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thuggernaut




MR. PERFECT Curt Hennig (RIP) hands down for me. The greatest intercontinental champion of all time! My reasons are thus:

-Unparalleled wrestling skills; just a great athlete. You should youtube his three matches against Hitman because they are phenomenal.

-Great Performer. Mr. P could really sell it! Arrogance, pain, pride, humor, talking the talk on the mic. . .he had it all. And he never missed hitting his gum when he spit it out of his mouth. Also, pretty handy with a towel. Absolutely Perfect.

-Best theme music ever. Epic!

-Best short TV spots. All those bits with him outdoing famous athletes at their own sport were hilarious and classic!

-Even though he was technically a heel, you still liked the guy because of his humor, confidence, and good sportsmanship when he'd shake a guys a hand after a fantastic match.


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Nose Norton


Location: Plainville
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Hot Rod Roddy Piper was my favorite. Piper's Pit was hilarious. His actions were almost Three Stooges-ish when he was getting beaten, and then, at just the right moment, an eye poke.

I also liked Magnifecent Muraco. As stated on an earlier post, the match when he beat up Frankie Williams while eating a meatball sandwhich was classic.


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America's Captain 

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katefan




For me it was Ricky Steamboat. Then Vince gave him that stupid "The Dragon" gimmick, complete with dragon costume and lizard.

I was also a huge fan of George "The Animal" Steele, so he runs a close second. I loved it when he would tear into the turnbuckle cushion with his teeth.


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Gernot 

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OH! I'm sorry, I thought you said cattle RUSTLER. ;\)



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Iron Man Unit 007




What's sad is that back when there was a steroid investigation as I recall Hogan could have turned states evidence against Vince McMahon and really rocked the industry to its knees. If memory serves though a deal was cut so that he could leave NWO and return to WWF/WWE.

Still, he is one person who could likely still expose many dirty secrets of the industry. Also as I recall, Brett Hart has things to say after what happened to his brother and the "Montreal Screwjob" as it is known. I'd love to see some "tell all" books that reveal the big secrets much like books that exposed the steroids in baseball.

Do a Google search sometime for all the wrestlers from the 80's to now and see how many are dead and what got them. The majority died at rather young ages from serious health problems, liver, heart, etc.

Macho Man/Randy Savage had heart failure and died while driving his vehicle.
Junk Yard Dog was a car accident as I recall
Big John Stud: major health issues
Rick Rude: heart attack
Elizabeth Hurley: drug overdose


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katefan




You aren't wrong in terms of marketability. I apologize if I already told this story (because I hate it when people do it to me) but my first exposure to pro wrestling is when I came across Thunderlips wrestling The Iron Sheik for the world championship. That's how I knew Hulk Hogan at that point, from his character in Rocky III. His appearance in that movie went a long, long way in terms of exposure.

As to deaths and debilitating health, you can add The British Bulldogs to the list. The Dynamite Kid is in a wheelchair and Davey Boy Smith died of a heart attack due to anabolic steroid use. And yeah, Junkyard Dog died at the wheel of his car, they think he fell asleep.

If you look at the number of professional wrestlers and compare it to any other sport or entertainment genre, there is a higher number of deaths and debilitating injuries than any other.


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Abe


Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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My twin brother and I used to play with the rubbery, somewhat bendable WWE toys for King Kong Bundy, and Junkyard Dog.
Ah, good times. \:\)


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Ragnarok




Some of my favs back then include Junkyard Dog, Roddy Piper and Jake the Snake. But I remember that my hands down favorite was Kevin Von Erich. His brothers David and Kerry were pretty good too. I especially liked their 6 man tags with the Fabulous Freedbirds.

But Kevin was definitely number 1. His match against Harley Race where he nearly won the title with one arm is among my fav matches of all time.

Such a tragedy what happened to that family. I believe Kevin is the only of the four brothers still alive. Sad.


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Iron Man Unit 007

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The stories may be fake and poorly written (hornswaggle as McMahon's son? eeessshhhhh!) and the moves are choreographed but they pay for it with all the steroid abuse.

Remember how Vince McMahon looked in the 80's? A toothpick with hair now he's been bald and musclebound for years.....nah....no steroids there.

How many Ultimate Warriors were there? The original is still alive as I recall and doing somewhat well in terms of health but weren't there some temp Warriors?

I remember one Saturday Night Main Event where Mr Fuji bragged that SUper Ninja One was great wrestler, easy defeat the ultimate warrior, etc etc. The match begins and Ultimate Warrior stomps and pounds Super Ninja One into defeat in about a minute.

Roddy Piper is still around but I think his health problems are Hodgkins Lymphoma and not tied into steroid use.....though I suspect steroids didn't help.

Ricky the Dragon Steamboat is still around.

Seriously though, Hulk Hogan who I hear is a bit hard up for cash these days, needs to secretly chat with other surviving wrestlers and start getting a tell all book written and just blow the blasted whistle on Vince McMahon and bring the house down.


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Shane


Location: Olive Branch, Mississippi
Member Since: Mon Nov 06, 2000
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I never really watched wrestling, but I have to give props to my hometown hero, Jerry the King Lawler. Not only did he provide near-Shakespearean drama with his feud with Andy Kaufman, but he's a wonderful artist. He did posters for the fair for a few years, and even did some comic work!






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Paste Pot Pete 

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Andy Kaufman was so ahead of his time. what he was doing with Lawler was "reality TV" 20 years before anyone else did it.

PPP





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Gernot 

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What Hogan and all the other survivors SHOULD do is try to CHANGE wrestling, as opposed to END wrestling. There's still a huge market for it in terms of viewership and merchandising, and just because Hogan got HIS is no reason for the next generation not to be able to get theirs.

They should just get it so they can live to enjoy what they get.



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Iron Man Unit 007




When one thinks about it, blowing the whistle on all the steroid usage in wrestling could change it as well as end it.

it is a coin toss when you think on it.




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Whispering Hands




although he didn't hit his peak till the early 90s. Roddy Piper was always great. No I'm not Canadian either. Born and raised American ha ha.


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Whispering Hands




Another second to Bret Hart and maybe a tie would have to be Jake the Snake Roberts.


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