FACT-cident: A Crash Up of Useless Wrestling Facts

Brian Damage

Here we go again ladies and gentlemen, another edition of useless wrestling facts, stats, trivia and a little bit of history all rolled into one big wreck. Some of these useless wrestling facts you may be well aware of, while others perhaps not so much. In any case, buckle up and enjoy the ride as we take a look at pro wrestling facts for no reason at all…

The very first $100,000 gate in professional wrestling happened on May 21, 1952. The main event saw Lou Thesz defeat Baron Michele Leone in front of 25, 256 fans at Los Angeles’ Gilmore Park.

Just one day after defeating Ric Flair for the NWA world title at The Parade of Champions show at Texas Stadium, Kerry Von Erich defended his newly won title against Terry ‘Bam Bam’ Gordy in his first ever title defense. It took place at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

The wife of wrestler Mr. Wrestling II…Olivia Walker created many of the iconic robes Ric Flair wore to the ring.

At age 5, Samoa Joe performed a dance routine with his family at the 1984 Summer Olympic games in Los Angeles. His family had a dance troupe called Tiare Productions and they were invited to perform.

Referee Nick Patrick is the only individual outside of a WWE employee to be present for both WWE’s Black Saturday and takeover of the final WCW Nitro in Panama City, Florida.

Kurt Angle’s very first match on WWF’s main roster was against Brian Christopher in a dark match in April of 1999.

Alberto El Patron/Del Rio is the only wrestler to win the CMLL heavyweight title, the AAA Mega Championship, the TNA world title, the WWE title and WWE world heavyweight title.

Only three wrestlers (Triple H, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns) main evented a Wrestlemania as both a heel and a face and won.

Abe Jacobs is arguably one of the most famous pro wrestlers to hail from New Zealand. He is the innovator of the Kiwi Roll wrestling maneuver and holds a very special distinction in his home country. Jacobs had his likeness printed on a special commemorative 10 dollar note in New Zealand in 2000 and 2001.

The first integrated world title match was believed to be between Nature Boy Buddy Rogers and Sweet Daddy Siki in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s tribal tattoo was done in 2003 and took 3 sessions for a total of 60 hours to complete.

If you play the entrance music for Gangrel/the Brood backwards…you will here the composer Jim Johnston say “I buried Paul…Walk With Me,” at the very end of the song. It is a reference to Paul McCartney of the Beatles and the urban legend that he died back in 1966. Johnston was/is a big Beatles fan.

Tommy Dreamer is the only wrestler to win the original version of the ECW world title and the WWE’s ECW world title.

Cactus Jack (Mick Foley) actually wrestled against Andre the Giant in a tag team match for All Japan Pro Wrestling in 1991.

The Hardy Boyz are considered one of the greatest tag teams of all time. They have held multiple tag team titles for WWE, TNA/Impact and Ring of Honor. Most of their reigns, however, have been very short. Their first reign as WWF tag champs was just 26 days, the second was 28days, the third was 14 days, their fourth was 14 days, their fifth was 6 days and their sixth was 63 days. They were also WCW (WWE version) tag team champs for 15 days. They held the Raw tag team titles for 64 days and the Smackdown tag team titles for 20 days. Conversely, their reign in Ring of Honor was just 28 days. Their TNA/Impact reigns were 53 days and their longest reign was their second as Impact tag team champs at 152 days.

The Street Profits have won the NXT, Raw and Smackdown tag team titles. They also won the Evolve tag titles while under WWE contracts.

In 1994, Antonio Inoki announced his “Final Countdown” retirement tour. The tour lasted over 4 years and ended in 1998 against Don Frye at the Tokyo Dome in front of 70,000 fans. Two years later he would come out of retirement to compete in four exhibition matches from 2000 until 2003.

Eddie Gilbert was not the first wrestler Missy Hyatt married. For a very brief time in 1983, Hyatt married ‘The Continental Lover’ Eddy Mansfield. Missy was 19 years old at the time.

Hulk Hogan’s opponents from Wrestlemania 1 to 6 have all passed away.

Wrestlemania 1: Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff

Wrestlemania 2: King Kong Bundy

Wrestlemania 3 and 4: Andre the Giant

Wrestlemania 5: Macho Man Randy Savage

Wrestlemania 6: The Ultimate Warrior

(That does not include the late Yokozuna who he defeated at Wrestlemania 9)

While Matt Borne was the most memorable wrestler that portrayed Doink the Clown…it was Ray Apollo who played the character the longest in the WWF/WWE.

AJ Styles is a Grand Slam champion for both TNA and WWE.

When Mickie James wrestled in TNA the first time in her career as ‘Alexis Laree’ she said the company barely paid her. She worked full time as a waitress for Olive Garden to supplement her income.

The first world title change on TV happened in St. Louis, Missouri on February 21st, 1947. “Whipper” Billy Watson defeated “Wild” Bill Longson for the National Wrestling Association world title. It aired on KSD-TV.

AEW’s Jake Hager had a comic book published called ‘You Don’t Know Jack: The Jake Hager Story.’

Randy Savage holds the most victories over the Ultimate Warrior with 46 wins. None of those wins were by pin fall.

It took 16 years for Sting to regain the NWA World Heavyweight title. The longest gap between NWA title reigns.

Independent wrestler Kelsey Heather is the first ever person to appear on both AEW and WWE programming on the same night. She wrestled on AEW’s Dark: Elevation and appeared as one of Bobby Lashley’s ladies on Raw on June 12th, 2021

Sid is the only wrestler that won the WWF title on Monday Night Raw and the WCW world title on Monday Nitro.

John Cena holds the WWE record for highest pay per view win percentage. His overall record is 63 wins and 41 losses.

The character of Mil Mascaras was created by a magazine writer named Valente Perez. He wrote so many stories of how the mythical luchador wrestled all over the world winning titles everywhere he went. Mascaras had become this iconic wrestler, even though he never really existed. When Aaron Rodriguez Arellano was finally chosen to be the real Mil Mascaras…he was already built in as a mega star in Mexico.

5 thoughts on “FACT-cident: A Crash Up of Useless Wrestling Facts

  1. I just watched the Andre Jack tag match last night on YT. Definitely Andre near the end of his overall ability. His elbow drop finisher wasn’t the greatest elbow drop ever seen.
    But I’ve been a bit nostalgic about watching Andre matches and those not controlled by the peacock.

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  2. The WWE takeover of WCW was actually in Panama City Beach FL, not Panama City FL. While the cities are neighbors, they are worlds apart!

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