The WWE makes million of dollars in live gates at live events all year long from fans who proudly wear wrestling shirts, listen to wrestling podcasts and even rock replica belts–it’s pretty safe to say wrestling fans are among the most rabid and passionate fan bases in all of pop culture. The WWE got wise a few years ago and even branded their fans the WWE Universe, not unlike a wrestler who brands his part of the fan base (how many people are Hulkamaniacs?).
Every now and again though, that rabid need to display their fandom turns ravenous and sometimes even crazier than crazy. Whether fans blindly tried to invade the show, attack a wrestler, be a wrestler, or #HijackRaw, fans have done some crazy things over the years to make themselves the focus of the show. When they do try and take over, it’s almost a black mark for the rest of the fans, because these few "fans" make the industry look like the carny days of old, as opposed to the slickly produced entertainment product that it is today.
You’ll probably never see a random fan try to bat for the Yankees, run a touchback for the Bengals, or dunk on LeBron, as these types of events are seldom seen in other sports (apart from streaking), but in the land of sports entertainment, they’re fairly common place. Here are the top 25 craziest things the fans have done.
26 Putting Butts in Seats
However, Foley did make it and the fans didn't make the difference in the arena on January 4th, 1999. During the Monday Night War, Eric Bischoff would reveal the results of taped Monday Night Raws during live Monday Nitros. The thought process was “don’t change the channel, we’ll just tell you the results right now since they’re taped and we’re live.”
One fateful Monday night, on January 4th, 1999, WCW announcer, Tony Schiavone, released the results like he always did. On this night, he told the fans that Mick Foley was going to win “their” world title tonight. Bischoff fed him the line “that ought to put a lot of butts in seats.” Despite hyping the main event of Nitro (Hulk Hogan vs. Kevin Nash; which turned out to be the infamous “Fingerpoke of Doom”), fans flocked over to the taped Raw to see Mick Foley finally ascend to the top of the mountain in one of the industry’s truly feel good moments. It also was the beginning of WCW's decline, as Raw won the ratings battle that week and never looked back. Good work fans.
25 Bodyslamming Girlfriends
Joe Weller is a 19 year–old–kid from England who makes YouTube videos. who gained popularity by impersonating and making fun of football star, Cristiano Ronaldo. However, it was his video where he puts the moves on his girlfriend that garnered him notoriety amongst the wrestling community.
23 Dancing in the Streets
It’s no secret that the Monday Night Raw on the day after WrestleMania is usually one of the best Raw’s of the year. The “anything can happen” fervor of Raw is at a fever pitch, as it’s the night where the reset button is hit and many new storylines can start. Over the past few years, not only can anything happen in the ring but anything can happen in the stands.
22 Just Wanted to Be Famous
We finally get to our first entry on the list that involves a fan thinking it’d be a good idea to jump over the rail. During a John Cena / Jeff Hardy match on the June 2nd, 2008 edition of Raw, a fan decided he wanted get in on the action. Since WWE security is usually amazing at stopping these sorts of things before they get on camera, the incident is barely seen on TV, as the camera was more focused on Cena taking Hardy down in a headlock. However, other angles, like the one you can see in the video above, show a young kid wearing a striped shirt was the culprit. It’s actually pretty smart to wear a ref’s shirt when jumping the guardrail, as maybe he thought WWE officials would have mistaken him for a WWE referee. Luckily for the safety of the wrestlers in the ring, security at these shows aren’t that dumb and didn’t fall for the ruse, tackling the kid and removing him from the ring.
21 Fanboy Foley Flop
20 Scaling the Chamber
As every WWE fan knows, WrestleMania week is the biggest week of the year. There are events being hosted in and around Mania’s host city and none are more personal than Axxess, a convention of sorts where the WWE has superstar signings and trots out all kinds of memorabilia for the fans.
19 A Fan Vetoes Prettyboy Nash
18 The nWo's First Opponent
The Outsiders, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, had guaranteed in the weeks leading up to Bash at the Beach that their third partner would be revealed at the event. The match began as a 2–on–3 handicap match with the Outsiders against the WCW alliance of Sting, Lex Luger, and the Macho Man. Wrestling fans were heartbroken when they learned that the third man who was aligning with Hall and Nash to destroy WCW was the most beloved man in wrestling; Hulk Hogan. Hogan made his way to the ring and dropped a leg drop on Savage.
17 Mistress Nattie
Sometimes, WWE Divas dress provocatively. Their outfits could be reminiscent of certain…um…types of models. True enough, the third generation Diva, Natalya Neidhart does wear pink and black adorned with spiked studs, so it might be possible to confuse her for a model, but not a professional dominatrix, right? Well, that’s exactly what happened when a prison inmate named Christopher Donnelly filed a lawsuit asking for $250,000, claiming Nattie was actually a dominatrix who beat the stuffing out of him from 2005–2009. Luckily the courts saw right through this one and dismissed the case.
16 Don't Mess With the Ref
15 "But I Just Wanted to Main Event 'Mania"
14 Never Go After a Man's Mother-in-Law
13 Chanting Boring at the Hall of Fame
Ask any Superstar or Diva and they’ll tell you, when you buy a ticket to the show, you can do almost anything you please (so long as you don’t try some of the things you'll see on this list). The one night of year where this actually frowned upon is during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. This night is strictly for celebrating the Superstars and Divas and their contributions to the sport. Sure, the fans can come and partake in the ceremony, but catcalling is severely looked down on.
During the 2013 ceremony, fans turned on Maria Menounos while she was inducting her friend, Bob Backlund, chanting boring and catcalling the Extra host. To be fair, Menounos’ speech included a barrage of “Bob Backlund did this, Bob Backlund did that,” which, if she was delivering a full–fledged promo, would have been seen as heeling the crowd.
12 London Brawling
11 "Give Me a Chair!"
10 Fan Really Hates Raven or WCW Security Really Sucks
Raven was easily the best heel in ECW, especially during his feuds with Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman. Paul Heyman refers to this character as one of his greatest creations. So, obviously, WCW nabbed the guy during one of their talent raids. Sadly, like many a wrestler with no ties to Hulk Hogan, Raven floundered in WCW.
9 Surfin' Spike Dudley
8 Don't Mess with the Ref... Part 2
7 John Cena Versus New York City
ECW was gone since March 2001, but thanks to unwavering fan support, the promotion wasn’t dead and buried, and in 2006, thanks to that support, ECW would be officially revived as WWE’s third brand at the second annual One Night Stand event. The PPV was headlined by Rob Van Dam cashing in his Money in the Bank and challenging John Cena for the WWE World Title. Cena, who at this point wasn’t quite as polarizing as he is now, was certainly a polarizing figure to the ECW faithful in attendance at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
6 Use My Leg
5 Anderson Stabbed
4 Low Blows in Cape Town
3 Shawn vs. Marines
2 Firing Up Latino Heat
When jumping into the ring illegally, you have to realize that you’re in trouble. Usually, the wrestlers do their best to not engage the crazed fans and, if need be, just to enough to defend themselves. However, when you nearly injure a Superstar, anything can happen. and that's exactly what happened during a Raw in May of 2002.
1 Mass Transit Incident
Who is the craziest fan ever? Who can claim the title of being the most completely insane (not to be confused with "InZayn?") fan? That title would have to go to Eric Kulas, a 17-year-old kid who claimed to be 19 and trained by Killer Kowalski ,who convinced Paul Heyman to let him fill in for Axl Rotten, who no-showed an ECW house show in Revere, Massachusetts on November 23th, 1996. Heyman gave him the gimmick of a Ralph Kramden-type bus driver, dubbed Mass Transit.
Before the match, Kulas had asked New Jack to cut him, since he didn't know how to gig himself. Unfortunately, New Jack cut the kid too deep and he bled like a stuck pig. New Jack and his partner, Mustafa, continued to pound the kid, even after New Jack asked him if he was ok. Kulas' father, Stephen, who also helped in convincing Heyman, begged them to stop and said he was only 17. The accident could have brought down the entire company and their first PPV, Barely Legal, was almost cancelled, had it not been for Paul Heyman pleading with cable providers and the slightly-less crazed ECW fans demanding that Barely Legal be put on PPV.
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