7 Infamous shoot fights involving wrestlers
"Wrestling is fake."
Every wrestling fan has heard this in their life. However, wrestlers are usually as tough as professional fighters, and most of them have actual experience in combat sports, be it amateur wrestling, or some form of martial arts. Needless to say, it's ideal to not pick on a wrestler because they might just legitimately put you on your backside. A shoot fight is a fight which is serious in nature, as opposed to a work.
While shoot fights involving wrestlers have happened for a variety of reasons, from punishments to genuine dislike between wrestlers who were working together and even wrestlers having to defend themselves against aggressive fans or wrestlers looking to take liberties, the following events show when wrestlers went off script and things got real very quickly.
Honorable Mention - Shawn Daivari
Daivari is best known for being the controversial Muhammad Hassan's manager or being the brother of current 205 Live roster member Ariya Daivari. Daivari would predominantly be a manager during his time in the WWE, despite being a talented in-ring performer. After being released from his WWE contract in 2007, he would jump ship to TNA and wrestle under the name Sheik Abdul Bashir. While with TNA Daivari would win the X Division title, his first title in a major promotion. Daivari would later participate in a Feast or Fired match in which he would retrieve the Pink Slip box and be fired.
However, more than his career in wrestling Daivari gained fame when he was on the light rail en route to the Minneapolis Airport. A drunk and disorderly passenger was harassing passengers. After police were slow to respond to the scene, Daivari stepped in himself applying a rear-naked choke to the assailant and subdued him. The incident was picked up by news stations and subsequently got mainstream attention due to Daivari's history as a professional wrestler.
# 7 Montreal Screwjob aftermath
Every wrestling fan knows about the Montreal Screwjob, the events that occurred after are less clear. What is known is that WWF Champion Bret Hart was facing off against arch nemesis HBK Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series, in Hart's home country of Canada. Hart was leaving the WWF and heading to their main rivals in the business WCW.
Hart had made an agreement that he would drop the belt to Michaels on the Raw following Survivor Series back in the USA, instead of dropping his belt in Canada and Vince supposedly agreed. However, come the night of Survivor Series, Vince changed his mind and called for the bell in the middle of the match. An understandably enraged Hart destroyed the ringside area, signaled WCW with his hand and spat on Vince McMahon. This much is known.
Supposedly, once backstage, the still upset Hart sought out Vince McMahon and as legend has it, cracked his soon-to-be former boss in the face with a stiff knuckle sandwich. The event was never captured and isn't often spoken about, but according to many that were at the arena, the event did take place.