WWE's Greatest Hits of the Week on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and More
WWE and its stars shared photos, thoughts and links in what was an entertaining week outside the ring.
CM Punk's controversial tweet about the Pope was the most talked about bit of WWE social media, but the best stuff was fueled by Black History Month, the Olympics being without wrestling and general silliness.
Zack Ryder, Paul Heyman, Kofi Kingston and others gave fans things to laugh at or think on.
From Friday to Friday, from Feb. 8 to Feb. 15, here are the best bits of social media given to us by the WWE family.
2/8: Kane Mask
WWE posted a photo on Instagram that is proof positive that WWE needs an actual building for its Hall of Fame.
How awesome would it be to tour the Attitude Era wing and be up close to this piece of WWE history?
Kane's original mask is still his coolest, black and red streaking across the face. Even off its owner, the mask is still disturbing.
The simple photo brings back memories of Kane's debut, of his initial destructive frenzy, of a demon born in flames.
2/10: A History of Weirdness
Rather than ignore its worst decisions, WWE is thankfully happy to relive its biggest, most entertaining failures.
WWE posted a series of links on its Facebook page about the company's 25 most absurd superstars.
There is plenty here to make fun of and/or cringe at.
2/10: Rock Gets Congrats
The Rock shared a glimpse into his busy life when he tweeted this photo collage.
The photo with the young Rock fan is touching. He looks to be delighting in the big moment of meeting The Great One.
Rock is also seen exhausted and ecstatic after winning the WWE Championship. That is among many accomplishments that is best celebrated with cake.
The tweet was retweeted by over 1,000 fans. Want to bet CM Punk wasn't among them?
2/11: Ryback’s Shadow
Sometimes a man is so intimidating that one doesn't even need to actually see him to feel his powerful presence.
WWE posted this ominous photo on its Instagram account of Ryback backstage. He looks like a horror movie monster creeping toward a band of sorority girls gone camping.
It's a simple, artistic shot that captures Ryback's aura.
Amidst a ton of profane comments, several fans simply added, "Feed Me More." There were surprisingly few Groundhog Day jokes.
2/11: File Under Zeb Coulter's Previous Roles
On Monday's Raw, Jack Swagger brought a mustached friend to the ring with him.
Long-time fans, especially those from Memphis, recognized him as Dirty Dutch Mantell. He also spent time in WWE as Zeb Coulter.
Backstage interviewer Renee Young thought she recognized him from somewhere else though.
Wait. Isn't that guy from Jumanji? #raw
— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) February 12, 2013
Uncle Zeb does look a lot like Robin Williams' character in Jumanji, and Young simply said what was on many folks' minds. Thank you for that, Ms. Young.
Coulter didn't take long to create controversy as he delivered an old-school, hate-creating xenophobic promo.
2/12: Paul Heyman's Face
Few WWE performers have been able to use their face with such mastery as Paul Heyman. With only his facial expression, Heyman can emote as well as an actor.
Heyman tweeted this photo of one of his rat-like grimaces.
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) February 12, 2013
Heyman is one of the most prolific WWE employees on Twitter. He does an excellent of staying in character for the most part, seemingly unwilling to part with the illusion of kayfabe.
2/12: R-Truth in Qatar
The reason why we haven't "seen" R-Truth or Little Jimmy on WWE programming lately is that they've been busy promoting WWE's upcoming shows in Qatar.
WWE's Facebook linked to an interesting feature on R-Truth's time in Qatar.
The photos show R-Truth taking photos with fans, signing autographs and generally being a good WWE ambassador. One has to wonder if that is disappointment on that kid's face. Perhaps he was expecting John Cena?
When WWE brings their distinctive brand of entertainment to Qatar on Feb. 21 and 22, R-Truth should now get an added pop.
This tour is further proof of WWE's expanding global reach.
2/12: Tensai and Brodus Clay
Like it did with Air Boom and Team Hell No, WWE is apparently letting the fans decide the team name for Brodus Clay and Tensai.
Clay announced on WWE's Tout page that he and Tensai were on the search for suggestions to christen their new pairing.
Among the better names fans have posted in the comment section so far are "Funk Train" which cleverly infused Tensai's old A-Train ring name and "The Channel Changers," which is a fun jab at them.
2/13: Zack Ryder's WrestleMania Moment
Zack Ryder is on Twitter more than he is in the ring these days. He apparently has noticed his freefall from United States champ to WWE jobber.
He made an excellent joke about what he'll probably be doing come WrestleMania.
I can't wait to order my new gear for WrestleMania……Axxess.
— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) February 13, 2013
When WrestleMania 29 comes along, Ryder will be ready. There is little chance he'll have a prominent role at the actual pay-per-view. Chances are he'll be relegated signing autographs and smiling for cameras during WrestleMania Axxess Weekend.
At least Ryder has a sense of humor about it.
2/14: Dry Cereal, Lame Olympics
The wrestling world, professional or otherwise, was not happy when the International Olympic Committee recommended that wrestling be removed from the Games.
Kofi Kingston approached the issue with welcomed humor.
Sign this petition because the Olympics without wrestling is like cornflakes without the milk. chn.ge/159BejD
— Kofi Kingston (@TrueKofi) February 14, 2013
He got his point (and petition) across without resorting to blind anger. Dry cornflakes do suck, hard to argue with him there.
Black History Month
WWE has been quite busy putting together pieces on the African-American pioneers in pro wrestling.
The company's Facebook page has been buzzing with photos and links.
Current superstars speak about the African-American superstars who inspired them in WWE's Black History Month collection of photos, articles and videos.
Props to WWE for introducing newer fans to this important aspect of wrestling history. The retrospectives aren't limited to WWE either. WCW and other organizations get a chunk of the spotlight as well.