Professional wrestling doesn’t have a notable reputation as a very sane sport. In fact, in a world where people pretend to be everything from truck drivers to witch doctors in order to do acrobatics around sweaty men, it’s hard to find a wrestler that society would classify as completely normal and well adjusted.
But even within the tilted world of pro wrestling, there are a few lunatic souls who go above and beyond the standard call of crazy, into the realm of the “should-be-committed-but-they’re-making-too-much-money” category. Here’s a look at some of the most insane wrestlers ever to step into the square circle.
1. Bam Bam Bigelow – The late wrestler is the only one on this list who went insane in a good way, as after retiring from professional wrestling he moved to Florida without telling anyone in the business where he was going to live or do and pretty much disappearing off the face of the Earth. He was convicted of cannabis possession and had a few traffic violations (including a brief hospitalization after crashing his Harley), but where he really came through in the crazy department was when he ran into a burning building to save three kids, taking on burns on 40% of his body in the process. In the process, he ran right through a completely built wall, landing in a damned ball of fire. His quote, from Zwire.com: ” It was the best move I made”. That was about landing in the fire, not about saving the kids.
Fire should know by now that Bam Bam is immune to heat, as he went on to fully recover in time to die.
2. Iron Sheik – I didn’t realize until the Iron Sheik spoke publicly after his career ended that he believed in his professional wrestling character as much as his most naive 8 year old fan. He regularly interviews on shock radio shows like Howard Stern and Bubba the Love Sponge, talking with immense regret about his famous feud with Hulk Hogan before promising to “bend him over, break him, and f*ck him in the ass”. This type of talk didn’t go over as well when Sheik appeared on Sirius’s OutQ Gay and Lesbian station, where he confusedly explained that he “loves gay people,” but that Hulk Hogan is “more gay than [the broadcasters of a flamboyantly gay radio station].”
3. Ultimate Warrior – Ultimate Warrior is an interesting case, because not only did he go insane, he went so insane that right wing pundits called him insane.
Apart from coming out with a comic book in which he kills Santa Claus, speaking so vehemently at Young Republicans meetings that they actually issued an apology, and wrestling a match with Hulk Hogan that’s widely considered one of the worst professional wrestling matches of all time, he’s had a pretty quiet retirement, occasionally popping up to complain about immigrants or otherwise make everyone feel uncomfortable. This shouldn’t shock anyone who saw his mic time with the WWF, where he frequently talked about how he was given WARRIOR POWER by the COSMOS or something like that.
Here’s to you, Ultimate Warrior. You’re the craziest dude in professional wrestling, which is sort of like being the fattest guy at a buffet line: have at it, because nobody else wants in.
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Padden, Gene. “Meet Burger King Bam Bam Bigelow.” Zwire.com