The culture of the fan base in pro wrestling is unlike any other field in the sports or entertainment industry. Wrestling harbors more gossip and juicy backstage dirt that will become prevalent news stories in a way that isn’t as strong in the NFL, MLB or NBA. The entertainment world with celebrity life does have that same type of insider reporting but actors and musicians aren’t forced to share a locker room over 250 times per year like wrestlers. This causes chaos to erupt with stories breaking and being passed along to the point where we lose track of what’s true or false.
Many of the stories end up getting unintentionally created by fans rather than journalists or anonymous wrestlers. The fans are more in depth in their consumption of wrestling content and that leads to everyone having a wiser grasp of the inner workings. That can cause educated guesses or predictions getting carried over to the point where it becomes fact to new people hearing or reading the story. WWE particularly has become a hotbed for many wild theories on wacky tales that have taken a life of its own. The stories are usually never addressed since wrestlers try to keep their lives and backstage standing privately.
That doesn’t mean it should stop us from looking into or discussing the theories that are out there. As much as wrestlers do want you to believe everything on the internet is a lie, most of it turns out to be true. The “dirt sheets” nail future match results, debuts, firings and plenty more news that should be private so why not the crazy theories? We’ll look at some of the more popular fan theories that have been discussed for years. Not only are these theories fascinating in the history of WWE but these are the ones that we wish were actually the truth.
15. Steve Austin Refused to Wrestle Hulk Hogan
Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan would likely finish in the top of any historical poll looking at the biggest stars in WWE history. It only made sense Hogan should square off with Austin at some point when the former returned to the WWE in 2002 as part of the nWo. Fans believe the theory that the original main event for WrestleMania 18 was scheduled to be Austin vs. Hogan rather than The Rock vs. Hogan but Austin flat out refused to work a singles match with Hogan. The Hulkster had the reputation of being greedy and only interested in his own success so the idea of Austin sticking it to him is one we hope is true.
14. Triple H Sabotaged Roman Reigns
The very recent WrestleMania 32 main event featured Roman Reigns getting booed out of the building in a victory over Triple H to become the new WWE World Champion. The booking and execution of the story leading up to WrestleMania was quite confusing as Reigns was painted in a less than heroic role. Fans quickly turned on Reigns once again to make him become a loathed protagonist. The conspiracy theory out there has been Triple H executing the “political hit” on Reigns by sabotaging him politically in a way that saw Hunter conveniently become the loved figure. While it would be incredibly shady on his part, it would make us quite happy to know Triple H realizes Reigns isn’t “the guy” no matter how many times Reigns says he is in promos.
13. Sid’s Pet Squirrel
This theory has existed for decades and there’s no way to trace it back or confirm the facts behind it. Sid was one of the most physically imposing talents in wrestling history and one of the last wrestlers you would want to meet in a dark alley. It only made sense the rumor mill would spread the story that he traveled with a pet squirrel for years. The idea of a giant of a man having a pet squirrel that he cared greatly enough to travel with from town to town makes Sid come off as a far more likeable guy. Hopefully the story is true and the big man is indeed a squirrel enthusiast.
12. Paul Heyman’s Shoot Promo on Vince McMahon Was Unscripted
We all love the idea of a rebel telling it like it is to his boss and that has caused fans to want to believe that Paul Heyman’s 2001 promo during the Invasion angle was unplanned. Heyman trashed Vince McMahon for ripping off the idea of the Attitude Era from ECW and spited the concept of which WWE was built upon. The popular fan thought is Heyman was told to cut a heated promo against McMahon’s character but made it personal. Considering it’s one of the greatest worked shoot promos in WWE history, you have to secretly hope it was unscripted and Heyman let out all his frustrations.
11. CM Punk’s “Pipe Bomb” Promo Wasn’t Approved by WWE
Similar to the Paul Heyman promo, CM Punk’s worked shoot known as “the pipe bomb promo” hit on all the realistic perceptions of his anger with WWE and made us all wonder how scripted it was. There’s no doubt WWE allowed him to go out there and make things personal to sell the storyline but the daggers thrown by Punk at the likes of Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon made it seem possible that he crossed the line by intention. The personal animosity that continued to exist and still lives today between Punk and Triple H would make it plausible that Punk didn’t get his specific insults approved and told it like it was to speak for the fans.
10. Scott Steiner Humiliated Triple H
The hatred between Scott Steiner and Triple H after their series of abysmal matches has been one of the more entertaining dramas in wrestling. It is a bit one-sided since Steiner is the only one that frequently speaks out about it but he has an amazing story that fans buy into. Steiner claims he refused to take drug tests administered by WWE and cited using the quote “tell Triple H to pick me up in the limo and we’ll go together” before the company dropped the topic. The mental image of Triple H having to endure Steiner’s tantrum makes any wrestling fan want that to be true and hope there’s hidden WWE backstage video of it.
9. Moolah and Mae Young Were a Couple
This is admittedly a weird one to want to be true but the theory out there for decades have been that The Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young were dating and officially together in their private lives. The two were never separated at WWE shows and would frequently appear on shows as a package item in various storylines. Considering they were best friends that clearly cared greatly about each other, why not want them to have a happy ending of spending their lives together until the end if they were truly privately dating? If it’s true, they had the lives we all want in the latter stages of our existence.
8. Randy Orton Refused to End Undertaker’s Streak
The Undertaker’s streak gave WWE years of amazing moments with the legend winning 21 consecutive matches at WrestleMania before losing to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30. The first big threat to the streak was Randy Orton at WrestleMania 21. Orton was a rising star and using the “legend killer” moniker so it would have made perfect sense for him to be one that got the elevation from ending Undertaker’s streak. Fans have shared the story that Orton was actually originally scheduled to get the victory but decided against it and refused to end history. Orton is often judged for his antics behind the scenes through the years but the respect shown for Undertaker would have been a really cool gesture.
7. William Regal Intentionally Made a Fool of Bill Goldberg
The career of Bill Goldberg was a rather simple story. Goldberg debuted, defeated every opponent with complete ease and become a big star. The fame would get to the head of Goldberg and he would show his ego by looking down at the rest of the roster. William Regal has always been a respected veteran after paying his dues traveling the world so he apparently took it upon himself to make Goldberg look silly in the ring by overpowering him with wrestling moves. Regal has denied it was an intentional ploy but we all secretly hope it was since Goldberg needed to get taken down a peg.
6. Joey Styles Punched Out JBL
Just based off reading the title, you know you badly want this to be true. JBL was known for being one of the biggest bullies in WWE by pushing around smaller guys and newer talents while he was a wrestler. The story goes that Joey Styles of all people got fed up with JBL’s antics talking trash and badmouthing all those on a flight heading back from Iraq. JBL was apparently drunk and Styles stood up to him with one brutal punch that sent Bradshaw down. Neither man has ever commented on the story but a few wrestlers have stated it to be fact. Those wrestlers may have had grudges against JBL influencing them to pass along rumored information but we can only hope it was fact.
5. Triple H vs. Kevin Dunn
Kevin Dunn is one of the most powerful people in WWE as an executive producer and Vince McMahon’s right hand man. The controversial employee has been rumored to be against NXT and many of the stars that the passionate fans enjoy watching most. Rumors, speculation and fan conversations have led to the belief that Triple H is adamantly against Dunn and plans to boot him out of his position when the power gets passed over to Triple H and Stephanie. Triple H will wisely never speak on this until he is actually in charge above Vince but the idea that he will rid us of Dunn is a fun notion to hold onto.
4. Two Ultimate Warriors?
The Ultimate Warrior was one of the top three most popular stars of the 80s along with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. Warrior actually had the chance to pass Hogan with his rising popularity and mysterious persona making him fascinating to the kids of the time. WWE would eventually part ways with Warrior after disputes over money and his return would create one of the bigger fan theories in wrestling history that this was a new person portraying the role. Warrior’s hair looked different, he was noticeably slower and he was wearing a bodysuit. The return was an embarrassment that left us wishing it was truly a second person playing the character to leave us with the better memories of Warrior.
3. Vince McMahon Paid Vince Russo to Kill WCW
Vince Russo’s decision to leave his role as head writer for WWE under Vince McMahon to become the sole man in charge of WCW completely changed his reputation. The creative mind of Russo worked well in WWE under the filter of McMahon and he did help give some pivotal ideas despite being responsible for even more terrible things. Russo’s WCW tenure exposed him as being a complete bonehead with some of the worst writing you could ever imagine. The shows were so terrible that it led fans to wonder if McMahon was paying Russo to further sink WCW and put them out of business. For the sake of respecting Russo, we all want to believe that one was true.
2. Randy Savage Gave Hulk Hogan a Black Eye Before WrestleMania 9
The relationship between Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan saw various ups and downs. Those who witnessed it describe them as being best friends at their peak to hated enemies at their worst. Hogan’s political games and greed would cause tension with other wrestlers. Savage was apparently one of them and that led to speculation on why Hogan had a mysterious black eye at WrestleMania IX. The theory is Savage got fed up with him and punched him right in the face. Hogan claims he injured his eye in a Jet Ski accident but told his doctor it occurred in a fight with Savage as a joke. That would explain the story but the thing is Hogan lies a lot. Savage and everyone that knows about Hogan’s reputation would hope he got at least one good swing in.
1. The Montreal Screwjob Was a Work
The Montreal Screwjob still lives on today with speculation that everyone was in on it and it all went according to plan. Vince McMahon instructed the time keeper to ring the bell and have Bret Hart unknowingly lose the title to hated enemy Shawn Michaels. The legend goes that Vince, Shawn and Triple H knew but Bret was out of the loop causing him to snap following the match. Everyone debates the specifics on if it was a work or an actual real life scenario unfolding. Considering the success WWE went on to have following the turn of events and the sticky personal situation between all parties, it would have been a better story if it was a work rather than a tale of deceit and heartbreak.