he legend of Wrestler’s Court has been heard of by many a wrestling fan. Essentially an ad hoc justice system to maintain order behind the scenes, Wrestler’s Court was presided over by the Undertaker for many years. In his absene, others like Triple H subbed for him while WWE legend JBL often played the role of the prosecution.
The concept was first started by Zeb Coulter, years ago, as a way for the boys to settle their differences backstage. He brought in the concept soon after the murder of Bruiser Brody as Zeb happened to be in the arena when the stabbing took place, not wanting another backstage altercation to ever escalate to that level again.
It acted as a check and balance and no one was above the law. Punishment was usually on the lighter side although some unpopular figures backstage have been on the end of harsher justice. Today we take a look at 5 of the most fascinating stories from Wrestler’s Court.
5: Not the spot to eat chicken
It’s no secret that The Miz was hated backstage when he first arrived in WWE. He had a rough time backstage and it’s a minor miracle that he withstood all that to become one of the greatest Intercontinental Champions of all-time as well as a former WWE Champion.
The former Real World star was in the locker room one day, eating a meal of Fried Chicken when Chris Benoit entered and lost his cool. Why? Miz had dropped a few crumbs on Benoit’s bag and the Rabid Wolverine proceeded to kick The Miz and his bags out of the locker room.
The Miz was then banned from the locker room for 6 months and forced to change in public restrooms.
4: This was not a shoot
The year was 2004. The Diva Search was in full swing when the WWE train stopped for SummerSlam 2004 and a dodgeball match was booked between the contestants and the female stars on the roster.
The actual match was a squash and lasted less than 5 minutes as the contestants schooled WWE’s resident Divas. The entire Divas team was later dragged into Wrestler’s Court for getting wiped by their bikini-clad counterparts.
The Divas named Ivory as their attorney while Triple H presided as the judge, with the Big Valbowski (Val Venis) acting as prosecutor.
Ivory argued that the match was actually a work to get the rookies over since they weren’t very good inside the ring. It was an argument that no one was buying and the Divas gave Triple H hotel gift vouchers for the Red Roof Inn in exchange for a lighter sentence.
3: Goldberg didn’t get The Gift of Jericho
Goldberg and Chris Jericho’s real-life heat back in the day is well known. It stems from their time in WCW when the young up and comer, Jericho, wanted to work a program with the man they called Goldberg. Goldberg said he would only agree to the program if he beat Jericho quickly but Y2J wasn’t interested and jumped ship to WWE where he has gone on to become a bonafide legend and one of the most popular WWE Superstars of all time.
Goldberg himself move to WWE in 2003 and it was a chance for old wounds to to be opened again. On an episode of RAW, Jericho was in the ring working and Goldberg took this as an opportunity to bad mouth Jericho to Kevin Nash. Needless to say, Y2J didn’t take kindly to this and there was an altercation with Goldberg. By most accounts, Jericho got the better of it and he put Goldberg in a front facelock before the two were separated.
Goldberg then took Jericho to wrestler’s court but the judge, Triple H, ruled against him. As a punishment, Goldberg was forced to admit that Jericho was the better wrestlers.
2: The real-life “Diva”
Melina’s backstage heat is well-known. She carried herself like with an attitude that rubbed most of her peers the wrong way and many described her as almost impossible to work with. Melina’s case is one of the strangest cases from Wrestler’s Court because the exact reason she was brought in wasn’t apparent and it looks to have been done just to knock her down a few pegs.
The entire locker room gathered as her “trial” began in the hotel ballroom with Brian Kendrick and Paul London even taking bets regarding how long it would take her to break down and cry. Reports suggest that she broke down after about 10 minutes.
1: Hate for Hassan
Muhammad Hassan is one of the big what if’s of WWE history. He was never given a fair chance by his peers but he was pushed as a top star right from his debut. His character started off as an Arab-American who was disgruntled by how fans profiled him because of his race (sounds familiar). Apparently, he was hated backstage by veterans jealous of the rookie’s big push and a few Superstars were also allegedly unhappy with the way Hassan carried himself backstage.
Hassan was first hauled into Wrestler’s Court for not selling Sgt. Slaughter’s offence on an episode of RAW. Hassan’s reasoning – he was told to no sell the offence because he was the big bad heel.
Hassan later got hauled back to Court for daring to ask Eddie Guerrero why he’d used the Camel Clutch, a move Eddie’s father had pioneered. Hassan was forced to pay the locker room’s $4000 bar tab for this violation.