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One Of Us: Wrestling Weenies
  • Former WWE wrestler Gregory "Hurricane" Helms' love of the Green Lantern is well-documented (not the least of which by the Green Lantern Corps logo tattooed on his shoulder), and his total fanboy obsession was actually his gimmick for a short time after entering WWE (before the character jumped completely off the deep-end and became a campy Superhero). His website also features a piece of art by himself, showing The Hurricane delivering his Finishing Move to Captain Marvel as Black Adam looks on approvingly.
  • A lot of WWE wrestlers are gamers. Cody Rhodes has the Triforce on his boots. He even admitted to playing Zelda every year. Specifically, he's admitted that every year he plays The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past from start to finish without saving or quitting.
    • He's also a huge comic book fan and has said his favorite characters are Archangel, Omega Red, Cyclops and the Inhumans. He has a cabinet of the Konami X-Men arcade game at his house, he once said he'd want Patriot from the Young Avengers as a member of Legacy, and that he'd want to wrestle Black Panther in a cage match. He also enjoyed the comparisons of him to Doctor Doom while masked.
    • It's also been told that he plays with action figures. He'll even let you play with him, but be warned: When he plays, he plays, and you better take it serious and be able to keep up with him.
  • The Miz and John Morrison have talked about the new WWE games in detail with game sites like IGN.
  • Kofi Kingston told Nintendo Power that he wanted a pink hoodie. He compares his style to characters from Tekken and Street Fighter.
    • Did anyone else just envision him as Dee Jay?
      • He debuted a pair of Riddler trunks on Superstars (which he then went on to wear in the Royal Rumble, as well as the following Monday Night Raw), with the question marks all over, and his "Kofi-face" logo wearing the Riddler's hat and mask. He also mentioned in a WWE Magazine interview that the one pair of trunks he had made that he has never worn was a Red and Black Harley Quinn one.
  • Montel Vontavious Porter, better known as MVP, based one of his early finishers off of an Eddie Gordo move. It was named Malicious Intent.
  • Wrestler George "The Animal" Steele has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master's degree from Michigan State University.
  • Dwayne Johnson is a big video game geek. So much so that his interview with Jon Stewart for The Daily Show, ostensibly to promote the then-new Doom movie, eventually became the two of them just talking about the games instead. During an interview about the movie, when the subject of the BFG came up, Johnson insisted on calling it the "Big Fucking Gun" rather than the "Bio-Force Gun" (the name used in the movie).
    • Also, while he was one of the biggest stars in wrestling history, once he left for the big lights of Hollywood, most people assumed that he never actually cared about wrestling and just saw it as a launching pad to stardom. Thanks to his Twitter account, it turns out that he's still very much a huge wrestling geek, and in addition to WWE he regularly watches both TNA and Ring of Honor. He's a big fan of current ROH's Kevin Steen.
  • Mick Foley was an avid wrestling fan before getting his start professionally. Since semi-retiring he's gone on to become a novelist and voiced "The Boulder," an Affectionate Parody character of Dwayne Johnson's iconic persona, "The Rock" on Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • Foley is also notable for talking about things in his life that wrestlers might think dilutes their tough image. For instance he loves the music of Tori Amos to a near religious degree, loves Christmas and so regularly goes to Santa's Village (an all year round Christmas themed amusement park), not to mention that he always talks about events in his life other than wrestling in his books. Since his first book, his books have been just as much about his family life as they have about his career.
  • WWE's Chris Jericho is such a geek, he named his son Ash, sings for a metal band in a persona called Moongoose McQueen (named for Steve McQueen, of course), and has recorded with Dream Theater and Iron Maiden.
  • WWE's CM Punk is a big comic book fan and a bigger G.I. Joe fan, going so far as to have the Cobra logo tattooed on his arm.
  • WWE's Kane has a bachelor's degree in English and is a very avid gamer and political blogger.
    • He has also written some short science fiction and horror, and knows more about economics than many econ professors.
  • TNA's Chris Sabin (real name Josh Harter) is a big gamer and took his wrestling name from Sabin in Final Fantasy VI. Considering that the MOTHERFUCKER SUPLEXED A TRAIN... Sabin (the wrestler) still plays video games to this day.
    • His former tag partner Alex Shelley falls into this as well. Mainly due to his extensive collection of wrestling tapes.
  • Former WWE wrestler Scott Levy - best known as Raven - is a member of MENSA and a huge comic book fan. While in ECW, he often wrestled wearing T-shirts of comics from DC's Vertigo Comics imprint (usually The Sandman). He has also been spotted wearing a Daredevil shirt on occasion. He also co-wrote issue #14 of the Spider-Man limited series Spider-Man's Tangled Web
  • WWE's Hornswoggle is a big fan of The Muppet Show and it shows. He has tattoos of Animal, Statler and Waldorf, Beaker, and Sweetums, has all The Muppet Show seasons on DVD and has watched them three times and has paid 250 dollars for a rare Muppets Monopoly board game.
  • WWE wrestler John Cena has admitted to being an anime fan. His favorite anime movie? Fist of the North Star!note  He's also a Command & Conquer fan.
    • Cena is also a huge Star Wars fan, even ranking all of them (including prequels) amongst his favorite films. He even once cut a promo imitating Yoda's voice.
  • Former WWE SmackDown! color man Matt Striker betrays his anime geekdom with every nickname he bestows upon a wrestler. "Neon Genesis" Yoshi Tatsu, indeed. His commentary also has him proudly displaying his Comic Book geekery ("Avengers Assemble, this is Secret Wars!"), not to mention that his vast knowledge of professional wrestling history is starting to reach J.R.-level Continuity Porn. And now he's revealed that he named his cats after The Midnight Express. Yup, geek.
  • Independent wrestling promotion CHIKARA pretty much runs on this. Mike Quackenbush, their booker/head trainer/owner/wrestler/jack-of-all-trades is a diehard comic book and pop culture junkie and it shows. Much of the DVD covers are homages to famous comic book covers, their shows have titles that are references to They Might Be Giants, Talking Heads, Ben Folds Five, Blackadder, and everything in between, and the booking itself basically patterns itself after continuity-heavy TV shows along the lines of LOST (which Quackenbush is also, unsurprisingly, a huge fan of as well).
    • There was a Tag Team called the Super Smash Bros., Player Uno and Player Dos. And they are, indeed, true geeks; they now have a Youtube channel called The Nerd Slam where they post videos of themselves playing video games with their friends. Uno also does videos where he previews upcoming indie games, as well as the occasional Let's Play.
    • They had a character named Create-A-Wrestler, where the idea was that the fans would get to decide his gimmick for him. At Time Will Prove Everything, Crossbones questioned the logic of that idea.note 
  • A J Styles of TNA is a gamer and a fan of J. K. Rowling.
  • TNA wrestler Samoa Joe based his finisher, the Muscle Buster, on the one used by Tekken character King (though the move was actually created as the Kinniku Buster. Then again, it was created for a manga character, so it keeps a nerdy origin).
    • He also sided against Roger Ebert in the "games as art" debate, proclaiming such games as Red Dead Redemption and Uncharted 2 to indeed be art. He also called Uncharted 2 "the best action flick I've seen all year".
  • SHIMMER wrestler Leva Bates' wrestling attires consist of numerous different cosplays from various movie and comic franchises. Cosplays she has used for her attire have included Chun-Li, Captain America, The Punisher, The Joker, Robin, Harley Quinn, Indiana Jones, Rocky, Freddy Krueger, Iron Man, Dora the Explorer, and Luigi.
  • LuFisto's main gimmick is being a Cosplay Otaku Girl, her Red Baron is "Super Hardcore Anime".
  • Rey Mysterio Jr trots out the cosplay for pay-per-view events (usually WrestleMania, but occasionally other shows), having dressed as The Flash, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, The Joker, a Na'vi from Avatar, as well as Captain America.
  • AJ Lee is a huge fan of video games, anime and comic books. She regularly tweets about her love of all of them, especially the X-Men (her favorite story is the Dark Phoenix Saga), she has a dog named after Kagome from InuYasha and in a promo video there were clearly visible action figures of Yuna and Meryl Silverburgh. This carries over into her wrestling persona; she describes herself as a "geek goddess", and in a Halloween costume battle royal, she dressed as Kitana and actually attempted a fan lift.
  • SHIMMER's resident banshee MsChif is the alter ego of one Rachael Collins, a sweet horror movie and Black Metal-loving microbiologist.
  • Japanese legend Mitsuharu Misawa was quite the gamer, being a noted fan of Final Fantasy, Super Robot Taisen, Fire Emblem, Super Mario Bros., and Metroid; when he passed away in 2009, the developers of Metroid: Other M even named a minor character after him as a tribute.
  • The Big Show has said in an interview that when he goes home he "grabs an Ice Tea, goes to his room and plays Call of Duty, it's therapy for me.". He also has a tour bus with TV's and Xboxes hooked to them.
  • Bryan Danielson. Japanese wrestling fanboy, comic book nerd
  • Zack Ryder seems to collect a number of action figures (a Peter Venkman figure makes at least one appearance in each episode of his YouTube webseries, along with one of Dolph Ziggler), and likes Star Wars so much so that he's made more than a few Star Wars references, and made out with someone dressed as Princess Leia. He's also dressed as Han Solo. Again, this has occurred in all of his webisodes )
  • Christopher Daniels is a massive comic book fan, gamer, cosplayed Magneto for ComicCon and was made a Doctor Who villain.
  • WWE Diva Nikki Bella has admitted to loving video games, listing Tony Hawk, Mortal Kombat and Donkey Kong as her favourites. Her sister Brie, not so much.
    • The two ended up dressing up as the Mario Bros. during a Halloween battle royale.
  • Beth Phoenix has been stated to be the most imposing diva in WWE history— against the likes of Kharma and Chyna, that's saying something. She is also a huge fan of video games, horror films and The Simpsons.
  • Seth Rollins of WWE's The Shield named two of his finishing moves the Avada Kedavra (superkick) and the Skywalker (Shiranui).
  • Summer Rae, the gorgeous blonde statuesque stunner and dance partner of Fandango was a huge WWE fan long before getting signed. On her Twitter account she could be seen congratulating Kelly Kelly on winning the Divas' title and she also tweeted the following which solidifies her as a wrestling geek:
    "Man, after hearing the results of last nights #MITB I'm considering all the possibilities for tonightís Raw!! I canít wait!#WWE @WWE Universe."
  • Stevie Richards is a HUGE gamer. He even pitched the first perfect game in MLB 2K11.
  • Former WWE Diva Jacqueline has a black belt in Taekwondo and loves Martial Arts Movies.
  • Former wrestler Kevin Sullivan is a huge history buff, and he recently did a shoot interview wherein he made several accurate references to different comic book superheroes.
  • NXT Diva Sasha Banks has a Sailor Moon themed Twitter background and calls her fans the "Sasha Scouts"note , frequently mentions her love of Mario Kart, owns a Ninja Turtle dress and is a fan of Superman.
  • Devon Storm, aka WCW's Crowbar, claims to be the biggest Star Wars fan alive.
  • His former ally Daffney Unger cited Harley Quinn as an inspiration for her original character.
  • Funkadactyl and WWE Diva Naomi is a big fan of Japanese women's pro wrestling (aka joshi puroresu), specifically Manami Toyota.
  • Xavier Woods has being a huge anime, video game, cartoon and anime fan as part of his gimmick. He even challenged fans to a WWE2K14 match, and has name-dropped players in the competitive Street Fighter scene.
  • On one episode of The Steve Austin Show podcast, the eponymous Steve Austin (as in the beer drinkin', hell raisin', middle finger flippin' Stone Cold) and Vader (aka Big Van Vader, one of the baddest big men alive) discussed their love of Star Trek.
  • Batista has expressed an interest in superhero stories and science fiction, which probably motivated him to land acting gigs in such productions as Smallville and Guardians of the Galaxy.

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