DIRTY BASTARDS That Made Wrestling GROSS! ?

Characters that stunk, left stains and made you SICK. Who booked this (literal) sh*t?!

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You'll often hear a wrestler share their story of how they fell in love with the in-ring action they saw on television and knew they had found a way to do it for a living too.

The romantic version involves chasing dreams, never giving in and riding up and down the roads for handshakes, hot dogs and reps. The brutal reality is a life of intense physical and emotional pain, exhaustion and stress and undulating adrenaline that requires a chaotic balance of diet, medication and exercise to go along with the known highs and lows of performing in front of live audiences. And that's if your schedule is manageable enough to fit anything beyond bumping, sleeping and - if you can afford it - eating.

The level of sacrifice is ultimately what separates those who watch and do, and those who are content to view the action from afar. But beyond that, have you ever considered just how...gross a lot of it is? Lots of body parts where they shouldn't be, lots of sweat, lots of manky rings and godforsaken sights and sounds in locker rooms - these are things wrestlers love, let alone tolerate.

They are not normal humans and we all get the benefit. Even if "benefit" is sometimes a stretch...

10. The Godwinns

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The Godwinns were pig farmers who routinely brought a bucket to the ring that was full of various waste produce from catering and - per various shoot interviews - vomit, faeces and urine if the locker room knew an unpopular figure was getting it over their heads.

This is gross enough, but why speak in general terms when one specific disgusting act sticks out above all the rest, and is now available in lovingly restored medium definition on the WWE Network/Peacock. March 2nd, 1996; look it up if you dare.

In what's got to be one of the most bewildering debuts of all time, Vince McMahon elected to reboot The Rockers with Marty Jannetty and Leif Cassidy, then have them work like bumbling doofus heels and lose in their first match together.

Henry and Phineas were the victors on the other side of the ring, but the match never stood a chance of mattering, because one of the small dogs they brought to the ring took a shoot dump in it. The referee booted it out of the ring, horrifying those who had paid for front-row tickets, but the joke was on them - they had to stay for the four bumping on skidmarks in the aftermath.


Michael is a writer, editor, podcaster and presenter for WhatCulture Wrestling, and has been with the organisation over 7 years. He primarily produces written, audio and video content on WWE and AEW, but also provides knowledge and insights on all aspects of the wrestling industry thanks to a passion for it dating back almost 35 years. As one third of "The Dadley Boyz" Michael has contributed to the huge rise in popularity of the WhatCulture Wrestling Podcast and its accompanying YouTube channel, earning it top spot in the UK's wrestling podcast charts with well over 60,000,000 total downloads. He has been featured as a wrestling analyst for the Tampa Bay Times, GRAPPL and Sports Guys Talking Wrestling, and has covered milestone events in New York, Dallas, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, London and Cardiff. Michael's background in media stretches beyond wrestling coverage, with a degree in Journalism from the University Of Sunderland (2:1) and a series of published articles in sports, music and culture magazines The Crack, A Love Supreme and Pilot. When not offering his voice up for daily wrestling podcasts, he can be found losing it singing far too loud watching his favourite bands play live. Follow him on X/Twitter - @MichaelHamflett