Pro wrestling is wonderfully ridiculous. It’s a form of entertainment where Olympic gold medallists can go one-on-one with 7-foot zombies with magic powers. In a world full of so many extravagant characters, it makes sense that some of them can’t possibly be from actual places that exist in the real world. Sometimes pro wrestling goes so far into kayfabe that they need to invent places for their characters to be from……or sometimes wrestlers just like to use where they’re billed from to make cool pop culture references. Whatever the reason behind it though, I’m going to rank them – here are the Top 10 Fictional Locations in Wrestling.
WrestleMania season is over for another year, but before we start looking forward to the 35th edition of the show, let’s look back at the best matches we saw in the biggest week of pro wrestling of the year – here are the Top 15 Best WrestleMania Week Matches: 2018.
Wrestlemania is the place where the biggest dream matches of all time take place within WWE…but sometimes, Vince and co forget to inform the fans that these collisions have already taken place somewhere else in the wrestling world. Since 1985, ten singles matches on the main cards of Wrestlemania had already been seen in other promotions at some point before all participants reached WWE/F, and I’m going to rank them based on their historical importance and quality – here are the Top 10 Wrestlemania Matches that had Already Taken Place Outside of WWE.
Wrestlemania is no longer just a one day epic event – it’s grown into a whole week of promotional wrestling, and one gigantic weekend of pro wrestling, both within and outside of Vinny Mac’s realm. Independent companies from around the world now conjugate in whichever city Wrestlemania is held in that year, and put shows on from Friday to Sunday to please the thousands of fans that flock to watch a bit of graps.
At Wrestlemania 34, Shinsuke Nakamura will take on AJ Styles for the WWE Championship, but it won’t be the first time they’ve fought for gold on a huge stage. In 2016, Styles and Nakamura had a match at Wrestle Kingdom 10 for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, and if that bout is any indication of how their Wrestlemania encounter is going to be, it will be absolutely fantastic.
After Chris Jericho had his first match rated five stars by Dave Meltzer at the age of 47 back in January, curiosity got the better of me and I had to find out who the oldest wrestlers to ever be in a five-star classic were (a list which you can read here). Naturally, once I’d spent hours of my life working out pro wrestlers’ ages down to the very day, channelling my inner professor Scott Steiner, something began to bug me – what about those at the other end of the scale? Who managed to earn this honour in the earliest days of their career? Well, once again, curiosity got the better of me, and I had to brush up once more on my Steiner mathematics, so here it is – the Top 20 Youngest Wrestlers That Were in a Dave Meltzer Five-Star Match.
New Japan Pro Wrestling is a company built on traditions, and one of its longest-running customs has been to send members of its roster on learning excursions – extended trips to work in other promotions around the world in order to develop their characters, improve their grappling abilities, or just to have time away from NJPW fans so they can come back to the company with a new character or mentality. Although most wrestlers are sent on excursion during their days as a Young Lion (New Japan’s rookie wrestlers), some are sent away once they are a permanent graduate member of the NJPW roster to improve even further. But of all the many talents that have been sent abroad over the years by New Japan, which had the most successful journeys? Who was the biggest hit in their foreign promotions, and who made the biggest impacts upon their return? Let’s find out – here are the Top 10 Most Successful New Japan Pro Wrestling Excursions.
Disney icons in Kingdom Hearts, Spider-Man in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Wii Fit Trainer in Super Smash Bros. – we love it when our highly beloved characters show up in the most surprising of video games. When it comes to wrestling video games, we’ve seen a range of surprise inclusions, both fictional and real people, show up to grapple inside the ring (more about those here), but on very rare occasions, some of our favourite pro wrestlers have decided to step away from the ring, and show their face in an unexpected virtual space. Here are Five Times Real-Life Pro Wrestlers Appeared in Non-Wrestling Video Games.
Outside of WWE, Kenny Omega is the most talked about wrestler in the world today. His time leading Bullet Club shot him into a global spotlight, but it’s not just his cool black and white merch or iconic logo that give people reason to talk – he also just happens to be one of the best wrestlers of his generation. Every time he steps into a ring, Omega puts on an incredible show, and on certain occasions, makes history with the quality of his matches.
When Chris Jericho finally had his first-ever match rated five stars by renowned wrestling and MMA journalist Dave Meltzer on January 4th this year, it was a testament of how incredibly hard the former-WWE Champion works, and how when most wrestlers would have slowed down by now, Chris is still able to put on some of the best work of his career. To some, Meltzer’s opinion means nothing, to others, it’s the gospel. Personally, while I don’t always agree with his views, I do respect that somebody who’s been critiquing pro wrestling professionally for over four decades probably knows what he’s talking about, and as such, his ratings intrigue me. It’s incredible that in such a globally supported sport as pro wrestling, there’s only one critic who’s opinion really has any meaning behind it. Sure, you may be interested what other journalists, fans or personalities have to say, but a match is never referred to as five stars unless Dave Meltzer declares that it is. (Learn more about Dave Meltzer’s dedication to pro wrestling and why his opinion is so well respected by fans and competitors alike by reading my list of the Top 20 Five-Star Matches.)