On page A75 of today’s Newsday you will find “20 fun facts about pro wrestling” in honor of Wrestlemania 27 next Sunday.
Don’t worry, we didn’t have to snap on the figure-four leg-lock on a sports editor to get something wrestling-related into print. It seems some in the newsroom are aware of the enormity of Wrestlemania.
Alfonso and I teamed up to do this and we came up with more than 20. So here are a few addition fun facts. If you have any, include them in the comments section below. Enjoy!
1. The only WWE pay-per-views that are annual are the Royal Rumble (January), Wrestlemania (March or April), Summerslam (August) and Survivor Series (November).
2. Vince McMahon has been known to step into the ring and get physical over the years. McMahon has held the ECW and WWE Title and won the Royal Rumble in 1999.
3. 1987’s WrestleMania III was credited for holding the American indoor attendance record of 93,000 fans until last year’s NBA All-Star game beat the figure. But at least one WWE official has since gone on record to admit the figure was exaggerated by 15,000.
4. Atlanta’s Georgia Dome hosts this year’s WrestleMania on April 3. The event comes 10 years after WWE’s fiercest competitor, the Ted Turner-owned World Championship Wrestling, based in Atlanta, closed its doors.
5. Several 1980s wrestling superstars now have children performing in WWE. They include Cody Rhodes, son of “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, Tamina, the daughter of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka; and Ted Dibiase, namesake to his father, “The Million Dollar Man.”
6. A federal court in Uniondale hosted the 1994 steroid distribution trial of WWE chairman Vince McMahon. He was acquitted on all counts.
7. Internationally-known wrestling magazine, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, was headquartered in Rockville Centre through the early 1990s.