Wrestling, like all forms of entertainment, is full of injustices. It’s an injustice that “Stone Cold” Steve Austin broke his neck at SummerSlam 1997, taking his best years away from him. It’s an injustice that Andy Kauffman isn’t in the celebrity wing of the Hall of Fame and Snoop Dogg is. It’s an injustice that I’m too young to have seen Sunny in her prime. Oh, Sunny. Anyway, small fantasy over, some of the biggest injustices are regarding a certain performers position on the card. Some of the most talent wrestlers in the world never get their chance to perform in the main event, whilst some of the wrestlers they lose out to have about as much right to be in the main event as I do. And I’m a lazy slob. Whilst this list won’t cover all of the grave injustices in wrestling, it will attempt to cover some ground regarding those wrestlers placed in the wrong position in WWE. Some of these performers were main eventers in other promotions, whilst some were only in the main event scene for a while, but, nonetheless, their positioning in WWE was still way, way off and it’s about time someone held them accountable. Time to get our “judging” hats on, people, this is going to be fun.
15. Belonged In The Main Event: Matt Hardy
Internet smarks! I knew you’d come!
Matt Hardy is one of my favourite wrestlers ever and that is entirely due to his work outside of WWE. Labelled by many as the “boring” Hardy when compared with the nefarious, Brother Nero (that’s Jeff Hardy for all you non-believers), Matt made huge headlines when he adopted a new “broken” persona in early 2016. Originally dismissed as more TNA nonsense, Matt’s perseverance with the gimmick and his obvious creative flair has made him one of the most beloved characters in wrestling today, perhaps of all time, and it’s becoming more and more often to hear “delete!” chants at other wrestling events, even WWE. Take that, Meek Mahan!
Once the Hardy boys split up, Jeff was immediately catapulted into the main event scene, winning three world championships and main eventing several big shows, including SummerSlam 2009. Matt, on the other hand, was treated with slightly less respect. Winning only a few championships, including the United States and ECW titles (which I will never recognise as a world championship, never!), Matt’s only really memorable storyline came when it was revealed that his real life girlfriend, Lita, had been cheating on him with fellow WWE wrestler, Edge, sparking a worked-shoot angle between the two. With no real creative backing, Matt didn’t really stand a chance, but his work with Edge and his successful “Version One” gimmick showed the creativity that would become apparent in 2016; creativity that could have easily established Matt as a main event player, especially in a feud with Jeff. Unfortunately, WWE failed to notice this, which I guess I should be glad about, really, because we’d have never gotten to see Señor Benjamin. I love that guy.
14. Belonged In The Midcard: Jack Swagger
Oh, Jack, I really, really didn’t want to put you on this list. But you’re just so naff.
Jack Swagger should, by all accounts, be a great pro wrestler. His amateur background is very impressive; he set the all-time record at Oklahoma State University for most pins in a single season and finished seventh place overall in the 2006 NCAA championships. WWE put so much faith into Swagger, that they signed straight out of college, with Jack accepting his developmental contract the day he was meant to start graduation placement. Of course he did, typical student. Swagger breezed through developmental and made big headlines on the main roster, winning Money in the Bank in 2010 and cashing it in just five days later (two days in reality, Smackdown was taped back then) to become World Heavyweight Champion. Despite successful defending the title against the likes of Edge, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton, there was nothing overly special about Swagger; his old cockiness had vanished and his complete and utter lack of promo ability made it pretty painful to listen to him try and speak. Swagger would lose the title at Fatal 4-Way (the best Pay-Per-View ever, cough cough, sarcasm, cough) and would plummet down the card faster than you could say “We The People”. He now finds himself, umm, actually, I don’t know where he is. Anyone know where Jack Swagger is? No? Weird. A fine in-ring talent who just didn’t have the other skills to be a main event player, Swagger was pushed way too hard way too fast and suffered big time as a result. Ah well, I’m sure things’ll pick up eventually, when we figure out where he is…
13. Belonged In The Main Event: Apollo Crews
I know there’s still time for this to happen, but WWE have made such a mess of this guy, I just needed to address it.
Uhaa Nation signed for WWE in late 2014 and debuted on TV at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, defeating Tye Dillinger handily. His impressive hybrid style of power, athleticism and high-flying made him a standout star in the promotion, highlighted when he won a battle royal to become number one contender to the NXT Championship in October 2015. Whilst never winning the title, he did put on a great match with Finn Balor and had a strong feud with Baron Corbin. Then he sort of vanished for a bit, reappearing on the main roster the night after WrestleMania 32 in a surprise debut that was only announced on the night. You’d totally forgotten about that, hadn’t you? Which, I guess, proves my point.
Crews on the main roster presented an interesting opportunity for the young star to show off his impressive skill set. However, despite making his debut on the main roster in April 4th, Crews didn’t make his first Pay-Per-View appearance until June 19th, when he defeated Sheamus at Money In The Bank. What? How do you forget about someone for two months? Especially when they look like they’re made out of rock? I imagine Vince probably has a poster of Crews on his bedroom wall, next to Hulk Hogan and The Mountain from Game of Thrones. His next Pay-Per-View main show appearance came in August at SummerSlam, where he was defeated by The Miz in a match for the Intercontinental Championship. I know that sounds like it was good for Crews’ career, but it wasn’t, it just wasn’t. He now finds himself semi-feuding with Dolph Ziggler, but a man of Crews’ ability, physique and presence should be challenging for the world title, not being used to put over a new heel. I truly believe that, if booked correctly, Crews could be one of the biggest stars in the WWE today. However, WWE have replied to any of my emails about a job in creative and I think Stephanie has a restraining order against me, so I guess Apollo is screwed.
12. Belonged In The Midcard: King Kong Bundy
If a thumb and a potato ever got it on, the result would be King Kong Bundy.
Chris Pallies worked as King Kong Bundy in the WWE between the years of 1985 and 1988 and then again between 1994 and 1995. In his first run, he was booked as a dominant, unstoppable monster, squashing jobbers and even setting the record for the shortest WrestleMania match ever against SD Jones at the first ever show, a record that would stand for 23 years. That record is now held by The Rock. Funny how things move on, isn’t it? Bundy gained massive recognition for his match at WrestleMania 2, where he challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWE Championship in the main event of the show. The match played heavily on the fact that Bundy had injured Hogan’s ribs mere days before the event, leaving The Hulkster bandaged up when he faced The Walking Condominium. Also, it was in a steel cage, the only match of its kind in WrestleMania history. Obviously, Hogan won (because he’s Hogan, of course) and Bundy would never reach the heights of the WrestleMania main event ever again. He did fight a bunch of midgets at WrestleMania III though, which is, umm, good?
I’ve got nothing against Bundy, it’s just that, well, he was nothing special. Yes, I know, what wrestlers looked like and audience expectations were different back in the 80s, but Bundy was just one big man in a sea of big men. What separated him from men like Big John Studd, or Earthquake, or Bam Bam Bigelow? Well, apart from the flame tattoos. The fact that Bundy was wrestling in a comedy match just one year after his WrestleMania main event proves that he had no staying power as a main event guy and the total and utter lack of any credible achievements following Mania 2 only goes to show that Bundy was just in the right place at the right time when he got his main event push. Like I said, nothing against the guy, although that sounded like he’d murdered my dog or something. I can be a real hardass sometimes.
11. Belonged In The Main Event: Diamond Dallas Page
Whenever you’re sad or depressed or just think the world is a hopeless place full of fear, hatred and the Twilight movies, just remember DDP and what he has accomplished in his amazing life.
Dallas Page originally made his name as a manager, leading the likes of The Fabulous Freebirds, Raven and Alundra Blayze to the ring in both the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and WCW. Only beginning his wrestling training at 35 years old (for some context, Roman Reigns is 31 years old and Randy Orton is 36), Despite his outrageously late start to the wrestling business, at Spring Stampede 1999, DDP won the WCW Championship in a fatal 4-way match involving Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and Sting, with Randy Savage as the special ref. Wow. Winning your first world title in a match involving four future Hall of Famers. Take a bow, Dallas, take a bow. Page would hold the belt three times in total, as well as the US, TV and Tag team titles a handful of times, which meant that, when he turned up in WWE in 2001, it was a big deal. Then he played a weird stalker gimmick, got beat up by The Undertaker and then lost an actual match to Taker’s wife. Oh no. Things were going so well.
Page became the first in a long, long, long, long, long, long, long line of former WCW stars mistreated by the WWE when they joined WCW. A bona fide superstar in Georgia, Page was reduced to nothing more than another name on the card, having his ass handed to him on numerous by established WWE talent and achieving nothing any of real merit in his entire run with the company. His work outside the ring since WWE has been the real story; he established his own fitness regime, DDP Yoga, which has since sold millions of dollars’ worth of merchandise and been instrumental in saving the lives of former professional wrestlers, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Scott Hall, after helping them recover from their respective addictions. One of the nicest people to ever walk the Earth and a true hero, Page was also an incredible wrestler who deserved a solid WWE main event run. I suppose that’ll teach him to cross the McMahons. I mean, what was he thinking, trying to make a career for himself outside of WWE. How dare he?
10. Belonged In The Midcard: Mark Henry
Again, nothing against the guy, but Sexual Chocolate as the world champ? I don’t think so.
Let’s give Mark Henry every bit of credit for his work both in and out of the WWE. Henry’s career as a strongman and powerlifter is legendary; he is a two-time World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF, trying saying that three times fast) champion, a two-time national champion in powerlifting, a two-time Olympic athlete, a Pan America games gold medallist and he holds the record for squat, deadlift and total in WDFPF and is credited with the biggest raw deadlift by any American citizen ever. Jesus. Maybe I should have thought twice before putting him on this list.
In the wrestling world, however, Henry hasn’t been quite as legendary. Yes, he won the World Heavyweight Championship and the European Championship (well, I say won, it was given to him by Jeff Jarrett) and has won over the WWE fans with his entertaining “sexual chocolate” gimmick, but he’s also been involved in some terrible angles, such as the “Sammi” angle where he made fun of a transsexual person and let’s not forget the whole “Mae Young giving birth to a hand fiasco”. Even his world title run was ended by The Big Show – in a freaking chairs match too! Thank God Daniel Bryan turned up to save the day. A treasured part of wrestling history and a future Hall of Famer for sure, Henry is a wonderful WWE superstar and I have every respect for him. However, in my opinion, he just wasn’t world champion material and his rise to the main event, in my eyes, did not work. Sorry Mark, I love you though. Please don’t bench press me to death.
9. Belonged In The Main Event: Cesaro
Looks like this part of the list is turning into the Cesaro section. Somebody get my cheap paper sign!
Cesaro, formerly Antonio Cesaro, formerly Claudio Castagnoli, formerly A Very Mysterious Ice Cream (yep, he actually wrestled as that in Chikara) has won over the WWE fans in a big way since his arrival in 2012. Holding the United States Championship for 239 days as a heel, Cesaro put on an impressive showing against guys like The Miz, R-Truth and Zack Ryder, firmly cementing himself as a solid midcard performer and winning over a fair few fans in the process, mainly because he prevented R-Truth from becoming United States Champion. He then teamed with fellow list member, Jack Swagger, as The Real Americans, a heel team managed by Zeb Colter that split after Cesaro’s surprise win in the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX. Ah, here we go, thought the WWE, finally, their getting behind someone we like! But, as always, we were completely delusional.
After this huge crowd-popping moment at Mania, WWE made the baffling decision to pair Cesaro up with manager, Paul Heyman, known for managing heels. They then banned him from using the Cesaro swing because it made him too popular (WWE wanted to keep him heel) and made him lose to the likes of Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, Dean Ambrose, Ryback and Erick Rowan, all whilst having him lose title matches left, right and centre. Jesus, WWE, are you trying to troll us or something? He couldn’t have lost more if he tried! After a slow, tedious process, Cesaro now finds himself in a winning act with Sheamus as one half of the Raw Tag Team Champions (his second reign in as many years with the titles), but still seems a million iles away from the main event scene. His athleticism, matched with his incredible strength and power and connection to the WWE crowds (why do you think I started this list talking about “the Cesaro Section”?) makes The Swiss Superman a perfect candidate for a main event push, but, if you take Mr. McMahon’s word for it, Cesaro just lacks that “it” factor. Also, Vince said it was because he was Swiss. He actually said this. That’s terrible. We love Cesaro.
8. Belonged In The Midcard: Sid
Or Psycho Sid, or Sid Vicious, or Sid Justice, or whatever stupid name he has this week. Let’s just call him Sid, shall we?
Sid is somewhat of an anomaly in wrestling. A tall, muscly, blonde dude who wasn’t anything special in the ring, lacked any real charisma and brutally murdered the English language with every promo he ever gave, had one of the most successful careers in wrestling history. In WCW, he had two reigns with the world championship and was involved in numerous high profile matches, including the main event of the final ever Starrcade (WCW’s WrestleMania) in 2000 against Scott Steiner. In the WWE, he also won the world title twice and, amazingly, appeared only twice at WrestleMania, both times in the main event. Here was a man with no standout qualities, special gimmick or any real memorable moves who was main eventing WrestleMania with the likes of Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker! What?!
Even the most dedicated of fans will struggle to tell you anything special about Sid. He was tall and muscly, yes, but so was basically everyone else in wrestling at the time. Even his finishing move was boring – it was a Powerbomb. And he didn’t even invent that move or anything cool like that. How on Earth Sid made it to the main event of the two biggest wrestling shows in America and held the two biggest world titles in wrestling history a grand total of four times is beyond me and I dare you to question me after watching just one of Sid’s matches or promos. No offence to the guy, but he was just so average, and not just by my modern standards, but by the standards of the time. He may have only had half the brains that I have, but he had one hell of wrestling career and that mystery will haunt me until my dying day.
7. Belonged In The Main Event: Rick Rude
Ah, one of my all-time favourite wrestlers. This should help me calm down about Sid.
At the time of writing this, “Ravishing” Rick Rude is one of the names rumoured for the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017. If this happens, I will be overjoyed beyond belief. Rude is just one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time; his character work to develop the “Ravishing” persona that made him famous in the WWE was exceptional, always going to eh extra mile to be despised, including flaunting his chiselled body, romancing random women in the crowd (don’t worry, they were plants, I hope) and even painting the faces of his opponents’ wives on his trunks. That’s just incredible. His impressive character-building and excellent wrestling ability did take him to the main event of a few big shows, such as SummerSlam 1990 (where he became the first person ever to challenge for the WWE title at that event), but he spent most of his time in the midcard, having excellent runs with the Intercontinental and United States Championships. Also, he covered his wedding ring with tape whilst wrestling because he refused to take it off, even when playing the Ravishing character. I mean, that’s just the loveliest thing ever.
Rude definitely had all the skills to become a competent world champion in WWE. Not only was he one of the most despised heels of his era, he also had a readymade opponent in The Ultimate Warrior (Warrior and Rude had feuded for the IC title in 1989) and his arrogance and cockiness would have been made even bigger by a world title win and you know Rick would have carried that spectacularly. His runs in WCW with the International Heavyweight Championship and his feuds there with Ric Flair and Sting just prove that Rude could have been a great world champion in the WWE, however, through a combination of a lack of a push and Rude leaving the company following The Montreal Screwjob in 1997 (Rude was a close friend of Bret Hart), things never went that way. Rude will always be one of my heroes, though. Please, please put him in the Hall of Fame, oh, and have Bret Hart induct him. That’d be nice.
6. Belonged In The Midcard: Roman Reigns
I feel kinda bad for this one, but at the same time, I absolutely do not.
Let me make things perfectly clear; I like Roman Reigns as a wrestler. He’s good in the ring, has a good look and his work in The Shield was nothing short of revolutionary. Then things went a bit bleugh. After The Shield disbanded in 2014, Reigns was immediately shoved into the main event picture, competing for the WWE Championship on the next two Pay-Per-Views, before going down with an injury that kept him out until 2015. When Reigns returned, fans could clearly see how ill-equipped he was for the main event; his wrestling was only ok and his work on the mic, dire. And that’s before we even talk about how goddamn smug he was all the time, like he knew he was the golden boy, because, well, he was.
Despite fan backlash, Reigns won the Royal Rumble, which resulted in masses of boos from the crowd in Philadelphia and these boos have followed Roman ever since. Despite two WrestleMania main events, a United States title run and three WWE Championships, Reigns is still about as popular as a turd in a hot dog bun and WWE still don’t seem to have learned, as rumours are rife that Roman is going to win the Universal Championship at Royal Rumble. No. Just, no. Don’t let that man ruin another Royal Rumble! A competent wrestler who just cannot connect with the fans, Reigns could have been huge in WWE, but, thanks to WWE massively dropping the ball, he’s tainted stock now. Well, as a face, at least, hint hint.
5. Belonged In The Main Event: Ricky Steamboat
Ricky Steamboat’s real name is Richard Blood. That’s like being called James Wolf and using the ring name Jimmy Chihuahua.
Mr. Blood, like Dallas Page, was a bona fide star outside of WWE. A multi-time United States, Television and Tag Team Champion in the NWA/WCW, Steamboat put on incredible bouts with the likes of The Dangerous Alliance and Ric Flair, including three, yes, three, matches against Flair that were given a rating of 5 stars by Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Three 5 star matches! And they all happened in 1989! What a year. Steamboat is perhaps best known to WWE fans for his now-legendary match with “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania III. Doing battle for the Intercontinental Championship, Steamboat and Savage apparently spent hours planning this match move by move. Rather than the usual tactic of making up spots on the fly, and this really paid off, as the action was slick, the story-telling masterful and the end result – Steamboat pinning Savage after countering a scoop slam into a small package – resulted in a huge pop from the 93,173 strong crowd in attendance. Well, WWE say there was that many people there, but they do have a habit of, what’s the word, oh yeah, lying through their teeth.
According to rumours, WWE were planning a big push for Steamboat following his IC title win, including a length reign with the belt. However, Ricky had the audacity to ask for time off following his title win, because his wife had just given birth to their first child. I mean, come on, Ricky, that’s just disgraceful. Wanting to be with your wife and child, how dare you. Yes, I know I did this jo9ke the last time I wrote about Steamboat, but it’s just so unbelievable that WWE would punish Steamboat for this. His punishment came in the form of him dropping the Intercontinental Championship to The Honky Tonk Man just 65 days later and being jobbed out until he left the company in late 1988. He then went onto have those incredible five star matches and win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Oh, WWE. Ricky was an amazing in-ring performer and an instantly likeable person, which made him the perfect top tier babyface. For the biggest wrestling promotion in the world, WWE can be really dumb sometimes.
4. Belonged In The Midcard: The Great Khali
Oh God, even typing his name brought back bad memories.
All credit to Khali, he’s made one hell of a career out of being tall. After an initial career in India as a police officer (Christ, the crime rate on Khali’s beat must have been zero), Dalip Singh Rana joined the WWE in 2006, becoming the first Indian born wrestler in history to do so, and debuted later that year as The Great Khali. After squashing literally everybody, including then-World Heavyweight Champion, Rey Mysterio, and the freakin’ Undertaker, what?!?!, Khali soon found himself as one of the leading contenders to become World Heavyweight Champion after Edge vacated the belt in 2007. Khali would win a 20-man battle royal on an episode of Smackdown to win the vacant title and would reign for 61 days, including a title defence against Batista at SummerSlam. In his career, Khali would also main event Judgement Day 2007 in a match against John Cena for the WWE Championship and also fought Triple H for the title at SummerSlam 2008. Both matches lasted less than ten minutes. Wonder why…
No hard feelings towards him, but Khali actually could not wrestle. Yes, he look intimidating, but he couldn’t sell, he couldn’t tell a convincing story in the ring and the dude could barely move. Seriously, watch any of his matches, it’s like watching a really bad stop motion movie. The ultimate example of someone getting over purely based on their looks, Khali plummeted down the card after his main event push and, if you suggested that Khali be world champ these days, you’d probably be institutionalised.
3. Belonged In The Main Event: Mr. Perfect
His name was literally “Mr. Perfect”, of course he deserved a main event spot.
Curt Hennig is just the best. A great in-ring worker, great on the mic, funny as hell in those backstage skits with Wade Boggs and he once saved Chris Jericho’s life by catching a botched lionsault in WCW. Technically, Curt is responsible for The List of Jericho, so you tell me he isn’t one of the best of all time. Just try. Hennig’s work in the WWE including an impressive undefeated streak that lasted over a year (on TV that is) and two Intercontinental Championship reigns, which featured great matches, including a classic against Bret Hart at SummerSlam 1991. Perfect was also instrumental in the career of wrestling legend, Scott Hall, with the Hall of Famer stating Hennig was the sole reason he became a professional wrestler. He also produced Curtis Axel, which is a great thing and don’t you dare say it is. #Axelmania
Hennig held the world championship for 373 days in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), the same time held by legends such as Jerry Lawler, Verne Gagne and Stan Hansent was just never pushed to that same level in Vince’s fed. Maybe it’s because he was a smaller, more technical wrestler in a time where the main event scene was dominated by giants, monsters and Earthquake. Maybe it’s because Hulk Hogan sabotaged a potential world title feud with Hennig because he didn’t think of him on the same level as him. Yeah, actually, probably that one. A great wrestler and, by all accounts, a wonderful human being, at least he’ll always be remembered as a WWE Hall of Famer and as one of the best to ever grace a ring. Also, Curtis Axel. Screw all of you, he is brilliant. #Axmanrules
2. Belonged In The Midcard: Lex Luger
If you thought I was being nasty before, you just wait.
Lex Luger is one interesting character in wrestling. Essentially Hulk Hogan with a mullet, Luger was big, muscly, blonde and patriotic; the perfect recipe for a world champion, right? Well, maybe in the 80s, but this sure wasn’t the 80s. Luger had been extremely successful in the NWA and WCW before arriving in the WWE in 1993, becoming world champion and holding the United States Championship for 523 days, the longest single reign of anyone in history (he would hold the title five times in total for a total of 948 days, also a record). When he arrived in the WWE, it was as The Narcissist, who was, well, a narcissist, but it was later that year, when a certain Real American ditched the WWE for WCW, that Luger really came into his own. Changing his gimmick entirely, Luger officially became a face when he body-slammed the then-WWE Champion, Yokozuna, on the USS Intrepid, on the 4th of July, an honour for which, I believe, Luger’s face now sits where Teddy Roosevelts used to be on Mount Rushmore. I may have made that last one up. This led to Luger getting a main event title match against Yokozuna at SummerSlam, which he won, but by countout, keeping the belt on the evil pseudo-sumo. Luger would then co-win the Royal Rumble in 1994, but would lose his championship match at WrestleMania X, beforing forming a team with the british Bulldog called The Allied Powers and then defecting back to WCW, the first big star to do so in the Monday Night Wars. Wow, you really can do a lot with the full force of the company behind you, even if you can’t wrestle for toffee.
By the time he turned up in WWE, Luger was a relic of a bygone era. The fans had moved on from the days of the muscle-bound Hercules and were ready to cheer the smaller, more athletic heroes, like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Luger may have looked the part, but his wrestling ability was limited at best and shockingly bad at worst. Just watch him botch punching Ric Flair in the face at Uncensored 1996. Yes, he did actually manage to mess up the simplest move in wrestling history. The WWE locker room also clearly thought little of Lex, because, when word got out that he was going to beat Yokozuna for the WWE title, the boys backstage revolted, even threatening to boycott shows if Bret Hart wasn’t given the honour instead, which he was. Also, from what I’ve seen and heard, Luger is a massive douche and his personal history is about as shady as it gets. A legend in some people’s minds, but far from it in other’s, Lex Luger will go down in history as one of the most divisive figures in wrestling history. By the way, I’m sort of biased against Lex, so I recommend reading up more about him to get a balanced opinion on the guy. I can’t stand him.
1. Belonged In The Main Event: Jake Roberts
Yes, I know Jake’s past is just about as shady as Luger’s, but at least he made an effort to change. Also, he could actually wrestle.
Personal issues aside, Jake “The Snake” Roberts just got wrestling. Far from the typical wrestling architype at the time, Roberts developed an entirely new style of performing that drastically changed the landscape of the business. In an era of over-the-top, smash mouth style promos, Roberts presented himself as a slow, methodical predator, speaking like he’d come straight out of psychological horror movie and standing out like a bird in a beehive because of it. His conniving heel antics made him one of the most despised wrestlers of his time and his feuds with Randy Savage, The Undertaker and the previously-mentioned Ricky Steamboat featured some truly underhanded tactics, even by today’s standards. Thanks to his charisma and excellent in-ring action, Roberts soon found himself over with the fans and became a face, famously battling Andre the Giant at WrestleMania V and eliminating him from the Royal Rumble by presenting Andre with a snake, which he was deathly afraid of. You see, you just don’t get stuff like this in wrestling anymore. I miss the old days.
Very few men can say they had as good as a career as Roberts without winning a single championship in WWE. With such a presence, defined character and iconic finishing move (he invented the freaking DDT, for God’s sake!), Roberts is just a staple of WWE history and the fact that he was never once given a main event push (again, allegedly thanks to Hulk Hogan and his meddling) is a travesty. A man who has waged war both inside the ring and out, Jake Roberts may not have been a saint, but, if the last few years of his life have proved anything, it is that he is a legend. Shame about Damien, though.
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