It’s a well-known fact that pro wrestlers sometimes get into fights with each other backstage. When you put a bunch of athletes, whose job is to pretend to hate each other in public every week, in a highly competitive environment like a wrestling organization, and keep them together for long periods of time, every once in a while, things are going to get physical. The history of professional wrestling is littered with stories of altercations taking place behind the scenes, many of which end up being mostly harmless, but which have occasionally escalated to the point of injury, or worse.
16. Dynamite Kid vs Jacques Rougeau
One half of the British Bulldogs, Dynamite Kid was considered one of the greatest wrestlers of his time, but he also earned himself a reputation as one of the meanest bullies in wrestling, who enjoyed playing pranks on other wrestlers that often crossed the line. Kid was also notoriously thin-skinned, and when other wrestlers sought retribution for his antics, he was quick to drop the gloves, and as tough in a fight as the canine his tag team was named after. However, after the Rougeaus, a French-Canadian tag team that had regularly clashed with the Bulldogs backstage, were the subject of a rib that actually was perpetrated by Curt Henning (not the last time Hennig would cause problems with his love of jokes, which we’ll get to), they blamed Kid, and after an initial confrontation led to blows, Jacques and Raymond planned revenge. A few days later, Jacques approached Kid and punched him in the face while holding a roll of quarters in his fist. Kid lost several teeth in the incident, and it was seen by some as justified retribution for his long-standing reputation. Nobody was officially disciplined, although Rougeau was told to pay Kid’s dental bills (the rumor is that the company paid the bill but told Kid it was Rougeau in order to make peace).