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John Cena

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Straight up and in your face, the fan favorite rapper and WWE Heavyweight Champion John Cena has made quite the notorious reputation for himself in WWE by speaking the truth and backing it up in the ring with his own style of ruckus. Pimping baggy jean shorts and a throwback basketball jersey, Cena will often get amped up signaling the end for his victims by pumping up his kicks leading to him dropping his trademark “you can't see me” catchphrase en route to the FU.



A street brawler by definition, Cena is always up for a fight against anyone who steps to him. Of course, for those who step foot in the ring to lock up with Cena or do battle on the microphone, they best prepare to get burned by this RAW Superstar’s blistering edgy rap lyrics that often scorch the egos of those who dare challenge the rebellious rapper. Cena refuses to back down from any man who gets in his way.



Cena won the 2005 winter tournament on Smackdown to face then reigning WWE Heavyweight Champion John Bradshaw Layfield (“JBL”) at WrestleMania 21. The rebel rapper Cena versus the privileged and affluent big mouth Texan turned city slicker JBL was on for Mania. JBL and his vile Cabinet tried everything to keep Cena and his fans – known as the Chain Gang - down. However, Cena refused to quit or give up on his dream of winning the WWE Championship and on April 3, 2005 he pinned JBL to win the WWE Heavyweight Championship for his Chain Gang on the grandest stage of them all – WrestleMania.



Recently, the “Doctor of Thuganomics,” as Cena is known in some parts has turned the SmackDown!… and RAW brands upside down being the shocking first draftee in the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery joining the RAW brand as the WWE Heavyweight Champion, in a WWE moment fans will never forget.

BATISTA

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One of the toughest Superstars to ever grace RAW has taken his remarkable physique, ability and record to SmackDown!



In July 2005, World Heavyweight Champion Batista was announced as the final, and maybe most stunning, draft pick in the 2005 Draft Lottery.



The new World Heavyweight Champion may appear cool and collected in his finely tailored suits and shades, but just ask Triple H what happens when you cross this 6-foot-5, 317-pound Superstar.



Batista gained all the experience he could from Evolution. Then, he ripped through Ric Flair and Triple H — taking the World Heavyweight Championship in the process. Batista began his ascension to the top of RAW by winning the 30-man Royal Rumble Match. That earned him a spot in the main event at WrestleMania 21, where he used his explosive power to capture the World Heavyweight Championship.



Batista’s only other championship came alongside “The Dirtiest Player in the Game,” as the pair won the World Tag Team Championship from the Dudleys — the most decorated tag team of all time — for the World Tag Team Championship at Armageddon 2003.



Perhaps Batista’s road to WWE success began at age 17, during his senior year of high school, when he decided to move out of his house and strike out on his own. Less than a year later, he began bouncing at nightclubs in the greater D.C. area. Having largely grown up in the streets, Batista was well prepared for the altercations he saw night after night in the bars. Sometimes, he’d even get involved himself. Through crushing those who defied him, Batista learned that when provoked, he was practically invulnerable. He also realized that surrounding himself with people who might agitate him probably wasn’t the best idea. Batista needed a place where he could harness his physicality and continue to push himself. That place was WWE.



With hopes of one day becoming a WWE Superstar, Batista began training for a career in sports-entertainment. His size, power and aggressive nature separated him from the pack. In short order, he was ready for WWE. In early 2002, Batista debuted on SmackDown! alongside tag-team specialist D-Von Dudley. But within a few months, he viciously turned on Dudley and left him lying motionless in the ring. Turning his back on D-Von proved to be a wise career move, as it helped open the door to RAW.



Upon moving over to RAW, Batista was scouted by Ric Flair for a spot in the group that would come to be known as Evolution. Batista absorbed all the knowledge and experience he could from “The Nature Boy” and “The Cerebral Assassin,” and he watched fellow Evolution member Randy Orton rise to the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam. But the following night on RAW, Orton was unceremoniously dumped from the group by its three remaining members. For Batista, this was a wake-up call. No matter how great he became, he realized, he would always have a glass ceiling over his head while in Evolution because of Triple H’s obsession with the World Heavyweight Championship. Batista stayed loyal, but he remained cautious.



In late 2004, rumors of unrest in Evolution surfaced, and toward the end of the year, tensions between Batista and Triple H became noticeable to the viewing public. The situation was pushed to the brink when The Game used psychological warfare to attempt to persuade Royal Rumble Match winner Batista to defect to SmackDown! and challenge for the WWE Championship — rather than remain on RAW and challenge him for the World Heavyweight Championship. In resounding fashion during a contract-signing session, Batista declared that he was staying put by sending Triple H through a table with a Batista Bomb. He then signed the RAW contract, pitting him against Triple H at WrestleMania 21. There, he would reach the pinnacle of sports-entertainment — thanks, in a large part, to his ability to power out of Triple H’s Pedigree finisher attempt.

Chris Benoit

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Certainly deserving of his nickname “The Rabid Wolverine,” Chris Benoit is known as one of the toughest, most aggressive competitors in WWE. Benoit got his start training with Stu Hart in the legendary “dungeon” in Calgary. The dungeon produced numerous other superstars such as Bret Hart, Owen Hart, the British Bulldog and Chris Jericho to name a few.



Earlier in his career, Benoit wrestled in Japan, ECW and WCW. It was in ECW that Benoit earned the nickname “The Crippler” when he broke Sabu’s neck. Benoit was part of a group of Radicalz who jumped from WCW to WWE in early 2000 along with Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, and Perry Saturn. Benoit was immediately successful capturing the Intercontinental Championship within months of his debut.



A major setback in Benoit’s career occurred in 2001 when Benoit had to have neck surgery which would put him out for an entire year. Upon returning, Benoit would set his goals on reaching the top. At this point in Benoit’s WWE career, Benoit had never held WWE or World Championship gold. That would soon change after Benoit won the 2004 Royal Rumble. In an unprecedented move, Benoit found a loophole in his contract and jumped to RAW to fight for the World Championship at WrestleMania XX. In a memorable night, Chris Benoit defeated Triple H and Shawn Michaels in a Triple Threat Match when he made Triple H tap out to win the World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, WWE champion and best friend Eddie Guerrero celebrated in the ring with Benoit as the show went off the air in a WrestleMania moment.



Chris Benoit returned to SmackDown! as part of the Draft Lottery in June 2005.



Athletic Background: Trained exclusively with weights as a teenager to build his physique.

Road Warrior Animal

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With his ominous face paint and trademark spiked shoulder pads, Road Warrior Animal is one of the most intimidating sites in sports entertainment. Now back on SmackDown!, he and Heidenreich made an immediate impact by beating MNM for the WWE Tag Team Championship at The Great American Bash. Heidenreich is the first Superstar to be considered for the infamous Legion of Doom since Droz 10 years ago.



The original Road Warriors' journey to dominance actually began before they ever entered a wrestling ring. Hawk (Michael Hegstrand) and Animal (Joe Laurinaitis) grew up on the mean streets of Chicago. They eventually both moved to Minneapolis, MN, where they became bouncers in some of the toughest joints in the area. Since they were already dealing with some of the toughest thugs around, it was a natural transition that Hawk and Animal made their way into the world of sports entertainment. They were discovered by wrestler and trainer Eddie Sharkey in a restaurant of all places, and Sharkey took them under his wing and trained them.



Their first stop was Georgia Championship Wrestling. Led by their manager Prescious Paul Ellering, the Road Warriors wasted no time in capturing their first piece of gold in 1983 – the NWA National Tag Team Championship. They won the championship in convincing fashion by winning a tournament. They would go on to hold the championships twice more before heading to the AWA.



After conquering Georiga, the Road Warriors did the same in the AWA as they quickly became AWA Tag Team Champions when they defeated Baron von Raschke and The Crusher. The Road Warriors went on to hold the championship for more than a year, defending against the likes of the The Rock N’ Roll Express, Harley Race & Stan Hansen and The Freebirds.

With no one left to beat in the AWA, the Road Warriors went on a quest for the NWA Tag Team Championship. They made an immediate impact on the NWA by winning the Crocket Cup in 1986. The Crocket Cup was a tag team tournament that including several legendary tag teams. They defeated Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood and The Midnight Express before conquering Ronnie Garvin & Magnum T.A. in the finals. The win was just a sign of things to come as they would defeat The Midnight Express once again in 1988, but this time it was for the gold. During this time they also captured the prestigious NWA International Tag Team Championship by defeating Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenru in 1987.



As the NWA became a part of WCW, the Road Warriors continued their dominance. Hawk and Animal came out on top of several rivalries with some of sports entertainment’s best including The Four Horsemen, The Varsity Club and Doom as well as rekindling their rivalries with the likes of The Freebirds and The Midnight Express.



The Road Warriors, just as they always have, moved on to another challenge. Having already captured two of the three major Tag Team Championships (AWA and NWA), Hawk and Animal moved on to WWE to try and complete the trifecta. The Road Warriors, then known as The Legion of Doom, entered WWE in August 1990 and made an immediate impact as they helped the Hart Foundation defeat Demolition for the World Tag Team Championship at SummerSlam. The Road Warriors continued to climb up the championship ladder and even defeated Power & Glory in less than a minute at WrestleMania VII. Before long they found themselves as the No. 1 contenders for the championship. At SummerSlam in 1991, Hawk and Animal disposed of the Nasty Boys to become the champs themselves, thus becoming the only tag team in the history of sports entertainment to hold Tag Team Championships in AWA, NWA and WWE.



The Road Warriors went back to WCW in 1996 and had several memorable rivalries with the likes of Sting & Lex Luger, The Steiner Brothers and Harlem Heat. Hawk and Animal couldn’t stay away from WWE, though, and returned in 1997. After again working their way up the ranks, they defeated The Godwinns to win their second World Tag Team Championship.

After losing their championship and hitting a brief losing streak, the Road Warriors tried to regain some momentum by undergoing a make-over of sorts. They modernized their look and took on Sunny as their manager and became known as L.O.D. 2000. They debuted their new style at WrestleMania XIV and won a 15-Team Tag Team Battle Royal. In May, the Legion of Doom did something they had never done before. They accepted a new member into their team as Droz became a Road Warrior. It was during this time that Hawk began to let his personal demons get the best of him as the L.O.D. began to lose their dominant edge. While Hawk was in no shape to perform, Animal and Droz carried on with the L.O.D. name. The Legion of Doom left WWE at the end of 1998, but it wasn’t the last that WWE fans would see of the dominant duo.



Animal and a fully-recovered Hawk made a surprise appearance on RAW on May 12, 2003 when they took on Kane & Rob Van Dam for the World Tag Team Championship. Although Hawk and Animal came up short in their attempt to become three-time champions, it was clear that Hawk had defeated the demons that had once kept him from competing, and the Road Warriors were complete once again.



Wrestling fans everywhere were shocked when Hawk passed away just months later on Oct. 18, 2003. At The Great American Bash on July 24, 2005, Animal dedicated the match to Hawk as he went on to win the WWE Tag Team Championship with new tag-team partner Heidenreich.

Rey Mysterio

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Exploding onto the sports entertainment scene in the mid 1990s, the colorfully masked Rey Mysterio quickly redefined the way the game was played in the ring. From his awe-inspiring West Coast Pop to his trademark 619, Mysterio has been on the cutting edge of wrestling excellence. The definitive high-flying Superstar, Mysterio, despite his size is an innovative underdog that fans of all ages have grown to respect and love.



Since a child growing up in San Diego, Rey Mysterio always aspired to be a Superstar. As a young teenager, he followed his dreams by starting to train in the unpredictable and high-flying Mexican Lucha Libre style of wrestling South of the Border in Tijuana leading him to an even bigger stage – first in ECW and then WCW where he revolutionized the fast, high-impact style you now associate with the master of the 619.



Upon his WWE debut in 2002 on SmackDown!, Mysterio continued his hot streak of memorable matches, setting his eyes on capturing the Cruiserweight Championship as well as sticking up to bullies who tried to push the scrappy SmackDown! Superstar around.



In early 2005, Rey Mysterio embarked on a series of classic one-on-one encounters with his long-time friend Eddie Guerrero in the spirit of competition. The two top SmackDown! Superstars locked up on several occasions with Rey always getting the best of Eddie and defeating him. Initially, Eddie took the losses in stride and while frustrated, was proud of the classic rivalry they both had participated in … however, as each loss mounted, Eddie began to look a bit frustrated and even enraged by Rey’s winning streak against Eddie.



Of course, Eddie’s nephew Chavo didn’t help matters when he began to plant the seed of deceit in a fragile Eddie’s mind. As time progressed, Eddie became more distant and bitter leading to some near physical altercations with Rey in early February 2005.



Fortunately, for the time being, the duo were able to patch things up and even rallied to win the WWE Tag Team Championship from the Bashams at the 2005 No Way Out pay-per-view. With things looking up and eyeing to leave their mark at WrestleMania 21, the two felt compelled and comfortable enough with each other to rekindle their rivalry in the spirit of competition one more time: at WrestleMania in Hollywood. On April 3, 2005, at WrestleMania 21, the same result occurred: Rey defeated Eddie. The demons within Eddie began to grow and the Latino Heat persona began to show signs of once again emerging in the weeks proceeding WrestleMania on SmackDown! with several miscues and mishaps occurring for both Eddie and Rey thanks to the other as they attempted and failed to advance in the No. 1 Contender Series tournament.



Tragically, during a WWE Tag Team Championship defense against MNM on SmackDown!, Eddie’s Latino Heat finally consumed him, leaving Mysterio stranded as he attempted to fight off a three-on-one attack by MNM. Eddie had walked out on his partner and cost them both the WWE Tag Team Championship. In the coming months, their saga would lead to blood, shredded masks and a great deal of personal hatred toward the other. Several times, Eddie has warned Rey to walk away or it would cost him his life and family, but Rey’s fearless attitude and hatred for his fallen friend won’t allow him to stop going after Eddie for his vile actions.



Unfortunately, Eddie’s warnings of costing Rey his life rung true with Eddie revealing a deep and dark secret between the two fallen friends – Rey’s son Dominick’s biological father was Eddie Guerrero. Through out the summer of 2005, Eddie has tormented Rey and his family including involving the child welfare division of social services, leading to a Ladder Match for the custody of Dominick at SummerSlam.

Hulk Hogan

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Hulk Hogan is arguably the most famous WWE Superstar of all time. World Wrestling Entertainment was never the same after Hogan replaced an injured Bob Backlund and defeated The Iron Sheik for the WWE Championship on January 23, 1984, at Madison Square Garden. A phenomenon was born.



The blonde and muscle-bound Hogan, sporting his trademark 24-inch pythons, urged youngsters to say their prayers and eat their vitamins. His historic championship run would last nearly four years, a reign nobody has even come close to matching in the last two decades. Hogan’s success brought unprecedented mainstream attention to wrestling, even landing Hogan in television and movie roles.



He took on all comers and soundly defeated the likes of Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and King Kong Bundy. Then at WrestleMania III, in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Pontiac Silverdome, Hogan met his toughest challenge to date. Hogan was forced to defend the WWE Championship against his former friend, the undefeated Andre the Giant. In one of the most memorable moments in professional wrestling history, Hogan lifted the mighty Giant in the air for a bodyslam before pinning the Hall of Famer for the win.



Hogan would eventually lose the championship to Andre the Giant in 1988 in a controversial match, but would regain it in April 1989 when he defeated another former friend, Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Between 1989 and 1993, Hogan, known for his powerful and often imitated leg drop, would hold the championship four more times.



Amazingly, Hogan headlined eight of the first nine WrestleManias, highlighted by his WrestleMania III victory over Andre the Giant at the Pontiac Silverdome before more than 90,000 fans. Hogan, who also had memorable rivalries with Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker and Sgt. Slaughter, also won the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991.



He left for WCW in 1994, where he shocked the world and helped form the New World Order with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Hogan won the WCW Championship six times between 1994 and 1999.



Hogan returned to WWE in January 2002, eventually facing The Rock at WrestleMania X8 in Toronto. Hogan returned to WWE donning the black and white colors of the nWo, but the fans demanded that he go back to his traditional colors of red and yellow, and Hogan was more than happy to oblige. During his final run, he also picked up his sixth WWE Championship and his first-ever World Tag Team Championship when he teamed up with Edge.



Before he left, Hogan bridged a generation gap by having notable rivalries with present-day Superstars like Chris Jericho, Triple H and The Rock.

The Rock

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He is the most electrifying man in sports and entertainment. He is quickly becoming one of the most recognized faces on the planet and one of the hottest celebrities in all walks of life.

Call him whatever you want, but to the millions -- and millions -- of fans around the world, there is no substitute for The Rock.

A third generation WWE Superstar, The Rock at first did not plan to follow in the family tradition of sports entertainment stardom, but instead used his athletics heredity on the gridiron where he starred for the University of Miami. After a very brief professional football career, The Rock decided to give WWE a shot -- a choice that would prove to begin a new era in the entertainment world. In only a few years, The Rock was a multi-time WWE Champion and one of the most celebrated superstars to ever set foot in the ring.

But it was more than his ability to layeth the smacketh down in the ring that made The Rock a Superstar. His quick wit, charisma, and ability to talk smack earned such raves that “The People’s Champion” was asked to speak to the people over and over again. Among his many famous public appearances were a stint hosting “Saturday Night Live” in 2000 and a speech at the 2002 Republican National Convention.

By 2001, The Rock became a multi-media superstar, having starred in the feature film, “The Mummy Returns,” and its highly successful prequel, “The Scorpion King.” His autobiography, “The Rock Says...” was a New York Times No. 1 bestseller.

The Rock may have earned his biggest box office break to date with a starring role in “Walking Tall,” an action drama based on a true story that is expected to be even more successful than his previous hit, "The Rundown." While many consider The Rock to be Hollywood’s next great superstar, he still believes that World Wrestling Entertainment is his home and is ready to return to the ring when duty calls. When Mick Foley suffered injury and humiliation at the hands of Evolution, Rocky returned to RAW to reform the Rock 'n' Sock Connection and the two competed as a team at WrestleMania XX. While Evolution walked out as the winner, The Rock proved that he has not lost his touch in the ring and at the microphone and is as beloved as a WWE Superstar now more than ever!

Stone Cold

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Besides being one of the most popular, dangerous and rebellious Superstars in the history of WWE, Stone Cold Steve Austin is also a six-time WWE Champion, the only three-time Royal Rumble Match winner and a King of the Ring winner, among many other distinctions. He has also won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania on three separate occasions.

Stone Cold's claims to fame are many, but he is perhaps best remembered for his battles with WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon that began in 1998. The rivalry led to Stone Cold occupying many unique roles outside the ring, including a stint as WWE CEO. In fact, it was Mr. McMahon who spoke out against Stone Cold's return during a meeting with the WWE Board of Directors to decide The Rattlesnake's reinstatement — yet another battle against Mr. McMahon that Stone Cold won.

While a neck injury may have forced Stone Cold to stop competing in the ring after WrestleMania XIX, he continues to be a star. And since he recently signed a three-picture deal under the WWE Films banner, he will soon be thrust back into the international spotlight.

But whether it's Hollywood or in the WWE ring, Stone Cold will always be a trash-talking, beer-swilling, finger-gesturing, ass-kicking son of a bitch ... and he, and the millions of WWE fans around the world would not have it any other way.

Stone Cold Steve Austin broke into the world of sports-entertainment in 1990 in Texas, where he was trained by “Gentleman” Chris Adams. It was against Adams that Stone Cold had his first heated rivalry. It only fanned the flames when Steve took on Lady Blossom, Adams’ ex-wife, as his manager.

Stone Cold’s USWA tenure lasted about a year before he moved on to WCW. There, he won the WCW Television Championship immediately under the moniker of “Stunning” Steve Austin. It would be the first of two TV championship reigns while in WCW.

Stunning Steve became a member of a faction known as the Dangerous Alliance in late 1991, aligning himself with the now-notorious Paul Heyman. The formidable group consisted of Steve, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton and Larry Zbysko.

Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat would wrest the Television Championship from Stone Cold at Clash of the Champions, and the Alliance split up not long after. But this series of events had a silver lining, as Stone Cold found chemistry and substantial success teaming with Brian Pillman as “The Hollywood Blondes.” The two would strut to the ring, taking turns playing the role of film director and movie star under the lights and before the attentive crowd.

Their “breakthrough hit” (and Steve’s revenge) came on March 2, 1993, when the Hollywood Blondes won the WCW Tag Team Championship from Steamboat & Shane Douglas. This marked the start of the Blondes’ “Brush with Greatness” tour, where they fought lesser-known and “never-will-be” wrestlers each week. This, Steve said, was their “brush with greatness.”

In August 1993, Pillman was injured and the disintegration of the Hollywood Blondes began. In Pillman’s place, Steve teamed with William (Lord Steven) Regal for a tag title defense at Clash of the Champions against Arn Anderson & Paul Roma. It was the Horsemen’s night; they captured the WCW Tag Team Championship. Out of building frustration, Steve turned on Pillman, then defeated his former partner at Clash of the Champions in November.

By December, Steve had his sights set on Dustin Rhodes’ WCW United States Championship. Steve took that belt in decisive fashion at Starrcade that month, beating Rhodes with two straight falls in a best-of-three title bout.

Steve held the United States Championship through the first half of 1994, at which time he renewed his unsettled rivalry with Ricky Steamboat. The Dragon struck first and took the U.S. Championship at Clash of the Champions in August. But Steve was awarded the championship via forfeit when Steamboat couldn’t answer the bell for their scheduled pay-per-view rematch at September’s Fall Brawl.

Soon after, Steve departed for a tour through Japan. While there, he suffered a knee injury and was written off by WCW. Head of WCW Eric Bischoff fired Steve over the phone. Injured and unemployed, Steve went home to rehabilitate his knee and drink plenty of beer.

While recuperating, he received an unexpected phone call from ECW owner Paul Heyman, his former WCW manager. Heyman offered Steve a forum to air his grievances about WCW. He gave Steve a microphone and told him run wild with it. What followed were a series of scathing commentary segments, including “Monday Nyquil” mocking WCW’s Monday Nitro television broadcast. When “Superstar” Steve Austin let his passion and personality out, he struck a chord and caught on with the fans like never before.

In January 1996, Steve received an opportunity to join WWE as Ted DiBiase’s “Million Dollar Champion.” Using the moniker of “The Ringmaster,” Steve battled Matt Hardy and Marty Jannetty before experiencing his first WrestleMania (XII) in a win over Savio Vega. But at the In Your House event titled “Beware of Dog,” Steve lost a special Strap Match to Vega. As a result, DiBiase was forced to leave WWE.

Without DiBiase holding the reins, Steve had the opportunity to strike out on his own. He promptly declared that he lost to Vega on purpose to get rid of the overbearing DiBiase. Now, he was his own man in WWE, and would be known as “Stone Cold Steve Austin.”

A defiant Stone Cold won the 1996 King of the Ring tournament in June, defeating Jake “The Snake” Roberts in the finals. It was then that Stone Cold gave his famous “3:16” speech putting every WWE Superstar on notice. And this loner backed up all the talk — pummeling anyone who crossed his path.

He began badmouthing Bret Hart, who was on hiatus from WWE, but before he could get his hands on Hart, a familiar face arrived on the scene: Brian Pillman. This go-around wasn’t so smooth. In fact, the conflict spilled outside the wrestling ring and into their personal lives. On Nov. 4, 1996, Stone Cold Steve Austin broke into Pillman’s Kentucky home. The raid compelled Pillman to defend himself with potentially lethal force.

Stone Cold survived. Two weeks later at Survivor Series, Bret Hart answered the longstanding challenge. Their rivalry continued through Royal Rumble. There, in a classic moment, entrant No. 5 Stone Cold was eliminated by Hart while the referees were diverted. Seizing the opportunity, The Rattlesnake slithered back into the ring undetected. He then proceeded to eliminate Undertaker and Vader — last tossing Hart. So, Stone Cold Steve Austin was declared the Rumble’s controversial winner.

When Hart later claimed the vacated WWE Championship, it infuriated Stone Cold. The next night on RAW, Stone Cold interfered during Bret’s match with Psycho Sid, costing Hart the championship. This led to a Submission Match at WrestleMania 13. Stone Cold refused to tap to the Sharpshooter, but he eventually passed out from excessive blood loss, ending the bout. The image of Stone Cold caught in the Sharpshooter will forever be remembered as one of the greatest moments in WrestleMania history.

From there, things only escalated until The Rattlesnake was warring with the entire Hart family. In May 1997 on RAW, Steve was forced by WWE to team with Shawn Michaels. Together, they did win the World Tag Team Championship from Owen Hart & British Bulldog, but they still despised each other. When they fought at King of the Ring, the whole Hart Foundation jumped both of them.

This led to an epic 10-man tag-team match at Canadian Stampede in 1997, which was the culmination of a host of rivalries. The match pitted The Hart Foundation (Bret, Owen, British Bulldog, Pillman & Jim Neidhart) against Stone Cold, Ken Shamrock, Goldust & Legion of Doom. When the Harts won on their home turf, Stone Cold was booed out of the building. It didn’t faze him, and at SummerSlam, he challenged Owen for the Intercontinental Championship.

During the match, Owen broke Stone Cold’s neck with a piledriver. Stone Cold not only miraculously finished the match, but he won the championship. There was no realistic way for him to defend the Intercontinental Championship in his condition, however, so he had no choice but to forfeit the championship and begin rehabilitation.

Incredibly, The Rattlesnake came back just one month later to cost Owen & British Bulldog their World Tag Team Championship. This renewed the hatred, but Mr. McMahon wasn’t convinced he could safely allow the rivalry to resume. To cover WWE, Mr. McMahon demanded that Stone Cold sign a liability waiver before he could compete. Stone Cold complied, and at Survivor Series in 1997, he defeated Owen to recapture the Intercontinental Championship. But there was a hungry competitor waiting for an opportunity to challenge for that championship — Rocky Maivia, who is better known today as The Rock.

Stone Cold Steve Austin fought back the challenger at the D-Generation X pay-per-view, but Mr. McMahon demanded that he defend the championship again against Maivia the following night on RAW. Stone Cold refused on principle. Instead of simply disobeying Mr. McMahon, Stone Cold sent him a message by tossing the Intercontinental Championship belt into a New Hampshire river. Furious, McMahon stripped Stone Cold of the championship and awarded it to Maivia as a “forfeit victory.” The animosity created between Stone Cold and Mr. McMahon based on these events officially marked the start of one of the best-known rivalries in the history of sports-entertainment. Stone Cold and Mr. McMahon would trade moments of triumph and outrage for the better part of the next two years — constantly trying to make life miserable for the other.

Despite all of McMahon’s efforts, The Rattlesnake won the 1998 Royal Rumble Match — last eliminating The Rock. In a high-profile follow-up for the WWE Championship, Stone Cold then beat HBK at WrestleMania XIV with “Iron” Mike Tyson as special guest referee. After the match, Mr. McMahon explained that he was fed up with Stone Cold’s rank behavior — that either he’d become a well-mannered “Company Champion” … or else. Stone Cold responded with a stunner on the boss.

On April 13, 1998, it appeared the WWE fans would finally get to see Stone Cold and Mr. McMahon battle out their differences in the ring on RAW. But the match was declared a No-Contest when Dude Love made a shocking appearance, coming between the boss and Stone Cold.

McMahon continued to do everything he could to ruin The Rattlesnake, and he finally scored a big victory for his side at the 1998 King of the Ring tournament. There, Stone Cold lost the WWE Championship to the “Big Red Monster” Kane in a First Blood Match.

McMahon couldn’t savor the victory for long. Stone Cold further infuriated his nemesis by winning back the championship the next night on RAW. Stone Cold delivered another blow to McMahon by taking away the World Tag Team Championship a month later alongside the Undertaker. It was a combustible combination, leading to a match between them at SummerSlam. Stone Cold emerged victorious — something Mr. McMahon couldn’t tolerate. So, the boss set up a Triple Threat Match at Breakdown in September. It proved to be more like a Handicap Match in the end, as half-brothers Undertaker and Kane pinned Stone Cold simultaneously.

With no single winner, Mr. McMahon decided to vacate the WWE Championship and award it based on a match between Undertaker and Kane at the next pay-per-view. Since former champion Stone Cold was also involved in the original match, he was made special referee. In typical Stone Cold fashion, he screwed both competitors, hitting Stunners on both and stealing the championship for himself. Feeling he had no other recourse, Mr. McMahon fired The Rattlesnake for his actions.

Mysteriously, Stone Cold re-emerged having inked a brand-new five-year contract. Mr. McMahon was beside himself, and it was all the more aggravating when it was revealed that his son, Shane, was the McMahon to re-sign The Rattlesnake. With Steve back in the fold, there was a Survivor Series tournament to award the vacant WWE Championship. Stone Cold was building momentum toward his second WWE Championship, and in the semifinals against Mankind, he appeared a mere three-count from moving on to the final match. But acting referee Shane refused to count a pin for Stone Cold. Without a way to win, Stone Cold eventually succumbed to Mankind. The Rock would benefit most greatly, winning the tournament to become WWE Champion.

The Rattlesnake’s next definitive chance to exact revenge from Mr. McMahon came during the 1999 Royal Rumble Match. Stone Cold drew entry No. 1, while McMahon drew No. 2. Despite a vicious attack from McMahon’s Corporation, both lasted until the end. The odds proved insurmountable, however. With the assistance of the Corporation, Stone Cold was eliminated — making Mr. McMahon the Royal Rumble Match winner.

On Feb. 14, 1999, at St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Stone Cold finally got a one-on-one match against Mr. McMahon — and it came in a Steel Cage. With a world championship opportunity at WrestleMania at stake, Mr. McMahon devised a large surprise. During the match, Big Show made his shocking debut, ripping off the side of the Steel Cage. But Show’s attack propelled Stone Cold to the area floor first, technically making him the victor. Stone Cold made the most of his chance, defeating the Corporation’s The Rock at WrestleMania XV for his third WWE Championship.

WWE then took as ominous turn when Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness and McMahon’s Corporation merged in an effort to overpower Stone Cold. It temporarily worked; Undertaker won the WWE Championship thanks to McMahon’s meddling. But Stone Cold had an equalizer for the Corporate Ministry: power granted by Linda McMahon, who named Stone Cold Steve Austin CEO of WWE. This was an intolerable development for Mr. McMahon, who placed himself and Shane in a Ladder Match against The Rattlesnake with control of the company at stake. Once again, Stone Cold would have won on the merits, but the McMahons had another game plan. When during the match Stone Cold scaled the ladder for the winning briefcase, it was mysteriously raised beyond his reach. This continued until the McMahons secured victory and full control of WWE.

But Stone Cold wouldn’t stay down for long. In fact, he bounced back in a big way the very next day — winning the WWE Championship by beating Undertaker. By Survivor Series in 1999, the Corporation’s Triple H was champion, and Stone Cold was supposed to get his chance to reclaim gold in a Triple Threat Match. Instead, he was run down by a car in the parking lot. What followed was neck surgery and a nine-month rehabilitation. But Stone Cold Steve Austin would eventually return for payback.

In October 2000, beer-swilling, trash-talking Stone Cold was back to annihilate Rikishi, who admitted to committing the vehicular assault. But in the process of beating him down, Stone Cold learned that it was actually The Cerebral Assassin behind the whole scheme — devised to shield the WWE Championship. So at Survivor Series in 2000, Stone Cold gave Triple H a taste of his own medicine: When The Game tried to flee the arena in his automobile, Stone Cold lifted it with a construction crane, then let it drop 30 feet. Triple H learned the hard way that there’s nothing Stone Cold won’t do.

Stone Cold then won the Royal Rumble Match for an astounding third time in 2001, last eliminating the Big Red Monster Kane. After coming up short against Triple H in a special best-of-three — featuring a traditional match, a Street Fight and a Steel Cage Match — Stone Cold decided to take drastic measures to ensure a stranglehold on WWE.

Appropriately on April Fool’s Day, Stone Cold pulled a fast one on WWE’s fans and The Rock at WrestleMania, aligning with bitter enemy Mr. McMahon. By doing so, he was able to win back the WWE Championship. The next night on RAW, Triple H involved himself in a Steel Cage Match — attacking not Stone Cold but The Rock! This officially marked Stone Cold’s “deal with the devil” and formation of the alliance known as “Power Trip.”

The corporate faction seemed unstoppable. Corporate Steve was WWE Champion; Triple H was Intercontinental Champion; and at Backlash, they together became World Tag Team Champions, as well. They didn’t show vulnerability until May, when Y2J and Chris Benoit won the World Tag Team Championship — in part because Triple H tore his quadriceps muscle completely off the bone during the match. Everything had come full circle for Stone Cold, who just like in 1993 was left without his tag partner because of a serious injury.

Back out on his own defending the WWE Championship, Stone Cold battled both his rivals in a Triple Threat Match against Jericho and Benoit at King of the Ring.

In July, The Rattlesnake had shed the corporate image and was back in full rebellious form, leading Team WWE against the Alliance. But at Invasion, Stone Cold switched allegiances, joining Team WCW/ECW. It marked the beginning of a bitter dispute with Kurt Angle, who stepped up to command Team WWE in Stone Cold’s place. Doing his best to infuriate the Olympic gold medalist, Stone Cold threw Angle’s medals into a river. In a memorable moment of retribution, Angle doused Stone Cold and the Alliance with a blasting milk bath in shades of Stone Cold’s famous beer bath incident. The Alliance was forced to disband as a result of Team WWE’s victory at Survivor Series, but Stone Cold was able to protect his job through his WWE Championship.

On Feb. 17, 2002, Stone Cold was forced into a war with another infamous faction when the nWo interfered during his match for the unified world championship, spray-painting his back. As a result, Stone Cold began his pursuit of the group, culminating with a victory over Scott Hall before more than 67,000 fans at Toronto’s SkyDome.

All throughout, Stone Cold continued to clash with authority. He was constantly at odds with Ric Flair, who held the position of RAW owner at the time. Eventually things got so bad that Stone Cold Steve Austin walked out. He was gone for close to a year.

He returned at No Way Out in 2003, taking exception to another authority figure — Eric Bischoff. RAW’s General Manager had little patience for The Rattlesnake and considered him a liability, so he fired him the day after WrestleMania on RAW. One month later, Linda McMahon again came to Stone Cold’s aid, making him co-GM alongside Bischoff. It was thought that the two might be forced to work together and co-exist. Instead, they butted heads constantly and Stone Cold continued to raise hell every chance he got. Steve did his best to get under Bischoff’s skin, ordering such events as a “Redneck Triathlon” between himself and his counterpart at Bad Blood.

Feeling he was left with no other recourse, Bischoff devised a Survivor Series Match pitting his team against Stone Cold’s, with the loser out as General Manager. Fortunately for Bischoff, his team came out on top. The Rattlesnake vanished, but Santa Claus did make the SmackDown! brand trip for a very special “Christmas in Iraq.” In the ring and before the troops, Santa unmasked and delivered a Stone Cold Stunner on Mr. McMahon. It was the best present The Rattlesnake could have ever given himself.

Stone Cold then returned as the “Sheriff” of RAW, causing trouble, drinking beer and maintaining his own brand of discipline. He refereed Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg at WrestleMania XX, stealing the spotlight by delivering a Stunner to each of them at the end of the match.

In April 2004, Stone Cold and WWE parted ways, which many thought would be permanent. But Stone Cold and WWE found common ground when the opportunity arose to utilize Stone Cold’s popularity and reputation in starring roles for WWE Films. Additionally, The Rattlesnake made his mark at WrestleMania 21 with two well-placed Stunners on turf of another famous WWE trash-talker — Rowdy Roddy Piper in Piper’s Pit.

Shawn Michaels

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Shawn Michaels oozes confidence as a wrestling icon that has and can go move-for-move and fist-for-fist with the best and beat nearly all in his path. Known for his outrageous antics and ring attire, the “Heartbreak Kid” (HBK) is the cool, cocky and quintessential show stopper performing in some of the most memorable wrestling classics over his brilliant WWE career.

Making female fans scream in adoration and earning the respect of WWE Superstars and fans, HBK is just as well known for his wrestling skills as he is notorious for his verbal jousting. Using his quick wit and provocative nature on the microphone, Michaels can incite his adversaries beyond belief. However, Michaels more than anything else has shown through his dedication and passion that he is perhaps one of the most courageous WWE Superstars to ever grace the ring, taking a great deal punishment and still being able to rally back and score a victory.

Unanimously considered one of the greatest wrestlers to ever compete, the flamboyant Michaels has become a cornerstone of RAW over the past several years… a journey that started as a boyhood dream to be the best of the best – the WWE Champion.

Initially making his mark in sports entertainment as a tag team known as the Rockers with Marty Jannetty in the 1980s, HBK would undergo a virtual metamorphous. The easy going Rocker Shawn Michaels turned into the overly confident bad boy of WWE the “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels. Prancing to the ring to “Sexy Boy” Michaels now sported a studded vest and chaps and broken heart attire as Sensational Sherri’s boy toy.

As a Bret Hart-Michaels war escalated in the late 90s, HBK evolved, forming a new faction called Degeneration X (DX) with co-founder Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Triple H). Popularizing the crotch chop, the outspoken, too hot for the censors DX created controversy where ever they went. Undoubtedly, HBK and Triple H helped to usher in an era of attitude along with their muscular bodyguard Chyna. Rude, crude and lewd, DX didn’t play by the rules as nothing was too taboo for this clique to say or do.

HBK would go into retirement after losing the WWE Championship in 1998 to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV. By this point, Michaels’ back injuries had taken their toll. At the urging of his physicians, Michaels would regrettably retire and hang his trunks up. Or so we thought…

After the devastating loss to “Stone Cold” and a career ending injury, Michaels retired and started a family. However, something profound happened to the once brash and obnoxious WWE Superstar – he found faith. As documented on WWE Confidential, Michaels changed from the angst filled co-founder of DX to a man standing for what he believed in with strong traditional values and principles.

It was also during this four year period that the legend of Shawn Michaels grew. The new crop of WWE Superstars marveled at HBK’s greatness while one man’s anger and hunger to end the question in his mind of who was the better man grew into obsession. This man was Shawn’s best friend for nearly a decade, Triple H. After several confrontations and violent attacks, Michaels finally returned to action at SummerSlam 2002 in courageous fashion to face his protégé - the now diabolical mastermind Triple H.

Most recently, HBK and the recently RAW drafted Kurt Angle have tangled in what is becoming a classic rivalry for the ages to determine who truly is the showstopper on RAW.

Rob Van Dam

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A one of a kind, Rob Van Dam is one of the most unorthodox RAW Superstars to ever compete, blending his background in martial arts and wrestling to create one of the most unpredictable wrestling styles around. Known for having no fear in taking any risk or trying any move from insane heights, RVD loves to test gravity utilizing high risk maneuvers to secure a win. Throwing his thumbs back towards his head to lead on his fans in chants, RVD confidently boasts being “The Whole Dam Show,” and you’d be hard pressed to think otherwise.

While some may call the laid back show-off reckless with regards to his love for taking it to the extreme, RVD wouldn’t have it any other way. Hardcore to the bone, RVD has lived his life fearless from his days as a champion kick boxer to a top charge in Extreme Championship Wrestling throwing flying kicks into steel chairs en route to disfiguring his victim’s faces before ultimately becoming a WWE Superstar.

Recently, Rob Van Dam teamed with Rey Mysterio on SmackDown! as well appearing on the ECW One Night Stand Pay-Per-View before being traded in the 2005 Draft Lottery to RAW in June. These days, Rob Van Dam is recovering from an injury while training hard for one of a kind return to RAW this fall.

Matt Hardy

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Matt Hardy’s back! And this time, he’s fueled by revenge.

After learning that his long-time girlfriend, Lita, was having a sordid affair with Edge, Hardy adopted a vicious focus that has been previously unmatched in his career. Now Matt is out to make the lives of Lita and Edge a living hell, just as they did to him.

Adding to an already emotional period, Matt was also released from WWE during the same time. It wasn’t long before information regarding the personal hell Matt was experiencing became public knowledge. His faithful followers began to make their voices heard at WWE events across the country. In fact, Matt points out the crowd’s reaction at Madison Square Garden at the April 12 RAW for starting his “movement.”

Unable to simply sit at the sidelines while his heart was wrenching, Matt started popping up uninvited at WWE events, wreaking havoc on Edge and Lita every chance he had. He even called in and crashed Lita’s Byte This! interview, confronting her about their tumultuous relationship.

Not long after, Mr. McMahon said that Hardy was starting fires all over the place, and he couldn’t help but to pour gasoline on those fires by re-hiring Matt.
With his movement apparently kicked into high gear, Hardy has a strong message for Edge – kill or be killed! Edge may have gotten the girl, but at what price?

The Undertaker

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No list of WWE all-time greats can be considered complete without the Deadman.

The Undertaker's been a four-time WWE Champion, six-time Tag Team Champion and a main event level Superstar since the day Ted DiBiase introduced him as part of his “Million-Dollar Team” at the 1990 Survivor Series in Hartford, Connecticut.

His dark and somber persona and often sadistic mind set have been terrifying trademarks of WWE for nearly 15 full years. He has taken on WWE legends, WWE Champions and even the WWE owner.

How dominant has Undertaker been? Look no further than his record at WrestleMania, where he is a perfect 12-0.

Undertaker won his first WWE Championship on the one-year anniversary of his debut, defeating Hogan for the WWE Championship at Survivor Series. At that point, Undertaker was undefeated in his career.

Undertaker would eventually lose the WWE Championship back to Hogan, in a controversial match a week later at Tuesday in Texas. Still, despite the loss, Undertaker put together quite an impressive won-loss record.

At WrestleMania alone, Taker has defeated Jimmy Snuka, King Kong Bundy, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, Giant Gonzales, Triple H, Ric Flair, Kane and Diesel among others.

Then in 1997, at WrestleMania 13, Undertaker would once again reach the top of the mountain, defeating Sycho Sid for the WWE Championship. Undertaker's reign lasted four-plus months, and included impressive pay-per-view victories over Mankind, Stone Cold and Vader.

In May of 1999, Undertaker defeated Stone Cold to become WWE Champion for a third time. Then, more than a decade after their first championship encounter, Undertaker defeated Hogan at 2002's Judgment Day for his fourth reign.

In between the championship reigns, Undertaker has been a WWE mainstay. He's battled all the greats -- from Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior to Yokozuna, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, proving to be a bridge from yesteryear's WWE to today.

Who else could kidnap Stephanie McMahon, Tombstone Linda McMahon, attack Shane McMahon and walk out on Vince McMahon and still be thriving years later?

The Undertaker has also been at the forefront of some of the most original matches and concepts in WWE history. He is the innovator of Inferno Matches, Casket Matches, and, of course, the famed Hell in the Cell.

In fact, Undertaker was Mankind's opponent in their renowned Hell in a Cell Match at King of the Ring in 1998, where Undertaker threw Mankind from the top of the demonic structure.

Undertaker is also one-half of one of the most historic rivalries in sports-entertainment. For close to a decade, Undertaker and his half-brother Kane have been trying to destroy each other, highlighted by two memorable WrestleMania matches, both won by Undertaker of course.

Undertaker has spent time with both RAW and SmackDown!, but he is currently terrorizing the SmackDown! roster on Thursday nights. Amazingly, the Deadman hasn't lost a step.

EDGE

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Edge is bitter, hostile and obsessively negative. As a self-described “lone wolf,” he hunts the World Heavyweight Championship with utter disregard for those he must dispatch in the process.

No single thing soured this once fan-favorite; it was a series of events and choices — many of which Edge considers malicious and designed to keep him from long-deserved opportunities in WWE. Years went by without a World Heavyweight Championship opportunity, and he watched as younger talents climbed over him and into the championship picture. Edge sees it as a conspiracy to stunt his career. But all that has changed now that he’s “Mr. Money in the Bank.”

Edge won the six-man “Money in the Bank” Ladder Match at WrestleMania 21, giving him the right to pick his time and place to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship. The development has only made Edge more crazed, as now he can see blood in the water.

One of Edge’s most caustic relationships has been with Shawn Michaels. At Taboo Tuesday, Edge was on the World Heavyweight Championship ballot and seemed poised for an opportunity to face the champion. Instead, the fans selected severely injured Shawn Michaels. Adding insult to that injury, HBK’s margin of victory was a mere six percentage points.

The slighted contender was compensated with a chance to win the World Tag Team Championship, but an outraged Edge walked out on tag partner Chris Benoit. Later that night, Edge interfered in the main event, much to the dismay of leading vote-getter Michaels. While Edge did exact some measure of revenge, he left unfulfilled.

Some of Edge’s attitude can be attributed to physical distress. Edge has torn knee ligaments, shattered his hand and endured spinal surgery facing possible paralysis — all because of in-ring risks taken in matches such as “Tables, Ladders and Chairs” to give fans their money’s worth.

These developments mark a harsh shift for Edge, who at one time appreciated being in WWE and would fondly recall his childhood as a wrestling fan. Edge sat on the floor for WrestleMania VI at SkyDome in Toronto, watching Hulk Hogan battle the Ultimate Warrior. Although he was only 16 at the time, Edge knew that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of Hogan and become a WWE Superstar. Twelve years later, almost 70,000 fans watched Edge defeat Booker T at WrestleMania X8 at SkyDome in Toronto. And this was actually Edge’s second career highlight at that locale; in July 1999, he won the Intercontinental Championship in his hometown.

After a hiatus of more than a year due to neck surgery, Edge returned to WWE action and was immediately drafted by RAW.

Prior to this, Edge excelled in tag-team action. Alongside Christian, he won the Tag Team Championship seven times — an astounding figure for a duo. Overall, Edge holds the record for tag-team championships with 11.

The antics of E & C were unlike anything else in WWE. They debuted the egomaniacal “five-second pose” for the benefit of those with flash photography. They conducted off-beat skits such as dressing like “fat Elvis” and “really fat Elvis,” to use their words. They played Kurt Angle’s music on the kazoo and messed with Commissioner Foley at every possible juncture.

Together, Edge and Christian were masters of the “Conchairto” — sandwiching an opponent’s head between two steel chairs. The chair was their signature weapon; the Hardy Boyz were famous for flying off ladders; and the Dudleys were synonymous with tables. When the three clashed, TLC (Tables, Ladders and Chairs) was born.

No one can deny that Edge & Christian took part in many of WWE’s most memorable and dangerous tag-team matches, including the Ladder Match at WrestleMania 2000; Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match at SummerSlam 2000; TLC II at WrestleMania X-Seven; and TLC III on the May 24, 2001 episode of SmackDown!

Alongside Rey Mysterio, Edge also put the SmackDown!-exclusive WWE Tag Team Championship on the map in a wild rivalry against the teams of Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit and Los Guerreros.

Edge officially became a force in the singles division when he won the 2001 King of the Ring Tournament. A few months later, he defeated Christian in a Ladder Match at No Mercy 2001 for his third (of five) Intercontinental Championship reigns.

Edge can also boast an undefeated record at WrestleMania. He made that record a perfect 4-0 this year at WrestleMania 21 in a furious Ladder Match. Ultimately, he smashed Chris Benoit off the ladder with a steel chair, then climbed up and snatched the contract-containing briefcase hanging from the rafters. Now, Edge carries that briefcase wherever he goes as a reminder that he’s always a mere whim from forcing a World Heavyweight Championship opportunity.

Basketball Players

Ray Allen

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Five-time All-Star (2000-02, '04-'05)

Won Joe Dumars Sportsmanship Award for 2002-03 season

Selected to the 2002-03 and 2003-04 All-Interview First Teams and Second Team in 1999-00

Member of USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team for 2003 Tournament of the Americas and 2000 Olympics, winning gold in Sydney

Long Distance Shootout Winner (2001)

Selected to All-NBA third team for 2000-01 season

Bucks all-time leader in three-pointers made (1,051) and attempted (2,587); ranks in top ten in points (9,681 - 8th), games (496 - 9th), minutes (17,945 - 8th), steals (618 - 8th), field goals made (3,407 - 9th) and attempted (7,567 - 9th), free throws made (1,816 - 6th) and attempted (2,065 - 8th), free-throw percentage (87.9%, 2nd), three-point percentage (40.6%, 2nd) and scoring average (19.5, 5th)

Holds Bucks single-season records for three-pointers made (229) and attempted (524), both set in 2001-02

Through 2003-04 season, ranks ninth in NBA history in free-throw percentage (.885) and 10th in 3-point field goals (1,277)

His consecutive games streak of 400 games - ended 12/22/01 at Houston due to left knee tendinitis - is the longest such streak in Bucks history

Won the 1 800 CALL ATT Shootout during 2001 All-Star Weekend

Has three career triple-doubles - 20 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds at Boston on 2/7/01; 29 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds 2/28/03 vs. L.A. Lakers; and 18 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds 1/28/04 at L.A. Lakers

Named to the 1996-97 NBA All-Rookie Second Team

All-America selection and the 1996 Big East Player of the Year at Connecticut

Finished No. 3 on the Huskies' career scoring list with 1,922 points and also set a UConn single-season record by connecting on 115 three-pointers in 1995-96

Kobe Bryant

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A member of the 2002 Laker championship team averaging 26.6 ppg and 5.8 apg and in four games in the NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets

Selected to the 2001-2002 All-NBA First Team after averaging 25.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 5.5 apg

Selected to the 2001-2002 All-Defensive Second Team

Was named MVP of the 2002 All-Star Game after tallying 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists

Western Conference starter in his fourth straight All-Star Game

A member of the 2001 Laker championship team averaging 24.6 ppg and 5.8 apg in five games in the NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers

Selected to the 2001-2002 All-NBA Second Team

A member of the 2000 Laker championship team averaging 15.6 ppg and 4.6 apg in five games in the NBA Finals against the Indiana Pacers

Selected to the 1999-2000 All-NBA Second Team

Ranked 12th in the NBA in points per game (22.5) and 16th in the NBA in minutes per game (38.2)

Selected to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Defensive First Team and named to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Interview Second Team

Named the NBA Player of the Week for the week ending 4/16/00, averaging 29.7 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds

Hit the game-winning bucket with 2.6 seconds remaining, lifting the Lakers to a 97-96 win over Phoenix on 5/10/00 in game 2 of the series

Posted a career-high 40 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 8 assists against the Sacramento Kings on 3/12/00

Netted 15 points as a starter in the 2000 NBA All-Star Game

Named to the 1998-99 All-NBA Third Team after leading the Lakers in steals (1.44 spg) and ranking 2nd on the team in scoring (19.9 ppg, 15th in the NBA) and free-throw percentage (.839, 20th)

Logged 9 double-doubles and led the Lakers in scoring in 11 games in 1999

Scored 33 of his career-high 38 points (15-24 FG) in the 2nd half, adding 4 assists and 3 rebounds, in a 113-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on 3/21/99

Posted 26 points and career-highs of 13 rebounds and 9 assists against the Denver Nuggets on 2/22/99

Totaled 17 points and 4 rebounds, in his only start of the 1997-98 season, against the Portland Trail Blazers on 2/10/98

Became the youngest All-Star in NBA history, posting a team-high 18 points and 6 rebounds, in the 1998 NBA All-Star Game in New York

Teamed with Lisa Leslie of the WNBA's L.A. Sparks in the inaugural Nestle Crunch All-Star 2ball during All-Star Saturday

@@Scored a career-high 33 points, hitting 3-of-5 three-pointers, and grabbed 3 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls on 12/17/97

Has appeared in 20 career NBA Playoff games, averaging 8.5 ppg in 17.7 mpg

Named to the 1996-97 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, averaging 7.6 ppg and 15.5 mpg in 71 games

Won the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk during the 1997 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland and participated in the Schick Rookie Game, posting a rookie game-record 31 points and 8 rebounds
Made his first career start, scoring 12 points, against the Dallas Mavericks on 1/28/97

Made his NBA debut at the age of 18 years, 2 months and 11 days old, became the youngest player ever to appear in an NBA game, against the Minnesota Timberwolves on 11/3/96

Selected by USA Today and Parade Magazine as the National High School Player of the Year as a senior at Lower Merion H.S.

Steve Nash

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2003-04 All-Interview Team

2003 All-NBA Third Team

Two-time NBA All-Star (2002, 2003)

2002 All-NBA Third Team

Ranked 17th in the NBA in three-point field-goal percentage with .403 in 1999-2000.

Led the Suns in 1997-98, and ranked 13th in the NBA, in three-point percentage (.415)

Finished third, with Michele Timms of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, in the inaugural Nestle Crunch All-Star 2ball during All-Star Saturday

Participated in the Schick Rookie Game during the 1997 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland

Posted rookie season-highs of 17 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds, in his first career NBA start and his British Columbia homecoming, against the Vancouver Grizzlies on 11/14/96 Named West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996

Tracy McGrady

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Finished the 02-03 campaign as the NBA scoring champion and averaged more than 30 points per game. He became the youngest player to average 30-plus points per game since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976-77 and the youngest since Bob McAdoo (34.5 ppg) back in 1974-75.

Voted a starter at the 2001 and 2003 NBA All-Star Games


Dished out a career-best 13 assists @ Philadelphia on March 17 and recorded a career-high six steals vs. Denver on March 15

Captured the NBA's Most Improved Player Award and was named to the All-NBA First Team in the 01-02 and 02-03 seasons

Tied a franchise playoff record with 42 points during Game

3 on 04/28/01 vs. Milwaukee

Recorded a rookie season-high 22 points and 8 rebounds against the New Jersey Nets on 2/13/98

Scored 9 points, in 10 minutes, in the Schick Rookie Game during the 1998 NBA All-Star Weekend in New York

Made his first career NBA start, totaling 13 points and 5 rebounds, against the Washington Wizards on 12/31/97

Made his NBA debut against the Miami Heat on 10/31/97

Named the USA Today Player of the Year and the North Carolina state Player of the Year by The Associated Press after his senior year at Mount Zion Christian Academy

Shaquille O'Neal

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Was named as a reserve to the Western Conference All-Star team and was named the 2004 All-Star Game MVP

Selected in 1996 as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History

Three-time NBA Finals MVP after leading the Lakers to back-to-back-to-back NBA Finals victories (2000, 2001, 2002)

Voted the 1999-2000 Most Valuable Player (regular season) by media

Four-time All-NBA First Team selection (1997-98, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02), two-time All-NBA Second Team selection (1994-95, 1998-99) and three-time All-NBA Third Team selection (1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97)

Two-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection (1999-2000, 2000-01)

Nine-time All-Star selection (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002)

Co-MVP of the 2000 NBA All-Star Game after tallying 22 points and nine rebounds

Two-time regular season scoring champion after posting 29.3 ppg (1994-95) and 29.7 ppg (1999-2000)

Led the league in field-goal percentage five times (1993-94, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01)

Won the 1999-2000 IBM Award, determined by a computerized rating that measures a player's overall contribution to a team

Named 1992-93 NBA Rookie of the Year, and to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, after averaging 23.4 ppg, 13.9 rpg and 3.53 bpg

Member of gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic team in Atlanta (1996) and World Championship team in Toronto (1994)

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