Wrestlemania remains legendary. There is no other way to say it. With Wrestlemania 33 fast approaching (the event will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando Fl), it’s no wonder that the sheer mention of its name brings back memories. Yes, we know it’s not real. There is a reason, however, that the event remains a global leader in sports entertainment. Wrestlemania was and still is our modern day Roman coliseum, telling stories of glory and triumph. There were heroes and villains, team ups, drama, betrayals; the event had it all.
To commemorate Wrestlemania 33, the WWE has partnered with Footlocker to debut a limited-edition footwear and apparel collection featuring six WWE legends: The Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair, The Macho Man Randy Savage, André the Giant, The Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin. So for the sneaker heads out there this is your official collectibles alert! The footwear and apparel collection will be curated by DJ / Host Peter Rosenberg, who is a big time WWE enthusiast.
The collection will include limited pairs of WWE inspired white Puma Clydes in custom boxes retailing at about $199.00. For the current die hards, 23 pairs of black Puma Clydes will be sold exclusively in Orlando during Wrestlemania 33. Those bad boys will be available for $499.00 in Undertaker imagery and packaged in a collectible sneaker casket. The WWE Legends will all be featured on exclusive Puma T-shirts which will be available for $44.99. You can find a list of 33 selected Puma Lab Powered Foot Locker locations around the country selling this gear here.
All kidding aside, we’re really happy that these were the first WWE Legends they decided to roll out with. They happen to be some of our favorites. In honor of all the cool memories Wrestlemania is bringing back, we thought it would be cool to take a look at the Legends that Puma decided to feature and why they left a mark on the game.
The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior was the total package, no disrespect to Lex Luger. He had the physique we all wanted combined with athleticism, quickness, ferocity and always came back no matter how badly he was getting his ass kicked. Then there was the face paint mask, the dude was a freakin’ superhero. He was an Intercontinental heavyweight Champ and WWF Heavyweight Champ at the same time!! His battles with Andre the Giant, Sergeant Slaughter and Hulk Hogan among others ensured that he would be enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame. This, unfortunately, happened just a few days prior to his death in 2014.
Forget WWE (Formerly known as the WWF), The “Nature Boy” was a champion across many wrestling organizations like WCW, TNA, NWA and was champion more than 16 times (the actual number is still a huge debate). My dad used to say that his style (the glitter robe and “Flair”) was a throwback to wrestling in the 50s. Nature Boy’s insane promos and bravado were something that transcended generations and even today’s wrestlers try to emulate. His infamous “Wooooooo!” battle-cry was backed up by raw power but with the staging that made it look like he was REALLY doing some serious damage. He was the bad guy we loved to hate… especially when he went up against Randy Savage at Wrestlemania VIII. Not to mention he was a founding member for one of wrestling’s most notorious stables, The 4 Horsemen.
The “Macho Man” Randy Savage
“Oooooohhh YEAHHHH!!!” There will never be another wrestler like him. The unmistakable voice, the crazy ass shades, the wild attire and his romance with “Miss Elizabeth”; whom we learned was actually his real life wife and manager. This only added to the story lines that were created when she was endangered or her reputation in the gutter. He was a brawler and never afraid to really get in there and mix it up. His personality won fans over and his immortal solo and team matchups are too numerous to list here. Before he evolved into a caricature pitchman for SlimJim snacks he will forever be remembered as the Macho Man.
André the Giant
At a reported 7ft 4in, the Frenchman known to us all as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, André the Giant came on the scene and our jaws dropped. This guy was HUGE, we mean really huge. Although his wrestling skill was always called into question (his strikes never really had a lot of power behind them) it was the magnitude of what he was able to do. A body slam from Andre wasn’t a simple move. It was more like a hospital trip for the unlucky bastard on the receiving end. For us, André’s battle with Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania III was the watershed defining moment for WWE and the Wrestlemania franchise. Sure he went on to star in TV and movies but his time in the ring defined him for the ages.
When wrestling became Supernatural best describes The Undertaker. His whole vibe touched on a new era of death, the afterlife and the macabre. He was the guy that many wrestlers did not want to face and had one of the longest winning streaks in the history of the WWE. The Undertaker always stood out for us because of his showmanship. He carried his fallen opponents out in body bags, his mystical urn which revived him and gave him back his strength. From boiler room brawls to buried alive matches, his gimmick matches were unforgettable. His famous signature move the Tombstone pile driver was brutal to watch. Let’s not forget that in 1998, The Undertaker threw Mankind off Hell In A Cell, and plummeted 16 ft through an announcer’s table. He will forever reign as one of the greatest showman of WWE.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin
The attitude era was a magical few years for WWE and for the big man himself, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin went up against the biggest and baddest in the squared circle and famously feuded with McMahon in and out of the ring as well. He was the man that flipped off and beat on his boss on a weekly basis while drinking beer at his job. Stone Cold personified the Attitude Era for WWE, at the time when it peaked and he was their biggest star. But above all, he will be remembered as the first man to ever lay out a future president on live TV. Yes, he hit our Douchebag In Chief with the Stone Cold Stunner and we still love him for it, “Austin 3:16 says I just kicked your ass!”
Yes, the WWE remains legendary. We can only hope that a Puma’s phase II will happen and other WWE Legends like Junkyard Dog, Jimmy “Superfly” Snooka, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also get immortalized as well.