Wrestling is a sport that is like a brilliantly choreographed dance, but still pretty brutal. When wrestling stars, such as John Cena and Dwayne Johnson are in the ring, their predetermined moves and drops of sweat prove their dedication to their craft. Their routine, however, is broken on some occasions. Continue reading to find out about really unhinged, unplanned, and scary fights wrestlers had in real life.
Kofi Kingston Picked A Fight With His Boss
While Kofi Kingston is not really a memorable WWE star, he did try to boost his career and thought that picking a fight with his boss, Vince McMahon, was the way to do it. However, the fight was definitely unplanned and happened because Kofi got upset. He discovered that Vince McMahon was purposely picking on him. When Kingston confronted McMahon, the WWE CEO responded by doing a double leg takedown on Kingston, but McMahon did not pick on Kingston again after the confrontation.
Chris Jericho Versus Bill Goldberg
Fighting Bill Goldberg was Chris Jericho’s dream throughout his career, but Goldberg always refused to fight Jericho, thinking that he would not go down to the level of fighting the much-smaller wrestler. One day, Jericho thought he was finally going to get his dream match but when he looked at the script, it said Goldberg had to pin him in less than one minute. Jericho refused the match and years later, he claimed on his podcast that Goldberg confronted him over online trash talking and attempted to choke him. According to Jericho, he put the big man in a front-facelock and added a body scissor.
Tom Prichard Versuse Tracy Smothers
When Tom Prichard fought alongside Tracy Smothers in WWE, Tom believed that Tracy was intentionally hurting other wrestlers and argued about this. While they were on their way to a show, they pulled over and exchanged punches. The police arrived at the scene, but the wrestlers managed to convince cops that they were just rehearsing for the show. As the police were about to leave, they heard Tracy telling Tom that the cops had saved him from a beating, so the police warned both wrestlers that they would get arrested if they did not leave right away.
Sean Michaels Versus Marty Janetty
During the early part of Shawn Michaels’ career, his tag team with Marty Janetty was very popular, but for some reason, the two fought each other outside the ring, with Marty claiming he beat Shawn quite easily. After the altercation, Marty said, “[Shawn] can’t fight. He’s a good wrestler, but he can’t fight.” Actually, the police had to step in to stop the fight. The cops almost arrested Marty but Randy Savage told the police that they were practicing for a future match.
Ken Shamrock Versus The Nasty Boys
When Ken Shamrock was just starting his promising wrestling career in the independent leagues, he encountered Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags (also known as the Nasty Boys). The two were trying to hit on on another wrestler’s girlfriend, so Ken intervened and things got physical. At their hotel, the three wrestlers confronted each other, but the Nasty Boys gave Shamrock a beating. Even years after the incident, Shamrock still did not forgive Knobbs and Sags for what happened and even threatened to fight the two at an airport. The Nasty Boys did not take the bait.
Sid Vicious Versus Arn Anderson
In a meeting, Sid Vicious verbally attacked Arn Anderson, but it did not turn physical until later. Their argument was about money and the fact that some WCW wrestlers were paid much less than others. That night, they began yelling at each other and got into a fight. It was a miracle they survived since Sid grabbed some scissors and both of them suffered serious injuries that required a surgery.
Vader Versus Paul Orndorff
Paul Orndorff and Vader’s epic fight never should have happened because just had a simple miscommunication. Vader reportedly got permission to come in late for a photo shoot, but no one told Paul about this, so he reprimanded Vader for being unprofessional. Being the hot head that he is, Vader confronted Orndorff, who slapped the big guy. A fight ensued and both fell to the ground. Other people had to separate them and WCW later released Vader from contract.
Booker T Versus Batista
Wrestling is a sport that is overflowing with egos, and Dave “Batista” Bautista was one of them. He took credit for Smackdown’s rise in ratings, but Booker T did not agree with and made sure that Batista knew. The verbal altercation turned into a 30 second-fight. This left Batista’s face bloodied and cut up while Booker T had a black eye.
Buff Bagwell Versus Hurricane Helms
In the past, there were only a few who had bigger egos compared to Buff Bagwell’s. In WCW, nobody cared, but in WWE, his ego became a big problem. Perhaps this was the reason why he got fired after having only two matches. In his short-lived career in WWE, Bagwell got into a fight with Hurricane Helms for some unknown reason, but Helms claimed that the other wrestler attacked him from behind. Helms got even and threw a water bottle at Bagwell, which knocked the other wrestler over and ended the fight.
Khali Versus Big Show
This is probably the least interesting fight we have on this list. With both behemoth wrestlers, you would expect an earthquake to happen, but instead, Khali and Big Show just kept on slapping each other until they both fell to the ground. They got into a fight because Khali did not want to apologize for pirating Big Show’s signature move. According to Jericho, he and other people witnessed the whole thing but nobody wanted to get in the middle of “King Kong versus Godzilla.”
Brock Lesnar Versus Curt Henning
WWE prefers not to discuss this fight, which happened during a flight. The company’s reputation was not only hurt because of Brock Lesnar and Curt Henning’s fight but also because Rick Fair got drunk and flashed the flight attendants. At the time of the incident, Lesnar was still a rookie and had too much to drink. He and Henning got into a fight and almost opened the emergency door of the plane. Lesnar later just laughed the altercation off and said it was because of the seven-hour flight.
Awesome Kong Versus Reby Sky
The fight between Awesome Kong and Reby Sky happened in front of Reby’s kid. Back in 2016, even though the wrestlers did not really get along, they were still assigned to the same changing room. Kong got angry when Sky tried to change close to her and forced Sky to leave the dressing room. Even though Sky only returned to get her things, Kong grabbed Sky by the throat. Unfortunately, Sky’s son, Maxel, was also in the room and saw the entire thing, so TNA immediately fired Kong.
Shawn Michaels Versus The Harris Twins
The Harris Twins fought with Shawn Michaels after they discovered that Michaels mocked them for their performance in 1995. As they were leaving the company, the twins sought Michaels to confront him. Michaels was taking a shower in the bathroom when they found him and the twins locked themselves together with the wrestler. The twins cornered Michaels, banged him on the wall and told him to keep his mouth shut, that he was a really awful person, and not worthy of a beating. The twins left with their moral victory and their heads held high.
Ric Flair Versus Eric Bischoff
Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff did not like each other, and even after moving to WWE from WCW, things did not change. Flair once turned up at Bischoff’s office unannounced, demanding a fight. At the time, Bishcoff was actually talking to his wife on the phone and he was caught by surprise, so Flair threw some punches to make it clear to Bishcoff that he was not kidding. Although Sgt. Slaughter came and broke up the fight, the incident caused enough bad blood that Vince McMahon needed to get involved.
Brutus Beefcake Versus Haku
Brutus Beefcake should have thought things carefully before he made a complaint to the management regarding his fight with Haku. Brutus said that during their match, Haku was hitting him excessively hard, but when Haku discovered about the complaint, he grabbed Beefcake by the neck and pressed him against the wall in the bathroom. No one tried to pull them apart because they were afraid of Haku, and it was only Hulk Hogan who talked him into letting Beefcake go. Haku and Beefcake were not punished and Brutus Beefcake never made a complaint against Haku again.
Kevin Nash Versus Roddy Piper
Roddy Piper once disregarded routine inside the ring, so Kevin Nash taught him a lesson. Piper and Ric Flair were in a private room when Nash banged at the door and shouted at Piper for not following the script. Nash slapped Piper on the face when he finally got inside the room and Piper fought back by attempting to kick the other wrestler’s injured knee. However, everybody that was inside the room broke up the fight, and this issue never surfaced between Nash and Piper again.
Koji Kitao Versus The System
Koji Kitao was a disgraced sumo wrestler who joined the WWE to help promote pro wrestling in Japan. For his first match, Kitao had to fight Earthquake, who was a pretty successful sumo wrestler that became a pro wrestler. Kitao was embarrassed to fight Earthquake because Kitao’s rank was higher when they were both still sumo wrestlers. Kitao did not follow the script when the fight started, and they just circled and stared each other down. Kitao then kicked the referee, took the microphone, told everyone in the arena that wrestling is fake, walked out, and did not return again.
Nailz Versus Vince McMahon
Before the start of SummerSlam in 1992, Nailz determined that he was not getting paid enough for the said event, so he decided to confront Vince McMahon, his boss, on live TV. Muscling his way to McMahon’s office, Nailz began choking him and had to be pulled off from his boss. After this, Nailz got fired right away, but it seems that he never got over this because years later, he tried to get back at his former boss in court. McMahon was on trial due to a steroid offense and Nailz was summoned to testify, but Nailz was so angry that he was unable to put coherent thoughts together, which led McMahon to getting acquitted.
Scott Hall And Kevin Nash Versus The Nasty Boys
There were a lot of things regarding this fight that resulted in the Nasty Boys getting fired, so we will do our best to make things simple. Even though Nasty Boy Jerry Sags suffered a major neck injury, he was still forced to fight. He agreed to fight as long as his opponents would not come near his neck. However, during a match a couple of months later, he was hit in the neck by Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, so Jerry lost his temper and attacked Scott continuously with unscripted punches. The incident led to the firing of the Nasty Boys, but Hall and Nash did not get fired.
Shawn Michaels Versus Bret Hart
In 1997, tensions between these two wrestlers boiled over after they had unsatisfactory talks with Vince McMahon. For some reason, Hart thought that the best way to handle his frustration was to beat up Michaels, who got cornered in one of the changing rooms. Several wrestlers were needed to break up the brutal fight. Michaels was so upset that he was willing to quit WWE and go back to WCW and even stormed McMahon’s office to tell him. After having a leave of absence, Michaels came back to WWE the following July.
Brock Lesnar Versus Kurt Angle
When he started his career in WWE, Brock Lesnar was young and had a big ego. He bragged that he could beat the WWE icon Kurt Angle easily. An Olympic gold medallist, Kurt Angle took these talks seriously, so they settled their dispute inside the ring. Angle won, demonstrating that size doesn’t matter, but after the fight, he was humble enough to admit that he had felt a bit scared knowing that he was fighting a guy who weighed 80 pounds more than he did.
Shaemus And Tatsu Fought Over Money
Before they became popular, these two fighters had lived and trained together, but their relationship ended up turning sour. When Shaemus gave back a protein shaker that he borrowed and used but did not clean, Tatsu got upset, but Shaemus not doing the dishes was actually just the last straw. Shaemus owed Tatsu some money and even threw the shaker at his roommate. This started the fight, which Tatsu easily won because he had had training in the New Dojo.
Joey Styles Was Fed Up With JBL
Joey Styles was a former ECW announcer, who unfortunately got bullied by JBL during during a WWE tour. Most wrestlers just ignore JBL but Joey got tired of being verbally abused by JBL, so he decided to do something to stop it. Other wrestlers had to break the fight between Joey and JBL, but that was not the last of their altercation. The wrestler approached the announcer again, but he was met with a right hook, so JBL ended up with a black eye while Joey got victory.
Simon Gotch Versus Sin Cara
During his SmackDown! days, Sin Cara was involved in a lot of backstage fights, and one of his more famous ones was with Simon Gotch. Nobody knows the reason why they fought, but everybody knows that Simon Gotch got served by Sin Cara. The fight was pretty quick and one-sided too, and happened during meal time.
Randy Savage Versus Road Warrior Hawk
Back in 1996, Randy Savage fought with Road Warrior Hawk for reasons no one really knows. The first incident happened backstage, and Savage ended up getting knocked out by Hawk. Another fight they had occurred three years later, while they were at a Kid Rock concert, where Hawk got sucker punched by Savage and Hawk’s wife was attacked and seriously injured by Savage’s girlfriend. Even though Hawk threatened to sue, he never took action and said that feuds between wrestlers can’t be settled in court.
Chris Jericho Versus Brock Lesnar
During Summerslam one year, Chris Jericho got infuriated when Brock Lesnar blew up at Randy Orton. Jericho was displeased with the outcome of a fight, so he went off on Lesnar, who had full ego on display and told Jericho either to kiss him or punch him. Of course, things did not go over well, so the two started fighting. The fight was initially broken up by Triple H, but moments later the two started to fight again, so Vince McMahon had to break up the fight at this point.
Triple H Won Against Scott Steiner In A Power Struggle
Scott Steiner was a mainstay in WCW before transferring to WWE in 2002. When it comes to business, stealing Steiner from the rival company seemed to be a good move but Steiner and Triple H developed a rivalry, which led to everything falling apart. Behind the camera, Steiner was openly trash talking Triple H, which caused bad blood between them. We have not found a story about them fighting backstage, but we are quite sure Triple H was the reason why Steiner was fired, since Triple H is still working for WWE.
Kurt Angle Versus Jeff Jarrett
Kurt Angle’s boss at TNA started dating his ex-wife. In the end, Jeff Jarrett married Angle’s ex-wife, and then exploited the heartbreak by creating a storyline around it. On TNA, Angle and Jarrett’s feud was not just a show. Watching the fights between them closely, you would see that Angle is not just acting, but was making a point.
Bruno Sammartino Versus Antonio Inoki
Sammartino said that he fought Inoki while they were in a match back in the ’70s. According to Sammartino, he disapproved the behavior that Inoki was showing in the ring, so he dealt with his foe in quite a brutal manner. While on the sideline during a tag team match, Inoki started fighting Sammartino, so the Italian Strongman put Inoki in a headlock, almost incapacitating the Japanese wrestler. The two never did make up, but they never had other professional problems either.
Bill Goldberg Versus Steven Regal
When Goldberg was scheduled to go up against Regal, the WCW rookie was having a winning streak. There are conflicting reports regarding the reason for Regal going off-script, but he basically blindsided Goldberg with moves which the younger wrestler had not seen before. Regal claims he was told by the higher-ups to make the fight last only six minutes, but nobody told Goldberg, which caused this routine fight becoming a real life scuffle inside the ring. The match exposed Goldberg’s unreadiness to be part of the big boys.
Saturn Had Trouble Controlling His Temper
Saturn was never really a big WWE star and his matches were proof of that. Besides that, he had a bad temper, which prevented him from getting to great heights. For example, Saturn went up against Mike Bell in a match, but his opponent nearly hit his head, so Saturn got upset. He delivered real and vicious blows one after the other on Bell, but he did not stop there and Saturn finished off the other wrestler by slamming him into steel steps. WWE punished Saturn and in his next storyline, his girlfriend was a mop.
Daniel Puder May Have Beat Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle once challenged anyone to fight him on MTV’s Tough Enough experiment. Daniel Puder took up the challenge and did not go easy on Angle – after all, Puder had a mixed martial arts background. Angle might have believed that he would beat Puder easily, but the younger wrestler got serious and started beating Angle with ease. WWE officials were shocked and a referee was instructed to call a pin, when Puder was holding Angle in submission but his back was to the ground. Angle was declared the winner.
JBL Took Things Too Far
John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL) once took things too far and got in trouble for it. During an ECW and WWE cross-promotion, JBL decided to single out the Blue Meanie during a planned brawl. In the end, cameras caught Blue Meanie bleeding profusely, and to settle the score, a regular fight between them was scheduled by WWE. Blue Meanie hit JBL using a chair and yelled at his opponent that he had it coming.
Andre The Giant Got Bored
Andre the Giant was once among the biggest stars in WWE. He was scheduled to be in a match with Akira Maeda, who was temperamental in the ring. Andre was not one to put up with people who talked him down, so during the match, Andre shrugged off practically all the moves Maeda tried to do and looked bored. The Giant was actually bored (and drunk) and went off-script, so the crowd soon got bored as well and started booing.
Lex Luger Was Done
When Lex Luger met Bruiser Brody in the ring, Luger’ emotions got the better of him. It was already agreed that Luger would be the winner of the match, but Brody refused to accept it and decided to go off-script. The confused Luger became Brody’s victim and he was attacked with vicious moves. In fear, Luger climbed to get out of the cage, got his car keys, and decided to drive off without even showering.
Mildred Burke And June Byers In An Unscripted Fight
When Women’s champion Mildred Burke and her promotion runner husband Billy Wolfe broke up, he gave June Byers the title. However, the women agreed to an unscripted fight so that they can settle their score. While Burke was confident that she would win, Byers worked quickly and attacked her opponent’s knee, which had been previously injured. Burke got trapped in a kneelock, with her leg getting dislocated, so the fight ended after half an hour and Byers won by points.
Wendi Richter Versus The Spider Lady
Wendi Richter once made threats to quit WWE for higher pay but this caused her a big problem. Vince McMahon scheduled her to go up against the Spider Lady, but even at the start of the match, people already knew that something was off. The Spider Lady pinned her but Richter managed to rip off her opponent’s mask and saw that she was actually fighting the Fabulous Moolah. Richter was enraged and did not give the belt to her opponent, but it was forcibly taken from her backstage. Richter left WWE right after the match.
The Great Antonio Was Knocked Out By Inoki
Canadian monstrosity The Great Antonio and Japanese wrestling legend Antonio Inoki once met in the ring, but tensions boiled over due to the Canadian wrestler going off-script. In the end, The Great Antonio was knocked out by Inoki who did an unexpected combination of a leg sweep and a foot stomp on his opponent. The fight had to be stopped by Inoki’s manager, who ran inside the ring. Antonio Inoki may not be popular in the west, but someone has described him as “Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon rolled into one.”
The Original Fight
During the early days of wrestling, there was a match between Wayne Munn and Stanislaus Zybsko. Even though it was already agreed that Munn would be the winner, Zybsko went off script and repeatedly pinned his opponent. Since the crowd slowly started chanting Zybsko’s name, the referee was forced to proclaim him the winner. Zybsko sabotaged the match since someone had paid him, but after collecting his money, he lost the next match and the belt went to Joe Stetcher.
The Dynamite Kid’s Teeth Was Knocked Out By Jacques Rougeau
It is widely known that the Dynamite Kid treated his fellow wrestlers terribly, so this one is not really that surprising. One night, Jacques Rougeau was ambushed by the Dynamite Kid backstage before a show in Miami, which caused Rougeau’s nose to bleed. Rougeau actually spent the next few months planning out his revenge, and when they finally met in the ring again, The Dynamite Kid got sucker punched by Rougeau with a roll of quarters in his hands. Four of The Dynamite Kid’s teeth were knocked out, and Rougeau had to be pulled off of him by other wrestlers.
Michael Hayes Vs. JBL And X-Pac
“The Plane Ride From Hell” is pretty well-known and while a lot happened on the flight, let us focus on a few things. The drunk wrestlers and managers of WWE set things in motion, and a drunk Michael Hayes punched JBL in the forehead, which opened a gash. When Hayes fell asleep, X-Pac or Sean Waltman cut off Hayes’ ponytail. The wrestler did not even notice that his hair was shorter until he went through customs later.
MVP Vs. Bill DeMott
According to a few people, they witnessed Bill DeMott talking down to MVP during a training session. DeMott took things too far that time and the next day, MVP went to DeMott’s office, asking to speak with the trainer for a bit outside. DeMott refused, saying that he was in a meeting and that MVP could say whatever he wanted to in the office. MVP did and he very explicitly said that he would beat DeMott to a pulp if he spoke to MVP the same way again. This tactic appeared to have worked as DeMott did not say anything negative to MVP again.
Shawn Michaels Vs. Marty Jannetty
There was once a fistfight involving Jannetty and Michaels where the police were called. The cops arrived while Jannetty was on top, looking worlds better than Michaels who was bruised and beaten, so they assumed Jannetty started the fight. They were about to cuff him when Macho Man Randy Savage came and asked what was happening. Recognizing him, the police got excited, and Jannetty quickly told Savage regarding the fight. Savage managed to smooth things over with the police, claiming that the fight was a setup for a storyline, so they let Jannetty go after signing some photos for the officers.
AJ Styles Vs. The Zebra Kid
During a promotion match in the UK, Zebra Kid decided to do the piledriver on Roderick Strong outside of the ring without calling it, apparently. When AJ heard about this, he went off on Zebra, but Zebra calmly explained that he did it on purpose. AJ thought Zebra was messing with him but when he noticed that he was not getting any support from the room, AJ started to think that he was making a mistake, especially since he noticed that Zebra was getting more and more angry. AJ tried to diffuse the situation by playfully punching Zebra on the arm, but Zebra shoved AJ away in a manner which was not playful, before walking away.
Bruiser Brody Vs. José Gonzalez
Brody was known to be difficult since he did things his way and was set in his ways. As time passed by, the Puerto Rico office was getting frustrated with him, so wrestler and agent José Gonzalez was tasked to deal with Brody. Holding a towel, Gonzalez approached Brody and asked if he could speak to him inside the dressing room showers. The other wrestlers soon heard a terrible scream and a scuffle, and Brody stumbled out after being stabbed by Gonzalez. The next morning, Brody passed away from his wounds but Gonzalez was not charged with murder since he claimed self-defense.
Mr. McMahon Vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
“Stone Cold” and Mr. McMahon’s rivalry was one of the reasons why The Attitude Era was really successful. However, behind the camera, a professional disagreement between the two led to Austin leaving WWE in 2002. After Austin’s walkout, Mr. McMahon and WWE publicly acknowledged the situation. Fortunately, time heals all wounds. The two had a meeting later that year which allowed them to resolve the matter.
Edge Vs. Matt Hardy
These two brought sports entertainment to another level when they, together with Christian and Jeff Hardy, reinvented WWE’s Ladder Match. However, the part about this that most people probably remember is the relationship between Matt Hardy and Edge. Their rivalry had serious personal overtones in 2005. When Hardy got injured, Diva Lita, his then-girlfriend, started going on the road with Edge. This led to the backstage hostility, since Lita and Edge began moving towards the romantic line.
John Cena Vs. The Rock
Their rivalry never resulted in a backstage fight, but John Cena and The Rock’s beef with each other did not really come from WrestleMania’s bright lights. Many people think the wrestler’s bad feelings originated from comments that Cena made about The Rock during an interview in 2007. A video was shared online, showing The Rock’s response, in which the wrestler accused Cena of competing simply for the money. However, it seems like their harsh feelings for each other had already subsided as The Rock held his opponent’s hand high up when Cena won the WWE title after their match in WrestleMania 29.
CM Punk Vs. Jeff Hardy
CM Punk once again caused a huge fuss in the wrestling community after appearing on the podcast of his good friend Colt Cabana and making some startling revelations concerning WWE performers, management, and even medical staff. In 2009, CM Punk had an amazing feud with Jeff Hardy while they competed on SmackDown. The two had very different lifestyles, and this resulted in real-life heat between them, with Punk making comments at Hardy regarding his substance abuse. Naturally, these comments were not taken lightly nor did Hardy appreciate them and he retaliated. A video has been shared online showing Jeff accusing Punk of not having a straight-edged lifestyle and claiming that Punk takes prescription drugs to help him fall asleep.
Ric Flair Vs. Scott Steiner
Scott Steiner once filmed a WCW promo regarding Ric Flair, AKA “The Nature Boy”, which included Steiner’s hate-inspired rant about Flair and his claim that Flair was just a Buddy Rodgers ripoff. However, their feud had started even before this happened. Flair had a large amount of stroke in WCW. Steiner said that following the infamous promo, Flair came up to him at the arena parking lot though the wrestler cowered and ran away from Steiner.
Randy Orton Vs. Ken Anderson
Randy Orton has earned a backstage reputation over the years. It is known that he is short-tempered and at times, difficult to deal with. Ken Anderson, also known as Mr. Kennedy, became Orton’s victim. Randy complained that Ken was just too dangerous in the ring, and after that the company released Mr. Kennedy.
Jim Cornette Vs. Vince Russo
These two have been in professional wrestling for a while now, and they have given and received a good amount of criticism, but the amount of slander cannot compare to the animosity they have for each other. According to Vince Russo (who is said to have burned down traditional wrestling barriers and made way for the Attitude Era), Cornette’s feelings towards him come from their time in WWE, when Vince McMahon chose Russo as a creative team partner over Cornette. At times, the feud can feel sort of one-sided as Cornette has criticized Russo a lot over the years and even went so far as putting the blame for Owen Hart’s tragic death on Russo. Cornette said that Russo booked Hart as a superhero when he should have just let him be a wrestler.
Mick Foley Vs. Ric Flair
Most fans find it hard to dislike either Mick Foley or Ric Flair, but these two wrestlers did not see eye-to-eye at one point, with their issues stemming from a literary standpoint. Foley wrote in his autobiography: “Flair was every bit as bad on the booking side of things as he was great on the wrestling side of it.” Foley was referring to the time that Flair was on the WCW booking committee and how Flair booked him badly. Flair responded by writing about Foley in his very own autobiography, saying, “I do not care how many thumbtacks Mick Foley has fallen on, how many ladders he’s fallen off, how many continents he’s supposedly bled on, he will always be known as a glorified stuntman.” However, it seems that after all that, these wrestlers have settled their differences.
Hulk Hogan Vs. Randy Savage
In the late ‘80s, there was a partnership formed in WWE known as The Mega Powers, which was composed of Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, with Miss Elizabeth as their manager. The Mega Powers eventually split, which led to a match between Savage and Hogan for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania V, where Miss Elizabeth served as a mutual party. Off-screen, there were real-life tensions starting to build between the two wrestlers as Savage blamed both Hogan and Linda (who was still married to Hogan at the time) for the breakdown of his marriage to Miss Elizabeth. Hulk Hogan claims they had made peace with each other before Macho Man’s untimely passing.
Ric Flair Vs. Bret Hart
These days, Ric Flair and Bret Hart on good terms, but they used to hate each other. According to Flair, Hart over-exposed his brother’s death as well as the Montreal Screwjob, and Hart was not a money draw in America despite his popularity in Canada. While this was happening, an article was published on the Calgary Sun in which Hart disputed Flair’s comments. Hart claimed that the revenue he drew was more than what The Natch drew, and that his headlining performances had sold out crowds while Flair’s performances were just drawing half-empty arenas.
Hulk Hogan Vs. Ultimate Warrior
WrestleMania VI, which later became known as “The Ultimate Challenge”, was held in Toronto’s SkyDome and had two legends go up against each other – Hulk Hogan (WWE Champion) and The Ultimate Warrior (WWE Intercontinental Champion). The main event match was headlined by the two wrestlers and both titles were on the line. The two decades that followed this match saw both men go on different routes but they still hung on to strong resentment towards each other. During WrestleMania XXX weekend, The Ultimate Warrior made an appearance to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Hogan said they finally made amends during that time, but The Ultimate Warrior sadly passed away days after his induction.
Dulce Maria Garcia Rivas Vs. Rosemary
In modern wrestling, it is uncommon for wrestlers to shoot on each other, and they are mostly busy with tweeting about their matches as well as their love for fellow wrestlers rather than confronting them in the ring or in real life. Well, at TripleMania in Mexico in 2017, Dulce Maria Garcia Rivas got accused of shooting on Rosemary, the former TNA Knockouts Champion. At the end of the four-way match which Rivas won, she submitted Rosemary with an arm bar that ended up dislocating Rosemary’s elbow. Following this incident, some wrestlers spoke out against what Rivas did in the ring and Rivas later released a long statement about not knowing that Rosemary had gotten injured during the match.
Stan Hansen Vs. Vader
In the wrestling boom of the 1980s in Japan, wrestlers from America and Japan would jump between companies in order to get paid more. Because of all that buildup, Vader and Hansen put on a big match. When Vader approached the ring, he got hit by the large, heavy cowbell that Hansen was whipping, and it broke his nose. The wrestlers then started hammering each other, but Hansen was able to back Vader into a corner. Hansen beat Vader with heavy fists and a punch actually caused Vader’s eyeball to pop out.
Koko Ware Vs. The Masked Patriot
From September 1986 to June 1994, Koko Ware was WWE’s “Birdman”, which made him a really memorable wrestler, but prior to that, he was already a staple of CWA, the Memphis wrestling promotion. In 1986, Koko made an appearance on the weekly TV show of CWA and that day, his opponent was The Masked Patriot. The match started in a heated fashion as Ware got backed into a corner and the Masked Patriot delivered an open hand punch. To retaliate, Ware clubbed his fists, whipped the Patriot into the ropes, and laid a throat crushing clothesline which knocked the Patriot out. Ware then delivered shoot kicks into his dazed opponent, hauled his limp body up and did a shoot brainbuster.
Taz Vs. Sabu
In the 1990s, Taz and Sabu practically built ECW, being two of the longest-running grapplers of the promotion. From 1995 to 1996, Taz had many promo shoots to try and coax Sabu into the ring, and at last, they were booked for Barely Legal, the first ever pay-per-view of the company. The almost 18-minute match was rather stiff, with Sabu’s nose getting busted from Taz’s shots and the two continuing to pepper each other. Down the line, the two wrestlers would meet again in the ring multiple times. In another match, Sabu’s neck got broken (again) as Taz dragon Taz-plexed his opponent through a table.