Was gonna bump this today but no need thanks to Mr Cranium. Great fact mate. Completely believable.
Here's a few more.
In his first pro wrestling match after he left WWE, back in 2004, Brock Lesnar won the IWGP Heavyweight title!
Shawn Michaels returned to VinnieLand at SummerSlam 2002 to face HHH in what was billed as his first match since 1998, but he actually wrestled once before for the promotion he owned in Texas (TWA) against Venum. The match was mostly a basic brawl, but it was a match nonetheless.
Venum was Paul Diamond.
Back when he was the booker for RoH, Gabe Saopolsky found a hot new prospect by the name of John Walters. It was clear from the offset that Gabe had big plans for this relatively unknown wrestler, and it was made evident when he won the RoH Pure Title. The sky was the limit for John, until, while he was still RoH Pure Champ, he appeared on WWE Raw and was squashed in less than a minute by Chris Masters. Gabe was livid, as although he knew Walters was going to WWE for a tryout, he understood that it was going to be a dark match. Walters was immediately jobbed out to Jay Lethal (five days later), and he soon left RoH. For the record, I was never really a fan of Johns, but that was harsh!
Jushin "Thunder" Lyger is 0-1 in MMA. He lost to fellow pro wrestler Minoru Suzuki.
Way back in the forties, Angelo Poffo held the world record for sit-ups, he did over six thousand.
A few days after he lost his mask in WCW, Rey Mysterio Jr wrestled in Mexico against Psicosis, with his mask on. The fans were aghast that Rey would dishonour the sacred tradition of the losing of the mask. In fact, I believe they heckled him so bad that he took it off after/during the match.
In the credits of the first Spider-Man film, Peter Parker's stunt double for the wrestling scene against Randy Savage, is named Christopher Daniels.
It is not Daniel Christopher Covell, also known as "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels.
Still, that's a bit of a strange coincidence.
TNA and RoH wrestler Christopher Daniels did play one of Los Conquistadores, at some point, during the Hardys Vs E&C feud. The other Conquistador was Arron Aguilera, who went on to become Jesus (or Carlito's bitch) for a while.
Jesus got a huge amount of heat after he used one of the chiropractors the company have backstage, which he felt he needed, as he was nursing a minor injury. Michael Hayes was the one that stooged Jesus to the McMahons and that was the first step on the road to Future-EndeavouredsVille for Jesus.
The backstage chiropractors were clearly not for new wrestlers back then... I wonder if things have changed now?
Dutch Mantel named Steve Williams, Steve Austin. Upon hearing it Steve said "what, like the Six Million Dollar Man?" to which Dutch replied "no, like the Six Dollar Man... Now get your ass out there!".
This is the story of the DirtBike Kid, as I remember it....
Back in 1995, as everybody knows, ECW was on fire. Well, in England the amount of people who were aware of ECW probably couldn't fill a double decker bus. Well, one of those that were aware of them was a young aspiring wrestler named The Dirt-Bike Kid (not his real name). Fascinated with the product, he tried to incorporate as much of the high-flying, reckless ECW style into his act as he could. This never sat well with the grizzled vets of the British wrestling scene, which was still stuck in the early eighties and just in a god awful state, and he carried a lot of heat with him. In fact one time, a veteran wrestler who was meant to catch him, from a top rope dive to the outside, but side stepped and Dirt-Bike hit the deck hard!!
Dirt Bike did go on to fulfil a dream and worked as a jobber, on a few occasions, for ECW.
He also went on to compete in Michinoku Pro Wrestlings masked man tournament in 1999. This did not go well for him. At all.
Taking offence to something Kid did backstage, (MPW boss) The Great Sasuke decided to take it out on him in the ring. Not too long after the bell Sasuke began kicking Dirt-Bike with multiple kicks. Not just stiff Puro style kicks but full on hard-as-he-could kicks that broke a few of Dirt-Bikes ribs! Sasuke finished the match by legitimately choking him out. Ouch!
The last I heard he wrestled Sabu in a shitty hardcore match about ten years ago here in England.....
And that was the legend of the Dirt-Bike Kid.