No matter how talented a wrestler may
be, things sometimes boil down to that
adage “it’s not what you know
but who you know: “ Top 15 Most
Shocking WWE Referrals That
You Are Probably Not Aware off “
15.Brutus Beefcake (Hulk Hogan):
Ed Leslie’s wrestling career dates
back to when he teamed with Hulk
Hogan in the late 70’s,
working as the tag team the Boulder
Leslie and Hogan became so well-known
together that rumors circulated they were
Although both men were as close as
brothers, there was no family bond.
Their friendship led to Hogan bringing
Leslie into the WWF as Brutus Beefcake
Beefcake where Beefcake teamed
with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine
to form WWF Tag Team Championship
pair, “The Dream Team.”
Beefcake has feuded with Hogan and
teamed with him, both in WWF and WCW
Sadly, both men are feuding in real life.
14. Diesel (Shawn Michaels)
“The Heartbreak Kid” was fast
becoming a top star in the
WWF’s singles division,
despite his smaller stature
However, when bigger wrestlers
began refusing to sell for Michaels,
he realized he needed a solution
In his memoir Heartbreak and
Triumph, Michaels recalls
watching WCW programming
and discovering the promotion’s
6’10” Vinnie Vegas.
Michaels asked Vince McMahon
to sign Vegas, but McMahon balked,
, protesting he didn’t want to deal
with someone under contract to WCW.
Michaels talked to Nash who in turn,
talked to WCW booker Ole Anderson;
telling him he wanted to give up wrestling
and return to being a bouncer.
Anderson gave Nash his release
and soon, Kevin Nash was Shawn
Michaels’ bodyguard Diesel,
providing the muscle and outside
interference needed for Michaels
to realistically beat larger opponents.
13. Samoa Joe (John Cena):
Samoa Joe fans wondered if the
Samoan Submission Machine would
ever make it into the WWE before he
was eligible for Social Security retirement
Joe, who made a name for himself
in Ring of Honor and TNA, was finally
signed to the WWE in 2015, but his
ties to the company go much further
In 2000, Joe was working in the WWF’s
WWF’s developmental territory Ultimate
Pro Wrestling, including a feud with
Joe put in a good word for Cena,
and eventually Cena signed with
Over a decade later, Cena returned
the favor, suggesting Vince McMahon
hire Joe, despite Vince’s reservations.
12. Charlotte Flair (Ric Flair):
It’s not easy being the child of the
sixteen-time world champion if you’re
thinking of following in your father’s
Sadly, Ric Flair’s sons David and
Reid were never able to find lasting
success in the ring,
but Flair’s daughter Charlotte did,
quickly becoming one of the top
women wrestlers in the WWE.
Charlotte went from personal trainer
to ring-savvy veteran,
working in NXT before a successful
career in the WWE’s women’s division.
11. Steve Williams (Jim Ross)
Wrestling’s “Dr. Death” Steve
Williams boasted a solid career
in Mid-South Wrestling, WCW,
and All Japan Pro Wrestling.
Williams, a former right guard
for the Oklahoma Sooners’ college
was considered one of wrestling’s
legit tough guys and Williams’ friend
Jim Ross saw potential in a Steve
Williams vs. Steve Austin program
in the WWF.
When Vince Russo devised the
WWF’s shoot fight tournament
Brawl for All
Ross figured Williams would win the
tournament, cementing his spot as
as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s next
Ross talked the WWF into hiring
Williams but things didn’t
didn’t go as planned; Williams
tore a hamstring during Brawl for All,
and was side-lined by the injury,
leading to his dismissal from the WWF.
10. Dustin Rhodes (Dusty Rhodes):
The grandson of a plumber began
wrestling in 1988, lacing
up the boots in Championship Wrestling
When Dusty wrestled in the WWF
as the polka-dot wearing “Working Man”,
he asked Vinnie Mac to hire his son
Dustin. Dusty and Dustin teamed to face
Ted DiBiase and Virgil, but the duo’s
WWF run was short-lived, and they
left the company after 1991’s Royal
Dustin went to work in WCW while
big daddy Dusty was booker,
and eventually returned to the WWF
for his career-defining role as Goldust.
9. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (Jake Roberts):
Several big-name WWF Superstars
passed through Bill Watts’ Mid-South
Wrestling before entering the WWF.
These include Jake “The Snake” Roberts,
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase,
and the One Man Gang aka Akeem.
When Jake Roberts got to the WWF,
he recommended his good friend
to Vince McMahon and “Hacksaw”
Jim Duggan became a WWF regular
Jake “The Snake” stayed in touch
even after Duggan was fired in 1987
following an arrest for drug possession
(made even worse when he was
caught with kayfabe rival, the Iron
Sheik in the same car).
Duggan eventually returned and
is now a WWE Hall of Famer.
8. Barry Darsow (Bill Eadie):
Barry Darsow and Bill Eadie are
two wrestlers who have had successful
careers in different identities,
but nothing as successful as their
team as Ax and Smash of Demolition
Darsow had enjoyed a run in Jim
Crockett Promotions as Krusher
Kruschev, an American turned Russian
sympathizer who teamed with the
much-hated and feared team of
Nikita and Ivan Koloff.
Eadie had enjoyed a singles run
as the Masked Superstar, working
around the NWA and the WWF.
When the WWF decided to form
Demolition, they paired Eadie
(Demolition Ax) with Randy Colley
(formerly of the Moondogs).
However, fans recognized Colley,
causing the WWF to regroup.
Eadie had worked with Darsow before
and recommended him to the WWF to
become Demolition Smash
Darsow and Eadie would enjoy three
reigns as WWF Tag Team champions
including a record for the longest
combined reign of any team.
7. Owen Hart (Bret Hart):
Despite the size of the Hart wrestling
family, Bret Hart was the only member
to gain any success in the WWF,
starting off in the Hart Foundation
tag team before branching out into
Bret’s baby brother Owen landed a
job as the masked man The Blue Blazer,
but his career didn’t amount to much,
despite his solid wrestling skills.
Owen’s abilities had caught the attention
of New Japan Pro Wrestling, but big brother
Bret knew Owen needed help to succeed
in the WWF.
That’s when Bret used his clout to bring
Owen into the WWF,
leading to a program where the brothers
worked a bitter feud.
This elevated Owen from enhancement
talent to the upper card,
including a run as a member of Bret
Hart’s heel faction, the Hart Foundation.
6. Terry Funk (Mick Foley):
Rock-n-Wrestling era fans likely
remember Terry Funk’s run in the WWF
where he feuded with the Junkyard
Dog, and even brought in brother
Jr. (billed as “Hoss” Funk) to help him
out against the JYD.
Terry Funk had a short but memorable
program with WWF
champion Hulk Hogan as well, but left the
WWF on a bad note, seemingly ruining
any chance of a return.
At least that’s what fans thought until
the Mick Foley
championed the company to bring
Terry back in 1997 during Foley’s
feud with the New Age Outlaws.
5. Colt Cabana (CM Punk)
Colt Cabana and CM Punk became
close friends while working their way
up the ladder of success in the indie
Whether they teamed as the Second
City Saints, or battled each other, the
two became close friends
thus it’s no surprise CM Punk put in
a good word for Cabana once Punk
arrived in the WWE.
As Punk’s WWE stock increased, he
pressed for Cabana to get on the main
but for whatever reason, things didn’t
click and Cabana was eventually let go
from the WWE.
Although the two men are no longer
close friends, Punk’s efforts to help
in the WWE show how knowing
someone in the company can
help get your foot in the door.
4. Kane (Jim Cornette):
As Slat Rock subscribers know,
Glen Jacobs worked through awful
before he landed the role of a lifetime
—playing the Undertaker’s disturbed
Jacobs caught the attention of Smokey
Mountain owner and promoter
Jim Cornette, who brought the big man
into his territory as Unabomb.
When Cornette went to work in the WWF,
he put in a good word for Jacobs, leading
to Jacobs getting a try-out and a spot in the
Although Jacobs had to play the demented
dentist Isaac Yankem and the faux version
his persistence paid off when he landed
the role of Kane, one he’s played for 20
3. The Undertaker (Hulk Hogan):
While Hulk Hogan’s films are known
as the cinematic equivalent of a garbage
Hogan’s film Suburban Commando is
largely responsible for the Undertaker’s
On his podcast, Something to Wrestle
With, Bruce Prichard described how
Hogan was impressed with Calaway’s
size and look while working with him
on Suburban Commando
Hogan alerted Vince McMahon to Calaway’s
potential and Calaway was packaged
as the Undertaker
receiving a monster push and winning the
WWF championship just a year after his
Survivor Series debut.
Sadly, Hogan is at odds with the Undertaker
as he claims ‘Taker injured his neck with a
2. Liv Morgan (Enzo Amore)
Enzo Amore worked with Liv Morgan
when Amore was managing a Hooter’s
After landing a job in NXT, “The Realest
Guy in the Room” put in a good word
for his former employee and Morgan
Amore and Morgan began dating,
but eventually broke up, reportedly
due to Enzo cheating on her.
Enzo has been a heat magnet for
much of 2017,
and rumor (just a rumor guys) has it one
of the reasons is because he cheated on
1. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin (Kevin Nash):
Steve Austin and Kevin Nash forged a
they worked for the WWE’s number-one
In 1996, Kevin Nash was main eventing
and he used his pull to help Austin
(who’d been fired by Eric Bischoff)
land a spot in the WWE.
Jim Ross, who was also familiar with
Austin’s work, lobbied on the future
“Stone Cold’s” behalf as well
Austin got in, despite Vince McMahon’s
hesitations about Austin’s accent.
Ironically, Kevin Nash left the WWE
forcing the WWE to look for new
stars, one of whom happened to be
Well guys there you have it – Top 15
Most Shocking WWE Referrals That
You Are Probably Not Aware off
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