According to a Twitter report from Justin LaBar, reporter for pro wrestling website Wrestlezone, WWE Superstars Sin Cara and Chris Jericho were involved in a backstage brawl during WWE’s European tour Sunday night. Sin Cara is currently 2-0 in backstage brawls, having defeated wrestler Simon Gotch backstage at a Smackdown taping earlier this year. A win over Jericho is a big deal for Sin Cara, as Jericho famously defeated Bill Goldberg in a backstage confrontation during the 90s. Jericho was nearly involved in a fight with Brock Lesnar in August, after Jericho confronted Lesnar over Lesnar’s match with Randy Orton at Summer Slam.
While real-life fights between pro wrestlers are surprisingly rare given the circumstances, the stars have occasionally aligned to put together supercards of the brawls. At a 2002 event known as “The Plane Ride From Hell,” several brawls broke out during an alcohol-fueled plane ride back to the U.S. from WWE’s Insurrection PPV event in England. During the storied flight, wrestler JBL defeated Michael Hayes with a one-punch knockout to open the show, before Sean “X-Pac” Waltman defeated a sleeping Michael Hayes’ pony tail with a pair of scissors. Other entertainment throughout the plane ride reportedly included a drunken Goldust serenading his ex-wife, WWE performer Terri Runnels, while legendary wrestler Ric Flair strutted around the plane wearing nothing but his bedazzled robe. The main event of the night saw Mr. Perfect battle Brock Lesnar in a grappling match near the plane’s exit that reportedly nearly saw the door knocked open mid-flight.
Perhaps the craziest real-life fight between pro wrestlers occurred in World Championship Wrestling in 1993, as wrestlers Sid Vicious and Arn Anderson were involved in a bloody scuffle that saw both stabbed with a pair of scissors.
There is no word yet on whether either of the wrestlers involved in Sunday’s fight will be disciplined, but Chris Jericho seems to be okay, posting an Instagram video shortly after the fight reportedly took place.
Sin Cara Image Credit: Miguel Discart [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons