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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.46
Another interesting WWE.com article. (wwe.com) Number one is obvious.

10) Magnum TA
9) Akira Hokuto
8) The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane - wait. Stan Lane was an announcer in the WWF. That doesn't count?)
7) The Sinister Minister
6) Nikita Koloff
5) Vampiro
4) New Jack
3) The Great Muta
2) Abdullah The Butcher
1) Sting

At first, I was surprised they managed to get to 10. But a couple of omissions are curious. Sinister Minister but not Abyss? Did Abyss start out in WWE like the article indicates AJ Styles and Samoa Joe did in its introduction? Did Jushin Thunder Liger ever wrestle in WWE?

(edited by John Orquiola on 5.6.13 1048)


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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.83
Applause to the people who compiled the list. Akira Hokuto, Muta, and Nikita would have KILLED in the WWE.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.37
What happened to James Mitchell? Is he completely retired from the business, because they could bring him in tomorrow and he'd instantly be one of the best promo men on the roster, on the level of Heyman.

The Midnight Express would have OWNED in the era of The Rockers, Hart Foundation, and Demolition. I would have killed to see those matches. Also, I'm sorry Johnny O, but Lane was terrible in the announce booth. I would have loved to see him wrestling in his prime.

I feel like the WWF audience wouldn't have "gotten" Muta and he would have gotten fed to Hogan as the Evil Foreigner of the Month. And those matches would have been trainwrecks.

Vampiro was always a guy I felt was overrated, but he really wasn't helped by WCW's horrible booking, as CRZ can attest to. He probably would have fared a lot better in the WWF.

Magnum, as always, will be wrestling's greatest "What if...?" question, because he should have gone down as a legend.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.46
    Originally posted by It's False
    Also, I'm sorry Johnny O, but Lane was terrible in the announce booth.

    I feel like the WWF audience wouldn't have "gotten" Muta and he would have gotten fed to Hogan as the Evil Foreigner of the Month. And those matches would have been trainwrecks.



I actually liked Lane as an announcer since he kept things mostly straight and called wrestling like an actual athletic contest. His commentary with Gorilla Monsoon on that legendary Harts vs. Steiners tag match is fantastic.

Muta/Hogan squared off in Japan at least once and it was pretty good since Hogan used his 'only in Japan' semi-technical style. Check it out on YouTube



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#5 Posted on
Midnight Express competed in WWF, they even showed a match on vintage this month.

It was a shitty Midnight Express, but has to count, right?
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.12
    Originally posted by Galidor
    Midnight Express competed in WWF, they even showed a match on vintage this month.

    It was a shitty Midnight Express, but has to count, right?


NO, IT DOESN'T.

And who the hell did New Jack threaten to stab to get on this list, much less be #4?



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.60
    Originally posted by CEOIII
      Originally posted by Galidor
      Midnight Express competed in WWF, they even showed a match on vintage this month.

      It was a shitty Midnight Express, but has to count, right?


    NO, IT DOESN'T.

    And who the hell did New Jack threaten to stab to get on this list, much less be #4?


Reparation payment from Heyman I'm guessing.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
Similar list where they say that Liger is out because he was at the 1990 Wrestling Summit joint AJPW/NJPW/WWF card:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1106975-wwe-the-25-best-wrestlers-who-never-wrestled-a-match-for-vince-mcmahon

http://www.profightdb.com/cards/ajpw/us-japan-wrestling-summit-5191.html

In general, Hogan had better matches in Japan than in the US. I believe the Hogan/Hansen match from the Wrestling Summit is considered one of Hogan's better matches.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.02
I liked Vampiro in the WCW pretty well although it was more his character than his matches. But my guess is that he makes the list more for his work in Mexico where he was like a super duper star, wasn't he?

I guess most of the TNA guys are eliminated since they had a match or two in the WWE. The best I could think of that I don't think has made a WWE appearances is Austin Aries. There's probably 10 better choices than Aries but I'd definitely put him over New Jack. He'd probably make my personal list though, as would James Storm and La Parka.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.32
    Originally posted by Galidor
    Midnight Express competed in WWF, they even showed a match on vintage this month.

    It was a shitty Midnight Express, but has to count, right?


If you read the article, they specifically say the New Midnight Express does not count.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.83
    Originally posted by Quezzy
    I liked Vampiro in the WCW pretty well although it was more his character than his matches. But my guess is that he makes the list more for his work in Mexico where he was like a super duper star, wasn't he?

    I guess most of the TNA guys are eliminated since they had a match or two in the WWE. The best I could think of that I don't think has made a WWE appearances is Austin Aries. There's probably 10 better choices than Aries but I'd definitely put him over New Jack. He'd probably make my personal list though, as would James Storm and La Parka.


I may be completely mistaken, but I have some vague memory of La Parka showing up on WWE television during the invasion. Am I crazy?
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.21
    Originally posted by Hokienautic
      Originally posted by Quezzy
      I liked Vampiro in the WCW pretty well although it was more his character than his matches. But my guess is that he makes the list more for his work in Mexico where he was like a super duper star, wasn't he?

      I guess most of the TNA guys are eliminated since they had a match or two in the WWE. The best I could think of that I don't think has made a WWE appearances is Austin Aries. There's probably 10 better choices than Aries but I'd definitely put him over New Jack. He'd probably make my personal list though, as would James Storm and La Parka.


    I may be completely mistaken, but I have some vague memory of La Parka showing up on WWE television during the invasion. Am I crazy?


If La Parka showed up during the inVasion, I sure don't remember it. (That would have been awesome, by the way.)

Actually, according to Wikipedia, La Parka left WCW in 2000. In fact, a goodly number of the luchadores were no longer around by the time WCW was purchased.

I'm pretty shocked (and delighted) that the article even mentions AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.

(edited by ekedolphin on 6.6.13 1658)


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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.58

    Originally posted by It's False
    I feel like the WWF audience wouldn't have "gotten" Muta and he would have gotten fed to Hogan as the Evil Foreigner of the Month. And those matches would have been trainwrecks.


Possibly, but I have seen a Hogan-Muta match from Japan that was pretty darn good, IMO.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.12
Magnum was too much of a Hogan clone to get over. I can see that backfiring. The Midnight Express and Sting are the only ones I could see getting over. The Japanese wrestlers have always had a problem getting over minus Tajiri. I miss Tajiri. I think some of them are better off not going to WWE. I honestly do believe most of TNA's "young" roster is better off in TNA.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.58

    Originally posted by lotjx
    Magnum was too much of a Hogan clone to get over.


No. Not a Hogan clone in the slightest.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.39
No Christopher Daniels?

AND WHERE IS TINIEBLAS JR?



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
Daniels appeared on Jakked.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.95
I was excited when Samoa Joe appeared on WWF Metal.

Excited because I thought that Rikishi was going to get a sidekick.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.85
Besides Magnum as the Great What If, had Magnum not had the accident, Nikita does not turn. Would Vince have brought in Uncle Ivan, who ended Bruno's run, with Nikita to have a summer of '87 feud with Hogan. One Russian Sickle on Saturday Night's Main Event followed by Hogan being buried, ala Bill Watts, under the Soviet Flag would have kick started a hot angle.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.39
    Originally posted by LostInUbe
    Daniels appeared on Jakked.

OK. But I notice the Tinieblas Jr issue remains unaddressed.



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