According to a popular wrestling urban legend, old-school promoters had one simple rule about wrestlers getting into bar fights. You can get into as many bar fights as you want, but if you lose even one, you are fired. Back then, wrestlers were a decidedly more blue-collar lot who loved to end another day - or sometimes begin one - by going to the bar and enjoying several rounds of several drinks. This was also a time when every roughneck tough guy who went to those same bars thought that they should prove how tough they are by challenging said wrestlers to a fight. Most of the time, it did not go as well as they hoped.
Although professional wrestling bar fights are a lot less common now given the nature of the business, you still hear about the occasional brawl between civilians and wrestlers that makes you remember most performers are incredibly tough human beings. Whether old or new, there’s just something entertaining about imagining a wrestler who so often only gets to show their skills in scripted matches prove that there is nothing fake about the damage they can deal. That’s especially true of these 15 crazy pro wrestler bar fight stories.
15 Andre The Giant Almost Drowns Dick Murdoch and Blackjack Mulligan
14 Jake Roberts Gets Into A Fight Over How Attractive Daytona Beach Women Are
13 Haku Bites a Man’s Nose Off for Calling Wrestling Fake
Like Andre the Giant, Haku is going to make a couple of appearances on this list for the simple fact that his legendary bar fight stories are too entertaining to possibly ignore. In case you didn’t know, Haku is generally considered to be one of the toughest men in the history of the professional wrestling business. How tough was Haku? He was so tough that he once bit a man’s nose off during a fight.
12 Alberto Del Rio and Drew McIntyre Get in a Bar Brawl
11 Shawn Michaels Provokes a Group of Marines and Suffers the Consequences
10 Ric Flair Has to Pay for the Damages Caused By the Nasty Boys Beating Him Up
Ric Flair is known as more of a bar patron than a bar fighter, but you have to imagine that Flair could hold his own back in his prime. After all, nobody that talks that much and throws that much money around gets to go through life without running into a few bar conflicts. While Flair might have been a pretty tough guy in his day, he did go a little too far one night when he decided to get into a confrontation with the Nasty Boys.
9 The Undertaker Knocks a Guy Out on His Way to the Restroom
8 The Big Show Breaks the Jaw of a Man Who Told Him He’s Not That Big
7 Haku Snaps a Pair of Handcuffs after Being Maced in the Eye
6 Brock Lesnar Puts Someone to Sleep for Breaking Drinks Over His Head
5 Andre the Giant Flips A Car with Four People Inside of It
4 Ed White Urinates On Billy Robinson To Settle a Grudge
3 Terry Funk Rips a Man’s Pants Off and Bites Him on the Butt
2 Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Terry Taylor Accidentally Start a Massive Fight
Many of the wrestlers on this list knew that they were starting a bar fight with their actions. This entry is unique because it involves two people who genuinely had no idea what was about to go down. As the story goes, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Terry Taylor were sitting at a bar one night when they decided to pass time by tossing ice at one another. Somehow, Hercules Hernandez got it into his head that people were tossing ice at Duggan and Taylor. Wanting to help, Hercules ripped off his shirt and proceeded to beat up some nearby people.
1 Dick the Bruiser’s Fake Bar Fight Turns Very Real
The NFL’s early days are filled with stories of local legends who played the game because they loved to do so. Many of these guys were just local toughs who loved the idea of an extra paycheck. One of these toughs was an ex-Detroit Lions player by the name of Alex Karras. While a member of the Lions, Karras agreed to participate in a wrestling match with fellow tough guy, Dick the Bruiser. Bruiser got the idea to stage a bar fight a few nights before the match as part of a publicity stunt. They even convinced a local paper to write about an epic brawl the two had at a bar that never really happened.
What did happen, however, was that two beat cops saw the staged melee and thought it was real. Soon, Bruiser found himself in a real fight with the Detroit police. Despite injuring two cops in the process, Bruiser made bail and the match against Karras. Of course, the cops did eventually sue Bruiser for $50,000.
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