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I apologize if people are sick of "of the decade" stuff, but I am such a mark for this stuff. I would love to see who the w's thought were the best wrestlers of the decade. Personally, I am torn between chris Jericho and Kurt angle.
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Jericho had a big 2-year break. I'll go with Angle.



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I remember a conversation about this here over the summer but I don't remember if it was a WOTD thread or if it just came up somewhere. I do believe I picked Shawn Michaels.
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Founded it: http://the-w.com/thread.php/id=38544#413870

    Originally posted by this guy
    Hmm.

    1. Shawn Michaels
    2. Triple H
    3. Kurt Angle
    4. Edge
    5. John Cena

    (for the United States only, obv)

    - Michaels has been MVP of WWE from 02-present, has been in the greatest matches, has been in either the Wrestlemania main event or de facto main event at 20, 22, 23, 24, and 25.

    - Triple H has headlined for the entire decade, which does suck, but you can't help but develop a resume over that time. The stale periods and inertia of his position are there but he's got his 2000-01 prime, 2004 bounce back year in-ring and Evolution angle, 2005 Batista program which was a huge moneymaker, being in all the Wrestlemania title matches (though two of them famously bombed big time).

    - Kurt Angle put together a run of great matches so strong that it destroyed his body, then he continued having great matches in a destroyed body, then he continued having great matches in a destroyed body in front of a tiny audience.

    - Edge has been co-MVP from 2006-present, helped make John Cena at a crucial time in Cena's career, has had a crazy resume of great matches with dozens of different opponents over ten years, and before main eventing, pads his credentials with his tag run and strong matches as a single before getting over the top.

    - Cena has been the biggest star in the country, headlined Wrestlemanias, had tons of great matches on PPV, but only for half the decade.


    next five: Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero (both on the body of work + Time Man of the Year criteria), Undertaker, Bryan Danielson, and ... somebody. Chris Jericho? I'm not sure just how high I should go with the Rock for just 2000-2002 and three other matches.


    Originally posted by lotjx
    I would have said [Chris Benoit] prior to the debacle. I do think Eddie and Jericho could be in the top five, but Jericho took time off and Eddie, well, didn't make it to the end of the decade. If we look at Wrestlemania Main Events, HHH should be number, but considering his family situation I tend to throw him out of the discussion. Shawn isn't a bad number one pick, but once again he didn't wrestle for all of the decade and has taken probably a year or two worth of time off in his second WWE run. I would pick either Kurt or John Cena as number 1 or 2. Kurt even in front of small audiences is the MVP of the company which amazes me that is still around after seven years and seems to be going strong. Cena is a good choice for number 1 as well since 2002, he has been in multiple Wrestlemanias main events and has become the face of the company of the last four years. Unlike the 1980s where it was Hogan or Flair and the 1990s when it was Austin, the 2000s have a lot of contenders to be the number one guy of the decade, but each one has a flaw or has passed on.


    Originally posted by SKLOKAZOID
    I would say Triple H moreso than Shawn Michaels, despite Michaels being a better in-ring performer. The decade is almost over and ever since 2000, HHH has always been at or near the top, positioned in the highest of high profile matches.

    Michaels has had probably one of the best comebacks of all time, but to me comes across more like an Undertaker as an established superstar who remains in the spotlight, main event a WrestleMania or two, but still routinely takes a backseat to HHH or Cena who are almost always there when the heavy shit goes down in the main event.

    But, keep in mind that "taking a back seat" for Michaels usually means stuff like "retiring Ric Flair" so it's by no means a mark against him, just to say that he's a peg lower than HHH.

    Cena is the biggest success story of the decade, though. He's the only guy to have come close to filling the void left by the last of the megastars. Even when HHH has a big feud, Cena is usually right there fighting for the other world title.

    In short, HHH is the wrestler of the decade, as far as I can tell.


    Personally, though, despite whoever the wrestler of this decade is, I'm still waiting for a new main eventer to come along and really show me something. There's a quality to someone like Hogan or Austin that just kicks your ass and tells you to watch them that we just haven't seen for the majority of this decade. Still waiting...



    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    I really want to say Kurt Angle. His WWE run was trememdous. He worked heel, he worked face, he put over tons of people and never lost credibility when he did. He has won the major titles and is really the face of TNA right now. There of course is the problem, his TNA run has been good, he's put out maximum effort, but the booking and the fact that it is TNA just seems to dimish something.

    Chris Benoit or Eddie Guerrero might have been the guy. They may have been broken down by now anyways at the rate they were going.

    Triple H's bad runs were very bad and stick out more to me than his good ones.

    John Cena is a great company man, big with the kids a key demographics and puts out solid but unspectacular matches.

    The Undertaker still comes up big when it matters.

    HBK puts out a lot of quality stuff. I feel like a lot of his matches are basically the same match just with a different dance partner. Plus he never really gives off that full time vibe.

    So, I'm going to say Edge. He was in the center of last great tag team phase early in the decade. His TLC matches helped revolutionize the ladder match. His singles act has always been fresh and updated. His feuds are never one-sided. His matches are almost always solid, he can still go all hardcore just as well now as he could
    10 years ago. So, there you go. Edge.

    1. Edge
    2. Angle
    3. HBK
    4. Triple H
    5. Benoit/Guerrero



    Originally posted by Quezzy
    No love for AJ Styles? I know that Styles has not been in a organization that is as big as the WWE but it also means he has far inferior opponents and still has great matches. I mean I love Benoit, Eddie, Jericho, Angle, Edge, Triple H and HBK as much as anybody but they all get to wrestle each other. What does AJ Styles get? Abyss, Jarrett, Raven, Daniels, D'Lo, Nash, Booker T? Not exactly even talent to work with.



    Originally posted by CajunMan
    Wrestler of the decade? Well Triple H kind of had help to get to the top. Hmm I would put Dave Batista on the list. they all have had injury setbacks. I would even consider putting Randy Orton in even though he really was on the scene later in the decade. Everybody says that Benoit was the greatest Canadian technical wrestler ever, what about Jericho? Jericho put on some great matches with Benoit.



    Originally posted by spf
    No one has had more high-quality matches this decade than Bryan Danielson. In a decade where the business fell off from its giant peak at the beginning of the decade, and where no one really was a draw from beginning to end, my vote is going strictly on in-ring performance.



    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Considering his multiple world championships in multiple organizations, Booker T would have to be considered a viable contender for wrestler of the decade honor. Also of distinction for Booker T, he was a participant in probably the most historically significant match of the decade vs. Marcus Alexander Bagwell on RAW in 2001. The reaction to that match helped lead the wrestling industry on its current path.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.23
Still sticking with Jericho even with 2 years off.
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I don't know how Jericho's 2 years off is different from the amount of injury time that Edge, HHH, HBK and Taker had. I also most of HBK's injury time was also a bit of self-inflicted retirement.
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In ring, it would be either Shawn or Angle. Shawn's lack of titles and never being THE top guy hurts him. Kurt was only really the top guy in TNA, WWE never really got behind him as the top guy in the company. A big star yes, but not the HHH, Cena, Taker, or Batista treatment.

Overall, I think you have to go with Cena or HHH, as much as I hate to say it. And because Cena really only emerged in the middle of the decade, I think HHH gets the nod. I wish my wife was head of creative.




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    Originally posted by lotjx
    I don't know how Jericho's 2 years off is different from the amount of injury time that Edge, HHH, HBK and Taker had. I also most of HBK's injury time was also a bit of self-inflicted retirement.


I didn't pick any of them either. ;)



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.03
The only thing I'm thinking about with this thread is how easy it would have been for The Rock to win this hands down, rather than spending the decade making mediocre movies.
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All things considered, I think I'd rather be a mediocre movie star than wrestler of the decade. But if the decade started in 1999 then I would probably pick Rock for WOTD (wiener of the day) just based on what he did from '99-04.

I think Rock also had the greatest single year of anyone in the decade.

1. Rock's 2000
2. Triple H's 2000
3. Austin's 2001
4. Angle's 2002
5. Jericho's 2008
6. Edge's 2006
7. Benoit's 2004
8. Cena's 2007
9. Lesnar's 2003
10. Angle's 2001

- I wasn't sure what year to pick for Shawn since his best work has been seasonal. 2005 might've been his best full year with the Angle matches, the Hogan feud, and no major injuries. Maybe it was 2008 since he was carrying Raw TV all year from the Flair feud to the Batista feud to the Jericho feud. His 2007 was heroic since he bailed WWE out twice, first when Triple H got hurt and then when Cena did. But he also missed four months in the middle.

- Same with Undertaker '07; he stepped up as champion and was working really hard but he missed a chunk of time.

- Jeff Hardy's 2009 was epic but only 8 months.

- Eddie Guerrero's best year in-ring was 2002, whereas in 2004 when he got to be the central act, his health had started to fail him. His heel work in 2005 might have been his best performances.

- Rory of the Highlanders likely peaked in 2007.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.61
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro


    - Rory of the Highlanders likely peaked in 2007.


Yeah but I think Rory missed some time during that summer. Otherwise, you could put Rory 2007 against anyone on your list.
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    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    The only thing I'm thinking about with this thread is how easy it would have been for The Rock to win this hands down, rather than spending the decade making mediocre movies.

One could rephrase that as good for the Rock not spending ten years going through the pro wrestling meat grinder, instead making tens of millions of dollars for a job where someone else gets to fall in his place and he doesn't have to deal with the McMahon family on a daily basis.



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    Originally posted by CajunMan
    Still sticking with Jericho even with 2 years off.


The thing that sticks out about Jericho to me is his ability to have a feud. Yeah, others are good at too, particularly HBK and Undertaker, but not like Jericho. If we did another thread on the best feuds of the decade maybe something with Stone Cold, The Rock, or Vince would be #1 but Jericho's feuds would be littered throughout. Jericho/Christian, Jericho/Benoit, Jericho/Rock, Jericho/Trish, Jericho/Mysterio, Jericho/Stephanie, Jericho/Cena, Jericho/Michaels, heck, he made a feud with Chyna somewhat interesting.

I also still stand behind my earlier position in supporting AJ Styles. He may not be #1 or even top 3 but I have to put in the top 5. TNA isn't WWE but you have to give AJ Styles some credit for being the best wrestler in the company from the very first day of the decade to the last.



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    Originally posted by Quezzy
      Originally posted by CajunMan
      Still sticking with Jericho even with 2 years off.


    The thing that sticks out about Jericho to me is his ability to have a feud. Yeah, others are good at too, particularly HBK and Undertaker, but not like Jericho. If we did another thread on the best feuds of the decade maybe something with Stone Cold, The Rock, or Vince would be #1 but Jericho's feuds would be littered throughout. Jericho/Christian, Jericho/Benoit, Jericho/Rock, Jericho/Trish, Jericho/Mysterio, Jericho/Stephanie, Jericho/Cena, Jericho/Michaels, heck, he made a feud with Chyna somewhat interesting.

    I also still stand behind my earlier position in supporting AJ Styles. He may not be #1 or even top 3 but I have to put in the top 5. TNA isn't WWE but you have to give AJ Styles some credit for being the best wrestler in the company from the very first day of the decade to the last.

But AJ was working matches for WCW and WWF at the beginning of the decade ;)



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I'm tempted to argue for Jeff Jarrett for the founding and nurturing of NWA/TNA. I'm no fan of Double J, but his company provided a national outlet for a slew of guys I never heard of before. Also, it allowed Ring of Honor to emerge as the national indy fed between two companies with national TV deals.

In ring, I'm going with Edge, who emerged as a bona fide main event star, able to work as a face or heel with virtually anyone. I have no empirical data to support my preference. I just like Edge.



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    Originally posted by JustinShapiro

    I think Rock also had the greatest single year of anyone in the decade.

    1. Rock's 2000
    2. Triple H's 2000
    3. Austin's 2001
    4. Angle's 2002
    5. Jericho's 2008
    6. Edge's 2006
    7. Benoit's 2004
    8. Cena's 2007
    9. Lesnar's 2003
    10. Angle's 2001



I'm begging you to mulligan that Rock pick. I'll give him a pass on the Royal Rumble even though video evidence had Big Show winning. But then Rock lost three of the next four PPVs (NWO, WM2K, and JD.) The summer was right on with that awesome match that somehow overcame Foley's dusty finish at Fully Loaded. But then, he got stuck jobbing to Kurt Angle and fighting Rikishi in that terrible Austin vehicular assault brouhaha. Here's what I have:

1. HHH's 2000
2. Austin's 2001
3. CM Punk's 2004 (2 classics vs Joe + a small stop in TNA to beat the shit out of Teddy Hart)
4. Bryan Danielson's 2006
5. Benoit's 2004



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    Originally posted by Shane Spear
    I'm begging you to mulligan that Rock pick. I'll give him a pass on the Royal Rumble even though video evidence had Big Show winning. But then Rock lost three of the next four PPVs (NWO, WM2K, and JD.) The summer was right on with that awesome match that somehow overcame Foley's dusty finish at Fully Loaded. But then, he got stuck jobbing to Kurt Angle and fighting Rikishi in that terrible Austin vehicular assault brouhaha.


It's kind of funny to think about how much they messed around with Rock in what a lot of people think was the year they were at their sharpest. He lost the Wrestlemania title shot, he lost at Wrestlemania, he lost the belt back after a month, and he pinned Vince to win the belt back. A lesser guy might've lost something. I guess when I pick Rock I'm thinking about how they lost Steve Austin in his prime and moved Rock into his spot and didn't miss a beat. So you've got the biggest drawing card of the decade plus this was the year that he put it all together and became a great worker, wrestling HHH and Benoit and Angle.


    3. CM Punk's 2004 (2 classics vs Joe + a small stop in TNA to beat the shit out of Teddy Hart)


2005 would be the year for Joe, right? He got to beat everyone in TNA, had all the matches with AJ Styles and Daniels and Sabin, and held the um prestigious ROH Pure Title.
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I really liked my Edge pick, but the injuries are really a killer.

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