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    Favorite Backstage Stories

    This seems like a fun thread idea. We've all heard many, many backstage stories over the years, from Taker taping his fists at Gorilla just in case HBK didn't want to do business at WrestleMania 14 to Sean Waltman using various bags as toilets and everything in between.

    I just heard one that now ranks right up there as one of my very favorites. On the newest episode of Something to Wrestle, a story is told from Bob Holly's book that involved the Kliq. Bob, like many, was the victim of some childish pranks and shit from those guys early on in his run, back in 1994, including discovering by way of Randy Savage that Shawn Michaels had been ripping up his food orders while on an overseas tour, leaving Holly with nothing to eat after the shows. Bob confronted Shawn, basically told him if he kept fucking with his food then he'd kick his scrawny ass and was pretty much not fucked with anymore.

    The story I love, though, came shortly after. Kevin Nash was sitting with, I believe, Scott Hall in the hallway of a building and just randomly saying shit to people as they walked by. He did so to Holly as he was walking by and Bob says he stopped in his tracks, turned back to Nash and told him, "If you ever say anything like that to me again I'll knock you the fuck out." He then reached up and drew an X on Nash's chin, saying, "Right there. That's where I'll hit you and knock you the fuck out."

    Nash was apparently speechless and, well, the Kliq didn't fuck with Bob Holly anymore.

    Coming from Bob's book, the veracity of this claim is somewhat dubious. That said, Prichard said that he hadn't heard that exact story (though he did verify the food one), but that it sounded exactly like something that Bob would do and that he doesn't doubt that it actually happened. I can just imagine Holly, in his Sparky Plugg getup, drawing an X on Diesel's chin. That shit's awesome.

    What are some of your favorite stories?

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    I was a little put off by the stories of the guy abusing rookies, but I do love how hard as nails Holly apparently is in real life. I can absolutely imagine him cowing Nash.

    I can't think of any backstage stories I love off the top of my head, but I always like hearing them!

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    There's a great story about Owen getting the pigs being delivered for a Godwinn angle holed up in Vince's office....

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    Based upon what I've heard from a bunch of interviews and such, Bob was a stiff worker, in general. That Tough Enough thing still gets a lot of hype, especially, but that wasn't anything unusual. According to Bob's book, the only reason the kid got a busted lip and all that was because he didn't know to follow Bob and allow him to direct where his body should be. If someone grabs you, throws you into the corner and starts laying in kicks, you don't try to get up. Matt did and instead of getting some probably kinda stiff but ultimately not injury inducing stomps to the chest, he got kicked in the face a couple times. The fact that they then played it up for full dramatic effect on a reality show didn't help matters/

    Bob, and WWE management, apparently viewed him as something of a proving ground. A stiff shot here and there are going to happen in pro wrestling. So how does this new guy react to it? Do they get fired up and try to start shit? Do they piss and moan about it? Or do they roll with it and just keep on keeping on? That makes a lot of sense to me, personally. As has been said a million times, it ain't ballet, and I think it's a good thing to know how a talent is going to handle that sort of situation should it happen at random by accident on live television or something.

    Feeding into the double tough thing, though, when that infamous Tough Enough segment was filmed, it was actually the day before Bob went in for neck surgery after his mistimed spot with Brock Lesnar saw him get dropped on his head. He was under orders from Vince to not even get in the ring, but he claims that he saw the cast just fooling around and goofing off when they were supposed to be working out and it pissed him off. These kids are being put up in a phat mansion, paid well, getting access for first class training and facilities and they're not taking it seriously? Not on Bob Holly's watch. His intent was to show them what it was like to be in the ring with someone who works a little stiffer, as many do and especially did back then, but as mentioned, the nature of the surroundings painted him as some sort of asshole who just wanted to beat Matt up.

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    I also like the one about how Jerry Lawler was the one to break up the backstage scuffle between Hart and Michaels in 1997, because it started in the bathroom while King was sat in one of the cubicles mid-shit.


    What else....

    I love that whenever Bobby Heenan showed something to an interviewer on a piece of paper that he didn't let the audience see, it was usually some pretty graphic pornography.

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    Oh Bob Holly. I loved him as a kid.

    My favourite stories are always the fights where someone much smaller absolutely destroys someone much bigger - specifically coming to mind right now is Jericho taking down Goldberg right after the latter had come to WWE. For some reason that's made all the more hilarious to me by picturing Jericho in his top knot and Goldberg with his bald head.

    I also like the one about Lesnar and Angle having a shoot amateur match one time backstage for 15 minutes or so, until Vince split it up.

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    I find most of the Mr Fuji ones a bit much for my taste, but him paying $1000 for someone to take the engine out of Bobby Eaton's rental car is a pretty impressive rib.

    There's an Owen one that I can't remember the full details of but it amounts basically to someone being really cautious about getting ribbed by him again, only to come back from the ring and find that his bag had been chained to a pipe on the ceiling. I'm not sure the 'hows' and 'whys' are all that well known but Owen's athleticism certainly gives him an advantage there!

    The other fun one was him holding his weight down at a house show so that Lex - obviously being pushed as the strongest guy in the company - just plain couldn't lift him. His team was against the Allied Powers and a few minutes later he naturally went up like a leaf for Davey Boy, who as his partner in crime, promptly danced around the ring shouting that he was stronger than Luger.

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    Does it count as a story, if it's the time that Ricky Morton once had to go up to Bill Dundee and say 'in the match, hit me in the fact as hard as you can, because your working punches are fucking killing me.'?

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    I'll count it! That feels like a very Morton thing to do. You'd think Dundee would have picked up better punches working with Lawler!

    In ring stories can be a lot of fun too. I can't remember the exact details, but I did hear that in one of the big TLC matches Bubba Ray got his bell rung, and one of the other wrestlers had to explain to him which one was Jeff Hardy so he could do the next move.

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    The best in-ring story I heard recently was Ernie Ladd getting so fed up of a babyface who was getting too keen and not listening to him call the match, that he backed him into a corner and backed into him, grabbed the ropes, and said over his shoulder, 'you're gonna stay there until you listen to me; and when you listen, then we finish the match!'

    There's one about Savage getting irate because Jerry Sags farted in front of Liz, so he put her on a plane back to the US. In the meantime someone told Vince, who supposedly had her put on to a Concorde flight as soon as her plane set down so she could still make the tour. And rumour has it, he's supposed to have fined Sags for it, leading others to call it the most expensive gas he ever passed.

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    That Savage story is seriously mental... most of all Savage for putting Liz on the plane in the first place, but the fact that she was jerked around to that extent by men in her life at all is kind of a downer when I think about it. The dark underside of the Savage/Liz story, I suppose.

    I really enjoy the one about Heenan not being told beforehand that Bock was dropping the AWA title to Wanz, so that his post-match freakout would be his most authentic ever. True or not, he certainly goes ballistic on a whole new level afterwards!

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    Heh, Heenan hated being jerked around like that. He preferred to know and prepare, I believe. Lawler has spoken about how he preferred to be surprised like the audience, so there's clearly no 'right' way.

    At the more bodily end of the spectrum Cornette once told a story about having stomach flu, but 'the show must go on', so he had the match and promptly shit himself every time he took a bump.

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    HAHAHA, that must have sucked for everyone involved.

    Heenan definitely strikes me as the super-prepared type. I think that's part of why his work suffered in WCW, he felt no motivation to prepare because nobody was bothering to play off him anyway.

    Another story that I'm afraid I only half remember, but I believe it was Terry Taylor who was once booked to wrestle Flair in an hour long match, only for Flair to show up at the last minute, hung over from a bender the night before. A frustrated Taylor told Flair to just do as much as he could and they would book a new finish on the fly if Flair couldn't make it the whole way. 45 minutes in, Flair had kept the match so active that Taylor was the one who ran out of gas and called for the finish early. More evidence that Flair is a freak of nature.

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    A good Flair one was when he wrestled Kerry, who had been Mia before the bout. With Flair already on his way to the ring they found Kerry out of his mind and asleep in his car. Again, the show must go on. So they woke him up as best they can and sent him out, and then Natch is supposed to have dragged him to something pretty decent. Was real pissed at him afterwards, as you might expect.

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