I have noticed that a lot people really enjoy people's love for wrestling and how they got into it. Even though I hardly remember anything other than my first Wrestlemania, I do have plenty of superstars, moments, moves, events and matches that I love and hate.
Either way there are plenty of things in the wrestling world that have created these passionate emotions. And the best way to let these feelings out are to share them with people just like me.
I will start with something simple, my top 10 favorites of all time. It is a big list, but I have narrowed it down. Enjoy.
My 5 honorable mentions would have to be:
1. Kevin Nash
3. Jeff Hardy
5. Marcus "Buff" Bagwell
Now on to the show.
Shocker... I know. But Kidman excited me.
Back when I was a youngster I loved watching WCW. Why?
Well for some reason I would always fall asleep during the end of RAW, and I needed something to watch instead of Hey Arnold! and Rugrats, so I would flip the channel over to TNT and watch guys like Eddie Guerrero, Psychosis, Juventud Guerrera, Chris Jericho, Mysterio and BK himself.
Cruiserweights were cool. They risked everything in a match to entertain the crowd.
Billy was always my favorite. He wasn't the most high-flying death defying of the bunch, but he still put on a good show.
And just because he was a cruiserweight did not mean this dude did not have an arsenal of moves. All of his moves were my favorite. The Kid Crusher, BK Bomb and yes, The Shooting Star Press gave Kidman momentum which lead to victories.
My favorite Kidman storyline was his beef with Hogan after he turned heel. He showed he could go up with the big ones.
He didn't stay in main event status long, but that did not change my respect for Billy Kidman.
While Hogan was over at WCW forming, breaking up, forming again and then breaking away from the NWO, this man became my hero. He came around in a time where changes needed to be made in order to keep up with the competition.
And that is exactly what he did, changed the WWF into something that more people would watch for entertainment, not just the wrestling aspect.
Austin was also the reason why kids would run up to me at school every Tuesday to ask me what happened with Austin and Vince because their parents wouldn't let them watch the WWF.
His antics made the WWF entertaining back in the day. We hear all the time that the reason that people looked up to him was because he screwed with his boss, and everyone wanted to do that in real life.
But the reason why I liked Austin is because he was creative with how he did things. Whether he was hosing down Vince with beer, then chugging beer down, beating up security guards, and then chugging beer, stunning whoever he saw fit, following a nice cold one, filling up cars with cement, and then probably off camera drinking a beer, he kept me and a lot of WWE fans entertained. He is no doubt the BIGGEST revolutionary in the wrestling world.
Whether you consider him a wrestler or not, Shane O' Mac is where its at. I swear to god he will kill himself just to make WWE that more entertaining.
Don't believe? Okay fine...
...But what man do you know will fall of off a 20 foot pillar onto a stage? How about leaping into tables when his opponents moves out of the way.
I mean he wasn't suppose to be a trained wrestler, but when Kurt launched him into the stage back in 01 at the King Of The Ring, he still continued the match like he just had a splinter in his finger.
He will do it all for the company he someday might own. He is funny, full of energy, but the reason why Shane is #8 on my list is because he has love and passion for this business. And, my friends, this is not something you see everyday yo!
Said it once and I will say it again. He is the greatest wrestler to NEVER become WWE champion. The late great Curt Hennig was in fact, Perfect.
This man originated arrogance, cockiness and even gum chewing in the WWE. He took heel to a point where fans loved him because he could actually wrestle, but hated him because he didn't care about anyone because himself.
I even loved him when he dissed rap music, and I'm a rapper. His music, perfect.
Hair, perfect. Technique in the ring, Perfect.
It is a shame that he did not become WWE or even WCW champion, because this man could go toe to toe with the best of them, and if the match was a straight up wrestling match, he would win.
OHHHHHH YEAH! Savage was nuts. Hands down, this guy was crazy as hell.
But still, he entertained and gave his all in the ring. He wore gold and wore it in style.
He was all about himself, and to me that is the way you have to be in order to be the best.
Savage could do it all. When you needed a hero, he could do it.
When you wanted someone to hate, he could do it. He was the man.
He had many great rivalries with Flair, Hogan, Sting, Nash, Hart, Piper. You name the guy and he was in a feud with him.
The thing that puts "Macho Man" in my top ten is that he sweated enthusiasm. Every time he opened his mouth his veins would stick out with every word.
This man was nuts, but he took wrestling to a whole 'nother level. Can You Dig It????
Quote me, debate me, do whatever you gotta do, but Shawn Michaels is the greatest superstar is WWE history. Why?
He could entertain. He could wrestle.
Michaels turned the 90's into the era of HBK. So what he missed 98 and 99.
He didn't need those years. He was on top of his game every match. Headlined every event, beat every name you threw at him.
Some of the greatest matches and feuds involved this revolutionary. He had memorable matches with Austin, Undertaker, Ric Flair, Triple H, Bret Hart, Randy Orton, Mr. Perfect, Edge and even that kiss-ass John Cena. Shawn Michaels either made you or broke you in a match.
Out of all the wrestlers to ever step into a ring, I respect Michaels the most because he did it all. Wrestled through injuries, put over competitors with no selfishness what so ever, competed in the most grueling matches and most of all, had the biggest love for the fans.
No one has more heart than HBK, and I think no one will top him for years to come.
He is the most underrated superstar in this age. Kane is a great athlete for his size.
He can be so manipulative. That is what makes him so great. He is athletic, psycho and can also be entertaining.
Kane probably holds the record for the wrestler who has made more kids piss their pants more than anyone.
I believe that Kane can do so many things with his mask back on. He can end up breaking his brother's streak, winning the Royal Rumble, and go on to be a good World's Heavyweight Champion.
Energy. That is the answer to your question.
Yes, I know what you guys are thinking. What the hell?!?!?!
Where is Bret Hart, where is Flair, where's Eddie? Hell you even put Sting on your Honorable Mentions but Ultimate Warrior is your number 3.
Who is your number 2, Hornswoggle? Crowbar?
Road Dogg Jesse James? Muhammad Hassan?
What the hell is your problem? Where is Edge?
Benoit? The Ultimate Warrior? Really?
Look, when I was four years old, this was the guy on my birthday cake. I put frosting on my face and ran around the house breathing hard, shaking tables and RAWRing at my mom and grandma like a lunatic.
He was my idol. I dug his energy, excitement, power and his charisma.
He was selfish, he couldn't wrestle and he was a glorified bodybuilder. But he jump-started my love for wrestling.
Man. This man is great.
He is molded to become one of the best. He is talented, cocky, cold, brass, entertaining, the whole package.
The total package. Screw Lex Luger, this is Randy Orton; The Legend Killer.
I do not have the words to describe my non-homosexual obsession for him. Everytime I see an RKO I jump up with excitement.
His music makes me smile. Randy Orton is nothing short of greatness.
With Legacy up and on the rise, Orton will do big things in the years to come. He was part of Evolution, longest running IC champ in the 90's, '09 Rumble Winner, and he is the youngest world's champion. He has killed a long list of legends, and is becoming one in the process.
"Do you smell what the Rock is cookin"?
I did. The Rock was everything I wanted to be in a wrestler.
He was charismatic, agile, strong, technical, and overall, entertaining. He had soooo many catchphrases.
Not only that but the man had many different ways to not only punish you, but defeat you.
Rock Bottom. People's Elbow. Sharpshooter. Various DDTs. He was a great.
The best of both worlds. Probably the best wrestler who could do it all.
He had some of the best feuds with Austin, Triple H, Hogan, Faarooq, Undertaker, Kane, Benoit, Vince, Shane, even Billy Gunn. (I cannot get that fat chick outta my head now.)
Sadly, The Rock thought it would be cool to just up and leave us for showbiz. I mean money is money, but all your fans won't follow you into the movie biz.
I want him to come back because I know he still has it, but all good things must come to an end.
Speaking of end, this concludes my first slideshow of This Kid's Legacy.