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The Art of Wrestling: KC artist Rob Schamberger wants to paint all 208 pro-wrestling champions by Justin Kendall

Posted by flairwhoooooo on April 25, 2012

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By Rob Schamberger’s count, pro wrestling has crowned 208 world heavyweight champions. And by the time he finishes painting all 208 — and there will likely be more champions by the time he’s done — he’ll probably wish there were fewer.

“When Colt Cabana beat Adam Pearce, I was like, Oh, Jesus — 209,” Schamberger says. “Then I saw that he’d held it before, so that was good.”

The idea came, says the 32-year-old Kansas Citian, in a temporary “moment of insanity.” His vision: Paint every world champion in pro-wrestling history, from Hulk Hogan to Georg Hackenschmidt to … David Arquette? (The actor won World Championship Wrestling’s world title in 2000.)

“When I announced the project, one of the first questions I got … was, ‘Are you actually going to do David Arquette?’ And I’m like, ‘I said I’m doing all of ’em.’”

In a Twitter message to Schamberger, Arquette committed to buying his painting.

“You are a sick artist man,” the actor wrote. “I’m ordering a painting of myself as the Champ.”

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