Thursday, December 18, 2008

John Cena

John Felix Anthony Cena is an American actor, hip hop musician, and wrestler. He is employed by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and performs on their Raw brand, where he is the current World Heavyweight Champion.

In his WWE career, Cena has been a 4-time World Champion by winning the WWE Championship 3 times and the World Heavyweight Championship once.He has also been a three time United States Champion,and a two time World Tag Team Champion.He also won the 2008 Royal Rumble.Before being promoted to the main WWE roster, Cena trained in and wrestled for Ultimate Pro Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling, holding the top titles of both promotions.

Outside of wrestling, Cena has released the rap album You Can't See Me, which debuted at #15 on the US Billboard 200 chart,and starred in the movie The Marine.He has also made appearances on television shows including Manhunt, Deal or No Deal,MADtv, and Punk'd. Most recently, Cena was a contestant on Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race, where he made it to the final round before being eliminated, placing third in the overall competition.

Cena was born April 23, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts,the second eldest of five brothers – Dan, Matt, Steve and Sean.After graduating from Cushing Academy, Cena attended Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.In college he was a Division III All-American center on the football team,wearing the number 54, which is still used on some of his WWE merchandise.He graduated from Springfield in 1998 with a degree in exercise physiology,after which he pursued a career as a bodybuilder, and also worked as a chauffeur for a limousine company.

Cena first started training to become a wrestler in 2000 at the California-based "Ultimate University" operated by Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW). Once he was placed into an in-ring role, Cena began using a semi-robotic character known as The Prototype.Some of this period of his career was documented in the Discovery Channel program Inside Pro Wrestling School. While in UPW, Cena held the Heavyweight Championship for just shy of a month in April 2000.In 2001, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) signed him away from UPW, placing him under a developmental contract and assigning him to their "farm territory" Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he continued his training.During his time there, Cena wrestled as both The Prototype and Mr. P, and he held the Heavyweight Championship for three months and the Tag Team Championship (with Rico Constantino) for two.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Stone Cold

Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American film and television actor and former professional wrestler, currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment. Austin wrestled for several well-known wrestling promotions such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and most famously, World Wrestling Federation (WWF), which became World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2002. In the late 1990s, Austin gained significant mainstream popularity in the WWF as Stone Cold, a disrespectful, beer-drinking anti-hero who routinely defied his boss, Mr. McMahon.This defiance was often shown by Austin flipping McMahon off and incapacitating him with the Stone Cold Stunner, Austin's finisher.

He retired as a regular in-ring performer in 2003 due to neck, ankle and knee injuries sustained throughout his career.He still makes occasional in-ring appearances, often to only perform his finishing move, the Stone Cold Stunner, normally followed by an extended beer drinking session punctuated by his slamming two beer cans together in a distinctive style then pouring the beer over his face. Austin had his first starring film role as Jack Conrad in the 2007 thriller The Condemned.

Austin is a six-time WWF/E Champion, the 1996 King of the Ring, and winner of the 1997, 1998 and 2001 Royal Rumbles, and is the only man in WWE history to win the Royal Rumble three times.

Steve Williams was born Steve Anderson on December 18, 1964.He was the second oldest of four brothers and one sister.After his parents' divorce, the family moved to Victoria, Texas His mother Beverly eventually married a man named Ken Williams, who became a stepfather to Steve and his siblings, who adopted his last name.[8] In a 2004 interview on he revealed that he was an avid reader in his youth and had in fact taken the name Austin from his literary hero Jane Austen, merely changing the 'E' to an 'I' in tribute to his adopted home. In middle school, Williams was a member of the school band, where he played both the tuba and bass horn.In high school, Williams played football, baseball, and ran track.In baseball, he played in the catcher position and was a part of the all-star team.Williams earned good grades and was a part of the National Honor Society. He received an American football scholarship to Wharton Junior College and then a full football scholarship to The University of North Texas.He dropped out of college seventeen credit hours shy of graduating.

Austin debuted in World Championship Wrestling in 1991 as "Stunning" Steve Austin, initially managed by Vivacious Veronica.Almost immediately after Austin's debut, Lady Blossom became his valet.Austin defeated Bobby Eaton for the WCW World Television Championship on June 3, 1991, just weeks after his debut. In late 1991, Austin joined Paul E. Dangerously's Dangerous Alliance.Austin lost the WCW Television Championship to Barry Windham in a two out of three falls match on April 27, 1992. He regained the title from Windham on May 23, 1992. He enjoyed a second lengthy reign before losing to Ricky Steamboat on September 2, 1992. The Dangerous Alliance disbanded shortly thereafter.At Halloween Havoc, he replaced Terry Gordy, teaming with "Dr. Death" Steve Williams to wrestle Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham for the unified WCW and NWA World Tag Team titles.The pair wrestled to a thirty minute time limit draw.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Undertaker

Mark William Calaway is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name The Undertaker. He is signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), wrestling on its SmackDown brand.

Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling in 1984. He joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1989. When WCW did not renew Calaway's contract in 1990, in November of that year he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, which later became the WWE in 2002). Having remained with that company ever since, Calaway is currently one of the senior performers in WWE. He is one of only two wrestlers, the other being Shawn Michaels, to have appeared on the very first episode of Raw who are still with the company today.

He is undefeated at WrestleMania with a 16-0 record (sometimes referred to as simply The Streak) and is a six-time world champion (four-time WWE Champion and two-time World Heavyweight Champion).He was also the winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble in which he became the first man to have ever won the rumble starting at number 30.

Calaway made his debut in 1984 in the Dallas, Texas based World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) under the ring name "Texas Red".He wrestled and lost his first match against Bruiser Brody.In 1988, after four years in the promotion, he left. After leaving WCCW, Mark joined the CWA (which became the USWA after Jerry Jarrett merged CWA with WCCW) and wrestled under several gimmicks. On April 1, 1989, he was booked to win his first professional wrestling title, the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Jerry "The King" Lawler, under the stage name "The Master of Pain". While performing as the "The Punisher", Calaway won the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship on October 5, 1989 when Eric Embry forfeited the title.

His first mainstream exposure was in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). While there, he was known as "Mean" Mark Callous and wrestled as part of the Skyscrapers tag team along with "Dangerous" Dan Spivey managed by Teddy Long.[13] During his time in the Skyscrapers, he and Spivey were involved in a feud with the Road Warriors,[14] but Spivey left before the feud came to an end. Calaway then took on the guidance of Paul E. Dangerously and muscled his way through Brian Pillman and Johnny Ace. His most famous match in WCW was against Lex Luger for the NWA United States Championship at The Great American Bash, which he lost when Luger pinned him after a clothesline. WCW declined to renew Calaway's contract, after losing his last match to Sting on September 1, 1990 at a house show. Calaway then briefly wrestled in New Japan Pro Wrestling as Punisher Dice Morgan and in October 1990, he signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).