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Interesting WWE PPV facts

19 April 2015 - 05:00 PM

WrestleMania I

  • The event was viewed by over one million fans through closed-circuit television.

  • Moments before the event started, a group of Hell's Angels on Harley Davidson motorcycles managed to get past Madison Square Garden security, entering the backstage area through the loading dock, determined to see the show. Despite the event being completely sold out, WWF management accommodated their request, and brought in a few extra chairs for them.

  • WWF announcer 'Mean' Gene Okerlund volunteered to sing the United States national anthem, after the originally scheduled celebrity singer was a no-show.

  • All in-ring performers for the main event have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

  • On the original pay-per-view broadcast, Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" and Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" were used as the entrance themes for Hulk Hogan and Wendi Richter respectively. To avoid paying music royalties, WWE excluded these songs from all video and DVD releases of the event.

  • Future ECW and WWE wrestlers Tommy Dreamer and Nunzio were both in attendance.

  • This WrestleMania, so far, is the only WrestleMania not to feature a match with the WWF/E Championship on the line.

  • Vince McMahon originally wanted to call this show "The Colossal Tussle" before Howard Finkel came up with the name "Wrestlemania".

  • According to Hulk Hogan, Mr. T almost quit the show hours before show time. T was concerned that Piper and Paul Orndorff - who really disliked him - would take advantage of him and embarrass him. T then threatened to leave because security would not allow his entourage into the arena. Hogan convinced the security to allow all of T's friends in and made sure that T did not leave the building.

  • The match between King Kong Bundy and S.D. Jones is said to have set a record of 9 seconds for the shortest match in WWF history. However, the match, in real time, actually runs for at least 20 seconds.

  • There is a myth that Wrestlemania was originally going to be called Hulkamina (because the whole show was based around Hogan).

  • Wrestlemania was almost became a flop due to poor ticket sales until 7-10 days before the event.

WWF The Wrestling Classic

  • This was the first WWE PPV to air nationally on pay-per-view. WrestleMania aired on pay-per-view only in selected areas.

Wrestlemania II

  • 250,000 PPV buys

  • Shortly after the previous year's WrestleMania, Vince McMahon secretly pitched an angle where 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka would turn heel, starting a feud with Hulk Hogan that would culminate in a steel cage match between Hogan and Snuka at WrestleMania 2. Hogan declined, reportedly saying "I don't want to wrestle with that crazy maniac." Soon after, Snuka left the Federation in August 1985, and would not return to the company until WrestleMania V.

  • Roddy Piper said he considered his boxing match with Mr. T to be the worst match of his career.

  • The only WrestleMania event to be held on a Monday, instead of the traditional Sunday. It is also the only wrestling pay-per-view to emanate from three different venues on the same night.

  • The Hulk Hogan vs King Kong Bundy match is the only steel cage match in WrestleMania history.

  • Roddy Piper truly resented Mr. T because T was an actor with no wrestling ability. Their real-life dislike for each other was written into the show.

  • A couple of days prior to the event, Bobby Heenan was in a hospital in Tampa, Florida, having an MRI done. Heenan was discovered to have two fractured vertebrae, which doctors said would require two bone pieces to be taken from his hip and placed in his neck. The night before WrestleMania 2, WWF bookers told Heenan that if he didn't make it to Los Angeles for King Kong Bundy's main event match against Hulk Hogan, Heenan would be fired. In Heenan's words, "I left the hospital, flew from Tampa to L.A., went to the ring, worked the match, took a bump for Hogan. After that, I immediately caught a Redeye back to Tampa, went back to the hospital, and they said, 'Where have you been?' and I said, 'I went to L.A. to wrestle.' They said, 'You're nuts!' I said, 'No, it's my neck.' So you have to do what you have to do sometimes."

  • According to Roddy Piper on his podcast, Mr. T botched the finish of their match by completely missing what was supposed to be a knockout punch on Piper, who sold as planned by flying through the ropes to the outside, despite the punch not connecting at all. Having to improvise a new finish on the spot, an angry Hot Rod flung his corner stool at Mr. T, hitting the shocked "A-Team" actor with full force.

Wrestlemania III

  • 400,000 PPV buys

  • Andre the Giant drank 14 bottles of wine before his main event match with Hulk Hogan.

  • In an effort to boost the live attendance numbers, the entire state of Michigan was excluded from pay-per-view access for this event.

  • Future WWE Champions Rob Van Dam and Kevin Nash were in attendance.

  • Bobby "The Brain" Heenan was so sure Andre the Giant (whom he managed at the time) was going to beat Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship that he demanded to have a new world heavyweight title belt made that would fit Andre's waist. A belt was made (which accordingly cost $37,000 to make), and it was shown off a few times before Wrestlemania 3. That night, Hogan beat Andre to retain the title, so Andre never wore the new belt, and it was never shown again.

  • Aretha Franklin was stuck in traffic moments before WrestleMania III went on the air. Breaking free of the traffic jam, she rushed to the Pontiac Silverdome and performed "America the Beautiful" without a sound check.

  • In this event they claimed Andre had not lost in 15 years which is false, he had lost a number of times.

  • Although the match was billed as their first meeting, Andre The Giant and Hulk Hogan had faced off at Showdown at the Stadium, and had numerous matches in Japan. Hogan had also bodyslamed Andre a number of time before their Wrestlemania III match.

  • Jimmy Hart's fear of Jake Roberts's snake was genuine. Hart was so afraid of having the snake put on him that Roberts had to really hold Hart down. Hart strained his neck.

  • Samantha Fox was originally supposed to hold the crown during the match between Junkyard Dog and Harley Race. But she cancelled for unknown reasons. She was replaced with The Fabulous Moolah.

  • The WWE has always listed the attendance for this show as 93,173, thereby making it the indoor attendance record for any sporting event in United States history. This figure is inflated, as the actual attendance for the show is somewhere around 78,000, which is still the attendance record for the Pontiac Silverdome. The actual biggest WWE attendance recorded is Wrestlemania 29 (80,676) followed by Summerslam 92 (80,355).

Survivor Series (1987)

  • 325,000 PPV buys

  • This event aired on Thanksgiving, the same day that the NWA aired their annual "Starrcade" event. In order to increase their buy-rate, the WWE threatened that any Pay-Per-View provider that provided "Starrcade" instead of "Survivor Series" would not be allowed to air the upcoming "WrestleMania" event. WWE got 325,00 buys and JCP/NWA only got about 20,000 buys.

Wrestlemania IV

  • 650,000 PPV buys

  • This WrestleMania featured 16 matches, making it the WrestleMania with the most matches.

  • Due to the length of the event, this was the only WrestleMania to appear on two VHS video cassette tapes.

  • Final WWF PPV appearance for Butch Reed, who left the WWF shortly after this event, upset that a promised feud with Randy Savage was canceled. He later joined the NWA (which would become WCW), and was vocally critical of the WWF and its booking of African American wrestlers.

  • Future WCW and WWE wrestler Chris Kanyon, future ECW, WCW and WWE wrestler Lance Storm and future ECW and WWE wrestler the Blue Meanie were in attendance.

  • Ted DiBiase was originally scheduled to win the WWF Championship Tournament. But when the Honky Tonk Man refused to lose his Intercontinental Championship to Randy Savage, Vince McMahon decided to appease the Macho Man by having Savage win the WWF Title. The Million Dollar Championship was created for Ted as a direct result of this.

Summerslam (1988)

  • 500,000 PPV buys.

  • Brutus Beefcake was originally supposed to be the challenger for the Intercontinental Championship. He was attacked and had his head cut open by "Outlaw" Ron Bass's spur after a match on "WWF Superstars of Wrestling." This development came after boxes for the Coliseum Video VHS release were printed, on which Brutus appears as the named challenger to The Honky Tonk Man. A corrective sticker, declaring The Ultimate Warrior as challenger, was placed over Brutus' name. The main reason for the change to the match was because, according to an interview he conducted in 2005, Beefcake claimed that the Warrior threatened to leave the WWF if he didn't get the title shot, and so Beefcake stepped aside and made the best of it, which resulted in his storyline injury.

Survivor Series (1988)

  • 310,000 PPV buys

  • This was the only Survivor Series to feature Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels on the same team.

Royal Rumble (1989)

  • 165,000 PPV buys.

  • This was the first Royal Rumble on PPV, Royal Rumble in 1988 was TV special.

  • The 1989 Royal Rumble was expanded to 30 Superstars in the main event match even though The 1988 Royal Rumble had only 20 Superstars that previous year.

WrestleMania V

  • 767,000 PPV buys

  • The Blue Blazer (Owen Hart) and Shawn Michaels made their Wrestlemania debut.

  • Future WCW and WWE wrestler Chris Kanyon and future ECW, WCW and WWE wrestler Lance Storm were in attendance.

  • The Ultimate Warrior nearly seriously injured Bobby Heenan when he gorilla pressed him. Warrior did not bother to drop Heenan safely, instead simply letting him crash to the mat

  • Source: Reddit

HEEL Trailer - Wrestlemania 31

17 March 2015 - 08:24 PM

The Reason There Was No Gameplay for WWE 2K15?

26 August 2014 - 12:44 AM

Credit to 2K forums



New Article from Sports Illustrated

22 August 2014 - 04:06 AM

WWE 2K15 lays visual smackdown with enhanced body scans, innovative “beard tech”

When Mark Little took over as WWE 2K15’s executive producer, he had one goal in mind: “I wanted to bring the visual intensity people love about the NBA 2K series to the WWE games,” he told Extra Mustard during a recent media event to showcase the upcoming title (October 28 U.S., October 31 worldwide). “With the power of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, we are able to bring these characters to life in a way we were just never able to do in previous games.”

Not only did the WWE ship 2K Sports a full-size ring to use for motion-capture sessions (capturing more than five times the animations of any previous game), but 2K utilized the same innovative head and body scan technology featured in their NBA games to help digitize everything from the tattoos on Randy Orton’s arms to the scraggily beard that engulfs Daniel Bryan’s mug.



“One of the things moving to the new hardware affords us is to rethink and retool the game,” says Little. “The entire scanning technology that we used can’t be done for the older consoles. It’s that intense, it’s that complex. What it affords us is the most lifelike images we can get, including signature facial expressions for each superstar.”

“I think all the facial stuff is bad-ass,” says Stone Cold Steve Austin, who appears in 2K15 as one of the game’s legends. “I went down to the studio and there were damn near 100 cameras mounted on these vertical posts, and you went through a range of emotions for them to capture. Now when you punch Stone Cold in the game, you’re going to see just how bad it hurts because I gave them all my pain and angry faces.”

“When I went for my scans, 2K had so much machinery in their studio, it’s like being in the future,” laughs former WWE Champion Daniel Bryan. “I get weirded-out just being around that much technology. I was like, ‘These things won’t give me cancer, right?’



“It’s incredible what they can do now. The detail they capture is amazing. My beard looks perfect in the game. It looks exactly how it does in real life. But they also have small details like the scar on the top of Randy Orton’s head. He has this small little knick, and it’s detailed perfectly. I know when I was playing the game, when I saw the little things like Randy’s scar, when I saw how my beard looked, I was blown away.”

To get Bryan’s beard exact, Little says that they actually needed to move beyond scans and experiment with what he calls “all new beard tech.”

“Scanning doesn’t do beards or hair well, so for guys like Daniel Bryan, we needed to use this new beard tech to get him just right,” explains Little. “There is this specific code of technology that we use to get the beards just right, and no beard is alike. Daniel Bryan’s is more open and scraggily, where if you look at a guy like Mark Henry, he has a big beard, but it’s thick and solid. We had to create technology to be able to capture both in a way that not only looked great still, but animated.”


Wrestling icon Sting was also scanned for the game in full Crow-like costume and face paint, as WWE 2K15 marks his first appearance ever in a WWE video game.

“They got me from head to toe, every detail down to the way I furrow my eyebrows,” says Sting. “I’ve seen myself in a lot of video games, but this is the best quality I’ve ever seen.”

The characters look so real, in fact, during one gameplay session, Randy Orton slapped John Cena across the face then even flashed his signature, sinister smirk, showing off that emotion that until this point, has been so elusive in previous WWE games.

“2K is much more devoted to giving the graphics a boost,” says Cena. “I’m weird about little stuff when it comes to video games, and I love looking at the crowd in games. In this game, when you look out into the crowd, you see all the signs, all the junk that’s on the signs, and it’s just so authentic on every level.

“But when it comes down to it, not only does the game look better, but the gameplay is better. Now when you play through your career, you start in the performance center and try to work your way up to the Hall of Fame. There is a rivalry mode where you can relive my rivalry with CM Punk or play through all of the great matches between Triple H and Shawn Michaels, and the video packages included and everything surrounding these rivalries is just amazing.”   

Adds Little: “This is the first time where you’re looking at the game on screen and you can easily be fooled into thinking you’re watching an episode of Raw … the game looks that good, especially when John Cena is giving you that trademark glare from across the ring. You know by the way he’s looking, business is about to pick up.”

Notes and quotes from the WWE 2K15 premiere event in L.A.:


John Cena on his rivalry with CM Punk: “That was a time when I was viewed as the establishment, then along comes the anti-establishment. We went back and forth for a little bit with a lot of great moments, a lot of great matches, and it was good enough to make the WWE 2K15 rivalries, so now people can try to relive it. Any time we squared off, whether it was physically or verbally, it was something people wanted to see.”



Cena on CM Punk leaving the company: “To me it’s always heartbreaking when someone leaves, no matter what the reason is they are leaving for. I love the business, and I see, even if people aren’t cut out for this, I see the gleam in their eyes once they get the chance to get out in that ring. Whether it’s Punk or anybody else, it’s always a shame when anybody has to go.”


Stephanie McMahon on the importance of the WWE video game franchise: “The video game is a huge part of the WWE business model because it’s a huge part of our fan base. Our fans have many different habits, hobbies, and passions, but one thing they all share at its core is WWE. We strive to give our fans that experience that is really worthy of their passion, whether that’s on television or through gameplay. It’s a huge part of our business model, it’s a huge part of our universe from a passion play perspective.”


Stephanie McMahon on why WWE chose 2K Sports as their video game partner: “2K Sports won the pitch battle. 2K came in, as did a number of other video game companies, and they pitched their business, they pitched their passion for WWE, and 2K was the winner hands down.”


Sting on his plans to wrestle in WWE: “I’m thinking about having one last match, but I’m open for more. I’m open to seeing how things go, how my body feels after the one match. I’d love to wrestle The Undertaker, but I’m not sure what his status is or if he’ll come back. I think he will, but if he doesn’t I’d love to wrestle somebody else from my era, and I think one of those dream matches is against Triple H.”


Cena on Sting: “I want to see Sting in the WWE ring for real. I’m like everybody else, this is too good not to happen. This can’t not happen. Selfishly, I’d love to step in there against him. I hope it can happen before he graciously decides to not be active in the ring. I just want to see him have a match in WWE.”


Sting on Cena: “Heck yeah, I’d absolutely love to wrestle John Cena.”


Stephanie McMahon on Sting wrestling in WWE: “I’ve always wanted to see Sting in a WWE ring, and now with WWE 2K15, I can absolutely see him in video game form, and hopefully moving forward, it will extend beyond that.”



Also, there is a pic of Sting being scanned.


Hulk Hogan Tells Fans He's Wrestling for WWE soon

17 August 2014 - 07:44 PM

Hulk Hogan appeared at last night's WWE live event in San Jose to promote WrestleMania 31, the WWE Network and WWE 2K15. Hogan told fans in the crowd that he has one more match left in him and that we should expect to see him back in a WWE ring real soon.

Hogan is also possible for an appearance at the SummerSlam pay-per-view tonight. Hogan left last night's live event and was rushed back to Los Angeles with the rest of the crew to prepare for tonight's event. Unless he was possibly appearing at SummerSlam or Monday's RAW, Hogan likely would have just flown home to Tampa.



Source: F4Wonline.com