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10 Wrestling Matches You Won’t Believe Actually Happened

These are all real. Honest.

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One neat thing about DVD sets like WWE and Randy Savage Unreleased is that you’re given a look at some rather oddball match-ups, pairings that you’ve likely never seen before. Whether it’s Papa Shango teaming up with Kamala, or the Macho Man duking it out with a barely-drinking age Shane Douglas, it beats the rapid rematch tendencies of the modern WWE that has hours of TV to fill each week.

Spotlighting such rarities will catch the eye of a hardcore wrestling fan, because they take an interest in content that they’ve never seen before or, perhaps, did not know even existed. That’s the biggest reason that the Unreleased DVD did as well as it did on the sales charts – we all wanted to see two grown men in turtle costumes taking bumps while an annoyed crowd booed them.

But joking aside, this list will honour that continuous thirst for knowledge, that willingness to go deep into the wrestling mines in search of matches that even devoted connoisseurs of the sport may not have been aware of. While footage of each of the following entries might not exist, rest assured that they did, in fact, take place.

10. Owen Hart Vs. Sabu

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By 1993, Sabu was rising to fame as an uncontrollable madman, one whose infliction of pain (both on his opponents *and* himself) was hard for even the squeamish to turn away from. He’d caught the eye of ECW in the late summer months, but somebody in WWE was keeping tabs on him as well.

In October 1993, Sabu was brought in for three sets of TV tapings in New York and Vermont, one of which he would work with a still-babyface “Rocket” Owen Hart. That sounds like quite the dream match, although in recent times, Jim Cornette would note that Sabu didn’t exactly impress WWE officials with his three performances. Still, Sabu vs. Owen Hart sounds like something that would make the cut of an Unreleased sequel, assuming the footage exists.

Justin Henry

Written by Justin Henry

In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.

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