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Wayne's World: The Greatest WWE Wrestler of All Time - Round 1 (week 3)
By zzzorf
Nov 10, 2013 - 1:10:02 AM


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Welcome back one and all to the middle week of round 1 in the search to find out who is the Greatest WWE Wrestler of All Time, I am your host Wayne and you are now entering my world. Before we get down to this weeks matche-ups lets take a look at last weeks results shall we.

Chris Benoit 46 beat Bobby Lashley 4, Alundra Blayze 3 & Bad News Brown 2
Andre the Giant 31 beat Brock Lesnar 20, X-Pac 4 & Mae Young 0
The Rock 46 beat Brian Pillman 7, Jerry Lawler 1 & Reno Riggins 0
Scotty 2 Hotty 20 beat Mil Miscaras 17, Jacqueline 14 & Flash Funk 4
Vader 37 beat Kofi Kingston 16, Tyler Reks 1 & Bill Watts 1
Tensai 29 beat Ivory 17, Virgil 8 & Christy Hemme 1
Rikishi 48 beat Gail Kim 5, Nikki Bella 2 & Tori 0
John Morrison 43 beat Stephanie McMahon 9, Brie Bella 2 & Samu 1
Test 23 beat Rocky Johnson 19, Kamala 13 & Jinder Mahal 0
Cody Rhodes 35 beat King Kong Bundy 15, Peter Maivia 4 & Jillian Hall 1
Bubba Ray Dudley 50 beat Lanny Poffo 2, The Kat 2 & Rosey 1
The Iron Sheik 24 beat Dolph Ziggler 15, Tazz 8 & Buddy Rogers 8
Rick Rude 29 beat Shelton Benjamin 18, Chyna 8 & Sam Houston 0
William Regal 40 beat Diamond Dallas Page 11, Antonio Cesaro 3 & Johnny Rodz 1
Chavo Guerrero Jr 27 beat Mr Kennedy 13, Bray Wyatt 11 & Luke Gallows 3
British Bulldog 54 beat Dale Wolfe 0, Jim Brunzell 0 & Doug Furnas 0
D-Von Dudley 48 beat Curt Hawkins 4, Jonathan Coachman 2 & Barry Hardy 0
Ryback 25 beat Funaki 17, Joey Mercury 10 & Vance Archer 1
Owen Hart 52 beat Super Crazy 2, Ernie Ladd 1 & Raymond Rougeau
Ricky Steamboat 46 beat Big Boss Man 8, Bull Buchanen 1 & Arnold Skaaland 0
Bret Hart 53 beat Essa Rios 2, Danny Basham 0 & Blackjack Mulligan 0
Rob Van Dam 49 beat Yoshi Tatsu 5, Jose Luis Rivera 0 & Phil LaFon 0

These 22 winners will now join the winners from week 1 in round 2 and a couple of them are lucky to be there. Brock Lesnar and Mr Kennedy had the early leads for the first day or so before being overtaken by the eventual winners. In fact Kennedy had a lead of about 13-8 on Chavo and never got another vote again. Anyway it is time to move on and take a look at today’s candidates for the title of Greatest WWE Wrestler of All Time.

Match 1


(44) Booker T v (173) The Ultimate Warrior v (260) Mike Knox v (389) Roy Heffernan



Booker T
2001-07, 2011-present
World Champion, WCW Champion, Intercontinental Champion, 3*US Champion, 2*Hardcore Champion, 3*World Tag Champion, WCW Tag champion
King of the Ring winner
Hall of Fame (class of 2013)
The Ultimate Warrior
1987-91, 1992, 1996
WWF Champion, 2*Intercontinental Champion
Mike Knox
2005-10
Roy Heffernan
1960’s
3*NWA US Tag Team Champion

Well there is your eventual winner there, I mean what sort of contest is this if the winner does not end up being an Australian? I mean come on we are the best in the world after all. OK bias aside while Roy Heffernan, as part of The Fabulous Kangaroos, is an important part of WWE’s history he will have a fight on his hands if he wants to make it into round 2. The real competition here is going to be between Booker T and The Ultimate Warrior and it is anyones guess which of them will win.

Match 2


(45) Goldust v (172) Snitsky v (261) Rico v (388) Curtis Hughes



Goldust
aka Dustin Rhodes, The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust, Dustin Runnels
1990-91, 1995-99, 2001-03, 2005-06, 2008-12, 2013-present
3*Intercontinental Champion, 9*Hardcore Champion, World Tag Champion, WWE Tag Champion
Snitsky
2004-08
Rico
2002-04
World Tag Champion, WWE Tag Champion
Curtis Hughes
aka Mr. Hughes
1993, 1997, 1999

OK is this the battle of the weird freaks or something? I mean come on we have a guy who no matter what he does it wasn’t his fault (including kicking a baby) and has a weird foot fetish. Next you have a stylist, who also happens to be a Las Vegas cop, who likes to set up life partnerships between tag partners and kiss his own. Thirdly you have a kleptomaniac (well he stole Undertaker’s urn and I needed something for him to fit this gimmick match). It is the biggest freak to have ever graced a WWE ring, the Golden one himself, who will most likely steam roll himself to victory in this match-up.

Match 3


(46) Faarooq v (171) Vladamir Kozlov v (262) Roddy Piper v (387) Nathan Jones



Faarooq
aka Ron Simmons
1996-2004, 2006-present
3*Tag Champion
Hall of Fame (class of 2012)
Vladimir Kozlov
2008-11
WWE Tag Champion
Roddy Piper
1984-87, 1989-96, 2003, 2005-present
Intercontinental Champion, Tag Champion
Hall of Fame (class of 2005)
Nathan Jones
2002-03

Wow this section of the bracket is very Australian heavy isn’t it. However I won’t give Nathan Jones the same sort of praise I gave Heffernan for quite honestly he just doesn’t deserve it. I am though glad there is more than 1 person flying the Aussie flag. This match-up though while having a strong contender in Faarooq he must be saying Damn! that he drew the Rowdy one in the first round.

Match 4


(47) The Godfather v (170) Maven v (263) Bobo Brazil v (386) Ultimo Dragon



The Godfather
aka Sir Charles, Papa Shango, Kama The Ultimate Fighting Machine, Kama Mustafa, The Goodfather
1991-93, 1994-96, 1997-2002
Intercontinental Champion, WWE Tag Champion
Maven
2001-05
3*Hardcore Champion
Tough Enough winner
Bobo Brazil
1963-68, 1976-77, 1984
7*US Champion
Hall of Fame (class of 1994)
Ultimo Dragon
2003-04

Well I can see this match going the way of a lot of others with the more deserving winner Bobo Brazil losing out to the more widely known wrestler in The Godfather. Putting these two together the man with more gimmicks than any other wrestler in WWE history pails to in terms of what Bobo was able to accomplish back in the day.

Match 5


(48) Batista v (169) Hawk v (264) Sycho Sid v (385) Shane Douglas



Batista
2002-10
4*World Champion, 2*WWE Champion, WWE Tag Champion, 3*World Tag Champion
Royal Rumble winner
Hawk
aka Road Warrior Hawk
1990-92, 1997-99
2*Tag Champion
Hall of Fame (class of 2011)
Sycho Sid
aka Sid Justice
1991-92, 1995-97
2*WWF Champion
Shane Douglas
aka Dean Douglas
1990-91, 1995
Intercontinental Champion

Wow now doesn’t this match look appetising? This would be a very hard-hitting affair if it could have happened in real life but of course that is not the case. While we can only dream about what this match could have been we can look at this match in terms of the tournament before us. While the all could put forward a claim for the win here I see it coming down to the two World Champions in Batista and Sid, who will it be?

Match 6


(49) Sheamus v (168) Bushwacker Butch v (265) Pierre Ouellet v (384) Ludvig Borga



Sheamus
2009-present
World Champion, 2*WWE Champion, US Champion
Royal Rumble winner, King of the Ring winner
Bushwacker Butch
1989-96
Pierre Ouellet
aka Jean-Pierre LaFitte
1993-95, 1998-2000
3*Tag Champion
Ludvig Borga
1993-94

So it is not just Australia being represented this week but the rest of Oceania wants to get in on the action starting with New Zealand. In fact this match has a very international flavour to it with Ireland, Canada and Finland joining in with my Kiwi brethren. I think the story of this match-up though is more about who made better friends with the Kliq than anything else.

Match 7


(50) Big Daddy V v (167) Bob Backlund v (266) Dean Ambrose v (383) Tom Zenk



Big Daddy V
aka Mabel, Viscera
1993-96, 1998-2000, 2004-08
Hardcore Champion, Tag Champion
King of the Ring winner
Bob Backlund
1977-84, 1992-97, 2000, 2007
2*WWF Champion, Tag Champion
Hall of Fame (class of 2013)
Dean Ambrose
2012-present
US Champion
Tom Zenk
1986-88

Hmm another one of those matches where we have a nice little mix of styles which could very well make for a good match if it were to have happened in reality. I feel though that the two middle names would be the ones who battle it out in both reality and in the tournament for who will get the win. Bob Backlund should go through easily but Ambrose is one of the IWC’s poster boys at the moment and could very well cause an upset.

Match 8


(51) Jack Swagger v (166) Lita v (267) Trent Barreta v (382) Dawn Marie



Jack Swagger
2008-present
World Champion, ECW Champion, US Champion
Money in the Bank winner
Lita
1999-2006
4*Women’s Champion
Trent Barreta
2009-13
Dawn Marie
2002-05

Now this match is gong to be very interesting to watch. Lita could very well be the first woman to make it through to the second round. She will face some tough competition here though in former World Champion Jack Swagger thus making for an interesting showdown. Also while I am here let me just say if you haven’t had a chance to see any of Trent Barreta’s work since his release earlier this year you don’t know what you are missing, he is proving why he should never have been let go from the WWE.

Match 9


(52) R-Truth v (165) Bushwacker Luke v (268) Junkyard Dog v (381) Mason Ryan



R-Truth
aka K-Kwik
2000-02, 2008-present
US Champion, 2*Hardcore Champion, WWE Tag Champion
Bushwacker Luke
1989-96
Junkyard Dog
1984-88
Hall of Fame (class of 2004)
Mason Ryan
2011-present

Well there isn’t to much to talk about achievement wise here is there? However putting that aside we see we have a nice little group here with the two standouts being Junkyard Dog and R-Truth. It could go either way but my money is on JYD. Also I forgot to point out that once again Oceania is being represented, damn I must be running out of candidates from here soon.

Match 10


(53) Daniel Bryan v (164) Koko B Ware v (269) Johnny Stamboli v (380) Afa



Daniel Bryan
2009-10, 2010-present
World Champion, 2*WWE Champion, US Champion, WWE Tag Champion
Money in the Bank winner
Koko B Ware
1986-94
Hall of Fame (class of 2009)
Johnny Stamboli
2001-04
2*Hardcore Champion
Afa
1979-80, 1983-84, 1992-95
3*Tag Champion
Hall of Fame (Class of 2007)

Oh look just to remind me that while Australia and New Zealand are the biggest countries in Oceania that it is in fact the tiny Isle of Samoa where our best chances of winning come from. However while Afa will put up a fight he has to contend with the IWC’s poster boy Daniel Bryan, an easy favourite to win this match. However anything could happen and just like his Hall of Fame induction the Birdman could surprise us all.

Match 11


(54) Road Dogg v (163) Eve Torres v (270) Tom Pritchard v (379) Johnny Barend



Road Dogg
aka The Roadie, Jesse James
1994-95, 1996-2001, 2011-present
Intercontinental Champion, Hardcore Champion, 5*WWE Tag Champion
Eve Torres
2007-13
3*Diva’s Champion
Diva Search winner
Tom Pritchard
aka Bodydonna Zip, Dr X
1993-2004
Tag Champion
Johnny Barend
1962-63
2*US Champion

Oh well this looks like another one of the luck of the drawer matches with no real standout being included. Every wrestler included has something to give and whichever way a reader votes it could be a justified move.

Match 12


(55) D’Lo Brown v (162) Umaga v (271) Ahmed Johnson v (378) Kenzo Suzuki



D’Lo Brown
1997-2003, 2008-09
Intercontinental Champion, 4*European Champion
Umaga
aka Jamal
2002-03, 2006-09
2*Intercontinental Champion
Ahmed Johnson
1995-98
Intercontinental Champion
Kenzo Suzuki
2004-05
WWE Tag Champion

Once again we have another good little match up on paper with 4 midcarders who showed a ton of potential battling it out to see who makes the second round. Once again any of the 4 will win but you have to assume that Umaga is the favourite to win.

Match 13


(56) Santino Marella v (161) Brodus Clay v (272) Dynamite Kid v (377) Danny Spivey



Santino Marella
aka Santina Marella
2007-present
2*Intercontinental Champion, US Champion, WWE Tag Champion
Brodus Clay
2010-present
Dynamite Kid
1984-88
Tag Champion
Danny Spivey
aka Waylon Mercy
1985-88, 1995

Comedy or serious? Current era or Golden era? These are the questions that need to be asked in this match-up and what will ultimately decide who actually goes through to round 2.

Match 14


(57) Zack Ryder v (160) Pedro Morales v (273) Epico v (376) Ivan Koloff



Zack Ryder
2007-present
US Champion, WWE Tag Champion
Pedro Morales
1970-75, 1980-87
WWWF Champion, US Champion, 2*Intercontinental Champion, Tag Champion
Hall of Fame (class of 1995)
Epico
aka Fernando
2010-present
Tag Champion
Ivan Koloff
1970-72
WWWF Champion

This looks like it will be one of those matches where the rightful winner will be robbed due to people not knowing wrestling’s past. While Ryder and Epico are both talented superstars they do not hold a candle to Koloff, let alone reach the height set by Morales. However I believe that people will rather go with what they know, most likely seeing Ryder get a victory he doesn’t deserve.

Match 15


(58) Eddie Guerrero v (159) Curtis Axel v (274) Jerry Sags v (375) Terri Runnels



Eddie Guerrero
2000-01, 2002-05
WWE Champion, 2*Intercontinental Champion, US Champion, 2*European Champion, 4*WWE Tag Champion
Hall of Fame (class of 2006)
Curtis Axel
aka Michael McGillicutty
2010-present
Intercontinental Champion, Tag Champion
Jerry Sags
1990-93
Tag Champion
Terri Runnels
aka Marlena
1996-2004
Hardcore Champion

No matter how many times I look at this match I only see one outcome, Eddie wins. Moving on.

Match 16


(59) The Hurricane v (158) Raven v (275) Kenny Dykstra v (374) Skinner



The Hurricane
aka Gregory Helms, Shane Helms
2001-10
European Champion, Hardcore Champion, 2*Cruiserweight Champion, 2*World Tag Champion
Raven
akka Johnny Polo
1993-94, 2000-03
27*Hardcore Champion
Kenny Dykstra
2006-08
Tag Champion
Skinner
1991-93

Another nice little midcard battle sees me scratching my head on who will win. I have my favourite (Raven) but would not mind if my 2nd (Hurricane) makes it through as well. Whoever goes through though needs to thank the luck of the draw that they didn’t get anyone higher up the card.

Match 17


(60) Hacksaw Jim Duggan v (157) Damien Sandow v (276) Shane McMahon v (373) Haystacks Calhoun



Hacksaw Jim Duggan
1987-93, 2005-09
Royal Rumble winner
Hall of Fame (class of 2011)
Damien Sandow
aka Idol Stevens, The Easter Bunny
2006-07, 2012-present
Money in the Bank winner
Shane McMahon
1998-2009
European Champion, Hardcore Champion
Haystacks Calhoun
60’s & 70’s
Tag Champion

Once again we have a case where the 4 wrestlers involved each throw up a different reason why they should advance to round 2. First there is Duggan, a massive fan favourite back in the day who also can claim to be the first ever Royal Rumble winner. Second there is Sandow, a favourite of todays audience who will get the hear and now voters. Third there is Shane-O-Mac, a guy who despite not being a trained wrestler, sacrificed his body for his fathers company. And lastly we have one of the biggest men to ever step foot inside a wrestling ring and one of the reasons why the WWE still exists today.

Match 18


(61) Alberto Del Rio v (156) Ken Shamrock v (277) AJ Lee v (372) Bastion Booger



Alberto Del Rio
2010-present
2*WWE Champion, 2*World Champion
Royal Rumble winner, Money in the Bank winner
Ken Shamrock
1997-99
Intercontinental Champion, Tag Champion
King of the Ring winner
AJ Lee
2010-present
Diva’s Champion
Bastion Booger
aka Friar Ferguson
1993-94

Just like Lita earlier AJ has the chance to be the first female through to round 2. However unlike Lita, Aj’s opposition is not as easy. She has got multiple time World Champion Alberto Del Rio to get through first which is not going to prove to be an easy task. While it is mostly wishful thinking I would love for Shamrock to be victorious here but that is mostly my favouritism shining through.

Match 19


(62) Crash Holly v (155) Jimmy Wang Yang v (278) Simon Dean v (371) Ron Garvin



Crash Holly
1999-2003
European Champion, Light Heavyweight Champion, 22*Hardcore Champion, Tag Champion
Jimmy Wang Yang
aka Akio
2003-05, 2006-10
Simon Dean
aka Mike Bucci, Nova
1993, 2003, 2005-06
Ron Garvin
1989-90

So I’m guessing this match-up is based on comedy gimmicks? I put this one down to luck of the draw again as there is no major standout here.

Match 20


(63) Steve Austin v (154) Shannon Moore v (279) Shawn Stasiak v (370) Killer Khan



SteveAustin
1995-2002, 2003-04
6*WWF Champion, 2*Intercontinental Champion, 4*Tag Champion, Million Dollar Champion
3*Royal Rumble winner, King of the Ring winner
Hall of Fame (class of 2009)
Shannon Moore
2001-05, 2006-08
Shawn Stasiak
aka Meat
1999-2000, 2001-02
15*Hardcore Champion
Killer Khan
1980-82, 1987

I was starting to wonder if we were going to get a favourite in this weeks matches and here Stone Cold is to give us what I was looking for. I really don’t see much trouble here for Austin to advance since his opposition don’t really offer much of a fight.

Match 21


(64) Al Snow v (153) Honky Tonk Man v (280) Brian Knobbs v (369) Sean O’Haire



Al Snow
aka Avatar, Shinobi, Steve Moore, Leif Cassidy
1995-97, 1998-2008
European Champion, 6*Hardcore Champion, Tag Champion
Honky Tonk Man
1986-91
Intercontinental Champion
Brian Knobbs
1990-93
Tag Champion
Sean O’Haire
2001-04

What the hell why don’t we just make this match hardcore then it might look a little bit more appealing to me. Not much to say here, Honky Tonk Man should win but I won’t be surprised if Al Snow steals it to use his status as the leader of the J.O.B. Squad to lose in round 2.

Match 22


(65) Mick Foley v (152) Iron Mike Sharpe v (281) Paul Burchill v (368) Lou Albano



Mick Foley
aka Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love
1996-2008
3*WWF Champion, Hardcore Champion, 8*Tag Champion
Hall of Fame (class of 2013)
Iron Mike Sharpe
1983-95
Paul Burchill
aka The Ripper
2005-10
Lou Albano
1952-86
US Tag Champion
Hall of Fame (class of 1996)

And to finish of today we find my favourite wrestler Mick Foley show his face and try to make it through to the next round. If he doesn’t make it through I will be very disapointed but if he loses to Captain Lou Albano, well then I guess I can understand.

Well that brings us to the end of week 3. You have one week from the timestamp on this column to get your votes into me either through the comment section below, through any of my feedback methods at the end of the column or in the special thread in the WWE section of the forums. For your convenience I have put the list of matches to prevent you from having to continously scroll up and down. So I will see you again next Sunday with the week 4 column so until next time,

Thanx for Reading,

Wayne Little.


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Match 1: Booker T v The Ultimate Warrior v Mike Knox v Roy heffernan
Match 2: Goldust v Snitsky v Rico v Curtis Hughes
Match 3: Faaroq v Vladimir Kozlov v Roddy Piper v Nathan Jones
Match 4: The Godfather v Maven v Bobo Brazil v Ultimo Dragon
Match 5: Batista v Hawk v Sycho Sid v Shane Douglas
Match 6: Sheamus v Bushwacker Butch v Pierre Ouellet v Ludvig Borga
Match 7: Big Daddy V v Bob Backlund v Dean Ambrose v Tom Zenk
Match 8: Jack Swagger v Lita v Trent Baretta v Dawn Marie
Match 9: R-Truth v Bushwacker Luke v Junkyard Dog v Mason Ryan
Match 10: Daniel Bryan v Koko B Ware v Johnny Stamboli v Afa
Match 11: Road Dogg v Eve Torres v Tom Pritchard v Johnny Barend
Match 12: D-Lo Brown v Umaga v Ahmed Johnson v Kenzo Suzuki
Match 13: Santino Marella v Brodus Clay v Dynamite Kid v Danny Spivey
Match 14: Zack Ryder v Pedro Morales v Epico v Ivan Koloff
Match 15: Eddie Guerrero v Curtis Axel v Jerry sags v Terri Runnels
Match 16: The Hurricane v Raven v Kenny Dykstra v Skinner
Match 17: Hacksaw Jim Duggan v Damien Sandow v Shane McMahon v Haystacks Calhoun
Match 18: Alberto Del Rio v Ken Shamrock v AJ Lee v Bastion Booger
Match 19: Crash Holly v Jimmy Wang Yang v Simon Dean v Ron Garvin
Match 20: Steve austin v Shannon Moore v Shawn Stasiak v Killer Khan
Match 21: Al Snow v Honky Tonk Man v Brian Knobbs v Sean O'Haire
Match 22: mick Foley v Iron Mark Sharpe v Paul Burchill v Lou albano

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