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A Song of Ice and Powerbombs: How WWE Superstars Match Up With Their Game of Thrones Counterparts

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Romance, betrayal, heavily promoted one-on-one bloodbaths, weddings gone to hell, and even dragons: yes, millions of viewers tune in each week to watch the soap-opera dramatics and choreographed violence of WWE Raw. Or Game of Thrones. In both worlds, the strong destroy the weak, alliances are crucial, and a dwarf may steal the show (depending on what program you’re watching, this would be either Peter Dinklage or the Mexican luchador El Torito).

Exchanging boiled leather and swords for spandex and steel chairs, wrestling superstars have much in common with the characters in George R. R. Martin’s scripted world. Here are the warriors (along with their Thrones counterparts) that rule the ring in WWE. As Stephanie “Cersei” McMahon would say, “When you play the game of thrones, you win, or you get future endeavored.”

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The Iron Throne

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The Wardens of the West are The Authority. As Tywin Lannister rules Westeros with a golden fist, the villainous Vince McMahon ruthlessly destroys all opposition within the WWE Universe. Tywin and Vince retain total control of their worlds behind the scenes, delivering swift retribution to those who challenge them. Witness Tywin smile as he decrees death upon his own son after a proxy trial-by-combat, and his common-tongue pronouncement translates seamlessly into Vince’s favorite workplace dictum. Due to the high cost of expanding their jurisdictions, both men have recently fallen into financial troubles (Tywin due to debts owed to the Iron Bank of Braavos, Vince due to his shares of plummeting WWE stock). Despite these setbacks, the smallfolk (Westerosi commoners and WWE fans) know that Vince and Tywin are the big bosses, and will stop at nothing to further their families’ legacies. When the fighting’s over and their music hits, there’s no difference between “Rains of Castamere” and this victory song.

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Cersei Lannister is Stephanie McMahon, the power-hungry queen of the Westeros. She delights in tormenting her foes, including Brie Bella (Margaery Tyrell), an innocent who, through marriage, becomes a target of Stephanie’s vindictiveness. Much as Cersei sees herself as Tywin’s only true son and plots against her own brother for political gain, Stephanie competes against Vince’s other offspring, Shane, for administrative control over Raw’s direction. Both ladies wield considerable executive power -- Cersei as Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms and Stephanie as WWE’s Chief Brand Officer.

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