Unlike other fights that are waged inside a ring, the outcome of a wrestling match is predetermined. Despite common knowledge of this, the excitement of wrestling fans around the world does not diminish. The win or loss of a match is carefully calculated based on the status of a wrestler and the response from the fans.
But what happens if a wrestler refuses to go by the booker’s call? No one likes to lose in anything. Being ordered to lose does not make it any easier. When a wrestler’s career is on a steady rise, a scheduled defeat can be rather shattering.
Here’s a list of when wrestlers disagreed with the decided outcome.
Sammartino hated losing and was as tough as they came
He did not cooperate with promoters
Sammartino held that he’d take a loss only if actually beaten
Rumor has it that Mysterio was to lose to Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam 2009
Mysterio felt it was too soon to lose his new Intercontinental Champion title
Mysterio got the win, but lost it a month later to John Morrison
WCW exec Jim Herd wanted the Championship belt to go to Luger
Flair refused and was threatened to be fired
Flair jumped ship with the big gold belt and went to the WWE
Hart gave Michaels his first World Title at WrestleMania 12
Michaels told him that he would not return the favor
Bret took this as unforgivable disrespect, starting them down the dark path to Survivor Series ‘97
Hogan was to drop the belt to Bret Hart at SummerSlam
Hogan allegedly refused to lose to Bret at the highly publicized event
He instead fed Yokozuna a dirty win at the much lower-profile King of the Ring