When it comes to professional wrestling, no other state in the United States has produced more icons than Texas. It is home to legends like Shawn Michaels, the Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin, people who have
written the wrestling histories. In this series, we will take a look at some of the most popular fighters of this generation and the best talent coming up through the ranks, both on the male and female circuit;
Described by WWE chairman Vince McMahon as the most profitable wrestler in company’s history, Stone Cold Steve Austin is an icon in the world of wrestling with twenty five championships. In his illustrious career, Austin appeared in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and became a heartthrob with his rebellious approach. He was known to defy the orders of McMahon and embarrassed him live on TV on a number of occasions.
Austin, who was famous for his signature move Stone Cold Stunner and his beer drinking image, had to retire from the wrestling circuit owing to a series of neck and knee injuries and has since been part of the entertainment and showbiz industry. He has been part of 11 films so far with his latest venture Grown Ups 2 expected in 2013, and has also been part of a few television series. Austin has also ventured on the production side. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 by McMahon.
Coming from a family having a rich tradition in wrestling, Chavo Guerrero is a third generation wrestler who has been a part of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Guerrero has won several championships in his career, and is currently the only male athlete to represent the family on the professional circuit.
He has been an ECW Championship once, six-time Cruiserweight Champion, a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion with Uncle Eddie Guerrero and a one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion. Since mid July this year, he has been a part of TNA.
Mark William Calaway, the man who started off as Mean” Mark Callous” in WCW, and later joined the World Wrestling federation as Kane, is the only remaining active competitor from the very first episode of WWE Raw in 1993. In WWF, Kane gave way to Undertaker pretty quickly and till now, wrestlers shiver at the very mention of his name.
The Dead man has over the years made a name for himself by innovations like the Casket match, the Buried Alive match, the Hell in a Cell and the Last Ride match. He is the undoubted superstar of Wrestle mania and no one, not even Shawn Michaels and HHH were able to beat the phenom. His streak at Wrestle mania lives on till date at 20-0. The Undertaker is a multiple times champion in various high profile categories of the WWE and WWF, and has also ventured into the showbiz world in the past.
The World’s Strongest Man – Mark Henry – is a former weightlifter, who represented United States at the Olympic level twice, before making a debut in the world of wrestling. After competing in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Henry received a 10 year contract from WWF and he has since won WWF European Championship once, world championship twice and also got the World Heavyweight Championship in 2011.
Jessy Ryan Sorensen is a talented professional wrestler, who is presently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Sorenson entered the wrestling scene through Florida underground wrestling in 2011 and earned a contract with TNA soon. He made huge inroads immediately and just after six months, he was in the number one contender’s match for the championship in February. He however lost to a spinal injury and is expected to be out of action for nearly a year.
Lance Hoyt is a professional wrestler, who has been part of WWE and TNA and is currently signed to New Japan Pro Wrestling as Lance Archer. Known for his tag team credentials, Moore is a two time NWA World Tag Team Champion with Kid Kash and is currently holds the IWGP Tag Team Championship.