Superstars share the phobias that make them scream for mercy!
In the famous words of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Well, in the case of several WWE Superstars, perhaps there is a bit more to fear than that. Whether it’s anxiety brought on by heights, mice, crowds or something a bit more complex, even the toughest competitor can succumb to hair-raising terror. As Raw’s exclusive pay-per-view, WWE No Mercy, lurks on the horizon, find out what deep, dark phobias make WWE grapplers scream for mercy!
Jeff Hardy – For this extreme high-flyer, fear slithers on the ground
“I have a fear of snakes. They are all around by my house. When I’m weeding the pond, I see water moccasins all the time. It freaks me out a bit, but I’m starting to overcome it with the help of my 6-year-old daughter. She loves them!”
Nikki Bella – Fearless turns fearful against eight-legged adversaries or on trips to the circus
“For me, it’s spiders and clowns, especially with the movie ‘It’ out right now. Oh, also ‘FOMO.’ That’s probably my biggest phobia. I have major fear of missing out. And that’s why I never sleep. I always want to be at every party, every event, hanging out with everyone.”
Rhyno – Ready to Gore the door if there’s a mouse in the house
“Mice … also rats, but definitely mice. If I see a mouse in my place, I would probably scream like a girl and jump up on the chair. I’d definitely be moving, jumping, on a chair, on Heath Slater. They just freak me out.”
Sasha Banks – The Boss goes on high alert when scary films go bump in the night
“Actually, my No. 1 fear is a fear of failing. It scares me big time. It gives me anxiety and makes me stay up at night. But I also have a fear of watching scaring movies at night. If it’s pitch black out and I’m watching a scary movie, I will look out the window and think the bad guy is out there. I also hate the feeling, specifically the texture, of velvet. It gives me severe chills.”
Karl Anderson – Strong, skilled and taking the stairs
Karl Anderson: “I despise elevators. I think it started when I was in Japan, for one reason or another. Whenever the elevator takes off too slow or the door doesn’t open quick enough, I start to freak out a little bit. Luke Gallows knows all about it and likes to use it to his advantage.”
Luke Gallows: “I’ll just jump up and down on the elevator a little bit every once and while. But I don’t do it too much. It’s best not to tweak him too much. You don’t want to get him going.”
Renee Young – The sky is the limit … as long as we’re not talking extreme heights
“I am scared of ghosts, and snakes freak me out, as well as anything that touches me under water. In addition, I have a huge phobia when it comes to extreme heights. I didn’t realize this until I was hiking Angels Landing in Zion, Utah. The path narrows up there, and then it is this straight drop down to your impending death. I completely froze and couldn’t finish the hike.”
Heath Slater – Is the four-time Tag Team Champion scared of the WWE Universe?
“Ironically, I have a real phobia about being in front of a big audience. You know, I’m always in front of a huge crowd in WWE, and I play it cool, but inside I am terrified as hell. I’m staring the devil in his eyes or something.”
Curt Hawkins – Much prefers ring rituals to frightening films
“I don’t like scary movies. I don’t like to be scared, so I don’t watch them. In addition, while it isn’t exactly a phobia, I also get very superstitious and have a lot of rituals I do around a match. If I don’t do them, I have a fear of things going wrong in the ring.“