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The history of WWE includes stars who were inspired by the likes of Gorgeous George. Here, Geoffries scrutinizes the hair treatment George has just received at a beauty parlor in New York City on Nov. 6, 1948. The flamboyant pro wrestler was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010.(Credit: AP)

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The history of WWE

Celebrating the history of WWE has been a focal point for the company in the past year. In commemoration of the company holding WrestleMania 30, unifying its heavyweight champion, releasing a DVD celebrating "50 years of sports entertainment" and starting the new WWE Network, here's a look at some of the company's top pro wrestlers and most memorable moments, with the photos in chronological order. Stars like Hulk Hogan and John Cena and events like WrestleMania have helped turn the company Vincent J. McMahon started into one that son Vince McMahon has morphed into a global phenomenon.