Monday, January 31, 2011

Most Underrated Wrestlers

Me and Vic got started talking while at his house watch the WWE 2011 Royal Rumble. We started listing the top then most underrated and top ten most overrated wrestlers. I'm going to start off my list. For this list, going by title wins, pushes, and I'm going by their entire major promotion careers including NWA, AWA, WWF/E, ROH, TNA, WCW, and ECW.



10. Finlay
This guy should've been given a major title in his last WWE run. Never had a bad match which is saying something considering his age. Liked him when he was the Belfast Bruiser too. His matches against William Regal are the stuff of legend.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYBfGPNDRuM

9. The Young Stallions
The most underappreciated tag team of all time. They won the first Survivor Series tag team survival match along with the Killer Bees. However I'd rank them on this due to their careers being mainly as jobbers save for Roma's push in the Four Horsemen in WCW and with Hercules as Power and Glory in late 1990 in the WWE. I think Powers is a really underrated wrestler so I wanted him on this list no matter what.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBKc3J1ZAwM


8. Terry Taylor
The man who once donned the Red Rooster gimmick never got his just due. Underrated is the perfect word to describe him with. Always a good wrestler.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42NAR1x0wWk


7. Gangrel
This guy never gets enough credit. He was the coolest vampire wrestler of all time. He came out with a chalice of blood, did bloodbaths, and led the Brood. He always had good matches too. Very underrated and probably should've had an Intercontinental Title run.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmFJKWSBQ-0

6. The Berzerker
This guy will never get his just do because he wrestled in a viking costume. I watched the 1993 Royal Rumble and his attack on Bob Backlund was AWESOME. This guy is great.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZUBETUY03U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2z8sj2IBJ4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ-y-lHw3HQ&feature=related



5. The Islanders
Most underrated tag team of all time. Haku and Tama would've dominated if Tama stayed in the WWF longer. I could see them versus anybody being a top tag team draw. Imagine these guys wrestling the Rockers or the Brainbusters. The angle where they kidnapped the British Bulldogs bulldog Matilda was AWESOME. They also dominated both the Young Stallions and the Killer Bees by themselves during the first Survivor Series before they were eliminated after the Bees switched using masks.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuS32juAqPs


4. One Man Gang/Akeem
Everyone always forgets about this guy. He had one brief US Championship reign in WCW but other than that nothing major. His Akeem promos were always entertaining. He also got third place in the WrestleMania IV tournament.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXVv5ksIVws
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jxc1vmrnQg&feature=related



3. Bad News Brown
This guy was Stone Cold before ther was a Stone Cold. He was ahead of his time with his gimmick and was a loner who didn't like working with anyone.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwDV7hw7quA

2. Shane McMahon
I'm sure this pick is going to shock people but I've NEVER seen Shane have a bad match. This guy always put his ass on the line and was in some awesome brawls and street fights. He had some balls on him too with some of the moves he did especially involving the video tron and jumping off the side of it. He's also the most unheralded hardocore wrestler ever.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPf5N22JBvs


1. Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Never won a major championship which is a travesty. He's the best wrestler to never do that. His promos are the best I've ever seen from anyone not named Jericho or Punk. He's one of the best of all time and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves even after all these years. A lot of it has to do with his drug and alcohol abuse though but he's still a legend. Actually, he's the best wrestler not in the Hall of Fame beside Randy Savage. Here's why...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaDxp_NV34s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnJeOy2DnGo&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hegXKKcpXQ4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z7mp4GK4Fg&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC58TAVprS4&feature=related


Note:
I did NOT include Barry Darsow/Repo Man/Demolition Smash, William Regal, Cody Rhodes, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Marty Jannetty, and Christian on this list because of their title successes and the major storylines they were in during their careers including Jannetty's Match of the Year Award against Shawn Michaels in 1993.

2 comments:

  1. I think this is a great list, only two contentions I have...

    Gangrel had an awesome entrance but I never thought of him as a great, or even good wrestler.

    I think the best wrestler not in the Hall of Fame is easily Sammartino.

    Otherwise, great list.

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  2. I think Gangrel just needed more of a push than he got given how cool his gimmick was. Plus his 2000 Rumble "pot-shot" strategy was utterly fantastic. Sammartino was a world champion so that automatically took him out of contention for the list. Title wins were taken into account for this.

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