WWE's Greatest Hits of the Week on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and More
In the first week of June, WWE's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram focused on images of faces and face paint ranging from gorgeous to unsettling.
AJ Lee showed off her full range of crazy. The Usos sported a new look.
Elsewhere, CM Punk got into a Twitter spat with a man inside a lion costume, fans compiled their own all-time Three Stages of Hell match and Dolph Ziggler graced the cover of WWE Magazine.
A blend of nostalgia, sex appeal and Internet snarkiness, here are the most interesting tidbits from WWE-related social media this week.
June 3: CM Punk vs. Mascot
CM Punk may not make his return to the ring until WWE Payback, but he has been embroiled in a feud of sorts during the NHL playoffs.
Punk, a Chicago Blackhawks fan, got into a Twitter tiff with the Los Angeles Kings mascot while those two teams met in the Western Conference Final. The ice-skating lion named Bailey had a retort for everything Punk threw at him.
Punk called his gender into question.
It has come to my attention that you may be a woman. Confirm or deny. @baileylakings— CM Punk (@CMPunk) June 3, 2013
Bailey insulted his intelligence in response.
Bailey may be smart for a lion, but he didn't get Punk's wrestling reference here.
Judging by the mascot's definition of a "cool" wrestler, it just seems he doesn't know nearly as much as about wrestling as he does hockey.
Here's hoping this doesn't lead WWE to consider a Bailey vs. Punk match at SummerSlam. Punk has bigger and better clobbering to do.
June 3: Usos' War Paint
The Usos seem to be in the midst of a mini-push. Two wins this week may just have them in line to be The Shield's next challengers.
WWE caught Jimmy and Jey before their win on Monday night against The Prime Time Players and posted a photo of their new look on its Instagram page. The face paint adds a new pop of color for the team and a little something more to help them stand out.
As a bonus, because The Usos painted opposite sides of their faces, it's another way to help tell them apart. Jey is on the right. Jimmy is on the left. Good luck trying to keep that straight when they start flying around the ring.
June 4: Body Issue Preview
WWE's Tumblr featured a preview of the new edition of WWE Magazine.
The issue, which is on sale now, focuses on, in WWE's own words, "the sizes and shapes of the members of the WWE locker room."
Dolph Ziggler graces the cover. Rosa Mendes and AJ Lee are featured, as are Titus O'Neil and Kofi Kingston. The issue boasts a handsome design and some intriguing stories.
The best part of the preview video is Zack Ryder talking about nutrition. "Free radicals? Are you serious, bro?"
June 5: Winged Eagle
Now that's a beautiful championship.
Born in 1988, this was the belt worn by Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Ric Flair and several other huge names.
Seeing that golden eagle spread its wings under the WWF logo brings back a flood of great memories.
June 5: The Many Faces of AJ Lee
Whether as the Raw General Manager, Dolph Ziggler's cheerleader or as an in-ring competitor, AJ Lee has entertained the WWE audience with her exaggerated, dramatic expressions.
WWE paid tribute to AJ's many faces with a photo gallery of her mug in action. AJ was happy to be showcased and to be WWE.com's top trending subject.
Here's hoping we see more of those faces while she's competing for the Divas title and clamping on her Black Widow hold.
June 6: Diva Pics
WWE tweeted a link to a piece focusing on photos of the Divas from Instagram. One doesn't need a good reason to post photos of pretty women, right?
— WWE (@WWE) June 6, 2013
The photo gallery shows fans shots of Trish Stratus, Layla, Summer Rae, Alicia Fox and the Bella Twins in workout clothes and clubbing outfits as well as in candid, fun shots. While there is a distinct lack of AJ Lee and Kaitlyn on here, it's hard to complain too much.
Flipping through these photos is not a bad way to end a week.
June 6: A History of WWE Face Paint
WWE's Facebook page provided a portal to the company's past when Superstar face paint was far more common.
A fantastic photo gallery boasts images of men like Missing Link, Goldust, Demolition and the Great Muta with their faces painted and prepped for battle.
WWE's list of the wildest warpaints in company history is an intriguing one. It will be a nostalgic ride for some and an educational one for others.
June 6: All-Time 3 Stages of Hell
Getting us ready for John Cena and Ryback's Three Stages of Hell match at Payback, WWE posted a poll asking fans to compile the best all-time version of that bout.
Unfortunately, this wasn't a chance to pick which falls from Triple H vs. Steve Austin, Triple H vs. Randy Orton or Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels we'd like to see together. This all-time match had to follow the same stipulations as the Payback match, Lumberjack, Tables and Ambulances matches, respectively.
Fans chose Sheamus vs. CM Punk for the first fall, Orton vs. John Cena for the second and Shane McMahon vs. Kane to cap it all off.
If fans aren't satisfied with that, WWE also offered a video playlist that features clips from the real Three Stages of Hell matches beginning with that Austin vs. Triple H classic from 2001.