Finally, almost four years on from signing a WWE contract, Finn Bálor got to perform at WrestleMania this past spring. Adding to the magnitude of the moment, Bálor's entrance had a special message of tolerance, respect and inclusion for members of the LGBTQ community.
It was the only message Finn wanted to spread in New Orleans, probably much to the chagrin of his biggest supporters who had hoped to see him crawl to the ring like a man (or Demon) possessed. Find out what Bálor's own thoughts on that 'Mania entrance are, and what he thought heading into the event about his presentation, in this week's article.
Other facts spotlighted include a stunning admission from ex-WCW boss Eric Bischoff on WrestleMania-botherer Starrcade, what personal journey Raven had to go on when looking back on his career, why Chris Jericho took umbrage at one WWE announcer's snide commentary and who almost joined the nWo.
In addition, there's a pretty damn hilarious (if not totally tragic) story from The Miz. Everyone knows how much heat he had during his early days in WWE, but nobody could have guessed that things were quite this bad.
Maybe someone reading this shared a rather "Awesome" whizz with Miz...
10. WrestleMania 34 Had Hidden Meaning For Charlotte Flair
WrestleMania 34 wasn't only memorable for marking Asuka's first loss since signing with WWE, it also held special (and personal) weight with Charlotte Flair.
During an interview with ESPN, Flair revealed that her opponent's nationality wasn't lost on her pre-match. In fact, it was one of the main reasons why she was so excited to wrestle Asuka. Charlotte's younger brother Reid last wrestled in Japan, and the country was a major part of her father Ric's in-ring career throughout the 1970s and 80s.
Right before going through the curtain in New Orleans, Charlotte was emotional and considered this the moment her career had "come full circle". Afterwards, when she embraced Asuka with a passionate hug, Flair admitted she needed to "freak out" about how cool the whole scenario was.
Recognising that Asuka is a Japanese superstar was one thing, but wrestling such a name on WWE's biggest stage and honouring her deceased brother meant the world to Charlotte. That's not something she shared at the time.
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