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25th Jul '17 7:18:50 PM SutairuMasuta
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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]]''' since July 23, 2017

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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]]''' Wrestling/AJStyles''' since July 23, 25, 2017
23rd Jul '17 8:30:49 PM SutairuMasuta
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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: Wrestling/AJStyles''' since July 7, 2017

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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: Wrestling/AJStyles''' [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]]''' since July 7, 23, 2017
23rd Jul '17 5:25:19 PM SutairuMasuta
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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/smackdown-tag-team-championships SmackDown Tag Team Champions]]: Wrestling/TheUsos''' ('''Jimmy Uso''' and '''Jey Uso''') since March 21, 2017

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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/smackdown-tag-team-championships SmackDown Tag Team Champions]]: Wrestling/TheUsos''' ('''Jimmy Uso''' Wrestling/TheNewDay''' ('''Wrestling/KofiKingston''', '''[[Wrestling/BigELangston Big E]]''' and '''Jey Uso''') '''Wrestling/XavierWoods''') since March 21, July 23, 2017
21st Jul '17 12:54:52 PM NicoleIlieva
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** A more meta example with Stone Cold Steve Austin who won ''King of the Ring'' but instead of receiving a crown, gave his iconic "Austin 3:16" speech which was only the beginning towards his megastardom.
7th Jul '17 7:15:47 PM SutairuMasuta
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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: Wrestling/AJStyles''' since June 7, 2017

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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: Wrestling/AJStyles''' since June July 7, 2017
7th Jul '17 7:03:28 PM SutairuMasuta
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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]]''' since May 2, 2017

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* '''[[http://www.wwe.com/classics/titlehistory/unitedstates United States Champion]]: [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]]''' Wrestling/AJStyles''' since May 2, June 7, 2017
4th Jul '17 1:35:51 PM Gimere
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** Several finishers and hometowns no longer fit with their gimmicks. Most notable being Wrestling/TripleH, who started in the WWE as an upper-class blueblood, but since that is no longer his gimmick, his finisher (The Pedigree), his hometown (Greenwich, Connecticut), and even his ring name ("Triple H" refers to the initials of his original WWE ring name, Hunter Hearst Helmsley) don't fit. Though he really does live in Greenwich (but contrary to his original gimmick, wasn't born there, actually hailing from Nashua, NH).

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** Several finishers and hometowns no longer fit with their gimmicks. Most notable being Wrestling/TripleH, who started in the WWE WWF as an upper-class blueblood, but since that is no longer his gimmick, his finisher (The Pedigree), his hometown (Greenwich, Connecticut), and even his ring name ("Triple H" refers to the initials of his original WWE ring name, Hunter Hearst Helmsley) don't fit. Though he really does live in Greenwich (but contrary to his original gimmick, wasn't born there, actually hailing from Nashua, NH).



* TheAssimilator: Since its inception, the WWE's biggest draws cut their teeth someplace else. Verne Gagne with his AWA was the wizard behind most of the 80s Superstars. The Attitude Era was dominated by ex-Wrestling/{{WCW}} guys whom Wrestling/EricBischoff fired because he [[ItWillNeverCatchOn thought they couldn't draw]]. The 2000s drifted away from WWE's southern base to incorporate some [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} East Coast names]]. Later, the company primarily poached [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]] wrestlers.

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* TheAssimilator: Since its inception, the WWE's biggest draws cut their teeth someplace else. Verne Gagne with his AWA was the wizard behind most of the 80s Superstars. The Attitude Era was dominated by ex-Wrestling/{{WCW}} guys whom Wrestling/EricBischoff fired because he [[ItWillNeverCatchOn thought they couldn't draw]]. The 2000s drifted away from WWE's southern base to incorporate some [[Wrestling/{{ECW}} East Coast names]]. Later, the company primarily poached [[Wrestling/RingOfHonor ROH]] wrestlers.



** Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin fits as well. He's a Type V Antihero (hero in name only) who dresses in dark colors, drinks beer, attacks people unprovoked (sometimes even women, civilians and the elderly) and is generally loathsome... He then turned that dial up to 11 and exacerbated this behavior as part of a FaceHeelTurn; despite the announcers screaming how reprehensible these actions were, and the other wrestlers condemning him, fans continued to cheer him simply because he was Stone Cold Steve Austin. As a result, his turn never quite took and he was turned back relatively quickly.

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** Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin Austin himself fits as well. He's a Type V Antihero (hero in name only) who dresses in dark colors, drinks beer, attacks people unprovoked (sometimes even women, civilians and the elderly) and is generally loathsome... He then turned that dial up to 11 and exacerbated this behavior as part of a FaceHeelTurn; despite the announcers screaming how reprehensible these actions were, and the other wrestlers condemning him, fans continued to cheer him simply because he was Stone Cold Steve Austin. As a result, his turn never quite took and he was turned back relatively quickly.



** HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Happens when a wrestler turns within months of previous turn. Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow are prone to this, and most Divas switch between the two without much notice or setup.

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** HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Happens when a wrestler turns within months of previous turn. Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/TheBigShow are prone to this, and most Divas the women used to switch between the two without much notice or setup.



** Played straight with Wrestling/TheIronSheik, Wrestling/{{Kamala}}, Wrestling/VladimirKozlov, Wrestling/WilliamRegal, the Great Khali, practically every Canadian heel ever, and Finlay when he was heel. Averted by the likes of Wrestling/KofiKingston, Wrestling/YoshiTatsu and Finlay as a face, but played so straight with practically everyone of foreign extraction ever seen in WWF/E at some point in their careers, it's become one of Vinnie Mac's defining tropes - not that it's ever been confined to WWE, of course. Even applied to wrestlers [[FakeNationality who are not actually foreign or even of the same racial background as the character portrayed]], providing they don't need to speak a lot - e.g. Jimmy Yang, a Korean-American, played [[Wrestling/YoshihiroTajiri Tajiri]]'s {{Mook|s}} 'Akio' in a ''Japanese'' stable (some time before he subverted this trope by becoming 'Jimmy Wang Yang', [[StereotypeFlip a 'foreign'-looking chap who happens to act like he's a cowboy]], which is therefore amusing), or Yokozuna, a quasi-'Japanese' Polynesian wrestler played by Rodney Anoai of the great Samoan wrestling dynasty. Many of this family have been presented as semi-savages when their ethnic background is recognized, from the Wild Samoans to Wrestling/{{Umaga}}. The Canadian Bret Hart got massive heel heat in America by proclaiming his home country's superiority, yet simultaneously retained a fanatically loyal Canadian fanbase that kept the Hitman face north of the border (and in the rest of the world) which presumably made his opponents Evil Foreigners from a Canadian perspective. Years later, the various incarnations of La Resistance were always Evil Foreigners (whether billed as from France or Quebec, except for one delirious babyface night in Montreal), which led to the absurd commentary habit of referring to them as first "French sympathizers" and subsequently "Quebec sympathizers" prompting some mystification amongst those who had missed the exact point at which the USA or indeed WWE had declared war on France and Quebec...

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** Played straight with Wrestling/TheIronSheik, Wrestling/{{Kamala}}, Wrestling/VladimirKozlov, Wrestling/WilliamRegal, the Great Khali, practically every Canadian heel ever, and Finlay when he was heel. Averted by the likes of Wrestling/KofiKingston, Wrestling/YoshiTatsu and Finlay as a face, but played so straight with practically everyone of foreign extraction ever seen in WWF/E WWE at some point in their careers, it's become one of Vinnie Mac's defining tropes - not that it's ever been confined to WWE, of course. Even applied to wrestlers [[FakeNationality who are not actually foreign or even of the same racial background as the character portrayed]], providing they don't need to speak a lot - e.g. Jimmy Yang, a Korean-American, played [[Wrestling/YoshihiroTajiri Tajiri]]'s {{Mook|s}} 'Akio' in a ''Japanese'' stable (some time before he subverted this trope by becoming 'Jimmy Wang Yang', [[StereotypeFlip a 'foreign'-looking chap who happens to act like he's a cowboy]], which is therefore amusing), or Yokozuna, a quasi-'Japanese' Polynesian wrestler played by Rodney Anoai of the great Samoan wrestling dynasty. Many of this family have been presented as semi-savages when their ethnic background is recognized, from the Wild Samoans to Wrestling/{{Umaga}}. The Canadian Bret Hart got massive heel heat in America by proclaiming his home country's superiority, yet simultaneously retained a fanatically loyal Canadian fanbase that kept the Hitman face north of the border (and in the rest of the world) which presumably made his opponents Evil Foreigners from a Canadian perspective. Years later, the various incarnations of La Resistance were always Evil Foreigners (whether billed as from France or Quebec, except for one delirious babyface night in Montreal), which led to the absurd commentary habit of referring to them as first "French sympathizers" and subsequently "Quebec sympathizers" prompting some mystification amongst those who had missed the exact point at which the USA or indeed WWE had declared war on France and Quebec...



* {{Hunk}}s ''Oh''-so-naturally, in an industry comprising of big, muscular men fighting around for dominance in shirtless, skimpy clothing. And with such large variety of sizes, shapes and colors, [[EatingTheEyeCandy it's practical eye candy]] [[FemaleGaze for ladies (and guys) alike]]!

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* {{Hunk}}s {{Hunk}}s: ''Oh''-so-naturally, in an industry comprising of big, muscular men fighting around for dominance in shirtless, skimpy clothing. And with such large variety of sizes, shapes and colors, [[EatingTheEyeCandy it's practical eye candy]] [[FemaleGaze for ladies (and guys) alike]]!
3rd Jul '17 10:44:21 PM SutairuMasuta
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* '''''Raw''''': ''Fastlane'', ''Payback'', ''Great Balls of Fire'', ''Extreme Rules'', ''Clash of Champions'', ''Hell in a Cell'', ''Roadblock''

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* '''''Raw''''': ''Fastlane'', ''Payback'', ''Extreme Rules'', ''Great Balls of Fire'', ''Extreme Rules'', ''Clash of Champions'', ''Hell in a Cell'', ''Roadblock''
17th Jun '17 8:19:47 PM Gimere
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** Whatever the ''hell'' Wrestling/TheWyattFamily follows - or at least Rowan and Harper. (Bray already believes himself to be [[AGodAmI a god]], so...)

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** Whatever the ''hell'' Wrestling/TheWyattFamily follows - or at least least Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. (Bray Wyatt already believes himself to be [[AGodAmI a god]], so...)



** During the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, and against those who left the WWE on bad terms.

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** During the Wrestling/MondayNightWars, and against those who left the WWE on bad terms.



## "New Generation" Era: The WWF was trying to transition from a live-action cartoon back to a wrestling company, and the fans were...not as receptive as the WWE had hoped. '93-'96 was the "eye of the hurricane" so to speak, the calm between the storms: The WWF at the time was going through a turnover in talents after WCW had cleaned them out. They lost some of the gimmickry eventually and pulled off a more athletically-driven program prior to Attitude taking over, but in the early-to-mid 90's, there was a trashcan, a repo man, hog farmers, a Native American dude, Arachnaman, Max Moon, a dentist, a hockey player, and so on. They repackaged the company after the steroid trials, trying to clean up their act with guys like Bret Hart, Hennig, Flair, and Shawn Michaels.

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## "New Generation" Era: The WWF was trying to transition from a live-action cartoon back to a wrestling company, and the fans were...not as receptive as the WWE WWF had hoped. '93-'96 was the "eye of the hurricane" so to speak, the calm between the storms: The WWF at the time was going through a turnover in talents after WCW had cleaned them out. They lost some of the gimmickry eventually and pulled off a more athletically-driven program prior to Attitude taking over, but in the early-to-mid 90's, there was a trashcan, a repo man, hog farmers, a Native American dude, Arachnaman, Max Moon, a dentist, a hockey player, and so on. They repackaged the company after the steroid trials, trying to clean up their act with guys like Bret Hart, Hennig, Flair, and Shawn Michaels.



** Wrestling/MariaKanellis - Another 2004 Diva Search contestant, she started out as a "dim-witted" backstage interviewer for comic relief on ''Monday Night Raw''. She made occasional forays into the ring over the next few years, finally becoming more or less a full-time wrestler in 2008. That's when she became the first Diva to pin Beth Phoenix since Phoenix had won the Women's Championship (though the match was non-title, and Kanellis needed some help from Candice Michelle to score the win). Kanellis and Phoenix met again at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania XXIV'' in a tag-team match that also included Wrestling/AshleyMassaro and Melina Perez, and Kanellis almost certainly would have pinned Phoenix clean if it hadn't been for interference by Wrestling/SantinoMarella.
** Wrestling/KellyKelly - She joined the relaunched ''ECW on [=SyFy=]'' in June of 2006 as an exotic dancer [[InsistentTerminology ("exhibitionist," to use her term)]] with practically no wrestling skills. After just over a year of training, she began to appear in the ring sporadically and then full-time after being drafted to ''Monday Night Raw'' in 2008. She appeared in back-to-back (2008 and 2009) Divas' Elimination Matches at ''Survivor Series'', eliminating two Divas between them. Finally, she won the Divas' Championship from Brie Bella on June 20, 2011, after being voted Number One Contender by the fans.

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** Wrestling/MariaKanellis - Another 2004 Diva Search contestant, she started out as a "dim-witted" backstage interviewer for comic relief on ''Monday Night Raw''. She made occasional forays into the ring over the next few years, finally becoming more or less a full-time wrestler in 2008. That's when she became the first Diva woman to pin Beth Phoenix since Phoenix had won the Women's Championship (though the match was non-title, and Kanellis needed some help from Candice Michelle to score the win). Kanellis and Phoenix met again at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania XXIV'' in a tag-team match that also included Wrestling/AshleyMassaro and Melina Perez, and Kanellis almost certainly would have pinned Phoenix clean if it hadn't been for interference by Wrestling/SantinoMarella.
** Wrestling/KellyKelly - She joined the relaunched ''ECW on [=SyFy=]'' in June of 2006 as an exotic dancer [[InsistentTerminology ("exhibitionist," to use her term)]] with practically no wrestling skills. After just over a year of training, she began to appear in the ring sporadically and then full-time after being drafted to ''Monday Night Raw'' in 2008. She appeared in back-to-back (2008 and 2009) Divas' Divas Elimination Matches at ''Survivor Series'', eliminating two Divas opponents between them. Finally, she won the Divas' Divas Championship from Brie Bella on June 20, 2011, after being voted Number One Contender by the fans.



** Happens each time when the WWE upgrades its [=TitanTron=]. For example, on an episode of Raw in 2007, Triple H throws his sledgehammer at the [=TitanTron=] to make way for the current [=TitanTron=] HD set used on Raw, [=SmackDown=], ECW, and Superstars.

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** Happens each time when the WWE upgrades its [=TitanTron=]. For example, on an episode of Raw in 2007, Triple H throws his sledgehammer at the [=TitanTron=] to make way for the current [=TitanTron=] HD set used on Raw, [=SmackDown=], ECW, and Superstars.



17th Jun '17 8:15:25 PM Gimere
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** Also applies to people under Vince. Wrestling/TripleH often has the same mindset as Vince but also has called for "Wrestling/RingOfHonor-types", Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis hired bikini models (such as Wrestling/KellyKelly) and people with interest in Japanese wrestling (MVP), Wrestling/JimRoss brought in fitness models (think Wrestling/TrishStratus) and along with Jerry Brisco likes bringing in college athletes (Wrestling/BrockLesnar, Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam).

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** Also applies to people under Vince. Wrestling/TripleH often has the same mindset as Vince but also has called for "Wrestling/RingOfHonor-types", Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis hired bikini models (such as (e.g., Wrestling/KellyKelly) and people with interest in Japanese wrestling (MVP), (e.g., MVP), Wrestling/JimRoss brought in fitness models (think (e.g., Wrestling/TrishStratus) and along with Jerry Brisco likes bringing in college athletes (Wrestling/BrockLesnar, (e.g., Wrestling/BrockLesnar and Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam).



* BadMoodAsAnExcuse: Used in excess by heel characters. Face characters aren't immune to this either. In general, it's dangerous to your well being to be around a wrestler when they're frustrated.

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* BadMoodAsAnExcuse: Used in excess by heel characters. Face characters, though face characters aren't immune to this this, either. In general, it's dangerous to your well being to be around a wrestler when they're frustrated.



* BlessedWithSuck: Anyone who wins the Money in the Bank briefcase will, without fail, start to go on a losing streak. This has been averted [[Wrestling/RobVanDam by]] [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} some]] [[Wrestling/JohnCena though]]. And in a sense, the current title holder(s), as it puts a giant bullseye on their back as they want it for their own.
** LaserGuidedKarma: And at one point will have it cashed in on them.

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* BlessedWithSuck: BlessedWithSuck:
**
Anyone who wins the Money in the Bank briefcase will, without fail, start to go on a losing streak. This has been averted [[Wrestling/RobVanDam by]] [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} some]] [[Wrestling/JohnCena though]]. And in though]].
** In
a sense, the current any champion, as holding a title holder(s), as it puts a giant bullseye on their back as they want it for their own.
** LaserGuidedKarma: And at one point will have it cashed in on them.
a wrestler's back.



** Most WorkedShoot angles are this by default, since they hinge on acknowledging that wrestling is scripted and the people involved are playing characters and are booked to win/lose/play the character they play. A lot of this happened before and during the ECW One Night Stand PPV in 2005, particularly from Joey Styles and Paul Heyman, where they pretended to shoot on the WWE.
* BreakTheCutie: Done very, very cruelly with Wrestling/MickieJames. There's a reason that more than one wrestling publication called that angle pretty much a humiliation for the industry.

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** Most WorkedShoot angles are this by default, since they hinge on acknowledging that wrestling is scripted and the people involved are playing characters and are booked to win/lose/play the character they play. A lot of this happened before and during the ECW One Night Stand PPV in 2005, particularly from Joey Styles and Paul Heyman, where they pretended to shoot on the WWE.
* BreakTheCutie: Done very, very cruelly with Wrestling/MickieJames. There's a reason that more than one wrestling publication called that angle pretty much a humiliation for not just WWE, but the entire industry.



* {{Chickification}}: While male WWE performers are referred to as Superstars (after "Superstar" Billy Graham), until ''[=WrestleNania=]'' 32 female WWE performers were referred to as Divas (after [[HystericalWoman catty, self-serving, high-maintenance women]] everywhere). They were easily spotted by their hair extensions, breast implants, and non-stop jiggling/squealing whenever they move.

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* {{Chickification}}: While male WWE performers are have consistently been referred to as Superstars (after "Superstar" Billy Graham), until ''[=WrestleNania=]'' 32 female WWE performers were referred to as Divas (after [[HystericalWoman catty, self-serving, high-maintenance women]] everywhere). They were easily spotted by their hair extensions, breast implants, and non-stop jiggling/squealing whenever they move.



** The Women's Championship itself was Chickified in 2010 when they retired the Women's Championship and replaced it with a garish [[PinkMeansFeminine pink and silver butterfly shaped-belt]] called the Divas' Championship. No prior history carries over to the belt, either, which is pretty convenient. Even JBL made an on-air comment about AJ being the longest reigning Divas champion of all time (which [[MetaphoricallyTrue technically she is]]) by snarkily bringing up the Fabulous Moolah, who had the single longest reign with ''any'' championship ''ever''. Now anytime the company wants to push a Diva, all they have to do now is break AJ's streak, which is not hard. [[Wrestling/BellaTwins Nikki Bella]] currently holds this illustrious honor.
** Word is Bruce Prichard didn't think women belonged in wrestling except as arm candy, and that was the start of the decline. There were always exceptions like Mickie James and Trish Stratus (who got her start in modeling) managing to transcend the roles handed to them. But WWE never really changed with the times, and with shifting attitudes toward women in both Hollywood and MMA (not to mention the easy availability of porn), the juvenilia of the 90s looks more out of place than ever, as the Diva segments hemorrhage viewers and the company perversely trains swimsuit models to have bad matches, as it's "sexier" that way.
** Thankfully, thanks to a Twitter row between AJ Lee and Stephanie [=McMahon=], this seems to finally be changing. NXT Divas have been allowed to work like the men for a couple years now, putting on some of the best matches period in recent years at the NXT quarterly [=TakeOver=] specials, and 3 of them were recently called up to the main roster to start a "Divas Revolution". Their debut segment on Raw got huge "This Is Awesome" chants, and since then not only have the main shows often had two different Divas matches booked, but the matches themselves are booked normally, instead of the "bathroom break" pattern of 5 minute long badly booked matches that had been stinking up the Divas Division for years.

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** The Women's Championship itself was Chickified in 2010 when they retired the Women's Championship and replaced it with a garish [[PinkMeansFeminine pink and silver butterfly shaped-belt]] called the Divas' Divas Championship. No prior history carries over to the belt, either, which is pretty convenient. Even JBL made an on-air comment about AJ being the longest reigning Divas champion of all time (which [[MetaphoricallyTrue technically she is]]) by snarkily bringing up the Fabulous Moolah, who had the single longest reign with ''any'' championship ''ever''. Now anytime the company wants to push a Diva, all they have to do now is break AJ's streak, which is not hard. [[Wrestling/BellaTwins Nikki Bella]] currently holds this illustrious honor.
** Word is Bruce Prichard didn't think women belonged in wrestling except as arm candy, and that was the start of the decline. There were always exceptions like Mickie James and Trish Stratus (who got her start in modeling) managing to transcend the roles handed to them. But WWE never really changed with the times, and with shifting attitudes toward women in both Hollywood and MMA (not to mention the easy availability of porn), the juvenilia of the 90s looks more out of place than ever, as the Diva segments hemorrhage hemorrhaged viewers and the company perversely trains trained swimsuit models to have bad matches, as it's supposedly "sexier" that way.
** Thankfully, thanks to a Twitter row between AJ Lee and Stephanie [=McMahon=], this seems to finally be changing. NXT Divas NXT's women have been allowed to work like the men for a couple years now, putting on some of the best matches period in recent years at the NXT quarterly [=TakeOver=] specials, and 3 of them were recently called up to the main roster to start a "Divas Revolution". Their debut segment on Raw got huge "This Is Awesome" chants, and since then not only have the main shows often had two different Divas women's matches booked, but the matches themselves are booked normally, instead of the "bathroom break" pattern of 5 minute long badly booked matches that had been stinking up the Divas Division women's division for years.



* CoolMask: Wrestling/{{Kane}}, [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]], [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]], Wrestling/SinCara.

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* CoolMask: Wrestling/{{Kane}}, [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Mysterio]], [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]], both incarnations of Wrestling/SinCara.



--> "I grew up locked in a basement, suffering severe psychological and emotional scarring when [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker my brother]] set my parents on fire. From there, I shifted around among a series of mental institutions until I was grown, at which point I buried my brother alive... twice. Since then, I've set a couple of people on fire and abducted various co-workers. Oh, and I, uh, [[UnnecessaryRoughness once electrocuted]] [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon a man's]] [[GroinAttack testicles]]. Years ago, [[DiscontinuityNod I had a girlfriend named Katie]] but [[OldShame let's just say that didn't turn out too well]].[[note]] Referring to the Katie Vick storyline, one of the most infamous in wrestling history, and winner of Website/WrestleCrap's Gooker Award as the worst wrestling storyline of 2002.[[/note]] My real father is a guy named Wrestling/PaulBearer, who I recently trapped in a meat locker. I've been [[Wrestling/{{Lita}} married]], divorced, broke up my ex-wife's [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} wedding]] and tombstoned the priest. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And, for reasons never quite explained, I have an unhealthy obsession with torturing Pete Rose.]][[note]] At three consecutive ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' events (XIV through XVI), the former baseball great had a storyline encounter with Kane, each time ending up on the receiving end of one of Kane's finishing moves.[[/note]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: In kayfabe, the WWE as presented is probably the worst company of all time. With corrupt officials, abusive bosses and a loose grasp of the law (company mergers, children's custody, etc. being settled by wrestling matches), it's strange that the WWE has never come under federal investigation.

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--> "I grew up locked in a basement, suffering severe psychological and emotional scarring when [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker my brother]] set my parents on fire. From there, I shifted around among a series of mental institutions until I was grown, at which point I buried my brother alive... twice. Since then, I've set a couple of people on fire and abducted various co-workers. Oh, and I, uh, [[UnnecessaryRoughness once electrocuted]] a [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon a man's]] man]]'s [[GroinAttack testicles]]. Years ago, [[DiscontinuityNod I had a girlfriend named Katie]] but [[OldShame let's just say that didn't turn out too well]].[[note]] Referring to the Katie Vick storyline, one of the most infamous in wrestling history, and winner of Website/WrestleCrap's Gooker Award as the worst wrestling storyline of 2002.[[/note]] My real father is a guy named Wrestling/PaulBearer, who I recently trapped in a meat locker. I've been [[Wrestling/{{Lita}} married]], divorced, broke up my ex-wife's [[Wrestling/{{Edge}} wedding]] and tombstoned the priest. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And, for reasons never quite explained, I have an unhealthy obsession with torturing Pete Rose.]][[note]] At three consecutive ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' events (XIV through XVI), the former baseball great had a storyline encounter with Kane, each time ending up on the receiving end of one of Kane's finishing moves.[[/note]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: In kayfabe, the WWE as presented is probably the ''the worst company of all time.time''. With corrupt officials, abusive bosses and a loose grasp of the law (company mergers, children's custody, etc. being settled by wrestling matches), it's strange that the WWE has never come under federal investigation.



** Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin fits as well. He's a Type V Antihero (hero in name only) who dresses in dark colors, drinks beer, attacks people unprovoked (sometimes even Divas, civilians and the elderly) and is generally loathsome... He then turned that dial up to 11 and exacerbated this behavior as part of a FaceHeelTurn; despite the announcers screaming how reprehensible these actions were, and the other wrestlers condemning him, fans continued to cheer him simply because he was Stone Cold Steve Austin. As a result, his turn never quite took and he was turned back relatively quickly.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Everyone - and I mean ''everyone'' - gets one in WWE. Don't believe me? Just ask [[EnsembleDarkhorse Hornswoggle]].

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** Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin fits as well. He's a Type V Antihero (hero in name only) who dresses in dark colors, drinks beer, attacks people unprovoked (sometimes even Divas, women, civilians and the elderly) and is generally loathsome... He then turned that dial up to 11 and exacerbated this behavior as part of a FaceHeelTurn; despite the announcers screaming how reprehensible these actions were, and the other wrestlers condemning him, fans continued to cheer him simply because he was Stone Cold Steve Austin. As a result, his turn never quite took and he was turned back relatively quickly.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Everyone - and I we mean ''everyone'' - gets one in WWE. Don't believe me? us? Just ask [[EnsembleDarkhorse Hornswoggle]].



** As of 2010, WWE has toned down their usage of this trope - WWE now has a plethora of foreigners (such as WickedCultured Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, GeniusBruiser Wrestling/WadeBarrett, MilesGloriosus Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, ViolentGlaswegian Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre), and while many of them are heels, none of them are evil because they are foreign - each has a full-on heel gimmick to get heat.

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** As of 2010, WWE has toned down their usage of this trope - WWE they now has have a plethora of foreigners (such as WickedCultured Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, GeniusBruiser Wrestling/WadeBarrett, MilesGloriosus Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, ViolentGlaswegian Wrestling/DrewMcIntyre), and while many of them are heels, none of them are evil because they are foreign - each has a full-on heel gimmick to get heat.



** Again by 2016 with the Brand Extension happening a second time. Raw and Smackdown split again. Add NXT, which is now as recognizable a brand as either TV program and the soon-to-debut [[http://www.wwe.com/article/205-live-premieres-nov-29-on-wwe-network 205 Live]], which each have its own rosters, and it most certainly applies.

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** Again by 2016 with the Brand Extension happening a second time. Raw and Smackdown split again. Add NXT, which is now as recognizable a brand as either TV program and the soon-to-debut [[http://www.wwe.com/article/205-live-premieres-nov-29-on-wwe-network 205 Live]], which each have its own rosters, and it most certainly applies.



* IHaveManyNames: Most of the wrestlers have had more than one name (or at least more than one gimmick) during their runs. The company itself has gone through this. From Capitol Wrestling Corporation to World Wide Wrestling Federation to World Wrestling Federation to World Wrestling Entertainment to WWE, Inc. (World Wrestling Entertainment is still the legal name of the company.)

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* IHaveManyNames: IHaveManyNames:
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Most of the wrestlers have had more than one name (or at least more than one gimmick) during their runs. runs.
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The company itself has gone through this. From Capitol Wrestling Corporation to World Wide Wrestling Federation to World Wrestling Federation to World Wrestling Entertainment to WWE, Inc. (World Wrestling Entertainment is still the legal name of the company.)



** Taken to the next level when [=TVWeek=] wrote a press release about Drew Carey being inducted into the "Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame" (referring to the WWE Hall of Fame) and the WWE '''demanded''' the headline be changed because it included the words "Pro Wrestling". Read more about it [[http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/2011/03/whoaa-nellie-when-brands-go-horribly-wrong-pstvince-mcmahon-and-the-wwe-are-no-longer-in-the-wrestli.php here]]. To be fair, the WWE Hall of Fame does not represent the industry as whole, so there were likely more reasons beyond simply the terminology, plus there is an actual independently-run [[http://www.pwhf.org Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame]] as well.
** The [=WWE=] does not have "fans". Rather, they have the collective "[=WWE=] Universe".

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** Taken to the next level when [=TVWeek=] wrote a press release about Drew Carey being inducted into the "Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame" (referring to the WWE Hall of Fame) and the WWE '''demanded''' the headline be changed because it included the words "Pro Wrestling". Read more about it [[http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/2011/03/whoaa-nellie-when-brands-go-horribly-wrong-pstvince-mcmahon-and-the-wwe-are-no-longer-in-the-wrestli.php here]]. To be fair, the WWE Hall of Fame does not represent the industry as whole, so there were likely more reasons beyond simply the terminology, plus there is an actual independently-run [[http://www.pwhf.org Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame]] as well.
** The [=WWE=] WWE does not have "fans". Rather, they have the collective "[=WWE=] Universe".



* JuxtaposedHalvesShot: They have a strange love of them. The posters for the WWE ''Invasion'' PPV had half Vince [=McMahon=] and half Shane [=McMahon=], since the invading force was the WCW/ECW contingent led by Shane. WWE Superstars always opened with a montage of them.

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* JuxtaposedHalvesShot: They have a strange love of them. The posters for the WWE ''Invasion'' PPV had half Vince [=McMahon=] and half Shane [=McMahon=], since the invading force was the WCW/ECW contingent led by Shane. WWE Superstars always opened with a montage of them.



* KidsPreferBoxes: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AxogCo4dV4 This Christmas promo]] for [=WWEshop=].com and the Elimination Chamber playset. CMOF for Shawn Michaels.

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* KidsPreferBoxes: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AxogCo4dV4 This Christmas promo]] for [=WWEshop=].com and the Elimination Chamber playset. CMOF for Shawn Michaels.



** The addition of little-person wrestler Hornswoggle and his inclusion in many storylines seemed to come at the very beginning of this new phase of the WWE's existence. Curiously, many fans don't seem to like the panto matches he's involved in very much. Actually, nowadays JBL and Cole go out to lunch whenever the Little Bastard appears, as if they're tired of him as well..

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** The addition of little-person wrestler Hornswoggle and his inclusion in many storylines seemed to come at the very beginning of this new phase of the WWE's existence. Curiously, many fans don't seem to like the panto matches he's involved in very much. Actually, nowadays JBL and Cole go out to lunch whenever the Little Bastard appears, as if they're tired of him as well..



* MacGuffinMelee:
** For a while the Hardcore Title was defended on the "24/7 rule." Anybody could challenge for the belt at any time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter what the champ was doing, as long as they had a WWF ref to call the match. Frequently the new champ would then be attacked by one of his friends, who would win the belt only to be challenged in turn, and so on.

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* MacGuffinMelee:
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MacGuffinMelee: For a while while, the Hardcore Title was defended on the "24/7 rule." Anybody could challenge for the belt at any time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter what the champ was doing, as long as they had a WWF ref to call the match. Frequently the new champ would then be attacked by one of his friends, who would win the belt only to be challenged in turn, and so on.



** Whenever {{Music/Motorhead}} plays Wrestling/TripleH's theme live (they've done it several times at Wrestling/WrestleMania), Lemmy can never get the lyrics right.

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** Whenever {{Music/Motorhead}} plays played Wrestling/TripleH's theme live (they've done it several times at Wrestling/WrestleMania), Lemmy can could never get the lyrics right.
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