National Football League
The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference. The NFL is one of the four professional sports leagues in North America. The NFLs 17-week regular season runs from the week after Labor Day to the week after Christmas, with each team playing 16 games, the NFL was formed in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association before renaming itself the National Football League for the 1922 season. The NFL agreed to merge with the American Football League in 1966, and the first Super Bowl was held at the end of that season, the merger was completed in 1970. Today, the NFL has the highest average attendance of any sports league in the world and is the most popular sports league in the United States. S. The NFLs executive officer is the commissioner, who has authority in governing the league. The team with the most NFL championships is the Green Bay Packers with thirteen, the current NFL champions are the New England Patriots, who defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34–28 in Super Bowl LI.
Another meeting held on September 17,1920 resulted in the renaming of the league to the American Professional Football Association, the league hired Jim Thorpe as its first president, and consisted of 14 teams. Only two of these teams, the Decatur Staleys and the Chicago Cardinals, the first event occurred on September 26,1920 when the Rock Island Independents defeated the non-league St. Paul Ideals 48–0 at Douglas Park. On October 3,1920, the first full week of league play occurred, the following season resulted in the Chicago Staleys controversially winning the title over the Buffalo All-Americans. In 1922, the APFA changed its name to the National Football League, in 1932, the season ended with the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans tied for first in the league standings. This method had used since the leagues creation in 1920. The league quickly determined that a game between Chicago and Portsmouth was needed to decide the leagues champion. Playing with altered rules to accommodate the playing field, the Bears won the game 9–0.
Fan interest in the de facto championship game led the NFL, beginning in 1933, the 1934 season marked the first of 12 seasons in which African Americans were absent from the league. The de facto ban was rescinded in 1946, following public pressure, the NFL was always the foremost professional football league in the United States, it nevertheless faced a large number of rival professional leagues through the 1930s and 1940s. Rival leagues included at least three separate American Football Leagues and the All-America Football Conference, on top of regional leagues of varying caliber. Three NFL teams trace their histories to these leagues, including the Los Angeles Rams
Rosemont is a village in Cook County, United States, located immediately northwest of Chicago. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 4,202, the village was incorporated in 1956, though it had been settled long before that. The residential sections of Rosemont are a community, as a result of the 1995 decision by residents to enclose the residential portions of the city. According to the 2010 census, Rosemont has an area of 1.79 square miles. As of the 2000 census, there were 4,224 people,1,692 households, the population density was 2,423.6 per square mile. There were 1,745 housing units at a density of 1,001.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the village was 79. 24% White,1. 35% African American,0. 88% Native American,4. 40% Asian,0. 02% Pacific Islander,11. 55% from other races, and 2. 56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 35. 35% of the population, Rosemont was tied for first place in 2000 with Bowdon, Georgia as the place in the United States with the highest percentage of people reporting Bulgarian ancestry.
The percentage of people so reporting in 2000 was 2. 7%,35. 0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13. 4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the family size was 3.31. In the village, the population was out with 24. 4% under the age of 18,10. 4% from 18 to 24,35. 7% from 25 to 44,18. 4% from 45 to 64. The median age was 32 years, for every 100 females there were 110.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.2 males, the median income for a household in the village was $34,663, and the median income for a family was $44,939. Males had an income of $30,066 versus $30,015 for females. The per capita income for the village was $19,781, about 10. 6% of families and 14. 9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23. 6% of those under age 18 and 10. 6% of those age 65 or over. Rosemont is positioned between OHare International Airport and the rest of the City of Chicago, due to its location, much of the village is occupied by large hotels and office buildings.
According to Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler, the Rosemont/OHare office market encompassed approximately 13,500,000 square feet of total inventory in 2008, Rosemont operates several visitor related-forums. Among these are the Donald E, the village is the sponsor of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps
Terry Gene Bollea, better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, television personality and rock bassist. Hogan is regarded by many as the greatest professional wrestler of all time, according to IGN, he is the most recognized wrestling star worldwide, aside from those promotions, he has notably performed for the American Wrestling Association, New Japan Pro Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Hogan is a world champion, a six-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion/WWF Champion. He was the first wrestler to win consecutive Royal Rumbles, in 1990 and 1991 respectively, Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. Hogan was born Terry Eugene Bollea in Augusta, Georgia in 1953, the son of construction foreman Pietro Peter Bollea and he has Italian, French and Panamanian heritage. When he was one and a years old, his family moved to Port Tampa. As a boy, he was a pitcher in Little League Baseball and he attracted scouts from the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds, but an injury ended his baseball career.
He began watching wrestling at 16 years old. While in high school, he revered Dusty Rhodes, and he regularly attended cards at the Tampa Sportatorium, Hogan was a musician, spending ten years playing fretless bass guitar in several Florida-based rock bands. He went on to study at Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida, after music gigs began to get in the way of his time in college, Hogan decided to drop out of the University of South Florida before receiving a degree. Eventually and two local musicians formed a band called Ruckus in 1976, the band soon became popular in the Tampa Bay region. During his spare time, Hogan worked out at Hectors Gym in the Tampa Bay area, many of the wrestlers who were competing in the Florida region visited the bars where Ruckus was performing. Among those attending his performances were Jack and Gerald Brisco, two brothers who wrestled together as a tag team in the Florida region. Impressed by Hogans physical stature, the Brisco brothers asked Hiro Matsuda – the man who trained wrestlers working for Championship Wrestling from Florida – to make him a potential trainee, in 1976, the two brothers asked Hogan to try wrestling.
Having been a fan since childhood, Hogan eventually agreed. At first, Mike Graham, the son of CWF promoter Eddie Graham, refused to put Hogan in the ring, according to Hogan, he met Graham while in high school and the two did not get along. However, after Hogan quit Ruckus and started telling people in town that he was going to be a wrestler, in mid-1977, after training for more than a year with Matsuda, the Brisco brothers dropped by Matsudas gym to see Hogan. During this visit, Jack Brisco handed Hogan a pair of wrestling boots, in his professional wrestling debut, Eddie Graham booked him against Brian Blair in Fort Myers, Florida on August 10,1977 in CWF
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
The WCW World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship originally used in World Championship Wrestling and later, the World Wrestling Federation. It was the world title of the World Championship Wrestling promotion. It existed in WCW from 1991 to 2001 and it continued to complement the then-WWF Championship until the following month, when both titles were unified to create the Undisputed WWF Championship. The Undisputed title retained the lineage of the WWF Championship, Ric Flair was the first holder of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, with Chris Jericho being the last. The title was the second of six to be represented by the historic Big Gold Belt, in December 1988, Turner Broadcasting purchased Jim Crockett Promotions, which had promoted under the name NWA World Championship Wrestling. On January 11,1991, Ric Flair defeated Sting to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and was recognized as the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. The new championship was not initially represented by its own title belt, because of this, WCW regularly claimed the NWA World Heavyweight Championship lineage for its own championship.
On July 1,1991, a disagreement with WCW Executive Vice President Jim Herd led to Flair leaving WCW for Vince McMahons World Wrestling Federation. When Herd refused to return Flairs $25,000 deposit, Flair kept the Big Gold Belt that had represented the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, shortly after the Bash, a new, original WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt was created. In late 1991, the Big Gold Belt was used for the revived NWA World Heavyweight Championship, after leaving the NWA, WCW kept the Big Gold Belt, and it was renamed the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship. At Starrcade in December 1993, Flair won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, WCW decided to unify the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and International Championship, by having Flair wrestle Sting in June 1994. Flair won and the WCW International Heavyweight Championship belt replaced the old WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt, in March 2001, the World Wrestling Federation purchased the assets of World Championship Wrestling.
Soon after, The Invasion took place and four of WCWs championships were defended on WWF programming including the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, the WWF carried over the title, along with the United States Heavyweight Championship, Cruiserweight Championship, and the WCW Tag Team Championship. After the Invasion concluded at Survivor Series in 2001, the title was rebranded as the World Championship, as a result, Jericho was the last World Champion, and he became the first Undisputed WWF Champion
AWA World Heavyweight Championship
The AWA World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship and the highest ranked championship in the defunct American Wrestling Association. All AWA trademarks, including the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, are now owned by WWE, the championship was generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute worked finishes rather than contend in direct competition. AWA Wrestling Association and the title became inactive in 1990 and the organization closed down in 1991 with the title being decommissioned. The championship is featured in the video games WWE13 as a title and as a unlockable title in WWE 2K14, WWE 2K15. The promotion created their own version of the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, in October 2008, the court ruled in favor of WWE. The court ruling prohibits Gagner from exploiting or trading on the AWA name or any other derivatives
Theodore Marvin Ted DiBiase Sr. is an American retired professional wrestler, ordained minister and color commentator. He is signed with WWE working in their Legends program, DiBiase achieved championship success in a number of wrestling promotions, holding thirty titles during his professional wrestling career. He is best recalled by mainstream audiences for his time in the World Wrestling Federation and he is regarded by many as the greatest villain in pro wrestling history. IGN called DiBiase one of the most gifted technical wrestlers to ever grace the squared-circle, among other accolades in the WWF, DiBiase was the first North American Heavyweight Champion, a three-time Tag Team Champion and the 1988 King of the Ring. DiBiase created his own championship, the Million Dollar Championship and he held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship belt in 1988 after purchasing it from André the Giant, but this period is not recognized by WWE as an official title reign. Nonetheless, DiBiase frequently headlined WWF cards, including WrestleMania IV, DiBiase headlined the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, being inducted by his sons, Ted Jr.
and Brett. DiBiase is the son of wrestler Helen Nevins and Ted Wills. He is the son of wrestler Iron Mike DiBiase, who was Italian. Ted DiBiase is of mostly German and English ancestry and his adoptive father died of a heart attack in the ring when Ted was just 15. Seven-time NWA world champion Harley Race rushed to the ring and performed CPR, in response, his mother suffered from depression and alcoholism, so Ted was moved to Willcox, Arizona to live with his grandparents. He attended Creighton Preparatory high school and attended West Texas State University on a football scholarship, while there he became a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. However, due to an injury in his year, he dropped out of college to begin a career in professional wrestling. Ted DiBiase was trained by Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk and he made his professional wrestling debut as a referee on June 1974 in the Amarillo territory owned by the Funks. He went to the Mid-South territory of Bill Watts in 1975 where he wrestled for four years and his first match was a loss against Danny Hodge.
By February 1978, DiBiase would unseat Dick Slater to become Missouri State champion only to lose to Dick Murdoch after a few weeks on television, DiBiase had a short stint with Vince McMahon, Sr. s World Wrestling Federation in 1979. He was awarded the short-lived North American Championship, becoming the titles first champion, on June 19,1979, he lost the North American Championship to Pat Patterson, who unified the title with the fictional South American Championship to become the first ever Intercontinental Champion. He was Hulk Hogans opponent in Hogans first Madison Square Garden match, DiBiase spent time in the Georgia area where he had an early face run frequently tagging with Tommy Wildfire Rich. The two feuded, leading to a loser leaves town match which DiBiase won, but instead of Rich leaving the area, the feud culminated in a match between Mister R and DiBiase, Tommy Rich appeared from backstage and distracted DiBiase
WWE United States Championship
The WWE United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the Raw brand. Along with the Intercontinental Championship on the SmackDown brand, it is one of the two titles of the promotion. It is currently held by Kevin Owens, who is in his first reign, Harley Race was the inaugural champion. This makes the United States Championship the only championship in WWE that was not originated in the promotion, as well as WWEs second oldest active championship. After the 2002 brand extension and the promotion renamed to WWE, as a result of the 2016 draft, it became exclusive to the Raw brand. The United States Championship began as a championship called the United States Heavyweight Championship. It was created by and defended in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling run by Jim Crockett Jr, introduced on January 1,1975, Harley Race became the inaugural champion. The title quickly replaced the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship as the top title in the promotion.
The title remained the primary championship within the Mid-Atlantic territory until 1986 when Crockett gained control of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the United States title became the secondary championship of the promotion. After Ted Turner bought the company and renamed it World Championship Wrestling in November 1988, WCW began to pull itself away from the NWA, demonstrated by the company changing the name of the title to the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship in January 1991. In March 2001, the World Wrestling Federation purchased WCW, the United States Championship was deactivated. In July 2003, a year after the first brand extension went into effect in the now renamed WWE. General Manager Stephanie McMahon, and was commissioned to be a championship for the SmackDown. Eddie Guerrero became the first champion after its reactivation by winning a tournament at Vengeance and this was done shortly after the Intercontinental Championship was recommissioned by the Raw brand, making the title its equal counterpart.
The first brand extension ended on August 29,2011, in 2015, WWE introduced an updated version of its Grand Slam Championship, and the United States Championship became officially recognized as a component of the re-established honor. Rollins held both titles until Cena defeated Rollins in his rematch for the title at Night of Champions the following month, in July 2016, WWE reintroduced the brand extension, during the draft, then-United States Champion Rusev was drafted to the Raw brand. Days later, he defended the title against SmackDown draftee Zack Ryder at Battleground. Following the revival of the United States Championship in 2003, the title was designated to SmackDown, the brand extension was discontinued on August 29,2011, but it was revived on July 19,2016
WrestleMania 2 was the second annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation. It took place on Monday, April 7,1986, making it the only WrestleMania that was not held on the customary Sunday, as with the first WrestleMania, the matches were shown on closed-circuit television across North America. The event was the first WrestleMania to air on the national pay-per-view market, the ring announcers were Howard Finkel, Chet Coppock, and Lee Marshall. Each venue had its own card, the respective final matches were a boxing match pitting Mr. The professional wrestling matches at WrestleMania 2 featured professional wrestlers performing as characters in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, storylines between the characters played out on WWFs primary television programs, Championship Wrestling, All-Star Wrestling, Saturday Nights Main Event and Prime Time Wrestling. Hogan and André won the match, on March 1, Hogan defended his WWF title against The Magnificent Muraco.
Just as Hogan was about to pin Muraco, Bundy ran into the ring and—with Muracos help—initiated a 2-on-1 assault on Hogan, Hogan had a very serious injury, while Bundy challenged Hogan for the title. With revenge on his mind, Hogan decided not to heed his doctors advice and accepted the challenge, the second feud heading into the event was between Mr. T and Rowdy Roddy Piper. T feud restarted in 1986 after their real-life hatred for each other became known and others disliked Mr. T because he was an actor and was unskilled wrestling-wise. In response, Mr. T became a special WWF boxer, on the March 1 Saturday Nights Main Event, Mr. T defeated Orton in a boxing match. After the match, Piper distracted Mr. T, allowing Orton to attack from behind, Mr. T demanded revenge, leading to his boxing match against Piper. The third main feud heading into WrestleMania was between The Dream Team and The British Bulldogs over the WWF Tag Team Championship, on August 24,1985, Beefcake and Valentine won the tag titles from The U. S.
Express. Immediately after their win, they were challenged by British Bulldogs for the titles. They retained their titles against Bulldogs at a show on September 11 by getting disqualified. They defended the titles against Bulldogs again on Saturday Nights Main Event, after Bulldogs failed in winning the titles twice, Dream Team agreed to defend their titles against Bulldogs for a final time with a title match set at WrestleMania. The other major feud heading into WrestleMania 2 was Randy Macho Man Savage and George the Animal Steele and its genesis came after Steele, who used a Neanderthal, missing link-type gimmick, became smitten with Savages manager, the beautiful Miss Elizabeth. Along with former champion Tito Santana Steele became one of Savages top challengers for the title, in the first match of the show and the New York arena, Paul Orndorff faced The Magnificent Muraco. Both men fought to a double countout, next was a WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship match between Macho Man Randy Savage and George The Animal Steele
WWE Intercontinental Championship
The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. Along with the United States Championship on the Raw brand, it is one of the two titles of the promotion. The current champion is Dean Ambrose, who is in his second reign and it is the third oldest championship currently active in WWE, behind the WWE Championship and United States Championship. It has been called a stone to the WWE Championship. In November 2001, the then-WCW United States Championship was unified into the Intercontinental Championship, in 2002 after the first brand extension, it became exclusive to Raw and the WWF was renamed to WWE. Later that year, the European and Hardcore championships were unified into the Intercontinental Championship, the following year, however, it was reactivated for Raw, followed by the United States Championships reactivation as a counterpart title on SmackDown. As a result of the 2016 draft, the Intercontinental Championship became exclusive to the SmackDown brand, the term intercontinental in the title originally referred to North and South America.
In 1985, the belt design changed, the centerplate now centered on the Atlantic Ocean, in a map including western Africa. On April 10,1989, the championship was first defended outside of North America, by Rick Rude against The Ultimate Warrior in Milan, Italy. On March 30,1991, Mr. Perfect made the first Asian defense against The Texas Tornado at a WWF co-promotion with Super World of Sports in Tokyo, Japan. It first came to Africa on April 6,1997, when champion Rocky Maivia pinned Savio Vega in Durban, shelton Benjamin made the first Australian defense on April 7,2006, pinning Gene Snitsky in Brisbane. WWF North American Heavyweight Champion Pat Patterson became the champion on September 1,1979. Mr. Perfect would go on to win a tournament to crown a new Intercontinental Champion, on October 17,1999, Chyna became the only woman to hold the Intercontinental Championship by defeating Jeff Jarrett at No Mercy. Then-United States Champion Edge defeated then-Intercontinental Champion Test, in 2002, after the first brand extension had begun and the WWF was renamed to WWE, Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff began unifyng his brands singles championships.
On August 19,2002, Bischoff made a six-minute gauntlet match for the Hardcore Championship, tommy Dreamer successfully retained his title in that match, but lost to Van Dam in a hardcore match the next week. On September 30,2002, Bischoff scheduled another unification match, the match took place at No Mercy the following month and saw then-World Heavyweight Champion Triple H defeat then-Intercontinental Champion Kane, making him the Raw brands sole male singles champion. Christian won the royal to win the championship and restore a secondary singles title for Raw wrestlers to compete for. The first brand extension would end on August 29,2011, on May 31,2015, the championship was contested for in an Elimination Chamber match for the first time
WrestleMania 22 was the twenty-second annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. It was presented by Snickers and took place on April 2,2006, at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, the event was a joint-promotion pay-per-view featuring performers from the Raw and SmackDown. There were two events which were the main matches for each brand. The main match on the Raw brand was John Cena versus Triple H for the WWE Championship, the predominant match on the SmackDown. Brand was a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship between champion Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, and Randy Orton, Mysterio won the match and the World Heavyweight Championship after pinning Orton following a 619 and a West Coast Pop. WrestleMania 22 was the third WrestleMania to take place in the Chicago metropolitan area, tickets sold out in under two minutes, grossing US$2.5 million for the event, making it the highest grossing one-day event at the Allstate Arena.
More than 17,155 people from 16 countries and 43 states attended, the event was very well received by fans and critics alike. WrestleMania 22 marked the occasion that a WrestleMania was held in a traditional arena. Every subsequent WrestleMania has been held in an NFL stadium or a college football stadium. The smallest attendance for any WrestleMania since this change was 71,617 at WrestleMania XXVII held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011. The Road to WrestleMania tournament to determine the number one contender for the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania 22 was held between February 6 and February 20,2006. The tournament brackets were, Notes, ^ Due to their double countout in the round, a triple threat match with Big Show, Rob Van Dam. Rey Mysterio won the 2006 Royal Rumble match, lastly eliminating Randy Orton, at No Way Out, Orton defeated Mysterio to win a WrestleMania 22 title match. On the February 24 episode of SmackDown, general Manager Theodore Long announced the title match at WrestleMania 22 to be a Triple Threat match involving Angle, Mysterio Orton.
On the December 26 episode of Raw, Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels had words ending with McMahon threatening that he could screw HBK just like he did Bret Hart anytime he wanted. Shawn Michaels won the match and kept his spot in the Rumble but a few moments later, during that time, Shane McMahon, who wasnt an official entrant in the match, eliminated Michaels after attacking him from behind. On the February 27 episode of Raw, Shane hit Michaels with a chair and forced him to kiss Vinces ass. Vince announced that he and Michaels would fight at WrestleMania, two weeks on Raw, Vince forced Michaels to take a public drug test all due to Michaels being deceived and drugged by Vinces daughter, Stephanie McMahon on the March 6 episode of Raw