Professional wrestling is filled with odd facts and stats. Some you may know, while others you may have forgotten about or just plain never heard of. That is what this piece is all about. So here we go, with even more facts, stats and potential trivia questions. Let’s learn
Freebird Terry ‘Bam Bam’ Gordy’s grandfather was named David ‘J.D.’ Kyle. He actually wrestled for a period of time. He only had one hand, so one of his wrestling monikers was ‘Captain Hook.’
Randy Orton’s younger brother, Nathan Orton works as a stand up comedian.
The very first New Japan IWGP Intercontinental champion was none other than MVP.
You may think that the WWE’s “B Team” of Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas was just thrown together. The truth is the two families have a long history of teaming with one another. Their fathers Curt Hennig and Mike Rotundo teamed as did their grandfathers Larry ‘the Ax’ Hennig and Bob Windham (Blackjack Mulligan) In fact, their grandparents were the IWA tag team champions in Japan.
Billy Kidman is the only wrestler to ever pin Hulk Hogan three consecutive times.
New Japan’s annual G1 Climax tournament was started in 1991. The first ever winner of the tourney was Masahiro Chono, who also won the tournament the most times in 5.
Steve Keirn’s father was one of only two American soldiers to become a Prisoner of War in two different wars. (World War II and Vietnam)
Rena Mero, aka Sable, had talks with WCW to be brought in as ‘Hollywood’ Hogan’s manager.
Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles have both been champions for over 250 days. The only other time WWE history that had two of their top champions hold the belts at the same time that long was in 2005 with John Cena (WWE Champion) and Batista (WWE World champion) respectively.
There are currently 183 wrestlers and celebrities inducted in to the WWE Hall of Fame since its inception in 1993.
Pedro Morales was the only living WWE Hall of Fame inductee to not show up for his own ceremony in 1995.
The earliest date scheduled for a Wrestlemania event was March 14th, 2004 for Wrestlemania 20.
Finn Balor, Kevin Owens and Goldberg are all former WWE Universal champions. None were ever granted a rematch for that title since losing it.
Jason Jordan is the only wrestler in WWE history to hold the NXT, Smackdown and Raw tag team titles.
Joseph Parks was given his name and gimmick of ‘Abyss’ from Dutch Mantell when Parks wrestled in Puerto Rico.
Shark Boy is credited with coming up with the name for TNA/Impact wrestling’s ‘Slammiversary’ pay per view.
Shark Boy also won an undisclosed settlement with Miramax films for using the name “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl” for a movie in 2005.
Alberto Rodriguez aka Alberto Del Rio aka Alberto El Patron has an Mixed Martial Arts record of 9 wins and 5 losses. He also wore a variation of a luchador mask during his fights.
Becky Lynch suffered a career ending head injury in 2006. She remained retired until 2011.
The first ever annual televised telethon was for the United Cerebral Palsy association and it was hosted by a wrestling announcer by the name of Dennis James.
Bull Nakano defeated Alundra Blayze for the WWF women’s title in front of 42,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome.
The Rougeau Brothers of Jacques and Raymond have another brother named Armand who also signed to the WWF in 1986. He never wrestled for the company, because one month before his debut, he suffered a career ending back injury.
WWE created a Smackdown exclusive WWE championship belt, much like the Universal title, but it was never used.
Professional wrestling in Mexico began sometime in the 1840’s. The first ever masked luchador, however, didn’t appear until 1936. A wrestler by the name of Jesus Velasquez donned a mask and was called El Murciélago. Translated into English, El Murciélago means ‘The Bat.’
While training to become a professional wrestler, Adam Scherr aka Braun Strowman appeared in a 2014 independent film called ‘Three Count.’ Here is a synopsis of the movie: Two brothers come to grips with the death of their father while moonlighting as a luchador tag team in the independent professional wrestling circuit.
WWE owns the website domain to payperview.com. If you go to that site, it automatically links you to WWE.Com and the subscription page for the WWE Network.
There was/is a room at the famed Moonlight Bunny Ranch (A brothel) in Nevada named after former wrestler/actor/governor Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura. He allegedly frequented the establishment when he was a Navy SEAL.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was director Tim Burton’s second choice to play Willy Wonka in the 2005 movie ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ His first choice obviously being Johnny Depp would have cast the Rock in the case Depp wasn’t available for filming.
Kenny Omega is one of only two wrestlers in New Japan Pro Wrestling history to win both the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title and the IWGP Heavyweight title. The other was Nobuhiko Takada.
The WWF/E heavyweight title belt design that had the longest tenure in the company’s history, was the belt used for nearly two decades. It lasted from 1963 until 1982…
Georgia Championship Wrestling was the first NWA territory to get national exposure. It began airing on Ted Turner’s cable TV “Superstation” in 1976.
The original working title for Monday Night Raw was “Down, Dirty, Gritty, Raw.“ It was eventually shortened to just Raw by WWE executive Basil DeVito.
There were three instances when WWE changed pay per view event names because of real life tragedies.
1. Badd Blood due to the death of Brian Pillman.
2. Over the Edge due to the death of Owen Hart.
3. Armageddon due to the September 11th terror attack.
Before he became the KISS Demon, Dale Torborg wrestled under a heel baseball player gimmick for WCW nicknamed MVP.
WWE star Zelina Vega, aka Thea Trinidad, father was named Michael Trinidad. He worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center. He was tragically killed on the infamous September 11th attacks in New York City in 2001.
The Ultimate Warrior’s overall record for his two active wrestling tenures in the WWE was 124 wins 3 losses and 13 no decisions.
Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger has wrestled consistently every month since August of 1995. In July of 2018, he was not booked for one single match.In turn ending his impressive streak of wrestling every single month for 22 years and 11 months.