Marc Mero's Sable Regret & Vince Russo For The WWE Hall Of Fame? Ten Things You May Have Missed In Wrestling This Week
You let your wife pose nude for playboy, move to LA and become a party animal and you're labelled a prat, and that's the game...
So it's official: the New Day are the greatest tag team in WWE history!
Well, according to the recent multi-part WWE Network countdown that is, anyway.
And while I'm sure some (particularly long-term fans) may have an issue with them taking the top spot, there's really no need to. Because, you know, it's an arbitrary WWE list and all, and also because, why not New Day?
One of WWE's best acts of the last decade, the interchangeable trio of Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E have completely dominated the tag scene since their formation, winning the titles on multiple occasions and having some grand matches along the way.
More than that, New Day have been consistently entertaining and typically make whatever they're given work. A force for positivity and a tight unit outside of the ring, they are examples to all would-be WWE groups.
Personally, I'd have liked to have seen 1-2-3 Kid & Bob 'Spark Plugg' Holly included, but it was a fine countdown and New Day are as worthy as anyone of being called number one.
If you followed WWE's Top 50 Tag Teams and like ephemeral lists of things, then you're in the right place with Ten Things You May Have Missed In Wrestling This Week...
10. A Wildman's Mistake
Former WWE Women's Champion Sable was the first of the company's so-called Divas to pose for Playboy, kicking off a years-long relationship between the two sides that saw Chyna, Torrie Wilson, Christy Hemme, Maria and Ashley Massaro also bare all for the magazine.
It was an astute bit of cross-promotion and certainly helped raise Sable's stock, enabling her to become even more popular with the Attitude Era's key male 18-49 demographic.
The decision to pose for Playboy was one that Rena Mero and her then-husband and fellow WWE star Marc had to make together.
As the Marvelous One revealed to the It's My House podcast recently, it was a 'horrible' decision that led to a bad time in the couple's life and relationship:
"At the time it was a discussion that her and I had that we decided to do that. Horrible decision. You look back on life and you say, 'Oh my God, what was I thinking?'. But, what's done is done. You move on. You make mistakes in life and hopefully, those mistakes become learning experiences. It was not a good decision to make for our life, our marriage, our family, and everything else.
Next thing you know we’re at the Playboy parties all the time with Hugh Hefner. We eventually got an apartment right in Hollywood and it was just not a good time in our lives. I don't want to sound like I’m bitter at all because I’m not. All the paths I took in life, good and bad, they led me to where I am today. I couldn't be happier or more content with my life.
Obviously when you talk about these things you rehash memories and things you went through at that time. But all those different paths I took, making mistakes — and thank God they became learning experiences in my life. I feel I'm a better person because of those decisions and choices I made back then that I've learned from and grown from, and can maybe help or steer other people in the right direction".
Man, it's really big of Marc to feel at peace with his former life of being married to Sable, going to Playboy Mansion parties and living in Hollywood.
Sounds like hell.