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In his new memoir Accepted, 75-year-old gay wrestling legend Pat Patterson writes about his long career in the WWE - all of which was spent in the closet. But if WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon has anything to say about it, gay wrestlers like Patterson won't have to hide their true selves as part of the WWE anymore. Speaking at a Beyond Sport United event, McMahon told NBC Out that her company is committed to Lgbt inclusion moving forward. "We will integrate Lgbt characters into our programming," she said backstage. "And I do think there will be an opportunity »
- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves
1996 was an interesting and notable year for wrestling. It was the first full year of the Monday Night Wars, it witnessed the birth of Austin 3:16, Hulk Hogan turning heel, the formation of the nWo, the infamous Brian Pillman gun angle, the Curtain Call, the defection of top stars between WCW and the WWF, Vince McMahon offering guaranteed contracts to his roster for the first time, and monthly pay-per-view events from both of the big two.
So much happened in such a short space of time, but what was the real story behind some of those events? What are the misconceptions that are commonly parroted and what are the real facts? And what are those bits and pieces of information that have not been widely reported?
From grandstand matches that never happened, defections that didn’t pan out, significant changes to booking, and originally proposed gimmick ideas, we have it all covered. »
- James Dixon
The Royal Rumble is one of the best concepts WWE ever innovated. Originally a Pat Patterson idea, Vince McMahon turned the match into an attraction that’s only behind WrestleMania in terms of drawing power.
It should be a success every time, as it is such a simple formula to get right. The money angle is a popular babyface overcoming the odds and defeating 29 other men in an over-the-top-rope contest. He then chases down a heel champion towards WrestleMania, where he finally defeats the bad guy and takes the treasure.
Far from setting up huge money programmes, the match has all too often set up duds for WrestleMania season. On some occasions, the Rumble winner never even went on to the ‘Mania main event, meaning the result was pretty much rendered meaningless. »
- Grahame Herbert
3 items from 2016
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