Late Night FACTS: All the Wrestling Facts, Stats and Trivia You Can Indulge In

Brian Damage

Here we are with some more pro wrestling facts, stats and trivia. Read them in bed, at work or even on the toilet. It’s totally up to your discretion. Some you may already know about, while others not so much. Either way, they are all in good fun so sit back (or stand) and enjoy. Now, without any further adieu….let’s learn!

Kerry Von Erich was up for the role of Ivan Drago in the movie ‘Rocky IV’ starring Sylvester Stallone. Stallone’s friend Terry Funk recommended Kerry for the role. While Kerry never had an actual screen test, he did an audition. Kerry reportedly had a difficult time remembering his lines and was ultimately passed over.

Mick Foley held the TNA world title longer than his three WWE world titles combined.

Shawn Michaels was the very first “Grand Slam” champion in WWE history.

In his WWE rookie year, Brock Lesnar defeated, Hulk Hogan, the Rock, Ric Flair and The Undertaker.

The Dudley Boyz of D-Von and Bubba Ray first split up due to being drafted to different WWE brands in March of 2002. WWE creative pitched ideas for both on singles careers, but never confirmed it would actually happen. When the split was officially announced, both D-Von and Bubba Ray were not told ahead of time and their reactions were genuine and real.

Madusa/Alundra Blayze is the only female wrestler to appear on both WWF’s Wrestlemania and WCW’s Starrcade.

Glenn Jacobs has wrestled the Undertaker under four different gimmicks…The Unabomb, Isaac Yankem, Fake Diesel and of course Kane.

Will Ospreay became the first wrestler in New Japan history to compete in the New Japan Cup, Best of the Super Juniors, and G1 Climax in the same calendar year.

Conversely, Kota Ibushi is the first wrestler in New Japan history to win all three of those tournaments. Ibushi won the 2011 Best of Super Juniors, the 2015 New Japan Cup, and now the 2019 G1 Climax.

While Andre the Giant was born in France, he is actually of Bulgarian and Polish descent.

Lars Sullivan has the same hand size as Andre the Giant’s.

In 2007, Shawn Spears (Formerly known as Tye Dillinger) had a WWE title match against John Cena in WWE’s developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling.

Summer Rae was the first ever WWE Diva to be chosen to star in a WWE Studio film. She co starred with the Miz in the 2015 movie Marine 4: Moving Target.

Bayley is the first ever WWE women’s Triple Crown winner and the first WWE/NXT Grand Slam champion.

Bayley’s boyfriend/fiance Aaron Solow is also a pro wrestler who once competed on WWE’s Tough Enough, but didn’t make the cut. He was also chosen as an alternate in WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic and has wrestled on 205 Live against Akira Tozawa.

Beth Phoenix is a 3 times WWE Women’s champion, 1 time Diva’s champion, a WWE Hall of Famer and retired from full time wrestling in 2012. Did you know that despite all of that, Phoenix is still 3 months younger than NXT star Shayna Baszler?

Dolph Ziggler was originally named ‘David Diggler’ by Vince McMahon. Dolph hated the name and was given 15 minutes to come up with a new name. Dolph was chosen for his great, great grandfather who whose name was Rudolph.

The girl who played Spike Dudley’s lookalike girlfriend in ECW back in 2000, was named Kari Bullock. She was actually the lighting director for ECW television.

Ric Flair holds the record for most United States title reigns with six.

Bray Wyatt got the nickname ‘Eater of Worlds’ from the late Dusty Rhodes.

While wrestling on the independent scene, Luke Harper worked a job as a middle school librarian.

Asuka briefly retired from pro wrestling in 2006 after suffering from kidney issues.

Before becoming a WWE Superstar, Liv Morgan worked at Hooters.

WWE star Curt Hawkins trained AEW star MJF.

Former wrestler Johnny Weiss aka ‘Johnny Hotbody’ discovered the old warehouse/Bingo Hall named Viking Hall in Philadelphia which would then become famously known as the ECW Arena.

AJ Styles appeared in a country music video entitled ‘Something to do with Your Hands’ by Sarah Darling in 2011.

Chris Kanyon handed Brock Lesnar his very first WWF loss at a house show in 2001.

We are all well aware that RoboCop showed up at WCW’s Capital Combat pay per view on May 19th, 1990. Did you also know that that wasn’t RoboCop’s only pro wrestling appearance? RoboCop also appeared on Carlos Colon’s World Wrestling Council Anniversary show on July 7th, 1990. He was in the corner of WWC Caribbean Tag Champs Hurricane Castillo, Jr. & Miguel Perez, Jr. versus The Cuban Assassin & Ron Starr


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