10 Names To Drop In Your Next Conversation With A Die Hard Wrestling Fan
Professional Wrestling fandom is back and back in a major way. Go to any shopping mall in the country and count how many wrestling t-shirts people are wearing. It's a bunch. We are here with 10 names to help you reach the heights of wrestling coolness...
Look at that paint job. Pretty pretty cool. Fans have been drawn to the mystique and awe inspiring move set of this star from over seas. Finn Balor came up the ranks in Irish Independent wrestling, became an absolute star of New Japan Pro Wrestling, dominated in NXT (WWE's Developmental Program), and was the first ever WWE Universal Champion.
If you have ever heard wrestling fans chant, "YES! YES! YES!", and wandered what that is all about.....this is the guy. He is basically The Little Engine That Could of professional wrestling. The upper crust and decision makers of WWE wrestling thought that this undersized lumber jack of a man would never be champion. Well, at Wrestlemania he beat Triple H, Dave Bautista, and Randy Orton all to become champ, and in the process inspired The Yes Movement of fans. His career was unfortunately cut short by a neck injury, but the movement moves on as he is now the General Manager of Smackdown Live.
Te Bullet Club is what is known in wrestling as a Stable: a group of individual wrestlers that come together to dominate as a group. This particular group was formed by Finn Balor back when he was know as Prince Devitt in New Japan Pro Wrestling. They are a throw back to the days of pack mentality tactics like the NEw World Order of WCW. Bullet club has planted it's flag in just about every wrestling organization on the planet: PWG, ROH, NJPW, and yes even WWE (where it is known as The Club). The spread of this group has lead to it being the hottest selling shirt amongst die hard wrestling nerds. Just mention any of these top members and you will be greated with the signature Too Sweet hand gesture: A.J Styles, Luke Gallows, Ken Anderson, Kenny Omega, Adam Cole, or The Young Bucks.
There was a time in professional wrestling when the women were known as Divas and there main job was to walk the wrestlers to the ring or compete in silly matches like a Costume Battle Royal or a Bra an Panties match. Well, due to the athletic wrestling talents of wrestler like "The Legit Boss" Sasha Banks, those days are done. Along with Ric Flair's daughter Charlotte, Paige, and Becky Lynch, Sasha has ushered in The Women's Revolution of Professional Wrestling. Women are now being considered competitors right up there along with the guys. Sasha Banks has been both the NXT Women's champion and The WWE Women's champion.
The New Day
The New Day are just fun fun fun. They have brought back a much needed playfulness in a time when professional wrestling was starting to take itself way too seriously. These guys get that it is all about entertainment. From wearing Unicorn Horns on their heads to emerging from a giant box of cereal that they call Booty-Os, these guys bring the silly. They went from being a trio that the audience absolutely hated to turning into the most popular act in wrestling today. They are also the longest running tag team champions in modern history.
"The King Of Strong Style" Shinsuke Nakamura (Shin-Skay), is currently enjoying one of the fastest rises to popularity that an NXT wrestler has ever received. He is the current NXT champion. Strong style is the Japanese form of wrestling known for very hard hitting or stiff strikes, especially kicks, and this guy is the master. He enjoyed an extremely long run as the most popular act in New Japan Pro Wrestling and is now slicing through the WWE developmental competition. Also, his entrance is just the best thing going right now. It will not be long before you see this guy going toe to toe with the likes of John Cena or Brock Lesnar.
Oh, Seth, Seth, Seth. Fans just love to hate Seth Rollins. I mean, look at that smug jerk. From having the WWE World Heavyweight championship handed to him by The Authority to picking a fight with Daily show host, Jon Stewart, this guy has slimed and eked his way all the way to the top. Hate him as you will, it is impossible to deny his pure skill in the ring. Cutting his teeth in The American Indy scene at shows like PWG and ROH, he posses everything from a move that is literally just stomping his opponent in the head to a dazzling top rope maneuver known as the Phoenix Splash. "The Architect of The Shield" will be at the top of the WWE for some time to come. Get used to it.
Bayley is another talent that is bringing the fun back to wrestling. Her entrance includes giant blow up used car lot style dancing dolls and hugging every member of the audience. She has quickly become a wrestler that just brings pure joy to the fans. You just love to route for her. She has forced grown sweaty bearded men to wear bright purple shirts with the words I'M A HUGGER on them. That is just fun. She brought the NXT women's division to new heights and has just recently joined The Women's Revolution on the main WWE roster. Big big things are in her future.
The latest sensation to hit Professional wrestling is Lucha Underground on The El Rey Network. It showcases possibly the longest standing tradition in wrestling, Lucha Libre or Mexican Masked Wrestling. Many legends are a part of Lucha Underground including Rey Mysterio Jr., but Pentagon Jr. has emerged as the crowd favorite of this upstart promotion. Every mask in Lucha Libre tells the story of that performer and the story of Pentagon Jr. is be very very scared. He is known for taking matches far beyond the rules and regulations, including breaking the arm of his opponents. This mysterious menace will be the star of Lucha Underground for as long as he wants to be.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass
"My name is Enzo Amore and I am a Certified G and a Bonafide Stud, and you CAN'T TEACH THAT. And, this right here, this is BIG CASS and he is Seven Foot Tall, and YOU CAN'T TEACH THAT. Badda Boom. Realest Guys In The Room. How You Doing!" That is all you need to know about these two New York party goofs. They have simply taken the WWE by storm and there is no where to go but up and if you don't agree with that than there is only one word to describe you: S.A.W.F.T SAAAAAAAWFT!
So there you have it.
Next time you are in a party and there is that group in the corner talking about the latest Raw, Smackdown, or even Pro Wrestling Guerilla show that they went to, you can now strut in and wow them with your knowledge. You are welcome.