Ever wonder about your favorite wrestler and what they do or dont do, or why they chose wrestling instead of another career, then youve hit the right spot. Take a look at the list and see what you can find out about your favorite superstar.
- Steve Austin is a big-time antiques collector!
One of the band members who performed DeGeneration X's theme song is Triple H's real life brother.
Test (Andrew Martin) was trained by Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
Brian Christopher and Scott Taylor were scripted to have a gay marriage as a part of a storyline at a PPV. Jerry Lawler (Brian Christopher's father) strongly objected, and the idea was nixed.
Kane (Glen Jacobs) was born in Madrid, Spain.
Edge (Adam Copeland) is actually engaged to Val Venis's sister.
Kane (Glen Jacobs) has a degree in English and Teaching.
Former WWE superstar, Tito Santana, owns a hair salon in Roxbury, New Jersey.
Prior to joining the WWE, Hardcore Holly (Robert Howard) worked as a full-time welder.
Bret "The Hitman" Hart used to co-own a professional hockey team known as The Calgary Hitmen.
Shane Douglas and Headbanger Mosh (a.k.a. Chaz) have licenses to teach!
Jerry Lawler and The Honky Tonk Man are cousins!
Shawn Michaels is a huge fan of country singer, Garth Brooks!
Bradshaw once competed in the NFL, but had to retire due to a knee injury.
The Rock is a skilled light tackle salt water fisherman.
Along with Chyna and Triple H, Perry Saturn and Albert were also trained by Killer Kowalski.
Before being purchased by World Wrestling Entertainment, most of WCW's theme music was composed by Jimmy Hart.
Colonel Robert Parker used to wrestle under the name of Robert Fuller before retiring and becoming a manager.
D-Lo Brown is a Certified Public Accountant!
Vader knows how to play the piano!
The Bushwhackers own a restaurant located in Tampa, FL known as "The Bushwhackers Down Under!"
Jerry "The King" Lawler is a die hard Cleveland Indians fan!
Marc Mero won three New York State golden gloves in boxing before entering professional wrestling.
Ahmed Johnson used to play football for the Dallas Cowboys.
Chris Chetti was the first man to graduate from ECW's House of Hardcore training school.
Kevin Nash played Super Shredder in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II" the movie.
Syxx-Pac is a computer whiz!
Duke "The Dumpster" Droese loves to do imitations. His best one is none other than Vince McMahon!
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin is also good at doing impressions. His best is none other than Eric Bischoff!
Brian Pillman played two years of football for The Cincinatti Bengals.
Before entering the WWE, Rena Mero was a top model for Guess Jeans wear.
Before she married Brian Pillman, Melanie Pillman went out with Jim Hellwig (The Ultimate Warrior).
Brian Lee (Chainz) was the best man at Mark Callaway's (The Undertaker) wedding.
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Marty Jannetty, and Blitzkreig have all used The Hollywood Blondes' theme music.
Scott Hall agreed to be the best man at Justin Credible's wedding ,but failed to contact him in the weeks before the ceremony, and ultimately no-showed.
Roddy Piper announced his last wrestling match would be at WrestleMania III against Adrian Adonis.
Terry Funk first announced his retirement in 1983.
In 1995, Buff Bagwell had calf implants, which leaked, and had to have them removed.
Vince McMahon, Jr. wanted to become a wrestler, but his father, the late Vince McMahon, Sr. strongly objected to him doing so.
Before breaking into wrestling, Jerome Young (New Jack) worked as a bounty hunter.
Tom "The Dynamite Kid" Billington despises his cousin "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith so much, he can't bring himself to say his name.
"The Crippler Cross Face" was invented by Dean Malenko, and not Chris Benoit.
The Big Show played college basketball at Wichita State.
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat suffered his career ending back injury in a match with Steve Austin, while they were in WCW.
During one drinking session, Andre The Giant downed 119 bottles of beer.
Barry Windham's father, Blackjack Mulligan, served time for counterfeiting.
Cactus Jack and Terry Funk were originally scheduled to face the New Age Outlaws in a "Barbed Wire Match" at WrestleMania XIV, but PPV executives strongly objected, hence the Dumpster Match.
Back when the ECW/WWE angle was going on, the WWE was going to hold a live Raw from the ECW Arena, despite it's size. This idea was nixed, however.
Back in the 1980's, Hulk Hogan's opponents were banned from mentioning his receeding hairline in interviews.
Stan Lane was once billed as Stan Flair, because people thought he resembled Ric Flair.
All Japan Pro Wrestling hasn't fed it's fans a count-out or a disqualification finish in over five years.
Shawn Michaels is married to former Nitro Girl, Whisper!
Marc Mero didn't leave WCW over money issues. He left because of the angle he was in, where he was involved with another man's wife.
Larry Zbyszko is a licensed pilot.
Sid Vicious once backed down from a fight with Brian Pillman in a hotel bar, retreated to his car to arm himself with a weapon with which to defend himself, and returned clutching a squeegee.
In many of his WrestleMania matches Randy Savage would foreshadow the result of his bout by the color hat he wore to the ring. Two examples: 1.) When he wrestled the Ultimate Warrior at WMVII as a heel and left as a babyface, he entered the ring wearing a white hat. 2.) When he defeated Ric Flair at WMVIII to take the WWE strap, he wore a gold costume.
Hulk Hogan agreed to drop the WWE Title to The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI, because he was planning on retiring, and wanted to pass the torch on to his babyface successor so he wouldn't have to come back and get "revenge" on a heel for his fans.
Hulk Hogan forced Vince McMahon to give him the WWE Title at the end of WrestleMania IX by threatening to no-show his tag team match earlier on the show with Brutus Beefcake against I.R.S. & Ted Dibiase.
WrestleMania VII was moved from the Rose Bowl to the Sports Arena in Los Angeles because Vince McMahon feared a sniper might try to take out lead heel Sgt. Slaughter, playing the role of a Iraqi sympathizer during the Gulf War.
Apparently feeling he had nothing to lose, Sid Vicious double-crossed Vince McMahon by kicking out of Hulk Hogan's leg drop at WrestleMania VIII. Sid had been caught cheating on a drug test a few weeks earlier and was going to be suspended. Sid's manager, Harvey Wippleman (who is said to have supplied Sid with the false urine sample that WWE official Dave Hebner found Sid carrying in a vile) reacted quickly, jumping into the ring and getting his man disqualified before all hell broke loose.
Vince McMahon wanted a Flair-Hogan main event for WrestleMania VIII, but before Flair surprisingly was unable to re-up on a contract with WCW, McMahon signed Sid with the promise he would wrestle Hulk Hogan at the next WrestleMania. So, McMahon went with a double main event of Hogan-Sid and Flair-Savage.
Prior to WrestleMania X, Vince McMahon had Lex Luger come out with the WWE Title for a television taping, scheduled to air after the Pay-Per-View. Either planning a swerve all along or changing his mind after word got out, McMahon had Bret Hart win the three-way tournament between Hart, Luger and Yokozuna.
In 1994, WCW used to hire paid models and actors to sit in the audience to cheer and boo their wrestlers because the audience was usually dead during their shows.
When WCW did the World Wide show, they used to have a monitor to tell the audience who to cheer and who to boo. On one occasion when Rick Rude and the Equalizer (the "heels") came out, the audience accidentally cheered for them, and WCW had to reshoot their entrance over again.
When Shawn Michaels was attacked outside of a nightclub by approximately 10 "thugs" (actually it was by a marine group), Shawn was accompanied by Davey Boy Smith and Sean Waltman (Syxx-Pac). Shawn tried to be the brave one, and he ended up suffering for it.
On May 11, 1987, Kevin Von Erich collapsed in the middle of the ring during an eight-man bout pitting him, The Fantastics, and Bruiser Brody against Brian Adias, Black Bart, Al Madril, and Al Perez. Fantastic member Tommy Rogers, seeing Von Erich turning blue, administers cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Bam Bam Bigelow was chosen as the opponent for Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania XI because he was the WWE's best big man worker. Bigelow says that as payment for doing the job he was promised a big babyface push down the road. That didn't happen because The Kliq (not fans of Bigelow) began gaining political power. Bigelow wasn't with the company very much longer.
The Undertaker is undefeated at WrestleMania's. His record as of this writing is 10-0.
Prior to WrestleMania XVI, a heel had never left a WrestleMania event as the WWE Champion.
Elektra was once married to "Big" Dick Dudley.
Former Washington Redskins head coach George Allen once offered Andre The Giant a contract to play professional football.
Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair's first match took place in October 1991 with the "Nature Boy" winning the contest.
J.J. Dillon thought of the "Model" gimmick for Rick Martel.
Rick Martel is a gourmet chef.
The Warlord (Terry Szopinski) was forced to retire following a 1996 car accident involving a Pizza Hut delivery carrier.
"Diamond" Dallas Page credits Bobby "The Brain" Heenen for coming up with the name "Diamond Cutter."
Spike Dudley is a former third grade teacher from Rhode Island before getting into the wrestling business.
Kurt Angle's wife is a former stripper.
In the summer of 1995, Kurt Angle failed a tryout to make the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.
Al Snow is well trained in martial arts, mat grappling, freestyle boxing, hardcore, and shoot-fight wrestling.
Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty won the WWE Tag Team Titles from Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart in October of 1990 at a taping for Saturday Night's Main Event. Neidhart had been fired and was filling contractual obligations, which including jobbing the tag titles to another team. In what should have been a minor point, the top rope broke at one point during the match. The Rockers defended the titles for a week after that, but then Neidhart was re-hired by the WWE, and Vince McMahon decided that the title change never actually happened. This is one of the goofier decisions of the 90s, and one of many to affect the careers of Shawn and Bret. As an explanation, a story was sent to Pro Wrestling Illustrated about the rope break causing an "unfair working environment" for both teams, and hence the title reign was annulled. This was simply to cover up for the fact that they reported the title change as fact a week prior and needed a reason to no longer report it as such. The title change was edited out of the Main Event broadcast, and thus went down in history that the Rockers never had the belts.
From 1986-1989 Ric Flair averaged 34 minutes per-match. In that span he had 19 matches that lasted longer than 50 minutes.
The Rock's wife Dany is the Associate Vice President of Merrill Lynch.
Leatherface caused the huge scar on Mick Foley's left arm.
Hulk Hogan earned $1.8 million for his match against "Macho Man" Randy Savage at Wrestlemania V.
Buff Bagwell, before becoming a wrestler was a model, exotic dancer and acted in a few soft porn flicks.
The "People's Eyebrow" was first named the "Heat Brow". The Rock called it that in college, but he changed the name due to the fact that the name didn't catch on.
D-Lo Brown began his career as the "head of security" for The Gangstas in Smokey Mountain Wrestling. He later debuted in the WWE as one of the many members of Faarooq's Nation of Domination entourage.
Former Nitro Girl Fyre (Teri Byrne) attended Arizona State University, and used to be a mortgage home broker.
Rick Rude was trained by Eddie Sharkey, who also trained the Road Warriors, Barry Darsow, and Nikita Koloff.
The British Bulldog (Davey Boy Smith) paid WWE $100,000 to get out of his contract to leave for WCW.
The orginial Midnight Express was a six man tag team in Alabama, consisting of Dennis Condrey, Randy Rose, and Norvell Austin.
Mark Henry and Pittsburgh Steeler Kevin Henry are cousins.
Jerry Jarrett thought of the "Ravishing" nickname for Rick Rude.
Dawn Marie appeared in the original Austin Powers MTV special as one of the go-go dancers and actually had a couple of speaking lines.
Gorgeous George, real name Stephanie Bellars, spent time in jail as a teenager for burglaziring a home and slashing a girl's face with a broken beer bottle.
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan got the idea of bringing a 2 x 4 to the ring from the movie, "Walking Tall."
Jim Hellwig (The Ultimate Warrior) studied to be a chiropractor in Atlanta.
Demolition Ax (Bill Eadie) is a former school teacher.
Two days before WrestleMania IX, Hulk Hogan was injured in a jet-ski accident. That explains the shiner he had when he wrestled at WrestleMania IX.
Roddy Piper was the best man at Ric Flair's wedding.
Before becoming a professional wrestler, Val Venis used to race motocross.
The Big Bossman was a prison guard in Georgia.
Randy Savage was trained by his father, Angelo Poffo.
Dusty Rhodes played college football at West Texas.
Verne Gagne trained Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
Lex Luger played college football at Penn State.
Meng once wrestled as jobbber Larry Hurst.
Johnny Ace once dated former adult film star Seka.
Madusa is an accomplished singer, and actually released a CD over in Japan.
The original idea for UPN's SmackDown! was for an all women wrestling show.
Kevin Nash was a doorman/bouncer at a Michigan night club before entering the wrestling business.
Disco Inferno was released from his WCW contract in '97 after refusing to do the job for Jacquelyn (now Jacky in the WWE). He returned to the promotion later in the year only after agreeing to wrestle her. However, Ted Turner had a "no man against woman violence" clause on his networks. So, Disco had to avoid making physical contact with her throughout the entire match.
Bad News Brown actually used the name "The Ultimate Warrior" before Jim Hellwig.
Stan Lane is the only wrestler ever trained by Ric Flair.
Del Wilkes sold the rights to the "Patriot" gimmick to Tom Brandi.
Simon Diamond was a catcher on the Virginia Commonwealth baseball team for three years, before an injury ended his baseball career. He eventually went back to college to get his degree in English.
Bruce Hart gave Wayne Ferris the "Honky Tonk Man" name.
Chyna is fully licensed to compete in boxing.
The WWE considered giving Dustin Rhodes a "Gunslinger" gimmick, before coming up with Goldust.
Rikishi has a brother that wrestles as Fatu in Japan.
Jimmy Hart thought of the "Three Count" gimmick.
Jimmy Hart and Jerry Lawler attended the same high school in Memphis (not at the same time).
Prior to WrestleMania IV, USA Today got a copy of the post-WrestleMania WWE Magazine which listed Randy Savage as champion before the tournament (where Savage beat Dibiase in the finals) took place. McMahon publicly referred to it as a coincidence.
The Ultimate Warrior left the WWE in 1991 because he and Vince McMahon did not come to terms on his future role. Warrior wanted to be in the title situation but the WWF saw differently. In 1992, the Warrior disappeared again because he did not want to get involved in a second-rate feud with Nailz.
In 1991, Ric Flair was fired/quit WCW. He showed up in the WWE soon thereafter holding the WCW title and claimed to be the "Real World's champion." The reason he was able to leave the company with the title is because he owned the title. WCW later bought it back from Flair for reportedly $75,000.
Former WWE announcer Craig DeGeorge is now the number one sports anchor for an NBC affiliate in Miami and now uses his given name, Craig Minnervni.
The former Bart Gunn (of the Smoking Gunns) wrestles as Mike Barton for All Japan Pro Wrestling.
When The Honky Tonk Man defeated Ricky Steamboat for the WWE Intercontinental Title, he was a replacement for "The Natural" Butch Reed who was scheduled to win the gold.
Before Mark Henry joined the WWE, he was sponsored by Titan Sports during the 1996 Olympic's in which he competed in the sport of weight lifting.
Bill Goldberg's father is a retired gynecologist.
Konnan briefly appeared in the WWE as "Max Moon" in 1992. He played the role of the man who hailed from "outer space" for a single WWE Superstars television taping.
Perry Saturn dated Chyna before she entered the WWE.
The Ultimate Warrior was the original spokesman for Slim Jim.
"Cowboy" Bill Watts came up with the idea of the Road Warriors using face paint.
Bob Backlund was a wrestling teacher at Central Connecticut State College!
Bret "The Hitman" Hart is an avid Boston Red Socks fan!
Before entering the world of wrestling, Rikishi earned money by dancing on the streets of San Fransisco!
On October 1, 1992, Kerry Von Erich was senteced to 6 felony counts of prescription forgery. He received a 10-year suspended sentence, 10 years of supervised probation, and a $6,000 fine. On February 18, 1993, Von Erich committed suicide by gunshot with a .44-caliber handgun, one day after being indicted on a cocaine possession charge. It was also later revealed that he had an artificial foot because of a car accident he was involved in in 1984.
Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth were supposedly "married" in August 1991. Actually, that was an angle to get a better buyrate for the Pay-Per-View. Savage and Liz were really married in December 1984.
On March 6, 1992, Paul Roma made his pro boxing debut which resulted in a 4-round loss when his manager threw in the towel. Roma won his first fight on April 1st with a 47 second TKO over Norman Fortini in Randolph, MA.
Owen Hart has either entered or left WrestleMania as a WWE World Tag Team Champion with three different partners: Yokozuna, Davey Boy Smith, and Jeff Jarrett.
Bret Hart is the only wrestler in history to be a triple crown winner in both the WWE and WCW.
Shawn Michaels forfeitted his WWE World Title on RAW due to his unwillingness to job to Bret Hart at WrestleMania XIII.
Hulk Hogan has never defeated Jerry Lawler in a wrestling match.
Ryan Shamrock once worked at a Strip Club in Houston, TX.
The Rock's first character in the WWE was Flex Cavana. He only wrestled under that name once.
Vince McMahon was Shane McMahon's best man for his son's 1996 marriage.
In 1968, Vince McMahon graduated from East Carolina State University with a degree in business administration.
Shane McMahon was on camera at Wrestlemania VI, as a referee named Shane Stevens.
Chris Kanyon wrestled under the name Chris Morgan in his pro debut match.
Wahoo McDaniel once played football for the New York Jets.
Jim Londos is credited with the invention of the sleeper hold.
In 1990, the Black Scorpion's voice was Ole Anderson's.
Jacqueline has a black belt in Tai-Kwon-Do.
The Midnight Express theme music was originally used by Randy Savage in Kentucky. Savage later used the theme from "Fame."
The Maryland State Athletic Commission banned Balls Mahoney for life.
Verne Gagne held the AWA World title for a total of 4,686 days.
Former oddity Giant Silva (7'3") is a former member of the Brazilian Olympic basketball team.
The Giant Gonzalez was a legitimate 7'6 1/2", and played on the 1988 Argentina basketball team.
Sho Funaki of Kaientai is a huge Shawn Michaels mark. He moved to San Antonio, Texas just to live in the same town as HBK.
Dr. David Schultz trained Kurt Angle for amateur wrestling.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin was born Steve Anderson.
Jerry Sags (Jerry Segenowich) of the Nasty Boys suffered a career ending injury from a Scott Hall chair shot.
In 1987, Benoit wrestled as "Dynamite" Chris Benoit in honor of his childhood hero, The Dynamite Kid.
In addition to training at Stu Hart's Dungeon, Benoit also trained in the Orient at New Japan's Dojo.
Former Horsemen manager J.J. Dillon was an English teacher before breaking into the wrestling business.
The WWE hired Bobby "The Brain" Heenan to manage Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
"Just" Joe (Joe E. Legend) was Rhyno's best man at his May 2000 wedding.
Prior to entering the squared circle, Steve Corino worked in a milk processing plant in Philadelphia.
In 1975, Ric Flair was in a plane crash with Johnny Valentine, Bob Bruggers and "Mr. Wrestling" Tim Woods. Modern medical science said that he'd never wrestle again.
In 1979, Hulk Hogan earned $125 a week from the AWA.
Hulk Hogan weighed 195 pounds at age 12.
The Rock is the first African American to hold the WWE Championship.
Johnny Ace has three degrees in business and two minors, one in economics and one in computer science.
William Regal was arrested in 1997 after causing a serious disturbance on a flight from Tokyo to the U.S. Regal allegedly urinated in the aisle of the plane. He had been on a tour of New Japan and was returning home when the incident occurred.
Lita got the tattoo on her left arm in Amsterdam, Holland in 1995.
Molly Holly's first televised WWE match was a Women's Title match against Jackie on a 1998 episode of Sunday Night Heat. She wrestled under the name Starla Saxton.
Lita has the word 'PUNK' tattooed on the inside of her lower lip.
Paul Heyman first got involved in wrestling at the age of 14. He worked as a photographer and at one point was employed by Vince McMahon, Sr.
The longest title reign in WWE history belongs to the Fabulous Moolah, whose reign as the first Women's Champion lasted from September 18, 1956 to July 23, 1984 (27 years, 10 months, 5 days).
Although they are not brothers, Edge and Christian have been friends since childhood and both went to the same high school and wrestling school.
The WWE promoted it's first card in 1963.
Bret Hart won the last non-televised King Of The Ring in September 1991. He pinned I.R.S in the final round ,and is the only man ever to win consecutive King Of The Ring crowns.
Before getting into wrestling, Lita worked as a swimming coach and also taught judo.
Kurt Angle graduated from Clarion University in 1992, where he received his degree in Geography. Angle had planned to become a Geography professor at a school where he could coach wrestling.
Molly Holly was trained to be a wrestler by Dean Malenko in spring 1997.
Chris Benoit received a WWE try out in 1994 ,but didn't impress management enough to be signed.
Test got into wrestling in January 1997 after meeting Bret "The Hitman" Hart at Planet Hollywood in Toronto. Bret gave him details on who to get in touch with to begin training.
Shortly after winning his Olympic gold medal in 1996, Kurt Angle got a job as a sportscaster in Pittsburgh with Fox television. After he left that job, he was contacted by Vince McMahon about joining the WWE in the Winter of 1996. Angle told Vince he was not interested.
Ron "The Truth" Killings taught some of M.C. Hammer's dance troop their moves.
Outside the ring Kurt Angle is part owner of a company that produces therapy belts and another one that makes wrestling gear, as well as being part owner of the company that makes the official WWE meat snacks. He and his wife Karen also own a nail and tanning salon.
WCW referee Nick Patrick was once in a rock band with B.G. James (Road Dogg) and Darryl Peterson (Maxx Payne/Man Mountain Rock).
Dean Douglas held the WWE Intercontinental title for the shortest time in history. Shawn Michaels forfeitted the title to him due to injury at In Your House 4, and then went on to lose the belt to Razor Ramon the same night.
Steve Austin is the only person to win the WWE Title at consecutive WrestleManias.
Bob Backlund holds the record for staying in Royal Rumble match the longest.
Only three Royal Rumble winners have not eventually become WWE Champion. (Big John Studd, Jim Duggan, & Lex Luger)
Four Royal Rumble winners have drawn number 27. John Studd '89, Yokozuna '93, Bret Hart '94 and Steve Austin '01.
Vince McMahon is oldest WWE World Champion of all time.
Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan are the only wrestlers to have wrestled a WWE World, WWE Intercontinental, and a WWE Tag Team Title match at a Wrestlemania.
Terri Runnels has an allergy to horses!
Steve Blackman contracted a case of malaria (while in Africa) so bad, that he had to quit pro wrestling for a while!
Kurt Angle had his first WWE match in mid 1998 against Christian at a WWE house show. This was four days after he began training at the WWE training facility!
The Godfather used to run strip clubs in Las Vegas before getting involved in wrestling. It was his real life friend Mark Callaway (The Undertaker) who got him the job in the WWF.
On May 26, 1987, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and the Iron Sheik were arrested by N.J. State Police. Duggan was charged with possession of marijuana and drinking alcohol while driving. Sheik was charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine. Duggan received a conditional discharge and Sheik received one year probation.
On July 4, 1989, Davey Boy Smith, Jason the Terrible, and Chris Benoit were injured in a head-on automobile accident in Jasper, Alberta. Smith suffered a cracked vertebrae in his back and needed a hundred stitches in his head after being thrown through the windshield of the car. Jason suffered two fractures in his left leg. Benoit suffered an injured right knee.
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