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WWE Facts & Information

  • Kanyon wrestled under the ring Chris Morgan in his pro debut match.
  • Chief Wahoo McDaniel once played for the New York Jets.
  • Shawn Stasiak graduated from Boise State with a degree in Communications.
  • Madusa trademarked her ring name in 1985.
  • Lita got her tattoo in Amsterdam.
  • Tammy Lynn Sytch (Sunny) attended Wellesley College where she majored in Pre-law.
  • Sytch is an die hard New York Mets fan.
  • In 1990, the Black Scorpion's voice was Ole Anderson's.
  • Ivory majored in journalism at the University of Southern California.
  • Vito Lograsso holds a rare victory over All Japan superstar Mitsuhara Misawa.
  • Jacqueline has a black belt in Tai-Kwon-Do.
  • Abdullah the Butcher owns a restaurant in Atlanta, GA called Abdullah's house of Chinese Food and Ribs.
  • The WWF considered giving Dustin Rhodes a "Gunslinger" gimmick, before coming up with Goldust.
  • Dustin wrestled as Dusty Rhodes Jr. during a 1989 All Japan tour.
  • Test only had 15 pro matches when he made his 1998 WWF debut.
  • The Maryland State Athletic Commission banned Balls Mahoney for life.
  • Les Thatcher provided color commentary on Smoky Moutain Wrestling's syndicated television shows.
  • Andre the Giant was the first wrestler inducted into the WWF's Hall of Fame in 1993. Members include Chief Jay Strongbow, Arnold Skaaland, Bobo Brazil, Freddie Blassie, Buddy Rogers, Gorilla Monsoon, James Dudley, the Fablous Moolah, Pedro Morales, Ivan Putski, Antonio Rocca, The Grand Wizard, George "The Animal" Steele, Ernie Ladd, Capt. Lou Albano, "Killer" Kowalaski, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Johnny & Jimmy Valiant, Johnny Rodz, Pat Patterson, Vince McMahon Sr., and Jimmy Snuka.
  • The Top 5 all time U.S. Gates: 1) Wrestlemania XXVII - April 1, 2001, Houston, TX - $3,530,904, 2) Wrestlemania XIX - March 30, 2003, Seattle, WA - $2,760,035, 3) Wrestlemania XX - March 14, 2004, NY, NY - $2,400,000, 4) Wrestlemania V - April 2, 1989, Atlantic City, NJ - $1,628,000, 5) Wrestlemania III - March 29, 1987, Pontiac, MI - $1,599,000.
  • The top 5 all time wrestling crowds: 1) NJPW - April 29, 1995, Pyongyang, North Korea - 170,000, 2) NJPW - April 28, 1995, Pyongyang, North Korea - 150,000, 3) WWF - March 29, 1987, Pontiac, MI - 78,000, 4) WWF - August 29, 1992, London, England - 75,000, 5) WWF - August 28, 1986, Toronto, 69,300.
  • The largest crowd ever to witness a live wrestling event was in Pyongyang, North Korea. Over 190,000 fans paid to attend the "International Sports and Culture Festival for Peace" in 1995. The crowd saw Asian legend Antonio Inoki defeat Ric Flair in the main event. The largest U.S. crowd was Wrestlemania III in 1987 when the event drew just over 93,000 to the Pontiac Silverdome.
  • Verne Gagne held the AWA World title for a total of 4,686 days.
  • Gagne trained Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
  • Steamboat debuted as Richard Blood. He adopted the Steamboat name from ring veteran Sammy "Steamboat" Mokuahi Jr.
  • Steamboat suffered his career ending back injury in a match with Steve Austin, while they were in WCW.
  • When The Honkey Tonk Man beat Steamboat for the IC title, he was a replacement for "The Natural" Butch Reed who was scheduled to win the gold.
  • Bruce Hart gave Wayne Farris the Honkey Tonk Man name.
  • It was The Honkey Tonk Man's idea to do drop the IC title to The Ultimate Warrior in a short match at Summerslam '88 as Farris knew Warrior was green and sloppy in the ring.
  • Former oddity Giant Silva (7'3") is a former member of the Brazilian Olympic basketball team.
  • Abraham Lincoln actually wrestled prior to entering the White House.
  • Sho Funaki is a Shawn Michaels mark. He moved to San Antonio, Texas just to live in the same town as HBK.
  • In the summer of 1995, Kurt Angle failed in a tryout to make the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.
  • Dr. David Schultz trained Angle for amateur wrestling.
  • Chris Jericho competed in Mexico as Corazon de Leon, which is Spanish for "Lionheart."
  • Steve Austin learned the art of the interveiw from Brian Pillman. Austin has admitted numerous times that his speaking ability was perfected by Pillman who constantly gave him pointers and advice.
  • Austin was fired after refusing to do a job for The Renegade.
  • Austin is an antique collecter.
  • Austin was born Steve Anderson in Austin, Texas.
  • Austin worked on a loading dock prior to entering wrestling.
  • Austin played defensive tackle at North Texas State. In his senior, he recorded 55 tackles, 4 sacks, and an interception.
  • Debra was introduced to Steve McMichael by Mongo's mother.
  • Debra once studied acting at the world-famous Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.
  • Jerry Saggs (Jerry Segenowich) of the Nasty Boys suffered a career ending injury from a Scott Hall chair shot.
  • Hall earned a premed degree from the college of William & Mary.
  • Bobby Eaton is married to Bill Dundee's daughter.
  • In 1987, Benoit wrestled as "Dynamite" Chris Benoit in honor of his childhood hero, the Dynamite Kid.
  • In addition to training at Stu Hart's Dungeon, Benoit trained in the Orient at New Japan's Dojo.
  • Former Horsemen manager J.J. Dillon was an English teacher before breaking into the wrestling business.
  • The WWF hired Bobby "The Brain" Heenan to manage Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
  • Diamond Dallas Page credits Heenen for coming up with the name Diamond cutter.
  • Joe E. Legend was Rhyno's best man at his May 2000 wedding.
  • Prior to entering the squared circle, Steve Corino worked in a milk processing plant in Philadelphia.
  • Washington Redskins head coach George Allen once offered Andre the Giant a contract to play professional football.
  • Andre the Giant drank fourteen bottles of wine before his match with Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania III.
  • The Rock is a skilled light tackle salt water fisherman.
  • The Peoples Eyebrow was first named the "Heat Brow". The Rock called it that in college, but he changed the name do to the fact that the name didn't catch on.
  • The Rock the first African American to hold the WWF Championship.
  • Demolition Ax (Bill Eadie) is a former school teacher.
  • The Big Bossman was a prison guard in Georgia.
  • Tito Santana played college football at West Texas, as did Ted DiBiase and Tully Blanchard (who was the quarterback).
  • Tito Santana played in the Canadian Football League.
  • Lex Luger played college football at Penn State and at the University of Miami, FL. He was an offensive lineman.
  • Luger played in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes.
  • Haku once wrestled as jobbber Larry Hurst.

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