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« Reply #30 on: April 27, 2010, 10:43:20 PM »

Goldberg joins the Hall of Shame. In WCW in the late 1990s, fans were craving something new and exciting as since the mid-90s, WCW was largely dominated by established veterans such as Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan (although Hogan revived career interest by turning heel)), Sting, Lex Luger, Roddy Piper and Randy Savage.  Former Pro Football Player turned Jewish Wrestling Monster Goldberg seemed to fit the bill. Goldberg soon amassed an enormous amount of wins using his spear and "jackhammer" finishers and started his famous streak which would catapult his popularity and see his stock rise considerably as WCW seemed to be focusing more on wrestling as "sport". Goldberg would soon go on to win the WCW United States from Raven and eventually the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from the one and only Hollywood Hulk Hogan. Goldberg's won-loss streak reached 173-0 until finally it was ended by Kevin Nash and a cattle prod weilding run-in by Scott Hall. Goldberg's career never seemed to fully recover from the loss or subsequent heel turns. Goldberg would go on to win another WCW United States Title from Sid Vicious, a WCW Tag Team Title with Bret Hart. After a stint in Japan, Goldberg would eventually turn up in WWE in 2003 and would eventually upend Triple H for a somewhat short-lived World Title reign. But it was evident by 2004 that Goldberg was no longer the popular grappler he was in WCW in the late 1990s, a popularity that even rivaled Stone Cold Steve Austin at that time. Fans grew tired of Goldberg as was evidenced by his lackluster Wrestlemania XX match with Brock Lesnar where fans seemed to care far more about guest referee Steve Austin than the departing Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg (ironically both would eventually end up participating in MMA), both of whom it seems fans learned were in it for the money and the celebrity and not for the love of the wrestling business. Goldberg never did recover from the streak ending as wrestling's writers seemed clueless as to what to do with him afterwards.

Mick Foley joins the Hall of Fame. Being inspired by Jimmy Snuka's leap off the cage on to Magnificent Muraco, Mick Foley decided to get involved in pro wrestling and sought out training which he eventually got from Dominic DeNucci's wrestling school. During this time, Foley worked in squash matches as Jack Foley on WWF Tapings where he typically got destroyed.  After several years in the independents, Foley eventually ended up in Memphis' CWA as Cactus Jack - a part of the Stud Stable winning the CWA Tag Titles with Gorgeous Gary Young. Foley would move to World Class Championship Wrestling as part of General Skandor Akbar's Devastation Inc. army under the name Cactus Jack Manson. After a brief stint in Alabama's Continental Wrestling, Cactus Jack showed up briefly in WCW for the first time jobbing to legendary masked wrestler Mil Mascaras. Following that Foley would move as Cactus Jack to compete for Herb Abrams' short-lived UWF and often was a standout there competing with the likes of Magnificent Muraco, Brian Blair and teaming often with Cowboy Bob Orton Jr.. After leaving UWF, Foley ended up in Tri-State Wrestling where they featured a more violent brawling style well suited to Foley/Cactus Jack. Cactus's reputation grew and he was eventually brought back into WCW. He did much better this time feuding with the likes of Sting, Big Van Vader and Paul Orndorff. Eventually he would win WCW Tag Team Titles with Kevin Sullivan and have a memorable feud with the Nasty Boys. After leaving WCW in 1994, Foley would end up in ECW where his Cactus Jack legend would grow even larger. He would win two ECW Tag Titles with underdog Mikey Whipwreck. The legend grew even more after Cactus competed in and won one of Japan's IWA King of the Death Match tournaments. Following this Foley returned to ECW and did his brilliant anti-hardcore promos and played up the idea of being a WWF supporter which when you think about it is a lot wiser that getting your body pulverized night after night in hardcore and death matches. Foley of course was soon heading to the WWF under the guise of Mankind, a brilliantly twisted psycho who seemed to like both giving and enduring pain. He would go on to have successful feuds with the Undertaker and would challenge Shawn Michaels in a great match for the WWF Title at Mind Games in 1996. Foley would go on to have quite a storied WWF career feuding also quite a bit with Triple H, the Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Foley would eventually be a constant main event WWF headliner from 1997-1999 although he also added a third identity in Dude Love, a party loving wrestler who just wanted to spread the love, the identity which also tended to see him get beat up the least. Foley would win the WWF Tag Team Titles 8 Times with 5 different partners including The Rock (3 times), Kane (twice), Al Snow, Chainsaw Charlie Terry Funk and Steve Austin. Foley also held the WWF Hardcore Title and would win the WWF Heavyweight Title 3 times, a title hardly anyone ever expected him to win at one time and interestingly enough, it might very well have been Foley's title win that began to turn the tide in the WCW-WWF Monday Night Wars as Eric Bischoff's downplaying and ridiculing Foley's win had the unexpected result of getting many WCW viewers to switch over to Raw to catch Foley's title victory (Raw was taped at the time). After sporadic stints in WWE over the last decade, Foley eventually moved to TNA in 2008 shockingly winning the TNA World Championship at one point despite wrestling only sporadically nowadays.
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« Reply #31 on: April 28, 2010, 08:55:49 AM »

I remember Goldberg showing up in WWE and their writers having NO clue what to do with him, as he was wearing a blonde wig in a comedy bit.
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« Reply #32 on: May 03, 2010, 11:18:37 PM »

Abdullah the Butcher joins the Hall of Shame. In pro wrestling, Abdullah is generally recognized as a cult legend. One of the forefathers of the later more popular Hardcore style of the 1990s but Abby, "The Madman from the Sudan" (he's actually from Ontario) was doing wild brawls, throwing chairs (sometimes even into the audience sending everyone scurrying for cover!), flipping tables gnashing and biting foreheads and scrapping plastic, and sometimes real?!, forks and knives across his opponents' foreheads whenever the referee wasn't looking decades before. In fact, he started back in 1958! In terms of in-ring ability, Abby was very limited but could in his younger days move surprisingly well and could deliver a rather devastating running elbowdrop and could also deliver brutal chops and a dropkick! He is legend for his wild brawls and bloody feuds with Bruiser Brody, Dusty Rhodes, sometimes ally the Sheik, Carlos Colon, the Funks, Maniac Mark Lewin, Dino Bravo and many more. He competed all over the globe but arguably had his best success in Canada (Stampede & Canadian International), Japan and Puerto Rico (WWC). His most high profile run was in WCW in the 90s when he feuded with Sting and Cactus Jack but this was a somewhat toned down more PC acceptable past his prime Abby by this point. You could argue he was more a cult icon who blazed brightly for short periods wherever he went until he sort of wore out his welcome and moved on to new pastures at least in the U.S. whereas his international popularity seemed to remain more consistent.
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« Reply #33 on: May 05, 2010, 11:12:11 PM »

Rowdy Roddy Piper joins the Hall of Fame. There are a few in wrestling who are true groundbreakers, trailblazers - those who take the sport/show to new territory. Piper was arguably as responsible for WWF's mid-80s boom as much as was Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon. As the top heel in the WWF and main foil for Hulk Hogan, Piper dominated the spotlight and was just a brilliant heel, absolutely one of the best at getting fans to care - to either hate him or later on love him. He was truly one of a kind in pro wrestling. His Piper's Pit host segment was the best of its kind ever in wrestling. No show since has come close to creating the same level of contoversy and excitement. Piper wasn't afraid of being political incorrect and often played up racial stereotypes to get the fans booing and hating him. It worked quite well. Piper's feud with Hogan was probably his most significant and one of his most memorable but he also had brutal battles and feuds with Greg Valentine (Here Piper was babyface in NWA before coming to WWF and feuded with Valentine after Valentine brutally attacked him and hurt his ear leading to their infamous bloody dog collar match at Starrcade '83. Piper of course would two years later factor significantly into WWF's major event for decades to come- the first Wrestlemania.) and Jimmy Snuka (after bashing him in the head with a coconut on Piper's Pit) in particular. Piper would of course turn face in a major way in 1987 feuding with Adrian Adonis, Cowboy Bob Orton (his former right hand bodyguard) and Magnificent Muraco after The Flower Shop had replaced his Piper's Pit show. He briefly tangled with old ally Paul Orndorff and Harley Race too and would reluctantly team with old rival Hogan. Adonis would lose an hair match to Piper at Wrestlemania III after which Piper briefly retired to pursue a movie career, his most notable films being They Live and Hell Comes to Frogtown. In 1990 Piper would return to the WWF doing some commentating work before returning to the ring to feud with Rick Rude and Ric Flair eventually upending the Mountie for a WWF Intercontinental Title reign, the only WWF title he would win in the 90s, a title he would eventually lose to Bret Hart in a great match at Wrestlemania 8. In the late 90s despite a bad hip, Piper would once more return to wrestling this time in WCW and would resume his old feud with Hulk Hogan, who was now Hollywood Hogan - a kind of reversal of their traditional roles as Piper was now the babyface . Piper would also resume his feud with Flair and would upend Bret Hart for the United States title gaining a measure of revenge for Hart's I-C defeat of him years earlier. A way past his prime Piper would continue to sporadically appear in TNA and WWE eventually even winning a tag title with Ric Flair in WWE and even managing to insert himself into some main events on occasion. Actually he may still pop up from time to time in wrestling to this day. One thing is for certain, when Piper is around no one is certain just what he might say or do and that's long been the norm for the Rowdy one and I don't think many fans would have had it any other way then or now.
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« Reply #34 on: May 06, 2010, 06:16:01 AM »

Rowdy Roddy Piper joins the Hall of Fame. There are a few in wrestling who are true groundbreakers, trailblazers - those who take the sport/show to new territory. Piper was arguably as responsible for WWF's mid-80s boom as much as was Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon. As the top heel in the WWF and main foil for Hulk Hogan, Piper dominated the spotlight and was just a brilliant heel, absolutely one of the best at getting fans to care - to either hate him or later on love him. He was truly one of a kind in pro wrestling. His Piper's Pit host segment was the best of its kind ever in wrestling. No show since has come close to creating the same level of contoversy and excitement. Piper wasn't afraid of being political incorrect and often played up racial stereotypes to get the fans booing and hating him. It worked quite well. Piper's feud with Hogan was probably his most significant and one of his most memorable but he also had brutal battles and feuds with Greg Valentine (Here Piper was babyface in NWA before coming to WWF and feuded with Valentine after Valentine brutally attacked him and hurt his ear leading to their infamous bloody dog collar match at Starrcade '83. Piper of course would two years later factor significantly into WWF's major event for decades to come- the first Wrestlemania.) and Jimmy Snuka (after bashing him in the head with a coconut on Piper's Pit) in particular. Piper would of course turn face in a major way in 1987 feuding with Adrian Adonis, Cowboy Bob Orton (his former right hand bodyguard) and Magnificent Muraco after The Flower Shop had replaced his Piper's Pit show. He briefly tangled with old ally Paul Orndorff and Harley Race too and would reluctantly team with old rival Hogan. Adonis would lose an hair match to Piper at Wrestlemania III after which Piper briefly retired to pursue a movie career, his most notable films being They Live and Hell Comes to Frogtown. In 1990 Piper would return to the WWF doing some commentating work before returning to the ring to feud with Rick Rude and Ric Flair eventually upending the Mountie for a WWF Intercontinental Title reign, the only WWF title he would win in the 90s, a title he would eventually lose to Bret Hart in a great match at Wrestlemania 8. In the late 90s despite a bad hip, Piper would once more return to wrestling this time in WCW and would resume his old feud with Hulk Hogan, who was now Hollywood Hogan - a kind of reversal of their traditional roles as Piper was now the babyface . Piper would also resume his feud with Flair and would upend Bret Hart for the United States title gaining a measure of revenge for Hart's I-C defeat of him years earlier. A way past his prime Piper would continue to sporadically appear in TNA and WWE eventually even winning a tag title with Ric Flair in WWE and even managing to insert himself into some main events on occasion. Actually he may still pop up from time to time in wrestling to this day. One thing is for certain, when Piper is around no one is certain just what he might say or do and that's long been the norm for the Rowdy one and I don't think many fans would have had it any other way then or now.
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« Reply #35 on: May 06, 2010, 10:56:27 AM »

My father was a fan of Rowdy Roddy which made me a fan too.  Piper used to wear a shirt with a panther's face on it.  I actually had one similar as a kid.  
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« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2010, 11:36:07 PM »

The Killer Bees join the Tag Team Hall of Shame. Truthfully I always thought Jumping Jim Brunzell and B. Brian Blair were a pretty solid tag team and they certainly did have some great matches particularly against the Hart Foundation. Brunzell of course had been in a very successful AWA tag team with Greg Gagne called the High Flyers while Blair had toiled away as a singles star for many years. Together Blair and Brunzell were fast, quick, tough and talented but they just lacked that something extra to put them on top. They were also one of the first tag teams to do the masked switch, unusual in that they were almost always a face team. At one point, they did turn heel on Hogan but not many will even remember that. After a short but not altogether memorable WWF run through the mid to late 80s,  the Killer Bees would later reunite around 1990 in Herb Abrams UWF. Truthfully Brunzell would never again reach the heights of success he enjoyed in the AWA and Blair never really ever became even a serious mid-carder on his own.


Bobby "The Brain" Heenan joins the Manager/Valet Hall of Fame. The Brain was certainly an all-time great when it came to managing getting the fans to hate him with a passion while hiding behind his many Heenan family members, who were also hated by association (and sometimes loved when they turned on Heenan). Heenan and AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkel fitted together like a glove, just a fine manager-wrestler pairing although Nick could talk for himself too. Heenan was always a master on the microphone as a manager and could easily rile up a crowd of humanoids....er wrestling fans. In many cases, the fans would come hoping to see Heenan get his and often supported the fan favorites who tangled with Heenan and his family. Heenan's main rival was arguably Hulk Hogan and their feud essentially went on for years with Heenan bringing in wrestler after wrestler to take out Hogan whether initially to protect his champ Bockwinkel or to lead one of his men to victory over WWF champ Hogan. He lured Andre the Giant into his camp in a shocker. Heenan managed many others over the years including the Blackjacks, Bobby Duncum, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Paul Orndorff, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, Haku, Hercules and many many others. Heenan wasn't afraid to often mix it up in the ring and often ended up a bloody mess in the 70s while in the 80s he ended up in comical weasel suit matches with Buck Zumhofe in AWA and the Ultimate Warrior in WWF. Heenan was also instrumental in Ric Flair's early 1990s WWF success and was very obviously in his corner while doing commentary helping Flair to get over in his new promotion like he might not have otherwise. Heenan as a color commentator proved a most fascinating and entertaining viewing experience more often than not too.
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« Reply #37 on: May 08, 2010, 12:17:33 AM »

The Dudley Boyz join the Tag Team Hall of Fame. When it comes to winning tag team titles, no team can outdo the Dudleys. They've won more tag titles than any other tag team in history as far as I know. Everywhere they've went they've won tag titles bearing the names ECW, WWF, WWE, WCW (although it was under WWE at the time), NWA (although under TNA at the time), Japan and TNA. The Dudleys in ECW were absolute masters at getting heat from the crowd...the fans seemed to want to lynch them and the Dudleys just upped things more and more stirring the fans almost into a frenzy at times. They took hardcore wrestling to new heights of popularity and chants of "We Want Tables" to this day still get shouted and it was arguably the Dudleys who started the whole trend. Their WWF battles with The Hardys and Edge & Christian are the stuff of legend and their TLC matches against those teams are still remembered as some of the best, most brutally entertaining matches of all time. The Dudleys tangled with a virtual whos who of wrestling tag teams over the years and singles wrestlers too. In fact, WWE even tried splitting them up (unsuccessfully) at one point but some wrestlers just work better in tag teams. The Dudleys were and still are masters of tag team psychology and actually have more knowledge in ring than many might give them credit for initially. Now as Team 3D, they still produce heated tag team battles and rivalries and are arguably legends by this point and deservedly so in their case.
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« Reply #38 on: May 08, 2010, 09:09:00 AM »

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan joins the Manager/Valet Hall of Fame. The Brain was certainly an all-time great when it came to managing getting the fans to hate him with a passion while hiding behind his many Heenan family members, who were also hated by association (and sometimes loved when they turned on Heenan). Heenan and AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkel fitted together like a glove, just a fine manager-wrestler pairing although Nick could talk for himself too. Heenan was always a master on the microphone as a manager and could easily rile up a crowd of humanoids....er wrestling fans. In many cases, the fans would come hoping to see Heenan get his and often supported the fan favorites who tangled with Heenan and his family. Heenan's main rival was arguably Hulk Hogan and their feud essentially went on for years with Heenan bringing in wrestler after wrestler to take out Hogan whether initially to protect his champ Bockwinkel or to lead one of his men to victory over WWF champ Hogan. He lured Andre the Giant into his camp in a shocker. Heenan managed many others over the years including the Blackjacks, Bobby Duncum, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Paul Orndorff, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, Haku, Hercules and many many others. Heenan wasn't afraid to often mix it up in the ring and often ended up a bloody mess in the 70s while in the 80s he ended up in comical weasel suit matches with Buck Zumhofe in AWA and the Ultimate Warrior in WWF. Heenan was also instrumental in Ric Flair's early 1990s WWF success and was very obviously in his corner while doing commentary helping Flair to get over in his new promotion like he might not have otherwise. Heenan as a color commentator proved a most fascinating and entertaining viewing experience more often than not too.
Heenan's one of my all time favorites.  He was a great manager, but in my opinion an even better announcer.  I've been watching old Prime Time Wrestling episodes on WWE Classics On Demand, and sometimes the highlights for me are just the banter between him and Gorilla calling matches.
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« Reply #39 on: May 08, 2010, 09:11:50 AM »

Dudley Boyz are great at what they do.  While they may not be "Technically" good like a Malenko or Jericho, for the hardcore stuff they do, they're certainly better than people give em credit for.  And, for as "legendary" as they are, they certainly don't seem to carry that "I'm a legend" attitude and refuse to work with/put over younger stars.
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« Reply #40 on: May 08, 2010, 03:48:37 PM »

I recall the details of the Killer Bees mini-heel turn against Hogan...they were bought off by "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase during a lumberjack match. The turn was all but forgotten about shortly thereater and I think it was only shortly after this, Blair was gone from the WWF and Brunzell eventually became an enhancement talent.
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« Reply #41 on: May 08, 2010, 06:48:12 PM »

I recall the details of the Killer Bees mini-heel turn against Hogan...they were bought off by "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase during a lumberjack match. The turn was all but forgotten about shortly thereater and I think it was only shortly after this, Blair was gone from the WWF and Brunzell eventually became an enhancement talent.
I really don't remember much about the Bees except for two things: a match with the Hart Foundation that's on some dvd, and an interview Iron Sheik (who's all 'whacked' now, and goes on belligerent tangents), calling out Blair and Brunzell as "those two fruity guys, Hogan's b***h boys, The Flying Killer Bees or what have you, Blair is a bit*h."

Dude went off on em. 
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« Reply #42 on: May 11, 2010, 12:57:28 PM »

Miss Elizabeth joins the Hall of Shame. In the WWF, Miss Elizabeth was actually a bit of a groundbreaker, being the first female manager (as far as I'm aware) in that federation. She wasn't the first in wrestling as Gorgeous George, The Elephant Boy and Buddy Rogers had female valets way back. Jimmy Garvin had Sunshine and Precious in the 1980s too who proceeded her. Elizabeth was born in Frankfurt, KY on November 19, 1960. She eventually became a wrestling fan as her father's TV station played host to International Championship Wrestling, an organization run by Angelo Poffo. Eventually Elizabeth would meet and fall in love with Randy Poffo, Angelo's son who is better known as Randy "Macho Man" Savage. There Elizabeth would play host and announcer on ICW's TV show. When Savage would go to the WWF in the mid-1980s and annouced he was searching for a manager, fans were stunned when he annouced Miss Elizabeth "The First Lady of Wrestling" as his manager. She and Savage actually were a surprisingly good fit with heelish Savage acting extremely jealous and overprotective (which we would eventually learn was true in reality too) and often using Elizabeth as a human shield to prevent attack or a distraction to allow sneak attacks from behind. Elizabeth would manage Macho Man during his Intercontinental Title reign in the 80s. George "The Animal" Steele would become infatuated with Elizabeth and Savage would use her as distraction to defeat Steele at Wrestlemania II.

When Savage would later turn babyface to feud with Honky Tonk Man and The Hart Foundation, the feud heated up when Honky threatened to hit Elizabeth with his guitar. Savage, as a fan favorite now and with Elizabeth and Hulk Hogan in his corner, would defeat "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase for the vacant WWF Title in a tournament at Wrestlemania IV. Hogan & Savage would team up as the MegaPowers and battle the Megabucks Ted DiBiase & Andre the Giant at Summerslam '88 where Elizabeth's red bikini proved a difference making distraction in the match. In Febraury of 1989 however, the Megapowers would split apart when Hogan would attend to an injured Elizabeth during a bout with Twin Towers Bossman & Akeem and leave Savage alone. After the match, Savage's jealousy boiled over and he attacked Hogan leading to a Wrestlemania V match between the two. Eventually Savage would join forces with Sensational Sherri and Elizabeth would fade from the scene although she did manage Hogan in a number of matches against Savage, who now had Sherri as manager. She would also be in the corner of Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire at Wrestlemania VI when they faced Savage & Sherri. At Wrestlemania VII, Savage would lose a retirement match to the Ultimate Warrior and Sherri would assault a beaten and battered Savage after the match until Elizabeth emerged from the crowd and saved Savage from further assault. Savage & Elizabeth would shortly thereafter get "married" at Summerslam 1991 where Jake Roberts and Undertaker would interrupt the proceedings and eventually Savage would get attacked and bitten by a snake on TV! Savage & Elizabeth then worked to get Savage reinstated so he could feud with Roberts. By Wrestlemania VIII, Ric Flair claimed to have scandalous pictures of Elizabeth and claimed an affair with her leading to a feud with Savage and Savage winning another WWF Title at Wrestlemania VIII, a title he would eventually lose back to Flair later that year. For most of her WWF run, Elizabeth would be greatly loved for her grace and charm and always keeping her dignity despite her involvement with wrestling.

Elizabeth & Savage would divorce in real life and Elizabeth would disappear from the wrestling scene until 1996 when she suddenly reappeared in the corner of Hogan & Savage now in WCW. In a shocking move, she turned on Savage and joined with Ric Flair & the Four Horsemen. Eventually Elizabeth was forced to join the NWO as manager and once more teamed up with Randy Savage, this time against Diamond Dallas Page & Kimberly. Eventually she would manage fellow NWO members Kevin Nash & Lex Luger. Eventually she would go on to manage then real life boyfriend Lex Luger and would unfortunately be found dead in Luger's condo at age 42, the result of a drug overdose. Bluesad
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« Reply #43 on: May 15, 2010, 05:31:58 PM »

Rob Van Dam joins the Singles Hall of Fame. RVD is nothing if not popular as shown once again by his support in this online game. He's had a cult following going back to the 1990s when he truly started stealing the show in ECW with his many awe-inspiring acrobatic aerial moves, arguably perhaps a bit even before then. In the 2000s move to WWF/WWE, he seemed poised to become their top star at one point often stealing the show from the likes of Steve Austin and Kurt Angle yet it took many more years for RVD to finally reach the top in WWE, so long it really took away a lot of his original appeal. Anyways Rob Van Dam, after being trained by the Original Sheik, started off in the USWA in 1990 and in South Atlantic Pro Wrestling. Eventually in 1992, he would move to WCW as Robbie V and essentially be little more than a jobber as he paid his dues. After WCW, he would wrestle in small independent U.S. promotions and in All Japan Pro Wrestling. In 1996, he would arrive in ECW where he would receive his first major babyface push as a stoner fan favorite but soon thereafter turned heel getting embroiled in a feud of respect with Sabu and eventually taking Bill Alfonso as his manager. Surprisingly enough Sabu would become RVD's tag team partner after he became entangled in a feud with Doug Furnas & Phil Lafon. Eventually the pair would defeat the Eliminators for the ECW tag team titles. After getting involved in a WWF vs. ECW feud in 1997 actually siding with the WWF Invaders, RVD & Sabu continued their winning ways with RVD upending Bam Bam Bigelow for the ECW Television Title, starting his lengthy reign with that title and RVD & Sabu winning the tag team titles again, this time from Lance Storm & Chris Candido. Following this the pair would get into a feud with the Dudley Boyz who would defeat them for the tag titles. After this loss, RVD concentrated on his Television title which he successfully defended against all comers including Spike Dudley, Lance Storm, Balls Mahoney, 2 Cold Scorpio, Jerry Lynn and Rhino holding on to the title for nearly 2 years before an injury finally forced him to vacate it.

In 2001, RVD moved to the WWF and joined the ECW/WCW Alliance during the Invasion angle of that year. RVD was arguably the most popular of all the Alliance members which even came to include Stone Cold Steve Austin at this time and seemed poised for a World Title run. Instead he got the WWF Hardcore title and a feud with Jeff Hardy although he did contend for the WWF World title in matches with Austin & Kurt Angle. After his attempts at the top championship faded away, RVD pursued the Intercontinental Title and defeated William Regal at Wrestlemania X8 and shortly thereafter became embroiled in an entertaining feud with Eddie Guerrero over the Intercontinental Title. He came close to defeating Undertaker for the World title around the same time but was eventually screwed out of that title win by Ric Flair. RVD would go on to win the European championship from Jeff Hardy and would unify the Intercontinental and European titles. Later, after trading the I-C title back and forth with Chris Benoit, he would defeat Tommy Dreamer to also unify the Hardcore title with the I-C and European titles.

After this feat was accomplished, RVD started pursuing Triple H's World Title only to be screwed by Flair once again and eventually dropped the I-C title to Chris Jericho too. After this, RVD would actually team up with Kane to win the Tag Team titles from Lance Storm and Chief Morley. After dropping the titles to La Resistance, Kane & RVD would begin a feud after Kane was unmasked. Next RVD would win the I-C title for a fourth time from Christian in a ladder match, a title he would lose to Chris Jericho again and regain from him again a fifth time. RVD would next lose the I-C title to an up and coming Randy Orton. Then RVD would team up with Booker T. to defeat Ric Flair & Batista for the Tag titles, gaining a measure of revenge for RVD until they eventually dropped the titles back to Evolution again. RVD was traded to Smackdown and would win the Smackdown tag team titles with Rey Mysterio from Kenzo Suzuki & Rene Dupree before dropping the titles to the Basham Brothers due to an injury to RVD's leg. While being injured during the first ECW One Night Stand in 2005, RVD stood up for ECW and criticized the way WWE had used him. In 2006, he would return and would eventually win the Money in the Bank match. After trading the I-C belt back (RVD's 6th) and forth with Shelton Benjamin, RVD would go on to shock the world by upsetting John Cena, thanks in large part to interference from Edge, for his WWE Heavyweight Title at 2006's ECW One Night Stand. The night after, he would be declared ECW Champion as well by Paul Heyman holding both titles at the same time. RVD would go on to lose the WWE title to Edge in a Triple Threat match with John Cena and the ECW title to the Big Show after Paul Heyman turned on him. In reality, all this was because RVD essentially blew his opportunity when he and Sabu were arrested for drug possession and WWE suspended him for 30 days.

RVD's days as a successful championship wrestler in WWE virtually ended after that although he still got involved in feuds with the New Breed and Randy Orton. After some brief appearances on the independent scenes and some one shot WWE appearances between 2007-2010, RVD finally returned in a big way in TNA in 2010 upending A.J. Styles for the TNA World Championship just recently.

Owen Hart joins the Singles Hall of Shame. The biggest shame of all here is that Owen Hart died so tragically so young and all for a silly Blue Blazer one shot gimmick appearance. Owen of course was the youngest of the famous sons of Stu Hart, most of whom got involved in wrestling at some level or another. Owen was arguably the second most successful of all Stu's sons. Owen, like most of the young Harts, started off in his father's Stampede wrestling and soon proved a sensational high-flying success teaming with Ben Bassard to win Stampede's tag titles, feuding with the likes of Johnny Smith & the Dynamite Kid and eventually winning the North American title from the huge 350 pound Makhan Singh and winning Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year for 1987. Hart would eventually branch out and grow as a wrestler by travelling to New Japan Pro Wrestling and winning the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title from Hiroshi Hase.

In 1988, Owen finally arrived in the WWF under a mask calling himself the Blue Angel and later the Blue Blazer, a way to keep himself from being recognized as Bret's brother so early in his young career. In 1989, Hart would again leave WWF hoping to continue to improve and would return to competition in Stampede and overseas, eventually dropping the Blue Blazer mask in a match with El Canek. In 1991, Hart briefly made a WCW tryout run teaming with Ricky Morton but instead signed with WWF and formed a new tag team with Jim Neidhart called the New Foundation. When that fizzled, he teamed with Koko B. Ware in a tag team called High Energy which also soon fizzled out.

In 1993 during the height of the Bret Hart-Jerry Lawler feud, Owen came to USWA to defend his brother's honor and captured the USWA title from Papa Shango. By Survivor Series 1993, all the Hart brothers were united for a match against Shawn Michaels and 3 mystery Knights after Lawler couldn't make the match. During the match, a misunderstanding took place between Owen and Bret although the two decided to team up shortly after and had a short run as a team even wrestling the Steiners and challenging the Quebecers for the Tag Team Titles. However during this match, Bret injured his knee and a frustrated Owen blew a gasket and turned against his own brother kicking him in the knee in a shocking turn of events starting off their long feud and rivalry. Owen even upset Bret in a bout at Wrestlemania X before winning that year's King of the Ring tournament and declaring himself the King of Harts and reuniting with Jim Neidhart, this time against Bret. The two Harts would feud throughout 1994, having a steel cage match at Summerslam. Finally Owen would cost Bret his WWF World title at Survivor Series in a submission throw in the towel  match with Bob Backlund.

While eventually coming up short in the feud with Bret, Owen rebounded by winning the tag team titles with Yokozuna at Wrestlemania XI before finally dropping the titles to Shawn Michaels & Diesel later that year. After joining Jim Cornette's stable in 1996, Owen would eventually team with the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith and Vader. Owen's team with Bulldog would be arguably his best ever and they would win the tag titles from the Smoking Gunns in Sept. 1996. However the team would begin to unravel especially after Bulldog and Owen battled fiercely over the newly created European title in a match eventually won by Bulldog. Just when it appeared an intense feud might start, a recently turned heel Bret Hart appeared and asked the two men to join him along with Jim Neidhart & Brian Pillman in a new and improved Hart Foundation stable. While in this stable, Owen would go on to defeat Rocky Maivia for the Intercontinental Title while he & European champ Bulldog still held the tag team gold as well. Eventually the unlikely duos of Steve Austin & Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin & Dude Love would upend and keep the tag team titles away from Owen & Bulldog. Owen & Steve Austin would start a feud over the Intercontinental title that would eventually lead to Austin's serious neck injury after being piledriven by Hart although Austin still won the title. After the injury the title was held up for a tournament which Owen, thanks in part to Austin, won. Owen 3:16: I Just Broke Your Neck! Austin wanted Owen in the ring again and would defeat him once again for the I-C title at Survivor Series, the same night of the Montreal Screwjob that would change the face of wrestling arguably forever and would especially impact Owen's career at that point.

Owen would continue in WWF as the Lone Hart and the Black Hart, an unlikely fan favorite feuding with D-X and eventually trading the European title back and forth with Triple H. In a shocking move, Hart would join the Nation of Domination now lead by Rocky Maivia and would become a key player on that stable as they feuded with D-X. After the Nation faded away, Hart would team up with Jeff Jarrett and the pair managed by Debra would win the WWF Tag Team titles. Unfortunately Hart was also involved in a silly return of the Blue Blazer gimmick at the same time that would eventually result in his death as he was to be lowered by an harness from up in the rafters but something with horribly wrong and Owen fell to his untimely death at the Over the Edge PPV in 1999. The next night on Raw, wrestlers paid an emotional tribute to Owen and most came out of character to say their fond farewells. One could only wonder at how far Owen's career might have possibly gone.

Harlem Heat joins the Tag Team Hall of Shame.  The tag team of real-life brothers Booker T. and Stevie Ray started in WWA as the Huffman Brothers before moving to Global Wrestling as The Ebony Experience but it was really in WCW as Harlem Heat where they would achieve their greatest success winning a record 10 WCW Tag Team Championships while with the company.

In the GWF, the Ebony Experience three times won the Global Tag Team titles defeating Gorgeous Gary Young & Steve Dane, The Blackbirds tandem of Iceman King Parsons & Action Jackson and finally the Bad Breed Ian & Axl Rotten.

In 1993, Harlem Heat burst on the scene in WCW and were initially managed by Col. Robert Parker under the names Kole & Kane. When Sherri Martel begin managing them in 1994 however, they revived their old names of Booker T. & Stevie Ray and began to have a great deal more success upending Stars N Stripes Patriot & Marcus Alexander Bagwell for their first WCW Tag Team title. Following this they had a tremendous feud with the Nasty Boys and traded the titles with them. After regaining them, they got into a feud with Col. Parker's Stud Stable of Dirty Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck and eventually traded the titles with them as Sherri & Col. Parker also started a bizarre onscreen romance that saw Parker eventually switch sides. Unfortunately for Harlem Heat, their third WCW Tag Team Title reign would only last one day as they lost the titles to The American Males Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Scotty Riggs but they would get them back just nine short days later. They then traded the belts with Sting & Lex Luger and the Steiners and finally Public Enemy all in 1996 before finally losing their seventh Tag Team Title to the NWO Outsiders Kevin Nash & Scott Hall.

After this, they would fire Parker and feud with his Amazing French Canadians, the former Quebecers, a feud they'd win. In 1997, they would also feud with Public Enemy, the Steiners and finally the NWO. Eventually they would fire Sherri and replace her with Jacqueline. After a feud with the Faces of Fear, Stevie Ray would be injured, Jacqueline would leave for the WWF and Booker T. would pursue his singles career. After Stevie returned, he shocked many by joining the NWO. It took until 1999 but Booker finally convinced Stevie to leave the NWO and the two reformed their tag team defeating Bam Bam Bigelow and Kanyon for their 8th Tag title, Barry & Kendall Windham for their 9th and won their 10th when the Tag Titles were vacated in a Triple Threat match with Hugh Morrus & Brian Knobs and The Filthy Animals Konnan & Kidman. In 2000, Stevie would shock everyone when he turned on his brother over the involvement of a female valet named Midnight and would join forces with Big T (formerly Ahmed Johnson) to form a new team called Harlem Heat 2000 started a forgettable feud that saw Booker eventually team with Kidman to defeat Harlem Heat 2000.

While Harlem Heat were certainly a fine tag team and could mix it up with the best of the best, truthfully they seemed to win and drop tag team titles in rapid succession. Their inability to hold on to the titles for any length of time suggest they weren't the dominant tag team one might initially think looking at their record. They also seemed to get sidetracked way too much with managers and valets although their pairing with Sherri Martel seemed to be their best and most successful.
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« Reply #44 on: May 16, 2010, 10:55:49 AM »

RVD- A personal favorite of mine.  While I readily admit he wasn't a "Great" worker, he made the most of his abilities and almost always put on a fun match, regardless.  Tremendously mis-used by WWE.

Owen Hart- Would've loved to have seen where his career would've gone.  Dunno if he'd have been a World Champ, but he was one of those guys that seemed to be happy just winning a tag belt or Intercontinental belt, and seemed to belong to the Flair/Bret Hart style of wrestling: making your opponent look good regardless of how you're branded on the company's plans.

Harlem Heat- I personally like them, they worked well together.  However, and this may have been more with the 'creative department', but they were given crap storylines.  Booker T was the one obviously carrying the team, and I'm glad to see he got a decent singles run, notably his series of bouts with Benoit in WCW, and winning multiple titles in WWE.
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