You might not think there's much to your bog standard wrestling poster, and in the majority of cases, you'd be absolutely right. Mere marketing literature with the primary purpose of making punters part with their pennies, posters, whilst often artistic, generally need to get the pertinent facts across as expediently as possible.
There's no time for Saul Bass-type fannying about here, which is why an overwhelming quantity of wrestling quads come in one of three formats, designed to prominently advertise the upcoming events' most appealing performers. You have your typical tête-à-tête, which sees feuding foes staring down with cross faces - think WrestleManias III and XXVIII. Then there's the 'angry man on the warpath' category - The Undertaker and Triple H are absolute pros in this department. Finally, and usually reserved for the biggest shows, is the high-school yearbook collage of just about everyone on the roster imaginable, with John Cena at the front.
All very familiar, and all very, very boring. There's the odd original variation on the three most common themes, but for the most part rarely anything to telegram home about. Yet peer close enough, and even some of the most utterly dull WWE posters of the last 30+ years hide a hidden secret or two. Or in one very particular case, specifically does not.