As you will see in these classic behind the scenes pictures, times have really changed. The business today is certainly much more professional, as it seems like someone has a role for every little aspect of the company today. To think that back in the 90’s Vince McMahon, Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson would write the script of the following show poolside at a hotel on a piece of paper. Man, oh man have times changed; today, there is an entire writing team that assembles the storylines months in advance. Some wrestling fans believe this factor lead to the demise of the WWE, and claim it is too scripted and puts way too much emphasis on entertainment.
These pictures will hopefully allow you to breathe a breath of fresh air. This was without a doubt the golden age of pro wrestling! Here are 15 extremely rare behind the scenes pictures from the WWE and WCW. Enjoy!
15 Bret Hart and The Undertaker Enjoy Some Time On The Road
Life on the road has certainly changed quite a bit since this picture was taken in the early 90s. Wrestling was like a circus atmosphere backstage; rules and policies were out the window, and half the locker room would be thinking about which bar they’d be hitting up next following the show. Today, wrestlers are much more business-like going from show to show and spending most of their off time training and recovering from their recent shows.
14 The Beginning of Edge
13 Behind The Scenes With Austin and Foley
When it comes to the Monday Night Wars it doesn’t get any better than these two men. Foley and Austin are responsible for ultimately causing the demise of WCW. Foley changed the ratings war after winning the championship live on RAW. It was perhaps one of WCW’s greatest downfalls after they announced Foley would be winning the belt later on in the night. This caused millions of viewers to turn away from Nitro and watch Foley capture the championship in the main event match. As for Austin, well, I don’t think anything needs to be said; Steve turned the landscape of pro wrestling forever with his rebellious character that brought the Attitude Era to new heights.
12 Snoop Dogg and The Godfather
Snoop Dogg loves the WWE, and this was the first of many appearances by the famous rapper. Snoop is the first cousin of WWE Diva Sasha Banks. I’m sure we'll be seeing Snoop again in the future.
11 Shaq Chilling With The Nation of Domination
10 David Arquette With WCW
9 A Young Stacy Keibler With David Flair
8 Austin on Regis
7 Kiss and Its Epic Failure With WCW
6 The Nature Boy In and Out Of The Ring
5 Sting Unmasked
4 Jay Leno Wrestles With WCW
3 Owen The Class Act
2 A Young Looking Stephanie McMahon and Trish Stratus
1 The Rock Hanging Out With Some Celebs
You just knew this guy was going to become a star. In 2000, The Rock got his biggest break in the entertainment industry when he was asked to host Saturday Night Live, 16 years ago. His successful appearance made way for some big Hollywood offers. The Rock would go on to appear on Star Trek and That 70’s Show. He was later named number 6 on the top 10 list of Celebrities of 2000 on an Access Hollywood list. His appearance on SNL was truly the start of something special.
Sources: wwe.com, cnn.com, bleacherreport.com
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