I'm sure we've gone through a lot of this list before here... I just don't recall ever posting in one.
Anyway, my personal favorite and role-model is Dean Malenko. He's a guy that I really look up to, 'cause he did it without using an abundance of high spots, and he did it even with his size. He's the guy that helps me get through my time in the ring. He makes me want to go out there and have a match without relying on spotty retardedness. He makes me want to give everything I have, and create a character out of every single movement in the ring. He is my all time favorite.
Having not posted in one of these before, I'll indulge.
Current Faves: Chris Benoit - His intensity and technical proficiency blows me away. Eddie Guerrero - Like Benoit, one of the most technically sound wrestlers in the world today. The fact that he was able to rise above his personal issues is a big plus in my book too. The Rock - Is probably the most charismatic man I've seen in the ring since Hogan. The difference is, I "get" Rock, and respect how hard he works in the ring, and his willingness to put people over on a regular basis. He's still up there, even though his version of the Sharpshooter has the same effect on me as fingernails on a chalkboard... Jericho - A very close second in terms of charisma to the Rock, and every bit as entertaining. One of the all time great talkers in our business, and a very capable worker as well. *edit* Kurt Angle - (Man, I'm embarrased I missed Angle the first time) Kurt is just amazing, on both sides of the game. Physically, he'll be remembered as one of the all time best in the ring. Behind the mic, he's just funny as hell. The image of him with Stone Cold in his little cowboy hat and the Milk Truck episode are burned forever in my memory.
All time Faves: Ric Flair - He is and will always be The Man in my book. He worked so hard, for so long, with his primary goal to do whatever he could to entertain every last person in every last arena. It helps that my best friend in the world ran into him in an airport a few years ago, and when he stopped to tell Flair how much respect he had for the work he'd done throughout the years, Ric gave him a firm handshake, held it the entire time they were talking, looked him straight in the eye and offered his humble thanks for his years of being a fan. (Booker T and Shane Douglas were with him, Booker had a little time for my friend, but was obviously distracted, and Douglas couldn't have cared less. How ya doing now, Shane? (Dumbass)) Bret Hart - One of the all time best, period, and had the same kind of heart for the game that Flair did. Dynamite Kid - One of many to sacrifice his body for this sport. Thank you, Tommy, for laying it all on the line for us, and for inspiring a young Chris Benoit to lace up your boots and continue your tradition.
Favorite Divas: Victoria - Currently, she's at the top of my list. She works as hard as anyone, has some great technical ability, and has a great look and this fire in her eyes that looks unquenchable.
Madusa - All time favorite Diva. I remember seeing her retirement match against Akira Hokuto in WCW, and I was absolutely CRUSHED when she lost.
(edited by UJM on 17.4.03 0845) Jack
"Why Johnny Ringo, you look like someone just walked over your grave."
Favorite wrestler (current and all-time) - Angle I love his in-ring skills, and his insanely funny backstage and in-ring mic work, but the main thing I love about him is his total dedication to being the best at whatever he does. If you've read his book you get the picture of a man whose rather screwy upbringing gave him priorities very skewed toward achievement regardless of personal cost. Winning an Olympic Gold medal was everything to him, and, now that he has committed to it, professional wrestling is everything to him.
Runner-up - RVD What I love about Rob is that every single thing about his character--the laid-back attitude, the moveset, everything--are things that he invented and honed, based on his own inclinations and personality. Despite the fact that every other wrestler seems to be "intense", and some are convinced that you have to be intense to get over, he gets a huge response from the fans. Regardless of any pressure he may have gotten to fit into some "Pro wrestling main eventer" cookie cutter, he remains true to his character and to himself. Never change, RVD!
Diva - Couldn't care less about Divas or female valets. I like the female wrestlers on Raw, (all of them, really, except Jacqueline), but not enough to write a paragaph about.
Instead, let me add a category - Favorite Match Almost two years have passed, but Angle/Shane is still my all time favorite match. It had some of the most thrilling high spots ever, but it had one signature moment which, to me, is also the signature moment for Kurt Angle's career, in the same way that passing out, but never submitting in the sharpshooter is for Austin. Kurt Angle has devestated Shane with the plate glass spots, and could easily pin him, but the ref reminds him that the match is NOT falls-count-anywhere. He is exhausted, bloodied, and in excruciating pain from a broken tailbone. He does NOT want to drag Shane's limp body to the ring. He gets a rolling cart and puts Shane on it and wheels him back to the ring, while Heyman on commentary screeches about adding a fourth "I" for ingenious. That was my favorite moment in my favorite match.
Well, I wrote a lot more about this than I had intended to.
"A true champion knows how to deal with adversity."-- Kurt Angle
My all time favorite would be Bret Hart. As a kid I loved to watch Tito Santana. Current stars? Tommy Dreamer, even though he may be on his last legs, and Spike Dudley. I just really enjoy watching them work.
The Rock - And I really thought I'd NEVER say this, seeing as how his face schtick had worn so thin in my eyes....however, now he's probably the only real reason I tune in to Raw anymore. Just an incredibly funny guy, and seemingly the last person left who can actually draw in the crowd and make them care
Hurricane: In spite of being squashed every week (at least when he isn't facing Rock, oddly enough) he remains a bright spot, if only for the sheer greatness of seeing a southern guy flailing around in a Green Lantern costume spouting off dork ebonics
Goldust: Have always been a fan of Goldust, all the way back to his debut when he was playing the psychotic stalker making Razor Ramon's life a living hell. No matter how much they try to bury him with crap gimmicks, it seems like he makes them work just to spite everyone
Trish Stratus: And another who, a few years ago I NEVER thought I'd see myself typing on one of these lists. I still remember seeing her speaking debut (I bring you what you want. T&A. Test and Albert. ) and thinking she'd never last more than a month before thankfully being buried....leave it to her to not only become the best women's wrestler I've ever seen in WWF history, but to take it upon herself to become a cute Foley Jr. in the ring and take bumps she doesn't have to at all
Mick Foley: The guy who could literally do it all in the ring. As a heel, he pulled off both the bitter and angry guy (Cactus Jack), then turned around and pulled off probably my all time favorite character, evil Mankind. I mean damn, that was some freaky crap to watch as a kid....Mick could've had a legitimate acting career. Yes, it WAS that damn good. But instead he threw his body away night after night, becoming a legend at the expense of nearly crippling himself. A perfect example of how, if you're willing to put it all on the line, you don't need to be as huge as Hogan or as good looking as the Rock to make it....you can just be yourself
Mr. Perfect: Played the cocky jackass like no one else ever could, or ever will. I think what made the whole thing better was, he really WAS a great wrestler....he didn't have to cheat to beat you, he could do it legit. That added a great deal to the character....he'll be sorely missed
Jake Roberts: Another guy who was never the biggest, strongest, hell, never the best wrestler....but it just didn't matter, because he could tell a story in the ring. Again, he proved that you don't need to be Hogan or Rock to be someone in the business
Gangrel: I'm sorry, but yes he is one of my favorites to be honest
Had the greatest entrance I've ever seen, was damn good in the ring from what I saw, an original, creepy gimmick (before they started making a joke out of it anyway) and didn't deserve to be jobbed to death the way he was. Oh well
Anybody can kick people's asses. But it takes a true monster to kick people's asses AND breastfeed at the same time - Excalibur05
Yeah, why not? Good lil' survey here. I'm a little older than a lot of you (I'm guessing, anyway), but here ya go:
Current guys: -Kurt Angle. The best thing going right now, and maybe the best of all time. The true total package in terms of in-ring work, promos, presence and charisma. Just an unreal talent. -Rob Van Dam. I'm constantly stunned at his moveset. I don't think he's really got what it takes to be on top of the WWE, but he's damn entertaining. -AJ Styles. The guy can flat out entertain. I've seen him play face and heel, and he's got it all. He should be in the WWE right now, but that's how things are. If you haven't spent the money for TNA yet, do it. He's worth it. -The Rock. He's just a wonderful entertainer. Amazing. He puts my ass in the seat when he comes to town.
All-time: -The Four Horsemen (the Barry Windham incarnation). Flair, Blanchard, Anderson and Windham to me were the dominating faction of all time. Flair as HW Champ, Blanchard/Anderson as tag champs and Windham as US Champ (when that meant something) were just so awesome in all aspects. -Hulk Hogan. Yeah, I marked out for the guy when I was a kid. Who didn't? -Michael Hayes. He was a lousy wrestler, but he entertained me constantly. Great promo guy, and when "Freebird" cranked up, I marked.
Divas: Stacy Keibler. 'Nuff said.
(edited by The Red Sox Fan on 17.4.03 2031) Simple way to make me happy: 2003 World Series Champions, Your Boston Red Sox
Hmm, current favourites would be Angle, Benoit, Jericho, Eddie, RVD, and my mark-out list includes Tajiri, Lance Storm, Hurricane, and Funaki. TAKA would definitely be on there if he was still around. As for all-time favourites, I haven't been watching long enough to know for certain, but all of the previously mentioned guys could end up on that list. New additions to my current favourites list may include Brian Kendrick; I dig his style.
Divas? Victoria is pretty cool. Not much for window dressing (AKA the rest of them.)
Maybe we just need some sort of screening process to keep out the sad sacks. Its a real shame some prick has to come around every so often and disturb the "semi" peaceful Wienerboard. Anyhoo, on to the topic at hand. Current: Three-way tie between Jericho, Booker T., and Hurricane. Diva: Daffney all the way, even if she isn't exactly around at the moment. All Time: Hogan 4 Life.
The following post expresses the opinions of a raving Jerichoholic. He is biased, opinionated and bitter. You have been warned.
Welcome, True MFer, to the Weinerboard, and here's my list.
Current Favorite: Chris Jericho. The total package of entertainment on the mic and excellence in the ring. He will never be a legitimate champion, but I don't care. Kurt Angle, Rock and Chris Benoit are up there too.
All-Time Favorite: I just said that Chris Jericho was my current favorite, so it's only fitting that the guy who he jobbed to last gets to be my all-time favorite. Or something like that. I saw WrestleMania X when I was 6, and I have not deliberately not watched an episode of Raw or SmackDown! since then. And while Bret Hart may have walked out with the title, that show will live on forever in my memory because of Shawn Michaels. It also gave me a soft spot for Scott Hall that wouldn't let me admit that it was probably for the best that he was fired.
Favorite Diva: Trish Stratus has advanced by leaps and bounds like she was a freaking kangaroo! Three years ago she would have been the one at fault in the Gayda match, but now she's able to pull respectable performances out of Lita. And she's (to rip off Boston) wicked hot to boot.
The preceding post expressed the opinions of a raving Jerichoholic. He was biased, opinionated and bitter. You were warned.
Kevin Nash: His size is impressive, and while his interview skills at times suck, he's still a bah-gawd hoss, and he still can have a great match from time to time. I am actually looking forward to Asscratch..whoops..backlash because he'll be there.
Edge: Even though he's on the IR at this moment, he has the second best spear in the world, behind Rhyno and ahead of Goldberg. He's super-over with the fans, and I've come to miss him already, even though he was basically a tag team filler for the past few months.
The Hurricane: A rocking, rocking character. He's funny, and his promos are off the hook! I still don't understand why he's on RAW when he could be the superhero and saviour of the cruiserweight division.
Sean O'Haire: I like the Devil's Advocate deal that he's working on, and I'm quite amazed at how well spoken he is on the the microphone. I'm looking forward to seeing more from him in the near future.
John Cena: If there's a main event of a Wrestlemania I want to see a few years in the future, it would have John Cena winning the title. I'm totally into his current gimmick, although I do miss the cool tights he wore. The entire ruthless agression rookie gimmick worked well for OVW's Prototype.
Shawn Michaels: Probably because I've been a Michaels mark for years, ever since the days of the Rockers. I'm happy to see he's back, and I'm loving his work. What's best is that Shawn is a Christian, and that really wins him over in my books.
Waylon Mercy: I still don't know why a character that lasted less than three or four months can be so clear in my mind, especailly after such a long time. The charisma, the feeling of evil, and the entire atmosphere of his promos won me over. His sadistic attitude totally rocked.
Molly Holly: Mmmm...the second hottest woman in pro wrestling. I love her look as a redhead, and even though she's so hot, she can move it in the ring.
Nidia: The hottest woman on WWE television. I don't care for the blondes too much...Stacey's too tall, and Torrie's not interesting at all. Now, if Nidia did a Playboy shoot, I'd be there in a second to pick up a copy. mmmmmm....
I don't know of any DVD that will match these numbers, but if they released a Bret Hart DVD in Canada the same day they released it in the US I think you'd see a very similar reaction to the one that StaggerLee says the Flair comp received in St.