There are conspiracy theories anywhere and everywhere we look, so it should be no surprise that conspiracy theories also exist within the world of professional wrestling. Most of the time, the fans of wrestling don’t know (and aren’t supposed to know) what exactly happens backstage. Back before the days of the internet, it was easy for fans to think that everything that happened in the arena was real. But due to the rise of the internet and social media, conspiracy theories about professional wrestling exploded everywhere.
Now of course, this isn’t exactly a good thing. All it takes is for one person to claim something, for it to gain popularity, and then people start believing it to be true. The truth is that most of these conspiracy theories aren’t true at all; even though some of them run very deep, and others make perfect sense, that it would be easy to believe they couldn’t be true. Even though most, if not all, of these conspiracy theories are not true and completely fabricated, wrestling fans have still had a lot of fun debating them. Some of these conspiracy theories sure are fun, but others are just gloomy and disheartening. Many of these conspiracy theories have evolved into urban legends, despite having very little factual basis, hardly any real evidence and vague beginnings. Unfortunately, not even WWE has proven to be fortified enough to withstand the onslaught of these urban legends.
The following is a list of the top ten most unbelievable WWE conspiracy theories of all time. They have caused the most intense debates between WWE fans, that have come to be known as true, or that are just plain crazy. You may be puzzled after reading this article, but hey, you learn something new every day.
10. Shawn Michaels’ Back Injury was Fake
Shawn Michaels is widely regarded as one of the greatest WWE stars of all time. Although, it has been noted that in 1998, he experienced a severe back injury during a match with The Undertaker, forcing him out of the ring, for four whole years. A conspiracy theory that has evolved out of this story is that Michaels’ back injury was fake; could he really have that bad of a back injury to be out for four years, and then return to the ring to fight just as much as he once did? As far as we know, however, the back injury was real.
9. Vince McMahon Covered Up a Murder
In the early 1980s, Nancy Argentino was rushed from the motel of Jimmy Snuka to a hospital, where she tragically died. Autopsy reports revealed that she died of a brain injury. Snuka was never arrested, but he has given several different stories concerning what happened. Rumors started to fly around that Snuka murdered Argentino, but that Vince McMahon covered it up, on behalf of Snuka. While Argentino’s death is still being investigated to this day, no conclusive or incriminating evidence has yet to be uncovered.
8. Randy Savage Was Blacklisted Out of The Hall Of Fame
One of the great mysteries of the WWE world is why Randy Savage has never been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. When he passed away in 2011, most people assumed his induction would come almost automatically, but it never did. Soon enough, there were conspiracy theories floating around, but one of the most insane ones was that Savage had an affair with Vince McMahon’s underage daughter, Stephanie, and that McMahon subsequently chose not to renew his contract, and blackmailed him out of the Hall of Fame. While this story seems to appear truer with each passing year, it’s still likely a conspiracy (and an insane one at that).
7. Randy Savage Gave Hogan A Black Eye
Hulk Hogan showed up to a wrestling match with a black eye, but it’s never been revealed how, or why he got it. Many conspiracy theories erupted concerning the black eye, but none are more insane than this one. The conspiracy claimed that Hogan’s friend, Randy Savage, discovered an affair between Hogan and his wife, and that subsequently Savage attacked Hogan and gave him the black eye. In reality, it was revealed that Hogan suffered the black eye in a Jet Skiing accident.
6. WWE Loaned Money to ECW to Stay in Business
In the mid’1990s, WWE, WCW and ECW all fought for the highest ratings on TV’s sports entertainment. WWE and ECW in particular, were arch rivals and fought bitterly, but soon WWE began to see a slip in their ratings. Eventually in the late ‘90s, Paul Heyman, who ran ECW, invaded Monday Night Raw. The conspiracy theory that follows is that Vince McMahon gave Heyman money to stay in business, but there is still no evidence that this occurred.
5. The Rockers were Fired Due to a Bar Incident
Together in the late 1980s, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty worked together to fight their way through the arena, and give lesser known fighters a chance in the ring (as Michaels and Jannetty themselves, were relatively unknown at their debut). The duo, known as The Rockers, had a bumpy road. They were signed on to WWE, then were fired due to a bar incident, and then signed on again, one year later. At least so the rumor says. The conspiracy theory states that Michaels and Jannetty went to hang out with other WWE superstars at a bar, but everything eventually boiled down to a confrontation between the Rockers and Jimmy Funk, who was presumably drunk. It’s unclear what happened next, but some say a fight broke out, which led to The Rockers being fired. We still don’t know what happened that night at the bar, and indeed, we might never know.
4. Sabotage of The Shockmaster
The debut of The Shockmaster is one of the most famous events in WCW history. When his name was announced, The Shockmaster came through the Sheetrock, only to fall over and have his helmet fall off and roll away. While The Shockmaster was hyped up and advertised as being a fearless opponent in the arena, he ended up being a comedic WCW character. Allegedly, David Crockett (the executive at WWE at the time) was not fond of The Shockmaster to begin with, and would have sabotaged his entrance by nailing a board at the base of the wall that The Shockmaster tripped over, and ruined his career forever. However, the board has never been found.
3. Vince McMahon Sent Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to Destroy WCW
While Scott Hall and Kevin Nash were two of the biggest starts at WWE, their contracts were approaching their end in 1994. WCW wanted superstars from WWE, igniting a bidding war over the two wrestlers. Eventually, WCW won and in the process, became the number one professional wrestling promotion business in the entire world.
However, WCW soon suffered from poor financial decisions that led them to get bought out by WWE. The conspiracy states that Vince McMahon meticulously planned out WCW’s premise, by forcing WCW to pour money into getting Hall and Nash, when they were already nearly broke from upping the contracts of their own aging stars. Chances are, McMahon did not plan out WCW’s premise, since WCW was more popular than WWE at the time. Additionally, McMahon would not have wanted to give away two of his best stars, even for a little while.
2. Bret Hart Knew About The Montreal Screwjob
Rumor has it that it was pre-planned for Bret Hart to win the WWE title at the championship match, and then lose it to Raw, so he could move to WCW. McMahon did not agree with this plan, so he had the referee call the match early, and gave Shawn Michaels the championship instead. This is a consensus of what happened, but where things really become unbelievable is the rumor that Bret Hart was in the plan the whole time. However, it is very doubtful that Hart was in on it, and he couldn’t have been more disgusted when he lost the championship match.
1. Two Ultimate Warriors
Rumor has it that when The Ultimate Warrior returned to the arena at the eighth WrestleMania, it was a different guy who was hiding under the face paint. This was because The Ultimate Warrior who did return, had a different hairstyle, physical shape and gear than before. This has been one of the longest standing conspiracies, and is one of the most inexplicable theories. Although, it is now believed that there was only one Ultimate Warrior, named Jim Hellwig.