20 fun facts about pro wrestling
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In honor of WrestleMania 28 on April 1 . . .
1. The Undertaker is undefeated at WrestleMania (19-0) and will appear in a record 20th next on April 1, 2012.
2. Triple H married Vince McMahon's daughter, Stephanie, on TV in 2000 for storyline purposes. They eventually started dating in real life during their scripted romance and married a few years later.
3. Long Island is home to three independent wrestling promotions: Ronkonkoma-based Fight The World Pro Wrestling, Deer Park-based Victory Pro Wrestling, and the New York Wrestling Connection, which is also headquartered in Deer Park and has graduated several WWE stars, including Zack Ryder.
4. John Cena will competed in seven consecutive WrestleMania world title matches from 2005-11.
6. The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) was named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001.".
7. The Undertaker appeared in the 1991 movie with Hulk Hogan titled "Suburban Commando"
8. Diamond Dallas Page sued rapper Jay-Z for trademark infringement. DDP trademarked a hand gesture known as "The Diamond Cutter" that Jay-Z used in his music videos. The case was settled outside court when Jay-Z paid DDP an undisclosed amount.
9. Ric Flair was adopted, and due to a scandal within the agency that handled the arrangement, he does not know his true birth name.
12. Kane was the first-ever masked WWE Champion after he beat "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in 1998.
15. For more than two years now, WWE has banned wrestlers from intentionally bleeding during matches. So-called "blading," in which wrestlers cut themselves with razors to introduce blood, is a common practice in wrestling going back decades.
17. Nassau Coliseum has hosted nearly 200 wrestling shows since opening in 1973. The first WWE (then the WWWF--World Wide Wrestling Federation) show in the venue took place in February 1974, and featured Bruno Sammartino taking on Stan "The Man" Stasiak.
18. Although the official WWE Hall of Fame doesn't have an actual location, there does exist a Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Upstate Amsterdam. Inductees include "Killer" Kowalski and Captain Lou Albano.
19. Yes, we know it's "fake." WWE Chairman Vince McMahon first publicly stated that match outcomes were "predetermined" during testimony before the New Jersey State Senate in 1989. Today WWE openly acknowledges its scripted nature.
20. Two Long Island natives have gone on to win the WWE Championship -- Manhasset's Chris Jericho and Setauket's Mick Foley. Jericho, now competing in "Dancing With The Stars," is the son of former Ranger Ted Irvine.