History TookALevelInBadass / ProfessionalWrestling

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* Likewise, Wrestling/{{Lita}} was already tough as a valet then levelled up when she began taking on men, and again in a lost baby angle with Trish where she reached levels of brutality you usually don't expect from the ''male'' competitors.

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* Likewise, Wrestling/{{Lita}} was already tough as a valet then levelled leveled up when she began taking on men, and again in a lost baby angle with Trish where she reached levels of brutality you usually don't expect from the ''male'' competitors.competitors.
* [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin]] started his WWF career as just a random henchman of [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]], but thanks to a now-legendary promo at the 1996 Wrestling/KingOfTheRing event ("Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass!"), Austin gradually transformed into the stone-cold bad ass that fans eventually grew to love, cementing his place as a true legend of the ring and helping to put pro wrestling on the map in the late 90s.
* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] started his career as a talented yet under-appreciated face, but after he [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]], he began his rise as the "most electrifying man in sports entertainment".
* Wrestling/JimmyJacobs, in IWA Mid-South and Wrestling/RingOfHonor. He came into both promotions as a jobber but was forced to become tougher during a long running feud with Alex Shelley that saw him get promoted to the heavyweight division despite [[PintSizedPowerhouse being anything but]] in IWA while in ROH it was his refusal to give up in a feud with BJ Whitmer, as a side effect of trying to win Lacey's love.



* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] started his career as a talented yet under-appreciated face, but after he [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]], he began his rise as the "most electrifying man in sports entertainment".
* [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin]] started his WWF career as just a random henchman of [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]], but thanks to a now-legendary promo at the 1996 Wrestling/KingOfTheRing event ("Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass!"), Austin gradually transformed into the stone-cold bad ass that fans eventually grew to love, cementing his place as a true legend of the ring and helping to put pro wrestling on the map in the late 90s.


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* Madison Eagles started off in Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} has half of a jobber TagTeam even usually neutral journalists claimed weren't worth bringing in to a dominant two time champion who Pro Wrestling Illustrated called the best in the world.
7th Jan '16 11:01:04 AM FordPrefect
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* Wrestling/SantinoMarella has arguably taken one of the more natural evolutions into this trope, starting off as an incompetant jobber that often served as [[ButtMonkey the punching bag for the majority of the roster]], Marella has slowly shown more impressive agility and actual wrestling skills and become Tag Team Champion alongside Vladmir Kozlov. While still played for comic relief he at least can actually pull of the Cobra now.

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* Wrestling/SantinoMarella has arguably taken one of the more natural evolutions into this trope, starting off as an incompetant incompetent jobber that often served as [[ButtMonkey the punching bag for the majority of the roster]], Marella has slowly shown more impressive agility and actual wrestling skills and become Tag Team Champion alongside Vladmir Kozlov. While still played for comic relief he relief, at least he can actually pull of off the Cobra now.



** He's still a bit nutty (The Cobra, anyone?) but as of the 2/17/12 Smackdown, he somehow survived a battle royal, being one of the last four out of twenty superstars and took out Ezekiel Jackson, Drew [=McIntyre=] and David Otunga for this prize: ''to become the last wrestler for the Smackdown Elimination Chamber''. The only thing that remains to be seen is how he'll perform.
*** He was of the last two in the Chamber match (and eliminated two competitors), put the Cobra on ''Daniel freakin' Bryan'' and seems to getting huge pops from the crowd. There seems to be a potential push here and his goofiness only seems to help give him a hint of CrazyAwesome.

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** He's still a bit nutty (The Cobra, anyone?) anyone?), but as of the 2/17/12 Smackdown, he somehow survived a battle royal, being one of the last four out of twenty superstars superstars, and took out Ezekiel Jackson, Drew [=McIntyre=] [=McIntyre=], and David Otunga for this prize: ''to become the last wrestler for the Smackdown Elimination Chamber''. The only thing that remains to be seen is how he'll perform.
*** He was one of the last two in the Chamber match (and eliminated two competitors), put the Cobra on ''Daniel freakin' Bryan'' Bryan'', and seems to be getting huge pops from the crowd. There seems to be a potential push here here, and his goofiness only seems to help give him a hint of CrazyAwesome.



* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] started his career as a talented yet under appreciated face but after he [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]] he began his rise as the "most electrifying man in sports entertainment"

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* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] started his career as a talented yet under appreciated face under-appreciated face, but after he [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]] heel]], he began his rise as the "most electrifying man in sports entertainment"entertainment".



* Wrestling/MarkHenry arrived in WWE in 1996 and was immediately billed as the WorldsStrongestMan and given a push. However, due to injuries and a number of embarassing gimmicks, he was always treated as an afterthought by wrestling fans despite his size and strength until 2011 (15 years later), when he pulled a FaceHeelTurn and was booked '''''hard''''' as an unstoppable monster. He eventually won the World Heavyweight Championship by absolutely ''destroying'' Wrestling/RandyOrton, and has been demolishing everything in his path ever since.
* Many Divas came into wrestling from other venues, such as gymnastics, dance, or even modeling. However, they do train hard and inevitably improve. Gradually the quality of their matches goes from "Terrible" to "Not bad with a good opponent" to "Slightly better than a carry job should be" to "Wow, where did that come from?" [[Wrestling/{{LayCool}} Michelle [=McCool=]]], [[Wrestling/{{LayCool}} Layla]] and Wrestling/EveTorres all done this in recent years.

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* Wrestling/MarkHenry arrived in WWE in 1996 and was immediately billed as the WorldsStrongestMan and given a push. However, due to injuries and a number of embarassing embarrassing gimmicks, he was always treated as an afterthought by wrestling fans despite his size and strength until 2011 (15 years later), when he pulled a FaceHeelTurn and was booked '''''hard''''' as an unstoppable monster. He eventually won the World Heavyweight Championship by absolutely ''destroying'' Wrestling/RandyOrton, and has been demolishing everything in his path ever since.
* Many Divas came into wrestling from other venues, such as gymnastics, dance, or even modeling. However, they do train hard and inevitably improve. Gradually the quality of their matches goes from "Terrible" to "Not bad with a good opponent" to "Slightly better than a carry job should be" to "Wow, where did that come from?" [[Wrestling/{{LayCool}} Michelle [=McCool=]]], [[Wrestling/{{LayCool}} Layla]] and Wrestling/EveTorres have all done this in recent years.



* Once upon a time, there were two brothers: Brett and Brian Major. They were a tag team, standard fare...and then they teamed up with Wrestling/{{Edge}} and became Curt Hawkins and Wrestling/ZackRyder. Then they became part of La Familia, then split up, and one went to ECW. Here we focus on Wrestling/ZackRyder, who wasn't billed as 'great' to begin with. Hailing from Long Island, dressing himself as if he was a wrestler in the Wrestling/AttitudeEra he still didn't make it. Then, he created a web show in a last attempt to get notice and not get himself fired. After struggling to make name of himself on the web, garnering support from fans and other wrestlers alike, and polishing his in-ring technique to no end, he eventually got a Number One Contender's match at WWE TLC 2011 and became the new United States Champion. WOO WOO WOO. You know it.
* Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} was known to be a powerful wrestler when he debuted, but then got pushed out of the spotlight for quite sometime. Cue late 2011 and here he comes, being the only person to stand up against a monstrous Mark Henry and was powerful enough to ''kick the World's Strongest Man unconscious''. Also, he was able to get out of the Khali Vicegrip ''by pushing it off with his own hands''. It seems that Sheamus is also becoming back to being the badass he originally was.

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* Once upon a time, there were two brothers: Brett and Brian Major. They were a tag team, standard fare...and then they teamed up with Wrestling/{{Edge}} and became Curt Hawkins and Wrestling/ZackRyder. Then they became part of La Familia, then split up, and one went to ECW. Here we focus on Wrestling/ZackRyder, who wasn't billed as 'great' to begin with. Hailing from Long Island, dressing himself as if he was a wrestler in the Wrestling/AttitudeEra Wrestling/AttitudeEra, he still didn't make it. Then, Then he created a web show in a last last-ditch attempt to get notice noticed and not get himself fired. After struggling to make a name of for himself on the web, garnering support from fans and other wrestlers alike, and polishing his in-ring technique to no end, he eventually got a Number One Contender's match at WWE TLC 2011 and became the new United States Champion. WOO WOO WOO. You know it.
* Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} was known to be a powerful wrestler when he debuted, but then got pushed out of the spotlight for quite sometime. some time. Cue late 2011 and here he comes, being the only person to stand up against a monstrous Mark Henry Henry, and was powerful enough to ''kick the World's Strongest Man unconscious''. Also, he was able to get out of the Khali Vicegrip ''by pushing it off with his own hands''. It seems that Sheamus is also becoming going back to being the badass he originally was.



* While [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] is certainly no slouch as a wrestler, he experienced a textbook case of this trope in the Summer of 2013, wherein he was determined to prove that he wasn't the "weak link". This would lead to absolutely badass moments including: Taking out Wrestling/TheShield by [[OneManArmy himself]] during one episode of [=SmackDown=], defeating Randy Orton cleanly on Raw (or as cleanly as a win can get in a Street Fight), and ultimately ''pinning'' John Cena cleanly at [=SummerSlam=]. To put it in perspective: That pinfall loss was the first time since losing to The Rock at Wrestling/WrestleMania 28 that Cena ever lost without any outside influences.
* Prior to summer 2013, Windham Rotunda aka Wrestling/BrayWyatt was best known for an unimpressive stint in the [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] as Husky Harris where he was quickly sent back to developmental. Two years later, Rotunda returned under the Bray Wyatt gimmick and immediately made an impression with his dark and downright disturbing promos that demonstrated his incredible mic skills. While his initial match with Wrestling/{{Kane}} at Summerslam '13 was mediocre, Wyatt quickly improved and in the following months proceeded to beat Daniel Bryan clean at the Royal Rumble and then pit his stable against the [[Wrestling/TheShield Shield]] in a match of the year candidate at Elimination Chamber. Not bad for someone who was once best known as "that fat guy from the Nexus".
* Wrestling/TheShield themselves started out as a standard DirtyCoward hive, being formidable as a unit, but usually useless against equal grounds or even just more than a three on one assault. As time passed they developed into a formidable WildCard team, with aforementioned rivalries against the Wrestling/TheWyattFamily and Evolution. This only continued as the team split up, making them worthy individual opponents who vied and sometimes succeeded for title shots (yeah, Wrestling/SethRollins fights dirty, but he can still often look impressive and cunning about it at least).
* Jax Dane's time in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance has been a drawn out example that looks pretty straight forward in hindsight. Houston Heavyweight Champion, unifies with the Texas Heavy Title to become Lone Star Heavyweight Champion, then becomes National Heavyweight Champion, then North American Heavyweight Champion, then becomes World Heavyweight Champion. Also, his time teaming with Wrestling/RobConway under Bruce Tharpe is simultaneously badass decay and took a level in badass for the NWA as a whole. While NJPW used to be an NWA member who had a say in but ultimately answered to it's authority, the angle had the NWA at the same level as NJPW's many {{power stable}}s such as [[Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki Suzuki]]-gun, CHAOS and Wrestling/BulletClub. On the ''other hand'', it was the first time in years NWA was seriously on the Japanese national stage since ''maybe'' Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1's short peak.

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* While [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] is certainly no slouch as a wrestler, he experienced a textbook case of this trope in the Summer summer of 2013, wherein he was determined to prove that he wasn't the "weak link". This would lead to absolutely badass moments including: Taking moments, including, taking out Wrestling/TheShield by [[OneManArmy himself]] during one episode of [=SmackDown=], defeating Randy Orton cleanly on Raw (or as cleanly as a win can get in a Street Fight), and ultimately ''pinning'' John Cena cleanly at [=SummerSlam=]. To put it in perspective: That pinfall loss was the first time since losing to The Rock at Wrestling/WrestleMania 28 that Cena ever lost without any outside influences.
* Prior to summer 2013, Windham Rotunda aka Wrestling/BrayWyatt was best known for an unimpressive stint in the [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] as Husky Harris where he was quickly sent back to developmental. Two years later, Rotunda returned under the Bray Wyatt gimmick and immediately made an impression with his dark and downright disturbing promos that demonstrated his incredible mic skills. While his initial match with Wrestling/{{Kane}} at Summerslam '13 was mediocre, Wyatt quickly improved improved, and in the following months proceeded to beat Daniel Bryan clean at the Royal Rumble and then pit his stable against the [[Wrestling/TheShield Shield]] in a match of the year candidate at Elimination Chamber. Not bad for someone who was once best known as "that fat guy from the Nexus".
* Wrestling/TheShield themselves started out as a standard DirtyCoward hive, being formidable as a unit, but usually useless against equal grounds numbers or even just more than anything short of a three on one three-on-one assault. As time passed passed, they developed into a formidable WildCard team, with aforementioned rivalries against the Wrestling/TheWyattFamily and Evolution. This only continued as the team split up, making them worthy individual opponents who vied and sometimes succeeded for title shots (yeah, Wrestling/SethRollins fights dirty, but he can still often look impressive and cunning about it at least).
* Jax Dane's time in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance has been a drawn out example that looks pretty straight forward in hindsight. Houston Heavyweight Champion, unifies with the Texas Heavy Title to become Lone Star Heavyweight Champion, then becomes National Heavyweight Champion, then North American Heavyweight Champion, then becomes World Heavyweight Champion. Also, his time teaming with Wrestling/RobConway under Bruce Tharpe is simultaneously badass decay BadassDecay and took Took a level Level in badass Badass for the NWA as a whole. While NJPW used to be an NWA member who had a say in but ultimately answered to it's its authority, the angle had the NWA at the same level as NJPW's many {{power stable}}s such as [[Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki Suzuki]]-gun, CHAOS and Wrestling/BulletClub. On the ''other hand'', it was the first time in years NWA was seriously on the Japanese national stage since ''maybe'' Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1's short peak.
23rd Nov '15 6:50:04 PM 313Bluestreak
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* [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin]] started his WWF career as just a random henchman of [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]], but thanks to a now-legendary promo at the 1996 King of The Ring event ("Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass!"), Austin gradually transformed into the stone-cold bad ass that fans eventually grew to love, cementing his place as a true legend of the ring and helping to put pro wrestling on the map in the late 90s.

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* [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Steve Austin]] started his WWF career as just a random henchman of [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Ted [=DiBiase=]]], but thanks to a now-legendary promo at the 1996 King of The Ring Wrestling/KingOfTheRing event ("Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass!"), Austin gradually transformed into the stone-cold bad ass that fans eventually grew to love, cementing his place as a true legend of the ring and helping to put pro wrestling on the map in the late 90s.
6th Nov '15 8:06:47 PM nombretomado
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** Miz even ''defeated'' Cena at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' during the main event to retain his title[[note]]Yeah, The Rock sorta helped by attacking Cena beforehand, but still...[[/note]]. It didn't stick, but hot damn, it's still pretty impressive for a guy who started off doing [[TheRealWorld reality shows]].

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** Miz even ''defeated'' Cena at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' during the main event to retain his title[[note]]Yeah, The Rock sorta helped by attacking Cena beforehand, but still...[[/note]]. It didn't stick, but hot damn, it's still pretty impressive for a guy who started off doing [[TheRealWorld [[Series/TheRealWorld reality shows]].
12th Sep '15 7:27:38 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Jax Dane's time in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance has been a drawn out example that looks pretty straight forward in hindsight. Houston Heavyweight Champion, unifies with the Texas Heavy Title to become Lone Star Heavyweight Champion, then becomes National Heavyweight Champion, then North American Heavyweight Champion, then becomes World Heavyweight Champion. Also, his time teaming with Wrestling/RobConway under Bruce Tharpe is simultaneously badass decay and took a level in badass for the NWA as a whole. While NJPW used to be an NWA member who had a say in but ultimately answered to it's authority, the angle had the NWA at the same level as NJPW's many {{power stable}}s such as [[Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki Suzuki]]-gun, CHAOS and Wrestling/BulletClub. On the ''other hand'', it was the first time in years people took NWA seriously on the national level.

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* Jax Dane's time in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance has been a drawn out example that looks pretty straight forward in hindsight. Houston Heavyweight Champion, unifies with the Texas Heavy Title to become Lone Star Heavyweight Champion, then becomes National Heavyweight Champion, then North American Heavyweight Champion, then becomes World Heavyweight Champion. Also, his time teaming with Wrestling/RobConway under Bruce Tharpe is simultaneously badass decay and took a level in badass for the NWA as a whole. While NJPW used to be an NWA member who had a say in but ultimately answered to it's authority, the angle had the NWA at the same level as NJPW's many {{power stable}}s such as [[Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki Suzuki]]-gun, CHAOS and Wrestling/BulletClub. On the ''other hand'', it was the first time in years people took NWA was seriously on the Japanese national level.stage since ''maybe'' Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1's short peak.
12th Sep '15 7:24:03 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Kazuchika Okada. He went from playing a bad [[Franchise/TheGreenHornet Kato]] knockoff in Wrestling/{{TNA}} to a main-event heel and former IWGP World Champion in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling in the space of a year.

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* Kazuchika Okada.Wrestling/KazuchikaOkada. He went from playing a bad [[Franchise/TheGreenHornet Kato]] knockoff in Wrestling/{{TNA}} to a main-event heel and former IWGP World Champion in Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling in the space of a year.



* Jax Dane's time in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance has been a drawn out example that looks pretty straight forward in hindsight. Houston Heavyweight Champion, unifies with the Texas Heavy Title to become Lone Star Heavyweight Champion, then becomes National Heavyweight Champion, then North American Heavyweight Champion, then becomes World Heavyweight Champion.

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* Jax Dane's time in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance has been a drawn out example that looks pretty straight forward in hindsight. Houston Heavyweight Champion, unifies with the Texas Heavy Title to become Lone Star Heavyweight Champion, then becomes National Heavyweight Champion, then North American Heavyweight Champion, then becomes World Heavyweight Champion. Also, his time teaming with Wrestling/RobConway under Bruce Tharpe is simultaneously badass decay and took a level in badass for the NWA as a whole. While NJPW used to be an NWA member who had a say in but ultimately answered to it's authority, the angle had the NWA at the same level as NJPW's many {{power stable}}s such as [[Wrestling/MinoruSuzuki Suzuki]]-gun, CHAOS and Wrestling/BulletClub. On the ''other hand'', it was the first time in years people took NWA seriously on the national level.
12th Sep '15 7:04:45 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Prior to summer 2013, Windham Rotunda aka Wrestling/BrayWyatt was best known for an unimpressive stint in the [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] as Husky Harris where he was quickly sent back to developmental. Two years later, Rotunda returned under the Bray Wyatt gimmick and immediately made an impression with his dark and downright disturbing promos that demonstrated his incredible mic skills. While his initial match with Kane at Summerslam '13 was mediocre, Wyatt quickly improved and in the following months proceeded to beat Daniel Bryan clean at the Royal Rumble and then pit his stable against the [[Wrestling/TheShield Shield]] in a match of the year candidate at Elimination Chamber. Not bad for someone who was once best known as "that fat guy from the Nexus".
* Wrestling/TheShield themselves started out as a standard DirtyCoward hive, being formidable as a unit, but usually useless against equal grounds or even just more than a three on one assault. As time passed they developed into a formidable WildCard team, with aforementioned rivalries against the TheWyattFamily and Evolution. This only continued as the team split up, making them worthy individual opponents who vied and sometimes succeeded for title shots (yeah, Seth Rollins fights dirty, but he can still often look impressive and cunning about it at least).

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* Prior to summer 2013, Windham Rotunda aka Wrestling/BrayWyatt was best known for an unimpressive stint in the [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] as Husky Harris where he was quickly sent back to developmental. Two years later, Rotunda returned under the Bray Wyatt gimmick and immediately made an impression with his dark and downright disturbing promos that demonstrated his incredible mic skills. While his initial match with Kane Wrestling/{{Kane}} at Summerslam '13 was mediocre, Wyatt quickly improved and in the following months proceeded to beat Daniel Bryan clean at the Royal Rumble and then pit his stable against the [[Wrestling/TheShield Shield]] in a match of the year candidate at Elimination Chamber. Not bad for someone who was once best known as "that fat guy from the Nexus".
* Wrestling/TheShield themselves started out as a standard DirtyCoward hive, being formidable as a unit, but usually useless against equal grounds or even just more than a three on one assault. As time passed they developed into a formidable WildCard team, with aforementioned rivalries against the TheWyattFamily Wrestling/TheWyattFamily and Evolution. This only continued as the team split up, making them worthy individual opponents who vied and sometimes succeeded for title shots (yeah, Seth Rollins Wrestling/SethRollins fights dirty, but he can still often look impressive and cunning about it at least).
12th Sep '15 7:03:14 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Ice Ribbon as a promotion. It started off with a bunch of teenage rookie on mats in place on an actual ring, and ended up not only with a squared circle or two to its name but one of the first world wide internet streaming programs in 19 Pro and the physical ability to tour through multiple countries in Asia.

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* Ice Ribbon as a promotion. It started off with a bunch of teenage rookie rookies on mats in place on of an actual ring, and ended up not only with a squared circle or two to its name but one of the first world wide internet streaming programs in 19 Pro and the physical ability to tour through multiple countries in Asia.



* Prior to summer 2013, Windham Rotunda aka [[Wrestling/BrayWyatt]] was best known for an unimpressive stint in the [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] as Husky Harris where he was quickly sent back to developmental. Two years later, Rotunda returned under the Bray Wyatt gimmick and immediately made an impression with his dark and downright disturbing promos that demonstrated his incredible mic skills. While his initial match with Kane at Summerslam '13 was mediocre, Wyatt quickly improved and in the following months proceeded to beat Daniel Bryan clean at the Royal Rumble and then pit his stable against the [[Wrestling/TheShield Shield]] in a match of the year candidate at Elimination Chamber. Not bad for someone who was once best known as "that fat guy from the Nexus".
* TheShield themselves started out as a standard DirtyCoward hive, being formidable as a unit, but usually useless against equal grounds or even just more than a three on one assault. As time passed they developed into a formidable WildCard team, with aforementioned rivalries against the TheWyattFamily and Evolution. This only continued as the team split up, making them worthy individual opponents who vied and sometimes succeeded for title shots (yeah, Seth Rollins fights dirty, but he can still often look impressive and cunning about it at least).

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* Prior to summer 2013, Windham Rotunda aka [[Wrestling/BrayWyatt]] Wrestling/BrayWyatt was best known for an unimpressive stint in the [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] as Husky Harris where he was quickly sent back to developmental. Two years later, Rotunda returned under the Bray Wyatt gimmick and immediately made an impression with his dark and downright disturbing promos that demonstrated his incredible mic skills. While his initial match with Kane at Summerslam '13 was mediocre, Wyatt quickly improved and in the following months proceeded to beat Daniel Bryan clean at the Royal Rumble and then pit his stable against the [[Wrestling/TheShield Shield]] in a match of the year candidate at Elimination Chamber. Not bad for someone who was once best known as "that fat guy from the Nexus".
* TheShield Wrestling/TheShield themselves started out as a standard DirtyCoward hive, being formidable as a unit, but usually useless against equal grounds or even just more than a three on one assault. As time passed they developed into a formidable WildCard team, with aforementioned rivalries against the TheWyattFamily and Evolution. This only continued as the team split up, making them worthy individual opponents who vied and sometimes succeeded for title shots (yeah, Seth Rollins fights dirty, but he can still often look impressive and cunning about it at least).least).
* Jax Dane's time in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance has been a drawn out example that looks pretty straight forward in hindsight. Houston Heavyweight Champion, unifies with the Texas Heavy Title to become Lone Star Heavyweight Champion, then becomes National Heavyweight Champion, then North American Heavyweight Champion, then becomes World Heavyweight Champion.
17th Apr '15 11:08:18 AM thecarolinabull01
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* Wrestling/CandiceMichelle in 2007. She won the Women's Championship and was voted "Most Improved Wrestler of the Year" by Pro Wrestling Illustrated and is currently the only woman to have won that prize.



* Prior to summer 2013, Windham Rotunda aka [[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily Bray Wyatt]] was best known for an unimpressive stint in the [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] as Husky Harris where he was quickly sent back to developmental. Two years later, Rotunda returned under the Bray Wyatt gimmick and immediately made an impression with his dark and downright disturbing promos that demonstrated his incredible mic skills. While his initial match with Kane at Summerslam '13 was mediocre, Wyatt quickly improved and in the following months proceeded to beat Daniel Bryan clean at the Royal Rumble and then pit his stable against the [[Wrestling/TheShield Shield]] in a match of the year candidate at Elimination Chamber. Not bad for someone who was once best known as "that fat guy from the Nexus".

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* Prior to summer 2013, Windham Rotunda aka [[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily Bray Wyatt]] [[Wrestling/BrayWyatt]] was best known for an unimpressive stint in the [[Wrestling/TheNexus Nexus]] as Husky Harris where he was quickly sent back to developmental. Two years later, Rotunda returned under the Bray Wyatt gimmick and immediately made an impression with his dark and downright disturbing promos that demonstrated his incredible mic skills. While his initial match with Kane at Summerslam '13 was mediocre, Wyatt quickly improved and in the following months proceeded to beat Daniel Bryan clean at the Royal Rumble and then pit his stable against the [[Wrestling/TheShield Shield]] in a match of the year candidate at Elimination Chamber. Not bad for someone who was once best known as "that fat guy from the Nexus".
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