The truth behind 8 WWE urban legends

1. The Rockers were fired in 1988

Debuting in 1988, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty were a kinetic duo that helped pave the way for highfliers and smaller, more agile Superstars. However, their debut in 1988 was not the first time The Rockers were signed to WWE —  a year earlier they joined WWE and were fired after an alleged incident at a bar.

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The legend states that after Michaels and Jannetty joined WWE, they were encouraged to fraternize with their fellow Superstars  and ultimately captured the attention of Jimmy Jack Funk. In his autobiographical DVD, “Heartbreak & Triumph,” HBK talked openly about the incident. After imbibing too much alcohol, Funk — who was eating glass at the time— encouraged The Rockers to prove they could party. After some trepidation, Michaels had enough and wanted Funk off his case.

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“Finally, I grabbed a glass that was sitting on the table and I broke it on my head and said, ‘There! You satisfied?’ And I left,” Michaels recalled of the incident.

Following the wild night in the bar, Jimmy Jack Funk allegedly spread a rumor that Michaels and Jannetty trashed the bar. As a result of Funk’s story getting blown out of proportion, The Rockers were fired.

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“They called me and said, ‘Marty, we’ve got to let you go,’” Jannetty said on “Heartbreak & Triumph.” “He said, ‘Evidently, the story got blown out of proportion and Mr. McMahon thinks it’s best to let you guys go.’”

Verdict: TRUE