Hello there people! Today on the blog, we return to giving you a whole host of useless pro wrestling facts, stats and other inane tidbits. Some of these facts you may very well know, while others perhaps will leave you in disbelief. In any case, these facts are all meant for fun. So kick back, relax and lets learn.
Edwin Bibby is considered the first recognized world champion of wrestling. He defeated a wrestler named Duncan C. Ross in 1881 to become the very first world champion.
In the entire history of WWE and through all the various versions of their world title…only nine men held a world title and no other secondary championships within the company. They are Ivan Koloff, Stan Stasiak, Billy Graham, Sgt. Slaughter, The Great Khali, Goldberg, Sycho Sid, Buddy Rogers and Brock Lesnar.
The Rougeau Brothers of Jacques and Raymond have not spoken to each other in over 7 years. This despite doing several autograph sessions together. It all stemmed from Jacques wanting to borrow money from Raymond for his wrestling promotion and Ray refusing.
Chavo Guerrero Jr. has his own brand of beer.
Hulk Hogan’s debut match at Madison Square Garden took place on December 17, 1979 against Ted Dibiase. Hogan won with a bear hug.
The very first pro wrestling arcade game was Big Pro Wrestling aka Tag Team Wrestling in 1983.
Bam Bam Bigelow’s skull tattoo cost an estimated $4,500.
While long time friends on the independent scene…it was the late Dusty Rhodes who made Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood into a tag team in NXT. Their original team name was ‘The Mechanics.’
In 1980, WWWF world champion Bob Backlund defeated the Original Sheik in a steel cage match to become the NWA United States Champion (Detroit version)
In the AWA in 1984, King Kong Bundy was renamed Boom Boom Bundy because Bruiser Brody was using the name King Kong Brody because the AWA already had Dick the Bruiser. Make sense?
Celeste Bonin aka Kaitlyn was originally booked as ‘Sister Abigail’ in the Wyatt Family. Vince McMahon decided to scrap the idea.
A punk rock band from Portland, Oregon named The Cleavers wrote a song in honor of Pacific Northwest star ‘Playboy’ Buddy Rose in 1980 entitled ‘Playboy.’ Thousands of copies were sold at wrestling events and even received air play on local radio. The single is extremely rare nowadays as only a few copies remain. That’s because all the 45 albums purchased by wrestling fans broke the album during the heel Buddy Rose’s matches.
In 2002, Ron Killings came out with a Rap album entitled ‘InVINCEable’ Spelled incorrectly on purpose.
Mini luchador Max Mini was originally booked to drop down from the rafters with ‘The Blue Blazer’ Owen Hart at the ‘Over the Edge’ pay per view as a mini Blue Blazer. He wound up showing up late to the arena that night and was scrapped from the segment.
Former doctor/trainer for the WWF during the Attitude Era….Francois Petit, starred in the 1995 movie ‘Mortal Kombat’ as the character Sub Zero.
WWE released an autobiography of ‘The Japanese Buzzsaw’ Tajiri in 2002. The book was only released in Japan.
A dark match on the first ever Monday Night Raw on January 11th, 1993 saw the masked Cheetah Kid wrestle and defeat Johnny Rotten. The Cheetah Kid was none other than the future Rocco Rock and Johnny Rotten was the future Johnny Grunge. Together, they formed the tag team known as Public Enemy.
Bruiser Brody was pinned cleanly in a match against Jumbo Tsuruta in 1988. It was Brody’s first pinfall loss in Japan in over 8 years or touring.
A rather eerie stat about former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions:
The 21st champion was Jushin Liger and had to vacate the title due to injury.
the 41st champion was Kendo Kashin who left the promotion and vacated the title.
the 61st champion was Kota Ibushi and had to vacate the title due to an injury.
the 81st champion was Hiromu Takahashi and was forced to vacate the title due to a neck injury.
It seems every 20th champion has to vacate the title due to injury or other reason.
Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy who was sent to prison in a gambling scandal…is now training to be a pro wrestling referee. He has been signed to Major League Wrestling.
Captain Lou Albano was a successful wrestling manager having managed the careers of stars like Ivan Koloff, the Wild Samoans and The British Bulldogs. In the 1980’s, Albano tried his hand at music management. Captain Lou was legitimately the manager of a rock band called NRBQ.
Buh Buh Ray Dudley’s first gimmick in ECW was a wrestler named Mongo Vyle.
Former WCW and TNA wrestler/valet Daffney has a series of masked wrestlers tattooed on her waistline. They include…waistline that include Shark Boy, Mil Mascaras, La Parka, Curry Man, Hurricane, Black Tiger III, Blue Blazer, El Santo, Delirious, Black Pegasus, Matt Classic, and Mr. JL.
The original name Fritz Von Erich wanted to call his promotion was Major League Wrestling. His business associates talked him out of calling it that and Fritz settled on World Class Championship Wrestling. Ironically, his grandsons Marshall and Ross now wrestle for a promotion called Major League Wrestling.
Al Snow was an extra on the motion picture called ‘Rudy.’
The only second generation wrestler to come from a GLOW wrestler was Kayla Meltzer aka ‘Juvi Hall.’ She is the daughter of Tracee Meltzer aka ‘Roxy Astor.’ Kayla would receive a tryout with NXT back in 2015.
The Dynamite Kid’s final wrestling match was in Japan in 1996. It was for Michinoku Pro and was a six man tag team match called “Legends of High-Flying.” It featured Dynamite Kid, Dos Caras and Kuniaki Kobayashi against The Great Sasuke, Mil Mascaras, and Tiger Mask. The next day The Dynamite Kid suffered a violent seizure that ended his career.
Lex Luger is the person responsible for giving the Kliq its name.
After retiring from the WWF as a manager/wrestler, Mr. Fuji worked part time at a movie theater taking tickets in Knoxville, Tennessee.
In June of 1952, female wrestler Elvira Snodgrass was involved in a single car accident which saw her lose her arm. Snodgrass’ arm was pinned between her car and the ground. She cut her own arm off to break free from the wreckage and survived.
Bruno Sammartino has a statue of himself in his hometown of Pizzoferrato, Italy.
Sherri Martel was originally booked to manage Ron Simmons upon her arrival in WCW in 1994. The idea was scrapped due to the OJ Simpson murder scandal.
WWE star Lacey Evans owns her own construction company. She started the company when she was just 22 years old.
AEW’s Brandi Rhodes and Scorpio Sky are real life cousins.