Small Reference Pools: Professional Wrestling

  • Apparently, less than a dozen pro wrestlers have ever existed.
  • The only female professional wrestler you can count on most people knowing about is probably Chyna. Assuming they're aware that women's wrestling exists at all.
  • The Eighties brought us The Fabulous Moolah, known at least because her persona was part of Hulk Hogans Rock N Wrestling on Saturday mornings.
  • The only wrestling moves you can expect a non-wrestling fan to have heard of are the full nelson, the sleeper hold, the headlock, and the body slam (of which there are many, many variations), which is commonly mistaken for the splash. Some may know of the moves, but can't talk about them without resorting to Buffy Speak. Two examples: "that move where the guy puts the other guy on his shoulders and spins around" (the Airplane Spin) and "that move where the guy wrings the other guy's neck so the other guy somersaults into a sitting position" (the Snapmare).
  • The only wrestling pay-per-view event you can expect everyone to have heard of is WrestleMania - understandable, since it was the very first one to receive mainstream media attention (1985-present). The Royal Rumble might also be mentioned - might - since it is so epic in scope and always has WrestleMania implications. All but the most diehard WCW fans might have trouble remembering anything except Starrcade.