With the exception of a few planned backstage segments, when it comes to pro wrestling, almost everything fans get to see is what goes on in the ring. Whether the product is good or bad the WWE attempts to plan every single detail, sometimes to the point of over-producing its brand. That’s where behind-the-scene pictures are important because they give more of a realistic glimpse of what wrestlers, managers, and even owners do on a day-to-day basis.
The following group of pictures shows touching moments and interesting combination of wrestlers that may not have ever been seen together on-screen, as well as veterans hanging out with newer members of the roster or family members just relaxing backstage. This collection of pictures spans over four decades of WWE superstars that have come and gone over the years, seriously, just wait until you see what Shawn Michaels and Scott Hall looked like in the 1980s!
In this list wrestlers are captured in a more candid atmosphere showing the good times when they aren’t in the squared circle. Okay, enough with the hype, let’s get right to 20 more incredible pictures that happened behind the curtain!
20 Two Big Mouths
If given the opportunity, can you imagine the promo battles these two could have? The Rock has always been considered one of the best talkers ever in pro wrestling, even today, his style is a touch dated, but fans still erupt when he appears and hang on his every word (and extremely long dramatic pause).
19 Zubaz Pants For The Win
The story behind this funny picture is actually pretty interesting; first, the Zubaz pants are kind of a joke at what wrestlers wore back in the 90s, and Cena wanted to pick up morale during their final stretch in Japan. Apparently, the entire locker room was burnt out so he and CM Punk wore those around to get a laugh out of the other wrestlers.
18 The Warrior Spirit
For such a turbulent relationship these two had over the years, it’s nice to see they ended on a high note before Ultimate Warrior’s untimely passing. Before his induction into the Hall of Fame, WWE did everything they could to keep his history down and even put it in a negative light thanks to the DVD they put out The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior.
17 Brotherly Love
This is a great picture with Bret smirking at his brother Owen, who’s throwing up the peace sign to the photographer. These two always had a great chemistry with each other entertaining the fans whether they were working together or against each other in a match.
16 Is Finn A Heyman Guy?
For most of Finn Balor's career he has traveled the world wrestling with some of the finest wrestlers outside of the WWE; well in 2014 WWE took notice and brought him into the fold to become one of their bigger stars. Somewhere along the way Paul Heyman decided to snap a picture with Balor, causing fans to freak out that the two many pair up.
15 Three Legends
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, and Jim Ross all just, well, chilling backstage! Looks like Steve is talking about someone in the distance, JR is paying attention, and Bret isn’t at all as he smiles for the camera.
14 Evolution Is A Mystery
Seven years after the original group disbanded, Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista banded together to initially take down Daniel Bryan, who was able to defeat all of them at WrestleMania XXX. The trio attempted an attack the next night, but The Shield came out to stop them from decimating Bryan.
13 Shawn And Scott: 80s Edition
If you check the vault, back in the 1980s Scott Hall was a sight to see, he was not only in great shape, but towered over most of his opponents. Back then not everyone lived in weight rooms, so Scott just had a look that really stood out, particularly during his time with AWA.
12 The Rotundas
Here is Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas, and their sister Mika Rotunda (a female version of Bo), who isn’t in the WWE, although has had rumors of joining in the past. This whole family is invested in pro wrestling though as Bray’s Grandpa was Blackjack Mulligan, his dad was IRS, and his uncles were Barry & Kendall Windham.
11 Championship Shot
Every once in awhile WWE will go perfect with their choice of champions, this was one of those times. The fact that CM Punk and Daniel were both champions at the same time was absolutely mind-blowing considering they were considered just “indie guys” prior to their ascension to the top of the WWE.
10 The New Champion
Two days before WrestleMania 32 kicked off NXT Takeover: Dallas took place which included Bayley going up against the always dangerous, Asuka. Even though Bayley gave her a tough fight, Asuka was just too much submitting her after fifteen minutes.
9 Uncle Bret
Natalya was the first woman to be train in the famous Hart family dungeon, so if you’re wondering how tough she is, she’s really tough. In terms of inspirations she has cited her Grandfather, Stu, and her Uncle Bret as the reason why she got into pro wrestling.
8 Stardust And Eden
Before he turned to Stardust, Cody Rhodes was a two-time Intercontinental champion, one of which he held for 236 days. During that time he played a fantastic old-school villain gimmick, talking very slow and diabolical, which was made even better when he had to wear a face mask thanks to a broken nose.
7 Just Two Guys
Obviously, there's no way to know what these two are talking about, but would love to be a fly on the wall for the conversation between Mick Foley and CM Punk. Amazingly, these two only crossed paths once (sort of) in the 2008 Royal Rumble, Punk came into the match and was eliminated before Foley came in at a later number.
6 On The Road
If it’s assumed everyone here is working for WWE at the time, this picture is circa 2008 and it includes The Great Khali, Maria, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, R-Truth, and Carlito. As of right now, only R-Truth is still working for the WWE, while everyone else is working elsewhere. Jeff, Matt, and Maria all currently wrestle for Total Nonstop Wrestling (TNA) with Matt just recently winning (and losing) their world title.
5 The Rhodes Family
Here is a wonderful shot of Dusty Rhodes talking to his two sons (Goldust and Cody Rhodes) as they prepared for an upcoming segment. Dusty wasn't just a great pro wrestler, but a promoter, a booker, and a mentor to the next generation of wrestlers.
4 Regal Gentlemen
On the right is William Regal, one of the greatest wrestling minds on the planet and WWE’s prominent talent scout who is bringing in some of the best wrestlers around the world for the upcoming Global Cruiserweight Series.
3 Family Matters
On the left is Rikishi and on the right is Yokozuna, they are cousins from the famous Anoaʻi family. Yokozuna worked for the WWE from 1992 until 1996 because he was physically unable to pass state tests to clear him for matches. He even dropped around 100 pounds, but couldn’t pass the tests, so WWE had to let him go.
2 Meeting With The Boss
Typically, before (and after) an NXT show, Triple H will gather everyone for a meeting, to pep them up, give reminders, and give shout outs to those who put on a fantastic match. NXT is Triple H’s baby, he is basically Vince in this promotion, in fact, Vince hardly pays attention to NXT which is mind blowing when you really think about it.
1 An Eclectic Group
In this final photo is funny mix of wrestlers both new and old, from left to right is Curtis Axel (Mr. Perfect’s son), Diamond Dallas Page, Bray Wyatt, Mark Henry, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Axel has been floundering in the WWE since his initial push and is now in the heel stable, The Social Outcasts.
Mark Henry is on his last legs with the company, most likely retiring in the next year or two. DDP is still doing the yoga thing and most recently showed up in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32. Jake has his life back on track with his health in order he continues to make appearances all over the country.
Sources: WWE.com, Wikipedia.org
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