The landscape is ever-changing (Photo: WWE)
Yep, the online encyclopaedia – which launched on January 15, 2001 – is celebrating an impressive milestone, and in an unexpected twist a wrestling-related page has been edited more than any other.
As reported by BBC in an article looking at the history of the site, the ‘List of WWE Personnel’ page has overtaken the George W. Bush entry as the one with the most changes made.
The article focused on the 43rd President of the United States – whose inauguration was held five days after Wikipedia launched – is currently in a semi-protected state after it forced a change in policy from the complete openness originally intended on the platform.
Now, the Beeb notes: ‘For many years the George W Bush page was the one with the most edits, but now it has been overtaken by this one.
‘The list of WWE professional wrestlers has had more than 53,000 edits over the years.’
Rather than being a particular source of controversy or debate, the vast number of edits is likely down to the roster turnover for the company over the past 20 years, including those switching between the Raw, SmackDown and now NXT and 205 Live brands.
Wrestlers, commentators, management, referees and backstage personnel are all tracked on the page, pointing to the passion of the fans to keep abreast of all areas of the business.
Meanwhile, WWE is currently gearing up for its annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view event, which will mark the beginning of the road to WrestleMania – the company’s flagship showpiece.
As well as the two namesake bouts – pitting 30 men and 30 women in a ‘last person standing’ scenario with a ‘Mania championship match awaiting the victors – fans will also see other high profile bouts.
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre – who is currently in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 – will defend his gold against WCW legend Goldberg, while Undisputed Champion Roman Reigns will face retired wrestler-turned-producer Adam Pearce.