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10 wrestling facts to impress your friends

We all love a bit of wrestling trivia don't we? Being able to meet up and hang out with you fellow squared circle lovers and drop some surprising wrestling knowledge to make them go "wow, how interesting". The problem is, as time goes by more and more information is gathered, seen and processed, meaning your current fact sheet is out of date. "Did you know no. 27 is the luckiest number in the Royal Rumble?" "Of course we do Gene, every year before the match there's the 'by the numbers' segment that tells us every time". Are you this person? Well don't you worry friends, this is the list for you. Here are 10 obscure facts to impress your friends.


10) Gender equality!!...kind of

In 1999, Chyna made history in the WWF/E by winning the Intercontinental Championship, defeating Jeff Jarrett in an entertaining yet misogyny infused 'Good Housekeeping' match. It was a historic moment and she would go on to win it a second time, even defeating the likes of Chris Jericho. There are other instances of women winning "men's" titles. Various women won the Hardcore championship such as Terri Runnels, Trish Stratus & Molly Holly. However, you may view that title as an intergender title. You definitely could say the same for the short lived 24/7 Championship, won by the likes of Carmella, Kelly Kelly and even a pregnant Maria Kanellis.


How about the Cruiserweight championship then? At Starrcade '99 former Women's Champion Madusa defeated Evan Karagias to become the first ever female cruiserweight champion. A feat later repeated by David Flair's on-screen girlfriend Daffney in 2000. She and Crowbar defeated Chris Candido & Tammy Lee Sytch to become co-champions, Daffney then defeated Crowbar in a singles match thanks to Candido interference to become the undisputed champion. No offence to these ladies, but considering the insane quality of the Cruiserweight division from 1996 to 1998, this was a significant drop off for the once prestigious title.


I know what you're thinking alpha males. "Bloody ridiculous, women winning MENS championships. It's just not right. It's not fair. It's a disservice to our male performers. By this logic, men should be able to win women's championships!" Well have I got a treat for you. Indeed a man has won the women's championship. In the year 2000, a *checks notes* 'Lumberjill Snow Bunny' match took place inside a snow-filled pool with the title on the line. The Attitude Era isn't always as good as you remember. The first one out the pool wins, and the winner was a damsel named 'Hervina'. Except it was actually Harvey Wippleman in a dress. This booking decision went down terribly and WWE would never EVER book a man dressing up as a woman to win a woman's match again. Definitely never. NEVER.


9) From Chyna to Japan

Sticking with the 9th wonder of the world for this next one. Ms Laurer had a successful run for the WWF. From imposing enforcer for DX, to Intercontinental champion, Eddie Guerrero's mamasita. She became and remained an entertaining member of the company's growing roster. In mid-2001 due to a contract dispute (asking for a $1 million contract) and your regular dose of backstage politics, Chyna left the company and would never return. She would try her hand in acting but it fell flat and it wouldn't be long before she desired to get back into the world of wrasslin'. Without a WCW or ECW to join and no other feasible option in the west, Joanie Laurer would head to the far east, to New Japan Pro Wrestling.


Nowadays New Japan is critically acclaimed for its excellent work rate and in-ring talent. In the 2000s though, things were a bit topsy turvy in Antonio Inoki's punches and chokey's. The rise of popularity for MMA heavily influenced their product and replicated real fights. Fake fighting looks so much worse than rehearsed wrestling. It looks so obviously fake. Anyways in 2002, during this weird time of weird decisions, Joanie Laurer would appear at New Japan's 30th Anniversary event to referee a tag match between the The Steiner Brothers, Kensuke Sasaki & Hiroshi Tanahashi. She would go on to compete for New Japan numerous times, taking part in the G1 World Tour in September as well as a few other appearances.


Her most notable appearance was her match in the Tokyo Dome at NJPW The Spiral, in a losing effort to none other than Masahiro Chono. During her brief spell overseas she has racked up wins against some of the most legendary Japanese wrestlers in history, albeit in tag matches. Jado, Gedo, El Samurai & Minoru Tanaka to name a few. Oh, those aren't impressive enough? How about Yuji Nagata? What about Jushin Thunder FUCKING Liger? AND, she has a victory over a man you may know as Hiroshi Tanahashi?!?!? She's beaten all these men. She also teamed up with The Great Muta once. Bonus fact, her first ever match was in 1995 against a man, dress as a woman. Why? Did it help her be at ease? Did it help the guy be at ease? Did it protect gender stereotypes? I literally have no answers for this.


8) Si no gano el campeonato me prenderé fuego

Glenn Jacobs AKA Mayor of Knox County AKA Angus King AKA Bruiser Mastino AKA The Christmas Creature AKA Mike Unabomb AKA Spartacus AKA Sid Powers AKA Doomsday AKA Fake Diesel AKA Isaac Yankem AKA Kane, is Spanish. Yep! El Diablo's favourite demon was born in the Spanish town of Torrejón de Ardoz to American parents who were part of the US Air Force stationed in Spain. He was granted an American citizenship almost immediately. I wonder if he too eats paella, has siestas and watches bullfighting.


7) The Big Dog's Favourite Playground

Hell in a Cell remains one of the greatest and most violent match types ever created by WWE. The match was first introduced in 1997 for the personal rivalry between the Undertaker & Shawn Michaels. Since then the structure has been largely associated with the Undertaker as one of his signature matches. This is probably due to his iconic match with Mankind that everyone knows about. However, the Undertaker's record within the box of destruction isn't too consistent. He has the most appearances with 14, however also has a win loss ratio of 8 to 6. A 57% win stat. Not the worst but not exactly dominant numbers.


So who does have the best record within the cube of chaos? Well that would be your Tribal Chief Roman Reigns. This doesn't include wrestlers who have wrestled only 1 or 2 matches in this stipulation. Roman Reigns has wrestled in 5 Hell in a Cell matches, winning 4 of them and 1 ending in a no contest. Meaning, he is undefeated in Hell in a Cell matches. The Cell truly is his yard now. The worst record goes to Mick Foley who has 4 appearances, 0 wins and 1 no contest. Shane McMahon also has 3 appearances and 3 losses for a 0% win record.


Quick discussion point, the Cell is supposed to be a feud ending match that keeps interference away and settles the score in hardcore violence. In theory. In reality, there has been so many instances of outside interference. Hell, even the first EVER match had the stipulation broken. That can be forgiven though for the iconic debut of El Kane.


6) The greatest undefeated streak in wrestling history

Do you think Jade Cargill's undefeated streak of TBS Championship defences is impressive? Get out of here. What's that? Undertaker's Wrestlemania streak is a feat that will never be replicated therefore the greatest streak? Fat chance. Goldberg's streak of 156 consecutive wins, you think that's the best? Pfft, NOPE. Those are amateur numbers. Even the inflated 173-0 is weak. How about 700-0? That is the record Mexican luchador Estrella Blanca had in Lucha de Apuestas matches. If you don't know, these matches are "bet" matches. Most commonly mask vs mask, mask vs hair or hair vs hair.


Estrella wrestled for 57 years and didn't win too many championships, instead making his name competing in these bet matches. 700-0 comfortably puts him on top as the most successful wrestler in Lucha de Apuestas matches. The downside is that the only source we have for these 700 victories is the man himself. There are over 200 confirmed matches that he has won, which in itself is impressive. The reason he never lost? He promised his wife that he would never lose in order for them to live privately and peacefully without attracting attention. Respect.


5) FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER...

WWE had a huge case of the "first time evers" for the longest time. Seemingly intentionally doing things for the first time to stroke their own ego. They love first time ever's as much as Tony Khan loves announcements. WWE lives on an island of it's own, so they will only acknowledge when they do something for the first time ever. When was their first ladder match? Initially they said Wrestlemania X but in reality it's Hart vs Michaels on a '92 house show. When was their first Steel Cage match? That would be Bruno Sammartino vs Larry Zbyzsko in 1976. But wrestling is more than just one company.


So when was the first EVER ladder match? We would have journey back to 1972 in Calgary, Canada. Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling. During the summer of 1972, Dan Kroffat feuded with Tor Kamata over the Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship. Kroffat invented a new match type for this feud. A bag of money would be suspended above the ring, both men battled to win by retrieving the bag. The idea would catch on and be mimicked in a variety of ways over the decades for championships, briefcases, weapons and even Rey Mysterio's son.


What about the Steel Cage match? We will have to go back even further to the 1930s. The exact date is up for debate but according to records in Atlanta, June 25th 1937 saw Count Rossi & Jack Bloomsfield compete in the first ever steel cage match took place in the NWA. Chicken wire was used to keep out interference. According to records, the first ever 6-foot Steel Cage match was in 1942 in Canada between John Katan & Ignacio Martinez.


4) Crushing a perfect record

In today's wrestling, very few finishers are protected from being kickout-able. Kenny Omega's One-Winged Angel is one of the most protected, whilst at Wrestlemania 38 Drew McIntyre became the first person ever to kick out of the End of Days. It is very common nowadays for multiple finishers to be used during a big match to keep your opponent down. Back in the earlier days of wrestling though, finishers more often than not genuinely meant the finish to a match.


Whether it's Karl Gotch's own piledriver, Ox Baker's heart punch or Yokozuna's Banzai drop. A lot of these finishers of the past NEVER had anyone kick out. One of those finishers is Scott Hall/Razor Ramon's epic finishing move, the Outsiders/Razor's Edge. Throughout the 90s, Hall defeated many opponents with the finisher and no one was able to revive themselves once suffering it's devastation. Well, no one except one man. Who? Was it a notorious politics player like Hogan, or was it deserving Superstar like a Bret Hart? It was Crush. Yep, remember the worst member of Demolition? Or the worst member of the Nation of Domination? Or the leader of the terrible fiction Disciples of the Apocalypse? Him.


Crush is the only person to kick out of the Razor's Edge. It happened on a throwaway episode of WWF All-American Wrestling in June 1993. After departing Demolition and adopting his Hawaiian heritage into his character, the Fed clearly saw potential in him to be future big player in the company. You can see how well that played out. It wasn't an immediate kick out, 'the Bad Guy' spent a few seconds taunting the crowd before going for the pinfall. The match would end in a double count out benefiting precisely no one. The most success Crush would achieve after this was winning the WCW tag team championships with Bryan Clark as KroniK, one of the worst tag teams in history. Good show.


3) You're not my brother, brother.

Hulk Hogan has made a career for himself being known as one of the kindest, most selfless wrestlers of all time, willing to put a plethora of younger talent over for the good of the business. Ha. The king of wrestling politics infamously strong-armed his way to get what he wanted wherever he went. This included getting jobs for some of his dear friends like John Tenta & Brutus Beefcake in WCW.


A baffling example was getting his nephew Horace Hogan a big part within WCW for a time, becoming a member of the NWO in 1998. A terrible move as Horace was talentless on the mic and lacking in the ring, leading to a hoard of bad matches and TV segments. The question I have is why he didn't extend this olive branch to other, more talented members of the Hogan family tree. Another relative of his worked in WCW at the time and was given terrible creative to work with. Horace Hogan's cousin is Mike Awesome, making him a distant cousin to the Hulkskter. If only Hogan chose Awesome to push instead because he was a great talent. Unfortunately we were saddled with weekly tripe from the least talented of the Hogan dynasty.


A bonus fact, the Undertaker's is Brian Lee, who played the role of the Undertaker Faker during their mid-90s feud. That would have made their Summerslam showdown all the more enticing.


2) Running wild on you

More Hulkster facts incoming. Big Terry Bolea was able to make himself a big deal wherever he went racking up victory after victory after victory. You would assume out of all the places he spread his red and yellow American wings, WCW is the company where he shifted his weight the most. He had a big contribution to booking plans, the hiring of his friends/family and more often than not, ruining the product to the point it killed the company. While all of that may be true, it's not reflected that way in his overall wins and losses record.


According to the Internet Wrestling Database @ profightdb.com, Hogan only has a 47% win record for WCW, the only company he worked for where he had less than 50%. Elsewhere he had a winning record of 55% for New Japan, 60% for TNA, 60% for WWE (not including when the company was called WWF), 76% for the AWA and 83% for the NWA (though there is only record of 6 matches for the organisation.


His win record for the WWF? A whopping 80% with 156 wins, 6 draws and 33 losses.


1) "wins and losses don't matter"

On July 16th of this year, Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green defeated Liv Morgan & Raquel Gonzalez to become the Women's Tag Team Champions. I like Sonya, she's great in the ring and from what I've read she's a lovely person. However, for a current champion in WWE her wins and losses record is laughable.


She possesses a win record of a mere 26%! 86 wins, 6 draws, 235 losses. Even worse than that, she has a 100% LOSS record on PPV. That's ridiculous. Even Jinder Mahal has a PPV win record of 26%, although his overall WWE record is worse at 20%. She isn't quite as bad as someone like Mahal winning the WORLD FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP, but having technically one of your best female stars (because that's what holding a championship should mean) not have a single win on PPV is a joke. Just like the women's tag belts have become, so I guess that's actually quite fitting.


There you have it, some factoids to spread around with your buddies to make them think of you as a superior being of knowledge. You're welcome. Thanks for reading, check out some of my other content and drop a message of anything you'd like to see. Until next time, see ya!

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