WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) occupies a strange but immovable place in popular culture. It’s competitive, it’s theatrical, it can be completely ridiculous and it can be unexpectedly thrilling. Although the story lines are planned, there’s no way to fake a back flip off the top turnbuckle or a choke-slam through a table. So, let’s look at some of the fascinating facts about WWE.
15 fascinating facts about WWE:
1. The oldest WWE champion:
The oldest champion in the history of this brand is none other than it’s own boss! yes it is Vince McMahon!! He won the title when he was 54.
2. The youngest World HeavyWeight champion:
In 2004, Randy Orton won the World Heavyweight championship when he was just 24. The youngest superstar to win the WWE championship is Brock Lesnar, who was 25 years old when he beat The Rock at SummerSlam to claim the title.
Watch Randy Orton’s WrestleMania victories in WWE channel:
3. Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle:
The WWE Championship match at WrestleMania XIX between Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle was the first WrestleMania main event to feature two wrestlers who used their real names.
4. The Grand Slam:
There are only six Superstars who’ve won the WWE World Heavyweight, Intercontinental, United States, and WWE Tag Team Championships: Eddie Guerrero, Daniel Bryan, Kurt Angle, The Miz, Edge, and The Big Show.
5. Boiler Room Fight:
Sometimes the ring itself isn’t enough to contain all the bitter rivalries and gargantuan egos bouncing around the place. Increasingly unusual venues have been used for certain contests, and one of the most legendary among these more unorthodox match types was the first ever Boiler Room Brawl, SummerSlam 1996. It was the height of Mankind and The Undertaker’s feud, and the two found themselves fighting each other in a dingy boiler room filled with steel pipes, machines and concrete. This match type is essentially non-existent in the WWE today.
Kane and The Undertaker faced off in the first ever Inferno match back in 1998, one of the most dangerous contests in WWE history. Cooked up by Paul Bearer, the match rules were simple enough: the ring is set on fire and the first opponent to catch fire is the loser. The match is so dangerous that it’s only taken place four times in total, each one featuring everyone’s favourite pyromaniac, Kane.
7. Mike Tyson as a guest:
An Iron man Mike Tyson made a guest appearance at WrestleMania XIV in 1998 as the “Special Guest Enforcer” referee for the title match. He returned in 2010 as the guest host of Raw, and was inducted to the celebrity wing of the Hall of Fame for the class of 2012.
8. The big red royal rumble machine:
Kane holds the record for most Royal Rumble eliminations of all-time, having eliminated 44 competitors over 19 Rumble appearances.
9. Highest win rate:
John Cena has the most impressive win percentage out of all the superstars having won 78 percent of his matches. Shawn Michaels is the runner up with 67 percent.
10. An undefeated Giant:
Andre The Giant’s undefeated streak is the stuff of legend; the first fifteen years of his twenty year career were undefeated. His first loss was at WrestleMania III against Hulk Hogan.
11. Out of the box thinking!
The current incarnation of Goldust might be watered down considerably, but at one point he was one of the most bizarre and controversial characters in sports entertainment. In 1999, Dustin Runnels (Goldust) made a genuine pitch to Vince McMahon to get breast implants for the sum of $1 million, thinking it might save his fledgling career. McMahon even considered the idea before ultimately turning him down.
12. Winning streak of The Undertaker:
You cannot complete any article on WWE without The Undertaker. In a career that has spanned over 25 years, The Undertaker’s greatest achievement is perhaps his WrestleMania streak of 21 wins and zero losses. The streak ended at WrestleMania 30; he lost to Brock Lesnar.
Here’s the look at The Undertaker’s legendary WrestleMania Undefeated Streak:
13. Longest time spent in the ring:
Rey Mysterio holds the record for the longest time spent in the ring during a single Royal Rumble, surviving 1 hour, 2 minutes and 12 seconds.
14. A licensed mortician and funeral director:
Best known as the ghostly-white, urn-bearing manager of The Undertaker (and later Mankind and Kane), Paul Bearer was actually a licensed mortician and funeral director in real life.
15. Donald Trump vs Vince McMahon:
The main staged rivalry heading into WrestleMania 23 was between WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and Donald Trump. On the January 8 edition of Raw, Trump faced off against his real-life rival, Rosie O’Donnell. Trump won the contest, although local wrestlers portrayed Trump and O’Donnell. During McMahon’s “Fan Appreciation Night” on the January 29 edition of Raw, Trump interrupted and dropped large sums of money into the arena. The following month, the two came up with a match for WrestleMania, where the stipulations for the match were that they each had to choose a representative to wrestle for them and the loser would have his head shaved bald. This match was then billed as the “Battle of the Billionaires“