The WWE, which was once known as the World Wrestling Federation, has been around for a long time, and has changed the face of professional wrestling forever. Though it was founded by Vince McMahon back in 1980, it has actually exited longer than that. Back in 1952, a man named Roderick McMahon started Capitol Wrestling Corporation, and once Roderick McMahon died, Vincent James McMahon took over. His son, Vincent K McMahon bought it and turned it into the WWF.
Over its very long history, there have been many events that drew a lot of controversy, and like any corporation, any time something happens, there are rumors that spread like wildfire about the situation. Fans of the WWE have been exposed to a lot of things over the years, and these devoted WWE fans have come up with their own reasons why certain incidents occur. Over the course of its over 50-year history, the WWE has had some outrageous conspiracy theories designed to explain mysterious or confusing events, and some of them have been more than a little unusual. Here are 10 of the most outrageous conspiracy theories that have ever been associated with the WWE.
10. The Two Ultimate Warriors
The Ultimate Warrior died back in 2014, but there was a theory that he actually died back in 1991. Jim Hellwig, the real name of the Ultimate Warrior, vanished from the wrestling scene for a whole year, and then he returned in 1992. However, when Hellwig returned, he had a very different look that lead fans to believe it was not the real Ultimate Warrior. Fans contend the Hellwig died in 1991, which would explain his mysterious disappearance, and a look-alike was hired by Vince McMahon to impersonate the Ultimate Warrior. This conspiracy theory did not get any help from Hulk Hogan when the Ultimate Warrior, now shortened to just Warrior, made his WCW debut, and the first thing Hogan said to him was, “I thought you were dead!”
9. Vince McMahon Concealed a Murder To Protect a Wrestler
When you are the owner of a powerful company that generates millions of dollars, you do have some power. Apparently, Vince McMahon has more power than most, and when one of his wrestlers, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka was accused of murder, he did everything he could to get Snuka off the hook. To this day, there is still no answer as to what happened to Nancy Argentino. Apparently, she was taken out of Snuka’s room and rushed to the hospital with fluid coming out of her nose and ears. Argentino died, and the autopsy results stated that she had been injured by a blunt object to the head. As of 2014, a grand jury was going to reopen the case, but whether Snuka will be charged remains to be seen.
8. Randy Savage Was Kept Out of the WWE Hall of Fame Due to Stephanie McMahon
Macho Man Randy Savage, known to family and friends as Randy Poffo, had a long career in the WWE. However, despite being one of the biggest, and most colorful wrestlers the company had, when he died in 2011, he had yet to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. So why not? Fans of the late Macho Man wanted Savage to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but year after year, they were disappointed. One conspiracy theory is that Savage was deliberately kept out of the Hall of Fame because of Vince McMahon’s strong dislike of the man. Rumor has it that when McMahon’s daughter, Stephanie, was a young girl of 17, she had a relationship with Randy Savage. McMahon was very angry over the alleged relationship, and it kept the two men at odds for a long time. Macho Man Randy Savage was finally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015.
7. Vince McMahon Sent the NWO to Destroy WCW Company
Back in the 1990s, WWE and WCW were at war with one another over who was the best wrestling company in the business. During their feud, two of the most popular wrestlers in the WWE suddenly vanished and appeared on WCW as the NWO. The two wrestlers, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, who were known as Diesel and Razor Ramon, came to WCW to rule all. Turns out that the WWE and the WCW were in another war, but this one was over money that the wrestlers wanted in order to stay with the WWE. However, WCW offered more, and those two were now WCW wrestlers. With the help of the NWO, WCW became the number one company in wrestling. Soon after winning the wrestling war, WCW began to go downhill, and conspiracy theorists believed that McMahon was behind it, and sent Nash and Hall to destroy the WCW from the inside.
6. Vince McMahon Secretly Owned ECW
Now, this is an interesting conspiracy theory that fans have because it actually does seem to make some sense. At the height of the wrestling boom, there was the WWE, WCW, and ECW. Now, ECW always stood out from the other two because it claimed to be more extreme and hardcore than the two other federations combined. While it is true that some wrestlers from WWE and WCW ended up in ECW, like Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Rob Van Dam, this did not mean that Vince McMahon had anything to do with it. So many WWE stars ended up at ECW, and vice versa, that fans believed that ECW was actually a secret part of the WWE, and McMahon was its owner. The truth is that Vince McMahon did not own ECW, but he did support it (just not financially) and the many wrestlers that came from it.
5. Triple H Married Stephanie McMahon to Control the WWE
Triple H, also known as Paul Levesque, was first dating a wrestler named Chyna. However, the two of them parted ways, and a few years later Levesque began dating Stephanie McMahon. Now, while there was a story that involved Triple H marrying an unconscious Stephanie McMahon in Las Vegas, the fact is that the two of them were really seeing one another in real life. The two got married in 2003, and have four kids together, but the fact is that the fans believe Triple H only married Stephanie to gain control over the WWE. The couple has been married for 12 years, so if it is indeed just a sham marriage, it is one that has lasted for a long time!
4. Chris Benoit Was Innocent of Murder
The deaths of Chris Benoit, his wife Nancy, and their 7-year-old-son Daniel, were extremely tragic. After an investigation, it was ruled a murder suicide, and the legacy of Chris Benoit has been forever tainted. However, there are some fans that were so stunned by the news of what happened to Chris Benoit, that they created a conspiracy that he was in fact innocent of the crimes. Some fans believe that Kevin Sullivan, who was the ex-husband of Benoit’s wife Nancy, was the one actually responsible for the deaths of the Benoit family. Though the fans may disagree, there is no proof that Kevin Sullivan had anything to do with the death of the Benoit family, but it will always be a tragedy that will never make sense.
3. Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels Were More Than Friends
When two men hang out together, a lot, some people may take the fact they’re always together as a sign that something is going on behind the scenes. Two people that are believed to be more than just friends was WWE owner Vince McMahon and “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels. Now this conspiracy theory was not created by WWE fans, but other WWE wrestlers that saw that fact that Shawn was always going into McMahon’s office, and even let their opinion be known to the media. Believe it or not, the truth is that Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon were not lovers, just very good friends that liked to spend time together.
2. The Ultimate Warrior Was Murdered
In 2014, The Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and one week later, he was gone. The death of Jim Hellwig was so sudden that many fans came up with the conspiracy theory that he was murdered. Not only did fans believe The Ultimate Warrior was killed, they also came up with a list of suspects that may have had something to do with his death. The wrestlers suspected of having to do something with the death of Jim Hellwig are: Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, and the Honky Tonk Man. Apparently, The Ultimate Warrior made a few videos, and he had a few things to say about certain wrestlers. Could it be one of them got revenge?
1. The WWE Is Part of the Illuminati
One of the most unusual conspiracy theories about the WWE involves the idea that the wrestling organization is part of the Illuminati. Now, there are many fans that claim that some of the logos the wrestlers use, the hand gestures they make, are all part of the Illuminati ritual work. An example that fans offer as proof is Triple H. Ever seen the logo that Triple H uses on his t-shirts and his wrestling attire? The look of the logo itself has an unusual design, and many fans claim it resembles an Illuminati symbol. Fans also claim that if not for the Illuminati, WWE owner Vince McMahon would never have gotten the money to buy the company from his father, and the WWE would never have been born in the first place.