When fans of professional wrestling talk to non wrestling fans about their love of the business, they're usually met with the same response: "You know it's fake, right?" Wrestling fans are quite aware that wrestling is "fake". We know that it isn’t realistic for grown men to continually punch each other in the head with their bare knuckles without drawing blood, leaving marks, or knocking each other out. We know that if you actually hit someone with a sledgehammer there is a good possibility that you will kill them. We know that the idea of someone the size of Rey Meysterio defeating someone as large as the Big Show in a real fight is quite laughable. We know that most people don't run around dressed in masks, put people through tables or repeatedly ask you to smell what they are cooking.
The truth of the matter is we watch professional wrestling for its entertainment value, just like many people watch scripted sitcoms, dramas, or reality shows for the same reason. The world of professional wrestling is highly entertaining and largely based on one's ability to suspend disbelief. There have been many ridiculous storylines and ludicrous characters across a variety of promotions over the years.
Having said that, it takes a special kind of person to be a professional wrestler and there have been countless stories of things that have happened in and around the business that have been passed down from generations of wrestlers and online through internet "dirt sheets". Many of those horrifying, despicable, or hilarious tales have turned out to be true. So when it comes to wrestling rumors, separating fact from fiction can be a daunting task and many people will believe just about anything. Let's take a look at 15 of the stupidest wrestling rumors that people believed to be true:
15 Rey Mysterio and Jennifer Aniston were in Love
I have no idea how this rumor started but the story that the WCW's high flying cruiserweight and one of the stars of the hit show Friends were dating was written about in a 1997 edition of the National Enquirer. Mysterio even addressed the rumor in his book saying, "I have no idea what that was about or where it came from. Maybe somebody wanted to get my name out there and started the rumor. Anyways, I thought it was funny. I even showed the story to my wife – best coming from me, no?"
14 Randy Orton defecated in a Diva's Bag
13 Vince McMahon's Presidential Candidacy
12 The Big Show is the Son of Andre the Giant
11 Hulk Hogan and Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake are brothers
10 Multiple Kanes
Given that the WWE Superstar has worn a mask for much of his career, it hasn't been difficult for people to believe that there have been multiple people to portray the role of Kane.
9 Jerry Lawler hates ECW
In a rarity for the WWF, they referenced their competitors on Monday Night Raw when commentator Jerry Lawler tore into ECW, referring to it as "Extremely Crappy Wrestling" and criticized the promotion for their lack of fans and "untalented" wrestlers. The whole thing led to a seemingly real confrontation with Paul Heyman. Many fans believed that Lawler's beef with ECW was legitimate.
Lawler eventually addressed the rumors in an interview with Club WWI:
8 Donald Trump bought Monday Night Raw
7 Lex Luger Spoiled a Potential Title Win
Lex Luger's big WWE push in 1993 led many to believe he would win the title from Yokozuna at SummerSlam. That didn't happen, but when Luger and Bret Hart tied as the following year's Royal Rumble winners - setting up a three man tournament for the title - it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Luger would beat Yokozuna. Luger lost the match by disqualification for shoving special guest referee Mr. Perfect and fans began grasping at straws to rationalize why Luger wasn't given the title.
6 Paul Orndorff's Death
5 Hulk Hogan's Black Eye
Hogan showed up at WrestleMania IX to team with Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake to take on the Money Inc team of Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Shyster and ended the night as WWE Champion. However, Hogan garnered much of his attention that night for the shiner above his left eye.
4 Two Ultimate Warriors
The Ultimate Warrior made several changes to his appearance during his time in the WWE, most notably in 1992 when he returned after an absence with shorter, lighter hair and a smaller physique. Rumors ran rampant that the real Warrior had died and was replaced by someone else. Apparently that explanation made more sense than Warrior changing his hair style and losing muscle mass.
3 Vince Russo was sent to Destroy WCW
I'm not sure what it says about the man's career that this one is so widely believed. Russo was a big part of the writing team that launched the WWE's Attitude Era, but after failing to get the credit he deserved, Russo departed for WCW where he became the iceberg to the promotion's Titanic. Russo's work as WCW's head writer, which included putting the title on himself, led to the death of the company.
2 Randy Savage's feud with the WWE
The Macho Man Randy Savage is one of the most iconic characters in the WWE's history. Savage made his last in ring appearance for the WWE in 1994 and after years away from the company many believed that he was blacklisted from wrestling's top promotion. There were rumors that Savage's name had become a dirty word around Vince McMahon and there have been many different stories about why Savage never worked with the WWE again, some of them completely absurd. The biggest would be of Savage dating a teenaged Stephanie McMahon.
1 Bret Hart was in on the Montreal Screwjob
The Montreal Screwjob, in which Vince McMahon legitimately cost a departing Bret Hart the WWE Title at the 1997 Survivor Series, may be the most talked about incident in the promotion's history. It's common knowledge that Bret Hart didn't know he was going to be forced to lose the belt that night and only Vince McMahon, Hart's opponent - Shawn Michaels - and a select few were in on the plot, but that hasn't stop people from spreading the rumor that Bret was included.
The fact that the incident allowed Bret Hart to lose the title without being disgraced in his home country of Canada and helped develop the heel character of Mr. McMahon and the convenience of the incident being recorded for Hart's Wrestling with Shadows documentary make this one difficult to dispute. Still, besides the documentary getting a great ending, how did any of this benefit Hart? WCW screwed him far worse than Vince McMahon did and Hart's career dwindled from there. Hart has also said that had been in WWE in 1999, Owen would have never gone through with the stunt at Over The Edge.
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