Top Five – Roman Reigns Is Suspended

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Top Five – WWE Announces A Brand Split

WWE announces a brand split

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Looking Back – SummerSlam 1996 Review

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Greatest Wrestlers Of The WrestleMania Era Final List

Our project started many months ago, and for the last two and a half months, we’ve been counting down who we believe are the greatest wrestlers of the WrestleMania era. We talked about how we ranked them in the introduction.

I want to thank Duan, Alan, Big D, Jason, and Cadillac Don for all of their help in putting together the list and writing the short bios. It was a tremendously fun project and I’m happy with the way it turned out.

Here is the final ranking along with a link to every write-up:

1. Steve Austin (Alan)
2. Bret Hart (Duan)
3. Shawn Michaels (Duan)
4. Ric Flair (GG)
5. Randy Savage (Don)
6. Kurt Angle (Big D)
7. Chris Jericho (Don)
8. Eddy Guerrero (Alan)
9. The Rock (GG)
10. Curt Hennig (Duan)
11. Terry Funk (Alan)
12. Chris Benoit (Don)
13. The Undertaker (Duan)
14. Mick Foley (GG)
15. Rey Mysterio (Alan)
16. Hulk Hogan
17. Ricky Steamboat (GG)
18. Bryan Danielson (Jason)
19. Jake Roberts (Big D)
20. Ted DiBiase (Big D)
21. Owen Hart (Jason)
22. Big Van Vader (Alan)
23. Rowdy Roddy Piper (Big D)
24. Triple H (Don)
25. Rick Rude (Big D)

Greatest Wrestlers Of The WrestleMania Era: #14 – Mick Foley

At first, much like my piece on Hulk Hogan, I thought that Mick Foley was ranked too low. But as I looked at who ranked higher than him, my opinion changed. I think he’s ranked perfectly.

There’s no mystery to Foley’s career and what he thinks about it. He’s written four biographies and we know every bit about what he considers his best work, his worst work, and everything in between. I think that’s both good and bad for lists like this. Foley is such a great self marketer that he’s cemented his name in the wrestling history books. But we’ve also never really had a chance to miss him. And like Hogan, the last several years of his career probably hurt him more than help him. I wonder if when Foley left originally in 2000, would he be better remembered, or more forgotten?

All that being said, he’s one of my all-time favorite wrestlers. I feel like I know who Mick Foley is more so than any other wrestling superstar I’ve followed. While I remember him being in World Class, my first memory of Mick was as Cactus Jack on an episode of Class Of The Champions. He was wrestling Mil Mascaras and was drop kicked off the ring apron and fell back first on the outside. Jim Cornette screamed that Cactus Jack was dead. I thought it was the oddest thing I’d ever seen. How’d he fake that? Well, he didn’t really, but thanks to his body, which worked for him like shocks on a car, he made a living out of taking bumps like that.

Foley was put into a feud with Sting and I thought it was a little early for him to be in the feud because he wasn’t as over yet as he could’ve. But going toe-to-toe with the guy WCW was banking on as being their top guy did good for him. He had some really good matches with Sting including a non-title match loss at Beach Blast in 1992. It wasn’t exactly the main event as WCW pushed Ricky Steamboat and Rick Rude’s Iron Man Match and the Steiner Brothers’ match against Terry Gordy and Steve Williams higher even though Sting was WCW Champion. That lead into some really violent matches with Big Van Vader who seemed to like taking liberties with many guys, but Foley was perfect for him because he could hit him so hard and because Foley was really a big guy, the shots looked even more impressive. While the matches were insane, they probably did more harm than good for Foley because he was concussed in one match and then lost his ear in another, which is the story that opened his book, Have A Nice Day. On a WCW European tour, Foley went to do a hangman spot, but the ropes were too tight and when he tried to get out of the spot, a large part of his ear was cut off. His WCW run was memorable, but more so because of how he felt about it, which we learned in Have A Nice Day. Foley didn’t like how he was booked, and thought the backstage politics held him back.
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