Most of you reading this will remember when the WWE stood for something.
No, that’s not a pointed comment on how far they’ve moved from their professional wrestling roots: WWE literally used to stand for World Wrestling Entertainment, at least until April 7th 2011, when they announced that they would be rebranding yet again to just ‘WWE’.
Many of you will remember the rebranding exercise before that, when the WWF lost the tug of war over those initials to the panda, and changed the name of the company from the World Wrestling Federation. You’re those fans of the Attitude Era that the company keeps trying to court by hiring middled-aged men to waddle down to the ring at WrestleMania and emasculate talented contemporary stars.
Far fewer of you will recall the time before that: when the name changed from the World Wide Wrestling Federation, and the man most of the boys knew as Vinnie or Junior took over his father’s wrestling promotion with dreams of world domination clutched close to his trailer trash heart.
If all of that’s you, then congratulations: that’s a whole lot of wrestling trivia, minutiae, miscellanea, trifles and common or garden bullsh*t that we’re all privy to, as longtime fans and reluctant sucklers at the McTeat.
So here! Thirty little known facts about the WWE that you might - or might not - be aware of.
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