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ru mBLe It’s time to pull on those colourful trunks and slap on the baby oil – the WWE’s spectacular RAW World Tour is set to pile drive into town MEET THE SUPERSTARS The contenders’ vital statistics
Height: 6ft 2” Weight: 99kg From: Chicago, Illinois Persona: The newage anti-hero. As the self-proclaimed 'voice of the voiceless' one thing Punk cannot be accused of is not speaking his mind. The proudly straight edge superstar has long been heralded as the best in the world, and with multiple WWE Heavyweight title reigns on his CV, it’s hard to argue otherwise. Finishing move: G.T.S (‘go to sleep’)
Height: 6ft 1” Weight: 114kg From: West Newbury, Massachusetts Persona: The poster boy of the WWE. Cena’s clean-shaven, superman character and 'never give up' mantra make him a role model, adored by children and parents the world over. He does, however, rufﬂe the feathers of some of the wrestling puritans (and WWE legend The Rock). Finishing move: attitude adjustment
wrestLInG’s worst GImmICKs: BACK IN THE DAY, SOME WRESTLERS USED GIMMICKS TO TRY AND WIN OVER THE CROWD. SOMETIMES IT WORKED (EG, THE UNDERTAKER) AND SOMETIMES IT REALLY DIDN’T. HERE ARE SOME OF THE WORST…
PAPA SHANGO A voodoo witch doctor that could control the dimness of the lights in the arena. And no one thought that would be a bad idea? THE BOOGEYMAN When you’re that desperate to succeed you will do anything, even paint your face red and eat worms. ISAAC YANKEM, DDS Because everybody hates the dentist, right? And the dentist’s name? Why, I Yankem, of course. DOINK THE CLOWN Don’t get us wrong, clowns are scary, but those who run around with a gang of midgets and squirt water out of a ﬂower aren’t.
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Height: 6ft Weight: 96kg From: Hollywood, Florida Persona: Athletic, articulate and arrogant – three essential traits to make it in the WWE, and Ziggler has them in spades (he’s also known as 'The Show Off'). As talented as he is annoying, this whiny Superstar will do whatever it takes to win, and it is because of this win-atall-costs mentality that he has been earmarked for a big future. Finishing move: zigzag
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Height: 6ft 2” Weight: 100kg From: Charlotte, North Carolina Persona: Six months ago, the former all-singing-all-dancing fan favourite snapped, claiming there was a conspiracy against him that was holding back his career. However, having since verbally abused the other wrestlers and even the audience (who he bizarrely refers to as ‘Little Jimmy’), a more driven and deadly side of R-Truth has emerged. Finishing move: scissor kick
Height: 6ft 1” Weight: 100kg From: Cleveland, Ohio Persona: He’s his own biggest fan. Few people have as much conﬁdence in their own abilities as The Miz. If you doubt that, turn to page 38 and you can read just how 'awesome' he is – over and over… That said, the past year has seen this cocksure talent establish himself as a genuine main eventer. Finishing move: the skull-crushing finale
how It worKs
WWE’s RAW is a weekly two-hour show featuring several bouts between Superstars
THE MAIN EVENTS
Feb 9, CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Championship Match) Feb 10, CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler (WWE Championship Match, 2 out of 3 falls) Feb 11, John Cena & CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler & Kane RAW airs on Abu Dhabi Sports 6, Tues 5.30pm and 10.30pm
Heel a bad guy Face short for baby face; in other words, a good guy Heat the reaction generated from the crowd Gimmick the character played by a wrestler (eg, The Undertaker) Over someone who has established themselves as either a Heel or Face Hoss a slow-moving, big lump of a wrestler Slobberknocker – a good ol’ fashioned brawl The big dance the most important event of the year, WrestleMania
where are they now? Whether you are a wrestling fan or not, everyone knows the ultimate warrior, right? But where are the legends now? The Ultimate Warrior Ever the self-promoter, Warrior runs his own website where he creates and sells his own brand of artwork. Twitter name: @ultimatewarrior Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson In Hollywood, raking it in as one of the world’s most bankable action stars. Twitter name: @therock ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage Tragically passed away at the end of 2011 after suﬀering a heart attack whilst driving. Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart Retired due to a severe concussion suﬀered in 2000. He is now a best-selling author and occasionally makes appearances at WWE events. Twitter name: @brethart Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts Now a professional ﬁsherman. Jake is also writing a book to help people overcome issues of addiction similar to those that plagued his personal life. The Undertaker Unbelievably, he’s still wrestling. Despite his signiﬁcantly reduced schedule, the ‘Taker can still brawl with the best of them.
Height: 7ft Weight: 147kg From: 'Parts unknown' Persona: He is affectionately referred to as the 'Big Red Monster', but that is where the affection ends with regards to Kane. Seven feet tall, ruthless and recently reunited with his mask, Kane is the stuff of children’s nightmares – and a few adults, too. Finishing move: chokeslam FEBRUARY 2012 WHAT’S ON 37
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“I am the most awesome superstar in the history of superstars”
“My life on the road revolves around McDonalds’ chicken sandwiches”
Awesome One, The Miz, is not exactly the shy and retiring type, as we found out prior to his visit to the capital this month
How long have you been awesome? Each and every day of my life. I came out of the womb with a wind that whispered the word “awesome.” What do we have to do to be awesome? You’ll probably have to work really hard at it, but don’t give up. It is something to look forward to each and every day. I recommend you wake up every morning, look at yourself in the mirror and say, “come on buddy, I can do this.” Although you’ll never be as awesome as The Miz.
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Second best is OK for us, right? It has to be, ‘cause being second to me is nothing to be ashamed about. You guys work a pretty crazy schedule. Exactly how hard do you work? We are the hardest working travelling company in the world. We do 250 shows a year, and it is literally non-stop. We carry on despite our bodies aching and hurting, because we love what we do.
Do you consider yourself an athlete? I am one of the greatest in the world! That is how other athletes have to look at it. If you compare us to football players or basketball players, they all have an off season, whereas the WWE goes all year round. If we are injured, or hurt, we still go out there and perform each and every night, because that is the dedication we have to our fans – the dedication we have to have in our profession.
But a lot of people still roll their eyes when wrestling is mentioned. What do you say to the naysayers? All we ever tell the naysayers is to come to an event. They will fall in love with the WWE and what we do each and every show. They will enjoy the characters and the show as a spectacle. We actively encourage our fans to cheer who they love and boo who they hate. In any city we’ve ever been to, we entertain the audience and that is why people keep coming back.
You must have to load up with plenty of food. What do you eat? I try to eat as healthily as possible. Which is hard to do when you are on the road and you don’t finish the shows until around 11.30pm – when there is nothing really open, except McDonalds. You want to eat the cheeseburgers, but those things are bad for you, so you have to have a strong will and go for the grilled chicken, without the bun. That’s what my life on the road revolves around; McDonalds’ chicken sandwiches.
When you broke off your tag-team with former partner John Morrison, you changed your look from shorts and a hat to tighty-whities. What gives? First off, they’re not white, so they are not tighty-whities! As far as trading in the shorts and fedora look for the classic wrestling tights, I did it because I wanted to be taken seriously. Before being in the WWE I was a reality TV star, so I wanted to distance myself from my reality roots. I wanted people to respect me, so I thought, let’s get rid of the gimmicks and show people that I am better than they think. Have you ever been to Abu Dhabi? I have. It was absolutely fantastic. The city is great and the architecture is incredible. We are treated really well when we are over there – everyone is so good to us. How many push-ups can you do? More than everybody in Abu Dhabi.
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