Oh the good old days, where backstage altercations seemed to be like a weekly occurrence. The times today have certainly changed, and the company is as professional as its ever been. The days of backstage brawls are pretty much done. The WWE’s current strict policies do not allow for these actions to take place any longer. Despite these new rules put into place though, it should be noted that most of the time the fights that occurred in the past began because of passion for what these wrestlers did, something that often seems to lack in today’s generation of wrestlers. Some of the industry’s top and most iconic stars have been involved in most of these incidents.
The backstage fights featured in this article range from problematic in-ring performances, to a long history of bitterness between the two wrestlers. Here are 12 rare backstage incidents involving former WWE stars. Enjoy!
12 The Rock & Bubba Ray Dudley
11 Mark Henry and Vince McMahon
10 Ric Flair and Mick Foley
9 Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper
8 Rick Rude and The Ultimate Warrior
7 Ric Flair and Gangrel
Yes, another situation involving 'The Nature Boy'. Gangrel never understood why Flair would always neglect him. Several times the two wrestlers were in the same building or even the same airport, and Flair would apparently still refrain from saying say hi to Gangrel after so many years. The former leader of “The Brood” had so much respect for Flair that he let it slide and didn’t make anything of it, till one night, during a tour in Australia together, things got heated at a bar. Gangrel’s wife decided she wanted to have a glass wine so the two went to the restaurant bar, where they ran into Flair. Brian Christopher (aka Grand Master Sexy) was also there and heavily intoxicated. Christopher was feeling sick and began to vomit in the place. Gangrel, who was in charge of the tour, didn’t want to make a big scene so he tried to downplay the situation. Suddenly, Flair began to cut a real life heel promo on the two. Flair began to poke Gangrel on the chest and proceed to tell him, “you never were and never will be”. Gangrel finally lost it but was so torn because he had so much respect for Flair. The hilarious part was that every time Gangrel would cuss at Flair, he’d reportedly back it up with the word “Sir”. Just when Gangrel was about to get physical with Flair, Brian Knobbs and Eric Bischoff intervened and calmed the situation down.
6 The Undertaker and Bret Hart
5 Chris Benoit and The Miz
4 Kamala and Andre The Giant
3 Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart
2 The Rock and John Cena
1 Big Show and The Great Khali
Jericho recalls watching this encounter in complete and utter shock; two giants going toe to toe backstage. Big Show recalls a lot of built up frustrations with Khali that finally blew over. Show was reportedly already frustrated with Khali using many moves that the Big Show made famous (like his Massive Chop). The situation finally blew over after a match between the two, where Big Show was disgusted with Khali’s performance and decided to tell him. What began with yelling, ultimately lead to an actual fight. Jericho recalls it looking like Godzilla versus King Kong. The fight itself was extremely awkward, as the two beasts were fighting with a table between them. Big Show describes the fight as being “the worst fight on the planet”. On a brighter note, Big Show says the fight was actually good and blew off a lot of tension and frustration between the two.
Sources: bleacherreport.com, youtube.com, thesportster.com
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