Classic Wrestling Discussion: Part III & Wrestler Poll

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Which 5 wrestlers do you prefer?

  1. Stone Cold Steve Austin

    54.5%
  2. Hulk Hogan

    15.9%
  3. The Rock

    29.5%
  4. Ric Flair

    34.1%
  5. “Macho Man” Randy Savage

    38.6%
  6. Shawn Michaels

    40.9%
  7. Bret “The Hitman” Hart

    38.6%
  8. John Cena

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. The Undertaker

    9.1%
  10. Chris Jericho

    34.1%
  11. Brock Lesnar

    6.8%
  12. Mick Foley

    9.1%
  13. Dusty Rhodes

    2.3%
  14. Triple H

    9.1%
  15. Eddie Guerrero

    13.6%
  16. Andre the Giant

    2.3%
  17. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

    11.4%
  18. Daniel Bryan

    4.5%
  19. AJ Styles

    4.5%
  20. CM Punk

    11.4%
  21. Sting

    9.1%
  22. Kurt Angle

    20.5%
  23. Rey Mysterio, Jr.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  24. Jake “The Snake” Roberts

    18.2%
  25. Big Van Vader

    9.1%
  26. Edge

    4.5%
  27. Kenny Omega

    6.8%
  28. “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase

    4.5%
  29. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat

    15.9%
  30. The Ultimate Warrior

    4.5%
  31. Harley Race

    4.5%
  32. Randy Orton

    4.5%
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  1. GlitchMarner Typical malevolent, devious & vile Maple Leafs fan

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    I knew Tensai would never get over. I remember my friend told me Albert was coming back and I scoffed. He said he had gone to Japan and had an awesome run there, and I said he'll still get nowhere in the WWE.

    A little later, fans were shouting "Albert!" at him.
     
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    Yes he tagged with Tomko and then Karl Anderson as Bad Intentions. The run with Anderson in particular was good. He was a solid wrestler but realistically he wasn't going to get anywhere in WWE. Umaga level was probably the ceiling.

    Yes it was very predictable that it wouldn't work. Tensai was straight out of the mid 90s if not earlier, especially his Power Rangers style headgear. Thinking of that, a fantasy tag team of Tensai with Hakushi could be decent filler for a tag division.
     
  3. sabremike Don't Hate, Ruminate.

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    Anyone remember that they were going to give Kenzo Suzuki the gimmick as Hirohito until someone clued them in on just how incredibly offensive it would be (particularly in Japan)?
     
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    they literally were calling Mark Henry a silverback gorilla on tv until Mark Henry was like “hey fellas just a heads up but this is quite racist”




    Which honestly would be a sick gimmick if it wasn’t so gosh darn racist
     
  5. KingHollywood Brooke Shields ain't got nothin'

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    This was peak dirt bag Tri. I remember during that time period and for years after, the angle was used to bury Steiner. People, including me, bought it.

    It wasn't until years later when I saw it for what it was. Triple H sandbagging Steiner. For a guy who fancies himself as one of the best wrestlers ever, he can't carry anyone to a great match like the other greats can.
     
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    Triple H vs Steiner pose off is definitely most homoerotic thing WWE ever did (not that there is anything wrong with that)

    just a couple jacked dudes oiling up and blasting bi’s

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  7. KingHollywood Brooke Shields ain't got nothin'

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    I actually really like segments like this. Very old school and injects some personality into the competitors. Warriors vs Rude is another good posedown. I also liked Warrior and Dino Bravo having a bench press-off. Hell, I even enjoyed the concept of the Lashley/Strowman arm wrestling challenge. Good gaga to help build to matches without people having to eat pins.
     
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    The Warrior vs Rude posedown was really good. These segments can work. Not during Tri's reign of terror though.

    No memory of that, but a reference to Japan's WW2 era emperor sounds about right in what I assume was a Vince idea.
     
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    I don't remember anything about an offensive gimmick, but I do remember Suzuki was supposed to debut with a huge push and feud with Benoit for the world title in 2004. Instead he became a comedy character.

    This was also around the same time that there was a stable with Tajiri, Jimmy Yang (then as Akio) and I think the third guy was named Sakada. They were supposed to be called the yakuza or at least imply that, but Tajiri warned McMahon against that, because he didn't want to offend the real yakuza.
     
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    First Nathan Jones vignette aired. If only he could work....


    HUGE and an interesting back story to say the least
     
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    You're moving into an era riddled with big muscular stiffs. Mid 2000s WWE was so bad in terms of new talent.
     
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    yup, Morgan/Snitsky/Tomko/Jones/Heidenreich among others should be making debuts soon

    this is when they stop building long term superstars. It’s basically Edge/Cena/Batista/Orton from here and then that’s it forever
     
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    You're right there. Unfortunately I have a strong dislike for 3/4 of them, so I haven't liked WWE nearly as much since. The mid 2000s is sort of the last gasp of Vince's ideal of big stiffs who behave in a cartoony manner.
     
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    LMAO epic
     
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    Never saw that before. Seeing that, it's shocking that Radio WWF didn't succeed years earlier. Jim Ross with no time at all for the marks.
     
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    Heel Rock in 1998 was awesome but they cannot do this angle in today’s society, even for 1998 this was a bit too much.
     
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    Yup def can’t do that today lol

    Kinda sad watching that in hindsight knowing what ended up happening to Chyna in real life
     
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    That video makes me disappointed that we never got a Rock-Michaels feud. Around that time (maybe a few months later after Rock moved out of the IC picture) or during the Hollywood Rock period it could have been great.
     
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    the rock hates Shawn Michaels guts iirc
     
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    Yes apparently that's true. I imagine that it still would have happened at some point if they'd actually spent a long time in the company together, but in reality their opportunities were fairly limited.
     
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    I think I read during that time when the Rock was starting or getting the at push, Michaels pushed HHH to be the next star so they put in Vince’s ear not to push Rock as much as HHH.

    Also the Rock had support of the Hart family and they helped him through out his early struggles..keep in mind this was during Bret and Shawn’s real life feud so the politics were strong here.
     
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    I've gone back and been watching WWF & WCW in order. Right now I'm at 1993.

    So I'm watching Monday Night RAW, Superstars of Wrestling, and WCW Saturday Night chronologically. It brings me back and I'm enjoying it very much.

    I'm now in April, where WWF will start to set up their first ever King of the Ring PPV and WCW is a month away from Slamboree '93.

    That era does have its fair share of goofy shit. :laugh:
     
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    I really like WCW Saturday Night of that era, though I remember watching it a week late on Saturday mornings when it aired in my area for some reason. There's definitely no shortage of goofy stuff on either side but it at least suits the general tone of the shows.
     
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    My only gripe with early 90s WCW Saturday Night is with the constant appearances of Greg Valentine. That guys gets old after a single match, let alone one a week. Aside from the famed dog collar match, I've never seen a Greg Valentine match where I liked Greg Valentine at all.
     

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