Category Archives: Alternative Sport
It’s huge and it’s unavoidable. There is no denying the popularity of “professional” wrestling in America, and it’s flagship event…Wrestlemania.
So Sports List of the Day has one for the “alternative sports” slot today.
Tomorrow is Wrestlemania’s 31st iteration. The 80’s phenomenon, lead in its beginning by the likes of Hulk Hogan, Mr. T, Andre the Giant and is still going strong, and arguably stronger than ever in it’s niche market.
|Wrestlemania||1985||No title match||No title match|
|Wrestlemania 2||1986||Hulk Hogan||King Kong Bundy||Hogan defends title; Steel cage match|
|Wrestlemania III||1987||Hulk Hogan||Andre the Giant||Hogan defends title|
|Wrestlemania IV||1988||Randy “Macho Man” Savage||Ted DiBiase||Savage captures vacant title|
|Wrestlemania V||1989||Hulk Hogan||Randy “Macho Man” Savage||Hogan takes title from Savage|
|Wrestlemania VI||1990||The Ultimate Warrior||Hulk Hogan||The Intercontinental Champion Warrior unifies titles after defeating WWF champion Hogan|
|Wrestlemania VII||1991||Hulk Hogan||Sgt. Slaughter||Hogan takes title from Slaughter|
|Wrestlemania VIII||1992||Randy “Macho Man” Savage||Ric Flair||Savage takes title from Flair|
|Wrestlemania IX||1993||Yokozunza||Bret Hart||Yokozuna takes title from Hart|
|Wrestlemania IX||1993||Hulk Hogan||Yokozuna||Yokozuna challenged by Hogan; Hogan takes title from Yokozuna|
|Wrestlemania X||1994||Bret Hart||Yokozuna||Hart takes title from Yokozuna|
|Wrestlemania XI||1995||Diesel||Shawn Michaels||Diesel defends title|
|Wrestlemania XII||1996||Shawn Michaels||Bret Hart||Michaels takes title from Hart|
|Wrestlemania 13||1997||The Undertaker||Sycho Sid||Undertaker takes title from Sid|
|Wrestlemania XIV||1998||Stone Cold Steve Austin||Shawn Michaels||Austin takes title from Michaels|
|Wrestlemania XV||1999||Stone Cold Steve Austin||The Rock||Austin takes title from The Rock|
|Wrestlemania 2000||2000||Triple H||The Rock, Mick Foley, Big Show||Four contenders for title in elimination match; Triple H defends title|
|Wrestlemania X-Seven||2001||Stone Cold Steve Austin||The Rock||Austin takes title from The Rock|
|Wrestlemania X8||2002||Triple H||Chris Jericho||Triple H takes title from Jericho|
|Wrestlemania XIX||2003||Brock Lesnar||Kurt Angle||Lesnar takes title from Angle|
|Wrestlemania XX||2004||Eddie Guerrero||Kurt Angle||Gurerro defends title|
|Wrestlemania 21||2005||John Cena||John Bradshaw Layfield||Cena takes title from Layfield|
|Wrestlemania 22||2006||John Cena||Triple H||Cena defends title|
|Wrestlemania 23||2007||John Cena||Shawn Michaels||Cena defends title|
|Wrestlemania XXIV||2008||Randy Orton||John Cena, Triple H||Three contenders for title in elimination match; Orton defends title|
|Wrestlemania XXV||2009||Triple H||Randy Orton||Triple H defends title|
|Wrestlemania XXVI||2010||John Cena||Batista||Cena takes title from Batista|
|Wrestlemania XXVII||2011||The Miz||John Cena||The Miz defends title|
|Wrestlemania XXVIII||2012||CM Punk||Chris Jericho||Punk defends title|
|Wrestlemania 29||2013||John Cena||The Rock||Cena takes title from The Rock|
|Wrestlemania XXX||2014||Daniel Bryan||Batista, Randy Orton||Three contenders for title in elimination match; Bryan takes title from Orton|
We’re living in the Joey Chestnut era.
Chestnut has won his sixth Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest crown, in a row.
You may not know that this grand old 4th of July tradition has been going on long before the event’s two most popular and dominant contestants, Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi, took it to its greatest renown.
Kobayashi put the event on the map in the early 2000’s. Now it is an annual nationally-followed televised holiday sporting contest. Kobayashi has six titles too – all in a row, but now competes in a rival hot dog event.
Those two eaters have won the most, but there are many more winners you surely haven’t heard of from back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, years for which I can find records. Some of these guys won more than once, too. And looking at the list, you can see these multiple winners, for the most part, won back-to-back. Apparently one dominates the sport for a period and then it’s over, someone else takes over.
We’ll see if Joey Chestnut has what it takes to win his seventh title next year. Or will an upstart dethrone “Jaws?”
Here’s a list of those eaters with the most wins, including all the single winners, too.
The first contest was back in 1916 and it has run, informally and formally, since then (97 years).
Sonya Thomas, “The Black Widow,” has won the two women’s contests (2011, 2012), a new official tradition that began last year.
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UPDATED July 4, 2014: Joey Chestnut does it yet again – his astounding 8th win in a row. On the women’s side, though, Miki Sudo upsets Sonya Thomas, the three-time reigning champion, to take the crown.
|3.||Sonya Thomas (Women’s)||3||2011-2013|
|3.||Mike Devito||3||1990, 1993, 1994|
|5.||Hirofumi Nakajima||2||1997, 1998|
|5.||Ed Krachie||2||1995, 1996|
|5.||Frank Dellarosa||2||1991, 1992|
|5.||Jay Green||2||1988, 1989|
|9.||Paul Siederman||1||1980 (tie)|
|9.||Joe Baldini||1||1980 (tie)|