Wayne's World: The Greatest WWE Wrestler of All Time - Semi Finals
Dec 27, 2013 - 6:31:52 PM
banner courtesy of avery
Welcome one and all to the Semi Finals of my tournament to name the Greatest WWE Wrestler of All Time. Things are really starting to heat up after the Quarter Finals with 9 of the greatest WWE superstars of all time being able to make there way through unscathed. So let us take a look at the results and see who made it through.
Bruno Sammartino 46 beat Kane 24 & Jake Roberts 10
Randy Savage 76 beat Billy Graham 3 & Rey Mysterio 1
Chris Jericho 67 beat Ricky Steamboat 12 & Test 1
Shawn Michaels 48 beat The Rock 27 & Eddie Guerrero 5
John Cena 53 beat Andre The Giant 29 & Bob Backlund 9
Mick Foley 46 beat Edge 22 & Chris Benoit 12
Bret Hart 50 beat Kurt Angle 29 & Batista 1
The Undertaker 75 beat Owen Hart 4 & Ted DiBiase Sr 1
Steve Austin 68 beat CM Punk 12 & Mark Henry 0
These 9 Semi-Finalists have been split up into three triple threat matches to help decide the three wrestlers who will make it through to the Grand Final. Once again helping me with the analysis of each match is Lunchbox1981, so I guess we should get on with it shall we.
(135) Bruno Sammartino v (65) Mick Foley v (63) Steve Austin
2*WWWF Champion, 2*International Tag Champion, US Tag Champion
Hall of Fame (class of 2013)
R1: beat Finlay, Dusty Rhodes & Johnny Valiant
R2: beat Tensai, Rikishi & Nikolai Volkoff
QF: beat Kane & Jake Roberts
aka Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love
3*WWF Champion, Hardcore Champion, 8*Tag Champion
Hall of Fame (class of 2013)
R1: beat Iron Mark Sharpe, Paul Burchill & Lou Albano
R2: beat Jeff Hardy, Booker T & IRS
QF: beat Edge & Chris Benoit
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)
R1: beat Shannon Moore, Shawn Stasiak & Killer Khan
R2: beat Randy Orton, Roddy Piper & Headbanger Thrasher
QF: beat Mark Henry & CM Punk
zzzorf: If this first match is any indication then these Semi Finals are going to be a hard fought bunch of battles. No wrestler has been as dominant in one era as much as Bruno was back in the day. Just one World Title reign from him was longer than most people have held the title in multiple reigns. He was truly the biggest star of his era. While Austin was not as dominant in the ring as Bruno he surely helped shape his era and was the man who brought forward the Attitude into wrestling. However no matter how big those two were it is Mick Foley who has had the biggest on me. Does this mean he was the Greatest WWE Wrestler of All Time? Well to me he is but this is not up to me so who will it be, two guys who defined their eras or a guy who defined Hardcore wrestling.
Lunchbox1981: Wow things are really tough from the jump here. As a matter of full disclosure I’d like to say that Foley is my favorite of the three wrestlers in our opening vote. However he is also the one that I am going to say and I think we all can agree should be ruled out right away. He has a love and passion for the business that resonates with the fans and I think that’s a big part of why he has advanced this far. However this is where things have to end for him. Bruno and SCSA are both household names in the wrestling business and transcended there very different eras. Whoever wins this opening vote between these two legends stand a great chance of winning the whole thing.
(110) Randy Savage v (12) Shawn Michaels v (8) The Undertaker
2*WWF Champion, Intercontinental Champion
King of the Ring winner
R1: beat Jamie Noble, Deuce & Bob Orton
R2: beat The Big Show, Daniel Bryan & Dynamite Kid
QF: beat Rey Mysterio & Billy Graham
3*WWF. Champion, World Champion, 3*Intercontinental Champion, European Champion, 5*World Tag Champion, WWE Tag Champion
2*Royal Rumble winner
Hall of Fame (class of 2011)
R1: beat 8-Ball, Kaitlyn & Eddie Graham
R2: beat RVD, The Brooklyn Brawler & Mr Fuji
QF: beat Eddie Guerrero & The Rock
3*World Champion, 4*WWE Champion, Hardcore Champion, 6*World Tag Champion, WCW Tag Champion
Royal Rumble winner, 21-0 at Wrestlemania
R1: beat One Man Gang, Eugene & Dory Funk Jr
R2: beat The Godfather, Crash Holly & Hulk Hogan
QF: beat Owen Hart & Ted DiNiase St
zzzorf: Can Taker do it again and knock off another major name? Anything is possible when talking about the Phenom. While there can be a major debate if he should have beat Hulk Hogan back in round 2 no one can deny that a space in the Semis belongs to him. In fact if he was to make the Geand Final it would be well justified. However he has tough opposition here in the Macho Man and the Heartbreak Kid. In fact I believe that this could be a very hard fought match as all three have a strong chance of making the final and pulling out the overall win.
Lunchbox1981: My personal preference makes this the easiest match of the three for me to decide. However I can see it perhaps being the most difficult for just about everyone else. This is the only match where there was some overlap to all three wrestlers’ careers being in the WWF/E at the same time, even if they were at very different stages in their careers. The one thing that I can see working against Savage winning here is that the memories of his career probably are not going to be as fresh in the minds of the voter because his days competing in the WWF/E ended 20 years ago. While Michaels and Taker were recently or are still part of the active roster even if it’s on a part-time basis. Still if people do think back to the spectacular run that Savage did have voting will be incredibly close.
(3) Chris Jericho v (10) John Cena v (42) Bret Hart
1999-2005, 2007-10, 2011-13
Unpisputed Champion, 3*World Champion, 2*WCW Champion, 9*Intercontinental Champion, European Champion, Hardcore Champion, 5*World Tag Champion, 2*WWE Tag Champion
R1: beat Ezekial Jackson, Chief Jay Strongbow & Mad Dog Vachon
R2: beat Junkyard Dog, Pedro Morales & Brian Kendrick
QF: beat Ricky Steamboat & Test
11*WWE Champion, 2*World Champion, 3*US Champion, 2*WWE Tag Champion, 2*World Tag Champion
2*Royal Rumble winner, Money in the Bank winner
R1: beat Maryse, Adam Bomb & Wendi Richter
R2: beat Goldust, Honky Tonk Man & Mr Perfect
QF: beat Bob Backlund & Andre The Giant
5*WWF Champion, 2*Intercontinental Champion, US Champion, 2*Tag Champion
Royal Rumble winner, 2*King of the Ring winner
Hall of Fame (class of 2006)
R1: beat Essa Rios, Danny Basham & Blackjack Mulligan
R2: beat Billy Gunn, Tajiri & Haku
QF: beat Batista & Kurt Angle
zzzorf: Now this is a hard match for me to work out a winner. Cena and Hart are basically at the same level in my fandom, only beaten out by Taker and Foley. Bret would easily win out in terms of wrestling ability but Cena would win out in terms of Superstar power. Not to be taken out of the equation though is Chris Jericho, who while not being a leader of his era like the other two, has still got a major claim to making it to the finals and a strong following that could see him get there.
Lunchbox1981: If people were ever looking for an excuse to not vote John Cena through I think they’ve found it here with him facing Bret Hart and to a much lesser extent Chris Jericho. Both were the face of the company, the clean cut babyface and have many similar accomplishments inside the ring. Jericho is a very decorated superstar and if you wanted to go title for title then yes he rivals both Hart and Cena in that regard. He was never really the man during his career though and I think that more than anything will rule out any realistic chance he has of winning.
The Semis are now over and the next stop is the Grand Final. So who will be the final three? That is of course up to you so pleasedon't forget to vote for who you think should go through, either below in the comments section, in any of my feedback methods listed or in the thread in the forums. I will be back next week with the Grand Final so until next time.
Thanx for Reading,
Facebook: Add me as a friend here
Lords of Pain Wrestling (LPW) is an e-wrestling federation established in Spring 2003. Regarded as one of the most competitive and popular e-federations on the world wide web, LPW spans handlers from five continents. Click here to sign up.