If I could sum up everything I’ve ever learned from pro wrestling in one sentence it would be this:
The face beats the heel.
In wrestling terminology there are two types of characters – faces and heels.
The face (short for babyface) is the good guy. Think Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, John Cena.
The heel is the villain. People like The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, Ric Flair, and Mr. McMahon were great heels.
Wrestling at it’s core is the story of a good guy versus a bad guy. Almost every single wrestling match in history consists of a face versus a heel. And the face beets the heel.
The heel may get the upper hand. He may vanquish a few good-hearted men along a path of destruction. But in the end the heel always goes down.
This is the cycle of wrestling, a never-ending story where the characters change but the outline stays the same each week. Continue reading
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There have been a lot of great talkers in the history of wrestling. It’s hard to pick out the best of all time.
You have to consider “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes:
Hulk Hogan and Randy “Macho Man” Savage must be near the top of the list:
But to be the man, you have to beat the man. And the man nobody could beat at promos was Ric Flair: Continue reading
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What is the ultimate accomplishment in sports?
It’s not championships. It’s not the Hall of Fame.
It’s being undefeated.
Undefeated means perfection. Zero losses. Zero hits. Flawless victory. All As and no absences. Five stars.
Look what’s swept the sports nation recently. Not March Madness – the Miami Heat’s undefeated streak.
The Heat’s 27 straight win streak captivated the nation because we seek perfection. When we witness it, we are often in awe.
In the wrestling world, the word undefeated is synonymous with one man – The Undertaker. Continue reading