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Posted 06 October 2006 - 06:26 AM

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Mickie stormed onto the RAW scene in the fall of 2005, and the Divas division hasn't been the same ever since. The excitable Mickie stormed the ring on RAW, coming to the aid of Trish Stratus who was being attacked by the vicious Victoria. Mickie revealed that she was actually Trish's biggest fan. She idolized Trish and even watched several of her matches with her grandpappy. Mickie was more than happy to propel herself into the middle of the ongoing conflict between Trish and her adversaries -- Candice, Torrie Wilson and Victoria. In fact, Mickie has made herself a permanent fixture in Trish's business ever since.
Mickie went from being "excitable" to being "psycho" but it was paying dividends. She constantly seemed to have Trish off her game, which was perfect for Mickie heading into WrestleMania 22. While many think that Mickie may have a screw or two loose, she proved that she knows exactly what she's doing inside the ring. James focused on Trish's knee and worked it over throughout their match at WrestleMania. Trish kept trying to fight back, but she couldn't put much weight on her injured leg. In the end, Mickie was able to catch Trish with the Mick Kick for the 1-2-3 and her first-ever Women's Championship.

Today, Mickie James is current the favorite to win the 2006 WWE Women's Championship tournament being held in the aftermath of Trish's retirement. As the last woman to defeat Trish for the title and the youngest and most well-rounded competitor in the face-off, the young talent is poised to finally get out Stratus's shadow and into a limelight all her own.


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Chick Kick/Stratusfaction



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Posted 06 October 2006 - 10:21 PM

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Batista's frustrations continue, as does his quest for the World Heavyweight Championship. "The Animal" got a second chance at King Booker, but after the champion got help from Finlay, Batista found himself on the losing end of the bout with a bloody head and a naked waist.
Decked out in expensive shades, apocalyptic tattoos and dressing in slick suits, Batista has the presence of a World Heavyweight Champion. However, get him angry and you will bare witness to "the Animal" being unleashed. Projecting incredible intensity and confidence, Batista proved to be a thinking man's World Heavyweight Champion. A fearless man of a few words, Batista makes those words count and backs them up in the ring with his raw power, twisting spines with the Batista Bomb.

Batista's career took off when he joined Evolution. This move would be a defining moment as this is where he met soon-to-be running mates Ric Flair, Triple H, and Randy Orton. The four superstars would team up to form one of the most dominating groups in wrestling history. Ric Flair played the role of legend, Triple H the leader, and Batista and Orton as the future stars.

Evolution was all about fine suits, gorgeous women, fast cars, and taking care of business in the ring. Batista quickly learned from Flair and Triple H, winning the tag titles with Flair in 2003. Despite championship gold, Evolution began to crumble when Triple H's jealously over Randy Orton winning the World Heavyweight Championship led to Orton being dumped from Evolution. Triple H wanted to make a statement that he was the leader of Evolution and no one was going to take his spot. For Batista, this was a wake-up call. No matter how great he became, he realized, he would always have a glass ceiling over his head because of Triple H's obsession with the World Heavyweight Championship. Batista stayed loyal, but he remained cautious.

In late 2004, rumors of unrest in Evolution surfaced, and toward the end of the year, tensions between Batista and Triple H became noticeable to the viewing public. The situation was pushed to the brink when The Game used psychological warfare to attempt to persuade Royal Rumble Match winner Batista to defect to SmackDown! and challenge for the WWE Championship -- rather than remain on RAW and challenge him for the World Heavyweight Championship. In resounding fashion, during a contract-signing session, Batista declared that he was staying put by sending Triple H through a table with a Batista Bomb. He then signed the RAW contract, pitting him against Triple H at WrestleMania 21. There, he would reach the pinnacle of sports-entertainment -- thanks, in a large part, to his ability to power out of Triple H's Pedigree finisher attempt.

After WrestleMania, Batista continued his momentum, defeating his rival Triple H in a rematch at Backlash and in a memorable and bloody Hell in a Cell match at Vengeance 2005. In just his first few months, Batista had done the impossible by defeating the former World Champion and "Cerebral Assassin" Triple H in three consecutive matches --- something no other Superstar has ever done. In the summer of 2005, things heated up for Batista when he was selected as the last pick of the 2005 Draft Lottery bringing SmackDown its champion after WWE Champion John Cena was drafted from SmackDown to RAW. Unfortunately for JBL, this came on the heels of what was supposed to be the affluent tycoon's defining moment as the face of SmackDown! However, with World Heavyweight Champion Batista on board, the Championship controversy instantly ended, leaving JBL without the top prize. Over the course of the summer, JBL would go on to target Batista and the World Heavyweight Championship only for Batista to defeat JBL in a violent No Holds Barred encounter at SummerSlam before his hometown crowd in Washington, D.C.

Batista looked unstoppable, but the World's Strongest Man Mark Henry made a shocking return to SmackDown and blindsided the Animal. Mark Henry instantly became Batista's top priority. The two looked to be on a collision course for destruction, and that proved to be all too true for Batista. At a live event, Batista suffered a serious triceps injury at the hands of Henry. The injury required surgery and the Animal was forced to surrender the World Heavyweight Championship. Batista's surgery was successful, though, and the Animal returned to action just a few months ago.


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At Judgment Day, Mark Henry recorded an impressive victory over fellow Olympian Kurt Angle. Henry won the contest by count-out after running the former World Champion Angle into a ring post with such force that he was unable to make it back to the ring by the count of ten. After the match, Angle took out his frustration on Henry with a steel chair, and eventually, sending the mammoth weightlifter through the announce table.
"The World's Strongest Man" Mark Henry continues to impress with his massive size and incredible strength. Henry fell victim to Undertaker at their WrestleMania 22 Casket Match, however, Henry is resilient and was back to put Batista out of action not too long afterward.

Breaking records, pumping iron and devastating opponents with his unmatched strength, it's no wonder they call Mark Henry "The World's Strongest Man." Henry's rise to fame began in 1992 at the Olympics in Barcelona, where he competed in weightlifting in the super-heavyweight division. Three years later at the Pan American Games, Henry captured a gold, silver and bronze medal, solidifying his place as one of the strongest men ever to walk the planet. He has also engaged in Strongman competitions, including the 2002 "World's Strongest Man" competition at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, where Henry earned first prize.

Henry began his WWE career in 1996. He worked on his own, but in 1997 he was soon lured into the faction known as the Nation of Domination, which also featured The Rock. The group broke up in late '98, and Henry went back to singles competition. After holding the WWE European Championship in 1999, Henry took time off in 2001 to train for another Strongman competition. Henry returned to the ring in 2002 and was drafted to the SmackDown roster and later briefly appeared on RAW after a big trade.

Mark Henry has gone toe to toe with top stars such as Rob Van Dam, Shawn Michaels, Booker T, Batista and Undertaker. This big man is a force to be feared every time he steps into the ring. The giant monster Henry now eyes his own meteoric rise on Friday Night SmackDown, vowing destroy anyone who gets in his way.


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Big Splash Pin/Falling Powerslam



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Posted 09 October 2006 - 09:00 PM

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Never before had a WWE Superstar compared himself to the works of such genius as Michelangelo, Mozart and Hemingway -- that is, until "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters came along. Carving an impressive body out of muscle, there is no denying that Masters is truly a masterpiece. Flaunting his self-proclaimed flawless physique, "The Masterpiece" has quickly made a name for himself as a top up and coming RAW Superstar, and his impressive power has forced many top WWE Superstars to submit to his devastating Master Lock finisher along the way.
Debuting in memorable fashion in February 2005, Masters crushed the face of Steven Richards, sidelining him for months and leaving an impact that would send chills through the RAW locker room. Not only did he force Richards to submit to his devastating Master Lock, he splintered Richards' nose and fractured the orbital bone around his eye with one punishing blow, proving that the power Masters possesses is quite profound and intimidating. Following his debut, Masters' confidence grew to monstrous proportions. Convinced that his Master Lock is unbreakable, Masters began to challenge anyone from the fans to RAW Superstars to attempt to break the devastating hold. To date, no one has overcome Masters' impressive submission.

Following his explosive debut, Masters has feuded with Shawn Michaels, competed for the WWE Championship in the Elimination Chamber, and participated in numerous tag team matches with Caribbean Cool himself, Carlito. After WrestleMania, Carlito and Masters had a bitter feud of their own. Recently, Chris has been feuding with new RAW superstar Super Crazy and has put his name in the circle of Intercontinental challengers. Where he'll go from here, is likely up.


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Since their debut, Armando Alejandro Estrada and his protégé Umaga have been a force to be reckoned with. Umaga is currently undefeated, and has lately begun targeting high profile Superstars in his attempt to reach the top of WWE. Most recently, Umaga has been in a bitter "Battle of the Monsters" feud with the Big Red Machine, Kane. Who will come out on top remains to be seen.
Not much is known about Umaga, other than that he is a dangerous individual of Samoan heritage. Manager Armando Alejandro Estrada enjoys the finer things in life, and has finally seized the spotlight with Umaga; together, they are on RAW to wreak havoc and get some of what Estrada covets the most: money.

Estrada and Umaga burst onto the scene the night after WrestleMania 22, interrupting Ric Flair. As Flair stood in the ring talking about WrestleMania, he was interrupted by Estrada, who introduced himself as a Cuban businessman that had watched Flair as a child growing up in Cuba. He told Flair that his time had passed and that America needed a new hero, and attempted to introduce the man who would change the face of Monday Night RAW. Flair interrupted Estrada, telling him to bring out his protégé. Estrada then introduced Umaga, who came out to the ring. Flair went to attack Umaga as he entered the ring, but Estrada clipped Flair's knee from behind. Umaga and Estrada then stomped down and choked out the "Nature Boy," with Umaga laying out Flair with a modified overhead neckbreaker for good measure. The next week, Umaga made his in-ring debut, destroying his opponent in short order and finishing him off with a version of the Asiatic Spike.

Look for big things in the future from this very big man.


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FINISHERS

Samoan Spike/Samoan Spike



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Posted 10 October 2006 - 11:41 PM

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After training in OVW and the WWE's other farm federation Deep South Wrestling, Paul Burchill made his WWE debut on an August 2005 episode of Velocity when he interrupted a match between his fellow Englishman, William Regal and Scotty 2 Hotty. Burchill quickly established an alliance with his countryman soon afterwards.
His WWE Friday Night SmackDown debut occurred that September, when he teamed with William Regal to defeat Scotty 2 Hotty and Funaki (after Burchill forced Scotty tap out with the "Royal Mutilation"). Regal & Burchill were then part of a Fatal Fourway Tag Match facing The Mexicools, MNM, and Road Warrior Animal & Heidenreich, with the Winner acquiring the WWE Tag Team Championship. Regal & Burchill came up short when MNM won the titles from Heidenreich & Animal. Regal & Burchill continued tagging together, mainly feuding with The Mexicools on Velocity. Regal often acted as a manager for Burchill during his singles matches.

On a February 2006 edition of SmackDown, Regal and Burchill told SmackDown! "network representative" Palmer Canon that they no longer wanted to be a tag team so they could go their separate ways. During this discussion Burchill informed Canon that his family heritage traces back to the pirate Blackbeard, and that he wanted to do a pirate gimmick. He followed through on this promise the following week when he appeared backstage dressed as a pirate, with a look similar to that of Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Burchill with his babyface persona would start a rivalry with former team mate Regal who would weekly try to convince Burchill to return to his ruthless ways. Burchill would once again defeat William Regal in a singles match in April, however, this match saw a stipulation that required Regal to dress like a "buxom wench" until Burchill lost a match. Burchill even made Regal dress up in various costumes such as a gorilla suit and a chicken outfit. Eventually, he made Regal dress up like a buccaneer for their tag match later in the night against Gymini. Burchill would end up abandoning Regal during the match, which led to Gymini picking up the victory.

Sadly, in mid-2006, Burchill required knee surgery following a ravaging by Mark Henry. Currently, the English wrestler is recovering well and wrestling in OVW to hone his skills. Expect him to return with an all-new gimmick sometime in the future.


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Flip Bottom/Flip Bottom



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Posted 11 October 2006 - 08:04 PM

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The bitterness between Mick Foley and Ric Flair goes back to their tenure at WCW in the early 1990's, where Foley claims that Flair tried to bury his career. At Vengeance, Foley used his 2 Out of 3 Falls Match with Flair to embarrass the 16-time World Champion. He pledged to beat the "Nature Boy" using technical skills, but mid-match he abandoned that method and diverted to his hardcore roots. The match ended in a disqualification for Foley -- and a bloodbath for Flair. Since then, Natche has been obsessed with feuding with the Hardcore Legend... arguing with the bearded one every single week and by participating in a brutal "I Quit" bout at SummerSlam.
But regardless of who Flair is feuding with, in a sport with legendary names, no one still competing garners as much respect as that of the 16-time world champion. He's the master of the Figure-Four Leglock and the marathon match. He's a cornerstone of the two most influential factions in the history of sports-entertainment. And when given a microphone, Flair's spontaneity and enthusiasm elevate him into a class unto itself. All you have to do is listen to the crowd return his signature "Wooo!" call at the top of their lungs.

Indeed, Flair has made a name for himself by being "the man" in and away from the ring. He's known for dressing in tailor-made suits, seducing gorgeous women and flying (after main events) to parties in trendy hotspots around the world. Despite his age, Flair has shown remarkable resiliency. In a match now called "The Great Escape," he defeated Triple H in a Steel Cage Match at Taboo Tuesday. Then, Flair nearly won an unprecedented 17th world championship battling Edge in a memorable "Tables, Ladders and Chairs" Match that left "The Nature Boy" broken and bloodied. Still, Flair bounced back to win a "Money in the Bank" Qualifying Match on RAW, earning him a spot in the WrestleMania 22 Ladder contest. "The Nature Boy" didn't win at WrestleMania, but he still believes he has a 17th world championship run in him.

Flair made his AWA debut in 1972, and two years later moved on to the National Wrestling Alliance. On September 17, 1981, Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes in Kansas City to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship for the first time. In 1985, Ric Flair teamed with Tully Blanchard, Ole & Arn Anderson, and manager J.J. Dillon to form the Four Horsemen, one of the most famous and dominant factions in sport-entertainment history. In his storied career, Flair went on to trade the NWA Championship with greats such as Ricky Steamboat, Harley Race and Kerry Von Erich throughout the '80s. On January 11, 1991, Flair defeated Sting in East Rutherford, N.J., to become the first WCW Champion. By the end of the year, Flair had jumped to WWE.

In January 1992, Flair survived the Royal Rumble, entering at No. 3, to win his first WWE Championship. It was the only time that the WWE Championship was awarded in a Rumble-style match. After a successful stint in WWE, Flair returned to WCW the following year and recaptured the WCW strap. The legendary Nature Boy defended his championship against the likes of Vader, Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan. After WCW was purchased by WWE in March 2001, Flair took a brief hiatus. During his time off, Flair was able to reassess his priorities. It was at this time, he realized he belonged in no other place than in the ring. He made his long-awaited WWE return to a standing ovation in November 2001. There, he informed Mr. McMahon that in a stock-trading coup, he had acquired 50 percent of the company. McMahon had no choice but to take him on as co-owner of WWE.

The two continually butted heads, leading to a Street Fight at Royal Rumble 2002, which Flair won. The animosity between the two grew intolerable, forcing WWE CEO Linda McMahon to declare a brand split so that the co-owners could independently control separate properties. Flair took control of RAW and drafted its roster. He remained a powerful WWE stockholder until June 2002.


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FINISHERS

Figure-4 Leglock/Figure-4 Leglock



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Posted 12 October 2006 - 08:10 PM

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Gregory Helms has been in the ring a whole lot more recently and he looks very comfortable there. The Cruiserweight Champion remains the longest-reigning Champion in WWE, reasserting his ability in an ongoing rivalry with fellow North Carolinian Matt Hardy.
Hell-bent on proving that he is the greatest Cruiserweight in WWE history, Gregory Helms no longer cares about anyone but himself. Of course, Helms wasn't always filled with angst. Formerly known for fighting for truth, justice and the WWE way, The Hurricane was once a mild mannered reporter who doubled as a sports-entertainment superhero. He devoted several years to fighting for justice on RAW every Monday night, but now, Helms' sole focus is his own prosperity.

Prior to entering WWE, Helms was a star in WCW, where he held the Cruiserweight and Hardcore Championships. As the Hurricane in WWE, he once again held the Cruiserweight Championship, and also teamed with Kane to win the World Tag Team Championship. For a brief time during WrestleMania X8, he also held the WWE Hardcore Championship. On RAW, The Hurricane acquired a protégé in the jovial Rosey, who became his "Super Hero in Training" before ultimately graduating to official crime fighter status. As a dynamic duo, Hurricane & Rosey battled the best of the best in RAW tag team competition, from La Resistance to the Heart Throbs to Cade & Murdoch. Along the way, the duo won the World Tag Team Championship. They held the gold for nearly five months until their loss to Cade & Murdoch at Unforgiven, a loss that was the beginning of the end for The Hurricane.

On the final RAW of 2005, Helms complained about not being on the show and accused Jerry "The King" Lawler of holding him back due to constantly making jokes about his ability. The next week, a challenge was made, and Helms took on Lawler at New Year's Revolution in an attempt to shut "The King" up once and for all. Instead, it was Lawler who emerged victorious. But at the 2006 Royal Rumble, Helms seized his opportunity. Kid Kash placed the Cruiserweight Championship up for grabs against any former champion in a Six-Man Match. Helms entered as the final entrant, winning the match to claim the Cruiserweight Championship. He subsequently moved from RAW to SmackDown to defend his newly won gold.


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Neckbreaker 8/Shining Wizard 3



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Posted 13 October 2006 - 11:40 PM

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King Booker still reigns as World Heavyweight Champion despite several efforts from Batista to change that. Born and raised in Houston, Booker T overcame a rough childhood to become one of the most charismatic Superstars to ever set foot in the ring. Once arrested for armed robbery as a teenager, the former WCW star and current SmackDown Superstar's credentials speak for themselves. In his career, Booker has 30 different championship reigns to his credit, making him one of the most decorated men in sports-entertainment history.
During his time in WCW, Booker T was a five-time WCW Champion, defeating the likes of Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner. He also held the WCW Television Championship six times, with his reigns highlighted by a fantastic best-of-seven series with Chris Benoit. Booker is also an accomplished tag-team wrestler, and his success as part of Harlem Heat is equally legendary. With his brother Stevie Ray, Booker T was a 10-time WCW Tag Team Champion, defeating such teams as the Nasty Boys, The Steiners, and Public Enemy to capture the gold. It was also in WCW where he developed his trademark "Spin-a-roony," a break-dancing move that brings the fans to their feet every time.

When WCW closed its doors in March of 2001, Booker T left the company as the World Champion and United States Champion before embarking on his WWE career. Coming to WWE as part of the WCW/ ECW Alliance, he quickly established himself as one of its top Superstars. He even won his coveted WCW Tag Team Championship for a record 11th time when he teamed with Test in September 2001.

In 2005, Booker T married longtime girlfriend and former Miss Black America Sharmell, who began to accompany him ringside. Booker T welcomed the support of his wife, who quickly found trouble with a perverted Kurt Angle, forcing Booker T to protect his wife in various matches. Once Angle was drafted to RAW, Booker T was back in pursuit of gold; however, his new focus came a change in attitude as well. During that time, Sharmell began interfering in Booker's matches, helping him to victory. Finally, Booker defeated Chris Benoit to win the United States Championship, giving him championship number 29 in his illustrious career. The win was marred, however, as Benoit accosted Booker about Sharmell's interference. Booker denied the allegation, but just weeks later, he attacked his former friend and revealed that he knew Sharmell was helping him all along.

This led to a bitter rivalry with Benoit over the championship. After a controversial finish to a rematch in November 2005, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long held up the United States Championship and ordered a Best-of-Seven Series to determine the undisputed champion. In the series, Booker took a quick 3-0 lead, but Benoit battled back to win the fourth match at Armageddon. Booker then suffered a groin injury, forcing him to find a substitute to continue the series. He chose Randy Orton, and after Benoit battled back to tie the series, Orton won the seventh and deciding match on the Jan. 13 edition of Friday Night SmackDown to give Booker the championship for the fourth time.

Following a feud with the Boogeyman, Booker T set his sights on the 2006 King of the Ring tournament. After defeating Matt Hardy in the first round, Booker got a bye to the finals when Kurt Angle withdrew due to injury. In the finals at Judgment Day, Finlay's interference helped Booker defeat Bobby Lashley to become the new King of the Ring. King Booker became the self-proclaimed "king of the world"at The Great American Bash, as the King defeated Rey Mysterio to become the new World Champion fulfilling the King's quest to Camelot. The King not only bears gold upon his royal crown and scepter, but also around his majestic waist.


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Booker T Special/Book End


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Arguably the fastest rising Superstar in sports-entertainment, Mr. Kennedy bested Lashley and Finlay to win the United States Championship, formerly held by the Irishman. He has had no problems defending his gold since, but Teddy Long recently set the champion to face Undertaker at No Mercy in October and that's created a whole new challenge for the up and comer.
Proudly doing the honors of announcing his own ring introductions in quite an unorthodox fashion, Ken Kennedy has quickly turned heads and made his presence known as one of SmackDown!'s most promising, confident and big mouthed superstars.

Insisting the spotlight be focused strictly on him at all times, Mr. Kennedy made quite the memorable debut on SmackDown by chastising Tony Chimmel's efforts in making Mr. Kennedy's ring introduction... a moment most other newcomers would savor and dream of. Instead, Mr. Kennedy took matters into his own hands, demonstrating how he thought the job should be done doing the introductions of not only his opponent, Funaki, but in Mr. Kennedy's eyes... most importantly... himself! And once the formalities are out of the way, Mr. Kennedy makes sure to keep the spotlight on him, inflicting pain on his opponents and guaranteeing a win and post match ring announcement by Mr. Kennedy himself as the winner.

In hopes of making his mark after returning to SmackDown, Mr. Kennedy would step in to challenge Batista at The Great American Bash in place of the injured Mark Henry. Batista unleashed a wrath that left Kennedy in a river of his own blood. He may have lost by disqualification, but Batista showed that world that the Animal was back.


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FINISHERS

Green Bay Plunge/Swanton Bomb 1



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Posted 16 October 2006 - 09:07 PM

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D-Generation X has re-united, and it seems they are better than ever. Just three weeks after suffering a knee injury at the hands of the Squad, HBK returned on a June edition of RAW. As Triple H was facing the Squad 5 to1, Michaels made a surprise return by attacking Mitch. After a brief staredown with Mr. McMahon, HBK charged the ring to help The Game fight off the remaining members of the Squad. When the ring was clear, the two men exchanged a high five and did their signature DX crotch chop in the direction of the WWE Chairman. DX "officially" reunited the next week, and their fingerprints could be found all over RAW.
When he's paired with Triple H, Shawn Michaels is known for his rebel antics outside the ring, and his ferociousness inside of it. Even so, Michaels' track record speaks for itself -- as he has accumulated enough hardware to make just about any WWE Superstar jealous. Michaels was the first-ever Grand Slam Champion, capturing the European Championship once, the World Tag Team Championship three times, the Intercontinental Championship three times and the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships a total of four times.

While back in the AWA, the Midnight Rockers captured the Southern Tag Team Championship twice and won the AWA Tag Team Championship for a second time. All of the hardware the Midnight Rockers had been sporting again caught the eye of those with WWE, and this time Michaels and Jannetty made the most of it. They both signed contracts, dropped the "Midnight" from their name, and The Rockers were born. In 1990, the Rockers earned themselves a Tag Team Championship match against the Hart Foundation. The Rockers came out on top, but during the match, the top rope buckled. Days after the match, it was ruled that since the rope had broken, the match as invalid, and the titles were returned to the Hart Foundation. This was the only time the Rockers would approach tag team gold in WWE.

The breakup of the Rockers was the end of a successful tag team career for Michaels, but it also meant the birth of a singles career that would propel The Showstopper to new heights. Michaels promptly added Sensational Sherri as his manager, and on Oct. 27, 1992, he dethroned the British Bulldog to become Intercontinental Champion. HBK then employed the services of Diesel, a man who epitomized brute force. Michaels was forced to give up his Intercontinental Championship because he had not defended it within 30 days, but at WrestleMania X, Michaels returned and faced Razor Ramon in the first-ever pay-per-view Ladder Match for the championship, a match that is still talked about today as one of the greatest WrestleMania matches of all time. After brutalizing each other with innovative moves that had never been seen before, Razor Ramon came out on top.

Michaels went on to earn a WWE Championship shot at WrestleMania XII against the "Excellence of Execution" Bret Hart, and the two met in a 60-minute Iron Man Match that stole the show. The goal was to score the most pinfalls or submissions in the allotted time, but these two WWE Superstars put forth such gutsy performances that neither competitor had notched a win in the entire 60 minutes. Hart had Michaels in the center of the ring trapped in the Sharpshooter with seconds remaining, but HBK was able to suck it up until the bell rang. President Gorilla Monsoon made his way down to ringside and informed the referee to restart the match and continue under sudden death rules. After Hart had worked on HBK's back, Michaels came from nowhere to hit Sweet Chin Music. Too tired to capitalize, Michaels got up and cued up the band one more time, which was finally enough to win his first-ever WWE Championship.

There was no rest for the weary, however, as Michaels had to start defending his championship right away. HBK proved to be one of the fightingest champions in history, as he defeated the likes of Diesel, British Bulldog, Vader, Mankind and Goldust. Michaels' reign had to come to an end sometime, and it was another of Shawn's former bodyguards, Sycho Sid, who dethroned the champ at Survivor Series 1996. Michaels regrouped, though, and again learned from his mistakes. In a rematch at the 1997 Royal Rumble, HBK used a trick from Sid's playbook, using a television camera to knock down his giant foe. The camera wasn't enough as Sid kicked out at two, but Michaels laid him out with Sweet Chin Music for the win. The reign only lasted a few weeks, however; just as Michaels had to forfeit his Intercontinental Championship without defeat, he relinquished the WWE Championship after claiming to have "lost his smile."

After months of searching, HBK returned to WWE and formed an unlikely pairing with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Although the two shared a hatred for each other, they also shared a hatred for the Hart Foundation. They put their differences aside and went out to fight for their common goal, and it led to the Showstopper's second World Tag Team Championship reign. After their relationship deteriorated, Michaels turned to people he thought he could trust, and what happened next revolutionized WWE. Michaels paired up with Triple H and Chyna to form D-Generation X, a group that defied authority and marched to the beat of their own drum. They employed the use of vulgarity and obscene gestures and spit in the face of those that tried to stop them. On Sept. 20, 1997, Michaels defeated the British Bulldog for the European Championship, which in turn made him the first-ever winner of the Grand Slam.


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FINISHERS

Sweet Chin Music 1/Sweet Chin Music 2



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Posted 16 October 2006 - 09:12 PM

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D-Generation X has re-united, and it seems they are better than ever. Just three weeks after suffering a knee injury at the hands of the Squad, HBK returned on a June edition of RAW. As Triple H was facing the Squad 5 to1, Michaels made a surprise return by attacking Mitch. After a brief staredown with Mr. McMahon, HBK charged the ring to help The Game fight off the remaining members of the Squad. When the ring was clear, the two men exchanged a high five and did their signature DX crotch chop in the direction of the WWE Chairman. DX "officially" reunited the next week, and their fingerprints could be found all over RAW.
A 10-time World Champion already, Triple H has done it all since his WWE debut as a snobby blueblood in May 1995. He is the only man in WWE history to become a Grand Slam Champion and to win both a King of the Ring tournament and the Royal Rumble Match. Calling himself The Game and the Cerebral Assassin, Triple H makes sure everyone knows that he is the "King of Kings." In his first year in WWE, Triple H compiled an impressive winning streak. In May 1996, he had his first televised battle with Shawn Michaels on RAW. It was the beginning of what would become one of the most important pairings -- as allies and foes -- in WWE history. In October, Triple H faced Stone Cold at Buried Alive in the origins of another storied rivalry. Six days later, Triple H would capture WWE gold for the very first time, winning the Intercontinental Championship from Marc Mero on RAW.

Triple H began a rivalry with The Rock. Triple H would lose the Intercontinental Championship to The Rock but would go on to dominate the 1997 King of the Ring tournament, beating Mankind in the finals. In the pay-per-view battles and wild brawls that followed, Triple H would be introduced to all three "faces of Foley." He forced a double count-out at Canadian Stampede, brawled with Mankind in a SummerSlam Steel Cage Match, and beat Dude Love at One Night Only in September. Triple H has arguably formed the two most important factions in WWE history. The first was conceived in October 1997. Composed of himself, Chyna and best friend Shawn Michaels and epitomizing WWE "Attitude," they were known as D-Generation X." The group was constantly amid controversy, pushing the limits of tolerable behavior. One of its first victims was WWE Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter, who fell to Triple H in a Boot Camp Match at the December 1997pay-per-view bearing the group's name.

In 2003, the Cerebral Assassin formulated a plan that would change WWE forever. He was already aligned with Ric Flair, and after adding Randy Orton and Batista to the fold, the group became known as Evolution. With the protection of Evolution, Triple H held the World Heavyweight Championship for most of 2003, finally losing it to Goldberg at Unforgiven. During that lengthy reign, Triple H beat Kane in Mask vs. Championship Match on a June edition of RAW, revealing the Big Red Monster's face for the first time. Evolution then reached a crossroads when rising star Randy Orton won the World Heavyweight Championship from Chris Benoit at SummerSlam. "The Legend Killer" was a bit too far ahead of schedule for Triple H's liking, so in the infamous "thumbs-down" incident on RAW, Triple H kicked Orton out of Evolution. A feud with Batista followed soon thereafter, and Evolution was finally dissolved.


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Shelton Benjamin is after the Intercontinental Championship because, well... according the Benjamin, he's the greatest athlete to step foot in a WWE ring.
Shelton Benjamin has faced adversity head on his whole life. Growing up fast and hard in a tough neighborhood, Shelton could've joined gangs and faced great pressure to do the wrong thing more times than he'd like to remember. However, "Mr. Benjamin" defied the odds and went on to the University of Minnesota to become an outstanding amateur wrestler before finally doing the impossible -- becoming a WWE Superstar, first on SmackDown and most recently on RAW.

Maybe it was Benjamin's ability to deal with the pressures of the street that has made him the prime time high stakes pressure player he has evolved into as a RAW Superstar. Either way, there's no denying Benjamin's uncanny athletic skills and balance in pulling off some of the most breathtaking high risk maneuvers out there.

Mr. Benjamin's true potential revealed itself after being drafted to RAW in the March 2004 Draft Lottery. Rocking RAW in his first month, Benjamin stood up to Triple H, leading to a series of matches between the two with Shelton squeaking out the wins and showing great promise as his star continued to rise. In the coming months, Benjamin would carve out a reputation as being one of the most explosive newcomers to RAW.

Holding onto the Intercontinental Championship for more than 8 months -- the longest reign since The Rock's 1997-98 run -- Benjamin lost his prize possession to 2005 RAW Draftee Carlito ending his reign as champ. However, Shelton would regain his Intercontinental Championship. The arrival of Shelton Benjamin's momma to RAW immediately equated to a big win streak for Shelton. But no win was bigger than Shelton's match against the Intercontinental Champion Ric Flair on RAW in Trenton, N.J. With Flair in control, Shelton's momma appeared to have a seizure outside the ring. While the referee attended to her and called for help, Shelton twice smashed Flair with momma's oxygen tank. A T-bone suplex later, Benjamin was the new Intercontinental Champion.

Interesting Note: Benjamin is a videogame nut, winning the annual WrestleMania fan fest championship tournament every year he participates. Of course, his first win remains controversial, as he lost to the author of this article at WrestleMania XIX *ahem* ...No Hard feelings.


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Matt Hardy came to the WWE in 1998 as a tag team specialist, teaming up with his brother Jeff to form the appropriately named 'Hardy Boyz'. While severely undersized, the Hardy's outstanding chemistry and unmatched heart carried them to stardom. The Hardy Boyz went on to become five time World Tag Team Champions in WWE before breaking up in 2002. In 2003, shortly after joining the SmackDown roster, Matt Hardy pursued the Cruiserweight Championship. After struggling for weeks to make the weight limit, Hardy defeated Kidman for the Championship at No Way Out '03.

After he won the title, Hardy endured an up and down rivalry with Rey Mysterio. Hardy got the best of Rey Mysterio in a controversial Championship match at WrestleMania 19. A month later however, Mysterio got his revenge, defeating Hardy for the Cruiserweight Championship on SmackDown. In 2004, Matt Hardy's girlfriend Lita became the object of Kane's affection. For weeks on RAW, Kane stalked Hardy and Lita, routinely abusing Matt while pursuing her, at one point even planting a disturbing kiss on Lita's cheek. On a June episode of RAW, Lita told Matt she was pregnant, presumably with his child. One week later, Matt prepared to propose to Lita, but was interrupted by Kane, who made a shocking allegation. Kane claimed that the baby Lita was carrying was not Matt's, but his own. While Kane was marrying Lita, a desperate Matt Hardy tried to come down and interrupt the wedding, but a force-field of flames kept him from getting to the altar. After the vows, Kane attacked Hardy and brutally chokeslammed him off the stage. As a result, Hardy was badly injured and was forced to take time off from RAW.

While Hardy was away, he learned that his long-time real life girlfriend, Lita, was having a sordid affair with Edge. Adding to an already emotional period, Matt was also released from WWE. It wasn't long before information regarding the personal hell Matt was experiencing became public knowledge. His faithful followers began to make their voices heard at WWE events across the country. In fact, Matt points out the crowd's reaction at Madison Square Garden during a RAW taping as the catalyst for starting his "movement. Unable to simply sit at the sidelines while his heart was wrenching, Matt started popping up uninvited at WWE events, wreaking havoc on Edge and Lita every chance he had. He even called in and crashed Lita's Byte This! interview, confronting her about their tumultuous relationship. Not long after, Mr. McMahon said that Hardy was starting fires all over the place, and he couldn't help but to pour gasoline on those fires by re-hiring Matt. Upon his return, Hardy adopted a vicious focus that has been previously unmatched in his career. For several months in 2005, Matt made the lives of Lita and Edge a living hell, just as they did to him.

After clashing with Edge on several occasions including a classic steel cage bout at the 2005 Unforgiven which saw Hardy defeat Edge following a daring legdrop from the top of the cage, Hardy and Edge would meet one more time in a ladder match at the RAW Homecoming in October 2005. The battle would result in the two bitter rivals' careers going in quite different directions. After taking Edge to the limit and nearing an end, Lita interjected herself in the match costing Matt not only the match but his spot on the RAW roster.

Signed by Friday Night SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long as part of the new talent initiative that October, Long saw Hardy as the perfect addition to the roster based on his incredible showing in the past. There's no denying how great the acquisition of the daredevil renegade Matt Hardy is for SmackDown. Once again, Matt Hardy stole the show in a Ladder Match. At WrestleMania 22, Hardy was one of six competitors in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Even though he was unable to win the match, Hardy once again added to his legacy of high flying, show stealing antics, entertaining the crowd while showing complete disregard for his well being.



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Twist of Fate 1/Twist of Fate 2



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Amidst the potatoes, corn and wheat typically grown on the sprawling and spacious farms of Boise, Idaho, one of wrestling's most enticing Divas emerged. Torrie Wilson, a Boise native, has been one of WWE's hottest Divas ever since debuting in 2001. Torrie got her start in WCW, but when Mr. McMahon purchased WCW, she quickly made the transition to WWE. No matter where Torrie Wilson is, though, she's always turning heads. In fact, her beauty is so great, that it can easily make other WWE Divas jealous.

Wilson, who was crowned Miss Galaxy in 1998, was a nutrition major at Boise State University, where she learned how to parlay a proper diet and physical fitness into a healthy lifestyle. Torrie broke into the sports-entertainment business with WCW in 1999. She briefly served as a valet for Ric Flair's son David, even helping him win the United States Championship. She was also the valet for The Filthy Animals when they defeated Harlem Heat for the WCW Tag Team Championship.

Torrie may not be a Women's Champion, but she does hold one major distinction. She participated in the most-purchased match on WWE 24/7 Online -- a Bikini Contest vs. Sable at Judgment Day 2003. Not only were Torrie and Sable decked out in two of the hottest bikinis ever seen, but they also sealed the match with a kiss that has to be seen to be believed.


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Posted 20 October 2006 - 06:59 PM

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Kid Kash debuted in Ohio Valley Wrestling in May 2005 as part of a title tournament, hoping to be offered a WWE contract. His first appearance on television was as one of many interferers in the main event at ECW One Night Stand 2005. His first official proper WWE outing, however, was on a June 2005 airing of Sunday Night HEAT against Tajiri in what was designated a tryout match. In August 3, 2005, he was reported to have signed a developmental deal with WWE and to have been assigned to Deep South Wrestling. Upon Kash's WWE debut, he became only the second former TNA X Division champion on the WWE's active roster (the first being Frankie Kazarian).
Kid Kash would go on to make successful appearances on Velocity through October and November, where he defeated Funaki and Scotty 2 Hotty among others, and rose through the ranks of its cruiserweight division. Kash made his first appearance on SmackDown to assist MNM in beating down The Mexicools. In December, Kash defeated Super Crazy on SmackDown and went on to beat Juventud Guerrera with his Dead Level brainbuster at Armageddon to become the WWE Cruiserweight Champion.

In January 2006, Kash suffered an injury during a house show. A few weeks later, during a backstage promo between Kurt Angle and Mark Henry, Kash could clearly be seen in the background with his arm in an orthopedic cast. Kid Kash lost his Cruiserweight Championship at the 2006 Royal Rumble in a Cruiserweight Invitational, involving himself, Funaki, Jamie Noble, Paul London, Nunzio and Gregory Helms, after Helms pinned Funaki. On a later SmackDown! Kash was supposed to get his rematch for the title, but due to a family emergency he had to miss the tapings and his rematch.

At No Way Out 2006, Kash finally got another shot at the title in a nine-way WWE Cruiserweight championship match also involving Psicosis, Super Crazy, Nunzio, Funaki, Scotty 2 Hotty, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, and the champion Gregory Helms. Kash had the match won after hitting his Dead Level Brainbuster on Psicosis but Super Crazy would break up the pin with a Moonsault which then allowed Gregory Helms to roll onto Psicosis for the 3 count.

After losing the Cruiserweight title at the Royal Rumble, Kash would begin to frequently tag team with fellow cruiserweight Jamie Noble to take on the face members of the cruiserweight division; during May 2006, Kash and Noble debuted a gimmick, where they would wear dog collars as well as bark and bite. The pair was soon named The Pit Bulls and would enter the hunt for Paul London and Brian Kendrick's WWE Tag Team Championship. However, the team would come to an end after Kid Kash's release from the company on September 27, 2006.


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Rey is currently enduring the emotional stress of his friend Chavo Guerrero's betrayal in July. Their rivalry came to a head at SummerSlam, but nothing was resolved as Vickie accidentally knocked Rey to the canvas, leading to his elimination. Vickie later shocked the world when she unexpectedly hit Rey with a chair when she was supposedly trying to maintain peace between her nephew and her friend. The Guerreros recently got Mysterio's son involved in the rivalry.
Exploding onto the sports-entertainment scene in the mid-1990s, the colorfully masked Rey Mysterio quickly redefined the way the game was played in the ring. From his awe-inspiring West Coast Pop to his trademark 619, Mysterio is on the cutting edge of wrestling excellence. The definitive high-flying Superstar, Mysterio, despite his size, is an innovative underdog that fans of all ages have grown to respect and love.

Rey's impressive Championship resume ranks up there with the all-time greats. His World Championship reign complimented eight Cruiserweight Championships, four WWE Tag Team Championships and one Royal Rumble win. But it was becoming a World Champion that he aspired to do all his life. While growing up in San Diego, Rey Mysterio always wanted to be a wrestling Superstar. As a young teenager, he followed his dreams by training in the unpredictable and high-flying Mexican Lucha Libre style of wrestling. His training and early career in Tijuana, Mexico led him to an even bigger stage - first in ECW and then WCW where he revolutionized the fast, high-impact style you now associate with the master of the 619.

Rey had several memorable matches in his short time with ECW, but his first national exposure came in WCW, where he debuted in early 1996. It didn't take long for Mysterio to make his mark in WCW, as he defeated Dean Malenko in July '96 to capture the first of his eight Cruiserweight Championships. Rey went on to feud with Ultimo Dragon, Malenko, Billy Kidman, Psicosis, Juventud, and Kevin Nash. He also recorded the first chapters of storied rivalries which would surface later in his career with future WWE Superstars like Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, and Chris Jericho. Mysterio remained with WCW until the company was purchased by WWE in 2001.

Upon his WWE debut in 2002, Rey joined the SmackDown roster and immediately began a rivalry with Kurt Angle. The two battled for several months. Rey's next big rivalry was with Matt Hardy over the Cruiserweight Championship. The two battled throughout the spring of 2003 and wrestled an exciting match at WrestleMania 19. The rivalry reached its peak in June 2003 when Rey beat Hardy for the Cruiserweight Championship on SmackDown. That same Cruiserweight Championship was the focal point of a long series of battles between Mysterio and Tajiri, then Jamie Noble, and of course Chavo Guerrero.

Rey Mysterio and the late, great Eddie Guerrero went on to successfully capture the WWE Tag Team Championship by defeating the Bashams at No Way Out. The duo defended their Championship successfully through the months leading up to WrestleMania 21. Rey and Eddie split up for one night only at WrestleMania, as they competed against each other in singles action in what was the first ever match-up of Tag Team Champions. Rey won a hard fought contest in which both competitors pulled out all the stops. The following months exposed the rift between the tag team partners. Rey and Eddie lost their WWE Tag Team Championship to MNM in April 2005. A frustrated Eddie blamed Rey for the loss, and the partners-turned-enemies embarked on the rivalry which took them through the summer, and left an indelible mark on SmackDown.

After an emotional series with Eddie Guerrero, Rey suffered from the tragic loss of his real-life good friend Eddie Guerrero. After Armageddon, Rey decided to pursue a lifelong goal, to win the World Heavyweight Championship, and do it in Eddie's honor. Rey's chance came at the Royal Rumble. His goal was to headline WrestleMania 22, just like Eddie had done two years earlier. However, Rey learned early on that it wouldn't be easy as he drew the No. 2, and was forced to start the match against Triple H. Rey would not be deterred, as he courageously defied the odds, winning the Royal Rumble, and in the process, setting a Rumble record for longest time in the ring at well over one hour.

At WrestleMania 22, Rey Mysterio showed the world that dreams really do come true. Coming into the event, no one thought he could walk out of Chicago as the World Heavyweight Champion. Mysterio was no stranger to playing the role of the underdog, so he was right at home when he faced Kurt Angle and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Rey was overpowered early in the match, but he showed persistence and fought back. Mysterio utilized his unique blend of quickness and agility as he soared through the air hitting the Legend Killer with a West Coast Pop into a pinning combination. Just like that, the undersized Mysterio was the World Champion.


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The 619/The 619



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Posted 23 October 2006 - 08:41 PM

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From the second John Cena's music hits and he steps through the curtain, The Champ sends the fans into a chaotic frenzy, the likes of which have rarely been seen. Cena has always said that it's all about "real recognizing real," and that's why he has Chain Gang soldiers all over the world. Whether it's in India, the Philippines, Italy the United States or anywhere else, his loyal followers chant his name, supporting him in every match. Cena fights for what he believes in, and he fights with a passion. The Champ has never backed down from a challenge and he doesn't plan on doing so anytime soon.
In fact, it was a challenge that allowed Cena to make his WWE debut in June 2002. Kurt Angle had been on a recent roll on the SmackDown division and wanted some competition. He issued an open challenge to anyone in the back. At the time, Cena was a relatively unknown wrestler just waiting for the break. He heard Angle's challenge and realized that opportunity was knocking, so he decided to answer. Angle didn't look impressed when he saw Cena answer his challenge, but he had a different impression of the youngster after the match was over. The Wrestling Machine did prevail in the match, but Cena took him to the limit, earning the respect of the entire locker room.

Cena rapidly climbed the ranks, and he began to develop an edgy mean streak as well. By In April 2003, Cena defeated the likes of Eddie Guerrero, Undertaker and Chris Benoit. During this time, Cena, who also became known as the Dr. of Thuganomics, started to show the world his unique ability to be able to rattle off impromptu freestyle raps, running down his opponents week after week. Cena's masterful rhymes would catch the ire of his opponents, taking them off their game and giving himself a mental advantage before the match even started.

By the time WrestleMania XX rolled around, Cena was reaching the top of his game. He had the daunting task of being in the opening match of the biggest show of the year, and to make the situation even tougher, he was going head to head against the largest athlete in the world -- Big Show. It was Cena's biggest (literally and figuratively) challenge to date, and Big Show's United States Championship was also on the line. Cena was certainly the underdog, but with the capacity Madison Square Garden crowd behind him, he was able to hoist Big Show up for an improbably FU and his first taste of gold in WWE. Cena became the United States Champion.

Cena continued to impress when he defeated Kurt Angle to become the No. 1 Contender for JBL's WWE Championship. JBL held the gold longer than anyone in the last 10 years, but the Dr. of Thuganomics was able to overcome the bruising brawler. In less than three years, Cena had reached the top of the mountain. From there, Cena's popularity continued to soar. His legions of fans grew so much that he decided to give them their own name - the Chain Gang. It didn't matter where Cena went, the Chain Gang Soldiers would follow and lend their support. So when The Champ showed up on RAW during the Draft Lottery in 2005, it was no wonder that the fans went crazy.

One thing has remained constant throughout Cena's entire career; the Champ gives it everything he has and leaves it all in the ring every night he steps through the ropes. For him, it really is all about real recognizing real, and he will never give his Chain Gang Soldiers anything less.


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Kurt Angle has done it all. He was the 1987 USA Junior Freestyle champion, a two-time USA Senior Freestyle champion and the 1988 USA International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles Junior World Freestyle champion. In the course of his amateur career, Angle faced several future mixed martial artists, defeating Sylvester Terkay and losing to Mark Coleman and Mark Kerr.
Upon graduating from university, Angle continued to wrestle. In 1995, he won a gold medal at the World Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. Following this victory, Angle began training for the 1996 Olympics under Dave Schultz at the Pennsylvanian Foxcatcher Club. During Angle's training, Schultz was murdered in January 1996. While taking part in the 1996 Olympic Trials, Angle suffered a severe neck injury, fracturing two of his cervical vertebrae, herniating two discs and pulling four muscles. Angle won the trials nonetheless, then spent the subsequent five months resting and rehabilitating. By the time of the Olympics, Angle was able to compete, albeit with several pain reducing injections in his neck. The injury led to Angle's future claim of having won his Olympic gold medal "with a broken frickin' neck!" In October 2006, Angle stated that he temporarily became addicted to the analgesic vicodin after breaking his neck.

In October 1998, Angle signed a five-year contract with the World Wrestling Federation. He was assigned to the Power Pro Wrestling developmental territory in Memphis, Tennessee, where he began training. His first match was a loss to Tom Pritchard. After several weeks of vignettes, Angle made his in-ring debut on November 14, 1999 at the 1999 Survivor Series, defeating Shawn Stasiak. Angle went on to win both the WWF European Championship and WWF Intercontinental Championship, billing himself as the "Eurocontinental Champion."

Following his feud with Triple H in 2000, Angle began pursuing the WWF Championship, defeating The Rock at No Mercy 2000 to win his first World title. In October 2002, Angle became the fourth WWE Grand Slam Champion by winning the WWE Tag Team Championship with Chris Benoit. In April 2003, Angle underwent neck surgery under Dr. Hai-Dong Jho to repair nerve and spinal damage, calcium buildup, bone spurs and intervertebral disc problems. Rather than have Jho remove the afflicted discs and fuse his vertebrae together, Angle opted for a less conventional surgery that saw Jho remove only the spurs and selected portions of the discs. The alternative surgery reduced Angle's rehabilitation time from one year to three months. Shortly after returning, Angle defeated Lesnar and Big Show in a triple threat match at Vengeance 2003 to regain his fourth WWE Championship.

In May 2006, Angle was drafted to the newly revived ECW brand. After losing to Rob Van Dam in a June 2006 episode of ECW on Sci Fi, Angle appeared sporadically on WWE television throughout mid-2006. On August 25, 2006, Angle was granted an early release from his WWE contract due to "personal issues".In September 2006, Angle's business manager, Dave Hawk, stated "Kurt Angle...has retired from professional wrestling [and] now plans to fight in the MMA in 2007."

However, In September 2006 during the closing segment of the pay-per-view TNA No Surrender 2006, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) President Dixie Carter announced that TNA Wrestling had signed Angle to a contract, with Jim Cornette introducing video footage of Angle training in a six-sided TNA ring. On the following day, Angle released a statement in which he criticized WWE, claiming he had been "held back" by the promotion.


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Lately Jillian has teamed up with fellow beautiful blonde Diva Ashley against jealous SmackDown Divas Kristal and Michelle McCool. Not only did the four get into an altercation in the makeup room, but at The Great American Bash, Jillian helped Ashley win the Four Way Bra and Panties match by holding Kristal while Ashley pulled her skirt off.

A stunning blonde, Jillian Hall has spent her life and career in sports-entertainment obsessing over image. Known in celebrity circles for her impressive track record for fixing the public perception and image of those in the media's eye, Jillian is one of the most successful "fixers" around. Because of Jillian's reputation as a five-star publicist, she got the phone call from MNM. They needed help to repair their image and generate some buzz following the 2005 Great American Bash, where MNM lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to L.O.D.

Following the fallout of what MNM considered the biggest publicity nightmare of their career, Jillian instantly went to work for MNM. Using her PR magic, Jillian secured the cover of SmackDown Magazine for the duo as well as "fixing" a problem Melina had with Torrie Wilson, aiding Melina in defeating the Diva on SmackDown.

After her work with MNM was complete, Jillian was approached by JBL, who asked for help repairing his image. Jillian helped the "new" JBL get back on the winning track, even if it meant interfering in his matches to help him to victory. As JBL's Image Consultant, Jillian Hall guided her client to the United States Championship at WrestleMania as JBL defeated Chris Benoit. It is obvious that with Jillian in the corner of JBL, or any SmackDown Superstar for that matter, Championships and a winning attitude will follow.

Fixing P.R. snafus while continually enhancing the image of her associates, Jillian quickly became one of the most in-demand publicists in sports entertainment. But then Jillian had a tough go of things on SmackDown. She was fired as JBL's image consultant, and got into a scuffle with her former client Melina. At Judgment Day, Jillian took out her frustration by defeating Melina in one-on-one action.


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Gene Snitsky is a force to be reckoned with, and he's proven that as of late by racking up wins on Heat. Snitsky, who also has a foot fetish, uses an impressive arsenal of power moves to ground his opponents. Whether it's in tag team action or in the singles division, Snitsky can pick up a big win on any given night.
In his infamous debut in September 2004, Snitsky violently struck Kane into his pregnant wife Lita. Snitsky was blamed for causing Lita to miscarry and be hospitalized for two weeks. But Snitsky claimed it wasn't his fault.

The incident would change all three of their lives forever. Igniting a bloody epic war between two monsters, Kane labeled Snitsky a mortal enemy who he will always be on the outlook to destroy. Showing no compassion for causing the miscarriage, the intense Snitsky even went so far as to say it was a good thing because it put him on the map.



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After a hiatus away from the ring, Mick Foley returned to the squared circle in a February 2006 edition of Raw. He has shown up to referee the WWE championship match between Edge and John Cena. After Cena won, Edge attacked Foley, and the following week, Edge challenged Foley to a match at WrestleMania 22, where Edge defeated Foley with a spear through the middle rope and onto a flaming table outside the ring. In the weeks after the match, Foley turned heel and allied himself with Edge against the newly rejuvenated ECW. At ECW One Night Stand 2006, Foley, Edge and Lita defeated Terry Funk, Tommy Dreamer and Beulah after Edge speared Beulah for the win.
Foley has recently engaged in a rivalry with Ric Flair. In Foley's book, Have a Nice Day!, Foley wrote that Flair was "every bit as bad on the booking side of things as he was great on the wrestling side of it." In response, Flair wrote in his autobiography that Foley was "a glorified stuntman" and that he was able to climb the ladder in the WWF only because he was friends with the bookers. The two had a backstage confrontation at a Raw event in 2003, but Foley has said that they have largely reconciled.

To spark the feud, Flair again called Foley a "glorified stuntman" and challenged him to a match. The result was a 2 out of 3 Falls Match at Vengeance, where Flair beat Foley in two straight falls. Flair won the first part of the match by pin fall and the second part of the match by disqualification. Foley found his barb wire bat under the ring, which he used to decimate Flair into a pool of his own blood. This was why Flair wanted a rematch. Foley initially refused to schedule a rematch, but then agreed to an I Quit match at Summerslam 2006, which Flair won when he forced Foley to quit by threatening Melina with a barbed wire bat. In an August 2006 edition of Raw, Mick Foley joined Mr. McMahon's "Kiss My Ass" club after McMahon threatened to fire Melina. Shortly thereafter, Melina betrayed Mick and joined the McMahons, and Melina fired Foley.


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Posted 26 October 2006 - 06:27 PM

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Randy Orton has teamed up with Edge in recent weeks in an effort to dethrone D-Generation X, but even before that he had killed some of the biggest legends in sports-entertainment. Being a third-generation Superstar, Randy Orton's arrival in WWE was seemingly inevitable. After all, he was practically raised in the business that both his father and grandfather excelled in. It's no wonder he has quickly ascended to the higher echelons of the RAW roster and eventually became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion ever. Part of that success can be attributed to Orton's use of his finisher, the RKO. Orton has shown the ability to hit the lightning-quick, high-impact move out of nowhere and at virtually any time -- confounding opponents who are beaten before they even realize what has happened.
In April 2002, he began his WWE career with an appearance on SmackDown. A few months into his rookie run, an unfortunate injury put him out of action. Refusing to sit idly on the sidelines, Orton continued making appearances on WWE television, going as far as attacking targeted Superstars with his crutches and giving fans constant updates on his medical progress -- whether they wanted them or not. Upon returning to active competition in May 2003, Orton was instantly recruited by Triple H to join with the legendary "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, and the Animal Batista as part of Evolution. Orton captured his first major championship on Dec. 14, 2003, defeating Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental title at Armageddon. He held on to the championship for an impressive seven months.

Priding himself as "The Legend Killer,'' Orton has finished off the likes of Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter, Jake "the Snake" Roberts and hardcore legend Mick Foley. Orton also displayed no fear and no respect when confronting legends such as Harley Race, asserting his claim as the true legend of sports-entertainment. At WrestleMania XX, Orton teamed with Flair and Batista to take on the reunited Rock 'n' Sock Connection (The Rock and Mick Foley). Orton delivered the RKO to Foley, enabling his team to emerge victorious. At the Backlash pay-per-view later that year, Orton added Cactus Jack to his list of "killed," pinning Mick Foley in a bloody and memorable Hardcore Rules Match.

But Orton's meteoric rise to WWE stardom came too fast for some. When Randy capitalized on an opportunity at SummerSlam 2004 - defeating Chris Benoit for the World Heavyweight Championship -- it didn't sit well with Evolution's leader. The very next night, Triple H arranged a vicious beating for his former stablemate and banished him from Evolution. Independence, however, only made Orton stronger and bolder. When Triple H threatened Orton and demanded that he "hand over" the title, Orton just spit in his face. He then went on to "kill" one of the greatest legends of them all: 16-time world champion (and his former mentor) Ric Flair in a fan-selected Steel Cage Match at Taboo Tuesday.

Orton was put on the shelf with a shoulder injury until he was drafted to SmackDown in the 2005 Draft Lottery. Orton was more focused than ever on burying the Legend of Undertaker. First, Orton interfered in the Phenom's No. 1 Contender match with JBL and caused him to lose. It was clear this rivalry would not just go away, so the two met in a grudge match at SummerSlam. During the match, an unidentified man distracted Undertaker long enough for Orton to hit the RKO and pick up the big win. The man then revealed himself to be none other than "Cowboy" Bob Orton. It didn't stop there, though. The Ortons raised money for the "Undertaker Retirement Fund" and held a mock-funeral for Undertaker's career, but the Phenom turned the tables and got in the Ortons' heads this time as he sat up inside the casket that was in the ring and cleaned house.

The Ortons then faced Undertaker in a Handicap Casket Match. Undertaker had the advantage, but the Ortons were too much to overcome. After picking up the win, the Ortons chopped a hole in the casket and poured gasoline into it. Then they callously lit the casket on fire. But Undertaker wasn't inside when the flames were extinguished. Having effectively killed the legend of the Undertaker, Orton moved on to try to recapture the World Heavyweight Championship. When Mysterio won the Royal Rumble and a spot in the main event at WrestleMania, Orton saw an opportunity. He was able to push Mysterio's buttons he finally snapped and put his world championship opportunity on the line at No Way Out.

Orton won and took Mysterio's WrestleMania main event spot. But General Manager Theodore Long did not approve and made the World Heavyweight Championship Match at WrestleMania a Triple Threat Match. When Orton, Rey and champion Kurt Angle met at WrestleMania, it was Rey that emerged as the new World Heavyweight Champion. Orton and Angle were both determined to get another crack at Mysterio, but when the two men met in the first round of the King of the Ring tournament, Angle took out all of his aggression on Orton with a series of devastation Ankle Locks and ultimately broke the young Superstar's ankle. Orton was out for several weeks, but now that he is back he's as determined as ever.


Source: WWE.com

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RKO/Super RKO


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Arguably the most uniquely gifted athlete ever to compete in professional wrestling, Rob Van Dam can do things that no other wrestler can do, has done or ever will do. RVD is also known as "The Whole F'n Show," because ECW fans feel seeing RVD wrestle is alone worth the price of the ticket. Rob Van Dam's one of a kind offensive arsenal includes Rolling Thunder, The Van Daminator and the mind-blowing Van Terminator.
Distinguishing himself from other wrestlers by exhibiting his martial arts skills and uncanny flexibility, RVD first gained fame inside the squared circle of ECW. Rob Van Dam and Sabu were both trained by Sabu's uncle, The Sheik and had a tenuous relationship that resulted in epic extreme battle with one another and two ECW World Tag Team Championship reigns. In fact, at one time, Rob Van Dam was a co-holder of the ECW World Tag Team Championship and The ECW World Television Champion simultaneously. RVD held the ECW World Television Championship for a record-breaking 23 months and his championship reign was ended only because Rob Van Dam broke his ankle and was forced to relinquish the championship.

Since signing with WWE in July 2001, Rob Van Dam has been equally impressive, racking up two World Tag Team Championships, a WWE Tag Team Championship, and six WWE Intercontinental Championships which saw RVD unify the Intercontinental Championship with the WWE Hardcore Championship and WWE European Championships before retiring both of those titles.

As successful as Rob Van Dam had been, he entered WrestleMania 22 still known as the greatest wrestler never to have held a World Heavyweight Championship. However, RVD won the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 22 for the right to challenge the WWE Champion. RVD then cashed in his championship match at ECW One Night Stand on June 11, 2006 and defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship in an Extreme Rules match. Rob Van Dam vowed to re-christen the title as the ECW World Title.

On the world premier of ECW on SciFi in June 2006, ECW Representative, Paul Heyman finally awarded Rob Van Dam with the ECW World Title that had eluded RVD for over 10 years. Rather than throwing down the WWE Championship, RVD chose to wear both belts because the ECW World Title is the greatest achievement in his career, and WWE Championship amuses him because "it spins." A few weeks later, however, RVD lost the WWE title to Edge and dropped the ECW World Title to the Big Show when Paul Heyman betrayed RVD and refused to count in his favor when acting as a referee.


Source: WWE.com

FINISHERS

Five-Star Frog Splash/Five-Star Frog Splash



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Brought into the WWE by Daivari, The Great Khali's intimidating frame has caught the attention of everyone. Hailing from India, The Great Khali stands at an impressive 7 foot 3 and weighs 420 pounds. The Great Khali has walked the jungles of India unafraid of pythons and wrestled White Bengal tigers. Daivari claims that The Great Khali has "stared into the abyss and the earth trembled at his gaze." One of the largest athletes the WWE has ever bared witness to; The Great Khali stands to be a powerful force and a threat to every member of the SmackDown locker room.

Some examples of his dominance: In a May edition of SmackDown, as JBL's hand-picked opponent, The Great Khali defeated World Champion Rey Mysterio with ease in a non-title match. At Judgment Day, The Great Khali shocked the world by defeating Undertaker with ease and sending the WWE legends future into question. At Saturday Night's Main Event in July, The Great Khali and ECW's Big Show sent Khali's enemy, Undertaker, through the announce table with a double-chokeslam. Days later, the two monsters repeated this attack at ECW on Sci Fi at the conclusion of a match between Big Show and the Phenom.

The Great Khali and Daivari were responsible for bringing the most barbaric match in WWE history to The Great American Bash: the Punjabi Prison Match. Khali was slated to battle Undertaker in this contest until SmackDown GM Theodore Long replaced Khali with Big Show, following a backstage ambush by the two giants on the Deadman.


Source: WWE.com

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The Deadman has overcome every challenge he's faced in his WWE career en route to becoming one of the the greatest Superstars in WWE history. From the moment his signature gong fills the air, WWE fans are captivated by Undertaker's mere presence. The Deadman from Death Valley is usually a man of few words, but can often intimidate even the toughest WWE Superstars with one glance. His somber persona has been a terrifying trademark of WWE for over 15 years, and no list of WWE all-time greats can be considered complete without Undertaker.

Ted DiBiase introduced him as part of his "Million-Dollar Team" at the 1990 Survivor Series in Hartford, Connecticut. His dark and somber persona and often sadistic mind set have been his terrifying trademarks. He has taken on WWE legends, WWE Champions and even the WWE owner. How dominant has Undertaker been? Look no further than his record at WrestleMania, where he is a perfect 14-0.

Undertaker won his first WWE Championship on the one-year anniversary of his debut, defeating Hulk Hogan for the WWE Championship at Survivor Series. At that point, Undertaker was undefeated in his career. Undertaker would eventually lose the WWE Championship back to Hogan, in a controversial match a week later at Tuesday in Texas. Still, despite the loss, Undertaker put together quite an impressive won-loss record. At WrestleMania alone, Taker has defeated Jimmy Snuka, King Kong Bundy, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Giant Gonzales, Triple H, Ric Flair, Kane and Diesel among others.

In between the championship reigns, Undertaker has been a WWE mainstay. He's battled all the greats -- from Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior to Yokozuna, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, proving to be a bridge from yesteryear's WWE to today. Who else could kidnap Stephanie McMahon, Tombstone Linda McMahon, attack Shane McMahon and walk out on Vince McMahon and still be thriving years later? The Undertaker has also been at the forefront of some of the most original matches and concepts in WWE history. He is the innovator of Inferno Matches, Casket Matches, and, of course, the famed Hell in the Cell. In fact, Undertaker was Mankind's opponent in their renowned Hell in a Cell Match at King of the Ring in 1998, where Undertaker threw Mankind from the top of the demonic structure.

Undertaker is also one-half of one of the most historic rivalries in sports-entertainment. For close to a decade, Undertaker and his half-brother Kane have been trying to destroy each other, highlighted by two memorable WrestleMania matches, both won by Undertaker of course. Undertaker has spent time with both RAW and SmackDown!, but he is currently terrorizing the SmackDown! roster on Thursday nights. Amazingly, the Deadman hasn't lost a step.


Source: WWE.com

FINISHERS

Tombstone Piledriver Pin/The Last Ride



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Hulk Hogan is arguably the most famous WWE Superstar of all time. World Wrestling Entertainment was never the same after Hogan replaced an injured Bob Backlund and defeated The Iron Sheik for the WWE Championship on January 23, 1984, at Madison Square Garden. A phenomenon was born.

The blonde and muscle-bound Hogan, sporting his trademark 24-inch pythons, urged youngsters to say their prayers and eat their vitamins. His historic championship run would last nearly four years, a reign nobody has even come close to matching in the last two decades. Hogan's success brought unprecedented mainstream attention to wrestling, even landing Hogan in television and movie roles.

He took on all comers and soundly defeated the likes of Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and King Kong Bundy. Then at WrestleMania III, in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Pontiac Silverdome, Hogan met his toughest challenge to date. Hogan was forced to defend the WWE Championship against his former friend, the undefeated Andre the Giant. In one of the most memorable moments in professional wrestling history, Hogan lifted the mighty Giant in the air for a bodyslam before pinning the Hall of Famer for the win.

Hogan would eventually lose the championship to Andre the Giant in 1988 in a controversial match, but would regain it in April 1989 when he defeated another former friend, Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Between 1989 and 1993, Hogan, known for his powerful and often imitated leg drop, would hold the championship four more times.

Amazingly, Hogan headlined eight of the first nine WrestleManias, highlighted by his WrestleMania III victory over Andre the Giant at the Pontiac Silverdome before more than 90,000 fans. Hogan, who also had memorable rivalries with Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker and Sgt. Slaughter, also won the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991.

Hogan left for WCW in 1994, where he shocked the world and helped form the New World Order with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Hogan won the WCW Championship six times between 1994 and 1999.

Hogan returned to WWE in January 2002, eventually facing The Rock at WrestleMania X8 in Toronto. Hogan returned to WWE donning the black and white colors of the nWo, but the fans demanded that he go back to his traditional colors of red and yellow, and Hogan was more than happy to oblige. During his final run, he also picked up his sixth WWE Championship and his first-ever World Tag Team Championship when he teamed up with Edge.

Before he left, Hogan bridged a generation gap by having notable rivalries with present-day Superstars like Chris Jericho, Triple H and The Rock.


Source: WWE.com

FINISHERS

Atomic Leg Drop 1/Finishing Leg Drop



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Mick Foley's name is legend in the sports-entertainment industry. The story of how he became involved transcends the business. His inspiration came when he hitchhiked to Madison Square Garden and watched as Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka soar off the top of a 15-foot high steel cage onto Don Muraco. At that moment, Foley knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. He compiled a video full of vignettes, including one where he flew off the roof of his home, crashing onto a bed of mattresses and cushions, all in the dream of how he would one day become WWE Champion.

After training with former WWE star and Tag Team Champion Dominic DeNucci, Foley began to compete using the name Cactus Jack in various regions of the United States before making his way to Japan. Returning to the United States, he joined with WCW, and then after a few years, aligned himself with Extreme Championship Wrestling, where Foley's name would become recognized as a cult icon. Performing in front of smaller crowds, Foley put his body and soul to the limits. Many of Foley's actions resulted in severe bruises and broken bones, but his legacy for never quitting, continuing to press toward his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar.

In 1996, he finally made it. Mick Foley was now with World Wrestling Entertainment. His performances in various matches are remembered by all who saw them either live or on television. Who can forget the unbelievable sight of Foley being thrown off the top of a cell and crash through an announcing table in a Hell in the Cell Match at the 1998 King of the Ring? Later on, he formed The Rock 'N Sock Connection, one of the most popular tag teams in WWE history with The Rock. They went on to win the World Tag Team Championship three times. Individually, he captured the WWE Championship three times as well, once in '98, and twice in '99. His stamina to perform day after day garnered the attention and loyalty of millions of fans worldwide.

In addition, Foley has become a successful author. His 1999 autobiography, Have A Nice Day -- written in longhand on 760 pages of notebook paper during a European tour -- reached No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. In 2000 and 2001, Foley wrote two children's holiday books, titled Christmas Chaos and Halloween Hijinx. Mick wrote a follow-up to Have a Nice Day, entitled Foley is Good. Later, Foley wrote his first fictional novel, Tietam Brown, and another children's book entitled Tales from Wrescal Lane. Foley's newest offering is "Scooter," telling the fictional tale of a young man growing up in the Bronx, NY in the 1960s.

His heart is just as big outside the ring, as Mick Foley has participated in numerous Make-A-Wish Foundation events as well as surprise visits to children under strict medical care in hospitals. Foley has also visited schools and libraries, talking to students about the necessity of education and the importance of reading in and out of the classroom. Foley has also traveled to various military bases and military hospitals to visit U.S. troops, boosting morale and get-well wishes to soldiers.


Source: WWE.com

FINISHERS

Mandible Claw 2/Double Arm DDT



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Posted 01 November 2006 - 04:23 PM

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Mick Foley's name is legend in the sports-entertainment industry. The story of how he became involved transcends the business. His inspiration came when he hitchhiked to Madison Square Garden and watched as Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka soar off the top of a 15-foot high steel cage onto Don Muraco. At that moment, Foley knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. He compiled a video full of vignettes, including one where he flew off the roof of his home, crashing onto a bed of mattresses and cushions, all in the dream of how he would one day become WWE Champion.
After training with former WWE star and Tag Team Champion Dominic DeNucci, Foley began to compete using the name Cactus Jack in various regions of the United States before making his way to Japan. Returning to the United States, he joined with WCW, and then after a few years, aligned himself with Extreme Championship Wrestling, where Foley's name would become recognized as a cult icon. Performing in front of smaller crowds, Foley put his body and soul to the limits. Many of Foley's actions resulted in severe bruises and broken bones, but his legacy for never quitting, continuing to press toward his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar.

In 1996, he finally made it. Mick Foley was now with World Wrestling Entertainment. His performances in various matches are remembered by all who saw them either live or on television. Who can forget the unbelievable sight of Foley being thrown off the top of a cell and crash through an announcing table in a Hell in the Cell Match at the 1998 King of the Ring? Later on, he formed The Rock 'N Sock Connection, one of the most popular tag teams in WWE history with The Rock. They went on to win the World Tag Team Championship three times. Individually, he captured the WWE Championship three times as well, once in '98, and twice in '99. His stamina to perform day after day garnered the attention and loyalty of millions of fans worldwide.

In addition, Foley has become a successful author. His 1999 autobiography, Have A Nice Day -- written in longhand on 760 pages of notebook paper during a European tour -- reached No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. In 2000 and 2001, Foley wrote two children's holiday books, titled Christmas Chaos and Halloween Hijinx. Mick wrote a follow-up to Have a Nice Day, entitled Foley is Good. Later, Foley wrote his first fictional novel, Tietam Brown, and another children's book entitled Tales from Wrescal Lane. Foley's newest offering is "Scooter," telling the fictional tale of a young man growing up in the Bronx, NY in the 1960s.

His heart is just as big outside the ring, as Mick Foley has participated in numerous Make-A-Wish Foundation events as well as surprise visits to children under strict medical care in hospitals. Foley has also visited schools and libraries, talking to students about the necessity of education and the importance of reading in and out of the classroom. Foley has also traveled to various military bases and military hospitals to visit U.S. troops, boosting morale and get-well wishes to soldiers.


Source: WWE.com

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Double Arm DDT/Double Arm DDT



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Mick Foley's name is legend in the sports-entertainment industry. The story of how he became involved transcends the business. His inspiration came when he hitchhiked to Madison Square Garden and watched as Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka soar off the top of a 15-foot high steel cage onto Don Muraco. At that moment, Foley knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. He compiled a video full of vignettes, including one where he flew off the roof of his home, crashing onto a bed of mattresses and cushions, all in the dream of how he would one day become WWE Champion.
After training with former WWE star and Tag Team Champion Dominic DeNucci, Foley began to compete using the name Cactus Jack in various regions of the United States before making his way to Japan. Returning to the United States, he joined with WCW, and then after a few years, aligned himself with Extreme Championship Wrestling, where Foley's name would become recognized as a cult icon. Performing in front of smaller crowds, Foley put his body and soul to the limits. Many of Foley's actions resulted in severe bruises and broken bones, but his legacy for never quitting, continuing to press toward his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar.

In 1996, he finally made it. Mick Foley was now with World Wrestling Entertainment. His performances in various matches are remembered by all who saw them either live or on television. Who can forget the unbelievable sight of Foley being thrown off the top of a cell and crash through an announcing table in a Hell in the Cell Match at the 1998 King of the Ring? Later on, he formed The Rock 'N Sock Connection, one of the most popular tag teams in WWE history with The Rock. They went on to win the World Tag Team Championship three times. Individually, he captured the WWE Championship three times as well, once in '98, and twice in '99. His stamina to perform day after day garnered the attention and loyalty of millions of fans worldwide.

In addition, Foley has become a successful author. His 1999 autobiography, Have A Nice Day -- written in longhand on 760 pages of notebook paper during a European tour -- reached No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. In 2000 and 2001, Foley wrote two children's holiday books, titled Christmas Chaos and Halloween Hijinx. Mick wrote a follow-up to Have a Nice Day, entitled Foley is Good. Later, Foley wrote his first fictional novel, Tietam Brown, and another children's book entitled Tales from Wrescal Lane. Foley's newest offering is "Scooter," telling the fictional tale of a young man growing up in the Bronx, NY in the 1960s.

His heart is just as big outside the ring, as Mick Foley has participated in numerous Make-A-Wish Foundation events as well as surprise visits to children under strict medical care in hospitals. Foley has also visited schools and libraries, talking to students about the necessity of education and the importance of reading in and out of the classroom. Foley has also traveled to various military bases and military hospitals to visit U.S. troops, boosting morale and get-well wishes to soldiers.


Source: WWE.com

FINISHERS

Piledriver 2/Piledriver 2