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DDP credits Bobby "The Brain" Heenen for coming up with the name Diamond cutter

"The Crippler Cross Face" was invented by Dean Malenko and not Chris Benoit.

Spike Dudley was a school teacher from Rhode Island before getting into the wrestling business

Kurt Angle's wife is a former stripper

Al Snow is well trained in martial arts, mat grappling, free style, hardcore, and shoot-fight wrestling

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan got the idea of bringing a 2x4 to the ring from the movie, "Walking Tall"

The Rock's wife Dany is the Associate Vice President of Merrill Lynch

Dick the Bruiser actually gave Bobby Heenan the nickname "The Weasel"

Early in his career, Hulk Hogan teamed with "Dizzy Hogan" who would later be known as Brutus Beefcake

Before becoming a wrestler, Val Venis used to race motocross

Marcus Bagwell had calf implants in 1995 but they later leaked and had to be removed

Glen Jacobs (better known to the wrestling world as Kane) has degrees in English and Teaching

Former WWF announcer Craig DeGeorge is now the number one sports anchor for an NBC affiliate in Miami and now uses his given name, Craig Minnervni (Torch)

Mike Awesome and Horace Hogan are cousins (Awesome and Hulk Hogan are not related)

Two days before WrestleMania 9, Hogan was injured in a jet-ski accident. That explains the shiner he had when he wrestled at WrestleMania 9

Kevin Nash introduced Shawn Michaels to his wife, the former Nitro Girl Whisper (Rebecca Curci)

Silver King and Dr. Wagner, Jr. are brothers

The former Bart Gunn (of the Smoking Gunns) wrestles as Mike Burton for All Japan pro wrestling

When the Honkeytonk Man beat Ricky Steamboat for the IC title, he was a replacement for "The Natural" Butch Reed who was scheduled to win the gold

Stephanie McMahon works for the WWF as a accountant executive at their New York sales office

That before Mark Henry joined the WWF, he was actually sponsored by Titan Sports during the 1996 Olympic's in which he competed in the sport of weight lifting

Gorgeous George, real name Stephanie Bellars, spent jail time as a teenager for burglaziring a home and slashing a girl's face with a broken beer bottle

Eddie Guerrero's father 'Gori' invented the camel clutch

Terry Funk is Jason Hervey's Godfather

Steve 'Mongo' McMichael was one of Lawrence Taylor's backup men during his match against Bam Bam Bigelow at Wrestlemania XI

Ryan Shamrock's real name is Alesha Webb, and she is a topless dancer from Houston, TX

WWF's first pick for the Mr. Perfect gimmick was Terry Taylor

Former Freebird Jimmy Garvin is now an airline pilot

D'Lo Brown began his career as the "head of security" for the Gangstas in Smokey Mountain Wrestling? He later debuted in the WWF as one of the many members of Faarooq's Nation of Domination entourage

Nitro Girl Fyre attended Arizona State University, and used to be a mortgage home broker

The Warlord (real name Terry Szopinski) was forced to retire following a 1996 car accident

ECW's Dawn Marie appeared in the original Austin Powers MTV special as one of the go-go dancers and actually had a couple of speaking lines

Chris Chetti was the first man to graduate from ECW's School of Hardcore.

Taz and Chris Chetti are cousins

Paul Wight played college basketball at Wichita State

Nicole Bass's married name is Fuchs

Rick Rude still held half of the NWA tag titles when he signed with the WWF (the NWA later claimed that the Rock 'n' Roll Express regained those titles in a match that never actually took place).

Jerry Jarrett brought Rick Rude to Memphis, and gave him the nickname "Ravishing"

Rick Rude, for a time, was managed by his sister Raven in the World Class promotion.

Rude was the only foreign talent to make the finals of G-1 Tournament in Japan.

Rude worked as a bouncer at Gramma B's in Minneapolis before he was discovered, working with the Road Warriors and Barry Darshow.

Rick Rude was trained by Eddie Sharkey, who also trained the Road Warriors, Barry Darsow, and Nikita Koloff.

Rick Rude and Nikita Koloff attended the same high school.

The orginial Midnight Express was a six man tag team in Alabama, consisting of Dennis Condrey, Randy Rose, and Norvell Austin

Mark Henry and Pittsburgh Steeler Kevin Henry are cousins.

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat suffered his career ending back injury in a match with Steve Austin, while they were in WCW.

The British Bulldog (Davey Boy Smith) paid the WWF $100,000 to get out of his contract to leave for WCW.

Tom "Dynamite Kid" Billington despises his cousin Davey Boy Smith so much, he can't bring himself to say his name.

Emiko Kado, 23, suffered a brain injury that ended her life in only her 15th professional match.

Bill Goldberg's father is a retired Gynecologist.

Terry Funk first announced his retirement in 1983.

Larry Zbyszko is a licensed pilot.

Debra McMichael was introduced to Steve McMichael through Steve's mother.

ECW star Justin Credible competed in the WWF as both P.J. Walker and "The Portuguese Man O' War" Aldo Montoya? He also briefly became the third member of PG-13, going by the name P.G. Walker.

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Debra McMichael was introduced to Steve McMichael through Steve's mother.

ECW star Justin Credible competed in the WWF as both P.J. Walker and "The Portuguese Man O' War" Aldo Montoya? He also briefly became the third member of PG-13, going by the name P.G. Walker.

The World Wrestling Federation owns the Domain

Konnan briefly appeared in the WWF as "Max Moon" in 1992. Konnan played the role of the man who hailed from "outer space" for a single WWF Superstars TV taping/

Ric Flair's children watch WWF RAW is WAR on Monday nights and only switch the channel for Flair's segments.

In 1975, Ric Flair was in a plane crash with Johnny Valentine, Bob Bruggers and "Mr. Wrestling" Tim Woods. Modern medical science said that he'd never wrestle again

From 1986-1989 Ric Flair averaged 34 minutes per-match. In that span he had 19 matches that lasted longer than 50 minutes

Chastity appeared in the adult movie 'Live Bait'

Vampiro's sister is a former Miss Nude Canada

About an estimated 20 miles of cable is needed for each Nitro show.

At the production offices of each WCW Nitro, there is one state-of-the-art Xerox machine. Around 15 reams (7,500 sheets) of paper are used per each Nitro.

Annually (every year) WCW distributes about 40,000 passes in all. About 30,000 passes for the WCW Nitro crew and other people who set the show up, 7,000 VIP passes, about 2,000 full access passes (backstage passes), and about 1,000 photo passes. Police officers and arena security as briefed before each Nitro show and told what each pass means.

About 750 light bulbs are used for each show on about 20 different lighting fixtures. The light-reading in the middle of the ring during each Nitro show is 115 foot-candles.

There are 24 different phone lines for each Nitro.

Production time takes about 34 hours from start to finish. 217 people work for the production for Nitro each week. An average WCW crew member spends about 10 hours working on the set.

The WCW Monday Nitro ring and other equipment are transported in 14 different trucks, and 10 of those are 18-wheelers. Each truck is also filled to the capacity (about 80,000 pounds). The total WCW Monday Nitro ring and all of the other equipment weighs a total of about 1,120,000 pounds. About 56,000,000 (56 million) pounds of WCW Nitro rings and equipment are transported annually.

9 huge 100,000+ thousand-dollar cameras are used for each WCW Nitro show.

There are about 15 cases of water (24 bottles per case) on hand for the crew/backstage workers and wrestlers for each Nitro telecast. About 25 gallons of coffee and about 416 cases of cola are consumed backstage at Nitro each year.

About 13,000 meals are consumed annually each year by the 250 members of the Nitro crew. Dinners are buffet-like and usually offer: chicken breasts, roast beef, 2 different vegetables, pasta, fish, salad, and at least 3 desserts. For each WCW Monday Nitro telecast, about 250 pounds of prime rib and about 250- 8-ounce chicken breasts.

There is a huge silver bowl of candy in the Nitro Production Office. There are about $150 worth of candy in the bowl. Candies contain anything from chocolates, Tootsie Rolls, Mounds, 100 Grands, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way, Snickers, lollie pops, and so on.

Egg whites and deviled eggs are also available backstage.

About 5,200 black WCW Monday Nitro Crew T-shirts are distributed every year. The wrestlers on Nitro receive a new one backstage prior to each Nitro telecast. They range in size from medium to 6X.

2,392 rental cars are used annually for WCW Monday Nitro.

About 140 hotel rooms are needed per every Nitro show for the wrestlers, Nitro crews, backstage workers, and other people. Some wrestlers go to other separate hotels to stay over-night.

The WCW staff contacts locals in need of errands for each Nitro. Things such as mannequins, flowers, tables, stools, clothes, hats and everything else is purchased often and is used to fit the right storyline.

WCW purchases about 180 airline tickets for WCW wrestlers, crew, and other front-office workers and managers for each Nitro show. Their main customer is Delta Airlines. About 9,360 airline tickets are bought annually for each Nitro show.

There are about 400 backstage cabinets at Nitro to store different things.

About 300 fireworks are used for each telecast. That equals more than 10 pounds of explosives.

WCWs favorite arenas in which to host Nitro at are 1.) MCI Center, 2.) United Center (WCW hires a local caterer to provide food for the wrestlers when they come to the United Center), 3.) Baltimore Arena, 4.) Norfolk Scope, 5.) FleetCenter. An arena is decided good or not if Nitro can move in and out quickly and painlessly.

Each ring for each Nitro show weights about 2 tons. Mat covers are replaced about 60 times a year (because they cant be washed).

Andre the Giant drank 14 bottles of wine before his match with Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 3.

Kevin Nash play's Super Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.

Saturn dated Chyna before she entered the WWF.

The Rock's first character in the WWF was Flex Cavana. He only wrestled under that name once.

Rocky Maivia 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 is the Youngest Intercontinental, and World Heavyweight Champion ever in the WWF. He is also the first African American to hold the WWF Championship.

Buff Bagwell, before becoming a wrestler was a model, exotic dancer and acted in a few Soft Porn flicks.

17 months is the age gap between the Steiner Brothers

Melanie Pillman had a relationship with the Ultimate Warrior before she met Brian.

Leatherface caused the scar on Mick Foley's left arm.

Hulk Hogan earned 1.8 million dollars with his match up against Randy Macho Man Savage at Wrestlemania 5.

Shawn Michaels is a huge Garth Brooks fan.

Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty won the WWF tag team title from Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart in October of 1990 at a taping for Saturday Night's Main Event. Neidhart had been fired and was filling contractual obligations, which including jobbing the tag titles to another team. In what should have been a minor point, the top rope broke at one point during the match. The Rockers defended the titles for a week after that, but then Neidhart was re-hired by the WWF, and Vince McMahon decided that the title change never actually happened, in one of the goofier decisions of the 90s, and one of many to affect the careers of Shawn and Bret. As an explanation, a story was sent to Pro Wrestling Illustrated about the rope break causing an "unfair working environment" for both teams, and hence the title reign was annulled. This was simply to cover up for the fact that they reported the title change as fact a week prior and needed a reason to no longer report it as such. The title change was edited out of the Main Event broadcast, and thus went down in history that the Rockers never had the belt.

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Vader knows how to play the Piano.

Sgt. Slaughter's character was portrayed in the cartoon G.I. JOE.

The New Age Outlaws cross their arms above their heads as an alternative for younger fans to do the crotch chop.

Road Dogg fought in Desert Storm.

Before becoming a wrestler, Val Venis used to race Motocross

Tully Blanchard and Ted Dibiase are both preachers across the United States.

Ted Dibiase and Nikita Koloff attend the same church in North Carolina.

Honky Tonk Man and Jerry Lawler are cousins.

Dynamite Kid left the WWF because he got into a backstage brawl with former Quebecer Jacques Rougeau.

Ric flair actually OWNED the WCW world title belt itself up until 1991, as he originally bought it for use by the company using his own money!

WCW paid Ric Flair $75,000 to give back the WCW title after he had departed to the WWF in 1991.

Ahmed Johnson played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys.

Faarooq aka Ron Simmons was cut by the Cleveland Browns.

Steve Austin was trained by current WCW jobber Chris Adams.

Steve Austin learned the art of the interveiw from Brian Pillman. Austin has admitted numerous times that his speaking ability was perfected by Brian Pillman who constantly gave him pointers and advice.

Steve Austin is an antique collecter.

An Austin shirt is sold every 45 seconds around the world.

Terri Runnels was a hair stylist for the Larry King show prior to wrestling.

Ultimate Warrior was the original spokesman for Slim Jim.

Bill Goldberg, Raven, DDP, Dean Malenko, and Barry Horowitz are all jewish.

Raven was a manager in the WWF that went by the name Johnny Polo. Under this name he managed the Quebecers and Adam Bomb.

DLo Brown is a certified accountant.

Sunny aka Tammy Sytch is the most downloaded celebrity in AOL history.

Tom Pritchard aka Zip and Brother Love are brothers.

Shane Douglas and Paul Orndorff are cousins.

Duane Gill and Barry Hardy made up the team called The Executioners in the WWF in the early 90s.

Undertaker was brought to the WWF by Brother Love.

Brian Lee (Chainz) was the best man at Mark Callaway's (The Undertaker) wedding

In the RAW tag team tournament of summer 1997 in the WWF, Jerry Lawler teamed with Rob Van Dam.

Rob Van Dam debuted in the WWF against Matt Hardy.

Rob Van Dam has an unique weightlifting record of doing a split across two benches and lifting a 200 lbs Dumbbell, the lift is called the Van Dam Lift and was actually invented by Rob himself! The move is also officially recognised.

All Japan Pro Wrestling hasn't fed it's fans a count-out or a disqualification in over five years.

Road Warrior Animal and Japan veteran Johnny Ace are brothers.

Legion of Doom is the only tag team in wrestling history to hold the AWA, NWA, and WWF tag titles.

Hawk, Animal, the Spoiler, and Jake Roberts were the original members of the Legion of Doom.

Cowboy Bill Watts came up with the idea of the Road Warriors using face paint.

Gangrel and Luna are married

Jerry Lawler and the Kat used to be are married

Glen Jacobs (kane) was born in spain