Professional wrestling is all about sportsmanship and how two people work in tandem to create something unique and bring joy to millions around the world. These professional athletes put their lives on the line every day to bring smiles on the faces of wrestling fans.
There are very few sports where teamwork and concentration play a significant role, and that’s what it takes every night for these performers to come out of their matches safely.
In the past, there have been many great rivalries inside the squared circle. From the Austin-McMahon feud to the Taker-Austin angle, these feuds created magic on-air, and almost made the fans believe that these Superstars genuinely despised each other.
From trying to hurt each other in storylines to going as far as crucifying people, we’ve seen almost everything in professional wrestling. But sometimes, the action spills out of kayfabe and that’s when the lines are crossed; professional rivalry turns into personal animosity.
In this article, we take a look at five real-life brawls in WWE history.
#5 Batista and Booker T
In 2006, King Booker was involved in a feud with Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship. Many know that Batista was in a relationship with Melina, who had issues with everyone backstage, including Booker’s wife.
Apparently, they both got into a war of words during the photoshoot for the SummerSlam PPV, and Booker asked Batista if he wanted to settle it in a fistfight, and Batista accepted the offer.
As things turned out, Booker T got the better of The Animal, before security and WWE backstage staff separated both the Superstars. It was also well known that Batista had an attitude problem, and had apparently boasted about his rise to fame and insulted the business.
Booker, being the veteran that he was, decided to take matters into his own hands to teach Batista a lesson.
#4 Chris Jericho and Shane Helms (The Hurricane)
Many people know that Chris Jericho and Shane Helms are good friends, and even used to ride together. But then, alcohol has its effects on people and their behavior, and a few beers resulted in a few shots exchanged between the two.friends.
After having a cold one, they both got into an argument, which led to a fistfight between the two. But that wasn’t the end of the scuffle. Jericho and Helms got arrested for causing trouble and their mugshots went viral on the internet.
The two Superstars both sported black eyes and although they resolved their differences, this incident brought some negative PR for WWE back in the day.