No matter how much one loves wrestling, the industry can often be cruel as it involves a lot of infidelities, accidents, backstabbing, and whatnot. However, the wrestlers have another side, which the casual fans may be ignorant of. Since they are on the road for more than 300 days of the year, they pull off pranks on their colleagues to keep the wheel moving. The number and intensity of the pranks were so huge in the yesteryears since the wrestlers formed a closely-knit group back then.
Unless you are a rookie, pulling off pranks never got you into the wrestlers' court, which was where the entire locker room would play as a court room, with The Undertaker often being the judge. Examples of punishments in the court for a bad rib would be forcing a wrestler to buy Jack Daniels for the entire roster. The practice was that common that the wrestling industry coined an exclusive term for the practice – rib. Most of the pranks were lighthearted, but some would be extreme and would involve human feces; it is amusing how much feces have as much relevance as blood in professional wrestling. In the following article, the writer will take you through 15 dirtiest pranks the wrestlers have pulled off over the years. If you believe the writer has ignored the rib that cracked you up, feel free to leave them in the comments below.
Curt Hennig, Davey Boy Smith and Owen Hart will be mentioned often, and by the looks of things, the product will be much more interesting if the trio were still alive. Even if the McMahons decide not to hire them, their participation in Talk Is Jericho or the Steve Austin Show would have been gold. Most of the entries on this list are a bit older, so maybe after reading this, you should go and ask your favorite wrestlers for prank stories on Twitter so we can update the list later.
Here are 15 Pranks You Won't Believe Your Favorite Wrestlers Pulled Off.
15 Ahmed Johnson On The Tonight Show
British Bulldog and Owen Hart were the real D-Generation X of backstage, and their pranks were as funny as, if not funnier than that of what DX pulled off on screen. The duo called Ahmed Johnson pretending to be a spokesperson of the The Tonight Show and invited him to be a guest on their show. An excited Johnson purchased an outfit worth $4,000. Little did he know that it was the duo had set him up.
14 Randy Orton Stealing Cody Rhodes' Clothes
13 The Kliq Welcoming The King To WWE
12 WCW "Superstar" Giving Christian A Call
Even casual fans should know that Christian and Chris Jericho are the best of friends, and the prank pulled off by the nine-time Intercontinental Championship holder only underlines their friendship. During its final years, WCW signed many men — not essentially wrestlers — and Lash LeRoux was one of the fortunate lads to gain some screen time. The Canadian friends relished ridiculing LeRoux's awful Cajun gimmick.
Much like every other former wrestler, he made money off his 'star value' as he enrolled himself to a celebrity calling service, and when Christian sustained a knee injury, his pal decided to sign up to the service to make the wrestler who had tickled their funny bones to wish him luck through the injury layoff. Though this hardly sounds outlandish, Jericho's move to inform the former WCW "superstar" that he was wishing a toddler in Jason Reso good luck (Christian's real name) was hilarious.
11 The Smoking Gunns Shave X-Pac's Eyebrow
X-Pac has been known to be a prankster, but he was not immune to pranks as well. On his 21st birthday, the Smoking Gunns bought him enough booze for him to pass out on. They then proceeded to shave off one of his eyebrows as a birthday present. Much to the dismay of X-Pac, the WWE shot his promo pictures the next day; the picture of him without eyebrows followed him for many months afterward.
10 Gertrude's Threats Towards Jericho
Christian yearned for revenge for the Lash LeRoux celebrity call mentioned earlier, and with the help of Daivari, he pulled off a terrifying prank on his pal Chris Jericho. Christian created a fake deaf Jericho stalker named Gertrude, who weighed more than 350 pounds. He set up a deaf calling service to call him once every week, to keep the prank alive.
9 Bret Hart Drugged Owen Hart
Owen Hart is known to be a teetotaler, and he should have known that his pranks would come back to haunt him. Little did he know it would arrive through his brother Bret Hart. Bret spiked his non-alcoholic drink with Halcion, and unsurprisingly, Owen was totally wasted and passed out.
8 Sable Traveling With X-Pac's Poo
Sable apparently had huge attitude issues and even took credit for the blossoming of the Attitude Era. Her attitude infuriated the Kliq; Sean Waltman decided to teach her a lesson in his peculiar way. On her final show in England, X-Pac emptied his bowels in a cup, and placed it in her travelling bag.
7 Curt Hennig serving it to Ultimate Warrior
Wrestlers often come from under the ring as a surprise, and rumor has it that they sometimes may spend the entire night under the ring until their segment. When it was The Ultimate Warrior's turn to be under the ring, Curt Hennig decided to leave him a gift for being an abominable person backstage. According to the grapevine, he left a bucket of human feces under the ring.
6 Mark Henry Biting Into The X-Pac Sandwich
Here is X-Pac's third entry in this article. Mark Henry allegedly had attitude issues in his early days; perhaps, the fact that the WWE paid him ridiculous wages and offered him a 10-year contract must have gotten into his head. Reacting to a minor rib, the World's Strongest Man was put in a situation that couldn't be more embarrassing.
After reacting poorly to a prank where wrestlers hid his crutches, Henry was subject to another Kliq prank. His aggression acted as the inspiration for X-Pac to add a secret ingredient to Henry's sandwich. Unaware of the fact that his sandwich contained feces, Henry bit into it only to throw up in the toilet.
5 Hardcore Holly Taking Al Snow To Suplex City
Hardcore Holly has been portrayed as a horrible backstage bully by the Internet Wrestling Community, but he also had a lighter side. Mick Foley wrote in his book about a particular incident, when Holly put Al Snow in an embarrassing situation. Al Snow and Holly were to lock horns at a house show, only for Holly to find out that Snow was wearing no underwear or a jock strap under his singlet. He decided to teach him a basic lesson; wear underwear, no matter where you go.
4 Curt Hennig Toppling Yokozuna
Here is another Curt Hennig entry. Many interesting WWE stories have come from wrestlers' travels on planes, but nothing could be as hilarious and horrible as this one. Dropping laxatives and Halcion in drinks is not uncommon among wrestlers, but Mr. Perfect decided to lace Yokozuna's drinks with laxatives while on a plane.
3 British Bulldog Welcomes Michael Cole
2 Lex Luger Busted By The Cops
While at Virginia, British Bulldog pulled off one of the funniest pranks despite being only half-aware of what he is doing. Bulldog shot water at a police officer's car while driving, and told them it was Lex Luger, who was trying to wind them up. The police officers then followed the car Luger, Davey Boy Smith, and Owen Hart were in, and when Luger realized that a car — the police's ghost car — was following his. Smith told him that it was Shawn Michaels, and that he was trying to race them. This led Luger to drive faster, and the officers then decided to put a light on the roof.
1 Vinnie Mac Sending The Coach To Prison
Vince McMahon has often been unjustly branded as a horrible employer, but this rib all but contradicts the popular claim. Jerry Brisco tempted Jonathan Coachman to enter a $10 football pool in 2001, and apparently, he got many wrestlers involved. However, much to his shock, a couple of police officers showed up in his room before a SmackDown taping in North Carolina, and said they were arresting him for running a gambling pool.
On their way to the exit door, the cops instructed him to inform Vinnie Mac of the happenings, and the Chairman proceeded to roast him for 45 minutes straight. At the end of his long monologue, the cops told him that $1,500 could get him out, and much to Coachman's shock, the Chairman turned down the offer and even threw a pair of sweaty gym shorts to cover his face.
Everyone, including The Undertaker, was stunned to see the cops escorting the handcuffed Coach out of the building. The cops drove him around for 10 minutes, and returned to the arena stating they had forgotten something. All along, the Coach was cursing himself in his mind for getting into a huge trouble over a football pool. However, upon arriving at the arena, he found everyone, including the Chairman, having the laugh of their lives. It should have been a terrific experience for a 26-year-old journalist aspirant.
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