History GrowingTheBeard / ProWrestling

26th Nov '13 9:22:45 PM JIKTV
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* Wrestling/DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. In short order, he made a heel turn, started constantly referring to himself in the 3rd person, took the mic and ran with it, and even main evented ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}''s The Rock. Now many consider him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.
* Wrestling/KurtAngle was always seen as a great wrestler, but people didn't start calling him the greatest wrestler of all time until he shaved his head after losing a Hair Match to Edge in 2002 (making this, in a way, a ''reverse'' Growing The Beard!). He got his first legitimate reign as champion later that year.
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin was originally given a gimmick of "The Ringmaster" and managed by Wrestling/{{Ted DiBiase}}. It was a pretty bland gimmick until he ended up losing [=DiBiase=] as manager in a match. Then he started getting himself involved with Wrestling/BretHart. He arguably grew his beard officially at ''[=WrestleMania=] 13'' when he refuses to tap out to Bret Hart's Sharpshooter and instead passed out in an I Quit match.
* Anytime you put a wrestler in a hardcore match with Wrestling/MickFoley, this will happen.
** Wrestling/TheUndertaker had grown stagnant as a wrestler, and hadn't wrestled an interesting match in years. Then Mankind shows up in 1996, and proceeds to take The Undertaker to the limit, now, both men are legends.
** Wrestling/TripleH had recently won his second World Title from the Big Show, but fans didn't really take the guy as a serious champion. Most still saw him as Shawn Michaels' DepravedBisexual cohort from DX. Until his matches with Cactus Jack at the 2000 ''Royal Rumble'' and his other match with Cactus Jack in a Hell in a Cell at the 2000 ''No Way Out.'' Through a combination of {{Nepotism}} and ExecutiveMeddling, he has been the VillainProtagonist of the whole company for 14 years and counting.
** Wrestling/RandyOrton was considered nothing more than a bland third generation wrestler who only got there because his dad was Cowboy Bob Orton. Kind of like how fans first responded to [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock.]] After a feud with Mick Foley culminating in a match at ''Backlash'' 2004, he became a real main eventer, and beat Wrestling/ChrisBenoit for the World Heavyweight Championship at the main event in [=SummerSlam=] four months later. Today, he's practically the face of the company.
** Wrestling/{{Edge}} had already built up quite the midcard following thanks to the three-way feud between he and Christian, the Hardy Boys, and the Dudley Boys in the early 2000s, but most people didn't take him seriously as a main event talent, even with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it WWE title reign under his belt in early 2006. Enter Mick Foley again, and a hardcore match at ''[=WrestleMania=] 22'', and suddenly Edge had become cemented as not only a main event talent and worthy champion, but a future legend. Destroying his "friend" Matt Hardy's career [[UnfortunateImplications didn't hurt him too much either]].
* The entire industry of ProfessionalWrestling itself is one of the great American success stories, going from "soul patch" to "Greek Orthodox priest" in a mere three generations. A key splash of Minoxidil came in the 1930s, when Boston promoter Jack Pfefer started to move the image of the business away from "actual sport" to stylized, circus-style entertainment. But the beard really got bushy in the 1990s with the advent of ''Monday Night Raw'': now the disjointed spectacle coalesced into a weekly soap opera with recurring characters and much more interesting storylines. The final touch, arguably, was Vince [=McMahon=] establishing himself as an on-screen villain toward the end of that decade, providing a sort of axis for his elaborate fictional world.

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* Wrestling/DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. In short order, he made a heel turn, started constantly referring to himself in the 3rd person, took the mic and ran with it, and even main evented ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}''s The Rock. Now many consider him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.
* Wrestling/KurtAngle was always seen as a great wrestler, but people didn't start calling him the greatest wrestler of all time until he shaved his head after losing a Hair Match to Edge in 2002 (making this, in a way, a ''reverse'' Growing The Beard!). He got his first legitimate reign as champion later that year.
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin was originally given a gimmick of "The Ringmaster" and managed by Wrestling/{{Ted DiBiase}}. It was a pretty bland gimmick until he ended up losing [=DiBiase=] as manager in a match. Then he started getting himself involved with Wrestling/BretHart. He arguably grew his beard officially at ''[=WrestleMania=] 13'' when he refuses to tap out to Bret Hart's Sharpshooter and instead passed out in an I Quit match.
* Anytime you put a wrestler in a hardcore match with Wrestling/MickFoley, this will happen.
** Wrestling/TheUndertaker had grown stagnant as a wrestler, and hadn't wrestled an interesting match in years. Then Mankind shows up in 1996, and proceeds to take The Undertaker to the limit, now, both men are legends.
** Wrestling/TripleH had recently won his second World Title from the Big Show, but fans didn't really take the guy as a serious champion. Most still saw him as Shawn Michaels' DepravedBisexual cohort from DX. Until his matches with Cactus Jack at the 2000 ''Royal Rumble'' and his other match with Cactus Jack in a Hell in a Cell at the 2000 ''No Way Out.'' Through a combination of {{Nepotism}} and ExecutiveMeddling, he has been the VillainProtagonist of the whole company for 14 years and counting.
** Wrestling/RandyOrton was considered nothing more than a bland third generation wrestler who only got there because his dad was Cowboy Bob Orton. Kind of like how fans first responded to [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock.]] After a feud with Mick Foley culminating in a match at ''Backlash'' 2004, he became a real main eventer, and beat Wrestling/ChrisBenoit for the World Heavyweight Championship at the main event in [=SummerSlam=] four months later. Today, he's practically the face of the company.
** Wrestling/{{Edge}} had already built up quite the midcard following thanks to the three-way feud between he and Christian, the Hardy Boys, and the Dudley Boys in the early 2000s, but most people didn't take him seriously as a main event talent, even with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it WWE title reign under his belt in early 2006. Enter Mick Foley again, and a hardcore match at ''[=WrestleMania=] 22'', and suddenly Edge had become cemented as not only a main event talent and worthy champion, but a future legend. Destroying his "friend" Matt Hardy's career [[UnfortunateImplications didn't hurt him too much either]].
* The entire industry of ProfessionalWrestling itself is one of the great American success stories, going from "soul patch" to "Greek Orthodox priest" in a mere three generations. A key splash of Minoxidil came in the 1930s, when Boston promoter Jack Pfefer started to move the image of the business away from "actual sport" to stylized, circus-style entertainment. But the beard really got bushy in the 1990s with the advent of ''Monday Night Raw'': now the disjointed spectacle coalesced into a weekly soap opera with recurring characters and much more interesting storylines. The final touch, arguably, was Vince [=McMahon=] establishing himself as an on-screen villain toward the end of that decade, providing a sort of axis for his elaborate fictional world.
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26th Nov '13 9:11:07 PM JIKTV
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* DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. In short order, he made a heel turn, started constantly referring to himself in the 3rd person, took the mic and ran with it, and even main evented {{WrestleMania}} as The Rock. Now many consider him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.
* KurtAngle was always seen as a great wrestler, but people didn't start calling him the greatest wrestler of all time until he shaved his head after losing a Hair Match to Edge in 2002 (making this, in a way, a ''reverse'' Growing The Beard!). He got his first legitimate reign as champion later that year.
* SteveAustin was originally given a gimmick of "The Ringmaster" and managed by TedDibiase. It was a pretty bland gimmick until he ended up losing Dibiase as manager in a match. Then he started getting himself involved with BretHart and TheHartFoundation. He arguably grew his beard officially at WrestleMania 13 when he refuses to tap out to Bret Hart's Sharpshooter and instead passed out in an I Quit match.
* Anytime you put a wrestler in a hardcore match with MickFoley, this will happen.
** TheUndertaker had grown stagnant as a wrestler, and hadn't wrestled an interesting match in years. Then Mankind shows up in 1996, and proceeds to take The Undertaker to the limit, now, both men are legends.
** TripleH had recently won his second World Title from the Big Show, but fans didn't really take the guy as a serious champion. Most still saw him as ShawnMichaels' DepravedBisexual cohort from DX. Until his matches with Cactus Jack at the 2000 ''Royal Rumble'' and his other match with Cactus Jack in a Hell in a Cell at the 2000 ''No Way Out.'' For the next 10 years, he became the top dog of the company. He's wrestling royalty.
** RandyOrton was considered nothing more than a bland third generation wrestler who only got there because his dad was Cowboy Bob Orton. Kind of like how fans first responded to [[DwayneJohnson The Rock.]] After a feud with Mick Foley culminating in a match at ''Backlash'' 2004, he became a real main eventer, and beat ChrisBenoit for the World Heavyweight Championship at the main event in [=SummerSlam=] four months later. Today, he's practically the face of the company.
** {{Edge}} had already built up quite the midcard following thanks to the three-way feud between he and Christian, the Hardy Boys, and the Dudley Boys in the early 2000s, but most people didn't take him seriously as a main event talent, even with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it WWE title reign under his belt in early 2006. Enter Mick Foley again, and a hardcore match at ''{{WrestleMania}} 22'', and suddenly Edge had become cemented as not only a main event talent and worthy champion, but a future legend.

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* DwayneJohnson Wrestling/DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. In short order, he made a heel turn, started constantly referring to himself in the 3rd person, took the mic and ran with it, and even main evented {{WrestleMania}} as ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}''s The Rock. Now many consider him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.
* KurtAngle Wrestling/KurtAngle was always seen as a great wrestler, but people didn't start calling him the greatest wrestler of all time until he shaved his head after losing a Hair Match to Edge in 2002 (making this, in a way, a ''reverse'' Growing The Beard!). He got his first legitimate reign as champion later that year.
* SteveAustin Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin was originally given a gimmick of "The Ringmaster" and managed by TedDibiase. Wrestling/{{Ted DiBiase}}. It was a pretty bland gimmick until he ended up losing Dibiase [=DiBiase=] as manager in a match. Then he started getting himself involved with BretHart and TheHartFoundation. Wrestling/BretHart. He arguably grew his beard officially at WrestleMania 13 ''[=WrestleMania=] 13'' when he refuses to tap out to Bret Hart's Sharpshooter and instead passed out in an I Quit match.
* Anytime you put a wrestler in a hardcore match with MickFoley, Wrestling/MickFoley, this will happen.
** TheUndertaker Wrestling/TheUndertaker had grown stagnant as a wrestler, and hadn't wrestled an interesting match in years. Then Mankind shows up in 1996, and proceeds to take The Undertaker to the limit, now, both men are legends.
** TripleH Wrestling/TripleH had recently won his second World Title from the Big Show, but fans didn't really take the guy as a serious champion. Most still saw him as ShawnMichaels' Shawn Michaels' DepravedBisexual cohort from DX. Until his matches with Cactus Jack at the 2000 ''Royal Rumble'' and his other match with Cactus Jack in a Hell in a Cell at the 2000 ''No Way Out.'' For Through a combination of {{Nepotism}} and ExecutiveMeddling, he has been the next 10 years, he became the top dog VillainProtagonist of the company. He's wrestling royalty.
whole company for 14 years and counting.
** RandyOrton Wrestling/RandyOrton was considered nothing more than a bland third generation wrestler who only got there because his dad was Cowboy Bob Orton. Kind of like how fans first responded to [[DwayneJohnson [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock.]] After a feud with Mick Foley culminating in a match at ''Backlash'' 2004, he became a real main eventer, and beat ChrisBenoit Wrestling/ChrisBenoit for the World Heavyweight Championship at the main event in [=SummerSlam=] four months later. Today, he's practically the face of the company.
** {{Edge}} Wrestling/{{Edge}} had already built up quite the midcard following thanks to the three-way feud between he and Christian, the Hardy Boys, and the Dudley Boys in the early 2000s, but most people didn't take him seriously as a main event talent, even with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it WWE title reign under his belt in early 2006. Enter Mick Foley again, and a hardcore match at ''{{WrestleMania}} ''[=WrestleMania=] 22'', and suddenly Edge had become cemented as not only a main event talent and worthy champion, but a future legend.legend. Destroying his "friend" Matt Hardy's career [[UnfortunateImplications didn't hurt him too much either]].
17th Jul '13 9:34:06 AM FirebirdMaximus
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15th May '13 8:36:31 AM FirebirdMaximus
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* DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. In short order, he made a heel turn, started constantly referring to himself in the 3rd person, took the mic and ran with it, and even main evented {{WrestleMania}} as The Rock. Now many consider him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.
* KurtAngle was always seen as a great wrestler, but people didn't start calling him the greatest wrestler of all time until he shaved his head after losing a Hair Match to Edge in 2002 (making this, in a way, a ''reverse'' Growing The Beard!). He got his first legitimate reign as champion later that year.
* SteveAustin was originally given a gimmick of "The Ringmaster" and managed by TedDibiase. It was a pretty bland gimmick until he ended up losing Dibiase as manager in a match. Then he started getting himself involved with BretHart and TheHartFoundation. He arguably grew his beard officially at WrestleMania 13 when he refuses to tap out to Bret Hart's Sharpshooter and instead passed out in an I Quit match.



* SteveAustin was originally given a gimmick of "The Ringmaster" and managed by TedDibiase. It was a pretty bland gimmick until he ended up losing Dibiase as manager in a match. Then he started getting himself involved with BretHart and TheHartFoundation. He arguably grew his beard officially at WrestleMania 13 when he refuses to tap out to Bret Hart's Sharpshooter and instead passed out in an I Quit match.
* KurtAngle was always seen as a great wrestler, but people didn't start calling him the greatest wrestler of all time until he shaved his head after losing a Hair Match to Edge in 2002 (making this, in a way, a ''reverse'' Growing The Beard!). He got his first legitimate reign as champion later that year.
* DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. In short order, he made a heel turn, started constantly referring to himself in the 3rd person, took the mic and ran with it, and even main evented {{WrestleMania}} as The Rock. Now many consider him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.
4th Dec '12 9:04:46 AM DawnBTVS
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* SteveAustin was originally given a gimmick of "The Ringmaster" and managed by TedDibiase. It was a pretty bland gimmick until he ended up losing Dibiase as manager in a match. Then he started getting himself involved with BretHart and TheHartFoundation. He arguably grew his beard officially at WrestleMania 13 when he refuses to tap out to Bret Hart's Sharpshooter and instead passed out in an I Quit match.
9th Oct '12 12:28:55 AM FordPrefect
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* KurtAngle was always seen as a great wrestler, but people didn't start calling him the greatest wrestler of all time until he shaved his head after losing a Hair Match to Edge in 2002 (making this, in a way, a ''reverse'' Growing The Beard!). He would get his first legitimate reign as champion later that year.
* DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. He would shortly make a heel turn, constantly refer to himself in the 3rd person, take the mic and run with it, and even main event {{WrestleMania}} as The Rock. Now many consider him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.

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* KurtAngle was always seen as a great wrestler, but people didn't start calling him the greatest wrestler of all time until he shaved his head after losing a Hair Match to Edge in 2002 (making this, in a way, a ''reverse'' Growing The Beard!). He would get got his first legitimate reign as champion later that year.
* DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. He would shortly make In short order, he made a heel turn, started constantly refer referring to himself in the 3rd person, take took the mic and run ran with it, and even main event evented {{WrestleMania}} as The Rock. Now many consider him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.
30th Jul '12 4:25:00 PM DarkSoldier
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* DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. He would shortly make a heel turn, constantly refeer to himself in the 3rd person, take the mic and run with it, and even main event {{WrestleMania}} as The Rock. Now many consider him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.

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* DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. He would shortly make a heel turn, constantly refeer refer to himself in the 3rd person, take the mic and run with it, and even main event {{WrestleMania}} as The Rock. Now many consider him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.
18th Apr '12 12:51:26 PM Coolman
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* DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. He would shortly make a heel turn, constantly refeer to himself in the 3rd person, take the mic and run with it, and even main event {{WrestleMania}} as The Rock. Now many consider him the greatest wrestler of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.

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* DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. He would shortly make a heel turn, constantly refeer to himself in the 3rd person, take the mic and run with it, and even main event {{WrestleMania}} as The Rock. Now many consider him one of the greatest wrestler wrestlers of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.
18th Apr '12 12:50:57 PM Coolman
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* DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. He would shortly make a heel turn, constantly refeer to himself in the 3rd person, take the mic and run with it, and even main event {{Wrestlemania}} as The Rock. Now many consider him the greatest wrestler of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.

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* DwayneJohnson began his pro wrestling career as Rocky Maivia, a one dimensional {{face}} in a time where people wanted something more. He would shortly make a heel turn, constantly refeer to himself in the 3rd person, take the mic and run with it, and even main event {{Wrestlemania}} {{WrestleMania}} as The Rock. Now many consider him the greatest wrestler of all time, and easily the most charismatic man in wrestling history.
18th Apr '12 12:50:22 PM Coolman
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** {{Edge}} had already built up quite the midcard following thanks to the three-way feud between he and Christian, the Hardy Boys, and the Dudley Boys in the early 2000's, but most people didn't take him seriously as a main event talent, even with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it WWE title reign under his belt in early 2006. Enter Mick Foley again, and a hardcore match at ''{{WrestleMania}} 22'', and suddenly Edge had become cemented as not only a main event talent and worthy champion, but a future legend.

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** {{Edge}} had already built up quite the midcard following thanks to the three-way feud between he and Christian, the Hardy Boys, and the Dudley Boys in the early 2000's, 2000s, but most people didn't take him seriously as a main event talent, even with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it WWE title reign under his belt in early 2006. Enter Mick Foley again, and a hardcore match at ''{{WrestleMania}} 22'', and suddenly Edge had become cemented as not only a main event talent and worthy champion, but a future legend.
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