Although a lot of us like to think we’re the bee’s knees when it comes to wrestling knowledge, the fact is that most of us don’t know diddly squat about our favourite wrestlers outside the ring.
While the personal lives of wrestlers, especially those in WWE, are on full display like never before thanks to reality television and social media, there are still some obscure quirks that most fans will never find about.
However, some of those quirks manage to get their way out through shoot interviews and the like, while other odd facts about wrestlers are available to those willing to put enough time and effort into researching them.
Some of the facts you can come across are quite obscure and if not followed up with backstories from reputable sources, it would be difficult to believe they are true.
While there is surely a whole load of other incredibly weird stuff about wrestlers that is yet to be discovered, this list counts down some of the weirdest, oddest facts about past and present WWE wrestlers that most wouldn’t know about.
What makes them even more fun is that they are all 100% true.
Without further ado, here are 25 weird facts about your favourite wrestlers.
25. John Cena Sucks at Summerslam
Wrap your head around this little doozy: despite clearly being the face of WWE, John Cena has competed for the WWE Championship at the last five Summerslam events (2011-2015) and lost on every occasion. To roll the clock back even further, he hasn’t won a singles match at the event since 2007. Given the fact Summerslam is seen as WWE’s second-largest event behind Wrestlemania, it’s hard to believe.
24. Seth Rollins Was Born After WrestleMania I
More significantly, he is the first ever superstar to claim the WWE Championship having been born after the first iconic event on March 31st, 1985. Born on May 28th, 1986, Rollins is the first of many title holders in the future to make the list. WrestleMania is starting to get a bit old.
23. Shawn Michaels Kinda Sucked at WrestleMania
That’s right, “Mr Wrestlemania” is a fraud. Despite holding the illustrious title, Shawn Michaels went 6-11 at WrestleMania, including losing the rematch with The Undertaker to send him into retirement. But y’know, let’s just continue to pretend nobody took any notice of the past.
22. It Sucked to be Kevin Nash in the Early 90s
It’s almost unfathomable to believe arguably the biggest game changer in professional wrestling, along with Scott Hall, could also have so many bad gimmicks. Through his first stint with WCW, Nash had an orange mohawk and worked under the name “Steel,” dyed his hair silver and ripped off a character from the book the Wonderful Wizard of Oz as “Oz” – seriously, look up an old match, it’s so pathetic it’s hilarious – before being repackaged as “Vinnie Vegas,” a flamboyant mobster. To add to the embarrassment, he played Super Shredder in the 1991 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Dear lord.
21. Edge’s First Gimmick Was Terrible
Just about every successful superstar has had to work with a crappy gimmick, but this takes the cake. Before becoming one half of arguably the greatest WWE tag team of all time with Christian and a multi-championship winner, Edge was first known as Sexton Hardcastle, an early version of the Rated R Superstar that used more sex-related puns than Val Venis. Funnily enough, he spent most of the time under that name still working with Christian on the independent scene.
20. The Rock is Oassionate About Fishing
When he’s not dominating Hollywood or making half-hearted WWE comebacks, The Rock is layin’ the smackdown on the marine world. Although he is undoubtedly one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, most don’t know that Rocky is a skilled light tackle salt water fisherman. Take a moment to imagine him entering an arena to a video compilation of his greatest catches, then wallow in fear.
19. Sheamus was Bono’s Bodyguard
Before he was terrorizing children with his hilariously bad haircut and beard combination, Sheamus earned his extra pennies by warding off any threat to U2 lead singer and unwanted activist Bono. If the two were to be paired up in WWE , you could guarantee they would be the most successful heel tag team of all time. Also, most shades of Bono’s iconic sunglasses would match Sheamus’ mohawk.
18. Jake “The Snake” Roberts Never Won a WWE Title
Despite a highly successful run with the WWE from 1987 to 1992, amongst years in WCW and a later WWE return, Jake Roberts never won a major wrestling championship of any kind. Despite challenging Randy Savage, The Honky Tonk Man and Ted DiBiase for the Intercontinental Championship, Roberts was never booked to become a champion. It’s almost hard to believe and it seems like a huge error in judgement on the part of the WWE.
17. McMahon Family Gold
While Vince, Shane and Stephanie may not be recognized as wrestlers, they have all been recognized WWE title holders across their time as on-screen characters in the company. With Vince holding the WWE/ECW Championship, Shane winning the Hardcore Championship and Stephanie McMahon spending time with the Women’s Championship while husband Triple H held the top prize, the McMahons just can’t help rewarding themselves. In fact, the only McMahon family member not to hold WWE gold is Linda; just further proof that it pays to be a McMahon.
16. Lita has a Lower Lip Tattoo
It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that someone as expressive as Hall of Fame member Lita has a lip tattoo, but somehow it does. When living in a group house in Washington, Lita apparently decided it would be a fun idea to have the word ‘PUNK’ tattooed on her inner lower lip. Considering how awkward it would be to show off, you’ve truly got to question the point and purpose.
15. Brock Lesnar Likes to Kill Things
Pushing the boundaries of hunting beyond the odd deer kill here and there, Brock Lesnar Lesnar was cited with a ‘wastage of meat’ offense after footage emerged of himself and his brother Chad using high-powered rifles to hunt prairie dogs, leaving very little usable meat left over. The charge was later dropped, though it is just one of many hunting offenses that have been handed to the Beast Incarnate.
14. Jeff Hardy is 0-5 at WrestleMania
It’s almost hard to believe considering Jeff Hardy’s WWE success in both the tag team and singles divisions, but he has never won a WrestleMania contest. Although Hardy was involved in matches that featured multiple teams and opponents, he lost his final ‘Mania bout against brother Matt Hardy at WrestleMania XXV. The only other wrestler to have a worse record than Hardy is Goldust, who is 0-6 at the big dance, though that could be considered much less surprising.
13. CM Punk and DDP Were WrestleMania Extras
Using developing talent as extras during extravagant WrestleMania entrances appears to be the WWE’s new way of getting their future stars used to being on the Grandest Stage of Them All, but most don’t know that both CM Punk and Diamond Dallas Page completed the initiation. While Punk was an extra for John Cena’s WrestleMania 22 entrance, DDP drove the pink Cadillac carrying the Honkytonk Man, Greg Valentine and Jimmy Hart at WrestleMania VI.
12. Sting Almost Joined WWE in 2002
Although Sting eventually made his WWE debut at Survivor Series in 2014, a WWE introduction was penciled in way back in 2002. After WWE’s acquisition of WCW, Sting was set to square off against Kurt Angle at WrestleMania X8. However, not wanting to commit to the WWE’s full schedule, Sting passed up the opportunity, though we did get to see the two battle several times in TNA.
11. The Rock Holds a Hollywood Record
It’s no secret Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become an accomplished movie star, but what is surprising is how much Rocky earned for his first headlining movie role. As the starring actor in ‘The Scorpion King’, The Rock earned $5.5 million for his time and efforts, the most by any actor, male or female, in their first starring role.
10. The Macho Man’s Designer Worked With Legends
Some of the fondest memories of the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage are of his eccentric outfits – and of course a little catchphrase he shares with the Cool Aid guy – but it turns out someone actually designed Savage’s wrestling gear. Although a lot of the Macho Man’s ring attire looked like the result of various fabrics and patterns being thrown into a paper shredder, designer Michael Braun is responsible for the yellow leopard-print capes and rhinestone codpieces. Braun also provided memorable outfits for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Cher and Bon Jovi.
9. Shawn Michaels Featured in Playgirl
Yep, the WWE legend and devout Christian once did a spread for Playgirl magazine in the 90s. While playing up his Heartbreak Kid gimmick, WWE thought it would be a great idea for Shawn Michaels to feature in the notorious magazine. Although he wasn’t fully nude, it’s probably not one of those things Michaels will want to show off to his kids to remember his time as the WWE’s biggest player.
8. The Radicalz are Cursed
It’s the only possible explanation; think about it. Eddie Guerrero died in a Minneapolis hotel room, Chris Benoit murdered his wife and son before killing himself, Perry Saturn was shot twice while beating up two guys who were raping a woman and Dean Malenko nearly died after suffering a heart attack. If anyone who knows Saturn or Malenko is reading this, run. Far, far away.
7. Sin Cara Worked in a Real Morgue
Although it’s become a known fact that Paul Bearer worked in a morgue before his major involvement with WWE, Sin Cara also dealt with the dead before his WWE introduction as Hunico. Working at his grandfather’s funeral home before becoming a professional wrestler, Sin Cara is certified to embalm and conduct funeral director services. As for Bearer, after first becoming involved in wrestling in the late 70s, he stepped away from wrestling and took a job as a mortician and embalmer to pay the bills after his first child was born.
6. Stone Cold Steve Austin is Named After a Serial Killer
While serving his sentence as The Ringmaster during his early WWE days, Steve Austin was watching a documentary about serial killers which featured a man who locked his victims in a freezer. Austin decided he wanted to base his future character around that chilling concept, contacting WWE’s creative team and requesting a nickname that was based around temperature. Thankfully, nicknames like “Ice Dagger” and “Chilly McFreeze” were turned down, and Austin’s then-wife told him to drink his tea before it became “stone cold.” On the back of an off-chance comment, Stone Cold Steve Austin was born.
5. William Regal Collects Reptiles
Not only is William Regal a real man’s man, he’s also an amphibian’s man (I’m so sorry). In Regal’s autobiography titled ‘Walking a Golden Mile’, he went into detail about his collection of replies, which included two snakes, eight lizards and a tortoise at the time the book was published. When captured shopping for a new reptile, Regal said “This, to me, is the greatest thing in the world, right here.” The gentleman villain and on-screen NXT general manager just got a whole lot creepier.
4. Wade Barrett was Stabbed
It’s easy to shrug gloating off when it comes to professional wrestling, but Wade Barrett really did compete as a bare-knuckle boxer in Europe. From all reports, he was also incredibly good at it. After one event in which Barret won, he was attacked by an attempted robber who threatened Barrett with a knife. Although Barrett hasn’t made much comment on the incident, he reportedly received a 12-inch cut across his back and was taken to hospital after severe blood loss. Funnily enough, he still managed to escape with the money.
3. Goldust Almost Got Breast Implants
Although the current version of Goldust is certainly watered down, there was a time when he truly was the most bizarre character in sports entertainment. As though he needed to confirm that after consistently appearing on Raw in bondage gear, Goldust made a genuine pitch to WWE in 1999 that involved him getting breast implants for the sum of $1,000,000 as a way to save his fledgling career. Apparently Vince McMahon considered the idea, though Goldust was fired from the company soon after. Thank god.
2. Ric Flair Doesn’t Know His True Birth Name
It comes as no surprise that Ric Flair isn’t the Nature Boy’s real name, but what is surprising is that Richard Fliehr isn’t his given name either. Sketchy records show that the 16-time world champion was in fact born in Memphis in 1949 under the name Fred Phillips, Fred Demaree or Fred Stewart. Flair was adopted from the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, which was found guilty in the 50s of kidnapping children and arranging illegal black market adoptions. Most records of the orphanage have been destroyed.
1. The Undertaker is Afraid of Cucumbers
During a shoot interview, the late Paul Bearer revealed that The Undertaker fears cucumbers. As the story goes, Bearer was looking to get revenge on The Deadman after a trip on the road resulted in Bearer wetting his pants – a fun story on its own. How did ‘Taker’s fictional father get revenge? By exploiting his fear of cucumbers and putting a number of the vegetables in his hat. When ‘Taker picked the hat up, he reportedly had a panic attack and vomited.
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