10 Wrestling Facts We Didn't Know Last Week (April 29)

How does Steve Austin feel about Chyna in the Hall of Fame?

This past week has been one of mourning for professional wrestling. The loss of Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer at only 46 years old was tragic. An accidental drug overdose has been attributed by her management as a potential cause.

The news came as a real shock to Steve Austin, who opened up via his podcast regarding his close friendship with Chyna. Both had worked together during the heights of WWE's 'Attitude Era', and still stayed in touch to this day. Full of sorrow, Austin nonetheless had a few brilliant stories to tell about his time working with the woman.

A few of them are featured here, including an incredible tale from a WWF house show in Germany. Joining that story, there are facts related to Sami Zayn, Vince McMahon and even the incomparable Mae Young.

Much like Chyna, Mae blazed a trail for females in what is largely considered a male-dominated industry.

Let's take a look at some wrestling facts you didn't know about last week...


10. Only 8 Wrestlers Have Kicked Out Of The Undertaker's Tombstone Piledriver

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The Undertaker is one of the most protected WWE stars in history, and for good reason.

One of the most cherished performers the company has ever had, 'The Deadman' is also one of the most credible. His often supernatural gimmick resonates strongly with fans, and has done for well over 25 years.

Moves such as the Chokeslam and Tombstone Piledriver are synonymous with 'Taker, and the latter usually signals the end of any given match. Incredibly, as many as 8 different wrestlers have been written to not only survive the move, but actually to kick out of it.

That's more than many might have suspected, considering the finishing move is revered as one of the best ever.

According to WWE's official website, the 8 men are Triple H, CM Punk, Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar, Edge, Batista, Shawn Michaels and Kane. Michaels has kicked out of the finisher more than once, whereas Lesnar has never been pinned by the Tombstone to date.

Another impressive accolade for The Beast.


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