Pro Wrestling Goes Mainstream – The Weakest WWE Links


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Hello and welcome back to the Pro Wrestling Culture Cloud (PW2C)! Here comes that time where we leave the squared circle for a moment and enjoy appearances made by wrestlers in other media. This week’s edition features a game show that aired two WWE special episodes, The Weakest Link.

The Weakest Link – presented by Anne Robinson

The Show: The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link is a game show where 8 participants collaborate to reach a sum of money by answering successive questions and banking to validate the collected money. At the end of each round, the participants vote to eliminate the one they consider as the weakest player (aka weakest link). As the rounds go on, though, several participants try to eliminate the best opponents in order to increase their chances of winning. When two participants are left, they collaborate for one last round where the acquired money is doubled before facing off. The winner takes all and the rest of the participants, well, lose.

The game show is monitored by a never-smiling, ever-taunting host, the UK and US versions being presented by Anne Robinson.

The Episodes: WWE Specials (2001 here, 2002 here)

As internet wrestling fans, we all know that most wrestlers are far from being these stereotypical brutes who could not spell their names even if their lives depended on it (or do we?). Either way, unless you are aware of every little story about all the wrestlers, you would be surprised by how smart and educated some of them are. I won’t unveil the names here in case you want to find out by yourselves, but this is a nice counter-example that you may show to your friends should any of them make fun with “stupid rassling” types of jokes… or you can just call this man.

On a different side, conspiracy theorist me says Vince McMahon must have -voluntarily- mistaken this show for the Royal Rumble and handed the list of eliminations to the participants. Regardless, despite the fact that such shows are done for fun and aim at helping associations, it looks like backstage politics -and kayfabe relationships- still play a major factor in the eliminations. You will see that by yourself if you watch, or at the very least skip to the end and see who the two 2001 finalists are.

 

If you enjoyed this entry, then come back every week for other entries of Pro Wrestling Goes Mainstream and other columns from the Pro Wrestling Culture Cloud (PW2C) such as Calling the Moves where you get to know several rare facts about different moves and attacks. Tomorrow’s installment of Calling the Moves will detail the Powerbomb.


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