegetable. Most people laughed off the idea of this being accurate until a few wrestlers referenced it in various interviews over the past few years.
An episode of Table for 3 with Big Show, Kane and Mark Henry saw them share stories about Paul Bearer ribbing Undertaker in the 90s by hiding cucumbers in his belongings. Undertaker freaked out anytime he saw them within his distance. These wrestlers are all tight with Undertaker and have no reason to lie about it. We all have weird intricacies in life, and fearing cucumbers is Undertaker’s.
12 The Kliq Vs. Jerry Lawler’s Crown
Jerry Lawler had heat during his early years in WWE due to past issues in the territories that caused many other wrestlers to hate him. An urban legend that has been discussed for years revolves around him finding a surprise in his crown one day. Someone allegedly defecated in the crown in the hopes that he would put it on his head without checking.
Various shoot interviews have given enough credence to the story with members of The Kliq being responsible. Sean Waltman has admitted to doing this same action to other wrestlers in the past as a way to humble them. The story is more than likely true with Waltman and the Kliq being the ones responsible for the cruel action to Lawler.
11 Vince Wanted "Blue Dot" Over Christian's Face
Vince McMahon clearly wasn’t the biggest fan of Christian as a singles star. The tag team and mid-card work of Christian was appreciated but WWE never truly viewed him as someone worthy of being a legitimate main eventer passed a few shows. A former WWE writer revealed a story that McMahon did not like Christian’s appearance and actually wanted to edit a giant blue dot over his face every time he wrestled.
JBL insulting Christian’s face on commentary towards the end of Christian’s career gives a lot of momentum to the urban legend. McMahon gives JBL most of his one-liners to repeat and the insult towards Christian confirmed Vince’s feelings. The ridiculous blue dot may have very well been a real idea from the petty billionaire.
10 JBL Bullying Wrestlers In Shower
The recent controversy about JBL’s bullying ways is bringing more evidence to the allegations of his antics. JBL was one of the enforcers of the locker room as a wrestler and abused his power to bully others. One urban legend to follow Bradshaw’s career is the fact that he used to sneak into the shower to harass other wrestlers in the most inopportune times.
JBL has been accused of tying up wrestlers, attacking others and inappropriately touching a few to make them uncomfortable in the shower. The hot story about JBL bullying Mauro Ranallo causing his departure from WWE is leading to a plethora of stories leaking about his actions. Numerous others are all giving similar stories, which usually means there’s a truth involved. JBL’s bullying in the shower is likely as real as the other instances of his horrible actions.
9 Ric Flair The Flasher
Ric Flair is clearly a wild character with a lot of embarrassing moments outside of the ring. One urban legend that has followed him for many years is his love of stripping naked in public. Flair allegedly used to wear nothing but his robe on airplanes and at hotels to flash anyone near to him. The antics stemmed from getting drunk and trying to get a laugh from those around him.
Many wrestlers have claimed to be in the vicinity of Flair during these times. These actions would likely land him in a lot more trouble these days, but Flair seemed to get away with it assuming the stories are true. Given Flair’s unpredictability and his reputation of being an alcoholic, the urban legend is probably completely true.
8 Tommy Lee Tried To Fight Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels being a jerk in the 90s has given a few stories for this list and another focuses on one celebrity appearance. WWE paid Pamela Anderson a lot of money to appear at the Royal Rumble 1995 event to pose with the winner of the match in the ring. Michaels won the match and allegedly enjoyed working with Anderson enough to make a pass at her backstage.
The urban legend claims Anderson’s husband at the time Tommy Lee did not appreciate it and tried to beat up Michaels. No one has ever confirmed or addressed this tale, but Michaels was involved in similar controversies at the time. Michaels was beaten up badly in a bar fight for hitting on the girlfriends of certain guys in attendance. The personality of HBK at the time makes this story possible.
7 Vince McMahon Doesn't Sneeze
One of the most random urban legends revolves around Vince McMahon’s odd beliefs. A few stories have surfaced from former WWE employees that McMahon would look down on anyone that sneezed in his presence. Vince allegedly believes that no one “has to” sneeze and anyone that does is a weaker person for it. McMahon’s claim was that he never sneezes and can control it.
It's impossible to actually believe McMahon doesn’t sneeze, because evidence otherwise would prove we all do it. The part that may be true is Vince stating he never sneezes and insulting those that did sneeze around him. McMahon is clearly an egomaniac with lots of weird beliefs that have followed him through his tenure running the WWE into the powerhouse it has become.
6 Triple H Had An Affair With Christy Hemme
This isn’t an urban legend you should believe, but it has a few factors around it that give it some belief. A rumor circulated on the internet following the shocking release of Christy Hemme. WWE fired Hemme shortly after winning the original Diva Search contest. Hemme had the fans on her side but WWE quickly axed her with no real explanation as to why.
The theory out there is that Triple H cheated on Stephanie McMahon with Christy and WWE got rid of her to avoid a bigger issue. There has to be something bigger behind the release of Hemme. A lot of time and money went into the Diva Search and WWE getting rid of the first winner was an under the radar story. We’ll likely never know why but the urban legend still lives.
5 Kurt Angle Destroyed Brock Lesnar In A Shoot Match
Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar were both accomplished amateur wrestlers before making the jump to sports entertainment. They were good friends but a high level of competition led to them having a real battle one day. Angle and Lesnar engaged in a shoot match in the ring before a show one day. The urban legend gives the nob to Angle easily winning the match.
Chris Jericho recently interviewed Angle for his podcast and asked about the incident. Angle claimed he won easily to confirm the urban legend. The comments from Angle claimed he had more experience wrestling all styles of wrestlers and Lesnar only relied on his power. It let Angle to to win the match despite Lesnar obviously having the strength advantage. The evidence seems right with Angle winning the battle of amateur wrestling stars.
4 WCW Was Supposed To Continue Under WWE Ownership
The disaster of the Invasion following WWE purchasing WCW could have been prevented and was rumored to have been avoided. An urban legend stated WCW was supposed to continue under the WWE ownership to compete as separate brands. WrestleMania was slated to be the one annual show where WWE and WCW faced off but those plans fell apart.
Booker T and Buff Bagwell had the first WCW match in a WWE ring on Raw and it led to disaster with an atrocious outing. The urban legend claims that match completely changed the mind of Vince McMahon. Shortly after that, the Invasion storyline pitted WWE and WCW against each other right away with all matches taking place in WWE. Given how quickly the Invasion angle ended, you can tell it was not a long term plan and the rumors were likely true.
3 The Rock Refused To Work With Shawn Michaels
One dream match all wrestling fans missed out on was the battle of Shawn Michaels and The Rock. Michaels retired right before Rock started to become a huge star. Rock then left for Hollywood around the time Michaels came back for his second run. There was still time in there with Rock making occasional appearances to set up the big match.
An urban legend claims WWE pitched the idea, but Rock absolutely refused to work any match with Michaels. The belief is that Michaels tried to sabotage Rock’s early career in WWE and Rock held a grudge. Bret Hart wrote in his book that Michaels and Triple H definitely attempted to hurt Rock’s career. The story is likely true and bad blood unfortunately blocked a great match from happening.
2 The Montreal Screwjob Was A Work
The Montreal Screwjob is still arguably the most controversial moment in wrestling history. WWE turning the script on someone in the middle of a match is hard to believe unless you watch it unfold. Bret Hart getting “screwed” in his home country by Shawn Michaels at Vince McMahon’s call felt authentic due to Hart actually going to WCW and holding a grudge for years.
A few pundits in wrestling believe it was all a work. The urban legend states it allowed Hart to get to WCW as the hottest name in wrestling and it set up WWE to introduce McMahon’s heel character. Bret’s film crew conveniently being backstage to document the story and release it without any legal threats from WWE is still argued today as to why it was a work. No one has ever admitted to this, but the urban legend is still debated.
1 Randy Savage Gave Hulk Hogan The Black Eye
Hulk Hogan showed up to WrestleMania IX with a black eye that he claimed was from a Jet Ski accident. Stories usually aren’t that convenient in the wrestling industry. The urban legend is that Randy Savage was pissed at Hogan for personal reasons and punched him in the face days before the big show. Savage and Hogan had a volatile relationship going from best friends to bitter enemies throughout their time working together.
At one point, Savage wrote a rap song trashing Hogan for being a horrible human being, so we know he had intense anger for Hulk at various points. Savage also was known for having a short fuse. The theory that he attacked Hogan to lead to the black eye is very believable. Hogan would never admit it and Savage is sadly no longer with us, so the urban legend will always exist.