Stranger Than Fiction IV: Would You Believe This About the WWE?
Back by popular demand: another five! This is the fourth installment in the "stranger than fiction" series.
In the cartoon world of wrestling, we learn to expect the unexpected. There is very little that can surprise veteran supporters. Very little that can catch us off guard.
However, every now and again, a story is revealed or a statistic discovered that is unbelievable until research proves it to be correct.
The following slideshow reveals five such stories that are hard to believe, yet true.
Sometimes we fans love those moments that break kayfabe or are genuine moments of wrestling history that are not fabricated. If you know of any stories that have always amazed you, then why not leave them below?
Shawn Michaels Is the Biggest WrestleMania Loser!
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Before I receive hate mail, let me just explain. Despite his nickname of Mr WrestleMania, Shawn Michael has in fact lost more matches at this PPV than any other superstar. His record of six wins and 11 defeats remains unmatched; his long-time friend Triple H has lost 9 matches and won seven.
Shawn's losses either as a singles' competitor or as a tag team have come against The Twin Towers; The Orient Express; Tatanka; Razor Ramon; Diesel; Steve Austin; Chris Benoit; Kurt Angle; John Cena, and twice against the Undertaker.
It is important to note though that Shawn, Triple H and of course the Undertaker also have participated in more matches than anyone else, with the latter having a perfect twenty.
Shawn however does not have the worst percentage record. That one goes to JBL whose record stands at two wins and eight losses. There are some who have yet to win; however, for the sake of these statistics I have included those who have at least won once.
Jeff Hardy for instance has lost five and has yet to pick up a win.
Shawn's record thus makes for interesting reading because in those matches he has indeed warranted his nickname. His ability to put on a great show irrespective of the result means that he must be regarded as one of the very best.
Jack Swagger Is Statistically the Worst Wrestler in Pro Wrestling
It seems hard to believe—according to our friends at the North American Wrestling Rankings, Jack Swagger has been the worst wrestler since 2006. His record of 58 wins and 75 losses is unmatched except for CM Punk who has lost the same, but in that time has won 140.
A former World Champion and a technically gifted athlete has proportionally lost more times than anyone else. In many ways it tells you something about the nature of the WWE and what it emphasises in wrestling today.
For those interested,
- John Cena's record stands at 123 victories and 43 losses
- Randy Orton's record stands at 122 victories and 63 losses
- Sheamus's record at 105 victories and 35 losses.
Randy Orton Has Not Lost Weight Since His Time in the WWE
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For those who have seen my recent article on body shapes, Randy Orton has undergone a transformation in terms of his physique during his time in the WWE: from a bloated but muscular look in his earlier days to a much more defined and thinner look today.
And yet despite this transformation, Orton has remained at 235lbs.
It tells you something about billing weights that wrestling continues to project certain images upon us as wrestling fans. The Undertaker for a long time weighed 328 lbs and yet today is 299 lbs, despite his more muscular frame.
The need to inflate these numbers is simply about making the superstars bigger than they are. But the curious case of Randy Orton is intriguing.
For those wishing to do the math, his debut came partnering Rico Constantino and their combined weight was 465 lbs. Now given that Rico was billed as weighing 230 lbs, it leaves Orton at 235 lbs—exactly the same weight he is today.
How can he weigh the same despite the obvious differences?
'The Rock' Dwayne Johnson Is the Highest Paid First-Time Actor
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Forget Brando, DeNiro, Pacino, Crowe or Olivier. It is the Rock.
In 2001/2, The Rock made his acting debut starring as Mathayus the Scorpian King. Given his huge appeal to audiences worldwide, his salary was a whopping $5.5 million. Accordingly this was the highest amount ever given to a debuting star.
The Rock has done so much in his career thus far and is arguable the biggest breakout star that wrestling has ever had including Hulk Hogan. Whereas the latter made wrestling big, he struggled to break away from the very business that made him.
The Rock however has been able to branch out and enjoy huge success in the squared circle and in Hollywood. This success will always prevent another full time run in the WWE.
CM Punk Took 203 Days to Conquer the WWE
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The wrestling triple crown is a much coveted title. There are some including the Undertaker who have yet to achieve such an honor and arguably never will. It is in many ways a reward for wrestling superstars who have had a slow and steady rise in their career.
Well, it used to be before the Intercontinental Belt became a worthless piece of metal.
There are some signs that it is returning to its once illustrious past but given the nature of McMahon's WWE, I would not count it being redundant once a storyline has ended.
The first winner was Pedro Morales back in 1980. He won the WWE title nine years before he completed the set with two titles in late 1980 including a tag team prize with Bob Backlund.
The latest to complete the set is of course the Miz who completed the trinity by winning the IC belt this summer.
However of all those who have won this achievement, CM Punk has done it the quickest.
He won the Heavyweight Championship in June 2008, the tag belts in October 2008 and the IC belt in January 2009. In total 203 days. This broke Diesel's previous record by 24 days.
Maybe he is the best in the world after all?
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Hope you enjoyed this third slideshow covering some amazing but true facts about the WWE. What memories do you have that are simply unbelievable about the cartoon world that is pro wrestling? Add your favorites below as comments.
Sometimes we older fans love seeing wrestling behind the scenes and seeing something that is actually real. These stories allow us a little insight into the workings of what is a scripted soap opera.
So until next time, this has been MG.