英会話ブログ その711      WWE : from Highs to Lows (3)

2015/10/26

In the 90s, the WWE was competing with a rival company, WCW, for viewers on TV, and more sinister, even "adult" elements were introduced into the narratives.

Stars like Sting, Stone Cold, Steve Austin and the Undertaker become very popular by being "anti heroes", not the clean-image good guys of the past.

One of the stars of this era, "The Rock" left wrestling and has become a well known actor using his real name, Dwayne Johnson.

Several high-profile deaths of wrestling stars including Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Owen Hart hurt the company's image, because some of these deaths were due to long steroid use or unsafe ring incidents.

This year, the WWE ended its relationship with Hulk Hogan when it was revealed that Hogan used racist language about blacks.

At almost the same time, one time big star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper died at age 61 of a heart attack...

Though still popular, WWE has declined a lot from the Glory days...                                        (G.K)


英会話表現&英単語
sinister                     卑劣な、陰険な
narrative                    話し、物語
high-profile                 人目を引く
due to 〜          〜のせいで
one time big star            かっての大スター
decline                      下降線をたどる

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