It’s time to once again dig in to more useless wrestling facts, stats and trivia. Some of these facts may be common knowledge to some and may be completely new and unheard of to others. In either case, they are all meant to entertain and maybe learn a little something about nothing. So here are pro wrestling facts for all of us to chew on for a bit.
Dalip Singh aka The Great Khali in WWE, was once signed to WCW, He was signed in late 2000 and remained unused by the promotion until it was bought by Vince McMahon in 2001. WWE did not sign Singh until 2006.
Fritz Von Erich’s last match was on November 27, 1986 where he defeated Abdullah the Butcher by DQ. This took place 4 years after his retirement match against King Kong Bundy in 1982.
The historic Hart House was once a children’s orphanage before Stu Hart bought the property in 1951.
Bobby Roode is the first wrestler to compete against Rick Steiner and his son…Bron Breakker. Roode teamed with James Storm and wrestled against the Steiner Brothers in 2009. He has since wrestled against Breakker in 2022.
William Shatner inducted Jerry ‘the King’ Lawler into WWE’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Shatner was not Lawler’s choice to induct him. Jerry Lawler requested longtime Memphis wrestling announcer Lance Russell to do the honors, but WWE management rejected it. Kevin Dunn in particular said that Russell was never a part of the WWE and nobody watching would know who he was.
Karl ‘Doc’ Sarpolis was a pro wrestler and promoter in the Texas territories from the 1930’s until the 1960’s . He also attained a medical degree in the 1920’s. Sarpolis is credited for inventing “blading” in pro wrestling. An act that was popularized by wrestler Danny McShain, but was introduced to it by Karl Sarpolis.
Taka Michinoku established two different wrestling schools/promotions in his career. The first was Kaientai Dojo in 2002 and the second is called Just Tap Out (JTO) which was formed in 2019.
As we all know, the Undertaker made his official WWF debut at the 1990 Survivor Series. This was actually the Undertaker’s fifth match with the promotion. Before the Survivor Series ’90, Undertaker wrestled a few TV tapings defeating Jim McPherson, Mario Mancini, Dusty Rhodes and Rick Sampson. Those taped matches happened before Survivor Series, but aired after Undertaker’s Survivor Series match.
All Intercontinental title matches that took place at Summerslam since 2009, either featured the Miz and/or Dolph Ziggler.
Since 2016, the winner of the Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match has been won by somebody making his debut in the match.
Sadako Igari is considered the very first ‘Joshi’ aka female Japanese wrestler. She was trained by her older brothers Pan and Chopin Igari in 1948. She mainly competed in risque bra and panties matches in Vaudeville type settings.
The seating plan for Summerslam in 1992 at Wembley Stadium was made to look like the Union Jack.
Kevin Owens has not competed at SummerSlam since 2019, when he faced Shane McMahon.
Eugene was ranked #21 of the top 500 singles wrestlers for the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 in 2004. The Undertaker was ranked at #23.
After leaving WWE in 2006, Amy Dumas wrestled and made sporadic appearances on indie shows. She didn’t officially retire until 2007. She returned to Mexico, where her career started and wrestled a few matches under a lucha mask so as not to draw attention to herself.
Estrella Blanca was a Mexican Luchador that is credited with winning the most mask vs mask and mask vs hair matches in the history of Lucha Libre. Estrella Blanca won over 200 mask versus mask matches and 120 mask versus hair matches.
The black and white striped WWE referee shirts debuted on March 13, 1995. Before that, WWF/WWE officials used blue buttoned shirts and bowties.
For the first 13 years of the show’s existence, Starrcade did not feature a match involving a woman. The very first came at Starrcade ’96 with a match between Madusa and Akira Hokuto.
Before using the Pedigree as his finishing maneuver, Hunter Hearst Helmsley used the Diamond Cutter.
Steve Blackman is most remembered for his stint in the WWF from 1997 until 2002. That was not his first time in the company. Steve Blackman wrestled for the WWF in 1988/1989, winning his debut match against David Sammartino.
While under a WWE developmental deal, Trent Beretta once wrestled under a mask and competed in a women’s tournament called the Queen of FCW in 2009. He called himself ‘The Girl from Mexico’ and was defeated in the second round by eventual winner Angela Fong.
Japanese midget wrestler Masanobu Okamoto who wrestled from 1976 up until his death in 2002, appeared in the infamous rubber suit to portray ‘Baby Godzilla’ aka ‘Little Godzilla’ in a few films in the 1990’s.
Billy Kidman’s last match took place on February 23rd, 2008 against Afa Jr. aka Manu, the son of Afa Anoa’i, the person who originally trained Kidman.
In 1998, Mick ‘Mankind’ Foley won the online polling to determine Time Magazine’s Man of the Year Award. Time selects the man who had the largest impact on history every year. Foley had the most votes beating out the likes of Mark McGwire and Bill Clinton. Time decided to remove Foley from winning due to not contributing enough to society to earn the distinction. The award was given to Ken Starr and Bill Clinton instead.
‘Gentleman’ Jerry Lynn is considered the last challenger to Larry Zbyszko’s AWA world title, before Zbyszko vacated the title to join WCW in 1990. The AWA never crowned a new champion as the promotion went bankrupt in 1991.
Roman Reigns WWE title run is currently the sixth longest reign in WWE history. Only Pedro Morales, Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino twice have longer reigns as champion.
Before they joined the WWF as Billy and Bart Gunn aka The Smoking Gunns…they teamed together on the indies as Kip Winchester and Brett Colt aka ‘The Long Riders.’
Kurt Angle and his kayfabe son Jason Jordan suffered the same neck injury and had the same neck surgery as one another.
Keiji Mutoh owns a restaurant in Japan called ‘Dining 610.’ The 610 was a number worn by Mutoh on his wrestling attire early in his career as ‘Space Lone Wolf.’
Bobby Lashley is the only wrestler to defeat Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Goldberg.
Pie Traynor is the only person to be a wrestling announcer and also be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame as a player. Traynor was a Hall of Fame third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1920 until 1937. He would eventually become a wrestling announcer for Studio Wrestling in Pittsburgh in the 1950’s and 60’s. Joe Garagiola was a wrestling announcer in the St. Louis territory and is in the baseball hall of fame, but not as a player, but as a broadcaster.
Masato Tanaka is the first person to ever kick out of the Dudley Boyz finisher…The Dudley Death Drop. He did it in ECW back in 1998. Chris Sabin would also join that elite club when he kicked out of the maneuver in 2010 while with TNA.
WWE’s Raquel Rodriguez is a second generation wrestler. Her father Ricky ‘Desperado’ Gonzalez wrestled independently for 15 years in places like Texas, Louisiana and Mexico.
The first American to win All Japan’s prestigious Triple Crown championship was Terry Gordy in 1990. The last American to win it was Joe Doering in 2017.
The tallest female ever signed to a WWE contract was Lindsay Kay Hayward. She stood 6 feet 9 inches tall. Hayward never wrestled a match in a WWE ring, so the tallest female to ever wrestle in ring for the promotion was Mad Maxine at 6 feet 4 inches tall.
Jeff Jarrett’s phrase ‘Slapnutz’ was actually derived from a term his grandmother Christine ‘Teeny’ Jarrett would often use. She used to call people she thought were stupid…’Slappy’ and Jeff took that phrase and modernized it by adding Nutz to it.
Brian James’ (The Road Dogg in WWE) first ever TV appearance in wrestling was back in 1988 on an episode of Southeast Championship Wrestling. He was at the time, serving with the United States Marines and talked about wanting to wrestle when he was eventually discharged. Brian James had wrestled a match prior to this interview in 1986 for Southeast Championship Wrestling, but was not televised.
The first ever client Paul Heyman managed was Bam Bam Bigelow.
New Japan Pro Wrestling was founded on January 13, 1972 by Antonio Inoki. The original New Japan roster consisted of Kotetsu Yamamoto, Toyonobori, Antonio Inoki, Osamu Kido, Katsuhisa Shibata, Motoyuki Kitazawa, Shoji Ito, Little Hamada, Tatsumi Fujinami, referee Youssef Turk, Kazuo Sato, and Shinichi Kihara.