Snooki, 'The Rock' and 'Mania: When Headlocks and Hollywood Collide
One is the queen of MTV's Jersey Shore; the other is WWE's resident Mexican aristocrat. One is famous for being perhaps the worst of the tanned, bouffant-wearing, gum-chomping Italian stereotype. The other invites fans' wrath with a wink and a smile as he drives the world's most expensive cars to the ring and insists on being introduced by his own personal ring announcer - in Spanish.
Only one entity - and one extravaganza - could bring these two very different stars together: World Wrestling Entertainment's 27th annual WrestleMania on Sunday. Snooki will participate in a six-person, inter-gender grudge match while Alberto Del Rio will vie for the World Heavyweight Championship in his WrestleMania debut. Both promise to thrill 70,000-plus screaming fans in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
"It's going to be the peak of my career," said Del Rio, a native of Mexico. "My family, my entire country, is going to be proud of me because I'm going to go out there and become the new World Heavyweight Champion. I'm going to die out there trying to become the World Heavyweight Champion."
So what's behind the infatuation with WrestleMania? Why do fans come from around the world and dole out hard-earned money to watch this spectacle on pay-per-view? What is it about WrestleMania that makes fathers and sons and daughters jump out of their seats and grown, muscle-bound men in tights speak in hushed reverence?
Simply put, it is pro wrestling's greatest annual event. All wrestlers who grew up as fans dream of performing in it and look forward to watching it. Even in the choreographed world of professional wrestling, there is nothing staged about the emotion and excitement from anyone who performs at WrestleMania.
"As a kid, all I wanted to do was be a wrestler," said Del Rio. "Now that I'm here in WWE - WrestleMania is our NBA, our Super Bowl, our World Series of professional wrestling. As a wrestler, as a performer, I always dreamed of being in something like that."
For the fan, WrestleMania's appeal is as nuanced as wrestling's longtime popularity. Wrestling's magnetism goes hand-in-hand with the dawn of the television age in the 1950s, but WrestleMania took it to another level. It is a marriage of headlocks and Hollywood that began in 1985, when WWE Chairman Vince McMahon teamed up the charisma of Hulk Hogan and the diabolical lunacy of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper with the star power of Mr. T and Cyndi Lauper.
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WWE News: Triple H Will Induct D-X Partner Shawn Michaels
It was announced during today's WrestleMania press conference, that Triple H will be inducting his long-time friend Shawn Michaels into the WWE Hall of Fame.
This is the second time Triple H has held the honor of inducting a legend, as he inducted Ric Flair back in 2008.
This is really not that surprising as Hunter and Michaels have been pretty tight since the 90's. As the founding members of D-X , they were a huge part in molding the Attitude-Era.
Unfortunately for Michaels, he would not be involved with the faction during their biggest, most successful run. Michaels had suffered a serious back injury and had to go into semi-retirement to heel after WrestleMania 15.
Several years later, Michaels returned as a member of WWE's version of the NWO. Eventually he would split from the faction and set his sites on another title run. Which came-to-fruition in 2002 as he won the first ever Elimination Chamber, by beating Triple H.
The two reformed D-X in 2006, having several feuds with Shane and Vince McMahon. They would later disband and reform several times for limited engagements, prior to Michaels retirement in 2010.
The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place this Saturday. However, fans will have to wait until Monday night to watch it on TV. As the WWE felt they needed some extra time to turn the show around and produce a better product for the fans.
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