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« Reply #270 on: August 04, 2011, 08:37:30 PM »

Afa the Wild Samoan joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Shame. Afa, after a legendary career of his own as a member of the Wild Samoans tag team, turned to managing his son Samu and nephew Fatu who were the Headshrinkers in the WWF, with Samu later being replaced by Headshrinker Sionne [AKA: The Barbarian], in the early 1990s. The Headshrinkers had some success and even captured the WWF World Tag Team titles but they were also co-managed by legendary Captain Lou Albano. Afa rarely did much of substance at ringside but was certainly an imposing figure there basically continuing his old Wild Samoan savage-like character for the most part. He also managed more relatives in the Samoan Savage and Yokozuna.
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« Reply #271 on: August 11, 2011, 10:28:48 PM »

Ultimo Dragon joins the Singles Hall of Fame. After graduating from New Japan's dojo but struggling to make it above mid-card, Ultimo Dragon, which means the Last Dragon (a reference to an old gimmick where he claimed to have been the last student of Bruce Lee), moved on to Mexico to gain valuable experience and to hone his skills. There's he'd win the UWA World Welterweight Championship in 1988. In 1990, he returned to Japan to compete in the UWF but moved back to Mexico's CMLL in 1991 which is where he first established his recognizable mask and Ultimo Dragon identity. He's also compete for Japan's WAR promotion and in New Japan becoming IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion twice while also holding various titles in Mexico and also moving on to compete in Mexico's AAA promotion. He signed with WCW in 1996 first competing under the name The Ultimate Dragon before eventually using his original Ultimo Dragon name. With Sonny Onoo as his manager, he was pushed as a top heel cruiserweight debuting on PPV against Rey Mysterio Jr. for the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship but losing said match. However he'd win a return bout at World War 3 after also becoming J-Crown Champion against Mysterio and would later capture the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship from Dean Malenko at Starrcade 1996. Eventually he'd drop the title back to Malenko but would go on to capture the WCW World Television Championship from Prince Iaukea eventually losing that to Lord Steven Regal. Following this loss, he'd turn babyface by firing Onoo and regained the World TV title from Regal only to eventually lose it to Alex Wright. He'd then return his focus to the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship which he win again this time from Eddie Guerrero. He'd eventually lose it to Juventud Guerrera but throughout this period he was having tremendous matches on TV week after week against top notch WCW cruiserweight and mid-card talent. He suffered an arm injury in 1998 that required surgery which was unfortunately botched leading to nerve damage and Dragon at the time announced his retirement from wrestling. In 1997, he had returned to Japan to become a trainer and continued on this route for the next six years. In 2002, he had further surgery hoping to repair the damage done to him and would eventually get himself back in shape and would prepare by competing in his own T2P promotion as well as Toryumon Mexico. He'd sign with the WWE in 2003 and would accomplish his own personal goals of competing at Madison Square Garden and at Wrestlemania even if his WWE run would in fact prove a bit less than remarkable and despite working hard, he went largely unnoticed there. He would however get to compete with a host of top WWE cruiserweight talent at the time and also would go on to compete in Canada's UWA Hardcore Wrestling competing with the likes of Sonjay Dutt, M-Dogg 20, Chris Sabin, Alex Shelley, Jushin Liger and Black Tiger. He'd also compete in Japan's Pro Wrestling KAGEKI and Michinoku Pro as well as competing in Mexico and working in Spain for Nu Wrestling Evolution. Dragon has been a phenomenal in-ring performer well remembered for his great matches around and across the world.

Dragon's championships and accomplishments: [Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre] NWA World Middleweight Champion twice, [Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre] Suzuki Cup 2007 winner with Kensuke Sasaki and Marco Corleone,  [Michinoku Pro] British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Champion, [Michinoku Pro] Tohoku Tag Team Champion with Jinsei Shinzaki, [New Japan] IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion twice, J-Crown Champion,  British Commonwealth Junior Heavyweight Champion, NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion, NWA World Welterweight Champion, UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Champion, WAR International Junior Heavyweight Champion, WWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion, WWF Light Heavyweight Champion, [Toryumon] 2003 Differ Cup, NWA International Junior Heavyweight Champion, 2008 Yamaha Cup with Yutaka Yoshie, [UWA] UWA World Middleweight Champion 5 times, UWA World Welterweight Champion, [WCW] WCW World Cruiserweight Champion twice, WCW World Television Champion twice.

M.V.P. joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame. M.V.P. is known for his time hosting his "V.I.P. Lounge" interview segment where he had various guests on over the years. When he was an heel, at times the show had some interest and fun factor and even helped further establish his feud/tag team with Matt Hardy. However as a babyface, the show was basically completely forgettable and often felt an unnecessay addition to either Raw or Smackdown!. Honestly as an host, M.V.P. was surprisingly dull.
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« Reply #272 on: August 14, 2011, 10:10:12 PM »

3 Count, the trio of Shane Helms, Shannon Moore & Evan Karagias join the Tag Teams Hall of Shame. This team/stable was formed in 1999 playing off a boy band gimmick, the trio were actually highly talented cruiserweights who mostly had gone unnoticed before this. They played off the popular boy band craze, both to capitalize on it and to make fun of it, to get over even going so far to perform a couple of cheesy pop songs "Can't Get You Outta My Heart" and later "Dance with 3 Count" often lip synching and dancing to this music before their matches. They had a long and memorable feud with fellow cruiserweights the Jung Dragons. In time, Helms and Moore would battle over the WCW Cruiserweight Championship in a tournament with Moore defeating Helms. Later the trio would actually co-win and co-hold the WCW Hardcore Championship defeating Brian Knobs in February 2000 making Moore the youngest champion in WCW history. Eventually Helms would get injured and upon his return would return with an enforcer and storyline 3 Count fan - Tank Abbott with Abbott helping 3 Count win key matches over the Jung Dragons and even attempting to dance with them at times. Eventually Abbott professed his desire to be 3 Count's lead singer eventually leading to a split in the group and a brief feud with Abbott. Following a feud with the Misfits in Action, 3 Count's problems began to escalate with Helms and Moore accusing Karagias of hogging the spotlight leading to Moore & Helms booting Karagias out of the group. Karagias would go on to form a team with former Jung Dragon enemy Jamie Noble while Moore & Helms continued to feud with the other Jung Dragons and Karagias and Noble. 3 Count (Moore & Helms) would eventually win a showdown between the three teams. Later Moore & Helms would also win a match for the # 1 contendership ladder match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship when both men grabbed the contract at the same time. Following a showdown between the two, Helms emerged victorious but would lose the WCW Cruiserweight Championship match against Chavo Guerrero Jr. at WCW Sin in January 2001. Eventually Moore would come to turn on Helms as both men vied to become top contender to the Cruiserweight title. Moore & Helms would later reform their team to challenge for the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship but WCW was in its dying days and came to an end before they could capture it although Helms did himself win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. When WWE bought out WCW, all three members of 3 Count would eventually be signed. Helms would gain the most success as The Hurricane while Moore had limited success as himself. Helms & Moore also one time held the NWA Wildside Tag Team Championship.
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« Reply #273 on: August 15, 2011, 08:48:20 PM »

I don't know if this is 'good' or not, but I remember really digging 3 Count and The Jung Dragons during WCW 2000.  Highlights of the show.
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« Reply #274 on: August 16, 2011, 08:14:54 PM »

"Playboy" Buddy Rose and "Pretty Boy" Doug Somers join the Tag Teams Hall of Shame. Veterans Rose & Somers teamed up together in the mid-1980s managed by Sherri Martel with the duo eventually capturing the AWA World Tag Team titles while Martel held the AWA Women's Championship. The somewhat weatherbeaten Somers and the chubby Rose played themselves up as good-looking playboy types but the fans seemed to think otherwise despite Rose's constant claim that he in fact weighed 217 pounds and not 287 pounds which was clearly in reality much closer to his real weight. Somers and Rose's title win would be controversial however as they defeated Curt Hennig and Scott Hall for the belts via countout on May 17, 1986 thanks in no small part due to a lot of outside interference from one Colonel DeBeers who was trying to start a feud with Scott Hall. Nevertheless Somers and Rose would prove capable champions, and combined with Martel as manager were surprisingly formidable. They  soon found themselves in a long and bloody war with the young upstarts The Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) having some of the finest tag team battles in wrestling history. Michaels still credits Rose & Somers for teaching him a thing or two from those days. Rose & Somers would finally drop the titles to the Rockers on January 17, 1987. Rose would move to the WWF and would gain even more weight and would become a jobber to the stars still claiming to weigh "217 pounds" when he was clearly well over 300 by that point. Somers remained in the AWA for a while longer and would replace Boris Zukhov as Soldat Ustinov's AWA World Tag Team Championship partner when Zukhov jumped to the WWF with Somers & Ustinov eventually losing the titles to Jerry "The King" Lawler and "Superstar" Bill Dundee.
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« Reply #275 on: August 25, 2011, 06:46:56 PM »

Mil Mascaras joins the Singles Hall of Shame. Mascaras, a legendary muscular Mexican masked luchador has been wrestling since the 1960s. In the ring, he comes across as a superhero of sorts and rarely ever breaks the rules and always fights for justice and honour. Mascaras is also known for his many colorful masks all sporting the letter M boldly on the front, his name in English even meaning "The Man of 1,000 Masks". Also Mascaras is a movie star in  Mexico and has starred in numerous films as a Mexican luchador superhero of sorts as one might suspect and is perhaps the third most well known Mexican movie superstar after El Santo and Blue Demon, with whom Mascaras has actually appeared in films as well. Mascaras has proven a popular sensation with fans the world over competing successfully in Mexico, Japan, the U.S. and elsewhere. His feuds with TNT, El Canek, El Halcon and Angel Blanco are the stuff of legend in Mexico as is his feud with the Destroyer in Japan. In the U.S., he has memorably tangled with the likes of Ernie Ladd, Black Gordman, Great Goliath, John Tolos, Superstar Billy Graham to name but just a few. However as more behind the scenes truth about wrestling began to be revealed, Mascaras has been criticized by other wrestlers for his lack of willingness to sell any opponent's holds and moves or put over anyone perhaps insisting on maintaining his "superheroic" image. Mascaras is a muscular grappler with a great build and is also known for being acrobatic in the ring. He has collected titles pretty much all over the world.

Mascaras' title accomplishments: ALLL World Heavyweight Championship, (All-Japan) PWF United States Heavyweight Championship, Mexican National Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times), IWA World Heavyweight Championship, NWA American Tag Team Championship with Jose Lothario, NWA Texas Tag Team Championship with Jose Lothario, WCWA World Tag Team Championship with Jeff Jarrett, NWA Americas Tag Team Championship (3 times) with Alfonso Dantes and Ray Mendoza, WWA Americas Heavyweight Championship, WWA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

C.M. Punk joins the Singles Hall  of Fame. The "Straight Edge Superstar" has made a career out of seemingly defying the odds and accomplishing more often than not just what he brashly claims he will. Punk exemplifies the qualities of hard work and discipline leading one towards happiness and success. Punk has won championships and other notable accomplishments everywhere he's went and right now seems on the cusp of his greatest potential, to rise above all he has already accomplished and arguably become one of the top performers of the current generation as he's broken out on his own for the first time in a couple of years. Punk is mainly a striker in the ring nailing kicks, forearms and flying kicks and elbows throughout a match but he also has a number of submission holds at his disposal and rarely backs away from anybody. His feuds with Raven, Rey Mysterio Jr., Jeff Hardy and John Cena have all been fantastic as was his series of matches against Samoa Joe in ROH. He is also the 19th WWE Triple Crown Winner.

Punk's title and other accomplishments: IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship (5 times), IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times), IWC Heavyweight Championship, MAW Heavyweight Championship, NWA Cyberspace Tag Team Championship with Julio Dinero [The Gathering], NWA Revolution Heavyweight Championship, OVW Heavyweight Championship, OVW Southern Tag Team Championship with Seth Skyfire, OVW Television Championship, ROH Tag Team Championship (2 times) with Colt Cabana, ROH World Championship, SDW Northern States Television Championship (2 times), SPCW Northern States Light Heavyweight Championship, ECW Championship (WWE Version), WWE World Heavyweight Championship (3 times), WWE Championship, WWE World Tag Team Championship with Kofi Kingston, WWE Intercontinental Championship, Mr. Money in the Bank (2008, 2009), Slammy Award for "OMG" Moment of the Year (2008)- Cashing in Money in the Bank to win the World Heavyweight Championship, Slammy Award for Shocker of the Year (2009)- Forcing Jeff Hardy out of the WWE after Steel Cage match victory, Slammy Award for Despicable Me (2010)- Harassing Rey Mysterio and his family.

The Midnight Express of "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton & "Sweet" Stan Lane join the Tag Teams Hall of Fame. Eaton & Lane may be the most exciting and consistently entertaining tag team in wrestling history their matches arguably more watchable than any other tag team. They are also likely the best team in wrestling history to make use of the double-team making it look like an artform of sorts, working so fluidly together one could argue they were like poetry in motion. Their feuds with the Rock 'n' Roll Express, the Fantastics, the Road Warriors are the stuff of legend. Also their manager Jim Cornette was a major factor in their success giving timely interference to insure the Express many wins with his trusty tennis racket which became a foreign object weapon of choice to aid the Express in winning bouts. Also at one point Cornette employed bodyguard Big Bubba Rogers (later the Big Bossman) to run interference in the Express' matches.  The original Express consisted of Randy Rose, Dennis Condrey and Norvell Austin with later it being changed to Condrey and Bobby Eaton. However the pairing of Eaton and Lane, the former "Fabulous One" brought into Jim Crockett Promotions following the departure of Condrey in early 1987, may have been the best of them all. The Express three times captured the NWA United States Tag Team Championship and would have a memorable war against the Fantastics over the titles and once captured the NWA World Tag Team Championship from Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson before dropping them to a newly heel Road Warriors in a bout that also saw the Express become fan favourites. They'd also have memorable wars and battles with the Freebirds, Flyin' Brian & Tom Zenk, The Wild-Eyed Southern Boys, the Samoan Swat Team, the Dynamic Dudes and the Original Midnight Express.

"The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Fame. Following a long and successful in-ring career during which while in WWF he acted as a second for allies Virgil and Andre the Giant, DiBiase turned to managing full-time in 1994 building up a stable of traditional "Devastation Inc." style monster heels called The Million Dollar Corporation. The group at different points in time included former Money Inc. partner I.R.S., Bam Bam Bigelow, Kama Mustafa, King Kong Bundy, Sycho Sid, Nikolai Volkoff, The 1-2-3 Kid and Tatanka, the last three of whom surprised many by turning heel to join. Also briefly he managed a Fake Undertaker who he claimed was the real thing until the real deal returned at Summerslam 1994 to defeat the Impostor who was played by Brian Lee. The Corporation feuded with practically all the top WWF good guys in the 1990s including the Undertaker, Diesel (Kevin Nash), Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) and Bret Hart. DiBiase would back Bam Bam Bigelow during his Wrestlemania XI showdown against Lawrence Taylor only for Bam Bam to embarrassingly fall in defeat. When Bam Bam later failed to defeat Diesel, DiBiase would fire him from the Corporation leading to Bigelow turning fan favourite to team with Diesel and feud with the Corporation. When the Corporation failed to gain any measure of real success in terms of the title picture, DiBiase would disband the group and would turn to managing "The Ringmaster" Steve Austin even presenting Austin the Million Dollar Championship at one point. DiBiase however would be forced to leave the WWF due to Austin losing a match to Savio Vega in which that was the stipulation. In reality, he had already signed with WCW. He'd move to WCW in 1996 and would join the nWo as "Trillionaire Ted", a sort of money man/manager for the group. After about a year with the nWo, DiBiase would surprisingly turn face and turn against the group and would start managing his old Money Inc. enemies the Steiner Brothers leading them to WCW Tag Team title success until Scott eventually turned heel and joined the nWo reinventing himself as "Big Poppa Pump". DiBiase also briefly managed Ray Traylor, the former Big Bubba Rogers/Big Bossman as he briefly feuded with the nWo in late 1997. DiBiase would retire from managing in 1999.

SoCal Val joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Fame. SoCal Val, real name Valerie Elizabeth Wyndham, actually has done most of her managing outside of TNA for which she is most known for her ring girl, backstage interviewer role during which she has been attacked by the likes of Kurt Angle, Abyss and Awesome Kong. In TNA, SoCal Val is most known for her time valeting/playing the on-screen girlfriend of Jay Lethal whom she'd eventually storyline betray for Sonjay Dutt seeking the fortune of Dutt's supposedly very wealthy family. She has also acted as a manager/valet for Billy Fives, Bobcat, Chasyn Rance, Claudio Castagnoli, Danny Doring, Francine, Kaz, Jason Blade, Jazz, Jeff Morrison, Kenny King, Lacey, the Naturals, Phil Davis, Prince Iaukea, Rain, Sal Rinauro, Scoot Andrews, Sean Davis, Shocker, Steve Corino and Super Dragon. She has been involved with wrestling since age 15 as a ring girl, manager and timekeeper. In her debut she managed Pinoy Boy only to betray him for Scott Lost after he lost the match.

Joy Giovanni joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Shame. Giovanni debuted in WWE taking part in the 2004 Diva Search contest making it to the final three before being eliminated. She'd return as the valet/on-screen friend of the Big Show seemingly just to continue her feud/rivalry with Amy Weber which began during the Diva Search competition. Giovanni really did very little to help advance Big Show's career at this point and just seemed to be eye candy thrown in the liven up a rather boring feud between Big Show and J.B.L., whom Weber was managing. Giovanni and Weber had a few catfights but no real match ever materialized. Despite this, Giovanni would win a 2005 Rookie Diva of the Year contest and would go on to briefly battle against the likes of Melina and Dawn Marie in forgettable feuds as well as taking part in bikini contests and the like but really interest in her had waned following Weber's departure from the WWE and so Giovanni would be released in the summer of 2005. She would return at Wrestlemania XXV in an invitational battle royal in a one-shot appearance.

Mick Foley joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Fame. Foley did color commentary on the WWE ECW One Night Stand PPV and because he did such a good job would later be added to the mix as a color commentator on WWE Smackdown. While Foley was entertaining and knowledgable as a color man and seemed a natural fit for the job especially alongside Jim Ross, he ultimately wanted out of the job later he let it be known for how much behind the scenes screaming was done in his ears as he tried to do his job in essence being directed as to what to say and sell next. Still Foley did remarkably well during his brief time in the role and probably would have been even better if left alone.
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« Reply #276 on: August 25, 2011, 08:46:38 PM »

Punk's done a great job and I've been following him since his days in ROH and TNA.  He's still relatively young, and barring any major injuries/time away/not ticking off management, should have a relatively great run in the coming future. 

Foley was pretty good as commentator and watching him and JR for a bit was partly why I watched SmackDown at the time.  I hear rumors of him potentially coming back to WWE in a somewhat non-wrestling capacity, mostly a "Legends" deal.  A commentary spot is open to him if signed.  Right now Cole is doing both shows and I see Foley fitting in well with SmackDown.

SoCal Val- She's still young, but I like her a bit.  Still room to improve, but vastly better than I've seen by a lot of indie-girls. 

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« Reply #277 on: August 26, 2011, 06:46:53 PM »

Stan Lane joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame. Following a long career which saw him achieve his greatest success in tag teams The Fabulous Ones, the Midnight Express and the Heavenly Bodies, he turned to announcing following his retirement in 1993. He started out as a color commentator alongside Vince McMahon on WWF Superstars and would go on to host WWF Wrestling Challenge in 1994 where he worked alongside Ted DiBiase and Gorilla Monsoon. He'd also work as a commentator for DiBiase WXO's promotion. After about a year of announcing, Lane retired although he would make sporadic returns to the ring for years to come mostly at legends shows. As a color man, Lane was surprisingly bland but then while he was often the talker in his teams, he was still usually overshadowed by his usual manager Jim Cornette. Mostly Lane did his talking in the ring so it's not really that surprising he should prove so forgettable as an announcer.
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« Reply #278 on: August 29, 2011, 11:37:14 PM »

The East-West Connection of Adrian Adonis and Jesse Ventura join the Tag Teams Hall of Shame. Adonis & Ventura formed a successful tag team in 1979 with Adonis being the in-ring workhorse of the team and Ventura providing a mouthpiece and the muscle inside the ring. They actually had quite a bit of success in the AWA at the time going on to capture the AWA World Tag Team Championship on July 20, 1980 via forfeit from Mad Dog Vachon and Verne Gagne when Gagne was vacationing in Europe and unable to defend the titles. They'd hold a firm grip on the titles for almost a year until they finally dropped the titles on June 14, 1981 to a team that had long been pursuing them - the High Flyers (Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne). They'd actually move on to compete in the WWF as a duo in the early 1980s and while they never would capture the WWF Tag Team Championship, both men would become singles contenders for the WWF Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships. When injuries would finally force Ventura into retirement, Adonis would form a new tag team with Dick Murdoch, the North-South Connection which would go on to capture WWF Tag Team Championship gold.

Ernest "The Cat" Miller joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Fame. After becoming an unexpected fan favourite despite being cast in the villain role in WCW due to his pseudo karate training videos, dancing and other colorful antics before matches. Miller would go on to sign with WWE in 2002 and would become an announcer on WWE Velocity where he was very entertaining, colorful and outspoken.  An eventual return to the ring however would not prove too successful for him as he was basically used for comedy relief and quickly eliminated from battle royals and beaten in matches as he danced to his entrance music.
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« Reply #279 on: September 03, 2011, 02:17:51 AM »

"Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner joins the Singles Hall of Shame. Following a very successful tag team career teaming with his brother Rick and briefly flirting with being a singles star in 1992 briefly becoming WCW World Television Champion, Steiner really wouldn't venture far from teaming with his brother until 1998 when he finally turned on his brother after teasing the turn for close to a year as Scott grew more arrogant in the ring, wanted to dominate all the action, had a shorter than ever temper, increased his muscle mass to massive size, cut his long hair and mullet in favor of a goatee and Fu Manchu style moustache. During Superbrawl VIII on February 28, 1998 Scott would betray his brother joining the nWo by doing so helping the Outsiders Kevin Nash & Scott Hall regain the WCW World Tag Team Championships from he and his brother. The next night Scott changed his looked even more bleaching his hair blond and adopting a gimmick more reminiscent of "Superstar" Billy Graham. Surprisingly the gimmick change seemed to really work for him and it wasn't very long before he, now known as "Big Poppa Pump", became an established singles attraction although often teaming with Buff Bagwell. He remained a solid key core member of the nWo until 1999. After the group disbanded he arguably attained even greater singles success, often showing off his arrogance by being accompanied by different valets over the years, becoming a bonafide main event attraction and feuding with the likes of Goldberg, Diamond Dallas Page, Booker T. and Rey Mysterio Jr. capturing both the WCW United States and Television Championships along the way. Steiner would get injured in late 1999 and would be removed from action for a time. Upon his return, he pretended to be announcing his retirement but in reality used it as a ploy to attack Sid Vicious and shortly thereafter would be an integral part in the reformed nWo 2000 and later the New Blood faction. On November 26, 2000 he'd defeat Booker T. to win his first and only WCW World Heavyweight Championship becoming the centerpiece of Ric Flair's Magnificent Seven faction. He'd eventually drop the title back to Booker T., after feuding with him for months, on March 26, 2001 which turned on to be the final WCW Nitro broadcast as WCW was purchased by WWE.

Steiner would move on to compete in the WWA appearing at shows in Europe and Australia with Steiner eventually capturing the WWA World Heavyweight Championship from Nathan Jones. He'd hold the title for several months before finally vacating it to leave for the WWE in November 2002. Steiner first debuted in WWE as a babyface despite keeping the basic "Big Poppa Pump" gimmick and would go on to feud on Raw with WWE World Champion Triple H with Steiner and Triple H even having a memorable posedown challenge at one point. Steiner would prove tough competition for Triple H who ultimately still came out on top in the end retaining his World Championship. Steiner would struggle after this and eventually would wind up in an unlikely tag team with Test managed by Stacy Keibler with eventually the pair feuding over Keibler whose mistakes ultimately cost both men several matches ultimately causing Steiner to also turn on Keibler as well and return to being an heel, a role he always seemed better suited to play. He'd ask for his WWE release not long after this and competed on the independent scene in 2004-2005 before moving on to compete in TNA in 2006 forming an alliance with Jeff Jarrett, Gail Kim and America's Most Wanted. Steiner & Jarrett would team up and lose to the then unlikely pairing of Sting and Samoa Joe and Steiner thereafter would go on to feud with Joe, Sting and later Christian Cage losing more than he won against said foes while still acting as a bodyguard/backup for Jarrett. In 2007, Steiner switched allegiances and joined Christian's Coalition faction helping Christian as he feuded with Kurt Angle and later going on to feud with Angle himself and while Steiner did get a key win over Angle, Angle would ultimately come out on top in the feud. In 2007 Scott would also reunite with his brother Rick to feud briefly with Team 3D with the Steiners gaining a victory in the dream showdown although they'd later fail to defeat Tomko and A.J. Styles for the TNA Tag titles. In late 2007, Steiner would successfully capture one of four briefcases in a Feast or Fired Battle Royal one of which held a shot at the TNA World Championship. Later he'd defeat Petey Williams following a distraction from his latest valet Rhaka Khan to gain possession of another briefcase yet Williams would impress Steiner by showing guts in their matches and Scott would eventually take him on as a protege and giving him the briefcase for an X Division Championship match which Williams successfully cashed in on Jay Lethal. Later Scott would cash in his contract against Samoa Joe for the World Championship but would come up short and sustain a knee injury in the effort. Later in 2008 following knee surgery, Steiner returned as a core member of the Main Event Mafia faction attacking several stars with a lead pipe as he'd been known to do throughout his Poppa Pump days with Steiner eventually turning on and feuding with his former protege Williams and not long after the returning and then struggling Samoa Joe. As members of the MEM, Steiner and Booker T. would capture TNA Tag Team gold from Beer Money Inc. until they lost the titles to the British Invasion in a four way Full Metal Mayhem Tag Team match that also involved Beer Money and Team 3D. Not long after, the MEM disbanded. In 2009-2010, he'd enter into a feud with Bobby Lashley whom he'd defeat in a Falls Count Anywhere match although Lashley would defeat him in a return Last Man Standing bout. In February 2010, Steiner would leave TNA and would go on to compete in Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council where he attacked and subsequently feuded with Universal Heavyweight Champion Ray Gonzalez eventually defeating Gonzalez for the title although Steiner would eventually be stripped of the title following a controversial no-contest finish between the two with Gonzalez finally regaining the Universal title in a final showdown between the two. Steiner returned in TNA in early 2011 as a face saving Kurt Angle, Matt Morgan and Crimson from a beatdown by Fortune and Immortal. The following week Fortune would turn on Immortal and join forces with Steiner, Angle and Crimson with Steiner eventually going on to feud with Rob Terry, the two even having a posedown at one point that saw Terry attack Steiner. Steiner formed a tag team with Crimson but the pair proved unsuccessful in their seeking of the TNA Tag titles and eventually Steiner turned heel again turning on Matt Morgan after both men announced their desire to pursue the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Steiner would go on to reform his tag team with Jeff Jarrett to battle Morgan and Kurt Angle with Morgan eventually coming out on top in their feud. Steiner has since joined the Immortal faction. Steiner while often an entertaining presence on shows rarely seemed to be a serious threat for the top championships aside from his early 2000 WCW run and even went he did reach that level rarely seemed to be able to stay there for long.

Steiner's title accomplishments: CWA Tag Team Championship (3 times) twice with Billy Joe Travis and once with Jed Grundy, NWA/WCW United States Tag Team Championship with brother Rick, NWA/WCW World Tag Team Championship (7 times) with brother Rick, WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (2 times), WCW World Heavyweight Championship, WCW World Television Championship (2 times), NWA Mid-Altantic Heavyweight Championship, NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship with brother Rick, IWGP Tag Team Championship (2 times) with brother Rick, PWA Tag Team Championship with brother Rick, SSCW Heavyweight Championship, TNA World Tag Team Championship with Booker T., WWA World Heavyweight Championship, WWA (Indianapolis) World Heavyweight Championship, WWA (Indianapolis) World Tag Team Championship with Jerry Graham Jr., WWWA Heavyweight Championship, WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship, WWF World Tag Team Championship (2 times) with brother Rick.

Amy Weber joins the Managers/Valets Hall of Shame. Weber debuted in WWE in late 2004 participating in the WWE Divas Search Contest before going on to become an heel valet/manager for John Bradshaw Layfield and his Cabinet faction which also included Orlando Jordon, Doug and Danny Basham. Weber was billed as the group's "image consultant" but certainly more played the role of on-screen valet. Weber would go on to feud with former Divas Search rival Joy Giovanni, who had befriended the Big Show. By February 2005, she resigned from WWE amid allegations of harassment from some of the wrestlers and later explained she wasn't happy with the pay or the WWE frat-like behind the scenes environment where wrestlers are known to haze each other and especially test newcomers. Her departure on-air was explained as her simply being fired by JBL for mistakenly shooting a sleeping dart at him instead of the Big Show.
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« Reply #280 on: September 04, 2011, 11:00:35 PM »

John Cena joins the Singles Hall of Fame. Cena is arguably this generation's version of Hulk Hogan generally beloved by wrestling fans, well at least kid wrestling fans and their mothers that is. Unlike Hogan, Cena was kind of forced upon the public as their hero whereas fans more choose Hogan to be on their own accord. A whole lot of fans hate Cena for this, as well as his in-ring limitations, which to be honest is also the way many fans reacted to Hogan after turning on him once they got sick and tired of his act. Nevertheless Cena exemplifies hard work ethic and is very much a company man in WWE working to further not only his own but the WWE's larger overall interest. Cena though is probably the most recognizable star and name currently working in the world of wrestling. He has had numerous feuds and matches with practically anyone who's been anyone in WWE since 2002 and has captured championships and popular success wherever he's competed. Fans react to Cena whether it be by loving him or hating him, regardless he still gets a big reaction wherever he makes an appearance. Cena first started to gain popularity in WWE while actually playing an heelish freestyle white rapper/thug role where he frequently made up clever raps to make fun of or put down his opponents. As he was inevitably turned babyface arguably faster than perhaps he should have been, the raps became more and more inane and as WWE became more PG, much more toned down.

Cena debuted in UPW in 2000 as The Prototype, a sort of semi-robotic character. He'd move on to compete in WWE's development territory OVW as the Prototype and was also called Mr. P there. In any case, he had great success and won the OVW Heavyweight Championship and the OVW Tag Team Championship with Rico Constantino. Cena would move up and make his WWE debut answering an open challenge issued by Kurt Angle on June 27, 2002. Cena would make an impressive showing in said match moving Cena into a sort of bland initial fan favourite role where he briefly feuded with Angle and Chris Jericho. He'd go on to team with Billy Kidman in a tag team tournament to crown new Smackdown! WWE Tag Team Champions and would blame Kidman for their loss turning on him and attacking him thereby turning heel. Cena thereafter began to reinvent himself as the thug rapper style gimmick and started saying "Word Life" and teamed up with Bull Buchanan who acted as his enforcer. Eventually Buchanan left but Cena continued to climb the ladder and would go on to challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship naming his finisher "The F-U" to mock Brock's "F-5" finisher. Cena lost to Lesnar but did impress in some # 1 contenders bouts and in a losing effort to the Undertaker. Cena returned to being a fan favourite, as his popularity was already growing with many fans, as he joined Kurt Angle's team at Survivor Series. Cena would be eliminated from the 2004 Royal Rumble by the Big Show leading to a feud with him that eventually saw Cena defeat Show at Wrestlemania XX for the WWE United States Championship. While champion, Cena would run afoul of Smackdown! GM Kurt Angle who eventually stripped him of the belt although he'd regain it a second time in a best of 5 series with Booker T. but lost it to a debuting Carlito shortly thereafter leading to a feud with Carlito that saw Cena suffer a "worked" stabbing at the hands of Carlito's bodyguard Jesus. This was scripted to give Cena time off to film THE MARINE. Upon his return Cena got his revenge on Jesus and regained the U.S. Championship from Carlito debuting his custom made spinner title belt much to the derision of many traditional fans although many newer fans loved it.

Next Cena entered into a feud with WWE Champion JBL and his Cabinet with Orlando Jordan, with help from JBL, defeating Cena for the U.S. title but Cena would eventually get his revenge defeating JBL at Wrestlemania 21 for his first WWE Championship and debuting a new spinner WWE title not long after. He successfully retained against JBL return challenges. Cena would be drafted to Raw in 2005 and was soon in a feud with RAW GM Eric Bischoff when he refused to take part in Bischoff's war with ECW at the time. Bischoff would send Chris Jericho after Cena to bring him down and after Jericho failed, he employed Kurt Angle to take on the task. Around this time, many fans were starting to grow tired of Cena's act, his F-U and his five knuckle shuffle, but Cena did adapt somewhat during his feud with Angle adding a STF to his set of holds. Angle failed to take the title from Cena although they had some close matches. Cena would finally lose the WWE Championship at 2006's New Year's Revolution after surviving an Elimination Chamber match when Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on a battered and beaten Cena igniting an intense feud between Cena and Edge. Cena would regain the WWE title at Royal Rumble 2006 and entered into a feud with Triple H, whom many fans decided to cheer despite Triple H playing the villain role. Cena would go on to successfully retain his WWE Championship against Triple H at Wrestlemania 22. Cena next found himself the target of new Money in the Bank winner Rob Van Dam who announced he would cash it in at ECW One Night Stand 2006 on his home turf with Cena and Van Dam tangling before an hot crowd that was very pro-RVD and very anti-Cena. RVD with help from Edge would go on to defeat Cena for the WWE Championship. By July however Edge regained the WWE title in a Triple Threat match involving RVD and Cena. The Cena-Edge feud continued and finally cultimated in a TLC match at Unforgiven with Cena regaining the WWE title for a third time. Cena next entered into a Champion of Champions war against World Champion King Booker and ECW Champion Bobby Lashley with King Booker, with help from Kevin Federline who'd taken a disliking to Cena, coming out on top. Cena next started a feud with Umaga over the WWE Championship and successfully retained against him despite the ongoing feud with Federline which even saw Umaga help Federline get an unlikely victory over Cena at one point. Cena would next go on to form a tag team with Shawn Michaels, his future Wrestlemania 23 opponent and together they'd capture the World Tag Team Championship from Rated RKO. After successfully retaining his title in a great match against HBK at Wrestlemania 23, HBK turned on Cena and cost them the tag titles. Cena continued to feud with the top contenders including Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton and Edge until the Great Khali burst on the scene as the latest contender with Cena eventually becoming the first person to defeat Khali in WWE. Cena next would feud with and fend off the challenge of Randy Orton. After getting injured in a match against Mr. Kennedy, Cena would finally be stripped of the WWE title in October 2007, the longest reign in quite a while.

Cena would make a surprise return at the 2008 Royal Rumble winning the event and pursuing then WWE Champion Randy Orton. Cena however would fail to defeat Orton for the title at No Way Out or at Wrestlemania 24 in a Triple Threat also involving Triple H or at Backlash in a Fatal4Way involving JBL, Orton and Triple H where Triple H won the title and Cena reignited his old feud with JBL with both men trading wins. Cena would go on to team with Batista to win his 2nd World Tag Team Championship from Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase although they'd lose the title back to Legacy a week later with Cena entering into a new war with Batista who defeated and injured him at Summerslam. Cena impressed again upon his return defeating Chris Jericho for his first World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series 2008. Cena would finally lose the World Championship to Edge at No Way Out in an Elimination Chamber match. Cena would go on to regain the World title from Edge at Wrestlemania XXV in a match also involving Big Show. Cena would however lose the title back to Edge in a Last Man Standing match after Big Show interfered and chokeslammed Cena through a spotlight. This ignited a renewal of Cena's feud with Big Show with Cena defeating Show in a submission match at Extreme Rules. Several months later following a bit of a chase, Cena would win his fourth WWE Championship from Randy Orton in an "I Quit" match but would lose the belt back to Orton in an Hell in a Cell match only to regain it again for the fifth time in an Iron Man match. Two months later, Cena would unexpectedly be upset by newcomer Sheamus in a Tables match. Cena finally regained the championship in an Elimination Chamber match but shortly after the win would be forced to defend against Batista by WWE owner Vince McMahon. Batista made short work of the worn out Cena igniting a feud between them. Cena would go on to defeat Batista to win his 7th WWE Championship at Wrestlemania XXVI and successfully retained against Batista in several rematches.

On the June 7,  2010 Raw Cena would next find himself the target of a new wrestling stable made up of WWE NXT Season 1 contestants who now called themselves the Nexus. The Nexus led by Wade Barrett laid waste to Cena and really the entire Raw show. Nexus' interference would cause Cena to lose the WWE Championship to Sheamus shortly thereafter. Cena would form a new team to combat Nexus at Summerslam mixing together an unlikely group of faces and heels including Edge, Chris Jericho, John Morrison, R-Truth, Bret Hart and eventually Daniel Bryan. Cena's group would defeat Nexus at Summerslam but the group would fall apart shortly thereafter and Nexus was still going strong. Cena next targeted leader Wade Barrett and challenged him to a Hell in a Cell match that would end Nexus if Cena won but if Cena lost, he would be forced to join Nexus. Cena lost following interference from future Nexus members Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris and was forced to join the group and basically play slave to Barrett or he would be fired even leading to him and David Otunga defeating Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre for the WWE Tag Team Championship but they would soon lose that after Barrett ordered Otunga to lay down for fellow Nexus members Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel. Cena next would be forced to help Wade Barrett defeat Randy Orton for the WWE Championship or he would be fired. When Orton defeated Barrett, it appeared Cena was done but Cena just wouldn't go away continuing to make run-ins and attacking and laying out Nexus members one by one with a frustrated Barrett eventually asking for Cena's reinstatement so he himself could deal with him only for Cena to defeat him in a Chairs match. Cena would next be the target to C.M. Punk who was announcing at the time but surprised many by attacking Cena with a chair. Punk would eventually form an alliance with Nexus and the group would beatdown Cena. Cena would gain his revenge at Royal Rumble 2011 eliminating most of the members of the New Nexus. Cena would next focus on WWE Champion the Miz and would eventually win an Elimination Chamber match to become # 1 contender at Wrestlemania XXVII. However Cena also entered into a verbal sparring war against the returning Rock, who was to be the host of Wrestlemania. Cena and Miz would actually be forced to team and would actually capture the WWE Tag Team Championship from the Corre tandem of Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel but would lose an immediate rematch after Miz turned on Cena. At Wrestlemania XXVII, The Rock would cost Cena his match against the Miz allowing Miz to retain. Shortly thereafter Cena would call out the Rock with the two declaring their intention to have a showdown at next year's Wrestlemania. Cena would get a rematch with Miz at Extreme Rules in a match also involving John Morrison with Cena finally regaining the WWE Championship and would go on to successfully defend against the Miz and a now heel R-Truth. Next Cena would become the target of new # 1 contender C.M. Punk, despite rumors of Punk's soon departure from the company which lead to Punk giving a scathing on-screen commentary and criticism of the current WWE and the lackluster reign of John Cena. Punk would finally have his showdown against Cena at Money in the Bank 2011, after Cena petitioned heavily to have Punk reinstated after he was suspended for his comments, in front of his hometown. The Chicago crowd rather like the 2006 ECW crowd where very anti-Cena and this time pro-Punk. Punk would shock the world by defeating Cena and rushing through the crowd with the WWE Championship, seemingly leaving the company with it. Vince McMahon threatened to fire Cena if he lost but before he could, McMahon would himself would be replaced by new COO Triple H who reinstated Cena. Cena would the following week be given a WWE Championship match against newly crowned tournament winner Rey Mysterio Jr. with Cena winning the title. Following the match, Cena was shocked to see C.M. Punk walk out to the ring also holding the WWE Championship he never actually lost. This led to both men being recognized as WWE Champions and a showdown between them at Summerslam with Special Guest Referee Triple H. Punk would win the match but shortly thereafter was mysteriously attacked by Kevin Nash who was sitting at ringside leading to Alberto Del Rio cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on Punk. Cena has since become # 1 contender to Del Rio's title after defeating Punk who was distracted by Nash at ringside. For all the criticism against Cena, he has been praised for his matches with Punk recently and has had great matches in the past against Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton and Edge.

Cena has also appeared in WWE Studios films 12 Rounds and Legendary as well as the non-WWE Studios Fred: The Movie. Cena has also made numerous TV guest appearances and other celebrity appearances. He also released a rap album entitled "You Can't See Me".

Cena's title accomplishments: OVW Heavyweight Championship, OVW Southern Tag Team Championship with Rico Constantino, UPW Heavyweight Championship, WWE World Heavyweight Championship (2 times), WWE World Tag Team Championship once with Shawn Michaels and once with Batista, WWE Championship (9 times), WWE Tag Team Championship once with David Otunga and once with the Miz, WWE United States Championship (3 times), 2008 Royal Rumble winner, Slammy Award winner for 2009 and 2010 Superstar of the Year, Slammy Award for Holy $#!+ Move of the Year (2010)- Sends Batista through the stage with an Attitude Adjustment.
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« Reply #281 on: September 05, 2011, 08:09:33 AM »

Cena can actually wrestle, but he's smart and sticks to what works.  Hogan did the same thing.  I recall earlier matches, when he was slightly pre-rapper John Cena, clean cut kid from Boston in green and yellow tights.  Resembled a young Sting, and had great matches with Angle, Benoit, and Shelton Benjamin.  Even liked his rapper gimmick.  I still like him.  He's not a 'great' wrestler like Angle or Malenko, but he fills his spot on the card as the "Superman/Hogan" type character.  He's funny, and seems to genuinely care about the product and works hard when placed with more technical guys like a CM Punk.
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« Reply #282 on: September 05, 2011, 11:06:00 PM »

Raven/Johnny Polo joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Fame. Raven (Aka: Scott Levy) first started announcing in his early career as "The Palm Beach Heartthrob" Scott Anthony in the Global Wrestling Federation where he first got a chance to display on a national level his considerable mic skills and clever sense of humor. He basically played the heel color commentator to straight announcers Scott Hudson and Craig Johnson. After a short stint in WCW, he moved to the WWF as Johnny Polo, playing the spoiled rich kid heel manager for the Quebecers who he also managed to three WWF World Tag Team Championships. As Polo, Levy again got a chance to do some announcing on WWF All-American Wrestling working alongside the one and only Gorilla Monsoon and was often quite funny, albeit less serious playing this role, adding little sound effects to help demonstrate his jokes and the points he was trying to get across. He also played co-host on Radio WWF at the time. By 1995, he'd move to ECW and would reinvent himself as his most well known persona - Raven, a cult-leader type character who acted as a sort of example for misfits everywhere but Raven was always in reality very stoic and in-control. Raven would continue through another WCW and ECW stint before moving back to the WWE now for the first time as Raven. After winning a record setting 26 WWE Hardcore Championships, Raven eventually moved into the role of heel color commentator on WWE Sunday Night Heat and WWE Excess alongside Jonathan Coachman for a few months before finally returning to the ring on Raw only to lose a match to Tommy Dreamer which forced him to return to WWE Sunday Night Heat where he was allowed to develop an unique angle with Heat as his playground which unfortunately fizzled and he was given his WWE release in 2003 and went on to compete more as Raven in TNA, ROH and on the independent circuit.

Steve "Mongo" McMichael joins the Hosts/Announcers Hall of Shame. McMichael first debuted in wrestling in the WWF as one of Lawrence Taylor's buddies during his feud/Wrestlemania XI showdown with Bam Bam Bigelow. At a Raw prior to the event, he did guest color commentary alongside Vince McMahon and would wind up in a brawl with Kama Mustafa, one of Bigelow's Million Dollar Corporation allies. He next moved to WCW as a color commentator for WCW Monday Nitro mostly bickering with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and showing his general lack of knowledge about pro wrestling. He'd eventually wind up getting involved in an in-ring angle, which thankfully took him away from the announce table, against Ric Flair and Arn Anderson after Flair put the moves on his then-wife Debra McMichael sitting at ringside. McMichael would team with his buddy Kevin Greene against Flair & Anderson but McMichael shocked many during the match by selling out for the money, attacking Greene and going on to join the Four Horsemen as their fourth member alongside Flair, Anderson and Chris Benoit, then managed by Elizabeth and Woman. He'd have some limited success as a wrestler becoming a power based grappler who relied on football tackles although he did pull out a major upset defeating Jeff Jarrett for the WCW United States Championship as the two bickered and feuded over Mongo's then-wife Debra. McMichael would eventually go on to feud with his wife's stable including Jarrett, Alex Wright and Eddie Guerrero. He'd eventually drop the U.S. Title to Curt Hennig after Hennig betrayed the Horsemen in favor of the nWo. Mongo stayed with the Horseman until he retired in 1999. He and Debra would eventually divorce with Debra moving on to greater fame in the WWF. He did win this dubious award: Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards- Worst Television Announcer (1996).
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« Reply #283 on: September 09, 2011, 05:13:41 PM »

The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers , Jacques and Raymond Rougeau join the Tag Teams Hall of Fame. The Rougeaus are second generation grapplers trained by their father Jacques Rougeau Sr.. Their uncle was also the famed Johnny Rougeau. Jacques and Raymond's brother Armand also competed in Montreal. The Rougeau Brothers first started teaming in Montreal in the late 1970s and soon got into a bitter feud against Ronnie and Jimmy (as well as Terry) Garvin, who weren't really brothers but pretended to be although Jimmy was Ronnie's stepson. The Garvins were managed by Precious (Patty Garvin) who was known to interfere in matches and get the fans heated with her accusations of physical abuse against her despite her constant attacks on others with hairspray or with her hands. The feud between them would get really intense after the Garvins disrespected the Rougeaus' famous father and uncle and also attacked their brother Armand. While competing in Montreal International Wrestling, Jacques and Raymond became three time Montreal International Tag Team Champions.

They moved to the WWF in 1986 as true clean cut traditional babyfaces and were soon feuding with the Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine) and Demolition. The Rougeaus seemingly defeated the Hart Foundation for the WWF World Tag Team Championships on August 10, 1987 when the interference of Jimmy Hart backfired and the Rougeaus used Hart's megaphone to defeat the Foundation. However the decision would be reversed afterwards due to use of the foreign object. By July 1988, the then rather bland Rougeaus began to show a little sign of life when they actually cheated to defeat fellow fan favourites the Killer Bees and then offered to shake the Bees hands afterwards. Eventually with the Hart Foundation turning on Jimmy Hart and becoming popular babyfaces, the Rougeaus who weren't getting over as dull babyfaces were suddenly switched to heels by adding Jimmy Hart as their manager and developing a phony pro-USA gimmick which was in fact designed to mock the fans and draw heat as was their marked preference for whitebread stuff like Barry Manilow and their preppy hair fashions. The Rougeaus would get involved in a real life backstage altercation with Dynamite Kid Tom Billington which led to Jacques being attacked by Dynamite from behind and later getting his revenge by nailing Dynamite in the mouth with a roll of quarters knocking out four teeth. Tensions escalated but Dynamite Kid would be fired before anything more serious would come of it. The Rougeaus next big feud would be against the Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) with whom they'd have terrific matches night after night. Despite all these great matches, the Rougeaus were eventually demoted to be a comedy tag team fodder for the Bushwhackers. Raymond would retire in 1990 after suffering with chronic back pain for many years moving into an announcing role. Jacques would disappear for a while but would later return having reinvented himself as the Mountie going on to capture the WWF Intercontinental Championship and later teamed up as one half of the Quebecers, Quebecer Jacques who along with Quebecer Pierre (Carl Ouellet) would capture three WWF World Tag Team Championships.

The Rougeaus are often now fondly and nostalgically remembered for their fun theme song.

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« Reply #284 on: September 11, 2011, 08:57:37 PM »

Mongo sucked.  Hard.  Worst announcer ever.
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