You should never meet your idols in real life, especially when their career is fictional wrestling, because they will almost always end up disappointing you. In some rare instances, fans have told stories of professional wrestlers that show you how big of a heart some of them really have when it comes to their fans. Not all of them are bad, but there are plenty.
Shawn Michaels has a legendary reputation from his early days in wrestling with as being a complete douche, going so far as to work with Vince McMahon to keep Bret Hart from winning the World Championship belt in his hometown of Montreal, Canada. Vince was hearing about rumors of Bret Hart leaving for the WCW so he wanted to punish him by embarrassing him in front of his hometown crowd. That incident became known as the "Montreal Screwjob."
Shawn has denied his involvement in the decision but based on his past, Shawn Michaels could have easily fought back and let Bret Hart win this one.
It is 2016 and things have changed. Shawn Michaels is no longer requesting $10 for an autograph or selfishly being a jerk to his friends and fellow wrestlers. He has since cleaned up his act and is one of the more likeable guys in the industry now.
But not all wrestlers change. Some of them get worse over time until eventually leaving the sport either by force or choice.
Here are the 15 Real Life Wrestling Jerks We Still Hate.
15 Sable and Brock Lesnar
Professional wrestling is fake. Everyone knows it and when these wrestlers are spotted in real life, they can get away with being jerks to their fans because they can blame it on staying in character.
Over the years, Sable and Brock Lesnar have had run-in's with fans where the result is usually the fan walking away without a picture because either Brock or both of them did a little yelling at the fan.
We get it. They just want to be left alone. But that does not excuse Sable's attitude throughout the '90s, at the height of her fame? Many stories paint a picture of a woman that is arrogant enough to believe she was the main attraction of the show. She treated herself as though she was Steve Austin during the glory days of the hugely successful Monday Night Raw.
Goldberg's problems go back to his days with WCW and his undefeated streak that became legendary during his time in wrestling and also turned him into the Superstar he is today.
While he was there, Goldberg saw himself as one of the biggest wrestlers on the show, even though he had not been around that long. Sure, he was very popular in WCW but when the fans were asking for a Chris Jericho vs. Goldberg match, it never happened. Goldberg looked down on Chris Jericho and the leaders of the WCW wanted the two to fight. Chris Jericho suggested they do so but not on Nitro, on a Pay-Per-View. He even suggested that Goldberg beat him in a quick, squash match but on the Pay-Per-View.
Goldberg just thought way too highly of himself and a fight never happened which is also part of the reason Chris Jericho left the WCW.
13 Bubba Ray Dudley
As a huge part of The Dudley Boyz tag team, Bubba Ray Dudley has had an incredible ride in his professional wrestling career.
After several years of turning ECW into one of the best wrestling companies in America, eventually it was sold to the WWE and things changed. He became exposed when he reached the WWE as a lazy, poorly trained wrestler that could easily injure other wrestlers because of his style. He was even sent to the WWE developmental league in the mid 2000s to help beef up his skill set.
He was not respected by the other wrestlers for his reckless approach to wrestling, or his disrespect to their craft. He had a reputation in the WWE as a huge pain in the butt that needed to be removed from the company.
12 Matt Hardy
The Hardy Boyz, and their manager Lita, were one of the WWE's best tag teams of all time. They owned the sport from 1999 until 2007 giving us some of the most legendary TLC matches ever. Matt Hardy was the better wrestler of the two and he was able to branch off and do his own thing for a while, eventually winning the Cruiserweight Championship, United States Championship, and ECW Championship. After switching to TNA, Hardy won the World Heavyweight Championship, twice.
But during this time, he also started to battle some demons that ended up turning him into this irritable jerk to all of his fans. It started when his real life girlfriend Lita cheated on him with on of his fellow wrestlers and friend, Edge, and it changed Matt forever.
He started lashing out at fans, announcers, and other wrestlers backstage. It got to the point that when a fan would ask for an autograph, he would respond very rudely and shout expletives at them without mercy.
11 Randy Orton
If this were 2005, Randy Orton would be much higher on a list of wrestlers that are jerks in real life because when he was younger, he was nothing more than an immature punk that was always getting into trouble from harassing the females backstage to pulling juvenile pranks on other wrestlers.
As he grew up, things changed and instead of pulling pranks on wrestlers, he moved on to pulling a fan's camera right from their hands and tossing it down the street simply because he didn't want to take a picture. He apparently doesn't like to be photographed and that incident was followed by others including the time he spit his gum in the face of a 15-year old fan that simply wanted a picture with his idol.
10 CM Punk
Two years ago, F4Wonline.com received a letter from an anonymous WWE employee that went into detail, sometimes using some serious language, while painting a picture of the type of person CM Punk is in real life.
The letter reveals that he was jealous of the love coming from the fans for Daniel Bryan. He hated it so much, it turned him into a tough person to be around.
That was in 2014. Rob Van Dam spoke about CM Punk being a huge jerk to flight attendants in 2015 and earlier this year, during an interview with Kevin Wong of Complex, he went off on him when asked about his transition into the UFC.
For some reason, CM Punk thinks he is entitled to the same respect given to legends of the WWE without ever having earned it. He even treats his fans like worthless pieces of crap that do not deserve to breathe the air around him.
As is the case with most of the wrestlers on this list, ego is to blame for most of the issues backstage. When it comes to Batista, well let's just say he started off as a normal everyday wrestler before his popularity exploded and his ego went through the roof.
During his peak years with WWE, Batista left SmackDown and was now exclusively on Raw. He made it very clear to the people backstage that the reason the SmackDown ratings were dropping was because of him not being there. Batista was actually going around telling all the wrestlers that the show was failing without him there.
This caused the infamous scuffle backstage between Batista and Booker T. They started off arguing before eventually having to be pulled away from each other. That started a long line of problems that eventually led to Batista leaving the WWE.
8 Stacy Keibler
Being beautiful is something that Stacy Keibler has become accustomed to throughout her fascinating wrestling career.
In fact, her first ever television appearance was during the 1998 Starrcade when she was spotted by cameras dancing in the crowd while sporting an nWo Wolfpac shirt that was cut off at the chest and turned into a sexy half shirt. It wasn't long before she decided to enter into a contest to become the next Nitro Girl and won.
From 2000 to 2006, Stacy spent most of her time with WWE after getting her start with WCW. Her problems started, as most of these do, from other jealous women backstage but based on what we have read, most of it is warranted. There are stories of a fight with Lita after Stacy got a little too friendly with Matt Hardy one night. She was a Diva on television and in real life, always being difficult to be around between shows and constantly flirting with all the wrestlers.
7 Hardcore Holly
Bob Holly is a veteran wrestler that has been around long enough to know everything there is to know about the sport, the job, and who to trust.
But he apparently only trusts himself and has had a reputation for being a bully both in the ring and backstage. It was very evident during his match against Brock Lesnar, another real life jerk on our list, in 2002 when Lesnar went for a Powerbomb only to have Holly do the worst thing possible: he sandbagged the rookie.
For some reason, Holly doesn't like to be easy to wrestle inside the ring and during that match, he wasn't going to help the rookie look good so he basically went limp and it ended up costing Holly dearly. He broke his neck from that irresponsible behaviour.
If you ask him, however, he is going to blame the young Brock Lesnar and his lack of experience as the cause of the accident.
6 Vince McMahon
The biggest ego in sports belongs to none other than the man behind the most powerful sports entertainment company in the world, Vince McMahon. He has built an empire that has turned wrestling into a monopoly over the past ten years, slowly buying out all the rival companies.
So having a man at the top of a company with as much influence as the WWE, it is easy to see how he can be a jerk in real life.
In Chris Jericho's book "Best in The World (At What I Have No Idea)" he tells a story of this one time Vince made a remark to Kofi Kingston about his struggle to the top of the WWE while flying to a show. Y2J told Kofi that Vince was testing him and if he wanted to prove himself, this was his moment. After Kofi exited the plane, he quickly returned and challenged Vince before being taken down by a double leg takedown and the two men fought around until others broke them up. This was Vince's way of testing wrestlers in his company.
5 Scott Steiner
Scott Steiner spent the majority of his career being one of the most hated wrestlers in the world by fans of the sport. He was the exact reason people hated to watch wrestling. His steroid induced biceps combined with his enormous hatred towards almost everyone else in the locker room turned him into a giant bully backstage that had no friends.
There have been so many stories of times that Scott Steiner crossed the line that all you have to do is Google Scott Steiner and you can easily come across them. He was a walking time bomb that could go off at any second.
It isn't a shock to see that his time in WWE did not last very long. He was a big fish in a small pond at WCW after everyone left but when he transitioned his bold backstage bullying into a larger company, it failed and he was sent looking for another place to release his anger and frustration.
4 Triple H
Sadly, the biggest names in professional wrestling did not get there from being polite and kind to others. Much like Hulk Hogan, Triple H got to the top of the WWE by worrying about one person, himself.
Triple H is now Executive VP of Talent, Live Events, and Creative for the WWE which makes it even more important for any up and coming wrestler to make friends with him or he won't feature them in the show. He now has the power to destroy a career simply because he feels like it.
The selfish former WWE Champion has been known to feature himself in the show rather than focusing on the wrestlers which has caused many lost opportunities. His former DX teammates, Billy Gunn and Road Dogg have even spoken about his selfishness throughout his career.
Ask any wrestler that has had the privilege of working with Sunny (Tammy Sytch) and almost every one of them will tell you a story that paints a vivid picture of exactly the type of person Sunny was during her time in wrestling.
She openly admits to sleeping with many wrestlers, some of them married at the time, and she does not speak on any regrets. She has admitted to sleeping with Shawn Michaels, Davey Boy Smith, Bret Hart, and Sabu, to name a few.
Dennis Knight was asked about his thoughts on Sunny and he said, "She did a lot of lying. She could be a very evil person."
There are several more stories of how much hatred the wrestlers had towards Sunny, and Mark Canterbury even told about how she was sent home early once because, he said, "...somebody s*** in her food."
2 New Jack
Remember when Extreme Championship Wrestling used to come on at 2am on a random local cable channel? The show was a non-stop slugfest of hardcore matches that pushed the envelope for what can be shown on television.
One of their biggest stars was New Jack because he was not just acting crazy, he was legit nuts.
During their Living Dangerously Pay-Per-View in 2000, New Jack was facing Vic Grimes in a singles match that eventually had the men standing about 15 feet high on a scaffolding with nothing to break their fall except some tables, which were there to help protect them from the concrete below. However, New Jack and Vic Grimes fell off the platform, missing the tables entirely, before New Jack landed on the concrete below with Vic smashing into his skull causing him to lose his vision in one eye and suffer severe brain damage.
That incident was an accident but New Jack treated it as Vic Grimes fault and the next time he would face him in the ring, he would get his revenge.
A year later, the two faced off for their rematch in Xtreme Pro Wrestling. The match was epic and, much like the first time, the two men ended up on a scaffolding with nothing but tables below. However, this time it was 40-feet high, not 15. As they battled at the top of the arena, New Jack used a stun gun several times on Vic before pushing him off the 40-ft tall scaffolding past all but one table, which ended up saving Vic's life. If he missed that table, Vic Grimes would have gone straight to the floor and more than likely, died. New Jack admits he pushed him harder than he was supposed to on purpose as retaliation for Living Dangerously.
1 Hulk Hogan
Are you honestly surprised that the biggest name in professional wrestling, Hulk Hogan, would be on top of this list?
For years, Hogan did whatever he had to do to remain the top dawg in the company, even at the expense of his friends. He was never concerned about anyone's feelings except for his own and during the 1993 season, as the WWE was building up towards WrestleMania IX with a terrific Bret Hart/Yokozuna storyline, Hogan demanded to be the main ticket on the card and it forced the WWE to shuffle the entire show around, forcing Yokozuna to lose the championship belt to Hogan after successfully capturing the title from Hart.
It is one of many stories that show you the type of man Hulk Hogan truly is. It's no wonder why no one really likes him anymore, he has ruined the careers of many wrestlers.