This is the biggest week of the year for wrestling fans as Vince McMahon’s titan of a company, WWE hosts its 33rd annual supershow, WrestleMania from Orlando, Florida. While I know Geeks of Doom doesn’t always cover wrestling; (I’d quit my job and write full time if it did), one cannot deny the crossover appeal of pro wrestling, pop culture, and geek-based entertainment.
This is an industry that has spawned its own film company, and created some of the biggest stars in the world. Look no further than the highest grossing star in Hollywood right now, Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock. The Rock headlined wrestling’s Super Bowl 5 times and featured in some of the events greatest matches. Last year in Dallas, Texas at Cowboys Stadium, they set an indoor attendance record with 100,000 packed in, and wouldn’t you know who showed up with a flamethrower to commemorate the event… it was The Rock.
In a shocking turn of events, beloved outgoing President Barack Obama turned heel today at the inauguration. He hit long-time friend and ally Vice-President Joe Biden with his Pedigree finisher before grabbing a mic.
The outgoing POTUS told the crowd to “stick it” and said “he was sick of trying to impress the fans.” Obama said, “All you people do is make me sick. Well, suck it, America.”
The WWE is having it’s 32nd supercard this year in Texas at Jerry Jones’ AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Since 1985, Wrestlemania has been the Super Bowl for WWE and Chairman Vince McMahon. Like the Super Bowl, Wrestlemania has always had big time celebrity involvement. At the very first show celebs like Liberace, Muhammad Ali, and Cyndi Lauper were there, AND Mr. T wrestled in the main event tag match with partner Hulk Hogan. Over the following four decades, celebrities have been used as ring announcers, managers, interviewers, and most notably performers. NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor main evented Wrestlemania 11 in Hartford, Connecticut against Bam Bam Bigelow, while Maria Menounos of Extra and Access Hollywood participated in a tag team match at Wrestlemania 28. Just last year WWE used major celebrity street cred to sell it’s SummerSlam show in August, in the names of former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and Arrow star Stephen Amell. Well, just like his DC superhero character, you can’t seem to keep a good hero down. After a Comic Con confrontation, it seems Amell may be making his Wrestlemania debut this year against his arch nemesis, WWE wrestler, Stardust.
Check out Stardust confronting Stephen Amell at Dallas Comic-Con 2016 in the video below.