It’s no secret that Vince Russo is regarded as one of the worst wrestling figures in history. Some like to blame him for the death of World Championship Wrestling and poke fun at his sometimes questionable booking of Total Non-Stop Action.
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on http://camelclutchblog.com and was written by David M. Levin.
Before he joined the “highly successful” trio 3MB of the WWE, Drew McIntyre was hand-picked by Vince McMahon as “The Chosen One” of the company.
Before he became a mid-card jobber, Johnny Curtis or Fandango was a hand-picked “pet project” by McMahon. No word yet on whether McMahon feels Curtis has reached his full potential with the company.
Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on www.lordsofpain.net and was written by Nick Magee.
1. Drew Gulak-In the closest vote in the history of the Indy Power Rankings,the CZW World Champion just barely edges out all the other contenders for the #1 spot this week. After a #6 ranking last week,Gulak defended his title vs. Cage of Death lone survivor,Lucky tHURTeen. Gulak came out on top. He then took on Christina Von Eerie at the Beyond Wrestling tapings where he was victorious once again. This is his first #1 ranking since September 23 rd ,2013.
It has been over a year of huge success for the most impactful three man unit the wrestling industry has seen in the last several years. The collective unit known as The Shield, comprised of members Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns have set the standard for modern era six man tag matches while continuing to evolve as individuals.
Who are the richest wrestlers in the world? For anyone whose parents say you’ll never make any money learning to take a folding chair to the face, immediately show them this list. Over the last 30 years, Vince McMahon has turned the WWE, formerly WWF, into one of most popular and profitable sports companies in the world. In the process McMahan has made dozens of wrestlers extremely rich. He also earned himself an astonishing personal fortune. Today, WWE Raw and SmackDown are consistently some of the top ten most viewed shows on cable television, attracting between four and six million viewers each week. WrestleMania XXVIII aired on April 1st 2012 and was the highest grossing event in the company’s history with nearly $70 million in pay per view revenues. But who are the richest wrestlers in the world? Which WWE stars are body slamming into a bed of cash every night? Scroll down for the full list of the richest wrestlers in the world…
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Body Image, Diet and Maintenance in Professional Wrestling
According to the Journal of Athletic Training, the controversy of body image has been a widespread concern throughout the ages. In medieval times, men would place hay under their armor to show a more masculine and muscular physique. Whether it is a tool for survival or sheer aesthetics, body dissatisfaction continues to pose a growing social problem in today’s world. Muscle dysmorphia, also subcategorized as a body dysmorphic disorder, is a form of obsessive-compulsive behavior. When most people learn this, they imagine excessive behavior, such as repeated hand washing. When applied to body image, the obsession focuses on the body, it’s leanness and muscularity.
The compulsion centers on achieving the person’s desired level of muscular build and fitness. Since 2006, WWE’s McMahon said that in addition to heart health checks, substance abuse programs, and concussion testing, the professional wrestling industry is really changing for the better. It is now more about health maintenance of their in-ring performers. More and more professional wrestlers are becoming business-minded; they understand that their bodies are their livelihood, so they take care of themselves by training well, eating healthily and spending more down time doing healthier activities. What are some the ways professional wrestlers have improved their previously unhealthy lifestyles?
The Professional Wrestler’s Diet
A truly balanced diet is vital to maintaining the health of a professional wrestler. Nearly all-professional wrestlers have chiseled abs and arms defined with lean muscle. This is possible by combining a balanced diet, lifestyle changes and exercise. Your weight is a delicate balancing act, the calories you consume are an important part of the equation. Losing weight points to burning more calories than you ingest. Foods low in fat and high in protein take center stage, as the need to healthier choices is at its highest.
This diet ratio helps pro wrestlers compete by providing them with the tools to generate the strength, stamina, agility and power based on a balanced diet. Foods such as turkey, skinless chicken, egg whites and lean steak are staples of this diet. Protein helps to build muscle and aids in their repair, after training. Fats found in nuts, fish, olive oil and avocados, help juice up vascular muscles. Good carbohydrates including whole grains, brown bread, pasta and yams give that added energy boost to train efficiently.
Drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fruits and vegetables helps keep muscles hydrated. Instead of stuffing yourself with three big meals a day, it helps to eat 5-7 smaller meals throughout the day. This is a trick that helps to speed up your metabolism and burn fat at a much quicker rate. Motivation is also a giant factor when it comes to sticking with a diet and exercise plan. With the expert advice at Kwikmed, know which foods pose hidden dangers, and how working out with a friend can help you recover from setbacks.
Sometimes, being part of an online or real-life community gives you just the boost you need. A healthy diet, supportive community and customized training. If you want to feel revitalized, the pro wrestler’s diet is definitely the way to go. Your skin will become clear and supple; your breathing will flow more easily through your body too. The chances of developing diabetes, strokes, certain types of cancer and heart disease will also vastly diminish.
Maintenance Is Key
The road leading to a healthy professional wrestler’s body is not an easy one. It takes a lot of time on exercise equipment, some reminiscent of torture devices, grueling hours of intensive training, discipline in dieting and avoidance of all unhealthy albeit dangerous vices, such as drugs, alcohol and steroid use. In the past, mixing hormones and steroids gave a fake illusion of a healthy physique, of which many now continue to pay the price. There is no true short cut to a solid body, built for professional wrestling.
Many have abused illicit drugs trying to find the “high” way to muscular heaven, but lost their careers or even their lives in the process. Gaining the body type seen in pro wrestling takes a lot of hard work. Yet the longstanding health benefits abound. Many have cheated by taking steroids, but this course of action is never safe or recommended. Linked to far too many deaths, steroid use and the side effects are extremely harmful, if not fatal. Adopt a healthy balanced diet, train your muscles to burn excess fat, and your body will be well on its way to a professional wrestling build.
Team officials at Carolina said they were not aware that Flair, who reportedly has moved from Charlotte to Atlanta, was invited.
We are only a few months out but it appears that the dust is starting to settle around WWE WrestleMania 30. A new report indicates that the company have their top matches in place, some you expected, and one that is a bit of a shocker.
Dave Meltzer breaks down the card as it stands today in the latest Wrestling Observer newsletter. Meltzer is quick to point out that these matches could change between now and the event, yet this is what the company is working with today. The biggest question up to this point has been around John Cena and his match. Big Dave says that the company has a working plan in place.
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Match Number Two: Corey Hollis and Mike Posey lost to QT Marshall and RD Evans
Match ended with Hollis with an elbow to Marshall but Marshall with a tilt-a-whirl uranage to Hollis. Posey with a leg lariat from the turnbuckles. Evans with a leg lariat to Posey. Evans pulls Hollis into the center of the ring and he gets a near fall. Evans with an Irish whip but Hollis moves when Evans charges into the corner. When Hollis goes to the apron, he kicks Marshall in the head. Hollis goes up top but Evans crotches Hollis. Hollis with a sunset flip power bomb and Posey with the Alabama Jam from the other corner and Marshall breaks up the cover.