Every single week, wrestling fans are forced to read WWE's Did You Know facts about how awesome WWE is at this or how amazing WWE is at that. We get it, WWE. Your ratings are good. Your tweeting is good. Your whatever else you care about that we don't care about is good.
But that's the exact opposite of what I try to achieve with Wrestling's Most Important Facts. These facts, like the classic C+C Music Factory song, are about Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm. Hopefully, I can make you go "I don't know why someone would need to know that, but I'm glad I do now". At the very least, I hope I help one of you answer a really weird trivia night question.
I've gone deep inside the wrestling history book to find some of the best and worst wrestling facts that even made me say Hmmmmm. Enough stalling, it's time for Wrestling's Most Important Facts: Part Deux
1) The biggest rise to #1 in PWI 500 History is Rob Van Dam: #59 in 2001 to #1 in 2002 (Up 58 spots)
The biggest fall from #1 in PWI 500 History is Dean Malenko: #1 in 1997 to #35 in 1998 (Down 34 spots)
It would be too easy for me to make a weed joke about how RVD made the highest jump for a #1 in PWI History. But I'm a wrestling historian so I'll stick to the facts. Both of these stats make perfect sense seeing how Rob Van Dam was truly the biggest surprise of the WWE/WCW/ECW Invasion angle and how Dean Malenko might be the most surprising PWI #1 of all time. Dean better watch out as it looks like The Miz is doing his best attempt to break his record in 2012.
2) Undertaker is 20-14-2 in his four major gimmick matches (Hell In A Cell, Casket Match, Buried Alive Match and Last Ride Match)
Few men are lucky to even have one gimmick match created for them (The Great Khali isn't one of them). The fact that the Undertaker has four matches in which he can call his own speaks volumes to his impact on the WWE. I wasn't even counting gimmick matches such as Biker Chain Matches, 'The Once A Year Match at Wrestlemania' Match and his untelevised Hair vs Sara neck tattoo Match.
Here's how the numbers break down:
Hell in A Cell: 6-5-1
Casket Match: 11-5-1
Buried Alive Match: 2-3
Last Ride Match: 1-1
3) Jeff Jarrett and Kevin Nash are the only former WWE, TNA or WCW World Champions to wrestle 1-on-1 on TV in all 3 of those companies
They are without a doubt the two greatest wrestlers named Kevin Nash and Jeff Jarrett in pro wrestling history. These two have competed against each other on national television in three different decades and the wrestling world couldn't be more (insert your degree of apathy here). I will say it's pretty cool that the combined 17 time World Champions have also wrestled each other for the WWF, WCW and NWA title but that would be giving them too much credit. Instead, I will leave you with a WWF, WCW and TNA match between Nash and Jarrett. A fun drinking game while watching these videos: take a shot every time you see Kevin Nash or Jeff Jarrett. Trust us, it will help.
4) The WWE, World Heavyweight and TNA Championship changed hands a total of 9 times on TV in 2011. (WHC 3 times; WWE 2 title; 4 TNA)
Forget the fact that, before 2011, the World Titles in WWE and TNA changed hands 9 times in the last FOUR years (2007 - 2010). Also forget the fact that, before 2011, World Titles in WWE and TNA changed hands on TV only 14 times since 2002. It was the year 2011 that gave us such LONG AND WONDERFUL World Title reigns like Dolph Ziggler, James Storm and Rey Mysterio. Ironically enough, 9 is also the number of total minutes the Divas got on Raw in 2011.
Vacated from CM Punk* -----> Rey Mysterio (Raw - July 25th, 2011)
Rey Mysterio -----> John Cena (Raw - July 25th, 2011)
World Heavyweight Title:
Vacated From Edge -----> Dolph Ziggler (Smackdown - Feb 15th, 2011)
Dolph Ziggler -----> Edge (Smackdown - Feb 15, 2011)
Christian -----> Randy Orton (Smackdown - May 3rd, 2011)
TNA World Heavyweight Title
Jeff Hardy -----> Sting (TNA Impact - Feb 24th, 2011)
Mr Anderson -----> Sting (Impact Wrestling - July 11, 2011)
Kurt Angle -----> James Storm (Impact Wrestling - Oct 18th, 2011)
James Storm -----> Bobby Roode (Impact Wrestling - Oct 26th, 2011)
5) The only wrestlers with World Title matches in all the Big 4 PPVs (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam, Survivor Series) in one year are: John Cena in 2009, Batista in 2007, Triple H in 2003
What?! No way! Honestly there's nothing I can say about this stat outside of: A-Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh!
6) Glenn Jacobs (Kane) has competed in a record 7 Traditional Survivor Series matches without once being a survivor (14 Survivor Series PPV appearances overall)
WWE put in a lot of work in giving Big Show his Wrestlemania moment in 2012; why not give Kane his Survivor Series....well anything. Good Ol' Glenn Jacobs is a Survivor Series Soldier appearing as Kane, Fake Diesel and Isaac Yankem, DDS while raking up a 3-3-1 record in Survivor Series matches. In his career, Glenn has been eliminated in Survivor Series matches by a Breakfast Club-esque group of wrestlers including The Undertaker, RVD, Batista, Big Show, Big Daddy V and Rey Mysterio. If you're reading this Vince, for Kane's sake, put him in a Survivor Series match in 2012 against Hunico, Heath Slater, One of The Bellas, A Jobber and A Stick of Butter. Hell, with Kane's luck, he'll slip on the stick of butter and accidentally pin himself.