Wrestling matches are commonly thought to be ‘staged’ or ‘fake’ performances.
Although it is well-known that wrestlers do have stage names and personas that they have to act out while in the ring, there have been instances where they have broken out of character.
Unscripted, unplanned occurrences during wrestling events known as ‘shoots’ have been observed on many occasions. Witnessing a real life feud unfold between two of your favorites can be quite exhilarating. Catching a commentator or announcer say something shocking or heartfelt during an event is also surprising.
Here are five dramatic times when wrestling actually got real.
Farewell to Savage
On November 7, 1994 McMahon himself delivered a public farewell to Randy Savage
He called himself the biggest fan of the Macho Man
No other wrestler has received such a public and heartfelt goodbye from the WWE
The Montreal Screwjob
The Montreal Screwjob is known to be a backstage betrayal against Bret Hart
Vince did not want Hart to leave to the WCW with the belt
The bell was called and Michaels became champion, although Hart never submitted
Ric Flair And Mick Foley’s Genuine Feud
The Flair and Foley feud became public after their autobiographies
Foley implied that Flair was inept on both the booking side of things & the wrestling side
Flair stated that Foley will always be known as a glorified stuntman
Daniel Puder Tries To Break Kurt Angle’s Arm
WWE held a special version of the Tough Enough competition in 2004
Puder chose to go off script after seeing Angle rough up the first contestant
Puder had Angle in a Kimura armbar that could have broken his arm
Blame for Owen Hart
Piper said that Russo has never been made to pay for the death of Owen Hart
He said Russo sent Hart 90 feet in the air for no reason
Piper outright asked Russo “Did you kill Owen Hart?”