During Ring Rust Radio's nearly three years on the air, many of the biggest names in professional wrestling have joined the show to offer their insight on the business. With so many stars qualifying as friends of the show, RRR decided to do something special with its latest trimonthly draft.
Rather than selecting a certain era, RRR panelists Donald Wood, Mike Chiari and Brandon Galvin instead decided to use past Ring Rust Radio guests. More than 60 wrestlers and personalities have been on the show, so there were no shortage of options.
Much like RRR's previous drafts, the hosts selected wrestlers in a 20-round serpentine draft, and they have since created fantasy cards. It's important to note that all wrestlers involved should be viewed as if they are in their prime.
Now that the Ring Rust Radio hosts have released their cards, it is time for the RRR listeners and Bleacher Report readers to determine whose is the best.
Don't forget to cast your vote and tune in to Ring Rust Radio on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET to find out who came out on top.
|Brandon Galvin's Card|
|Commentators:||Jim Ross||Paul Heyman||Paul Bearer|
|Championship on the Line||Stipulation||Match||Winner|
|RRR World Championship||No Disqualification||Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bill Goldberg||Austin|
|Basic Singles||Diamond Dallas Page vs. Bad News Barrett||DDP|
|RRR Hardcore Championship||Extreme Rules Six-Pack Challenge Elimination||Bully Ray vs. Tommy Dreamer vs. Rhino vs. New Jack vs. Al Snow vs. Hardcore Holly||Dreamer|
|RRR Intercontinental Championship||Ladder||Austin Aries vs. Adam Cole||Cole|
|Basic Singles||Stevie Richards vs. Steve Corino||Richards|
|Triple Threat||Bo Dallas vs. Robbie E vs. Mike Mondo||Robbie E|
Commentators: Jim Ross, Paul Heyman and Paul Bearer
Bo Dallas vs. Robbie E vs. Mike Mondo
This epic card can only start out with an epic opener. That may or may not be seen here, but it's clear Dallas, Robbie E and Mondo are all able to draw a reaction from every crowd they encounter. With each so entrenched in their gimmick and looking to impress, this would be a fun way to start the show. After a series of reversals, with each wrestler hitting their finisher and fans thinking that there might never be a winner, Robbie E proves he "bolieves" more than Bo and wins via a devastating schoolboy roll up.
Stevie Richards vs. Steve Corino
Next up on the show is the truly awesome battle of the Steves. If only Steve Austin was booked here, it would be in the discussion for greatest Triple Threat match in history, alongside the Rock vs. the Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle at Vengeance 2002 and Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit at WrestleMania XX. Still, the crowd is treated to great bout between two vibrant personalities who excel inside the squared circle with their fluid styles. With a Stevie Kick to the chin, Corino goes down for the three count.
RRR Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match: Austin Aries vs. Adam Cole
As food enthusiasts like to say, now we get into the meat and potatoes of the card. Aries and Cole are two of the top performers in today's era of professional wrestling. Aries was seen as TNA's answer to CM Punk not long ago and Cole reminds many of a young HBK. It's only fitting that Cole would compete in a ladder match to make a name for himself, just like Michaels did in 1994.
This would certainly start as a mat classic with a great deal of psychology mixed in with the ladder a la Chris Jericho vs. Benoit at the 2001 Royal Rumble. A barrage of high-flying maneuvers occur toward the end to wow the crowd. Naturally, though, two-time friend of Ring Rust Radio Cole would secure the victory. Of course, the end result would have to be for Aries to come on the show again to even the score and demand a rematch.
RRR Hardcore Championship Extreme Rules Six-Pack Challenge Elimination Match: Bully Ray vs. Tommy Dreamer vs. Rhino vs. New Jack vs. Al Snow vs. Hardcore Holly
This six-way battle features six of the most sadistic men in the history of professional wrestling. Although he wasn't part of the original ECW, two-time friend of the show Hardcore Holly would fit right in with his no-nonsense and hard-hitting style. The blood and gore of the match, pun intended, would not be for the faint of heart. None of these men ever had a care for their own bodies as long as it meant harming another. In the end, the "Innovator of Violence" Dreamer would defeat Bully to end this massacre after all others were eliminated.
DDP vs. Bad News Barrett
"I've got some bad news!" "And that's a good thing!" DDP's motivational and positive state of mind is clearly the complete opposite of Barrett's doom-and-gloom philosophy. These two would actually make a fun tag team, but instead, we have the truest battle of good vs. evil on our hands. Of course, good must prevail and DDP reverses the Bull Hammer to hit his Diamond Cutter for the win.
RRR World Championship: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin vs. Goldberg
The battle every fan has wanted to see since 1998 finally comes to fruition. A true dream match for any fan, Stone Cold and Goldberg would deliver a fantastic brawl to start the match. They would exchange finishers to keep the fan's on the edge of their seats in a match that features a few false finishes to keep the suspense high. Everybody knows how this match must end, though: Stone Cold hits a Stunner on Goldberg and follows it up with a beer bath. Oh, hell yeah!
|Donald Wood's Card|
|Championship on the Line||Stipulation||Match||Winner|
|RRR World Heavyweight Championship||Basic Singles||Kurt Angle (c) vs. Jake "The Snake" Roberts||Jake "The Snake" Roberts|
|5-on-5 Elimination Match||Team Dixie (Ken Shamrock, Sami Callihan, Jay Lethal, Tommaso Ciampa & Luke Hawx) vs. Team Cornette (Shane Douglas, MVP, Ethan Carter III, Magnus & Roderick Strong)||Team Dixie|
|RRR Intercontinental Championship||Steel Cage||Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. JBL||Bruno Sammartino|
|RRR Tag Team Championships||Basic Tag Team||Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) (c) vs. Air Boom (Kofi Kingston & Matt Sydal)||Air Boom|
RRR Tag Team Championships: Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) (c) vs. Air Boom (Kofi Kingston and Matt Sydal)
The key to a great opening match is getting the fans involved early and getting them out of their seats. This would be achieved with a fast-paced, high-flying tag team matchup featuring Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) squaring off against Air Boom (Kofi Kingston and Matt Sydal). Bad Influence will be the defending champions, but it will be the team work of Air Boom that eventually gives Kingston and Sydal the edge. After dual 450 splashes, Kingston and Sydal will take the win and earn the titles. This is the perfect opening match to set the tone for the night and get fans excited.
RRR Intercontinental Championship Steel Cage Match: Bruno Sammartino (c) vs. JBL
In the Intercontinental Championship match, defending champion Bruno Sammartino will go to battle against John Bradshaw Layfield. For weeks prior to the match, JBL stalked Sammartino, attacking him from behind and avoiding retribution. With the desire to finally get his hands on his foe, Sammartino agrees to put his IC title on the line, but only with the caveat that the match takes place inside a steel cage. The two men engage in a physical battle with a personal feel, resulting in plenty of blood and hardcore elements. Sammartino eventually retains in the most brutal match of the night.
Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Match for Power of the Company: Team Dixie Carter vs. Team Jim Cornette
After months of feuding over power of the company, Dixie Carter and Jim Cornette finally agreed to a match with the winner taking over the show as General Manager. They agreed on a traditional five-on-five Survivor Series match, pitting Team Dixie Carter (Ken Shamrock, Sami Callihan, Jay Lethal, Tommaso Ciampa and Luke Hawx) against Team Jim Cornette (Shane Douglas, MVP, Ethan Carter III, Magnus and Roderick Strong).
After back-and-forth eliminations on both teams, the match will come down to Ken Shamrock vs. Shane Douglas. Despite cheating several times (including outside interference from Cornette), Shamrock eventually eliminates Douglas and earns the win for Team Dixie.
RRR World Heavyweight Championship: Kurt Angle (c) vs. Jake 'The Snake' Roberts
In the world championship match, titleholder Kurt Angle was fighting to keep the belt with Team Dixie, but Jake “The Snake” Roberts was looking avenge the loss of Team Cornette from earlier in the night. The match featured a 30-minute time limit and was a technical masterpiece. With just a few seconds left in the Match of the Year candidate, Roberts distracted the referee, poked Angle in the eyes and rolled him up with a fist full of trunks to win the title. Cornette hit the ring and celebrated with Roberts to close the show.
|Mike Chiari's Card|
|Championship on the Line||Stipulation||Match||Winner|
|RRR World Heavyweight Championship||I Quit Match||Chris Jericho (c) vs. "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase||"Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase|
|RRR Tag Team Championships||TLC||The Hardy Boyz (Jeff & Matt Hardy) (c) vs. Beer Money (Bobby Roode & James Storm)||Hardy Boyz|
|RRR Intercontinental Championship||Triple Threat||Rob Van Dam (c) vs. John Morrison vs. Jerry Lynn||Rob Van Dam|
|Fatal 4-Way Elimination||Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Michael Elgin vs. Kyle O'Reilly||Kyle O'Reilly|
|Basic Singles||Eric Young vs. Santino Marella||Eric Young|
|Basic Singles||Chris Masters w/ Lanny "The Genius" Poffo vs. Blue Meanie||Blue Meanie|
|Basic Singles||Honky Tonk Man vs. Adam Rose||Honky Tonk Man|
Honky Tonk Man vs. Adam Rose
This card kicks off with a match between two of the most fun-loving individuals in the history of wrestling. The Honky Tonk Man will come to the ring in a pink Cadillac along with his “Honkettes,” while Adam Rose will be escorted by his Rosebuds.
Both competitors like to have fun, but there is no question that they go about doing so in very different ways. That inevitably led to some conflict between their respective entourages. With the Honkettes and Rosebuds causing commotion outside the ring, Honky Tonk Man took advantage by hitting Rose with his guitar when the official’s back was turned.
That allowed the greatest Intercontinental champion off all time to get the victory.
Chris Masters (with Lanny 'The Genius' Poffo) vs. Blue Meanie
“The Masterpiece” Chris Masters doesn’t take too kindly to anything he considers to be short of perfection. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that Masters is at odds with the unpolished and unkempt Blue Meanie.
Masters set out to embarrass his opponent, and the match started with the Genius reading a poem that mocked Meanie’s appearance. Masters attempted to go for his patented Master Lock as soon as the bell rang, but Meanie ducked it, rolled him up and scored the upset victory in a matter of seconds.
Masters was left to contemplate what went wrong while Meanie danced his way up the aisle.
Eric Young vs. Santino Marella
Eric Young and Santino Marella have often been pigeonholed as comedy acts over the course of their respective careers, but they set out to prove that they are so much more than that.
The transition is a tough one, as their comedic antics inevitably played a role early in the match, but they eventually got down to business and showed wrestling fans they are capable of grappling with the best of them.
EY is a former TNA World Heavyweight champion, while Santino is a mixed martial artist, and they used those factors to their advantage.
When push came to shove, Young was simply too much for Santino. A Piledriver, followed by a top-rope elbow drop eventually sealed the deal.
Elimination Fatal 4-Way Match: Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Michael Elgin vs. Kyle O’Reilly
While the first three matches did well to liven up the crowd, things truly kicked into gear when four of the greatest stars in Ring of Honor history locked horns in an Elimination Fatal 4-Way match.
Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards and Michael Elgin are all former ROH world champs, while Kyle O’Reilly will be soon enough, provided WWE doesn’t come calling before he gets the opportunity.
The story early in the match focused on the fact that Richards and Edwards decided to join forces. They formed a dominant tag team in the Wolves, and they smartly came to the realization that they are best off sticking together. That ultimately led to Elgin being the first sent back to the locker room when the Wolves finished him off with Force of Nature.
That put O’Reilly at an obvious disadvantage, but he refused to go down without a fight. With both O’Reilly and Edwards laid out, Richards went for a double foot stomp off the top rope but missed O’Reilly and hit Edwards. Before Richards was able to regain his bearings, O’Reilly covered and eliminated Edwards.
After several minutes of back-and-forth action, O’Reilly finally overcame the odds by forcing Richards to tap to Armageddon. The win cemented O’Reilly’s ascent to the top of the independent scene and established him as a potential star.
RRR Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Match: Rob Van Dam (c) vs. John Morrison vs. Jerry Lynn
Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn engaged in perhaps the greatest rivalry in the history of ECW. They decided to settle the score once and for all with the Intercontinental Championship on the line, but John Morrison interjected himself into the feud, which resulted in a Triple Threat with the title on the line.
Morrison’s style is quite similar to RVD and Lynn, which meant all three combatants meshed remarkably well. Due to the hardcore roots of RVD and Lynn, it was only a matter of time before some weapons were introduced to proceedings.
Morrison held his own, despite his lack of experience in that environment, and he even put himself in position to win by placing a trash can on Lynn and going for Starship Pain. Though Morrison connected, the move took its toll on both competitors.
That allowed RVD to hit Morrison with a Van Daminator before setting Lynn up for a Van Terminator from across the ring and nailing it to retain the title.
RRR Tag Team Championship TLC Match: The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy) vs. Beer Money (Bobby Roode & James Storm) (c)
Among the biggest advantages this card has over the other two is its emphasis on top-flight tag team wrestling. That is evidenced by the fact that the tag titles were on the line in a TLC match between two of the greatest duos in the history of professional wrestling: The Hardy Boyz and Beer Money.
Bobby Roode and James Storm enter the match as champions, but many questioned whether they were capable of hanging with Matt and Jeff Hardy in their signature match. Those questions were quickly answered, though, when Beer Money’s physicality proved problematic for the Hardys.
After hitting Matt with a DWI through a table, Roode and Storm appeared en route to retaining their titles. Jeff interrupted their foray up the ladder, however, which resulted in all three men tumbling to the canvas. Matt eventually regained consciousness and hit each member of Beer Money with a Twist of Fate before placing them side by side on tables.
Jeff then scaled the ladder and came crashing down on them with a thunderous Swanton Bomb, which allowed Matt to nab the titles and win the match for his team.
RRR World Heavyweight Championship 'I Quit' Match: Chris Jericho (c) vs. 'Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase
The main event of the evening featured two of the most complete performers professional wrestling has ever seen. Chris Jericho entered the bout as World Heavyweight champion after resisting “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase’s repeated attempts to buy the title.
Rather than selling out, Jericho agreed to put the strap on the line with the caveat that they do battle in an “I Quit” match. It was the perfect stipulation, given Jericho and DiBiase possess elite submission maneuvers in the Walls of Jericho and Million Dollar Dream respectively.
Jericho and DiBiase also happen to have stamina and technical wrestling skills in spades, which made this a class, see-saw affair. Both Superstars were able to lock in their finishers at various points, but neither man was willing to give up.
After hitting DiBiase with a Lionsault through a table, however, Y2J managed to lock the Million Dollar Man in the Walls of Jericho in the middle of the ring. Just when it seemed as though DiBiase was about to utter the magic words, Roode and Storm rushed the ring.
They were certainly worse for wear after the TLC match, but the numbers game caught up with Jericho. Storm hit Y2J over the head with a beer bottle and followed it up with a Last Call superkick. Roode then executed a Roode Bomb before DiBiase put Jericho in the Million Dollar Dream.
Jericho did everything possible to avoid saying “I quit,” but he ultimately had no choice. The show closed with Beer Money raising DiBiase’s hand as the World Heavyweight Championship glistened around his waist.
DiBiase presented Roode and Storm with a briefcase full of cash and proved once and for all that everybody has a price for the Million Dollar Man.
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