I think we've covered these before, but here we go...
This is a guy with the LOOK - and goddammit if he hasn't been a perfectionist at picking his spots for returning.
Can't stand his partner Jerry Sags, but I loved Knobbs' solo run in WCW in 1999. FROM HIS PROMOS WHERE HE YELLED A WHOLE LOT, to his random dangerous swinging of weapons, to his association with...
The First Family
The Barbarian, Hugh Morrus, Jerry Flynn, and Jimmy Hart. Death to ratings, but christ almighty I got a kick out of these guys trying to be taken seriously.
The Big Show
This isn't a secret to anyone who's read my writing in the past. My love for the big guy grew even more when I saw him have a couple of awesome matches with Brock Lesnar when I was starting to think I'd never see him crack the ** barrier ever again.
The dude puts on good matches. What's not to like?
He entertains me by standing around making faces at people...which happens to be what he does best! Seems to have a bad rep for ruining WCW. I'd love to hear stories about Kevin Nash actually doing anything wrong besides putting himself over Goldberg, because lord knows he's done very little wrong and wound up as the devil.
And to hell with Wrestleline for repeatedly putting him as #1 on their Bottom 10. He was the biggest heel in pro-wrestling for awhile, where NOBODY could have possibly liked the guy simply based on the fact he hated everyone and tried to show them in every way he could. It makes me sick they ever turned him face.
There's more I'm sure... So we'll shorten it up and end with:
-He entertains me by standing around making faces at people...which happens to be what he does best! Seems to have a bad rep for ruining WCW. I'd love to hear stories about Kevin Nash actually doing anything wrong besides putting himself over Goldberg, because lord knows he's done very little wrong and wound up as the devil.-
Thank you so much, cfgb. You've practically made my day. He also wasn't always the "lazy worker" people rip him for being if you ask me.
Let's see... Kidman, because when I first started watching he seemed pretty good in-ring, and although he doesn't hold much matches or work that mic well, he still can provide some entertaining matches.
Rikishi, even though he doesn't work the mic that well or is too sharp of a wrestler, I don't see any reason to hate him, he has some fun parts of a match.
and, Hogan and HBK...although I joined the Wrestling Fan community late, so I never got to mark out for them the first time around.
Billy Gunn. He's solid, reliable, and loves the business. C'mon, guys, he did the gay angle with a smile on his face. You could just tell the guy loved his job. Why does everybody hate him so much?
Kane. Kane! KANE!!! I fucking love Kane. My #1 mark-out guy these days. No one is more intimidating than the big red machine. He never got a fair shake, in my opinion. The 24 hour title reign, being the Undertaker's "little bro," Katie fucking Vick. He could have been great but appears to be destined to hang out with Chris Benoit as one of the eternal upper-midcarders.
Chyna. EVERYONE hates her but me, I think. Yes, she's shitty in the ring, but so are lots of people. I like her because she's a fucking cool person who's incredibly smart and decided to join the WWF instead of being a damn FBI agent, for crying out loud. Plus her entrance music ruled. I've always stuck up for Chyna, despite a near-unanimous hatred for her.
The Ultimate Warrior. He's the guy I marked out for when I was just a sprout. I haven't seen him in a match since around 91-92, because I'm afraid it'll shatter the memories I have of wrestling at that point in my life. I haven't watched Transformers: The Movie since it was new for the same reason.
Scotty 2 Hotty: The Worm! People used to MARK THE FUCK OUT for that move. I love a good "goofy gimmick" wrestler. The Hurricane is good, but I miss you, Scotty. Please come back. Sniff...
[Edited to include Scotty 2 muthafuckin' Hotty!]
(edited by Jakegnosis on 4.3.03 2104) Moo hoo ha ha.
Bill DeMott. He always works entergetic and has a real love of the business. He got a raw deal most of his WCW tenure, and finally got the good push at the end. As for his WWE stint.. he'd definitely make a good tag team/midcard guy. But people bitch when he goes over anyone.
I'll also vouch for being a Test fan.
I also like Chuck Palumbo. He works hard in the ring.
I was a big Droz fan before he got injured.
I like Chief Morley in the ring a lot more than WWE does apparently, since he barely wrestles anymore on RAW(I know, he has the last couple of weeks, but how long was he out before that?)
And how can anyone dislike Tommy Dreamer?
"You know, frankly, going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. You just leave a lot of useless noisy baggage behind."- Jed Babbin
Jeff Hardy- I was pretty much alone on his techno colored bus bandwagon with all his underage girl demo, while everyone else in the IWC was pulling the bus ding thing to get off (this entire statement sounds dirty LoL)
Spike Dudley- I'm a sucker for the gimmick. Really like the guy
Steven Richards - While everyone else was screaming push Raven or D'lo I kept screaming, I want more Stevie! and now him with Victoria as best couple ever and I'm loving it
DDP- No one has mentioned him yet, I really like him and when he won the title I heard so many people say "Oh he's friends with Eric, that's the only reason". He always seemed like the type of guy who wasn't born with great athleticism but is really a hard worker. Sure his face looks like a catchers mitt, but he pulled a good match out of Goldberg and was able to be carried to a bunch of good U.S title matches with Benoit and Raven... Plus he had the best line ever during the Russo "It's a shoot era" after insulting Buff Page said "Now that's a shoot!". Still don't know why I found that to be the funniest thing ever.
Was mentioned Three times, 3X, 3X. In the "Great Wieners" thread!
I mark for Stiener, and I don't know why. I'm aware of how much he drags his matches down, and I see how immobile he is, and yet I somehow remain entertained by the pure absurdity of his physique/character.
Off topic (sorry)
Originally posted by HrdCoreJoe"I haven't watched Transformers: The Movie since it was new for the same reason."
If I were you, I'd keep steering clear of that one.
I agree. I bought it a while back but didn't end up watching it until one night I was drunk and thought it'd be a kick. It made me sick. Literally.
I will NEVER watch that movie again, although somehow I'm still very happy to own it...(?)
Stephanie: SHe'd been briefly mentioned before, but Steph will always be my favorite woman on the roster and one of my favorite performers period. I think she's very beautiful, she's never annoyed me. My only complaint is I think she's better as a heel.
Meng: I dunno why, I just loved the big goof.
Probably the worst, however, is Buff Bagwell. I know, I know...but to me, he's got this great charisma, a good look, can work (if motivated, although that hasn't been in a while), and just seems like he's having fun.
"All I ever asked for in life is an unfair advantage." Microchip, Punisher Annual #2
well i never thought i'd see the day.... Transformers: the Movie, getting talked about here is one of the funniest things i can remember in a long time simply because i loved those damn robots and would've murdered someone to see that movie one more time.
also to add to my earlier call for more X-Pac, (which i might be getting if its true he's coming back to TNA) i'd like to put forward a call for, Scott Hall/Razor Ramon because dammit if he doesn't entertain me for some reason constantly.
PS: i might be the only person who liked (not loved) his match with SCSA at WMXVIII
...But remember this. ROCK...CRUSHES...SCISSORS...but scissors cuts paper...and paper wraps rock...KIFF, we have a conundrum. (Yes, eat all of our shirts!)
I still have a love for Rikishi, just for the Spring-Summer 2000 where it looked like he might be going somewhere before the heel turn and injury that lowered his stock and reduced him to a comedy role. Even after the heel turn, he did help Kurt win his first title, making me love him more. And there was also the awesome visual of Rikishi splashing Val Venis from the top of the cage at Fully Loaded.
...full of energy. Multi-orgasmic, if you will, in a cosmic sort of way."
Just a reminder - the TSN / wrestling website has complete transcripts (along with streaming video F'N Shapiro!), usually posted a day or two after the show (if not sooner). Always good stuff, especially if you ain't Canadian...