You have probably noticed this by now, but the WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble won’t feature a single female superstar. The reason, obviously, is that the event is taking place in Saudi Arabia, where women’s rights and equality are far behind other, “more modern” countries. The WWE has taken quite a bit of heat for their lucrative business deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, especially since they have spent the last few years patting themselves on the back at every chance for pushing the “Women’s Revolution” of professional wrestling.
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Ronda Rousey finally returned to WWE programming Sunday night at their Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, after surprising everyone by showing up unannounced at the Royal Rumble a month ago. It was advertised as Rousey appearing to officially sign her contract to be a Raw superstar. But since this is “sports entertainment,” contract signings almost never go smoothly.
It was the last episode of Raw before Survivor Series. As usual, the WWE did their best to promote the annual Novemer pay-per-view, considered one of the “Big Four,” as much as possible. Part of that was the return of Roman Reigns, fresh off a bout with the mumps and returning to reunite The Shield.
Kurt Angle left the WWE a decade ago, partly because they were reluctant to clear him to wrestle after a number of serious injuries (plus his growing problems with addiction when it came to pain pills).
The good ol’ shoot interview. In wrestling terms, it’s an interview or promo that is “legit.” In other words, it goes off script or contains personal feelings and behind the scenes secrets. While they rarely happen on television anymore (other than the occasional “worked shoot”), many former wrestlers are quick to jump onto YouTube after their contracts expire and start dishing out dirt on their former bosses and co-workers.
Anything can happen in the world of pro wrestling, and that’s just talking about the scripted action. When you add in the element of live television (or being part of an arena crowd), the potential for something unplanned is even higher. And no matter how careful the WWE (or other promotions) are, sometimes things go wrong in the middle of their shows, for a number of different reasons. It could be an injury that changes the path of an entire storyline, a performer going rogue, or some other unforeseen disaster.
For years (and years), John Cena has been the main guy for the WWE. And he was paid accordingly, topping the list of “Highest Paid WWE Wrestlers” for a long time. However, he has been working a reduced schedule lately (although still staying plenty busy with reality TV, hosting gigs, and movie work). The result is that he is no longer he highest paid guy in the company.
Roman Reigns is a curiosity in today’s WWE. He has constantly (and we do mean constantly) been shoved down fan’s throats as “The Guy.” Actually, he literally tried to use that as his catch phrase for a while, before pivoting over to the “it’s my yard” schitck. Despite various ringside commentators pushing the idea that the fans are behind Reigns, anyone with a pulse and a working set of ears can hear that he is routinely booed at live events and on television.
Slowly but surely, the WWE continues to evolve. Of course, that is going to happen over time regardless of who’s in charge, but today’s WWE is definitely being shaped by one man more than anyone else — Triple H.
Being unbeatable doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you never lose a match. After all, in the history of professional wrestling, nobody with a career of any length has ever gone completely undefeated. But in certain circumstances, some wrestlers have excelled at standing above the rest of the crowd and becoming absolutely dominant. The wrestlers on this list hold some of the longest winning streaks, the lengthiest title reigns, and have survived some of the most improbably situations in order to emerge victorious. They are the wrestlers that you wouldn’t want to face at the peaks of their careers, because you would surely be walking away with a loss.