What’s up wrestling fans, and welcome back to Pounding 7’s. The only countdown where we find a way to piss off someone around the world of professional wrestling because they did not make the cut. Never the less, we have a great one for you this week as we pay homage to the Olympians in the WWE and we will give you the top 7 wrestlers to compete in the Olympic games.
Lets start off with a question relating to Summerslam.
Brian from Champaign wants to know about the ending to Summerslam
Was the ending to the Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton match staged, or did they really have to stop the match due to Orton’s cut?
From every account that I have read, Vince McMahon came out and said that the whole thing was a work, and was absolutely part of the show. Personally, I call BS. No way was this planned. Orton suffered a massive cut that cause severe bleeding. Sources close to the situation have told me that the medical staff at ringside were unable to control the bleeding, and stated that Randy Orton needed medical attention right then and there, so they decided to stop the match and award the “TKO” victory to Brock Lesnar. Here is the problem with this. If Orton was bleeding so bad because of the cut issued by Lesnar himself, there was no way he was going to be able to complete the match. Vince has said that there is a zero tolerance to blading, so if he did in fact blade during the match (there is no evidence to this) the match would have continued. Vince simply went on record to say this was part of the match, because of the backlash from the fans in attendance who actually asked for a refund for the show because of the ending of the match, and there was no clear cut winner. By going public and stating that was part of the show, and the planned result, this removes any liability to Vince McMahon as it relates to any refund. Because Refunds and Vince McMahon do not mesh well together.
In one of the most recent heel turns in the WWE. It happened on June 2nd, 2014. Fresh off their victory over Evolution the day before. The Shield, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins were in the ring as Evolution was about to enter the ring, when out of no where, Rollins hits Reigns with a chair, followed by hitting Ambrose with that same chair, turning heel in the process and joining the Authority and Triple H. This heel turn was probably best for all parties involved as all three members of the Shield went on to become the WWE Champion within two years.
And here we go with this weeks Pounding 7
Before we get started with the countdown, lets give a few athletes and honorable mention, as they did not quite make the cut.
Verne Gagne- Gagne as most know was a multiple time AWA Champion, and had a very long career, even becoming a well respected promotor. He was an alternate for the United States Olympic team in 1948, but never competed in the games itself.
Alberto Del Rio- Most know Alberto Del Rio with his success in the WWE as a former WWE Champion, and United States Champion, Del Rio bursted on the the scene quickly in the WWE. What many do not know about Del Rio is that he was on schedule to compete in the 2000 Olympic Games in wrestling with Mexico. Mexico did not have the funding to send a team, so his Olympic dreams were dashed.
Mad Dog Vachon- This man was a complete lunatic in the ring, and put the fear of god in to all of his opponents. He had some success in the 1948 Olympic games where he placed 7th in wrestling which also included a 58 second victory over one of his opponents.
7. Mark Henry- Henry was a member of the 1996 Olympic games in Weightlifting. While injury prevented him from having any success in the games, Henry used this fame to get a contract with the WWE where he had a 20 year career, and is also a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
6. Ken Patera- Patera is a former Intercontinental Champion, actually the second one ever after he defeated Pat Patterson for that championship. Prior to his success in the WWE, he was in the 1972 Olympics as a weightlifter. He did not medal, but he carried this Olympic gimmick during his late 80’s run with the WWE, even having his theme music as the Olympic theme.
5. Masa Saito- One of the all time greats around Japan. Saito placed 7th in the 1964 Olympics for Japans wrestling team, and was named as one of the top 10 wrestlers in 1964. He went on to have an amazing career in Japan as he was a multiple time IWGP Champion, and also made an appearance in the Pat O’Connor Sr Memorial tournament, where he and the Great Muta lost to the Steiner Brothers in the Finals of that tournament at Starrcade 90.
4. The Iron Sheik- The Iron Sheik has been known for his massive tyrades on the internet where he shoots on about every person, especially a local favorite, Hulk Hogan. What people may not realize is that the Sheik had a great Olympic career in 1968 in wrestling for the Iranian Greco Roman team. While he did not medal, he did return in 1972 as an assistant coach for the United States team.
3. Bad News Brown- Remember Bad News Brown from the late 80’s? His mean street attitude did not fare well with the fans. However, he did win an Olympic Bronze medal in Judo in the 1976 Olympics.
2. Danny Hodge– Most wrestling fans in this era probably have no idea who Danny Hodge is, but back in the 50’s, Hodge was known literally for his super human strength, and was one of the strongest wrestlers to ever compete in the ring. Hodge was a two time Olympian in 1952, where he placed 5th in freestyle wrestling, and got the silver medal in 1956.
1.Kurt Angle– Who else but the only Olympic Gold medalist to get this number one ranking on this countdown. Not only is he to this day, the only professional wrestler to win Olympic Gold in the 1996 Atlanta Games, he did it with a broken freakin neck. Angle would go on to win the WWE, WCW, and TNA World Heavyweight Champion. This makes him the best Olympic wrestler to compete in the WWE with the most success.
And thats all for this week. What did you think about the countdown this week. Do you have any suggestions? How about a question? Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a tweet @StephanHall #ask7pound, and I will get to any question that you may have. Have a great week!
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