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Transcript of WWE Today
(As of Mar. 7th, 2013) First, let's look at the championships. WWE World Championship Recently redesigned by current WWE Champion The Rock, the WWE Championship holds a storied history of over half a century. It is branded to RAW. It is considered WWE's ultimate prize and the greatest prize in all of Sports Entertainment. World Heavyweight Championship In the early 2000s, after purchasing once television rival WCW, the WWE roster was just too large for just one major championship. Thus, the World Heavyweight Championship was born. Almost identical to the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, many great stars have held the World Heavyweight Championship, including Edge, Triple H, John Cena, Sheamus, and current champion, Alberto del Rio. Intercontinental Championship A title almost as old as the WWE Championship, is just as historic. The Intercontinental Championship, held by legendary Superstars like "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, The Ultimate Warrior, current champion Wade Barrett, and the longest reigning champion, Honky Tonk Man. United States Championship A title made famous by WWE Hall of Famer Harley Race, the US Title is the first step to greatness for a WWE Superstar. Along with current champion Antonio Cesaro, tens of WWE Hall of Famers have held the coveted title. WWE Tag Team Championship The only tag team title in WWE Today, the WWE Tag Team Championship has been held by many great tag teams, including The Road Warriors, The New Age Outlaws, and current champions, Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane.) Now let's look at the current champions WWE Champion - The Rock The Great One. The Most Electrifying Man In All Of Sports Entertainment. Famous for his signature "People's Eyebrow," The Rock is one of the greatest Superstars of all time, The Rock is a nine time WWE Champion, former Intercontinental Champion, and Tag Team Champion, The Rock is a future Hall of Famer. World Heavyweight Champion - Alberto del Rio In one year's time, Alberto del Rio became WWE Champion, Money in the Bank winner, and Royal Rumble winner. Alberto del Rio put together one of the greatest rookie years in WWE history. Along side personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodregez, Del Rio pulled off two amazing victories in Last Man Standing matches against the 400 pound Big Show to capture the title. Intercontinental Champion - Wade Barrett When Barrett came to the WWE, he wasn't alone. Flanked by seven other upstarts from WWE's developmental program NXT, Wade Barrett, along side the Nexus, nearly dismantled Monday Night RAW and John Cena. After the demise of the Nexus, Barrett went on to become a two time Intercontinental champion. United States Champion - Antonio Cesaro Cesaro was brought to the WWE be then girlfriend Aksana, and quickly made an impact. only about three months into his debut, he defeated Santino Marrella for the US Championship back in August at SummerSlam, and has been champion ever since. Despite being United States Champion, Cesaro has denounced America on several occations, including "No American will ever defeat me for the championship" and "These are the United States of Antonio." WWE Tag Team Champions - Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) The sadistic style of the scary and merciless Kane and egotistical attitude of Daniel Bryan combined into one team, what could possibly go wrong? Without a doubt, Kane and Daniel Bryan are the most disfunctional Tag Team Champions ever. The only thing that keeps them from totally mauling each other is their desire to be champion. Here are some of the most popular Superstars today. John Cena John Cena is without a doubt is one of the biggest stars in WWE history, if not THE biggest star. John Cena holds the record for the most WWE Championship reigns in history with ten. He is also a former World Heavyweight Champion, United States Champion, Tag Team Champion, two time Royal Rumble winner (2008, 2013), and a former Money in the Bank winner (2012). You can't see him. CM Punk CM Punk, the self-proclaimed Best in the World, he is famous for being strait edge- drug free, alcohol free. He may not be The Best in the World, but he certainly is one of the greatest. He is a former World Heavyweight Champion, Intercontinental Champion, two time Money in the Bank Winner, and the longest reigning WWE Champion of the Modern Era (Past 25 years). Randy Orton Weight: 232 lbs. Height: 6'5"
From: Lucerne, Switzerland
Signature Move: Neutralizer Weight: 246 lbs. Height: 6'7"
From: Preston, England
Signature Moves: Bull Hammer Elbow, Wasteland, Winds of Change Weight: 239 lbs. Height: 6'5"
From: San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Signature Move: Cross Armbreaker Weight: 260 lbs. Height: 6'5"
From: Miami, Florida
Signature Moves: Rock Bottom, People's Elbow Weight: 235 lbs. Height: 6'5"
From: St. Louis, Missouri
Signature Move: RKO Randy Orton was born a wrestler. His father, "Cowboy" Bob Orton, is a Hall of Famer, and his Grandfather was a wrestler as well. A third generation superstar, the WWE is in his blood. Early in his career, Randy Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history at 24 years of age. He is also a former WWE Champion, Intercontinental Champion, World Tag Team Champion, and Royal Rumble Winner (2009). Sheamus Weight: 267 lbs. Height: 6'4"
From: Dublin, Ireland
Signature Moves: Brogue Kick, Cloverleaf, White Noise, Irish Curse His Irish temper and pail, white skin makes Sheamus a very unique Superstar. Nevertheless, Sheamus is a huge star in WWE Today. Just six months after his WWE debut, Sheamus defeats John Cena for the WWE Championship. But that isn't the only amazing feat by the Irish man. In 2012, Sheamus won the Royal Rumble match, and then went on to WrestleMania XXVIII to defeat Daniel Bryan in a record 18 seconds after one massive Brogue Kick to capture the World Heavyweight Championship and hold it for nearly seven months. He also won the 2010 King of the Ring Tournament and is a former US Champion. Dolph Ziggler Weight: 213 lbs. Height: 6'
From: Hollywood, Florida
Signature Moves: Zig Zag, Superkick, Jumping Snap DDT, Face Down Leg Drop, Sleeper Hold Ziggler prides himself for being a "Show Off." But Ziggler isn't all looks. With a great wrestling backround in High School and College wrestling, Ziggler is the future of the WWE. Love him or hate him, Ziggler has accomplished a lot and will accomplish a lot. He is the current Money in the Bank contract holder, which promises him a World Heavyweight Championship match at any time he pleases. He is also a former World Heavyweight Champion, United States Champion, and Intercontinental Champion. Cody Rhodes Weight: 218 lbs. Height: 6'2"
From: Chicago, Illinois
Signature Moves: G.T.S (Go To Sleep), Anaconda Vise, High Kick Weight: 251 lbs. Height: 6'1"
From: West Newbury, Mass.
Signature Moves: Attitude Adjustment, STF (Step-up Toe-hold Facelock), 5 Knuckle Shuffle Weight: 215 lbs. Height: 6'2"
From: Marietta, Georgia
Signature Move: Cross Rhodes Son of WWE Hall of Famer "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, Cody Rhodes loved the WWE from the start. Early in his career, Cody Rhodes teamed with fellow second generation Superstar Ted DiBiase Jr., and became World Tag Team Champions and WWE Tag Team Champions. After breaking away from DiBiase, Rhodes went on to become a two-time Intercontinental Champion. The Miz Weight: 220 lbs. Height: 6'2"
From: Cleveland, Ohio
Signature Moves: Skull-Crushing Finale, Figure-Four Leg Lock If you were wondering, yes, this guy was a reality TV star, but he's also a huge WWE star. Early in his career, Mike "The Miz" Mizanin teamed with John Morrison to capture multiple Tag Team titles. After splitting to singles competition, The Miz shined. He became United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and Money in the Bank winner. And in 2010, The Miz shocked the world when he cashed in the Money in the Bank contract to defeat Randy Orton and become WWE Champion. Chris Jericho Weight: 226 lbs. Height: 6'
From: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Signature Moves: Codebreaker, Walls of Jericho, Lionsault He's held every title you can hold. Chris Jericho is one of the best ever. After making his WWE debut in 2000, hence the nickname "Y2J," Jericho went on to earn many milestones, including becoming the first ever Undisputed WWE Champion ever. He is also a former WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, WCW Champion, ECW TV Champion, European Champion, Hardcore Champion, multiple time Tag Team Champion, WCW TV Champion, and WCW Cruiserweight Champion. Big Show Weight: 441 lbs. Height: 7'
From: Tampa, Florida
Signature Move: KO Punch, Chokeslam, Spear The name says it all, The Big Show in a giant. Whether it's knocking people out cold or using his limitless strength to dismantle his opponents, The Big Show is one of the most intimidating people in WWE history. He is a former World Heavyweight Champion, WWE Champion, ECW Champion, WCW Champion, Tag Team Champion, Hardcore Champion, United States Champion, and Intercontinental Champion. The Undertaker Weight: 299 lbs. Height: 6'10"
From: Death Valley
Signature Moves: Tombstone Piledriver, Hell's Gate, Last Ride, Chokeslam, Old School Maybe it's his funeral organ music. Maybe it's his inability to feel pain. Maybe it's size, or his appearance. What ever it is, The Undertaker is the scariest Superstar in WWE history. Known as "The Dead Man," and "The Phenom," The Undertaker's imposing size and unbridled strength makes him one of the most intimidating men in WWE. Undertaker is famous for his 20-0 record at WrestleMania, defeating all comers. It seems as though it is impossible to defeat the Undertaker at WrestleMania. He is a former WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, Royal Rumble winner (2007), Hardcore Champion, and Tag Team Champion. Rey Misterio Weight: 175 lbs. Height: 5'6"
From: San Diego, California
Signature Moves: The 619 He's known as the biggest little man in WWE history. Despite his small size, Rey Misterio has over come every challenge that's come his way. One of the biggest moments in his career was when he won the 2006 Royal Rumble match, lasting a record 62:12 time. But that isn't all. He is also a former WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, Cruiserweight Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and Tag Team Champion. Triple H Weight: 255 lbs. Height: 6'4"
From: Greenwich, Conn.
Signature Moves: Pedigree, Spinebuster, Sledgehammer Triple H is a relentless competitor that plows through anyone who under estimates him. But after over 15 years, it's almost impossible to under estimate him. He's been involved in some of the greatest rivalries in WWE, including The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, and John Cena. He is a former WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, European Champion, 1997 King of the Ring, and the 2002 Royal Rumble winner. Kofi Kingston Weight: 212 lbs. Height: 6'
From: Ghana, West Africa
Signature Moves: Trouble in Paradise, S.O.S. Kofi Kingston is one of the most energetic WWE Superstars in history. He flies around the ring so much, his feet almost never touch the ground. He is a former Tag Team Champion, Intercontinental Champion, United States Champion. He has defeated so many great Superstars, there might be a World Champion hidden in this young competitor. WWE Pay-Per-View Events WWE holds special Pay-Per-View Events every month or so. Each has thier own special stipulation for matches or theme, usually with a championship on the line. This will show the Pay-Per-View Events of 2013. The Royal Rumble is the first PPV Event of the year. The main event each year is a 30-man Royal Rumble match, where two competitors start in the ring, and every other Superstar enters every 90 seconds until all 30 have entered. You are eliminated by going over the top rope and both feet hitting the floor. This continues until only one man remains, who not only wins the match, but also is awarded a World Championship match in the main event of WrestleMania. At Elimination Chamber, the main event is an Elimination Chamber match: a 6-man match that takes place in a giant, multi-ton steel structure. You are eliminated by pinfall or submission, and the winner is granted the championship, or a championship match at WrestleMania. WrestleMania is WWE's premiere event. In 2014, WrestleMania will reach its 30th anniversary. It is always the record setter for sport PPV Events, beating out UFC and Boxing. It is also famous for attendance records, setting records for the most people at their events. The main event is always the match of the year, pitting the best vs. the best. At WWE Extreme Rules, for the main event, you can throw that rule book out the window. In an Extreme Rules match, you are allowed to do anything you need to do to dismantle your opponent. You have to be fearless and a risk-taker to be able to survive. Over The Limit usually holds the main event under a rare stipulation, like No Disqualification or 2-out-of-3 Falls. At No Way Out, the main event is usually held inside an Elimination Chamber, Steel Cage, or Hell in a Cell. In 2012, the main event was John Cena vs. The Big Show inside a Steel Cage. At Money in the Bank, two ladder matches are held to determine the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank contract holders, who can cash in their Money in the Bank Briefcase for their respective championships any time, any where, for a year. SummerSlam is one of WWE's "Big Four" PPVs. The others are Royal Rumble, Survivor Series, and WrestleMania. It doesn't had a designated theme, but it always has a huge main event. At Night of Champions, every championship in WWE is put on the line. At Hell in a Cell, the main event is held inside a steel cell. Unlike the steel cage, the Hell in a Cell is roofed and is big enough to offer a ringside area while still being enclosed by the cell. There are No Disqualifications and no count outs. A Thanksgiving tradition, the Survivor Series' main event is the Traditional Survivor Series Tag Team match. Usually used to settle a score, two 5-man teams are put together to compete in an Elimination Tag Team match. You are Eliminated by pinfall, submission, count out, or disqualification. At WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs holds numerous stipulated matches, either a Tables match, where the only way to win is to put your opponent through a wooden table, a Ladder match, where the only way to win is by climbing a ladder to and grab the championship or other prize that is hanging 12 feet above the ring, or a Chairs match, where the use of chairs is encouraged. There is also a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match, which is a combination of all three. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin Weight: 252 lbs. Height: 6'2"
From: Victoria, Texas
Signature Moves: Stone Cold Stunner, Lou Thez Press "Stone Cold" Steve Austin stood on the front lines of WWE's Attitude Era. This Loud Mouthed redneck from Texas seemed like he'd be hard to keep under wraps. And he was. His #1 enemy was WWE Chairman and Owner, Mr. McMahon. But don't underestimate him, or soon he'll be burrying his knuckles in your face. He is a former WWE Champion, Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, 1996 King of the Ring, a record three-time Royal Rumble winner (1998, 1999, 2001), WCW US Champion, and 2009 WWE Hall of Fame inductee.