Since 1979, the WWE has been providing fans with plenty of entertainment. A one of a kind product that only grows larger each and every year. The WWE's success has increased over the years due to the following: Television, publishing, films, music, merchandise, streaming network service, home video and live events. With those mediums, the WWE truly provides endless entertainment at every corner. With the company in good hands, there are endless possibilities for growth and expansion in the years to come.
For the last decade or so, the WWE has been known as the largest wrestling promotion in the entire world, broadcasting to 36 million viewers in over 150 countries. Stars from all around make their names known in other promotions with hopes of one day being able to wrestle in WWE's squared circle.
Over the years, the WWE has put together some impressive and crazy things. Like The Undertaker going undefeated for 21 straight WrestleManias or Ric Flair winning the world title a record 16 times. But those facts are well known.
Although fans may think they know it all, we don't think that's possible. Here are 15 facts about WWE that will surprise you.
16 Hacksaw Was Inspired By Walking Tall
Everybody has something that inspires them. Well, so does WWE legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan. If you're familiar with the movie Walking Tall, then you'll realize that, in both the original and re-make, the main character carried a wooden 2x4to protect himself
15 Lesnar vs Angle Was First WrestleMania Main Event Using Real Life Names
14 Referees Must Abide By Same Wellness Policy As Superstars
A few times each year, we see a superstar suspended for violating WWEs Wellness Policy. It's been made clear that the WWE will not tolerate any form of substance abuse. This applies to everyone, including the referees.
The referees are just as much a part of the show as the Superstars. Therefore, that should be handled in the same way.
13 HBK Is Ambidextrous
Only about 1% of the world’s population can perform everyday tasks perfectly with both their arms and legs. Shawn Michaels is one of the lucky few who have been blessed with this ability.
As if Michaels wasn't talented enough, this would make him harder to fight as an opponent due to the fact that he has equal strength and accuracy with both limbs. We have seen him commonly switch between his right and left when delivering his diving elbow drop.
12 RVD Now Holds The Streak
If you were sad about The Undertaker's streak coming to an end, then you're in luck. You can still place your faith in one man to continue his WrestleMania undefeated streak and his name is Rob Van Dam.
11 Mr. WrestleMania Has A Losing Record At WrestleMania
10 Batista's Debut Character Could've Been REALLY Weird
When Batista debuted back in 2001, he was known as the enforcer for Reverend D-Von Dudley. His character was quiet and destructive.
On Chris Jericho's podcast,“Talk is Jericho,” Batista revealed the idea for his debut character. He elaborated that his character was full of anger and hateful of everyone because he had no father and his mother was sexually assaulted.
9 Steve Austin Never Broke His Neck
8 Kane Was Born In Spain
Although Kane has been known for his American spirit and interest in moving into American politics, he was actually born outside of the United States. Kane was born on April 26th, 1967 in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain, which is not too fair from Madrid. This was due to the fact that his parents were on duty for the United States Air Force and were stationed in Torrejón de Ardoz at the time.
7 SmackDown Was Supposed To Be A Divas-Exclusive Show
Thursday Night SmackDown was almost home of the "jabroni beating, pie eating, eye brow raising" Divas? Yes, you read that right. SmackDown was originally set to be a Diva exclusive show to compete with WCW's Thunder. This was due to the rising popularity of the one and only Sable.
Unfortunately, the program would not turn out to be a Divas only show. It would end up being a co-ed brand, highly similar to Monday nigh Raw.
6 Miss Elizabeth Wore Four Different Outfits At One WrestleMania
In case you're having trouble and need some inspiration to help you figure out what you should wear for your date tonight, Miss Elizabeth was able to find a picture perfect outfit to wear for four different occasions in one night.
At WrestleMania IV, Randy Savage participated in the WWE Championship tournament and he would have the beautiful Miss Elizabeth ringside for the entirety of the night. Savage would fight on four separate occasions and Miss Elizabeth had to look amazing for every single one of them, wearing a totally different outfit each time.
5 The Royal Rumble Almost Didn't Exist
Every year, fans prepare for the most exciting pay-per-view of the year, the Royal Rumble. The Rumble is the most popular gimmick match WWE offers.
Well, if it wasn't for one man, the Rumble would never have existed. WWE legend and Hall of Famer, Pat Patterson, pitched the idea to Vince many years ago. Originally, Vince hated the idea, but NBC was broadcasting a WWE special on USA Network. Vince had Patterson propose the idea to NBC executive Dick Ebersol and he ended up loving the idea.
4 WrestleMania 2 Happened On A Monday
WrestleMania 2 took place on April 7th, 1986 What's funny about that date? It was a Monday, making WrestleMania 2 the only WrestleMania not to take place on customary Sunday.
The event took place in three locations: the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois, and the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. WrestleMania 2 was also the first to broadcast on pay-per-view.
3 The Undertaker's Streak Still Lives
2 Sting Fought The Undertaker In WCW
The fight that everybody wanted. The fight that has been talked about for years. The fight to depict possibly the greatest of all time... already happened?
Back in 1990, The Undertaker, who was known as Mean' Mark Callous at the time, wrestled sting. The advertised bout was Sting vs. Windham for the NWA title, but Mark Callous subbed in for him. If this helps you sleep at night, Sting went on to defeat the Undertaker for the NWA title.
Not too long after, Callous would jump ships to WWE, going on to become one of their greatest stars.
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