The world of pro wrestling is more volatile than just about any other field of work. Wrestlers are supposed to stay professional and only exchange fists in the wrestling ring through the choreographed predetermined matches but things sometimes extend to real life. The industry is inherently competitive with everyone trying to get the best spot to make the most money possible. Everyone wants to be at the top and that can cause issues between two parties failing to get on the same page. The wrestlers have always had a macho attitude of wanting to prove their toughness through fists so it led, to various real life fights.
Most of the fights take place backstage or outside of the ring since the top priority is to do your job in the ring. A real fight breaking out on national television would likely cause legal issues and everyone involved would be fired or at least punished. The victor of a fight often depends on the setting around it. Some wrestlers have more friends in the locker room that will stop it if they are getting beat up and others are outcasts to the point where the others will watch, letting the fight continue if that person is losing. The only constant is they are always ugly situations.
These stories almost always leak on the internet. The world of wrestling websites, podcasts and shoot interviews cause secondhand information to be shared of the incidents. It would be difficult to believe any fights in recent history went undocumented without someone spilling the beans. Most fights have the obvious winner being the stronger, bigger or tougher party. That isn’t always the case though as some underdogs have used their advantages to get the victory in the battle. These stories will be broken down here as we look at the rare top ten cases of real life wrestling fights featuring an unlikely winner.
The most personal rivalry in the backstage wrestling world featured Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart absolutely loathing each other during the late 90s. Hart held the reputation of being soft spoken and well respected in the locker room. Michaels was hated at the time for his brash personality and bullying tendencies.
5 Ken Shamrock vs. The Nasty Boys
Ken Shamrock is one of the toughest men ever to step foot in the wrestling world after years of training in mixed martial arts. The oddest fight Shamrock ever took part in was a real life scrap with The Nasty Boys.
Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags pissed off Shamrock before his rise to fame. The out of shape tag team made rude and inappropriate advances to Shamrock’s female friend causing him to tell them off and threaten them. Shamrock apparently went to fight the team in their hotel room but the two slobs got the better of the MMA fighter when Knobbs hit him from behind with a lamp post. The fight wasn’t fair, but two fat dudes beating up a MMA badass is still shocking.
4 Buff Bagwell vs. Shane Helms
The early days of the WCW Invasion went poorly and Buff Bagwell was at the center of the worst moments. Following a horrible match on Raw against Booker T that killed WCW’s chances at surviving as its own promotion under WWE’s banner, Bagwell brought his poor attitude to workouts when he picked on Cruiserweight Champion Shane Helms.
3 Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle
Brock Lesnar is probably the last person in the wrestling industry that you would want to have a real fight with. Well, that’s unless you are Kurt Angle. The Olympic Gold Medalist shared a story of the two friends getting into a competitive fight in the wrestling ring before a show.
2 Vince McMahon vs. Bret Hart
The Montreal Screwjob will always go down as the most controversial night in WWE history. The script being flipped on Bret Hart changed the future of everyone involved and shook up the wrestling industry. Hart was rightfully livid and took out his anger by punching Vince McMahon right in the face backstage after the match for going back on his word.
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The WWE have always portrayed Sheamus as one of the tougher men in the company, but his track record in real fights don’t seem to back it up. While both men were making the transition from FCW to the main roster, Yoshi Tatsu apparently let Sheamus borrow some money from him.
The story goes the future WWE Champion never paid back Tatsu and always made obviously fake excuses to get out of making things even. Yoshi had enough and apparently instigated a fight between the two that saw him beat Sheamus down with ease. This was a win for both underdogs everywhere and anyone with a friend that won’t pay back owed money.
No one would ever pick Chris Jericho to defeat Bill Goldberg in a real fight due to the drastic differences in size. Goldberg is a beast of a man that was known for unintentionally injuring wrestlers due to how strong he was. Jericho could not match him in stature but he did beat Goldberg up in a backstage scuffle.
1 Batista vs. Booker T
Batista and Booker T worked together for quite some time in WWE but the relationship wasn’t always friendly. The two ended up getting into a brutal fight during the filming of the Summerslam 2006 commercial. Batista’s ego was growing and started to rub people the wrong way during that time. This led to him saying the wrong thing to Booker that led to Booker beating him down badly.
The most improbable wrestling fight featured the small announcer Joey Styles getting the better of Texan bully JBL. This fight, of course, took place on a plane coming back from Iraq of all places following a “Tribute to the Troops” trip.
JBL was drunk and started bullying multiple people on the plane. The larger JBL picked up Joey Styles right after dumping ice cold water on the ring announcer as a part of the “hazing fun”, despite Styles having worked in WWE for years. Styles had enough and knocked out JBL with one stiff punch to the face. JBL sported a bruised face and didn’t continue the fight, thus proving the best way to stand up to a bully is to confront him.
Sources: inquisitr.com, thesportster.com, si.com, usatoday.com, cagesideseats.com, whatculture.com, bleacherreport.com.
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