History Main / HowTheMightyHaveFallen

21st May '16 12:44:15 AM thecarolinabull01
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** After Hogan and Bischoff left four or so years later, the company was in such disrepair that they lost their TV deal with Spike, while many of the TNA Originals (most notably Wrestling/AJStyles) quit when they were told they were to face significant pay cuts; in spite of A: the fact that their talents were already being misused during the Hogan-Bischoff era and B: Many wrestlers under their promotion were struggling to make the ends meet as is! Some really nasty examples: Wrestling/AwesomeKong just wanted a raise to buy a car, Taylor Wilde was seen working at a Sunglasses Hut (and she was the Knockouts Champion at the time, too), Jesse Neal was able to qualify for food stamps, and Wrestling/GailKim was only bringing in $30,000 a year for her work (garbagemen make more, with better benefits to boot), in spite of the fact that she and Kong had the highest rated segments on the show.

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** After Hogan and Bischoff left four or so years later, the company was in such disrepair that they lost their TV deal with Spike, while many of the TNA Originals (most notably Wrestling/AJStyles) quit when they were told they were to face significant pay cuts; in spite of A: the fact that their talents were already being misused during the Hogan-Bischoff era and B: Many wrestlers under their promotion were struggling to make the ends meet as is! Some really nasty examples: Wrestling/AwesomeKong just wanted a raise to buy a car, Taylor Wilde Wrestling/TaylorWilde was seen working at a Sunglasses Hut (and she was the Knockouts Champion at the time, too), Jesse Neal was able to qualify for food stamps, and Wrestling/GailKim was only bringing in $30,000 a year for her work (garbagemen make more, with better benefits to boot), in spite of the fact that she and Kong had the highest rated segments on the show.
25th Apr '16 12:42:48 AM ChrisX
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** Wrestling/HulkHogan has exhibited some similarities to Flair above. Recognized as ''the'' icon of professional wrestling (known not just in his own industry but as a beacon to non-viewers as well just because he's so damn iconic), the 2000s have been less than kind. Divorcing his wife and the legal problems that hounded his son following an accident that took the life of the passenger in his car has seen the Hulkster looking less-than-stellar. A lot of the opportunities he's taken in the 2000s are often seen by longtime wrestling fans as desperate grabs to keep him in the spotlight and otherwise give him a recurring income flow (such as his stint on ''American Gladiators'' and the fact he came to WWE one night pretty much just to shill it).

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** Wrestling/HulkHogan has exhibited some similarities to Flair above. Recognized as ''the'' icon of professional wrestling (known not just in his own industry but as a beacon to non-viewers as well just because he's so damn iconic), the 2000s have been less than kind. Divorcing his wife and the legal problems that hounded his son following an accident that took the life of the passenger in his car has seen the Hulkster looking less-than-stellar. A lot of the opportunities he's taken in the 2000s are often seen by longtime wrestling fans as desperate grabs to keep him in the spotlight and otherwise give him a recurring income flow (such as his stint on ''American Gladiators'' and the fact he came to WWE one night pretty much just to shill it). It's even worse when a tape about him uttering a forbidden word was discovered, which caused him to be released from WWE and then [[UnPerson have his records there erased.]]



* Wrestling/{{Chyna}}. It seemed like a lifetime ago when this woman was a superstar with an assured future in the Hall of Fame. The only women from her time period that could ever compare to the impact she had were Wrestling/{{Sable}}, Wrestling/TrishStratus, and Wrestling/{{Lita}}. At one point an international sex symbol, her fall from grace has reduced her to doing ''porn''. That's only scratching the surface of how much the former Joanie Laurer's life has fallen apart.

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* Wrestling/{{Chyna}}. It seemed like a lifetime ago when this woman was a superstar with an assured future in the Hall of Fame. The only women from her time period that could ever compare to the impact she had were Wrestling/{{Sable}}, Wrestling/TrishStratus, and Wrestling/{{Lita}}. At one point an international sex symbol, her fall from grace has reduced her to doing ''porn''. That's only scratching the surface of how much the former Joanie Laurer's life has fallen apart.apart, and she couldn't recover from it until her death at the age 45. Ironically, [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead it's only after that event]] that WWE finally plans to get her to the Hall of Fame.
14th Apr '16 10:33:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* Kallor in ''TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' once ruled a kingdom that spanned two continents, but was such a monster that his mages were willing to destroy an entire continent in the hopes of killing him. He survived the devastation and was later cursed to [[AgeWithoutYouth live forever]] and fail at whatever task he took upon himself as punishment for exterminating his own huge empire; man, woman and child by the millions, when he knew it would be taken away by beings more powerful.

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* Kallor in ''TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' ''Literature/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' once ruled a kingdom that spanned two continents, but was such a monster that his mages were willing to destroy an entire continent in the hopes of killing him. He survived the devastation and was later cursed to [[AgeWithoutYouth live forever]] and fail at whatever task he took upon himself as punishment for exterminating his own huge empire; man, woman and child by the millions, when he knew it would be taken away by beings more powerful.



* Antichrist villain Nicolae Carpathia in the ''LeftBehind'' book series went from being a terrifying EvilOverlord who ruled the world with an iron fist and Satan indwelt to a pathetic and humiliated rotting shell of a human being who has to suffer for eternity in the Lake of Fire.

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* Antichrist villain Nicolae Carpathia in the ''LeftBehind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' book series went from being a terrifying EvilOverlord who ruled the world with an iron fist and Satan indwelt to a pathetic and humiliated rotting shell of a human being who has to suffer for eternity in the Lake of Fire.



* Young George Amberson Minafer of ''Film/TheMagnificentAmbersons'' suffered this when his 'rich' grandfather died and it turned out that he had lost all his fortune and he just didn't tell him for the sake of pride. He went from living in a gorgeous mansion to living in a boarding house with a job involving explosives.

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* Young George Amberson Minafer of ''Film/TheMagnificentAmbersons'' ''Literature/TheMagnificentAmbersons'' suffered this when his 'rich' grandfather died and it turned out that he had lost all his fortune and he just didn't tell him for the sake of pride. He went from living in a gorgeous mansion to living in a boarding house with a job involving explosives.
14th Mar '16 10:03:33 AM Prfnoff
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* ''MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', the fourth season manga of the Nanoha franchise gives this treatement to [[spoiler:[[LadyOfWar Signum]]]] in spades. Fortunately, after recovery, she's working her ass off to subvert this.

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* ''MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', the fourth season manga of the Nanoha franchise gives this treatement to [[spoiler:[[LadyOfWar Signum]]]] in spades. Fortunately, after recovery, she's working her ass off to subvert this.
12th Mar '16 11:10:18 PM 10-13-2
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* The career of Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) from 2006 to 2010 followed a complicated trajectory. Originally introduced as an [[SmallNameBigEgo "all-talk-no-action"]] blowhard who could [[TheBully (fairly) beat only people much weaker than he was]], MVP eventually proved he really could be as tough as he said he was, surviving an Inferno match with Wrestling/Kane and competing afterward even though he still had burns on his body. Then he won the United States Championship in 2007 and held on to it for quite some time, even getting some clean wins while still being a heel - which encouraged him to become even ''more'' arrogant. Then, in the summer of 2008, he began losing every match and continued his losing streak for the rest of the year; this led to him being denied the trademark inflatable tunnel through which he entered arenas. MVP finally starting picking up some wins in January 2009, resulting in a face turn.

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* The career of Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) from 2006 to 2010 followed a complicated trajectory. Originally introduced as an [[SmallNameBigEgo "all-talk-no-action"]] blowhard who could [[TheBully (fairly) beat only people much weaker than he was]], MVP eventually proved he really could be as tough as he said he was, surviving an Inferno match with Wrestling/Kane Wrestling/{{Kane}} and competing afterward even though he still had burns on his body. Then he won the United States Championship in 2007 and held on to it for quite some time, even getting some clean wins while still being a heel - which encouraged him to become even ''more'' arrogant. Then, in the summer of 2008, he began losing every match and continued his losing streak for the rest of the year; this led to him being denied the trademark inflatable tunnel through which he entered arenas. MVP finally starting picking up some wins in January 2009, resulting in a face turn.
12th Mar '16 11:09:05 PM 10-13-2
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* The career of Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) from 2006 to 2010 followed a complicated trajectory. Originally introduced as an [[SmallNameBigEgo "all-talk-no-action"]] blowhard who could [[TheBully (fairly) beat only people much weaker than he was]], MVP eventually proved he really could be as tough as he said he was, surviving an Inferno match with ''Wrestling/Kane'' and competing afterward even though he still had burns on his body. Then he won the United States Championship in 2007 and held on to it for quite some time, even getting some clean wins while still being a heel. Then, in the summer of 2008, he began losing every match and continued his losing streak for the rest of the year; this led to him being denied the trademark inflatable tunnel through which he entered arenas. MVP finally starting picking up some wins in January 2009, resulting in a face turn.

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* The career of Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) from 2006 to 2010 followed a complicated trajectory. Originally introduced as an [[SmallNameBigEgo "all-talk-no-action"]] blowhard who could [[TheBully (fairly) beat only people much weaker than he was]], MVP eventually proved he really could be as tough as he said he was, surviving an Inferno match with ''Wrestling/Kane'' Wrestling/Kane and competing afterward even though he still had burns on his body. Then he won the United States Championship in 2007 and held on to it for quite some time, even getting some clean wins while still being a heel.heel - which encouraged him to become even ''more'' arrogant. Then, in the summer of 2008, he began losing every match and continued his losing streak for the rest of the year; this led to him being denied the trademark inflatable tunnel through which he entered arenas. MVP finally starting picking up some wins in January 2009, resulting in a face turn.
12th Mar '16 11:07:39 PM 10-13-2
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* The career of Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) from 2006 to 2010 followed a complicated trajectory. Originally introduced as an [[SmallNameBigEgo "all-talk-no-action"]] blowhard who could [[TheBully (fairly) beat only people much weaker than he was]], MVP eventually proved he really could be as tough as he said he was, surviving an Inferno match with ''Wrestling/Kane'' and competing afterward even though he still had burns on his body. Then he won the United States Championship in 2007 and held on to it for quite some time, even getting some clean wins while still being a heel. Then, in the summer of 2008, he began losing every match and continued his losing streak for the rest of the year; this led to him being denied the trademark inflatable tunnel through which he entered arenas. MVP finally starting picking up some wins in January 2009, resulting in a face turn.
27th Feb '16 7:42:05 PM ZimFan89
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* The ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' series has several examples of this:
** When Auron first meets the dwarven Chartered Company, his friend Djer describes it as [[NGOSuperpower being more powerful than some nations]]. However, after their devastating war with [[BigBad the Wrymmaster's]] forces, they are left as a shadow of their former self.
** Which is nothing compared to their rivals, the Wheel of Fire. After [[GuileHero Wistala]] engineers their downfall, all that's left is small groups huddling in filthy squalor and starvation, hiding from the many vengeful enemies they've made over the years.
** By the end of the fifth book, ''Dragon Rule'', this is the case of [[AntiVillain the Copper]], as [[spoiler: he's ousted in a coup and exiled from his own empire, with [[IHaveYourWife his mate held hostage]] to insure he stays gone. This leaves him in a depression that lasts ''twelve years'', until he learns of a group of dragons living independent of the empire, which [[HesBack inspires him to take back what's his]].]]
26th Feb '16 11:20:38 AM sgamer82
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* Vicar Zahmsyn Trynair starts the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series as one of the driving members of the antagonistic church leaders known as the Group of Four. His position as Chancellor makes him the man in charge of Mother Church's diplomacy. As the series progresses, he never loses that position but between the escalation of the war with the protagonist Empire of Charis being managed by Captain General Allayn Maigwair, fear of reprisal following the naked power grabs by Grand Inquisitor Zhaspahr Clyntahn, and Treasurer Rhobair Duchairn being the only one willing to stand up to Clyntahn, Trynair's relevance vanishes to the point that he is essentially another of Clyntahn's lackeys. Duchairn notes by that point that for all intents they've become the Group of Three.
19th Jan '16 2:59:46 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/{{Updraft}}'', Tobiat, a scruffy, mad-seeming vagrant in Kirit's home tower, was once one of the exalted Singers, the closest thing the city has to rulers.
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