Craig Wilson & Jamie Lithgow
Everyone reading this will have a superstar that they absolutely adore. Whether it’s the guys you grew up watching and got you into wrestling or the ones that keep you hooked in the modern days. However, on the flip side, there will likely be a number of superstars whose hype you just can’t understand. It’s those guys that are the focus of this Top Five as Craig and Jamie list the Superstars we never understood the hype about.
It’s crazy to think that Henry has been with the WWE for the best part of 20 years and still gets trotted out time to time as some sort of an unbeatable monster before promptly losing in quick fashion. I appreciate at the start that the WWE clearly saw something in him and believed there was a need to invest in him and give him time to get over. It’s just a shame that myself and others disagree.
4. Lex Luger
Being a big WWE guy that’s only watched a fair bit of WCW through the network, I now have a more rounded opinion on Luger. He always seemed right at the top of the card in WCW and the WWE attempted to create that when he first stepped over but other than his physique, I really can’t see any other reason. Little or no charisma, by all accounts a fairly bad attitude and pretty generic in-ring work. Not for me.
3. Randy Orton
This is a guy I’ve never gotten into. The RKO out of nowhere vine videos were amusing but that’s the only thing remotely interesting about him and those vines weren’t even directly to do with him. For me, Orton looks like the sort of generic create a wrestlers that you could make in ten minutes on early WWE games. plan trunks: tick, sleeve of tattoos: tick. Bland, bland, bland.
It was watching 1992 WCW events and seeing Rude feature prominently that really got me thinking about this as a topic. And Rude, for me, was always going to feature high up in my list. For me, the only interesting part of his whole act was the promo he’d cut on the crowd beforehand. That’s it. It’s not that he’s terrible in the ring, he’s not, he’s just not that good either. And yet he was seen by the promotions as such a big deal, even as late as 1997, that he appeared in WWE, ECW and WCW in the one year – in fact, on Nitro and Raw on the very same night. Not bad for a guy that had one memorable WWE programme – with Warrior – and one in WCW – with Steamboat and frankly The Dragon could probably carry me to a match of the night bout…
1. Jeff Jarrett
This is a guy that’s had a really long career in wrestling, largely due to his father, without really showing many reasons to justify it. Maybe he’s been saddled with rubbish gimmicks or maybe he’s just quite boring. It’s remarkable that this man is a four times World Champion – in addition to winning the main TNA title (which isn’t a real world title) 6 times.
Firstly, I apologise. He was a beloved figure within the world of wrestling, but I missed his glory days in the 80’s. Thus I am mainly judging him based on his run in the 90’s. This is a personal top five and I honestly never really got into Roddy Piper, even though he was supposed to be from my native Scotland. I knew him as a loud, brash, eccentric babyface and occasional commentator. For these reasons I always compared him to Randy Savage, and I was always a Macho Man guy.
4. Razor Ramon/Scott Hall
I liked Ramon/Hall a lot more than his big mate, but I still didn’t get that into him. My main issue is that I could never understand why he – as Razor – became a good guy in 1993. I loved to hate him, then he became a good guy without changing anything. He was the same guy I loved to hate, only booked against bad guys I also didn’t like. Good guy Razor just did nothing for me.
Royal Rumble ’94, he was awesome. Other than that one performance I’ve never understood what the appeal was. As a kid my favourite big man was The Undertaker, and could not see any reason why Diesel would be considered better. I never really cared for his sarcastic persona either – particularly in WCW. Rather than make me dislike him it just soured me on paying him any attention.
2. Randy Orton
I’ve always found this guy dull, I just don’t get what he brings to the WWE party. He’s a twelve time Champion, but there have always been better heels and better babyfaces during his entire run. If he were a colour he would be grey. I just don’t find the character of Randy Orton remotely interesting, and it amazes me that anybody can.
1. Jeff Jarrett
To me Jeff Jarrett was always one of those silly mid-card acts that could be relied upon to put the real stars over, but then he got a spot in the Four Horsemen. He then returned to WWE, and was placed back into the mid-card. Back in WCW, he became World Champion. I’m with Vince McMahon on this one; Double J was a mid-carder all day long.
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