This is my list of the top 10 wrestlers from the late 80's and early 90's that I feel should have had a championship run.
From 1985-93, WWF (now WWE) was dominated by one man: Hulk Hogan. As a wrestling fan, I loved Hulk Hogan growing up and now appreciate what he did for the sport.
But looking back on that time, I realize there were so many great workers that deserved to hold the belt.
For whatever reason Vince and the other higher ups never really gave these guys a chance. In this list, I will try to explain why I feel each wrestler deserved the gold.
Hope you all enjoy, and if you don't, you suck! I'm just kidding, I'm pretty open to criticism.
I know that Andre is technically listed as being a one-time WWF champion. But that lasted all of about 10 seconds before he was stripped of the belt and the title was declared vacant.
The WWE may recognize him as a one-time Champ, but I don't. They didn't give him the belt because he deserved it, they gave it to him merely to progress the storyline.
Andre gets the No. 10 spot on my list. He would be higher, but he technically won the belt once.
Andre was drawing great heat in his feud with Hogan. Heenan, as always, was great on the mic and at ringside.
Even if they only gave it to him for a month, it would have been a great month. The man at least deserved that.
Another wrestler that drew great heat while feuding with Hulk Hogan. After Andre the Giant stepped out of the main event level, Earthquake was the new monster heel.
He could have carried the title squashing any opponent who got in his way.
Ultimately, he could have dropped the belt to either Hogan or Warrior, but it still would have been a nice change of pace.
Bulldog was one of the most loved wrestlers in the WWF in the late 80's and early 90's. It's a shame that he was only rewarded with one short run with the IC title.
Bulldog is also the first wrestler on my list who was actually a good wrestler.
Just imagine this: instead of Savage vs. Warrior at Summerslam 92, which was a terrible match, you had Savage vs. Bulldog with Bulldog coming out on top.
Not to take anything away from the great match that he and Bret had, but how amazing of a moment would this have been?
Just another example of an established star coming from NWA/WCW and not getting the respect they deserved.
Dusty was one of the most charismatic personalities to ever lace up the boots. He was also a pretty damn good wrestler for a bigger man.
He came to WWF and showed that he could keep up with some of the top stars in the company.
His first feud was a very entertaining one with "Macho King" Randy Savage. Second major feud with another great heel, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.
In my opinion, Dusty would have made a great champion. It would have enhanced the Dibiase feud, Common Man vs. Million Dollar Man.
One of the best workers of all time, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat just misses making my top six.
The WWF never really used Steamboat correctly. Sure he had a great match against Savage at WM 3, but he deserved more.
Just imagine if he and Savage feuded over the World title. Imagine all the great matches they would have had together.
One of my all-time favorites, Jake "The Snake" Roberts starts off my top five.
Jim Ross once said that Jake had one of the best minds for wrestling. I agree. No one knew how to truly make the audience love or hate him like Jake did.
In a single match, he could make you cheer and boo him. The man was a wrestling genius.
Whether he was playing a heel or a face, Jake could carry a match with anyone. It's one of the greatest travesties that he never got a push to hold the World title, or any title for that matter.
Possibly one of the greatest heels ever. Possibly one of the greatest gimmicks ever. "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase gets the nod at No. 4.
Ted could carry a match with anyone. He cut some of the best promos and drew heat like no one else.
He had great feuds with Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Dusty Rhodes, Jake Roberts and countless others. A great wrestler and a great gimmick. Should have been given a World title.
Simply Ravishing. Rick Rude is No. 3 on my list.
Another member of Heenan family that deserved a World title reign. I don't know what WWE had against these great wrestlers that "The Brain" managed.
In 1990 when The Ultimate Warrior was running wild through the WWF with the belt the fans weren't really that into it.
Rude and Warrior had a very lackluster match at Summerslam, but all in all had a great feud stemming from when the two battled for the IC belt.
Rude could have and should have won the title at least for a month or so that year.
At No. 2 is the Hot Rod, Rowdy Roddy Piper.
Piper is one of the true Icons in the sport. Whether he was smashing a coconut over Jimmy Snuka's head or painting himself half-black for his match against Bad News Brown at WM 6, the Hot Scot was gold.
He had the charisma, he had the skills. He had it all. Another victim of Hulk Hogan and his popularity.
Piper is another wrestler who could have held a feud with anyone. Flair, DiBiase, Savage, Warrior, Hogan, Slaughter, etc. He deserved more than his one reign with the IC belt.
Koko B Ware is not No. 1 on my list. Hell, he's not even in the top 100.
Now let's get to the man who I feel was most slighted by never wearing the World Title around his waist.....
To be No. 1, you have to be perfect, Mr. Perfect.
Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig was absolutely perfect. He had it all, great gimmick, great charisma, and excellent in-ring skills.
Just imagine if you would, instead of Bret Hart vs Mr. Perfect for the IC gold, imagine Perfect vs Hart for the World title.
One of my favorite matches of all time is the Hart and Perfect bout from Summerslam 91. Two great technicians telling one hell of a story. All of the matches they had against eachother were pure poetry.
Perfect could have carried a fued with anyone in the WWF. He carried a fued with Hogan. I'm sure Savage vs Perfect would have been some great matches. What about a Perfect vs Flair? Or a Perfect vs Steamboat? The WWF missed out on what could have been the best matches in wrestling history.