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Monday April 7th will be the most important day of Daniel Bryan’s storied 15 year wrestling career. That will be the day that the dust settles from WrestleMania XXX, where Bryan will be taking on Triple H. No titles are at stake. It won’t be the main event of the show, but it will be the single most significant match of his 15 year career.
For the past year or more, Bryan has been the archetypal people’s champion. Everyone loves an underdog, and Bryan has been the ultimate, faced with seemingly insurmountable odds every step of the way. Every time he looks like he can climb to the top of the ladder, along comes another snake to slide him back down again. Just when we thought he’d finally become the WWE Champion at SummerSlam, Triple H and Randy Orton colluded to snatch the belt away from him after »
- Dean Ayass
Wrestling is an interesting, cyclical business. When attendance is down, TV ratings are in the toilet, and there seem to be no new stars on the horizon, professional wrestling becomes a snake that eats its own tail. In a bid to survive, the wrestling business recycles the jobbers of the world and turns them into superstars.
Take, for example, the mid 1990s World Wrestling Federation. Business was terrible, live attendance was embarrassing, and the WWF had just lost Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to rival promotion WCW. In a bid to survive, Vince McMahon signed former perennial midcarders Steve Austin, Mick Foley, and Paul Levesque to try to capture lightning in a bottle. A few years later, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mankind, and Triple H were selling out arenas all over the country and leading the WWF to heights not seen since the glory days of Hulk Hogan.
The point »
- Mike Shannon
WWE: Triple H – Thy Kingdom Come Blu-ray
The career of Paul “Triple H” Levesque in WWE has lasted for nearly 20 years now. He’s gone from a blue chip prospect that started in WCW to a degenerate ally of the great Shawn Michaels and he developed into a main eventer that is one of the best heels in WWE history. Now that he’s not a full timer anymore, he’s moved on to become an office guy that plays an important role in the future of the company. He’s in charge of talent development, he has a major say in booking and is an on screen character as well. The work never stops when you’re a man in his position.
Over the course of the 20 years that Hunter Hearst Helmsley has been in WWE, there are a lot of great moments. There are plenty of missteps too. »
- John Canton
Copyright: WWE SummerSlam 1995 Tagged Classics DVD
The gimmick – the character a wrestler portrays each and every night they step inside the squared circle. Sometimes the character is just an extension of who the person actually is. Other times, WWE creative can come up with a very elaborate persona for the wrestler to take on. Each person on this list went on to bigger and better things, and thankfully found a successful gimmick, because before then, they were given some difficult identities to take on. Every single superstar on this list went on to capture a world championship, but it is highly doubtful that they would have done so if they kept their former gimmicks.
Here are eight embarrassing early gimmicks WWE World Champions would like to forget. Feel free to join in the conversation with your own terrible gimmicks by commenting below, or by connecting with me on twitter, @HeisenGoldberg. »
- Johnathan McDonald
4 items from 2014
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