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Top 5 Shoot Fights in Pro Wrestling History

Updated on February 26, 2015

Despite being a predetermined sport, pro wrestling has spawned numerous legit shoot fights in the last 25 years. It's easy to forget how quickly a "fake" fight can turn into something real. Here is a list of the top 5 shoot fights in pro wrestling.

Andre the Giant vs. Akira Maeda

Andre the Giant was known for being a tough guy and willing to use his strength to quiet guys who didn't want to listen. Unfortunately, in 1985, his legendary tough guy act got tested and defeated by Japanese wrestler Akira Maeda. At the promoters' request, Andre refused to sell for Maeda, prompting Maeda to throw legit kicks at Andre's giant legs. He also took Andre down a few times during the match. Luckily for Andre, the promoter did not allow Akira to "finish" the job that Andre started.

Vince McMahon vs. Bret Hart

After the infamous "Montreal Screwjob," which saw Vince McMahon legitimately double-cross his star performer, Hart attacked McMahon backstage. As documented in the Bret Hart movie "Wrestling with Shadows," Hart landed a few fists on the millionaire promoter. McMahon later appeared on screen with a visible black eye, courtesy of the "Hitman."

Scott Steiner vs. Diamond Dallas Page

During the dying days of WCW, Diamond Dallas Page and Scott Steiner had a physical altercation backstage at a television taping. Page was upset with Steiner for stating some unsavory things about his wife Kimberly. Page attempted to blindside Steiner, who ended up on top of Page. The crew of guys eventually separated both individuals, with Steiner easily besting Dallas Page.

Vince McMahon vs. Nailz

Life can't be easy for Vince McMahon. In 1992, with no competition from WCW, he was the end-all-be-all of professional wrestling. Nailz, a wrestler for WWE at the time, confronted McMahon about a pay dispute. The cocky McMahon blew Nailz off. In return, Nailz grabbed the owner by the throat and choked him until he turned blue. Needless to say, Nailz did not have a very successful wrestling career after that.

Sid Vicious vs. Arn Anderson

Perhaps the most famous shoot fight in wrestling took place across the pond. During a WCW tour of the United Kingdom, the two less-than-sober wrestlers battled outside a hotel room, resulting in Anderson being stabbed by Vicious several times with a pair of scissors. Anderson survived the fight, and got to keep his job. Vicious, who was scheduled to win the WCW World Championship, was released from his contract.

Pro wrestling is a funny sport. Grown men dress up in tight colorful spandex and pretend to hit and maim each other. But when things get real, these entertainers are able to shed the circus-like gimmick and tear each other apart. In my opinion, the Twitter exchange between Konnan and Guerrero will quickly fizzle out, with neither man actually laying a hand on each other.


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