Throughout all of wrestling’s long history, it is hard to give a select 4 people to represent Wrestling’s Mount Rushmore.
Though, I am going to do my best to try to for all of you!
First, a 2 honorable mentions. Mick Foley and Shawn Michaels.
Mick Foley had a unique “thing” to him. Maybe it was his body, the non typical WWE body.
Or maybe it was the fact the madman jumped off the hell in a hell and had a tooth lodged up his nostril.
And maybe it was the fact he not only had “Mick Foley” but also Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude love.
Mick was a face that the WWE universe will never not know to love, even if he is off getting hip surgery! Best of luck Mick!
It would be hard to think of wrestling and not think of Mr. Wrestlemania himself.
Looking back at Shawn and his long time in WWE, he has always put on some historic matches with Taker, Austin, Cena, and many more!
Shawn had the ability to get the fans going, if he was a slimey heel, a god loving face, or just making a one-off show at Mania or an episode of RAW, Shawn has always had a strong ability to draw fans.
On to the list!
Ric Flair is wrestling, wrestling is Ric Flair. There is no way around it.
Before Cena came along, Flair held the record for most World Title runs, at a whopping SIXTEEN times.
It is incredible to see someone so good in Ric Flair go for being so long. The idea of Flair going till he was almost SIXTY, is incredible.
Flair was a major draw, and people loved to see the beach blonde guy get his ass whopped.
A lot like Ric Flair, but not at all like him. Hogan was the ideal man.
Clean cut, all American, truly the person that the WWE could almost trick kids and parents.
Its rare that we will ever see another Hulk Hogan, but man even today in 2017 he is still talked about.
The fact that WWE really got mainstreamed and got popular and became really what it is today is because of Hogan, he helped pipeline WWE into stardom.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
If you ever wanna know why WWE never got taken over by WCW, thank your resident beer drinking badass, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Stone Cold was a household name, from kids pretending their root beers were real, and Adults buying sleeveless leather vests, Stone Cold was a huge figure in WWE.
Austin and Vince had a truly amazing feud, which fans could really connect to.
It is hard to think that no one has ever walked into their office and wanted to smash 2 beers and give a middle finger plus a stunner to their boss.
Austin really pioneered WWE.
And last but not least…
When walking past Rushmore, there’s at least one person you can actually identify.
And for a lot of people, this person is the man with muscles on top of his muscles, the Rock.
He is an actor, he is a person of color, he is a former World Champion.
He has made a lot of waves in WWE, being someone what was so hated for so long, and all of his matches were hated.
When he got together with the Nation of Domination, he became someone who printed money for you.
The Rock put on classics with Hogan, Cena, Punk, and undertaker. And cut promos that could make current guys dream of being that good.
The Rock, along with Flair, Hogan, and Stone Cold, all truly belong on Wrestling’s Mount Rushmore!
Don’t think so? Well let me know what is YOUR Wrestling Mount Rushmore.
WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso Arrested, Involved in Alleged Altercation with Police
Uso, 33, and his wife, fellow WWE Superstar Naomi, who was driving, were pulled over near downtown Detroit for driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street.
According to our police sources, cops say their 2018 Dodge Journey reeked of booze and officers ordered Naomi out of the car.
Jimmy, despite commands to do otherwise, then exited the car took off his shirt and jacket and squared up like he wanted to fight, with one officer saying that he took out his taser “cause he was scared for his safety”.
Jimmy eventually calmed down and complied, was taken to jail and released once he posted bond.
Vince McMahon Sells $22 Million Worth of WWE Stock
According to recent SEC filings, McMahon recently sold 300,000 shares of WWE, valued at $74 a share, for an estimated $22 million, leaving McMahon with a hefty 3 million shares, for an estimated total well of $2 billion.
McMahon is clearly creating more financial cushion for his venture Alpha Entertainment, which owns the XFL, who recently announced the initial cities that will house XFL franchises that include Washington, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, New York, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay.
As WWE has always innovative with their content distribution, highlighted by the success of the WWE Network platform, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will be setup.
With the popularity of Twitch streams and the less popular Mixer streams introducing more forms of entertainment to the potential of online streaming, it will be interesting to see how the XFL will choose to broadcast, and on how many platforms once it launches.
XFL will have it’s fair share of competition, but McMahon seems to be financially arming the league for a more successful run than it had back in the early 2000s.
WWE Network Tops 2 Million Subscribers
WWE is celebrating a monumental WrestleMania 34, along with a huge milestone for their WWE Network.
WWE announced that the WWE Network has reached a record 2.12 million subscribers, 1.81 million of which are paid subscribers, up 9% from April 3rd, 2017.
Additionally, by generating $14.1M in revenue WrestleMania 34 was the highest grossing event in the history of New Orleans SuperDome, which packed 78,133 fans for the epic event.
“We expect to deliver record subscriber levels, revenue and Adjusted OIBDA in 2018,” said George Barrios, WWE Co-President. “WWE Network’s continued growth along with our massive reach across traditional television as well as digital and social platforms, reaffirms the effectiveness of our global, multi-platform content strategy.”
More can be found at their official website, but here are some notes:
- WrestleMania broke the record for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s highest grossing entertainment event at $14.1 million, as a sold-out crowd of 78,133 fans from all 50 states and 67 countries attended the event. As part of the week-long WrestleMania celebration, WWE hosts five consecutive nights of events at the Superdome and the Smoothie King Center
- WWE Network subscribers viewed 25.2 million hours during WrestleMania Week or 14 hours per subscriber during the week. This compares to 22.5 million hours last year, a 12% year-over-year increase
WWE 2018 Perspective
Q1 2018: Based upon preliminary data, WWE Network attracted an average of approximately 1.56 million paid subscribers over the first quarter 2018, representing a 5% increase from the first-quarter 2017 average. The first quarter 2018 average was in-line with guidance of approximately 1.53 million.3
During the first quarter 2018, the Company realized stronger than anticipated performance. As a result, the Company expects Q1 Adjusted OIBDA of at least $30 million (subject to the completion of its quarterly close process), exceeding its previous guidance of $23 million to $27 million.4
Q2 2018: If the acquisition and retention of subscribers driven by WrestleMania is comparable to the subscriber activity associated with the prior year event, average paid subscribers for the second quarter 2018 would be approximately 1.77 million, representing an increase of approximately 8% from the second quarter 2017.5 As future subscriber performance may differ from prior activity, this range is provided for perspective rather than as guidance.
2018: WWE management continues to expect the Company to achieve another year of record revenue and has raised its target for 2018 Adjusted OIBDA to at least $145 million (excluding stock-based compensation expense), which would be an all-time record, exceeding its previous guidance of at least $140 million
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