Let’s just be honest, busts are just a sad fact of sports and pro wrestling is no exception. There are guys that are slated for big and great things. They are given all the tools, all the opportunities, and all the chances… And yet they end up fading into obscurity instead of becoming the next Stone Cold Steve Austin or John Cena. This list is to commemorate fifteen of those people who was handed the world and quickly fumbled it. This is the Top 15 Busts in US Pro Wrestling!
NOW! I do have some rules on this list. First and foremost, this will NOT just encompass WWE, but other promotions in the USA. Second, I am excluding people on this list who had terrible runs with promotions, but had otherwise stellar careers. As such, people like Dr. Death Steve Williams, Kevin Nash under his Diesel run, Scott Steiner, Vader, and so forth will not be included on this list. Nor am I including those on this list who have had a career resurgence such as Drew McIntyre Galloway. With that being said, here are three honorable mentions.
Tank Abbott: Tank Abbott makes an honorable mention due to the fact that he was slated, during the height of Russo WCW, to be WCW Champion. This did not happen and he ended up with a silly boy band love gimmick. The reason he just misses the list… Because unlike others on this list that felt like wasted potential… We all knew Tank Abbott was not World Champion material and he was only potentially pushed hard because Russo was running the show.
Rene Dupree: Rene Dupree had it all going for him. He was the youngest champion in the WWE, claiming the Tag Team belt with Sylvan Granier at 19. He had a great physique, and had charisma. However, back stage politics and a bad attitude derailed him and his career never truly recovered. The reason he remains an honorable mention is because he was not pushed as heavy as some on this list.
Chris Sabin: This one is a tragedy as I love Chris Sabin. He is a great wrestler. But he was the unfortunate recipient of TNA pushes in their painful years that tried to make Sabin a star overnight… That tragically was not even remotely successful. Chris Sabin stays off the list because he still has a chance to salvage a little bit of his career and show off more of what he can do. Continue reading “Top 15 Biggest Pro Wrestling Busts from USA Promotions”
The list keeps on trucking along! Check out the links below for the honorable mentions and wrestlers 100-71!
80-71 Continue reading “Top 100 Greatest Wrestlers of All Time 70-61”
So it begins. The 100 greatest wrestlers of all time starting with 100-91. If you want to take a look at the 50 honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the cut, please click on the link here. Beyond that, please keep in mind that this list encompasses all of pro wrestling history, I may have missed a couple of people, there are a few deliberate omissions, and this is based on singles stardom, not tag teams. So with that being said, this is 100-91. Continue reading “Top 100 Greatest Wrestlers of All Time: 100-91”
So, over the past year I have began to write a series of articles related to the world of pro wrestling, while I do want to keep this as a movie and video game review site, I do think it is fun to throw in some variety. I have had a number of pro wrestling specials and they have all been fun. But ultimately, there has been a list that I want to make for a long time now and I have recently just came to the realization that I don’t really give a shit any more, so fuck it, let’s do this shit. I am going to list the 100 Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time!
This post is here to announce how I am going to create this list, what the perimeters are for this list, and finally to list the 50 honorable mentions with one or two sentences for each of them, to show all of you which 50 wrestlers came close… But ultimately were not able to crack the Top 100. Continue reading “Announcement: The Top 100 Wrestlers of All Time!”
oI am ready for the hate I am about to receive for this list. There are a number of wrestlers, both past and present, who receive WAY TOO MUCH adoration and praise from the fans for being sub par athletes, sub par on the mic, or are just plain dull. So this list is going to include 20 wrestlers and a few honorable mention who have received more praise then they deserve over the years. This is the Top 20 Most Overrated Wrestlers of All Time.
I should also state that this list will include wrestlers outside of the WWE sphere. While the primary focus is on WWE, WCW, and ECW talent due to the fact that this is a US centric list, you will also find wrestlers from NJPW, AAA, NWA, and so forth. With that said, I’m ready to prepare for the hate! Let’s get to some dishonorable mentions. Continue reading “Top 20 Most Overrated Wrestlers of All Time”
I’m going to admit, there are two things that I like when it comes to wrestling; international wrestlers and cruiserweights. Give me Rey Mysterio and Fenix over Brock Lesnar and Undertaker any day of the week. Nothing against the big guys, but I like my wrestlers small and fast as opposed to large and hulking. So when WWE introduced the Global Cruiserweight Series, I have to admit that I marked out hard. Some of the World’s most talented wrestlers under 205 lbs competing in one 32 man tournament, SIGN ME UP!
Yeah, with New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Super J Cup and the GCS going on this summer, I’m going to be a happy mark. I have heard the rumor milling running hardcore when it comes to these tournaments. Wrestling fans can be notorious gossipers. But one of the main things I have noticed is people instantly throwing all of the world’s best cruiserweights into the WWE’s camp. People like Riccochet were rumored for months of their involvement with the GCS until Trevor Mann finally ended rumors by saying he was going to be in the Super J Cup. Yes, tragically, WWE is not the mecca for everyone. People have contracts and lives to live. Personally speaking, I cannot just pack up my shit and spend 10 weeks in Florida to film this thing and this holds true for a lot of wrestlers who have taken route in various parts of the world. One of the main reasons that WWE is going to have a hard time finding Japanese and Mexican talent. However, the WWE does have several arms to reach out to obtain talent. Promotions like EVOLVE (or Dragon Gate USA) and PROGRESS have been key players in this game.
With this in mind, I decided to create a list of wrestlers who will most likely end up in the GCS. In order to make this list, I have chosen to eliminate all wrestlers currently affiliated with NJPW, ROH, and CMLL who have all banded together to work on the Super J Cup. This will hopefully be a much more inclusive list of people we can legitimately see in the up and coming tournament. Also, I will be avoiding anyone who is not considered a Cruiserweight. I love the fact that names like Pentagon Jr get tossed around regardless of the fact that the man is a solid 20 lbs overweight for being a Cruiserweight and has historically been booked as a heavyweight. So with that in mind, no heavyweights.
Keep in mind that this list will also not include those either in the GCS already or in a qualifying match, so we can already count the following as heading to Full Sail this summer: Zack Sabre Jr, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa, Noam Dar, Ho Ho Lun, Akira Tozawa, Rich Swann, Lince Dorada, Jack Gallagher, Pete Dunne, Flash Morgan Webster, TJ Perkins, and Fred Yehi. Continue reading “Top Nine Wrestlers Who May Appear in the Global Cruiserweight Series”
We continue our list of International Talent that is better than what you see on WWE with the female wrestlers in pro wrestling today. WWE does not have a good track record with women. They are often pushed to the side as an afterthought and, in the past, only been toted out to bring some sex appeal to the show. Before the recent revival of women’s wrestling, WWE has pushed more for Reality Show audience with Total Divas. It is because of this that Nikki and Bri Bella were pushed as the top women wrestlers when their skills in the ring could be seen as decent to mediocre. Even with a shift in today’s viewing audience wanting wrestlers like Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Bayley it is still an uphill battle for them. Considering that their feuds typically consist of ‘bitches be crazy’ and disgusting displays like Ric Flair forcing a kiss on Becky Lynch… They have a long ways to go before they reach the level of Lucha Underground. But anyway, on with the list. Continue reading “International Wrestlers better than WWE: Female Wrestlers”
Let’s continue part 3 of the wrestling special: International Talent Better than the WWE. Today, we are going to be talking about a type of wrestling that the WWE have been slowly weeding out over the past couple of years: high flying wrestlers. Tragically, due to the high risk nature of high flying luchadores, most of the move sets synonymous with a high flying wrestler’s repertoire is banned by the WWE. This is one of the areas that I can understand. As much as I love seeing it, sometimes high flying can be a little dangerous. However, I still love watching it and will continue to do so. I just don’t fault WWE so much on why high flyers are not exactly something they want to push. This is the list of high flyers that are better than WWE talent. Continue reading “International Talent Better than WWE: High Flying/Luchador”
A few weeks ago, I posted a list that included a number of reasons why a professional wrestler should not sign with the biggest promotion in the United States, World Wrestling Entertainment. I encourage you, if you found this first, to go and read that before continuing on with this list. But basically, I am firmly behind the idea that WWE is or should be the pinnacle in which all people strive. I am critical of how they do business, how they treat their talent, and the condescending nature they take against the fans that pay money for their product.
But I do not feel that this is enough! No! For those of you out there who do not know of the alternatives available to you, I would like to start a series that highlights some of the best wrestlers who are either ‘on par with’ or ‘better than’ some WWE talent. Thus, I give you this wrestling special. Continue reading “Wrestling Special: International Talent Better than the WWE: Non-“WWE Model” Wrestlers”
So being a wrestling fan, I tend to enjoy watching other promotions beyond the mainstay here in the United States, the WWE. Nothing really against the WWE. I can understand the appeal and I do enjoy watching it on the occasions. But given the chance, I tend to want to watch Lucha Underground, AAA, ROH, NJWP, and so forth. I find Mexican Lucha Libre, Japanese style, and the pure style of Ring of Honor over the family friendly material in the WWE. That is just how I roll as a person. However… What I do have a typical issue with is the idea that the WWE is the pinnacle that every wrestler should achieve to reach. I do understand how WWE made themselves the sole franchise in US wrestling with Vince McMahon’s cut throat tactics. But I refuse to believe that all roads in professional wrestling lead to World Wrestling Entertainment. All things considered, I would even say that WWE could potentially be a detriment to any young up and coming pro wrestling. So with that being said, let me take a crack at one of the biggest industries in the United States. This is the Ten Reasons Why Wrestlers Should Not Sign with WWE! Continue reading “Eight Reasons Why Wrestlers Should Not Sign with WWE”