WWE's Greatest Hits of the Week on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and More
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The Rock, Jack Swagger and Abraham Lincoln all played a part in the busy week of WWE social media.
It was a week that gave us Elimination Chamber, the location of WrestleMania XXX, a new WWE title design and another WWE mug shot for the collection.
The funny, the strange and the controversial made Twitter and Facebook an interesting place to be for WWE fans.
From Friday to Friday, from Feb. 15 to Feb. 22, here are the best bits of social media given to us by the WWE family.
2/16: Rock at 15
Photo from Rock's Facebook page
On Feb. 11's Raw, The Rock went on a strange, rambling journey in front of a live audience. He told us how at age 15, he bought a car from a crackhead in a Nashville bar.
If anyone was interested in getting a better visual for that story, The Great One offered up a photo of himself at his car-hustling age.
The Rock posted this picture on his Facebook page along with the text, "I was hustlin' stolen cars from crackheads for $40 bucks. I was also kickin' puberty's ass. Crazy life."
2/16: Yoshi’s Study Habits
Photo from Yoshi Tatsu's Twitter account
Yoshi Tatsu's lack of time in the ring gives him plenty of opportunities to hone his English language skills—or goof around.
For the little-used men and women on the WWE roster, Twitter becomes a fans' window into the boredom these stars suffer. Tatsu's tweet gives us a clear idea of just how restless he is.
Tatsu generally comes off as a goofy, fun guy on Twitter, showing more personality online than he's been allowed to on screen.
2/18: WrestleMania XXX
WrestleMania XXX press conference
The news is in. WrestleMania XXX will be in New Orleans.
WWE hosted a press conference to announce this decision and did it in a way only WWE could.
Not too many press conferences begin with Brodus Clay and the Funkadactyls dancing in front of the press. WWE brought out big names like John Cena and The Rock to discuss next year's big event.
WWE broadcasted the entire conference on its YouTube channel. Fans who missed it the first time around can catch the entire clip and see everyone, including New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, get their own entrance music.
2/18: Post-Match Miz
Photo from WWE's Instagram account
The Miz fought his rival, Antonio Cesaro, at Elimination Chamber despite being storyline injured. He fought with his shoulder heavily bandaged that Sunday and then again on the following Raw.
Miz got some revenge on the United States champ, earning a win in their No Disqualification match.
WWE posted this artistic photo of Miz following that victory.
In it, Miz looks equally sore and relieved. It's the kind of photo that Miz fans are going to want to print out and tack up on their wall.
2/18: WWE Champion Abe Lincoln
Photo from WWE's Facebook page
WWE posted a link to an intriguing story on its website about Abraham Lincoln's career as a wrestler.
The writeup tries to jokingly link Lincoln's fights to today's WWE, including concocting a photo of the former president with the WWE title. It quotes Lincoln expert Ronald C. White Jr. as saying, "It's not mythology. Lincoln definitely wrestled."
History buffs will find the piece amusing, but just about everybody has to at least chuckle at the Abe Lincoln as WWE champ photo.
2/18: We the People
Zeb Coulter on immigration
In a clever infusion of social media and WWE programming, Zeb Coulter created a YouTube channel where he will apparently post diatribes on his ideas about "real America."
The immigration has been loved, loathed and everything in between, but it has certainly gotten people talking.
On Monday, Coulter put up his first underground-style video. He discusses how immigration is at the heart of the decline of the country. He says that's what has led to America becoming "a desert of despair."
With Jack Swagger's recent arrest, it's going to be interesting to see how this plays out, if at all.
2/19: Dolph Ziggler Mid-Air Handstand
Photo from Dolph Ziggler's Twitter account
How good is The Show Off, Dolph Ziggler? It seems his uncanny athletic ability allows him to defy the laws of physics.
Ziggler posted a picture of himself getting suplexed. As Ziggler humorously pointed out, it looks like he's got Alberto Del Rio in a headlock and is doing his trademark handstand.
— Dolph Ziggler (@HEELZiggler) February 19, 2013
Now Ziggler just has to learn how to win a match.
2/19: New WWE Title
Photo from The Rock's Facebook page
The Rock posed with the new WWE title hanging on his shoulder, staring intently at the camera.
He wrote, "New title. New era. New standard. WWE Heavyweight Champion. #JustBringIt."
On Rock's Facebook page and elsewhere, fans have been discussing whether it's an improvement over the most recent belt and whether it is hideous, handsome or somewhere in between.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, you have to admit that Rock makes it look pretty dang cool. If anything is going to sell the new title to fans, it's going to be Rock's star power and tough-guy aura.
2/19: Harlem Shake
WWE's Harlem Shake
It appears that everyone is doing the Harlem Shake.
Several WWE stars and staff did their own version. Everyone from Bo Dallas to Titus O'Neil, Matt Striker and the hand that is Mae Young and Mark Henry's love child joined in.
There was no sighting of Tensai or Brodus Clay, strangely enough.
2/20: Low Blows
Photo from WWE's Facebook page
Following Antonio Cesaro's win at Elimination Chamber, WWE was inspired to put together a video playlist of famous WWE low blows.
Miz's accidental shot to the testes got him disqualified in the United States title match.
WWE then went to Facebook to help fans reminisce on other times men and women have hammered someone's family jewels. The playlist features Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels in 2003, Eve hitting Ryder at WrestleMania 28 and Chyna crushing Jim Neidhart's anvils.
2/20: Jack Swagger
Photo from WWE.com
News of Jack Swagger's arrest broke Wednesday and the speculation and analysis begin right away.
Leave it to Grantland's David Shoemaker to come up with the most hilarious explanation for the situation
Jack Swagger arrested for pot possession. Hopefully he's just kayfabing a big government overreach angle. tmz.com/2013/02/20/wwe…— David Shoemaker (@AKATheMaskedMan) February 20, 2013
Swagger likely wishes that this was all a storyline. His WrestleMania XXIX match wouldn't be in jeopardy and he wouldn't be such a major part of the headlines for all the wrong reasons.