WWE Mark Madness 2013: Kane, Christian and Other Snubbed Superstars
Kane has won 18 championships in his career. He is a three-time world champion. His career longevity ranks him high as one of the most tenured WWE superstars of any era. He is still going strong to this day where he is one-half of the WWE tag team champions.
He did not make the Mark Madness "Greatest of All Time" tournament.
No tournament is truly a tournament without its share of snubs. And given the amount of decorated talent in professional wrestling history, some deserving stars were bound to be left out of the dance.
One of the more spirited discussions from the unveiling of the field of 64 was the superstars who were not included.
Snubs are assessed on career accomplishments. The bigger snubs are the more decorated superstars, and of course, those whose exclusion from Mark Madness outraged fans.
5. Owen Hart
Why he should be in the tournament: Former two-time Intercontinental champion. Former WWF King of the Ring.
Why he was snubbed from the tournament: If given the opportunity to have the next five years of his career play out, Owen Hart would undoubtedly be included in a field of the greatest wrestlers ever.
However, Hart's low championship count and no major championships during his extended stay in the WWF contributed to Hart's snub.
Why he should be in the tournament: 22 championships, including nine tag team championships and six world championships. Former NWA world champion with TNA.
Why he was snubbed from the tournament: Christian's career accomplishments are staggering both on paper and in reality. However, Christian was never the guy in the WWE, and was unable to come close to the accolades of his longtime tag team partner Edge.
When given the opportunity to carry the ball in TNA, Christian had a minimal impact on the company's business, which in all fairness was not entirely his fault.
Many eras and genres of wrestling had to be represented in this tournament. With the Attitude Era strongly represented by Steve Austin, The Rock, Edge, Mick Foley and Triple H, Christian's body of work simply didn't hold up.
Why he should be in the tournament: Eight-time world champion. A super heavyweight whose acrobatic ability transcended his genre of wrestler.
Why he was snubbed from the tournament: Vader's staggering resume translated across many different territories, but he never stayed in any promotion long enough to stake his claim as one of the surefire greats.
Vader's longevity over his entire career is certainly worthy of tournament consideration. But his lack of longevity in any single promotion hurt his standing.
2. Antonio Inoki
Why he should be in the tournament: 2010 WWE Hall of Famer. Former IWGP Heavyweight champion.
Why he was snubbed from the tournament: Given the inclusion of Japanese superstars such as The Great Muta, Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa, Antonio Inoki had to be on the outside looking in.
Inoki had limited heavyweight championship accomplishments. And what was supposed to be Inoki's finest hour—a shoot match against Muhammad Ali—was an abject disaster and left too big of a legacy black eye to ignore.
Why he should be in the tournament: Three world championships. Eighteen championship reigns. Fourth-longest reigning world heavyweight champion in WWE history.
Why he was snubbed from the tournament: Many of today's fans take exception with Kane being snubbed from a tournament to decide the greatest of all time. Recent wrestlers have dominated historic greats through the first day of voting simply based on familiarity among voters.
This same familiarity outrages fans who feel Kane should be included in a field of wrestlers that includes Harley Race, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan.
Kane was a close call; however, he was always a transitional world champion. His wrestling ability was above average for his size, but still limited. His gimmick was also too closely associated with The Undertaker, making more of an impact than a superstar whose impact changed wrestling.