WWE's Greatest Hits of the Week on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and More
Outside of the ring, long after the bell rang, WWE's stars were still connecting with their fans through Twitter and Facebook.
The week saw Chris Jericho get some new tattoos, and WWE reflected on its history with the Tokyo Dome. The most interesting development came from a guy no longer with the company.
Chris Masters' mom was trapped in a burning apartment building. Masters put a submission hold on a tree and saved her. Twitter was abuzz with the story.
Great Khali, Big Show and Sheamus round out the most interesting WWE-related social media developments of the week.
March 17: Chris Jericho’s Tats
In the process of balancing being a front man and a WWE star, Chris Jericho has begun to acquire a number of new tattoos. WWE's Instagram page highlighted some new ink of his that pays tribute to some of his favorite bands.
It's fun to get this kind of interaction with WWE Superstars.
It would be mighty hard to see all of the details of these new tats while Jericho was doing his thing in the ring. Can you name all of the bands represented here?
March 17: Big Show
WWE posted a disturbing and intriguing photo on its Instagram page.
Big Show's immensity is often played up by the announcers, but no words can capture what this image did. His massive mitt doesn't even look real. This looks more like some prop from a sci-fi movie.
The ogre-like fist has become Big Show's most dangerous weapon. Come April 7, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose may be getting an even closer view of Big Show's big hand.
March 19: Road Dogg and Pancake Go Way Back
Monday’s Raw opened with Darren Young and a man who appeared to be Titus O'Neil interrupting John Cena. WWE fans then met O'Neil's alter ego, Rufus "Pancake" Patterson.
We didn't learn much about him other than that he flattens people and suffers from gout. Luckily though, Road Dogg is familiar with Pancake. The New Age Outlaw posted the following on his Twitter account.
I worked w/ Pancake Patterson in Puerto Rico... But I think he worked under the name Waffle Washington! I worked as Crepe Carson! #breakfast
— Brian G.James (@WWERoadDogg) March 19, 2013
March 20: Tokyo Dome History
WWE's Facebook page is often home to recaps and previews. It is also the place for fans to dig into WWE's rich history.
The company posted a retrospective of their three big shows in the Tokyo Dome in the early '90s. WWE shared a number of cool throwback photos, including one where The Rockers pose with Japanese fans.
The look back to those Japanese shows also includes a video playlist worth exploring.
Fans get to watch Tiger Mask II (Mitsuharu Misawa) take on Bret Hart in a superb match or else see Hulk Hogan in action against Stan Hansen. Reflecting on those interpromotional shows makes one long to see a repeat today. Daniel Bryan, CM Punk or Antonio Cesaro against Japan's best would be a thrill to watch.
March 20: Chris Masters, Superhero
Judging by his chiseled physique, no one would be surprised to find out that Chris Masters is extremely strong. Hearing that he manhandled a tree in the process of saving his mother from a fire is a little more unexpected.
A story on WWE.com recounts that Masters' mother "was being apparently held hostage by her neighbor in the apartment she shares with Masters' uncle, Leo Taliaferro. The neighbor reportedly threatened to set the apartment ablaze if Masters or anyone else made a move to break down the door."
The story became stranger as Masters then bearhugged a tree, knocked it out of the ground and broke the bedroom window in order to rescue his mom.
Masters then shared the news on his Twitter account:
Saved my moms life!Son ofaBitch barricaded my mom in her apt & set the place on fire.I Broke my moms window with police help,&pulled herOut
— Chris Masters (@ChrisMasters310) March 20, 2013
March 21: Great Khali Says…
A set of hilarious audio clips has been making the rounds on WWE's Facebook and Twitter pages. Great Khali's butchering of Fandango’s name on Raw inspired some WWE folks to create a page devoted to Khali quoting famous WWE catchphrases.
"Great Khali Says" is a fun diversion.
Hearing him say lines made famous by Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H and The Rock is sure to make some fans' faces turn red with laughter. The best of the bunch is his rendition of Vince McMahon's "You're fired!"
March 21: Sheamus Making Wishes Come True
John Cena isn't the only WWE powerhouse heavily involved with the Make-A-Wish foundation. Sheamus changed the profile photo of his Twitter account after meeting a young lad through the organization.
Eli is suffering from metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD), a devastating genetic disorder.
Judging by his Brogue Kick Hooligans T-shirt and stunned expression, he's clearly a huge Sheamus fan. The sweet moment was captured on camera and then shared across the web.