In the world of professional wrestling, as in any other sport, there are certain "under currents" that permeate the surface. What I'm referring to are the rumors and tall tales/legends in the annals of sport. Whether they be a sliver of a truth that has been exaggerated over the years, or actual events that have transpired, these "myths" and "secrets" have become as interesting and controversial as the athletes associated with them.
Recently, I read an article in USA TODAY regarding the Michael Jordan "flu game" in the 1997 NBA Finals. The trainer now says that Jordan had food poisoning prior to that game being played. But just a few moths prior, Jalen Rose said it was a hangover that caused Jordan's sickness.
This is exactly the type of example I'm talking about, where facts get mixed up or the truth gets stretched. What examples are there of this in wrestling?
I can name a couple to start and hopefully that gets the ball rolling on what I believe to be a most interesting topic.
My first example is that of WrestleMania 1. Some say the WWF originally intended to have Muhammad Ali wrestle in the main event instead of Mr. T., and that the only reason he was given the role of special guest referee, is because it became clear he or somebody else might get hurt if he were to wrestle.
One more example is the legend of a few unnamed wrestlers in ECW having actually killed someone.
I personally don't know too many more and rather than listing them here, I''ll just wait to see them in the comments section instead. I'm excited to see how this turns out and will hopefully learn something new in the process!