A chokeslam is a type of body slam in professional wrestling, in which a wrestler grasps an opponent's neck, lifts them up, slams them to the mat. It is common in televised wrestling because it is simple and safe, yet looks powerful on camera; the chokeslam is used as a finisher by large wrestlers, further enhancing its perception as a powerful maneuver. This maneuver can be more damaging if the victim is slammed into an object, such as a table, steel chair, or garbage can, it is a common move performed by bigger wrestlers. The most common variety of chokeslam is performed with a single-handed choke; the wrestler places their free hand behind the opponent's back to help turn them horizontally for the throw. Although a chokeslam begins with a "choke", it is not considered to be an illegal move; the single arm choke that precedes a chokeslam is known as a goozle. The chokeslam was innovated by Paul Heyman for use by the wrestler 911, though one of the earliest accounts of the move dates back to a 19th-century recounting that describes Abraham Lincoln using a technique similar in description.
It is used by large, powerful wrestlers such as The Undertaker, The Big Show, The Great Khali and Braun Strowman. This is because a larger, taller wrestler will be able to deliver a much higher, more impressive chokeslam than most smaller wrestlers, their height and/or larger frames can give them extra time to correct a botch if something goes wrong. However, some smaller wrestlers and female performers have used the chokeslam, including Lacey Von Erich, The Hurricane, among others. In this elevated chokeslam, innovated by Akira Taue, the wrestler stands behind the opponent, puts his head under one of the opponent's arms, lifts them onto his shoulder; the wrestler pushes the opponent upwards, turns 180°, grabs hold of the falling enemy's throat, driving them down to the mat back first. The wrestler performing the move stands in front of and to the left of the opponent receiving it; the wrestler reaches out and grabs the opponent's throat and trunks, lifts him or her in the air as though the wrestler is about to deliver a chokeslam.
However, as the wrestler brings the opponent back down to the mat the wrestler kneels, slamming the other wrestler's back onto his or her extended knee. This move is popularly known as a chokebreaker/choke breaker, a portmanteau of this move's technical name; when two wrestlers execute a chokeslam on a single opponent at the same time it is referred to as a double chokeslam. Due to convenience of wording, a double chokeslam can refer to two chokeslams being performed by a single wrestler on two opponents at the same time, in a tag team match where each member of one team will chokeslam a member of the opposing team which can be referred to as stereo chokeslams; the traditional version is referred to as a double spinebuster/double front slam as the action of lifting an opponent up and throwing them down are much the same, though the spinebuster and front slam are more common on a charging opponent. Like the vertical suplex chokeslam, but in this variant, the attacking wrestler puts the opponent in a powerbomb position and lifts them up in an inverted powerbomb.
The wrestler moves his arm from around the opponent's neck. The wrestler slams the opponent down to the mat back first. Known as a Leg hook chokeslam, or the Sky High Chokeslam, as dubbed by Vader, the attacker starts out by lifting the opponent's left or right leg off the ground and tucks it under or hooks it over their arm while using whichever free hand to grab the opponent's neck; the attacker lifts the opponent into the air and slams the opponent down to the mat. The move can be used as a reversal from when the opponent tries some form of kick only to have the attacker catch and hold on to the leg setting up the move from there. A sitting version and a kneeling version are possible. A common variation performed by a larger wrestler to a smaller one, this move sees the usual execution of the chokeslam done with just one hand lifted from the throat without the support of the other hand that goes on the back; the Big Show and The Undertaker perform this. The Big Show invented the kneeling chokeslam during his time in WCW under the name The Giant from 1995-1999.
The attacking fighter grabs hold of an opponent's neck with both hands, one on the front, one on the back. The arm that has the hand on the back of the neck may hook the opponent's arm; the wrestler lifts the opponent up, releases the hand holding the front of the opponent's neck, pushes forward and slams the opponent to the mat face first with the other hand. This is used by Matt Morgan and Braun Strowman. In this variation the attacking wrestler grabs the opponent's throat with one hand and grabs the opponent's abdomen with his free hand the attacking wrestler lifts the opponent over their head and slams the opponent similar to a vertical suplex chokeslam; this variation of a chokeslam is similar to an ordinary chokeslam, instead of the wrestler remaining standing, the wrestler falls into a seated position while forcing the opponent back-first into the mat. This move sees a wrestler first grasp an opponent's neck with both hands lifting them up and choking them before throwing the opponent back down to the mat after choking out his opponent.
A falling version of this move can see the attacking wrestler fall forward to the mat while keeping their arms extended but will more see the wrestler fall into a seated position or a knee
A moonsault, moonsault press, or back flip splash is a professional wrestling aerial technique. It was innovated by Mando Guerrero. Much of its popularity in both Japanese and American wrestling is attributed to The Great Muta, despite it being used in North America by "Leaping" Lanny Poffo years before Muta came from Japan. In a standard moonsault, attempted from the top rope, a wrestler faces away from the supine opponent and executes a backflip landing on the opponent in a splash/press position but facing towards the elevated position. Though this move is attempted from the top rope to an opponent lying face up in the mat, myriad variations exist, including moonsaults that see the wrestler land on a standing opponent and forcing them down to the mat; the move is considered a higher-impact version of a splash, since the wrestler utilizes rotational speed. A less common variation sees the wrestler perform a moonsault on a standing opponent, with the torso of the wrestler striking the torso of the opponent, forcing the opponent backwards and to the ground with the opponent on top of them placing the opponent in a pinning predicament.
Most of the variations listed below can be performed on standing opponents. The corkscrew moonsault is a twisting moonsault in which the wrestler is standing or on an elevated platform, such as the top rope, or the corner of the ring, performs a moonsault with a 360° twist or multiple twists, landing as if performing a normal moonsault; this is a variation of a springboard moonsault. This variation sees the wrestler bounces off the middle-rope to elevate himself/herself to the top-rope from where they bounce off to perform the moonsault; this version of a moonsault is referred to as a picture perfect moonsault or double springboard moonsault. It was used by Christopher Daniels, who called the move the BME; this is a moonsault. There are two major variants of the double moonsault, an Asai moonsault version and a normal moonsault from the top turnbuckle to the inside of the ring with two rotations; the first rotation is an arc of the back The first variation sees a wrestler, standing on the apron, with a wrestler on the floor behind them, jump up on to either the first or second rope and perform and backflip as in to perform an Asai moonsault but while in mid air tucks their legs reducing resistance and performs a second complete backflip after the first one, landing on a standing opponent below.
This is the more common of the two variants due to the increased airtime of the springboard and height from the springboard to the floor. This variant is associated with Jack Evans who popularized it as the Stuntin' 101. Evans is known to perform a corkscrew version of this variant; the second variation sees a wrestler ascend to the top rope and perform a backflip while tucking their legs. This allows the wrestler to have less resistance and continus to rotate after the initial first 360° for another 270° completing the second rotation onto an opponent lying on the mat; this was popularized by Ricochet. This is a variation of the double jump moonsault where, from a running start, the attacking wrestler jumps to a chair or other elevated platform, onto the top rope and does a moonsault from there onto his opponent; this move has been popularized by wrestler Sabu. Any move where the wrestler stands on an elevated position, grabs hold of the opponent, performs a moonsault while still holding on to the opponent, driving them down to the mat.
This move is known as a Solo Spanish Fly. Multiple variations exist, such as a belly-to-belly version and a side slam version, which can be performed while standing, it is used by the wrestler Johnny Impact. This variation is referred to as a sideways moonsault, rolling moonsault, rounding splash, Original-style moonsault; the attacker climbs the top rope, or other elevated position facing away the opponent, instead of doing a backflip as in a normal moonsault, the attacker rotates his or her body off to one side horizontally and lands on the opponent chest first, facing the turnbuckle as in a normal moonsault. Another variation of this move sees the attacker facing the prone opponent with the attacker leaping forward into the air rotating their body in a semi-circle to end up-side down as if doing a midair cartwheel landing on the opponent chest first. Alexa Bliss uses this move as her finisher. Dana Brooke uses this move as a variation while running to an opponent lying on the mat, they rotate in opposite directions.
This moonsault variation sees the performer jump up and split their legs onto both the left and right top ropes surrounding the top turnbuckle, using the impact of their thighs on the rope to flip themselves over, executing a moonsault onto a prone opponent. A variation of the split-legged moonsault is the Arabian Press, which involves the performer's thighs both landing on a single top rope, the performer continues to use the impact of their thighs on the rope to flip themselves over, executing a moonsault onto a prone opponent. Naomi uses this move; this variation involves performing a corkscrew moonsault after using the impact of their thighs on the ropes to flip themselves over. It was popularized by John Morrison; this is a move in which a wrestler springboards executes a backflip and lands on an opponent. This move is known as La Quebrada in lucha libre, sometimes shortened to Quebrada. A variation performed off the second rope from a running start, popularized by Chris Jericho, is known as the Lionsault.
When a springboard moonsault is performed onto an opponent on the floor outside the ring, rathe
Vincent Kennedy McMahon is an American professional wrestling promoter and executive, American football executive, businessman. Since taking over the company from his father in the 1980s, he has worked in the corporate area of the WWE and behind the scenes, he serves as the majority owner, chairman and CEO of WWE as well as founder of Alpha Entertainment, the holding company of the American football league the XFL. McMahon has served as an announcer and professional wrestler in WWE—using a gimmick known by the ring name Mr. McMahon, based on his real life persona, he is a two-time world champion, having won the WWF Championship in 1999 and the ECW World Championship in 2007. He was the 1999 Royal Rumble winner, he headlined multiple WWF/WWE pay-per-view events from 1999 to 2000 and participated in the main event of WrestleMania 2000 as a cornerman for The Rock. In singles competition, he holds victories over former WWF/WWE Champions Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Triple H, he continues his backstage and on-screen roles as the main authority figure along with the rest of the McMahon family.
Prior to this, he was the broadcast color commentator and chief broadcaster for the company. A third-generation wrestling promoter, McMahon is married to former WWE CEO and outgoing American SBA Administrator Linda McMahon, with whom he has two children, son Shane and daughter Stephanie, he is the father-in-law of WWE executive/wrestler Paul "Triple H" Levesque and has six grandchildren. Vincent Kennedy McMahon was born on August 24, 1945 in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the younger son of Victoria and Vincent James McMahon, his father left the family when McMahon was still a baby and took his elder son Rod with him, therefore McMahon did not meet him until age twelve. McMahon's paternal grandfather was promoter Roderick James "Jess" McMahon, whose parents were Irish emigrants from County Galway, his paternal grandmother, Rose Davis, was of Irish descent. McMahon was raised as Vinnie Lupton and spent the majority of his childhood living with his mother and a string of stepfathers, he claimed that one of his stepfathers, Leo Lupton, used to beat his mother and attacked McMahon when he tried to protect her.
He said, "It is unfortunate. I would have enjoyed that." He attended Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, graduating in 1964. In his early life, he overcame dyslexia. McMahon first met the promoter for Capitol Wrestling Corporation, his father Vincent J. McMahon, at the age of 12. At that point, McMahon became interested in following his father's professional wrestling footsteps and accompanied him on trips to Madison Square Garden. McMahon wanted to be a wrestler, but his father did not let him, explaining that promoters did not appear on the show and should stay apart from their wrestlers. In 1968, McMahon graduated from East Carolina University with a business degree and after a nondescript career as a traveling salesman, he was eager to assume a managerial role in his father's World Wide Wrestling Federation promotion. In 1969, McMahon made his debut as an in-ring announcer for the WWWF's All-Star Wrestling. In 1971, he was assigned to a small territory in Maine, he became the play-by-play commentator for television matches after he replaced Ray Morgan in 1971, a role he maintained until November 1997.
Throughout the 1970s, McMahon became the prominent force in his father's company and, over the next decade, assisted his father in tripling TV syndication. He pushed for the renaming of the company to the World Wrestling Federation; the younger McMahon was behind the Muhammad Ali versus Antonio Inoki match of 1976. In 1979, the younger McMahon and his wife Linda founded their own company, Titan Sports, incorporated in the following year and in 1982 - when McMahon was aged 37 - acquired control of the Capitol Wrestling Co. from his ailing father. On February 21, 1980, McMahon founded Titan Sports, the company's headquarters were established in South Yarmouth, using the now defunct Cape Cod Coliseum as a home base for the company. At the time of his purchase of the WWF, professional wrestling was a business run by regional promotions; the various promoters shared an understanding that they would not invade each other's territories, as this practice had gone on undeterred for decades. In 1983, the WWF split from the National Wrestling Alliance a second time, after splitting from them in 1963 before rejoining them in 1971.
The NWA was the governing body for all the regional territories across the country and as far away as Japan. He began expanding the company nationally by promoting in areas outside of the company's Northeast U. S. stomping grounds and by signing talent from other companies, such as the American Wrestling Association. In 1984, he recruited Hulk Hogan to be the WWF's charismatic new megastar, the two drew the ire of industry peers as the promotion began traveling and broadcasting into rival territories. McMahon created The Rock'n' Wrestling Connection by incorporating pop music stars into wrestling storylines; as a result, the WWF was able to expand its fanbase into a national mainstream audience as the promotion was featured on MTV programming. On March 31, 1985, he ran the first WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden, available on closed circuit television in various markets throughout the U. S. During the late 1980s, McMahon shaped the WWF into a unique sports entertainment bra
Professional wrestling attacks
Attacking maneuvers are offensive moves in professional wrestling, used to set up an opponent for a submission hold or for a throw. There are a wide variety of attacking moves in pro wrestling, many are known by several different names. Professional wrestlers give their finishers new names; these names become popular and are used regardless of the wrestler performing the technique. Professional wrestling contains a variety of punches and kicks found in martial arts and other fighting sports. Many of the moves below can be performed from a raised platform. Moves are listed under general categories whenever possible. A maneuver that involves a wrestler attacking with the core of the body, it is executed from an running position using momentum and weight to run over the opponent. The wrestler takes a short charge into an opponent in the corner of the ring without leaving the feet as he/she opens both arms just before reaching the opponent, resulting in hitting with the chest and abdominal area while throwing both arms inwards as in a bearhug, crushing the opponent into the turnbuckle.
This is used by bigger, heavier wrestlers. A variation named after and popularized by Sting, it involves the wrestler trapping the opponent in a corner. The wrestler will charge at the opponent from the opposite corner, launching themselves and sandwiching the opponent between them and the turnbuckle as grabbing a hold on the top rope; this move, innovated by, popularized and subsequently named after Lou Thesz, sees the attacking wrestler jumping towards a standing opponent, knocking them over their back, sitting on their waist and pinning them in a body scissors. A variation, popularized by Stone Cold Steve Austin, involves an attacking standing wrestler performing a thesz press on a running opponent repeatedly striking the opponent in the face with mounted punches. Known as vertical splash body press, this variation is made by a charging wrestler against a standing opponent, landing on their chest and shoulders while remaining upright, the wrestler employs the momentum to bring their opponent down to the mat into a seated senton.
These are attacks performed by striking the opponent's neck, shoulders or chest with the edge of a hand. Known as knife edge chop, is the act of a wrestler slice-chopping the chest of the opponent using an upwards backhand swing. Many wrestlers use this attack, the crowd responds with a "Woooo!" Noise in honor of Ric Flair, who popularized the move. A double variation of the aforementioned chop, the wrestler lunges forward or jumps forward in a pressing fashion while crossing arms forming a "X", hitting both sides of the opponent's neck; this variation sets the wrestler spinning 180 or full 360° striking the opponent's chest with a backhand chop. A downward diagonal attack to the side of the opponent's shoulder; the words kesa and giri in Japanese mean "monk's sash" and "cut" and it is based on a legitimate defensive cut in traditional Japanese swordsmanship. The act of chopping both the opponent's shoulders or sides of the neck in a downward swinging motion at the same time; the wrestler draws a hand back and hits the opponent vertically hitting the top of the head.
This move is used by tall, large wrestlers such as The Great Khali and Andre the Giant. Known as throat strike or sword stab. Similar to a conventional wrestling uppercut, the wrestler strikes the opponent's throat upwards with the tips of all five stiffed fingers of a supine hand. Abdullah the Butcher and Sgt. Slaughter were professional wrestlers known for its use as signature move. A simple maneuver derived from the thumb chokehold having a wrestler drawing back a hand and striking the windpipe with only the thumb, sometimes while holding the opponent by the nape. Performed by wrestlers like Ernie Ladd and Umaga. A move in which one wrestler runs towards another extending their arm out from the side of the body and parallel to the ground, hitting the opponent in the neck or chest, knocking them over; this move is confused with a lariat. Popularized by Mick Foley and named after his "Cactus Jack" gimmick; the attacking wrestler charges at an opponent against the ring ropes and clotheslines them, the charge's force and momentum knocks both the wrestler and the opponent over the top rope outside the ring.
An attack used by a wrestler where instead of knocking down a standing opponent, aims to squash them against the turnbuckle. Any variant where instead of aiming at just one opponent, the attacking wrestler knocks down two opponents at once. Known as a jumping clothesline or a flying clothesline, this move involves the attacking wrestler running towards an opponent leaping into the air before connecting with a clothesline; this variant's use is associated with The Undertaker and Roman Reigns. Another version sees an attacking wrestler leap up into the air and connecting with a clothesline onto an opponent leaning against the corner turnbuckle; as the opponent runs to the ropes on one side of the ring and rebounds against them, the attacker runs to the same ropes and rebounds ensuring to be behind them and performs the clothesline as the opponent turns to face them. This snapping variation is set up by a short-arm the wrestler pulls the opponent back and clotheslines them with the free arm. In this attack a wrestler uses a three-point stance runs and clotheslines the opponent.
Famously used by performers with known football background, such as "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan or "Mongo" McMichael. Known as a double sledge or polish hammer after its most no
Melina Nava Perez is an American model, professional wrestler and valet. She is best known for her time with WWE under the ring name Melina. In 2000, Perez began training to be a professional wrestler at Jesse Hernandez's School of Hard Knocks, made her debut in 2002. In late 2002, Perez auditioned for WWE's reality show Tough Enough III, but was eliminated in first round, was inspired by Al Snow to continue pursuing her wrestling career. In March 2004, Perez signed a contract with WWE, was assigned to OVW, WWE's developmental territory, where she began managing Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury, dubbed MNM, to three reigns as WWE Tag Team Champions, as well as Nitro to two reigns as WWE Intercontinental Champion. Perez is a three-time WWE Women's Champion, a two-time WWE Divas Champion. After winning her second WWE Divas Championship, Perez became the first woman in WWE history to become a multiple-time champion with both the Women's and Divas titles. Famed for her flexibility, utilized during her entrance and in her in-ring maneuvers, Perez was called "one of the best wrestlers in the world" by Bret Hart, cited by WWE as having "perhaps the most impressive arsenal of offensive maneuvers in WWE history."
Perez was raised in Los Angeles, California. Perez is Mexican American. Perez began her career as a beauty pageant contestant. During her modelling career, she has won many modelling competitions such as Group USA Bridal Show, Group USA Fashion Show, Ms. California Belleza Latina. Melina was body painted by artist Mark Greenawalt for a modeling photo shoot in 2007 where she posed with her WWE Women's Championship belt. Perez began training at Jesse Hernandez's School of Hard Knocks in San Bernardino and made her in-ring debut in April 2002. Many officials stated that she had the most natural ability of any woman who came through their school. In late 2002, Perez auditioned for World Wrestling Entertainment's reality show Tough Enough III, making it through to the final twenty-one, before being eliminated in the final cut of the first episode. After she was eliminated from the contest, trainer Al Snow encouraged her to keep trying to pursue her dream as a wrestler. Perez debuted in WWE's then-developmental territory OVW in March 2004, being placed in a storyline as John Hennigan's ex-girlfriend.
The storyline had Matt Cappotelli introduce her to the ring. Melina, turned on Cappotelli and aligned herself with Hennigan, who changed his ring name to Johnny Nitro. Soon after, the duo began teaming with Joey Matthews known as Joey Mercury; the trio became known as MNM and on November 10, Melina managed Mercury and Nitro to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship, holding it for over two months. During her time in OVW, Melina and Steven Adkins came up with Melina's trademark split ring entrance. Melina made her first Raw appearance on November 29, 2004, when Randy Orton was the guest General Manager and hosted a Diva lingerie fashion show, she made another Raw appearance in December, participating in a limbo contest when Chris Jericho was General Manager for the night. Melina made her official debut in WWE as a villainess, resuming her role as the manager of MNM, on the April 14, 2005 episode of SmackDown!. The team interrupted the first Carlito's Cabana interview segment, where one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Rey Mysterio, was a guest.
Melina insulted Mysterio and had Mercury and Nitro attack him, leading to MNM's in-ring debut the next week on SmackDown! in a title match. The team won the match against Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero, starting their first WWE Tag Team Title reign. While managing the Tag Team Champions, Melina's character was developed to be more egotistical, as she declared herself "the most-dominant Diva in WWE", she made her official in-ring debut on June 30 against Michelle McCool, had her first pay-per-view match against Torrie Wilson at The Great American Bash in a bra and panties match, winning both matches. In the same night, MNM dropped their championships to the Legion of Doom, prompting a new storyline where Melina hired Jillian Hall, a fixer, to assist them. MNM regained the titles on October 28 in a fatal four-Way tag team match. On the Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show, Melina won a Divas battle royal by eliminating the Women's Champion Trish Stratus; the next week, as a part of a new storyline, MNM kidnapped Stratus, tied her up and gagged her for Melina, who challenged her to a match for the Women's Championship.
The two fought with Melina losing to Stratus with the help of Mickie James. During this time, MNM defended their titles against Rey Mysterio and the World Heavyweight Champion Batista. Melina was placed in a storyline where she tried to make Batista call off the match by visiting him in his locker room and attempting to seduce him; the storyline had the two engage in sexual intercourse, after which he thanked her for the "warm-up" before leaving to take part in the match, where he and Mysterio defeated MNM for the titles. The storyline played over to the next episode of SmackDown! when, before MNM invoked their rematch clause, Melina held a press conference in the ring where she claimed that Batista had sexually harassed her. During the tag team match, Mark Henry aided MNM in winning back the WWE Tag Team Championship; the storyline with Henry continued into the next year. On the first SmackDown! of 2006, Melina announced that Henry was her personal protection against Batista. He aided the other members of MNM in matches against Batista and Mysterio.
At Judgment Day on May 21, 2006, MNM lost their titles to Brian Kendrick. After the match and Nitro, as part of the storyline, attacked Mercury, bla
Marty Jannetty is an American professional wrestler. In a career spanning more than three decades, he has worked for promotions including the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment, the American Wrestling Association, World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling, has won a total of 20 championships. Jannetty is known for his tenure as half of tag team The Rockers, in which he partnered with Shawn Michaels; the duo found success during the mid-to-late 1980s under the moniker of The Midnight Rockers, becoming two-time AWA World Tag Team Champions and winning various regional titles. They became one of the foremost teams of the WWF's "Golden Age"; the Rockers held the WWF World Tag Team Championship in late 1990, but their reign was voided for disputed reasons. After splitting from Michaels in early 1992, Jannetty became a one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and a one-time WWF World Tag Team Champion with the 1-2-3 Kid, he competed in multiple world championship matches between ECW and the WWF from 1995–1996, but Jannetty's star faded thereafter, he was used as enhancement talent during a late 1990s run in WCW.
He made sporadic appearances for WWE during the latter half of the 2000s, has remained a challenger for titles on the independent circuit. Although his career was continually halted by personal issues and his achievements overshadowed by those of Michaels, Jannetty was described by Talksport as being "as smooth and jaw-dropping as his partner, with a drop-kick to rival any". Jannetty was an amateur wrestler in the state of Georgia, qualifying for the state championship tournament his last three years of high school, he boxed while in high school, won many Golden Gloves events. After high school, he wrestled at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Alabama where he was a two time NJCAA qualifier, he went to Auburn University to wrestle, but the school dropped its wrestling program. He thought about trying football, but was instead coaxed into professional wrestling by Jerry Oates, who trained him. Jannetty began his wrestling career in April 1984, wrestling for the National Wrestling Alliance affiliate Central States Wrestling.
He wrestled in singles and tag team competition with various partners, including Bulldog Bob Brown, Dave Peterson and Tommy Rogers until joining forces with fellow rookie Shawn Michaels in late 1985. The two teamed as The Midnight Rockers and won the NWA Central States Tag Team Championship from The Batten Twins. Jannetty wrestled Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship during his time in CSW. In the summer of 1985, Jannetty wrestled his first Japanese tour for All Japan Pro Wrestling, where his biggest match there was a loss to Tiger Mask II on September 5. In 1986, the duo left CSW for the American Wrestling Association. In the AWA, Jannetty and Michaels built a reputation as a talented tag team, performing many acrobatic moves in tandem and electrifying crowds with their athleticism; the two won the World Tag Team Championship twice, first defeating Buddy Rose and Doug Somers and Original Midnight Express for their second and final reign. They won the Southern Tag Team Championship twice after defeating the Rock'n' Roll RPMs on two separate occasions before jumping to the World Wrestling Federation in 1988.
Now called The Rockers and Michaels popularity carried over from their stint in the AWA and the team was called "tag team specialists" by commentator Gorilla Monsoon. They made their WWF debut at a television taping on June 18, 1988, they faced tag teams such as Demolition, The Hart Foundation, the Brain Busters for the rest of 1989. Duos including The Rockers headlined house show events during this era of tag team wrestling. Despite their previous success, The Rockers never won the Tag Team Championship during their three-year run together in the WWF. On October 30, 1990, The Rockers were scheduled to win the titles from The Hart Foundation due to Jim Neidhart, one-half of the championship team, being in the process of negotiating his release from the company; the match was taped with The Rockers winning the belts, but soon after, Neidhart came to a stop-gap agreement with management and was rehired. On the other hand, Michaels claimed in his book; the belts were returned to the Harts a week and despite The Rockers making a title defense against Power and Glory on November 3, the change was never broadcast or acknowledged on television.
During a tag team match at the USF Sun Dome in December 1990, Jannetty executed his Rocker Dropper finishing move on Chuck Austin, teaming with Lanny Poffo. Austin's neck was broken as a result of tucking his head during the move, rather than falling flat on the mat. Austin was paralyzed and sued Jannetty and Titan Sports; when the case came to court in early 1994, Austin was awarded $26.7M. In a 1991 angle, Michaels was "accidentally" kicked in the face during a maneuver initiated by Jannetty on one of The Nasty Boys, which clipped Shawn in the face and resulted in an elimination at Survivor Series. Michaels got up after being pinned and began screaming at Jannetty, blaming him for being eliminated. Attempting to help settle their differences, Brutus Beefcake invited both on his interview segment "The Barbershop" on the January 12 1992 episode of WWF Wrestling Challenge. Michaels and Jannetty appeared to reconcile, but Michaels hit Jannetty with Sweet Chin Music and threw him through the set's plate glass window, with Bobby Heenan joking that Jannetty was a
Lisa Marie Varon
Lisa Marie Varon is an American professional wrestler, fitness competitor, bodybuilder best known for her time as a WWE Diva under the ring name Victoria and her time spent as an Impact Wrestling Knockout under the ring name Tara. Varon held both companies woman's championships on several different occasions. Varon began competing in fitness competitions and won ESPN2's Fitness America Series in 1997. In 1999, she placed second at a fitness event in New York City to earn her International Federation of BodyBuilders Professional Fitness Card. Through a chance meeting, Varon met World Wrestling Federation performer Chyna, who encouraged her to become a professional wrestler, she trained in the WWF's developmental territories for three years before being moved to the main roster to compete full-time under the ring name Victoria. Her first television appearance came at WrestleMania 2000, where she portrayed one of The Godfather's "hos", she debuted in June 2002, four months she was pushed to win the WWE Women's Championship, a title she would go on to hold twice in her wrestling career.
After leaving WWE in 2009, Varon debuted in TNA that year as Tara. In TNA, she became a five-time TNA Knockouts Champion, making her a seven-time Women's Champion overall, she was a one-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion, with Brooke Tessmacher, collectively known as TnT. Varon was born in San Bernardino, California, to a Puerto Rican father and a Korean-born Turkish mother who worked as a singer in Japan, she grew up with three older brothers, all of whom became amateur wrestlers, with her oldest brother, winning a gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games. Varon attended Eisenhower High School in California. During high school, she was active in cheerleading, a sport in which she competed since the sixth grade. During her senior year in high school, she was nationally recognized by the National Cheerleading Association, earning an All-American award and being chosen to cheer at half-time of the NFL 1989 Pro Bowl, alongside 70 other women, she participated in field events in the ninth grade.
After graduating, she studied biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and medicine at Loma Linda University, with the intent on becoming a physician. She worked as a human tissue coordinator at the Inland Eye and Tissue Bank in Redlands, where she was involved in the process of organ donation. While working at the eye and tissue bank, Varon taught aerobics. While training at a gym, she was offered an opportunity to compete in a bodybuilding competition, a contest she won as a middleweight, she competed in fitness competitions, such as ESPN2's Fitness America Series in 1997 and 1998, winning the former, the Miss Galaxy Competition in 1998, where she met and befriended Torrie Wilson. After Wilson moved to Los Angeles and signed with the professional wrestling promotion World Championship Wrestling, she invited Varon to one of the shows. While backstage, an agent asked her to appear in a segment with Scott Hall. Through Wilson, Varon unsuccessfully attempted to obtain a contract with WCW.
She moved to Los Angeles to find work in televised news fitness segments. In 1999, she earned her International Federation of BodyBuilders Professional Fitness Card after placing second at the National Physique Committee Team Universe show in New York City, it was during her time working in fitness competitions that Varon first met Trish Stratus. After moving to Los Angeles, Varon worked as a trainer at the gym Crunch Fitness, where she met World Wrestling Federation wrestler Chyna, who complimented Varon on her appearance and encouraged her to become a wrestler. Varon would put together a biography package and sent it to the WWF, she heard from Kevin Kelly two days who invited her to an interview in a month's time. With no previous wrestling experience, she looked up professional wrestling schools, began training at Ultimate Pro Wrestling in Southern California in June 2000, she wrestled under the ring name Head Bitch In Charge, appeared in a cheerleading outfit, with a snooty gimmick, similar to WCW Nitro Girl Miss Hancock.
She impressed WWF talent scout Bruce Prichard during her first UPW show. Varon made her on-screen debut in the WWF portraying one of The Godfather's "hos", she was referred to as the "head ho", led the "Save the Hos" campaign. On the August 7 episode of Raw, Varon took a bump by being powerbombed through a table by The Godfather's next persona, The Goodfather. After this, she was given the name Victoria, she was removed from television in November, sent to WWF's then-developmental territory Memphis Championship Wrestling for extensive training. Victoria acted as the commissioner for MCW, was involved in storyline feuds with Stacy Carter and Ivory, she managed Steve Bradley before MCW closed in 2001. Varon relocated to Louisville, Kentucky to train in Ohio Valley Wrestling, using the ring name Queen Victoria, she was placed as the manager of the tag team the Basham Brothers, managed one of the team members, Doug Basham, to win the OVW Heavyweight Championship on July 25, 2001. Varon returned to the renamed World Wrestling Entertainment as Victoria on the July 7, 2002 episode of Sunday Night Heat, in an angle with Trish Stratus, who Victoria claimed had betrayed her when they worked together as fitness models.
The storyline had her character become a demented, sadistic villain, as she and Stratus feuded for months. Her first pay-per-view match came at No Mercy; the following month at Survivor Series, Victoria defeated Stratus with a Snap Suplex in a hardcore match, to w