Let’s get ready to go behind the rumble! The world of wrestling entertainment captures everyone’s attention at some point of your life. But once you grow up, the world behind the scenes can be far more interesting.
It doesn’t matter whether you used to watch when you were a kid, or still watch wrestling online. The best wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and John Cena acted out their stories in the ring, but their real-life stories are far more fascinating.
A few websites and podcasts specialize in this dose of nostalgia, giving you a glimpse into what happens behind the scenes. From The Big Show breaking a toilet to a drunken brawl on an airplane, this is entertainment at its best.
Warning: These sites and podcasts often use profanity and harsh language.
1. Pro Wrestling Stories (Web): Curated Pieces About Incidents
Pro Wrestling Stories (PWS) does the most thorough job of telling these real-life tales. Updated weekly, the site chronicles what happened in the ring or outside, but gives you the unfiltered, uncensored version.
The authors dive into autobiographies by wrestlers, audiobooks that they narrated, podcasts and interviews, and other sources of information. The end result is a complete account from all parties about any incident. Whether it’s the infamous “Montreal Screwjob” or what everyone thinks of The Undertaker, it’s a comprehensive read.
PWS is the ideal place to start for anyone who is new to the world of these behind-the-scenes revelations. It explains every aspect well, and introduces elements or jargon that you wouldn’t know otherwise.
2. ProWrestlingPodcasts (YouTube): Collation of Stories
Wrestlers have a tendency to open up in interviews, whether on podcasts, video interviews, or others. ProWrestlingPodcasts (PWP) aggregates clips from several interviews into one comprehensive subject.
For example, much like the article above where wrestlers talk about The Undertaker, PWP has an hour-long clip audio episode. In this, it takes interview clips of several wrestlers and business insiders, and stitches them together. It’s stuff that even the best wrestling news sites don’t always mention.
Some of the older videos on the channel are small clips and not the aforementioned comprehensive pieces. Still, they are all honest and inhibited, so you get the truth, not polite platitudes.
3. Talk Is Jericho (Podcast): Chris Jericho’s No-Holds-Barred Talk Show
WWE superstar Chris Jericho is knowing for his prowess in the ring, but his skills with a microphone are as impressive. Jericho’s podcast, Talk Is Jericho, is unfiltered, uncensored, uninterrupted fun.
Given his own stardom and years in the industry, Jericho is able to get guest stars that most others won’t. And he has an uncanny ability to lower their guard and disclose stories they’ve never said before. The tales that come out of Talk Is Jericho are the stuff superstars usually save for autobiographies after retirement.
Not only is Talk Is Jericho an entertaining ride into nostalgia, it’s also insightful glimpse into the life of wrestlers. It’s one of those true-story podcasts that make your life look dull.
4. Ring The Damn Bell (Web): A Close Look at Wrestling’s Underbelly
The world of professional wrestling has often grappled with the darker side of sports. Performance enhancing drugs, other narcotics, crazy amounts of alcohol, and other such elements are a part of the lifestyle. Ring The Damn Bell (RTDB) gives you a glimpse into that.
It’s all part of the Wrestling With Sin series, which has over 125 instalments at this point. You’ll read stories of sex, drugs, greed, and even murder. To its credit, RTDB is careful in not glamorizing this lifestyle, and often condemns the behavior of the wrestlers.
The rest of the site is also an excellent read, much like Pro Wrestling Stories. RTDB often takes a trip down memory lane, reviewing old events like Wrestlemania or Royal Rumble, and talking about what happened in the ring and behind-the-scenes at the time.
5. Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows (Full Documentary)
Bret “The Hitman” Hart was one of the biggest superstars in the WWF/WWE. And he was also a part of the biggest real-world controversy, in what is now usually referred to as “The Montreal Screwjob”.
WWE’s owner Vince McMahon apparently went off-script in a match. In a business where scripts are sacrosanct, the resulting fracas was huge. When it happened, a Canadian documentary crew was following Hart for a film. They managed to capture the whole event (and its outcome), and ended up making an award-winning documentary.
Wrestling With Shadows is often called the best wrestling documentary, revealing things about the industry and the business that you probably never knew. The National Film Board of Canada has made the film available for free, so you can stream it or download it. It’s one of the best free documentaries you’ll watch online.
What’s Your Favorite Wrestling Story?
There is so much that happens behind the scenes of the wrestling world. I was fascinated to hear about the Wrestler’s Court that Undertaker presided over, where wrestlers would address their grievances with each other.
What’s your favorite behind-the-scenes wrestling story?