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Another interesting WWE.com article of (legit?) backstage brawls. (wwe.com) Most are famous, but couple of these, like Jacques Rougeau and Dynamite Kid, I'd never heard of. Also, Batista is the cover photo of the article and I assumed his piece would be about John Morrison, then I remembered Morrison never had the guts to actually physically confront Batista over Melina.

Anyway, the list:

10) Goldberg and Chris Jericho
9) Booker T and Batista
8) Vince McMahon and Stone Cold Steve Austin (takes his ball and goes home)
7) John Cena and The Rock
6) Vader and Paul Orndorff
5) Matt Hardy and Edge
4) Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff
3) Dynamite Kid and Jacques Rougeau
2) ECW and XPW
1) Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels



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ECW and XPW? That was a thing?
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    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Also, Batista is the cover photo of the article and I assumed his piece would be about John Morrison, then I remembered Morrison never had the guts to actually physically confront Batista over Melina.



I can't quite remember what the issue was - did it have anything to do with the sexual-harrassment-lawsuit storyline that Batista and Melina had for a couple of weeks? And in any case, looking at the size disparity between Morrison and Batista, I'd say he made the correct decision in not physically confronting Dave.
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I believe - and this could be just salacious rumor mongering that has gone on for many years - that Batista and Melina had a sexual relationship going on while Melina was still dating Morrison, who was aware of it and did nothing about it. There may have been more to it. I don't know the whole story. Batista did write about Melina briefly in his book "Batista Unleashed".

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Who's to say it was even a point of contention? Not all relationships are strictly sexually monogamous, and if nothing happened it could just be because nothing needed to happen.

I've always really liked the Jericho/Goldberg story.

And wasn't the Cena/Rock thing 100% an angle? I never put any stock in that stuff being legit.
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    Originally posted by Amos Cochran
    ECW and XPW? That was a thing?

Kinda...
    Originally posted by Wikipedia
    In 2000, Rob Black purchased six front row tickets for ECW's Heat Wave pay-per-view in 2000. The tickets for the show were given to a cadre of XPW talent, as their mission was to make it clear that ECW was on enemy's turf. At the beginning of the main event, the XPW contingent (The Messiah, Kid Kaos, Supreme, Kristi Myst, Homeless Jimmy and Kris Kloss) donned shirts emblazoned with the logo of their home company, gaining the attention of security and Tommy Dreamer. Security ejected the XPW group. A brawl in the parking lot then broke out between the XPW ring crew and the ECW locker room, but the XPW wrestlers were not involved. In the parking lot, several of the ECW wrestlers brutalized the XPW ring crew in a street fight until several of the ring crew members were left bloodied.[2] Initial reports claimed that Kristi Myst somehow touched Francine and that prompted the incident, but Francine herself has since gone on record as saying that she was never grabbed or in any other way touched by any of the XPW crew, and other eye witnesses support the story that Francine never had a hand laid on her. Although fans did throw up the XPW arm signature, XPW was not officially acknowledged on the telecast.On screen Joey Styles, ECW's color commentator, stated during the incident "apparently The Sandman has shared a few too many beers with the fans at ringside" and "apparently a drunken fan at ringside put his hands on Francine." Also you can see Francine angry on camera due to being touched by XPW member, even though years later it was revealed that none of the XPW crew touched Francine.




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I cannot convey how deafening and euphoric the crowd was when Flair came back to WCW that night of "fire me, I'm already fired." It was almost terrifying.



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Read it and weep, fella


    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    I cannot convey how deafening and euphoric the crowd was when Flair came back to WCW that night of "fire me, I'm already fired." It was almost terrifying.
Agreed.

I get that Bischoff wanted to make WCW "younger" (wink, wink) at the time, but I'll never understand how he didnt see that reaction and think "Gee, maybe I should do something with this guy for awhile THEN bury him".



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    Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreeze
      Originally posted by Matt Tracker
      I cannot convey how deafening and euphoric the crowd was when Flair came back to WCW that night of "fire me, I'm already fired." It was almost terrifying.
    Agreed.

    I get that Bischoff wanted to make WCW "younger" (wink, wink) at the time, but I'll never understand how he didnt see that reaction and think "Gee, maybe I should do something with this guy for awhile THEN bury him".


Because the Flair ust sued him and he had to go out there and eat crow. Now, should have Eric gone out there? No, but Eric's ego was out of control. That crowd would have burned, hanged and flayed alive Eric if given the chance.



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    Originally posted by lotjx
    Because the Flair ust sued him and he had to go out there and eat crow. Now, should have Eric gone out there? No, but Eric's ego was out of control. That crowd would have burned, hanged and flayed alive Eric if given the chance.


We wanted Flair to do that. But it was the right move to hold off on that. The moment was big enough with Flair standing with the Horsemen.



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I'm surprised WWE even makes mention of XPW, honestly. I was there that night and even heard "White Trash" Johnny Webb tell members of the XPW street team to make sure not to get involved with whatever happens.

Amusingly, most of the ECW guys who brawled with the XPW guys worked with XPW later.




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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    I cannot convey how deafening and euphoric the crowd was when Flair came back to WCW that night of "fire me, I'm already fired." It was almost terrifying.


It can't be stated enough how teflon Flair was in WCW. No matter how badly Bischoff wanted to get rid of him, no matter how much Vince Russo went out of his way to humiliate him, the fans would just stick to Flair more and more. The only other guy in the organization the fans had that kind of loyalty to was Sting. It still staggers me that Flair and Bischoff wound up working together later in ANY capacity, especially recently in TNA. Wrestling is weird, man.



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