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15 Lesser-Known Facts About WWE That Every WWE Fan Needs To Know!

11. Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant’s 1988 rematch at The Main Event is currently the most watched wrestling match ever in North American history. 

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With a Nilsen rating of 15.2 and a viewership of over 33 million, the rematch between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant broke records and still holds the record for the most watched wrestling match in North America to date.

After losing to Hogan at Wrestlemania III, Andre the Giant defeated Hulk Hogan in a match that lasted barely over 9 minutes. The match started in Hogan’s favor and he managed to pin The Giant after a leg drop by the referee was distracted by wrestler Virgil. While arguing with the referee The Giant attacked Hulk Hogan from behind and pinned him for the win. The pin wasn’t correct as Hulk Hogan’s arm was up in the air.

It was later revealed that Ted Dibiase hired the referee’s (Dave Hebner) twin brother to fix the match in order for The Giant to win and surrender the title to him. This was against WWE’s rules so the title was vacated after this incident. (source)

12. After beating Nitro (WCW) in the Monday Night Wars for the first time in nearly 2 years, D-Generation X attempted to crash a live taping of their show in Virginia. 

After losing Bret Hart to WCW after the Montreal Screwjob, the Monday Night Wars became dominated by WCW with viewers tuning to Nitro rather than Raw is War. For two years, WWE would lose both ratings and talent to WCW.

After successfully rebooting the franchise into the Attitude Era, Vince McMahon created a rivalry between him and Stone Cold. On April 13th, 1998, the main event between McMahon and Steve Austin was big enough to win the rating race between Raw is War and Nitro. In an attempt to mock WCW for their slipping ratings,  D-Generation X road around Norfolk, Virginia in an army truck attempting to taunt and challenge the WCW and Eric Bischoff to a face off.

The arena closed their doors and would not let them in. (source)

13. Since 1987, the WWE has had a variety of drug testing policies including The Talent Wellness Program which tests for recreational drugs, prescription drugs, and anabolic steroids. 

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Steroids have been a problem in the WWE for a long time. What was once only public speculation has  now been confirmed by an array of WWE talent testing positive for steroids. Edge, Umaga, William Reagal, Ultimate Warrior, Randy Orton, Eddie Guerro, Vince McMahon, Chris Benoit, and Hulk Hogan are just a few that have tested positive for steroid us.

Following the death of Eddie Guerrero, the WWE created The Talent Wellness Program due to his sudden death that was possibly related to steroid use. After the double-murder suicide of Chris Benoit and his family, the United States of America has requested WWE to turn over all paperwork regarding the Talent and Wellness Program. (1,2,3)

14. Rey Mysterio holds the record for the longest time spent in the ring during a Royal Rumble.

Rey Mysterio
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During the 2006 Royal Rumble, Rey Mysterio (entering in the #2 spot) stayed in the ring for a record of 1 hour and 2 minutes and 12 seconds. The main event that night was Kurt Angle vs. Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight Championship.

Triple H, Randy Orton, and Rey Mysterio left in the ring. Triple H and Orton attempted to eliminate Mysterio together but failed and both wrestlers fell victim to Rey Mysterio’s signature 619. This resulted in Triple H being eliminated. Frustrated, Triple H then assaulted Mysterio outside of the ring, throwing him back out to be eliminated by Randy Orton. Rey Mysterio then eliminated Orton after countering his attack thus winning the 2006  Royal Rumble and beating Chris Benoit’s 2004 record of 1 hour 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Mysterio is also the 2nd person to with the Royal Rumble entering from the #2 spot, the first was Vince McMahon. (1,2)

15. Cyndi Lauper has a wrestling move called ‘The Loaded Purse of Doom.’

Cyndi Lauper at WWE
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After meeting Cyndi Lauper and an appearance in the music video ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’, McMahon booked Lauper in a segment in which she and Lou Albano got into an altercation after Albano referred to Lauper as a ‘broad’. This brought the WWE into mainstream started the Rock n’ Wrestling Connection.

Lauper challenged Albano to a fight where the female wrestler of her choice would fight the female wrestler of his choice. The match was called the Brawl to End It All, it was aired on MTV and featured Wendi Richter (Lauper) and The Fabulous Moolah (Albano). The match was for the WWF Women’s Championship. Lauper interfered during the match hitting Moolah in the head with her purse. The move was called ‘The Loaded Purse of Doom.’

Richter won the match, thus ending Moolah’s 28-year reign as the WWF Women’s Champion. Since then 3 of Cyndi Lauper’s videos feature WWE stars: The Goonies R’ Good Enough, Time After Time, and She Bop. (source)

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