Five By Five: KB’s Five Favorte Wrestlers

Kind of a big deal but it’s the easiest to write.

Honorable Mention: Edge. Before he became the ridiculous character that he was in the Rated R days, Edge was AWESOME, tearing Smackdown apart in 2002 and being on the verge of the world title until a neck injury put him on the shelf for over a year.  I was a huge Edgehead back in the day as the look and the music got me totally into his stuff.  There’s a fourway on Smackdown with him facing Angle, Guerrero and Benoit which is as good a TV match as you’ll see in a long time.

Honorable Mention: Rey Mysterio. Back in the mid to late 90s, Mysterio was like nothing else I had ever seen before.  When you go from the big brawling guys of the 80s to Bret and Owen on the mat earlier in the decade to Mysterio jumping all over the place and doing flips that no one in America had ever seen before, how in the world can you not be impressed?  Some guys would probably wind up doing it better, but Mysterio was doing it first and did it best back in the 90s.

Honorable Mention: Tito Santana. Santana is a guy where the more I see of him the more I like him.  The guy was incredibly talented and had some very solid charisma, as he could get a crowd going no matter what he was doing.  Santana is the original Kofi Kingston, as he won various other titles and got a once in a blue moon world title shot.  He never was a threat to win the title, but it was next to impossible to have a bad match with him.  That’s very valuable and it allows for a lot of help on a card.

 

5. Kane. Kane is a guy who constantly goes from being dull to entertaining at the drop of a hat.  His debut back in 1997 is still one of the most awesome moments I can remember, as you had heard about Kane for months and months until he FINALLY debuted in the first Hell in a Cell match.  It was clear from that moment that Undertaker was in for a fight and that’s what he got.  Think about it like this: Steve Austin was the hottest thing in the world for well over a year but Kane took the title from him two months after he won it.  That says a lot about him, even if it was for just one day.  Throw in the HILARIOUS anger management stuff and Kane is one of the most entertaining guys I’ve ever seen.

4. Randy Savage. Again, the more I watch this guy the more I appreciate him.  Savage is so smooth in the ring it’s unreal, as he can go from high flying to mat wrestling to brawling and back again like it’s no problem at all.  On top of that, Savage was NUTS and had some of the most over the top and insane promos you’ll ever hear.  Wait why am I bothering to explain this?  If you don’t know who Randy Savage is, why are you reading this?  The man is awesome and in a few years he’ll probably be higher on this list.

3. Hulk Hogan. Dude, it’s Hulk Hogan.  He got me into wrestling as a kid and he kept me in it for years.  It’s a simple idea: he’s a hero and he fought off the bad guys.  It’s amazing how simple of a concept that is yet so many people over the years have tried to/insisted on overthinking it.  While Hogan has done a lot of bad things over the years, without him there wouldn’t be a modern wrestling for him to do bad things in.  That pretty easily makes up for all of it and there’s not much of an argument against it.

2. Sting. As much as I liked Hogan, there’s something about Sting that I like that much more.  Sting is one of those guys that is indeed timeless and has done it all in wrestling.  Yes I said did it all, because he doesn’t need to go to WWE.  He’s one of the biggest stars of all time (get over yourself WON HOF.  To suggest that Sting isn’t a main event star is ridiculous) and had one of the most intriguing stories in the history of wrestling, which just happened to draw a fortune.  I love the guy and he’s always awesome.

1. Mick Foley. Foley on the other hand is awesome on a completely different level.  One of my favorite movies is Rocky, which clearly had a lot of influence on the Mick Foley character.  The night he won his first world title is still perfect and makes me smile every time I see it.  On top of that though, Foley really is a brilliant character.  Many people see him as three different interchangeable characters, but in reality it’s one who has multiple personalities that manifest themselves at the appropriate time.  That’s a really interesting and deep idea which has never been done other than this that I can think of.  On top of THAT, a few years ago I got to meet Foley at a book signing and he couldn’t have been a nicer guy, which made him all the more awesome.  Go read his books as they’re certainly worth it, even Countdown to Lockdown.

4 comments

  1. Chrisman says:

    I never watched Sting till recently. To a UK wrestling fan (WCW never existed here) he was just an Ultimate Warrior rip off who stole Bret’s finisher. However watching him back now it’s clear the guy had something very special. I always presumed he was a bit of an ugly mug, hence the warpaint, but he actually had some of the most heroic and chiselled looks of any wrestler. And his Promos have an intensity, intelligence and unique charisma that I don’t think anyone apart from Bret Hart can rival. Sure Hogan and Savage could shout, but Sting could have you hanging on his facial expressions. Shame the WCW screwed up his big comeback which, true to the guy, he’d put his soul into.

    And please, explain to me why neither HBK or Bret Hart are on this list? Also, why no Scott Hall? (I know the answer to this one, I’d just like to hear you rip into Scott Hall).

    Best 5 heels?? Ted Dibiase, Bobby Heenan, Jesse Ventura, HHH, Kurt Angle

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Sting and Warrior actually started together as a tag team called the Blade Runners. Also Sting was using the Scorpion two full years before Bret was using the Sharpshooter.

    As for why they’re not on the list it’s simple: I like these others better.

  2. Chrisman says:

    Sting used it before Hart??? Shit!!! So he is the best….

    Yeah I read Zeb Coulter’s Wiki page the other day and it informed me that he used to manage a tag team with Warrior and Sting. Things suddenly made sense. I bet they were just ever so slightly overr….

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Sting was using it in 1988. Bret was a tag wrestler until Wrestlemania 7 in 1991 and used the Hart Attack along with Jim Neidhart as his finisher.