Since 1979, the WWE has been providing fans with plenty of entertainment. A one of a kind product that only grows larger each and every year. The WWE's success has increased over the years due to the following: Television, publishing, films, music, merchandise, streaming network service, home video and live events. With those mediums, the WWE truly provides endless entertainment at every corner. With the company in good hands, there are endless possibilities for growth and expansion in the years to come.
For the last decade or so, the WWE has been known as the largest wrestling promotion in the entire world, broadcasting to 36 million viewers in over 150 countries. Stars from all around make their names known in other promotions with hopes of one day being able to wrestle in WWE's squared circle.
Over the years, the WWE has put together some impressive and crazy things. Like The Undertaker going undefeated for 21 straight WrestleManias or Ric Flair winning the world title a record 16 times. But those facts are well known.
Although fans may think they know it all, we don't think that's possible. Here are 15 facts about WWE that will surprise you.
16 Hacksaw Was Inspired By Walking Tall
Everybody has something that inspires them. Well, so does WWE legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan. If you're familiar with the movie Walking Tall, then you'll realize that, in both the original and re-make, the main character carried a wooden 2x4to protect himself
Some how, some way, this inspired Hacksaw to carry a 2x4 of his own as a part of a gimmick. A comical way to be inspired, but hey, who's judging, right?
15 Lesnar vs Angle Was First WrestleMania Main Event Using Real Life Names
Normally, wrestlers don't wrestle under their own name. After 19 consecutive WrestleManias, Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle were the first pair of superstars to main event the show while fighting under their real name. Lesnar and Angle main evented WrestleMania XIX back in 2003 at Safeco Field in Seattle.
14 Referees Must Abide By Same Wellness Policy As Superstars
A few times each year, we see a superstar suspended for violating WWEs Wellness Policy. It's been made clear that the WWE will not tolerate any form of substance abuse. This applies to everyone, including the referees.
The referees are just as much a part of the show as the Superstars. Therefore, that should be handled in the same way.
It's rare that a referee will get suspended, but it has happened. Back in 2011, referee Mike Chioda was suspended for thirty days for violating the Wellness Policy. No other information was released regarding the violation.
13 HBK Is Ambidextrous
Only about 1% of the world’s population can perform everyday tasks perfectly with both their arms and legs. Shawn Michaels is one of the lucky few who have been blessed with this ability.
As if Michaels wasn't talented enough, this would make him harder to fight as an opponent due to the fact that he has equal strength and accuracy with both limbs. We have seen him commonly switch between his right and left when delivering his diving elbow drop.
One thing is clear though. He favors his right leg when delivering some Sweet Chin Music.
12 RVD Now Holds The Streak
If you were sad about The Undertaker's streak coming to an end, then you're in luck. You can still place your faith in one man to continue his WrestleMania undefeated streak and his name is Rob Van Dam.
RVD currently has a record 4-0 at WrestleMania. He sits at the top of the mountain with the highest current undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Unfortunately for him, The Undertaker set the bar pretty high. We'll see if Rob has 17 WrestleMania wins left in him.
11 Mr. WrestleMania Has A Losing Record At WrestleMania
Shawn Michaels is known as Mr. WrestleMania for a reason. Just not the reason you may think. With a record of 6-11, HBK has one of the worst WrestleMania records of all time. Shawn Michaels has stepped foot on the grandest stage 17 times. He's only captured six wins, but put on some of the greatest matches in wrestling history. For all of the hate he gets for being arrogant, no one has put over more people at WrestleMania than Shawn Michaels.
10 Batista's Debut Character Could've Been REALLY Weird
When Batista debuted back in 2001, he was known as the enforcer for Reverend D-Von Dudley. His character was quiet and destructive.
On Chris Jericho's podcast,“Talk is Jericho,” Batista revealed the idea for his debut character. He elaborated that his character was full of anger and hateful of everyone because he had no father and his mother was sexually assaulted.
A unique and quite disturbing idea for a character to play. The WWE never revealed the idea for Batista's debut character and that was probably the right call.
9 Steve Austin Never Broke His Neck
Over the past 19 years, people have been under the impression that "Stone Cold" Steve Austin broke his neck after a pile driver from Owen Hart at SummerSlam 1997. This was not the case. While it was a devastating injury to his neck that forced him to change his wrestling style, Austin has cleared up on his podcast that he didn't actually break his neck. He had a bruised spinal column and temporary paralysis, while likely still hurt like hell.
8 Kane Was Born In Spain
Although Kane has been known for his American spirit and interest in moving into American politics, he was actually born outside of the United States. Kane was born on April 26th, 1967 in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain, which is not too fair from Madrid. This was due to the fact that his parents were on duty for the United States Air Force and were stationed in Torrejón de Ardoz at the time.
Throughout his career, Kane was introduced to the ring from Parts Unknown. Well, here's the answer everybody was searching for.
7 SmackDown Was Supposed To Be A Divas-Exclusive Show
Thursday Night SmackDown was almost home of the "jabroni beating, pie eating, eye brow raising" Divas? Yes, you read that right. SmackDown was originally set to be a Diva exclusive show to compete with WCW's Thunder. This was due to the rising popularity of the one and only Sable.
Unfortunately, the program would not turn out to be a Divas only show. It would end up being a co-ed brand, highly similar to Monday nigh Raw.
At the end of the day, one has to wonder how successful having a Divas only brand could have been...
6 Miss Elizabeth Wore Four Different Outfits At One WrestleMania
In case you're having trouble and need some inspiration to help you figure out what you should wear for your date tonight, Miss Elizabeth was able to find a picture perfect outfit to wear for four different occasions in one night.
At WrestleMania IV, Randy Savage participated in the WWE Championship tournament and he would have the beautiful Miss Elizabeth ringside for the entirety of the night. Savage would fight on four separate occasions and Miss Elizabeth had to look amazing for every single one of them, wearing a totally different outfit each time.
Savage would go on to win the title later that night. A defining night for both icons.
5 The Royal Rumble Almost Didn't Exist
Every year, fans prepare for the most exciting pay-per-view of the year, the Royal Rumble. The Rumble is the most popular gimmick match WWE offers.
Well, if it wasn't for one man, the Rumble would never have existed. WWE legend and Hall of Famer, Pat Patterson, pitched the idea to Vince many years ago. Originally, Vince hated the idea, but NBC was broadcasting a WWE special on USA Network. Vince had Patterson propose the idea to NBC executive Dick Ebersol and he ended up loving the idea.
After the broadcasted special turned out to be a hit, the match would become its only pay-per-view the following year.
4 WrestleMania 2 Happened On A Monday
WrestleMania 2 took place on April 7th, 1986 What's funny about that date? It was a Monday, making WrestleMania 2 the only WrestleMania not to take place on customary Sunday.
The event took place in three locations: the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, and the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. WrestleMania 2 was also the first to broadcast on pay-per-view.
One of the most historic Mondays of all time.
3 The Undertaker's Streak Still Lives
The Demon of Death Valley made it clear that WrestleMania is his yard. No one in WWE history has come close to doing what The Undertaker has done. Although The Undertaker's undefeated streak came to a heart breaking end at WrestleMania XXX, thanks to Brock Lesnar, there is one streak left that The Undertaker holds at WrestleMania: he's fought at WrestleMania in 16 consecutive years from 2001 through 2016.
2 Sting Fought The Undertaker In WCW
The fight that everybody wanted. The fight that has been talked about for years. The fight to depict possibly the greatest of all time... already happened?
Back in 1990, The Undertaker, who was known as Mean' Mark Callous at the time, wrestled sting. The advertised bout was Sting vs. Windham for the NWA title, but Mark Callous subbed in for him. If this helps you sleep at night, Sting went on to defeat the Undertaker for the NWA title.
Not too long after, Callous would jump ships to WWE, going on to become one of their greatest stars.
Never say never.