Pro wrestling is essentially a brutally brilliant choreographed dance. Stars are aware of each predetermined move, yet they make it look real. However, there are times when things do get out of hand. Read on to see which moments in the world of wrestling were unplanned and unhinged!
Kofi Kingston Picked A Fight With His Boss
Ko Kingston once picked a fight with none other than Vince McMahon himself. He hoped that this would level up his career. The fight that ensued was not planned. It started when Kingston learned that his boss was picking on him on purpose! A confrontation broke out, and McMahon responded by doing a double leg takedown. The good news was that he did stop bullying Kingston after this happened.
Chris Jericho Versus Bill Goldberg
Over the course of his career, Chris Jericho longed to fight Bill Goldberg. The latter always shot him down since Jericho was a lot smaller. Jericho almost got his wish, although the script said that he would be pinned down in less than a minute. A couple of years after this, online trash talking led to a confrontation between the two. On Jericho’s podcast, he said that Goldberg tried to choke him, but he succeeded to put the bigger man in a front-facelock and then finished him with body scissors.
Tom Prichard Versuse Tracy Smothers
When Tom Prichard and Tracy Smothers fought in WWE, the former believed that the latter hurt others on purpose. A fist fight happened while the two were on the road. The cops got involved, but they convinced the officers that this was only a practice performance. The cops were about to leave, but they heard Smothers tell Prichard that he just got spared from a beatdown. The cops then told them they would be arrested if the two of them did not leave then and there.
Sean Michaels Versus Marty Janetty
Shawn Michaels and Marty Janetty had been a popular tag team early in Shawn’s career. They once got into a fight, although the reasons remain unknown. Janetty said that he took down Michaels easily. After this, Janetty said, “[Shawn] can’t fight. He’s a good wrestler, but he can’t fight.” In reality, the cops had to break up the fight. Janetty was almost arrested, but Randy Savage pretended it was only practice.
Ken Shamrock Versus The Nasty Boys
During his early days in the independent leagues, Ken Shamrock had an incident with Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags AKA the Nasty Boys. The pair had been hitting on another wrestler’s girlfriend, so Shamrock interfered. They then went to their hotel to settle the matter. The Nasty Boys beat up Shamrock. He never forgave them and even threatened to fight the two when they were at an airport years later.
Sid Vicious Versus Arn Anderson
Sid Vicious lashed out at Arn Anderson during a meeting. However, it only got physical later on. They fought over money and the way a couple of WCW wrestlers got less than the others did. They began to yell and fight later that night! Vicious had a pair of scissors, and the two of them got serious injuries. It was a miracle that they managed to come out of it alive. They had to get surgery for their wounds!
Vader Versus Paul Orndorff
This fight happened all because of miscommunication. Vader apparently got permission to be late to one photo shoot, but Paul Orndorff did not know about it and scolded Vader for unprofessional behavior. He did not take kindly to this and confronted Orndorff, who slapped him. The two of them even fell to the ground and needed to be separated. WCW soon released Vader after this.
Booker T Versus Batista
It is no secret that there are many egoistic men in the world of wrestling. Take Dave “Batista” Bautista for example. In 2006, he was bragging about how he helped raise the Smackdown ratings. Booker T was not having it. They had a verbal altercation and a half-minute fight that left them both injured. Booker T ended up with a black eye, while Batista’s face was bloodied and cut up.
Buff Bagwell Versus Hurricane Helms
Buff Bagwell must have had one of the biggest egos back in the day. It was not an issue when he was with WCW, but it was a big deal when he found himself in WWE. He only had two matches before he was fired, and many believe that it was because of this. He fought Hurricane Helms, although they never disclosed why. Helms said that Bagwell tackled him from behind, so he retaliated by throwing a bottle of water at him. It knocked out Bagwell and ended the fight.
Khali Versus Big Show
There are many interesting fights on this list, but this is not really one of them. A fight between these big wrestlers had a lot of potential for excitement. However, they simply slapped each other until they both fell to the ground. The fight happened because Khali would not apologize for pirating Big Show’s signature move. Jericho was present and said it was like watching “King Kong versus Godzilla.”
Brock Lesnar Versus Curt Henning
This is a fight within a fight. WWE does not like talking about it. It was a fight between Brock Lesnar and Curt Henning that hurt the reputation of the company. On top of this, Ric Flair got drunk and flashed the flight attendants. Back then, Lesnar was still just a rookie and fought with Henning because he had too much alcohol. They almost opened the emergency door as well! Lesnar later laughed it off and said that it happened since the flight took seven hours.
Awesome Kong Versus Reby Sky
A fight between Awesome Kong and Reby Sky began right in front of Sky’s kid. It happened in the changing room. They never got along, but things came to a boil when they got the same dressing room in 2016. Sky tried to change near Kong, which enraged the latter. She asked her to leave but then grabbed her by the throat when Sky came back to get her things. After this, TNA fired Kong right away.
Shawn Michaels Versus The Harris Twins
In 1995, the Harris Twins and Shawn Michaels had an argument after they found out that he mocked their performance. The twins later confronted him by locking the bathroom when he was taking a shower. Michaels was cornered by the twins who pushed him up against the wall. They told him that he was such a terrible human being who was not worthy of getting beaten up!
Ric Flair Versus Eric Bischoff
These two men never really did get along, and the animosity stayed the same after they transferred from WCW to WWE. A fight ensued when Flair arrived at Bischoff’s office and asked for a fight. At the time, the latter was on the phone with his wife and had been caught off guard. Flair threw punches to show that he was not kidding. While Sgt. Slaughter later broke up the fight, there was so much bad blood between the two that Vince McMahon himself had to get involved and mediate.
Brutus Beefcake Versus Haku
Brutus Beefcake should have thought it over before he complained to the management about the fight between him and Haku. According to him, Haku hurt him excessively during the match. After learning about this, Haku grabbed Beefcake in the shower and banged him against the wall. No one broke it up since everyone was scared of Haku. It only ended when Hulk Hogan talked to Haku. The two wrestlers did not get punished for this, although Haku did not hear any more complaints courtesy of Beefcake.
Kevin Nash Versus Roddy Piper
There was a time that Rody Piper ignored the routine in the ring. Kevin Nash took it upon himself to give him a lesson. Piper had been in a private room with Rick Flair when he banged on the door and yelled at Piper for ignoring the script. When he was let in, he gave Piper a solid slap across the face. Piper tried to kick his injured knee, but the other people in the room broke it up before it got more serious than this.
Koji Kitao Versus The System
Former sumo wrestler Koji Kitao entered WWE in an effort to popularize wrestling in Japan. He was put up against Earthquake, a former sumo wrestler himself. Kitao felt ashamed since his rank in sumo was higher. When it started, he went off-the-cuff and they circled each other. Kitao kicked the ref, grabbed the mic, and announced that wrestling is fake. After this, he walked out and did not ever return.
Nailz Versus Vince McMahon
Prior to the 1992 SummerSlam, Nailz thought that he was getting paid too little for it. He confronted his boss on live television! He forced his way into the office and began to choke Vince McMahon. After he was pulled away, Nailz got fired on the spot. Years later, he tried to settle it in court. McMahon had been on trial for steroid use, and Nails served as a witness. He was still so angry that he was unable to string coherent thoughts. In the end, his terrible testimony only helped McMahon get an acquittal.
Scott Hall And Kevin Nash Versus The Nasty Boys
There were a lot of things that led to the firing of the Nasty Boys. Jerry Sags had a major neck injury but still had to fight. He agreed, but only under the condition that his neck would be spared. Two months later, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash went for his neck! He got mad and started punching Hall even if it was not on the script. Nash and Hall did not in trouble for it, but the Nasty Boys got fired for the incident.
Shawn Michaels Versus Bret Hart
In 1997, tensions between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels came to a boil after they had unsatisfactory talks with McMahon. Hart thought that the best way to let off steam would be to fight Michaels. He cornered Michaels in a dressing room. In the end, several wrestlers had to break it off. Michaels was so upset that he went to McMahon and threatened to quit. He came back in July after a leave of absence.
Brock Lesnar Versus Kurt Angle
When Brock Lesnar started out, he was young and egotistic. He bragged that it would not be hard to beat Olympic gold medalist and WWE icon Kurt Angle. They fought in the ring to settle it. In the end, Angle won and showed everyone that size was not the most important thing. After the fight, he was humble enough to reveal that he did feel scared to fight someone with 80 pounds on him.
Shaemus And Tatsu Fought Over Money
Before the two of them went on to be household names, Shaemus trained and lived with Yoshi Tatsu. Their relationship soured when Tatsu was upset that he did not clean a protein shaker before giving it back. However, the last straw was his refusal to wash the dishes. Shaemus also owed Tatsu money. The fight started when Shaemus chucked the shaker at Tatsu but lost the brawl in the end.
Joey Styles Was Fed Up With JBL
ECW’s Joey Styles was the target of JBL during a WWE tour. JBL had a gift for gab, and wrestlers know better than to react. However, the announcer got sick of the verbal abuse and did something about it. They had to be separated by the other wrestlers, but this was not the end of it. JBL approached him again and gave him a right hook! The wrestler wound up with a black eye, ultimately losing the fight.
Simon Gotch Versus Sin Cara
Sin Cara used to get into a lot of backstage fights in SmackDown, but we bet the most popular one is the fight between him and Simon Gotch. It is a mystery why the fight broke out, but they all know that Sin Cara won in the end. It was a quick but brutal fight that happened during meal time.
Randy Savage Versus Road Warrior Hawk
In 1996, Randy Savage and Road Warrior Hawk got into a fight for an unknown reason. The fight began backstage and ended with Hawk knocking out Savage. Three years after this, they fought once more at a Kid Rock show. Savage sucker punched Hawk, and his girlfriend attacked Hawk’s wife. While Hawk said he would sue, he did not actually do this. Wrestler feuds couldn’t be settled in court, he explained.
Three years later, Savage and Hawk got into it again at a Kid Rock concert. Savage sucker punched Hawk, while Savage’s girlfriend attacked Hawk’s wife, who got seriously injured. Though Hawk threatened to take legal action, he never really did and he said that wrestler feuds could not be settled in court.
Chris Jericho Versus Brock Lesnar
One Summerslam, Brock Lesnar fought with Randy Orton, which infuriated Chris Jericho. Y2J was not pleased with the result, so he took it out on Lesnar. His ego was on display when Lesnar told him to either punch or kiss him. As you might have guessed, a fight broke out. Triple H broke them up, although they went at it again after this. In the end, Vince McMahon had no choice but to act as the peacemaker.
Triple H Won Against Scott Steiner In A Power Struggle
Before he worked for WWE in 2002, Steiner had been a WCW staple. It seemed like a good idea to steal him, but he went on to develop a rivalry with Triple H. Behind the scenes, he trash-talked Triple H. There was a lot of bad blood between them, although there were never reports of actual fighting between them. However, we are willing to bet that Triple H had a hand in the decision to let Steiner go.
Kurt Angle Versus Jeff Jarrett
When Kurt Angle was with TNA, his boss began to date his ex-wife. Jeff Jarrett eventually married her and then used this in a storyline. Angle was given a feud with him, but it was not only an act. If you watch them fight, you will see that it was not only for show. The wrestler wanted to make a point!
Bruno Sammartino Versus Antonio Inoki
Sammartino claimed that he got into a fight with Inoki in the ‘70s. He disapproved of the way Inoki behaved in the ring and handled it in a brutal way. Inoki began to fight him on the sideline during a tag team match. The Italian Strongman responded by putting him in a headlock and nearly incapacitating him. They never made up, but the good news was that they never had any other problems either.
Bill Goldberg Versus Steven Regal
Goldberg had been a newbie at WCW. He had a winning streak when he and Steven Regal got scheduled to fight. There are conflicting reports about why Regal went off-script, but he blindsided Goldberg by doing moves the rookie had never seen before. Regal said that the higher-ups instructed him to turn it into a six-minute fight. However, Goldberg was uninformed and failed to put on a good fight for Regal.
Saturn Had Trouble Controlling His Temper
Saturn was never the biggest WWE star, and you can see during his fights. On top of this, he had a bad temper that stopped him from reaching new heights. During his match with Mike Bell, he almost hit his head. He got angry and dealt real blows on Bell. Saturn then finished him off by slamming Bell into the steps. Saturn got punished by WWE for this and had been given a mop girlfriend in the next storyline.
Daniel Puder May Have Beat Kurt Angle
When Tough Enough began, Kurt Angle asked if there was anyone who wanted to fight him. Daniel Puder took on the challenge. Angle thought he could beat him easily, but Puder started to show what he was made of. WWE officials could not believe it and asked a ref to call a pin. It came when Puder was on the ground, holding Angle in submission. In the end, Angle was declared the winner.
JBL Took Things Too Far
John Bradshaw Layfield got in trouble after taking things too far. In a cross-promotion between WWE and ECW, he singled out the Blue Meanie in a brawl. Nearing the end of the fight, cameras caught the Blue Meaning bleeding heavily. To settle the score, WWE planned a regular fight between them. Blue Meanie used a chair to hurt JBL and later said that he had it coming anyway.
Andre The Giant Got Bored
Andre the Giant was due to go up against Akira Maeda, who was known for his bad temperament in the ring. Meanwhile, Andre did not let anyone talk badly about him. During the match, he merely shrugged off anything Maeda tried and got bored. When he went off-script, the crowd started booing him.
Lex Luger Was Done
Lex Luger let his emotions get the best of him when he was involved in a real fight with Bruiser Brody. He was meant to win the cage match, but Brody went off-script and confused Luger. The bruiser used vicious moves on Luger. In fear, Luger just climbed out of the cage, got his keys, and drove away!
Mildred Burke And June Byers In An Unscripted Fight
Mildred Burke broke up with promotion runner Billy Wolfe. His response was to give the title to June Byers instead! The ladies consented to a real fight to settle things. Burke thought that she was going to win, but Byers attacked her injured knee and put her in a kneelock. Burke’s leg got dislocated. In the end, Byers ended up victorious during the half-hour fight between the two of them.
Wendi Richter Versus The Spider Lady
Wendi Richter had a huge problem after making threats to quit WWE for a higher paycheck. Vince McMahon set a fight between her and the Spider Lady. She was pinned by the Spider Lady, only to find out that it was actually the Fabulous Moolah after Richter took off her opponent’s mask. She was enraged and refused to give up the belt. However, they forced it out of her backstage. She quit right after this match.
The Great Antonio Was Knocked Out By Inoki
When the Great Antonio and Antonio Inoki met in the ring, the Canadian monstrosity improvised and angered Inoki. The Japanese wrestler did a leg sweep and foot stomp combo to knock him out! Inoki’s manager needed to go into the ring to break them up. What an intense fight that must have been!
The Original Fight
Wayne Munn and Stanislaus Zybsko met in the ring during the very early days of the sport. Munn was supposed to win, but Zybsko went off the script after getting paid to sabotage it. Zybsko pinned Munn, and then the crowd began to chant his name. In the end, the ref had no choice but to call him the winner. After getting his money, Zybsko lost the next match and lost his belt to Joe Stretcher.
The Dynamite Kid’s Teeth Was Knocked Out By Jacques Rougeau
The Dynamite Kid was known for his bad treatment of his fellow wrestlers. One night, he ambushed Jacques Rougeau backstage and cause his nose to bleed. He had no idea that Rougeau had been waiting to exact revenge. When they met in the ring once more, he sucker punched The Dynamite Kid with a roll of quarters in his hand. It landed so hard that four of the Dynamite Kid’s teeth got knocked out.
Michael Hayes Vs. JBL And X-Pac
Everyone knows about “The Plane Ride From Hell.” A lot of things happened there but let us focus on what took place between Michael Hayes, JBL, and X-Pac. Hayes punched JBL in the forehead and opened a gash from the past. When he fell asleep, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman took a pair of scissors and chopped off his ponytail! Hayes had no clue that this happened until they were going through customs after landing.
MVP Vs. Bill DeMott
One training session, witnesses said that Bill Demott spoke harshly to MVP. He took it too far since MVP walked into his office and asked to talk outside. The trainer said no as he was in a meeting, so he just told MVP to say what he wanted there and then. MVP explicitly told him that he would beat the trainer up if DeMott ever spoke to MVP in that manner ever again. It looked like the threat worked very well.
Shawn Michaels Vs. Marty Jannetty
While they were a popular team, The Rockers often got into minor squabbles. There was a time when it went too far. Michaels and Jannetty got into a fistfight, and the police had to intervene. They got there and found Jannetty on top. Shawn was in much worse condition than him, so they thought that Jannetty began it. He was about to get hand-cuffed but Randy Savage got there and claimed it was all a setup.
AJ Styles Vs. The Zebra Kid
During the UK promotion, Zebra Kid piledrove Roderick Strong outside the ring without calling it. The latter did not take kindly to it and told AJ Styles, who asked to talk to Zebra. He went off on Zebra, who explained that he did it on purpose. AJ looked to the others for support but got none. He tried to diffuse it by pretending it was a joke and punched him playfully. Zebra returned it but much more forcefully.
Bruiser Brody Vs. José Gonzalez
Bruiser Brody was always difficult to handle, and the Puerto Rico office was getting frustrated with him. Gonzalez was tasked to deal with him, so he went up to Brody to talk. After this, the others heard a scream. They saw a bloody Brody with a stab wound! The ambulance took nearly an hour to get there. Gonzalez ran away, and Brody died of the wounds. The former claimed that it was done in self-defense.
Mr. McMahon Vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
The Attitude Era’s success can be partly attributed to the rivalry between Mr. McMahon and “Stone Cold.” Behind the scenes, they had a disagreement that led to Austin quitting WWE in 2002. McMahon and WWE publicly acknowledged it. Luckily, they resolved the issue later that same year.
Edge Vs. Matt Hardy
Together with Christin and Jeff Hardy, Edge and Matt Hardy took sports entertainment to a new level when they reinvented the Ladder Match. The rivalry between them got personal in 2005. Hardy had been injured while his girlfriend Diva Lit was traveling with Edge. This started their backstage hostility. Lita and Edge started to get romantic, which caused some bad feelings between the partners to grow.
John Cena Vs. The Rock
While The Rock and John Cena did not have backstage fights, they had beef that began in WrestleMania. Many believe that it started when Cena made comments about The Rock in 2007. In revenge, The Rock made a video and accused him of only doing it for the money. The hostility must have subsided since two years later, Cena took the title from The Rock. They held each other’s hand up on the stage!
CM Punk Vs. Jeff Hardy
CM Punk made a huge stink in the wrestling world when he appeared on Colt Cabana’s podcast and revealed sensitive things about many people in WWE. A lot of animosity happened backstage. In 2009, he and Jeff Hardy had an incredible feud during their SmackDown days. They had little in common and began to insult each other. Punk called Hardy out for substance abuse, but Hardy called him a hypocrite.
Ric Flair Vs. Scott Steiner
There was a time when Scott Steiner filmed “The Nature Boy” for WCW. It involved him going on a rant about Flair by saying he ripped off Buddy Rodgers. Things were already bad before this as Flair got a lot of stroke in WCW. Steiner said that Flair went up to him in the parking lot but then ran away from him.
Randy Orton Vs. Ken Anderson
Randy Orton has earned a backstage rep over the years. He became famous for his short temper and awful disposition. Ken Anderson was one of his victims. Mr. Kennedy got released by the company after the management received Randy’s complaints about how dangerous he was in the ring.
Jim Cornette Vs. Vince Russo
Jim Cornette and Vince Russo have both been in the professional wrestling world for some time. They have both given and gotten lots of criticism. Russo has always been said to burn down the barriers in traditional wrestling and paving the way for the Attitude Era. He said that Cornette’s resentment of him started in WWE when McMahon chose Russo over Cornette to be a creative team partner. There are times when it feels one-sided as Cornette has lashed out at Russo many times in the past
Mick Foley Vs. Ric Flair
It would be hard to ask fans to choose between Ric Flair and Mick Foley. There was a time when they did not see eye-to-eye. Their problems came from a literary perspective. In his autobiography, Foley wrote, “Flair was every bit as bad on the booking side of things as he was great on the wrestling side of it.” In response to this, Flair had this to say in his own autobiography: “I do not care how many thumbtacks Mick Foley has fallen on, how many ladders he’s fallen off, how many continents he’s supposedly bled on, he will always be known as a glorified stuntman.” They have since settled their issues, however.
Hulk Hogan Vs. Randy Savage
During the late ‘80s, The Mega Powers were famous in WWE. It consisted of Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, and Miss Elizabeth. The split eventually led to a match between the two men at WrestleMania V with Miss Elizabeth as the mutual party. It was a huge storyline that led up to an incredible match. Offscreen, there were real-life tensions between them. Savage blamed Hogan and his wife Linda for the way his and Miss Elizabeth’s marriage fell apart. He has since passed away, but Hogan says they made up.
Ric Flair Vs. Bret Hart
They are now on good terms, but it was not always like this. They hated each other in the past. Ric Flair was not afraid to voice out his thoughts about Hart, who did not take it lying down. Flair said that he overexposed the death of his sibling as well as the Montreal Screwjob then announced that he was not popular in the U.S. Flair distributed these comments and said he drew more profit than the Natch did.
Hulk Hogan Vs. Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Challenge at WrestleMania will live on forever! Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior went face to face and headlined the main event with their titles on the line. It determined who would be the ultimate champion! Twenty years later, they still resented each other even if they took different paths. During WrestleMania XXX weekend, the Ultimate Warrior was meant to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Sadly, he passed days before it happened. Hogan said they planned to talk that weekend.
Dulce Maria Garcia Rivas Vs. Rosemary
When it comes to modern wrestling, it is rare for wrestlers to shoot on each other. They are often too busy to confront their colleagues in the ring or real life. In 2017, Dulce Maria Garcia Rivas got accused of shooting on Rosemary during their TripleMania match in Mexico. A month before this, Garcia came back to AAA and took home the Reina de Reinas Championship. During a four-way TripleMania match, Garcia put Rosemary in an arm bar and won but dislocated her opponent’s elbow! Rivas later released a statement in which she claimed that she did not know that Rosemary had been injured in the ring.
Stan Hansen Vs. Vader
In 1990, the Japanese wrestling scene had already seen very hostile years. In the ‘80s, American and Japanese wrestlers bounced among companies for better pay. The buildup caused Vader and Hansen to put on a huge match. They could not disappoint their promotion! Hansen entered the ring first and did so using a bull rope with a cowbell at the end. When Vader approached, he whipped the rope and broke his opponent’s nose! They started to hammer it out, and Hansen backed Vader into the corner and beat him up. One punch even knocked his eye out of its socket! Luckily, they managed to put it back in.
Koko Ware Vs. The Masked Patriot
Koko Ware had a “Birdman” stint in the WWE from September 1986 to June 1994. This gimmick made him famous for his vivid clothing in the ring and his macaw bird Frankie. Before he entered WWE, he was integral in the CWA promotion in the Memphis wrestling scene. He won tag team titles seven times when he was working there and then six times in the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Championship. In 1986, he appeared on the CWA weekly show by WMC-TV studios. His opponent for the day was The Masked Patriot. It all began heatedly as the Masked Patriot backed him into a corner and punched him on the jaw. In retaliation, he clubbed his fists and whipped the Patriot into the ropes to deliver a clothesline that knocked out his opponent. Ware then laid shoot kicks into him before hauling his body up to deliver a shoot brainbuster. Ware topped it off with a slap for good measure at the pin!
Taz Vs. Sabu
These days, Sabu and Taz are on good terms. However, they used to hate another a lot. In the ‘90s, they basically built up ECW as the longest-running grapplers of the promotion. In 1994, they claimed the ECW World Tag Team titles from the hands of Public Enemy. They were meant to defend the title during an upcoming arena show, but Sabu got booked in Japan. Taz only had the occasional show back then, so he gave promo shoot after promo shoot about Sabu to try to provoke him into the ring. They were finally booked for the first pay-per-view the company ever had. The stiff match led to a busted nose on Sabu. They continued to fight in a match that lasted 18 minutes. They wrestled a couple of times more in the past. Taz would even go on to break Sabu’s neck!