An urban legend is a tale or story that may or may not be true but has been passed down through generations so that no one really knows whether to believe it or not. WWE has seen many generations of wrestlers and therefore, they have their fair share of urban legends. Wrestling fans have been arguing for years on the validity of these stories.
Some urban legends seem plausible. Was John Cena really booked to fight Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 24 instead of Randy Orton and Triple H? We may never know the truth of the potential legendary match. Other urban legends border on the absurd. The story can sometimes be so bizarre that fans wonder whether it has to be true.
Urban legends only add to the intrigue of WWE and many of those who hold the key to the truth are usually not very forthcoming when it comes to settling the matter once and for all. While we may never know the truth, we can still reflect back on some of the weirdest urban legends in WWE’s rich history. Let us show you the 10 weirdest WWE urban legends that have appeared over the years and you can decide for yourself whether they could be true or not.
10. Austin and Raven’s Locker Room Incident
Stone Cold Steve Austin and Scott Levy, otherwise known as Raven, reportedly got into a fight in the locker room because of jealousy issues. Debra Marshall (who was Austin’s wife at the time) was cutting a promo close to the locker room showers when Raven appeared wearing only a towel. Austin heard the exchange between the two and got angry at Raven for apparently “showing off” in front of Marshall. Rumor has it that Raven is well endowed, and Austin allegedly choked and threatened Raven. Raven insists that he had no idea that Marshall was standing there and Austin apologized for his erratic behavior.
9. JBL’s Shower Hazing
John Bradshaw Layfield, otherwise known as JBL in the ring, was widely considered to be a bully in WWE. The professional wrestler was known for his hazing of younger wrestlers, but one urban legend that persisted is that he would get in the shower with the younger talent and soap up their nude bodies. We imagine that anyone would feel highly uncomfortable with that situation. The rumors continued after fellow professional wrestler Edge wrote in his book that, “[JBL] loves doing stuff like that. It’s like his way of weeding out the prima donnas to see who is going to be a cool kid and who is going to have an attitude. I just laughed along with it.”
8. Tony Atlas and His Weird Foot Fetish
An urban legend that has endured through the years is that wrestler Tony Atlas has a foot fetish. Whether he actually has a fetish or not, we aren’t sure…but we are sure that he at least has a strong appreciation of feet. It has been reported that the WWE Hall of Famer actually pays women to stomp him in the face. Atlas does nothing to dispel these rumors and even posted footage of himself taking a Doc Marten to the face at an indie wrestling event in 2005. While you might think he simply posted the video for the violence factor, don’t be so sure. When the camera pans out to show the reaction of Atlas, he is clearly pleased judging by the huge smile on his face.
7. Rey Mysterio Actually Dated Jennifer Aniston
A bizarre rumor that circulated in the mid-90s was that wrestler Rey Mysterio was dating the ‘Friends’ star. This rumor was ridiculous because it seemed that no one cared that Mysterio had a wife at that time. Mysterio showed his wife the magazine and they both got a good chuckle out of it apparently. Aniston never bothered to comment on the story, but Mysterio thought it was hilarious and wrote in his book later that he wasn’t sure where the rumor came from, but that he was “the first guy to grab the magazine. And I still have a copy.”
6. Sycho Sid Once Put a Squirrel down His Pants
The six-time world champion Sid Eudy was known to have a pet squirrel that he carried around with him everywhere. Rumor has it that other wrestlers challenged Sid to put the squirrel down his pants for one full minute. Not one to back down from a challenge, Sid obliged. The squirrel ended up biting him in sensitive places and he had to go to the hospital for treatment. Sid is no stranger to urban legends and has plenty of other stories that we won’t go into. He has never commented on the story, but we don’t blame him for not wanting to explain how a squirrel bit his junk.
5. Randy Orton Pooped in Rochelle Loewen’s Bag
The first-ever WWE World Heavyweight Champion took things to a whole new level when he reportedly pooped in WWE model Rochelle Loewen’s bag. Loewen came to WWE with no wrestling experience and was not well known by anyone in the wrestling industry. This is what spurred the incident, according to Loewen. Although the rumor somehow grew into Orton pooping in her bag, Loewen cleared things up in 2005 when she said that her expensive items in her bag were drenched in baby oil and self-tanning lotion (no poop). She also says that Orton destroyed her things because he didn’t know who she was when they first met and has held a grudge ever since.
4. Ben Stiller Smoked Marijuana at Raw
Rumor has it that Ben Stiller was late for his WWE appearance because of smoking pot. The actor appeared on Raw in 1999. According to WWE’s former writer Vince Russo, when Stiller didn’t show up to produce the pre-tapes they needed, they went looking for him. Russo writes, “Where was he? How about smoking the WACY-TABACKY with Road Dog and X-Pac behind the trailers!” Stiller was promoting Mystery Men at the time and having celebrities on WWE was a relatively new thing. Many people believe Russo’s claim because as WWE’s head writer, he was able to get that kind of information. Ben Stiller certainly never denied it.
3. Jenna Jameson and The Undertaker Hung Out When He Was Only 16
The rumor that adult film star Jenna Jameson was linked to The Undertaker was spread by Jameson herself in her book titled How to Make Love Like a Porn Star where she claims that she would hang out with The Undertaker at the tattoo parlor she was working at in Las Vegas, even though he was only 16 at the time. She also claims he tried to hook up with her and threatened her boyfriend. Most wrestling fans know that The Undertaker has a love of tattoos, which gives her story more authenticity. However, we’re skeptical because of Jameson’s history of attention-seeking stories that don’t hold weight. The jury is out on this one.
2. Randy Savage Had Inappropriate Relations With a 17-year-old Stephanie McMahon
Macho Man Randy Savage and fellow wrestler Stephanie McMahon (daughter of Vince McMahon) were rumored to have a relationship when McMahon was only 17 years old. This rumor persisted in particular because Savage had not been inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame even though many thought he should be (he was finally inducted in 2015). No one is sure where the rumors came from, but WWE fans have noticed how tense the relationship is between Savage and Vince McMahon. It began taking on a life of its own when no one denied the rumors, but it should be noted that the age of consent in Minnesota is 16 and Vince McMahon could not have legally done much.
1. The Ultimate Warrior Actually Died in 1991, not 2014
After disappearing in August 1991 from WWE, many fans assumed that the Ultimate Warrior was dead and that the man who returned eight months later was an impersonator. The urban legend has it that the original Warrior died from liver failure because of his rampant steroid use. Reasons that this urban legend gathered steam included that the new Ultimate Warrior that returned had a very different appearance that he previously had. His hair was shorter and blonder, he had a less defined physique, and he donned new skin colored body suits. The Ultimate Warrior that continued to fight after the rumors died in 2014 and has been inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame.