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2012-12-07 08:20:46 PM
I'm just going to say this:

WCW had better writers and characters in the late 90's, early 00's.
 
2012-12-07 08:26:19 PM
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2012-12-07 08:33:31 PM
That list, without Bob Backlund in the top 10?

Bullshiat.
 
2012-12-07 08:37:42 PM

antidisestablishmentarianism: WCW had better writers and characters in the late 90's, early 00's.


Up until 98 maybe, but once the attitude era started going in full, the WWF took the lead and didn't let go. And when you consider some of the biggest names in WWF from that time were booted out of WCW (Foley, Undertaker, Stone Cold, HHH), WCW has no one to blame but themselves for that.

And it could be worse. At least the WWF never had David Arquette as champion. I mean seriously. WTF was that about?
 
2012-12-07 08:45:26 PM

SilentStrider: I mean seriously. WTF was that about?


It was a movie tie-in IIRC. I quit watching pro wrestling shortly after Owen Hart died while the WWE was trying to make fun of Sting.
 
2012-12-07 08:50:42 PM

antidisestablishmentarianism: I quit watching pro wrestling shortly after Owen Hart died while the WWE was trying to make fun of Sting.


I actually started watching right after Owen Hart died. Like, that next week. One of roommates in college was a huge fan, and I remember how stunned he was at Hart's death.
 
2012-12-07 08:55:14 PM

SilentStrider: antidisestablishmentarianism: WCW had better writers and characters in the late 90's, early 00's.

Up until 98 maybe, but once the attitude era started going in full, the WWF took the lead and didn't let go. And when you consider some of the biggest names in WWF from that time were booted out of WCW (Foley, Undertaker, Stone Cold, HHH), WCW has no one to blame but themselves for that.

And it could be worse. At least the WWF never had David Arquette as champion. I mean seriously. WTF was that about?


Arquette had a movie thing with WCW (Ready to Rumble) - it was purely a promotional gimmick that got out of hand (also mainly Vince Russo)
 
2012-12-07 09:00:11 PM
Wasn't The Mountie champ for like two weeks in 1994?
 
2012-12-07 09:02:08 PM
also WCW never was any good at recognizing talent - they had 4 or 5 of the most talented guys in the business on the roster at the same time (Benoit, Guerrero, Jericho, Booker T, Malenko, Mysterio and many others) and they were all stuck in midcard/tag team/JTTS level while the vast majority of the programming was the NWO and Goldberg show.
 
2012-12-07 09:09:11 PM

matthew_tray: Wasn't The Mountie champ for like two weeks in 1994?


Right, and they had to actually justify his title win by saying Bret Hart had the flu and was running a fever of 104 degrees.
 
2012-12-07 09:10:47 PM
The wwe still has a characature of goldberg. Hes called ryback.
 
2012-12-07 09:10:52 PM

Snapper Carr: also WCW never was any good at recognizing talent - they had 4 or 5 of the most talented guys in the business on the roster at the same time (Benoit, Guerrero, Jericho, Booker T, Malenko, Mysterio and many others) and they were all stuck in midcard/tag team/JTTS level while the vast majority of the programming was the NWO and Goldberg show.


All you need to know about how WCW recognized talent is that, not only did they let Steve Austin go because they thought he wouldn't amount to anything, but in his final match, he dropped the WCW TV title to Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
 
2012-12-07 09:14:57 PM

SilentStrider: One of roommates in college


That's how I got started as a WCW fan, college roommate was a huge fan. Before that my best friend in Middle School and I were big fans of the Heartbreak kid.
 
2012-12-07 09:26:43 PM
How is Stan Stasiak not on this list? O_o
 
2012-12-07 09:29:36 PM
If we're going the "Still real to me dammit" route, then Andre's heavyweight win is a contender for #1.
 
2012-12-07 09:33:51 PM

Snapper Carr: SilentStrider: antidisestablishmentarianism: WCW had better writers and characters in the late 90's, early 00's.

Up until 98 maybe, but once the attitude era started going in full, the WWF took the lead and didn't let go. And when you consider some of the biggest names in WWF from that time were booted out of WCW (Foley, Undertaker, Stone Cold, HHH), WCW has no one to blame but themselves for that.

And it could be worse. At least the WWF never had David Arquette as champion. I mean seriously. WTF was that about?

Arquette had a movie thing with WCW (Ready to Rumble) - it was purely a promotional gimmick that got out of hand (also mainly Vince Russo)


And Arquette knew that it would completely destroy any credibility the title had. He lobbied heavily against it before being told to shut up and do it.
 
2012-12-07 09:36:26 PM

SilentStrider: antidisestablishmentarianism: WCW had better writers and characters in the late 90's, early 00's.

Up until 98 maybe, but once the attitude era started going in full, the WWF took the lead and didn't let go. And when you consider some of the biggest names in WWF from that time were booted out of WCW (Foley, Undertaker, Stone Cold, HHH), WCW has no one to blame but themselves for that.


Everybody makes mistakes but this was before the anti-hero was popular a gimmick which vince took from a meeting kevin nash if you believe his article in grantland, also a shocker, wrestlers have him and a couple others to thank for rising salaries, oh and the fact hes farking loaded......

HeartBurnKid: All you need to know about how WCW recognized talent is that, not only did they let Steve Austin go because they thought he wouldn't amount to anything, but in his final match, he dropped the WCW TV title to Hacksaw Jim Duggan.


Did you guys see the old steve austin wrestle? Its not easy to believe he wouldnt amount to much.
 
2012-12-07 09:41:00 PM
Gillberg was great as are comedy wrestlers
 
2012-12-07 09:44:00 PM
Ryberg should be on that list when he wins a title (which he will since he is big and Vince jerks it to big men)
 
2012-12-07 09:46:13 PM

InfrasonicTom: That list, without Bob Backlund in the top 10?

Bullshiat.


That's MISTER Backlund to you.
 
2012-12-07 09:48:09 PM

HeartBurnKid: All you need to know about how WCW recognized talent is that, not only did they let Steve Austin go because they thought he wouldn't amount to anything, but in his final match, he dropped the WCW TV title to Hacksaw Jim Duggan.


In WCW's defense, This

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was "Stunning" Steve Austin in the WCW. Generic long blonde haired muscle guy (when he and Pillman formed The Hollywood Blondes, most people thought Pillman carried him (think Marty Jannetty).

Even if they could conceive of him becoming

i1127.photobucket.com

tweeners weren't even really considered a thing at the time so they would have had no clue how to use him.
 
2012-12-07 09:50:37 PM
That seems like a list of bad title reigns and not "worst" champs.
 
2012-12-07 09:58:34 PM

antidisestablishmentarianism: I'm just going to say this:

WCW had better writers and characters in the late 90's, early 00's.


Sadly, they were nullified by the nWo segment at the end of the show. Which, against what RAW had, was a mismatch in every sense of the word.
 
2012-12-07 09:59:10 PM

InfrasonicTom: That list, without Bob Backlund in the top 10?

Bullshiat.


Wow, someone never saw Bob's excellent heel run then.
 
2012-12-07 10:01:43 PM

Snapper Carr: also WCW never was any good at recognizing talent - they had 4 or 5 of the most talented guys in the business on the roster at the same time (Benoit, Guerrero, Jericho, Booker T, Malenko, Mysterio and many others) and they were all stuck in midcard/tag team/JTTS level while the vast majority of the programming was the NWO and Goldberg show.


Hang on a second, those guys did get some pretty big pushes(the Booker T/Benoit fued was a favorite of mine, matches kicked ass), and then there was Jericho as TV/Cruiserweight champ. Of course then they let Hogan and his crew take things over and well...

*fingerpokeofdoom.jpg*
 
2012-12-07 10:01:57 PM

SilentStrider: antidisestablishmentarianism: WCW had better writers and characters in the late 90's, early 00's.

Up until 98 maybe, but once the attitude era started going in full, the WWF took the lead and didn't let go. And when you consider some of the biggest names in WWF from that time were booted out of WCW (Foley, Undertaker, Stone Cold, HHH), WCW has no one to blame but themselves for that.

And it could be worse. At least the WWF never had David Arquette as champion. I mean seriously. WTF was that about?


This; you're iceskating uphill once you make a move like that.
 
2012-12-07 10:03:54 PM

Flappyhead: Snapper Carr: also WCW never was any good at recognizing talent - they had 4 or 5 of the most talented guys in the business on the roster at the same time (Benoit, Guerrero, Jericho, Booker T, Malenko, Mysterio and many others) and they were all stuck in midcard/tag team/JTTS level while the vast majority of the programming was the NWO and Goldberg show.

Hang on a second, those guys did get some pretty big pushes(the Booker T/Benoit fued was a favorite of mine, matches kicked ass), and then there was Jericho as TV/Cruiserweight champ. Of course then they let Hogan and his crew take things over and well...

*fingerpokeofdoom.jpg*


Didn't the finger poke of doom the go up against Foley's first win of the world title? Or am I remembering that wrong?
 
2012-12-07 10:08:02 PM

SilentStrider: Flappyhead: Snapper Carr: also WCW never was any good at recognizing talent - they had 4 or 5 of the most talented guys in the business on the roster at the same time (Benoit, Guerrero, Jericho, Booker T, Malenko, Mysterio and many others) and they were all stuck in midcard/tag team/JTTS level while the vast majority of the programming was the NWO and Goldberg show.

Hang on a second, those guys did get some pretty big pushes(the Booker T/Benoit fued was a favorite of mine, matches kicked ass), and then there was Jericho as TV/Cruiserweight champ. Of course then they let Hogan and his crew take things over and well...

*fingerpokeofdoom.jpg*

Didn't the finger poke of doom the go up against Foley's first win of the world title? Or am I remembering that wrong?


Hmmm...I think it did IIRC. Also, of course, Tony (at Eric's insistence) spoiling the taped RAW results was the point of no return for WCW.
 
2012-12-07 10:10:25 PM
Ric Flair? FAIL! Flair may have been the greatest of the kayfabe era.

And where is the guy that received oral pleasure from the booker dude? How can he not be on there>
 
2012-12-07 10:11:47 PM

Rwa2play: SilentStrider: Flappyhead: Snapper Carr: also WCW never was any good at recognizing talent - they had 4 or 5 of the most talented guys in the business on the roster at the same time (Benoit, Guerrero, Jericho, Booker T, Malenko, Mysterio and many others) and they were all stuck in midcard/tag team/JTTS level while the vast majority of the programming was the NWO and Goldberg show.

Hang on a second, those guys did get some pretty big pushes(the Booker T/Benoit fued was a favorite of mine, matches kicked ass), and then there was Jericho as TV/Cruiserweight champ. Of course then they let Hogan and his crew take things over and well...

*fingerpokeofdoom.jpg*

Didn't the finger poke of doom the go up against Foley's first win of the world title? Or am I remembering that wrong?

Hmmm...I think it did IIRC. Also, of course, Tony (at Eric's insistence) spoiling the taped RAW results was the point of no return for WCW.


Yeah, almost half of the WCW audience flipped channels to watch a match that had been taped a week earlier and whose results ahd been circulalting in underground wrestling boards the whole time. Morons.
 
2012-12-07 10:15:41 PM
This clown somehow missing from the list.

slam.canoe.ca

/last summer's reign shorter than the time it takes to pull an Orton
 
2012-12-07 10:18:38 PM

Flappyhead: Hang on a second, those guys did get some pretty big pushes(the Booker T/Benoit fued was a favorite of mine, matches kicked ass), and then there was Jericho as TV/Cruiserweight champ. Of course then they let Hogan and his crew take things over and well...


The best of 7 Booker T/Benoit feud was over the TV title - the promotion's tertiary single's title - strictly for midcarders (where Benoit had been stuck for all but the last year of his WCW run - mostly due to the monumentally stupid act of stealing the head booker's wife, whereas Booker T hadn't been a single's competitor long enough to gain much traction). The push was an afterthought (if I'm not mistaken, their first match was on Thunder), due to the crowd's reaction to the wrestling clinic the two put on.

As far as Jericho, most of the stuff that he did (the shenanigans with Finkel's tux, the 1004 holds, etc), was stuff that he came up with. The writers never actually bothered to give him angles - just a belt and matches.
 
2012-12-07 10:20:43 PM
Not as much of a joke as the hardcore championship belt was in its entirety with crash holly. Not to say a lot of it wasn't good tv mind you, but so was Gilbert and the Mountie.
 
2012-12-07 10:24:04 PM

Flappyhead: Rwa2play: SilentStrider: Flappyhead: Snapper Carr: also WCW never was any good at recognizing talent - they had 4 or 5 of the most talented guys in the business on the roster at the same time (Benoit, Guerrero, Jericho, Booker T, Malenko, Mysterio and many others) and they were all stuck in midcard/tag team/JTTS level while the vast majority of the programming was the NWO and Goldberg show.

Hang on a second, those guys did get some pretty big pushes(the Booker T/Benoit fued was a favorite of mine, matches kicked ass), and then there was Jericho as TV/Cruiserweight champ. Of course then they let Hogan and his crew take things over and well...

*fingerpokeofdoom.jpg*

Didn't the finger poke of doom the go up against Foley's first win of the world title? Or am I remembering that wrong?

Hmmm...I think it did IIRC. Also, of course, Tony (at Eric's insistence) spoiling the taped RAW results was the point of no return for WCW.

Yeah, almost half of the WCW audience flipped channels to watch a match that had been taped a week earlier and whose results ahd been circulalting in underground wrestling boards the whole time. Morons.


Funniest. Thing. Ever.

The Raw show itself was a pretty chaotic show (in terms of the storylines); but the pop for Foley winning the gold was loud. You would've thought 40,000 people were at the arena when he won.
 
2012-12-07 10:27:56 PM
All of them?

"Professional" wrestling is stupid.
 
2012-12-07 10:28:02 PM

almandot: Not as much of a joke as the hardcore championship belt was in its entirety with crash holly. Not to say a lot of it wasn't good tv mind you, but so was Gilbert and the Mountie.


In the context of the story Crash being hardcore champ was actually decent. Nothing mind-blowing, but only just to keep the story along.

David Arquette as champ? Total FUBAR.

ArkAngel: And Arquette knew that it would completely destroy any credibility the title had. He lobbied heavily against it before being told to shut up and do it.


Good on him; at least he knew that the move was bad on all fronts and would kill the credibility the title had.
 
2012-12-07 10:34:18 PM
I was massively entertained by the heyday of the Monday Night Wars; even bought a picture-in-picture television so I could keep up with both at once.

WCW was obviously losing the war badly by the time they pulled the Arquette move. I stopped watching then and there, literally screaming at the TV and turning it off. I came back to watch the final few weeks once their agonizing death was obviously nigh.
 
2012-12-07 10:37:43 PM

almandot: Not as much of a joke as the hardcore championship belt was in its entirety with crash holly. Not to say a lot of it wasn't good tv mind you, but so was Gilbert and the Mountie.


Which leads me to the 24/7 era of the Hardcore Title, when "The Godfather's Ho" had a 5 second reign as the WWE Hardcore Champion.

(Damn, that was a funny match.)

From Wikipedia: "Four women have held the Hardcore Championship: Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, Terri Runnels, and Godfather's ho."
 
2012-12-07 10:49:32 PM

caknuck: almandot: Not as much of a joke as the hardcore championship belt was in its entirety with crash holly. Not to say a lot of it wasn't good tv mind you, but so was Gilbert and the Mountie.

Which leads me to the 24/7 era of the Hardcore Title, when "The Godfather's Ho" had a 5 second reign as the WWE Hardcore Champion.

(Damn, that was a funny match.)

From Wikipedia: "Four women have held the Hardcore Championship: Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, Terri Runnels, and Godfather's ho."


The Godfather was such an awesome gimmick. My friend thought he and Val Venis should have a tag team called "Supply and Demand".
 
2012-12-07 10:56:44 PM

SilentStrider: caknuck: almandot: Not as much of a joke as the hardcore championship belt was in its entirety with crash holly. Not to say a lot of it wasn't good tv mind you, but so was Gilbert and the Mountie.

Which leads me to the 24/7 era of the Hardcore Title, when "The Godfather's Ho" had a 5 second reign as the WWE Hardcore Champion.

(Damn, that was a funny match.)

From Wikipedia: "Four women have held the Hardcore Championship: Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, Terri Runnels, and Godfather's ho."

The Godfather was such an awesome gimmick. My friend thought he and Val Venis should have a tag team called "Supply and Demand".


The Godfather. Val Venis. Rocky Maillavia. Mosh and Thrash. Goldust. Edge and Christian (tag). "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

Dude, 1998-2002. Birth of "Hell-In-A-Cell", TLC matches and Rhyno and the Hardcore Belt.

THAT WAS FARKING ENTERTAINING!

/Feel old. I was in High School during that... still remember Steph McMahon strapped to a device where SCSA had to run out and take her out of it. Overblown... but not over-the-top.
 
2012-12-07 10:58:30 PM

InfrasonicTom: That list, without Bob Backlund in the top 10?

Bullshiat.


You mean besides the 4 years Backlund had it in the late 70's/ early 80's?
 
2012-12-07 11:14:33 PM

SilentStrider: The Godfather was such an awesome gimmick. My friend thought he and Val Venis should have a tag team called "Supply and Demand".


Aw, now that would've been fantastic.
 
2012-12-07 11:16:50 PM
cdn.bleacherreport.net
 
2012-12-07 11:17:21 PM

Jedekai: SilentStrider: caknuck: almandot: Not as much of a joke as the hardcore championship belt was in its entirety with crash holly. Not to say a lot of it wasn't good tv mind you, but so was Gilbert and the Mountie.

Which leads me to the 24/7 era of the Hardcore Title, when "The Godfather's Ho" had a 5 second reign as the WWE Hardcore Champion.

(Damn, that was a funny match.)

From Wikipedia: "Four women have held the Hardcore Championship: Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, Terri Runnels, and Godfather's ho."

The Godfather was such an awesome gimmick. My friend thought he and Val Venis should have a tag team called "Supply and Demand".

The Godfather. Val Venis. Rocky Maillavia. Mosh and Thrash. Goldust. Edge and Christian (tag). "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

Dude, 1998-2002. Birth of "Hell-In-A-Cell", TLC matches and Rhyno and the Hardcore Belt.

THAT WAS FARKING ENTERTAINING!

/Feel old. I was in High School during that... still remember Steph McMahon strapped to a device where SCSA had to run out and take her out of it. Overblown... but not over-the-top.


Sigh....those were the days. Talk about appointment TV.

/Rocky closing the "Kiss My Ass Club" = Epic.
 
2012-12-07 11:19:48 PM

Snapper Carr: Flappyhead: Hang on a second, those guys did get some pretty big pushes(the Booker T/Benoit fued was a favorite of mine, matches kicked ass), and then there was Jericho as TV/Cruiserweight champ. Of course then they let Hogan and his crew take things over and well...

The best of 7 Booker T/Benoit feud was over the TV title - the promotion's tertiary single's title - strictly for midcarders (where Benoit had been stuck for all but the last year of his WCW run - mostly due to the monumentally stupid act of stealing the head booker's wife, whereas Booker T hadn't been a single's competitor long enough to gain much traction). The push was an afterthought (if I'm not mistaken, their first match was on Thunder), due to the crowd's reaction to the wrestling clinic the two put on.

As far as Jericho, most of the stuff that he did (the shenanigans with Finkel's tux, the 1004 holds, etc), was stuff that he came up with. The writers never actually bothered to give him angles - just a belt and matches.


You're forgetting Benoit/DDP, which was pretty good all things considered. And yes Jericho came up with most of his own stuff, but at least they gave him the platform to do it. Look I'm not saying WCW was cranking out writing gold, nor were the producers paying as much attention as they should have("We'll be back to this Benoit match after these commercials"), but again, we did get some good matches in between NWO promos.
 
2012-12-07 11:20:15 PM

caknuck: almandot: Not as much of a joke as the hardcore championship belt was in its entirety with crash holly. Not to say a lot of it wasn't good tv mind you, but so was Gilbert and the Mountie.

Which leads me to the 24/7 era of the Hardcore Title, when "The Godfather's Ho" had a 5 second reign as the WWE Hardcore Champion.

(Damn, that was a funny match.)

From Wikipedia: "Four women have held the Hardcore Championship: Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, Terri Runnels, and Godfather's ho."


That ho is now Al Snow's wife, FWIW.
 
2012-12-07 11:24:16 PM

RevMercutio:
That ho is now Al Snow's wife, FWIW.


Oh Al Snow. Last time I saw him he was teamed up with Steve Blackman. Dear God...
 
2012-12-07 11:42:43 PM

Flappyhead: RevMercutio:
That ho is now Al Snow's wife, FWIW.

Oh Al Snow. Last time I saw him he was teamed up with Steve Blackman. Dear God...


My wife has met Blackman, says he's actually pretty cool in person.
 
2012-12-08 12:24:31 AM

ArkAngel: Snapper Carr: SilentStrider: antidisestablishmentarianism: WCW had better writers and characters in the late 90's, early 00's.

Up until 98 maybe, but once the attitude era started going in full, the WWF took the lead and didn't let go. And when you consider some of the biggest names in WWF from that time were booted out of WCW (Foley, Undertaker, Stone Cold, HHH), WCW has no one to blame but themselves for that.

And it could be worse. At least the WWF never had David Arquette as champion. I mean seriously. WTF was that about?

Arquette had a movie thing with WCW (Ready to Rumble) - it was purely a promotional gimmick that got out of hand (also mainly Vince Russo)

And Arquette knew that it would completely destroy any credibility the title had. He lobbied heavily against it before being told to shut up and do it.


But it didn't stop him from totally embracing it when he was guest host of RAW AND got into a match.
 
2012-12-08 12:44:29 AM
GILLBERG! GILLBERG! GILLBERG! GILLBERG! GILLBERG!

/Worst champion? Tweener Orton, Jack Swagger, Triple J, Diesel, ADR
 
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