In-FACT-ous: Non Stop Pro Wrestling Facts, Stats and Trivia For Everyone to Behold

Brian Damage

Here we are back by popular demand, well maybe not so much, with useless wrestling facts, stats and trivia. Some of these are probably well known, while others…not so much. All in all, they are just an assortment of factual titbits that are for fun. Nothing more, nothing less. So without any further adieu, let’s learn!

The very first ever main event for New Japan Wrestling was Antonio Inoki versus Karl Gotch in 1972.

Between his time in the NWA, WCW and TNA, Sting is a 14 time world heavyweight champion. two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, six-time WCW Champion, two-time WCW Int. World Heavyweight Champion and a four-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

The first and only wrestler to make Kazuchika Okada tap out since becoming the ‘Rainmaker’ in 2012 is Shinsuke Nakamura

Natalya was involved in the very first match for the now defunct WWE Divas title at Great American Bash in 2008 and the very last Divas title match at Road Block in 2016

The very first female valet was Miss Betty Hanson, valet to Gorgeous George.

The number 27 has produced the most Royal Rumble winners with four.

Scott Norton was once the bodyguard to the musician Prince

After Rey Mysterio Jr lost his mask in WCW, he needed to ask permission from Mexico’s Athletic Commission to put it back on when he signed with WWE in 2002.

The Four Horsewomen of WWE have all been inaugural champions for the company. Charlotte Flair was the first Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch was the very first Smackdown Women’s Champion and Bayley and Sasha Banks are the first WWE women’s tag team champions.

Ric Flair’s last match in both WCW and TNA were against Sting.

There was once a WCW Women’s Cruiserweight Championship. It lasted almost one year from April 1997 to April 1998 and had three different champions, all of which were Japanese.

Stephanie McMahon owns a pin fall victory over The Rock.

Pro wrestling legend, ‘Whipper’ Billy Watson had his own soda brand in the 1960’s. The slogan for his personal soda was “Whip that Thirst.” The soda has since discontinued, but the bottles are collectors items and are now worth hundreds of dollars.

Tony Schiavone was a part of every single NWA/WCW Starrcade since its inception in 1983, with the exception of Starrcade ’89.

The WWE European Championship lasted from 1997 until 2002. It had a total of 27 different title holders with only two who were actually from Europe. (The British Bulldog and William Regal)

Former 2nd generation pro-wrestler Jamie Dundee was a booking agent and fight coordinator for the Jerry Springer Show. He also appeared on the show a few times as a “guest.”

Terry Funk had his first retirement match in 1983. He still occasionally wrestles to this day.

To put into perspective Bruno Sammartino’s WWWF title reign when he held the world title from 1963 to 1971, let’s look at CM Punk’s WWE title win at Money in the Bank in 2011. If CM Punk had remained champion from that day until March 20th 2019, he would just be tying that record.

Smackdown Live ring announcer Greg Hamilton’s real name is Greg Hutson. He took the last name ‘Hamilton’ in honor of his hometown. He is originally from Hamilton, Ohio.

Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. was a WWE creative writer from 2008 until 2009.

The WWF’s The Machines gimmick (The Giant Machine, Super Machine and Big Machine) was taken from Japanese wrestler Junji Hirata who was also known as ‘Super Strong Machine.’ Did you know that after the WWF Machine stable gained popularity, Hirata formed his own Machine stable in Japan.

During his career, Rikishi would rub his nose when doing his entrance to the ring. The reason for it was to tell his wife and five children he was thinking of them.

Former WWE Diva Lena Yada is married to’Disturbed’ lead singer David Draiman

We all know Kamala’s masked handler was named ‘Kim Chee’ and was played by Steve Lombardi. Did you know that in other territories the handler was named ‘Friday’ and was usually played by wrestler Frank Dalton.

Entering WrestleMania 35, the Usos will make history by walking into three consecutive WrestlemMania’s as tag team champions. They will surpass both Money Incorporated and the Dudley Boyz who did it twice.

Bret Hart and Barry Horowitz co-hold the record for most matches on WWF Superstars with 90 matches a piece.

AJ Styles has competed in the most TNA Impact matches in history with 217.

Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger has wrestled a total of 2,514 matches in his 35 year career. He has wrestled for AAA and CMLL in Mexico, Stampede Wrestling in Canada, New Japan, All Japan, NOAH and various other promotions in Japan, WCW, Ring of Honor, TNA and WWE.

Rodney Anoaʻi was originally booked to be the third member of the Headshrinkers tag team until he was given the gimmick of Yokozuna.

The oldest professional wrestling company in the world is CMLL based in Mexico. It was established in 1933.

Before Mark Calaway’s version of The Undertaker, there was a tag team that wrestled on the independents named the Undertakers. Tony and Val Puccio sued the WWF over the naming rights and Vince hired the team in exchange for dropping the lawsuit. They were renamed ‘Double Trouble’ and wrestled for the company for only a couple of months before being released.

Dick ‘The Destroyer’ Beyer is the only American athlete to ever receive ‘The order of the Rising Sun.’ It is the highest award given out by the Japanese government.

Triple H successfully defended the WWE title against both Goldberg and Gillberg.

Ronda Rousey’s WWE Raw Women’s title reign has been longer than Bayley’s and all four of Sasha Banks’ reigns combined.

The Rock, the Undertaker, Sting, the Shield and Kurt Angle all made their WWE debuts at the Survivor Series pay per view.

The original name for Kaientai in the WWF was ‘Club Kamikaze.’

Brock Lesnar has been Raw’s Universal champion twice. Despite that, however, he hasn’t had an actual match on Raw since 2002. The last time Lesnar wrestled a match on Raw was July 22nd, 2002 against Tommy Dreamer in a Singapore Cane Match. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and the iPhone have all been invented since Lesnar’s last Raw match.

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3 thoughts on “In-FACT-ous: Non Stop Pro Wrestling Facts, Stats and Trivia For Everyone to Behold

  1. Jushin “Thunder” Liger has had a LOT of matches! Against a lot of competitors and almost everywhere in the world…the man is truly a legend. They’re going to have to drag Terry Funk’s dead carcass out of a wrestling ring one day, lol. Props to Barry Horowitz for sharing a record with Bret Hart…that deserves a pat on the back! 😉 Guess we’re going to have to find a way to have one more Flair vs Sting match in a WWE ring…

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  2. Dick Beyer was truly an Ambassador to Japan. Simply an amazing man. I was always cracked up by Vince having Friday (sometimes Man Friday) named to Kimchee. Friday was of course a nod to Robinson Crusoe. And yet Vince thought all we Southerners were illiterate.

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  3. Kinda funny that Bret Hart and Barry Horowitz (who was billed as “Brett Hart” early in his career!) share that record.

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