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  1. Hart and Heenan had success in other companies to solidify their reputations as great managers. Fuji's WWF success is all that he has. Heenan played a large role in bringing Ric Flair to the WWF, where he was able to add on a couple of world title reigns, and Jimmy Hart could arguably be credited with a world title under Hogan in 1993. It was interesting how different managers dealt with the Hulk Hogan problem. Heenan, by signing Andre the Giant, probably came the closest to beating prime Hogan. Fuji played the waiting game and was able to snag the title from a weaker champion. Hogan still posed him problems (not all of which Fuji handled deftly), but the Hulkster was no longer the wrestler he'd been in the 1980s, so Fuji was able to dispose of him in short order. Hart eventually recognized that Hogan, though no longer at his peak, was still a force in wrestling, and was able to sell him on the benefits of a manager. When Hart felt that Hogan was finally past it, he dumped him for a client who appeared to be the future of wrestling. This ended up being a fairly large miscalculation on Hart's part. Still, aligning with Hogan (and then destroying him from within) seems like something that Heenan never could have done. His ego was too large to allow him to take a back seat to his clients, and Hogan's was too large to take a back seat to his manager, so the two of them never could have worked together.
  2. In 2000, my friends and I all thought that Kurt Angle was the absolute worst. I even rooted for a lot of the heels, but Angle was just a dork who won all of the time. Now, of course, 2000 Angle is my favorite version. I don't know if being a kid and biting on a heel act counts as holding Angle in low regard, though.
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    [1998-11-30-WWF-Raw] Mark Henry's Date

    This was another one that I hadn't watched in a while, and it was still funny. Maybe it's because I'm a D'Lo Brown fan but I loved the parts with him and the limo.
  5. I hadn't seen this in years. It's still funny. "Excuse me, sir. I'm America's role model. I need to see the chief."
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    Was there money in the Warrior in 1998?

    It was always going to be a tough fit. Warrior kind of had to be a main-eventer, and the natural feud was with Hogan. By 1998 Hogan was less cartoonish, so how do you make Warrior fit? If you take away the Moon, the stars, destrucity, and foke, what's his character? I assume that those things were the appeal to people who liked him. Regardless, it probably wasn't a good idea to have him to do the standard long live promos. Maybe he could have finally had that elusive match with Bret, although that seems like an even odder pairing of personalities than Warrior and Hollywood Hogan.
  7. The hardest part for me about getting into new promotions is finding a hook. If I ever try to make a foray into TNA, it will probably start with D'Lo Brown matches.
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    What are you watching?

    The WWF toughman contests from late 1996 are really fun. I love the name, I love the heel vs. heel matchups, and I love that even someone like Owen Hart got to show his nastier side.
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    Horrible matches between great wrestlers

    I didn't think that it was bad when I last watched it. They built it up like it was going to be something special, though, and then Bret and Flair wrestled their standard 1992 house show match. There was no attempt to make it anything special. "Disappointing" sums up what I thought about it, too.
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    Reactions to the List: 10-1

    This was fun. I appreciated everyone's contributions, and I especially thank those who went through the work of making and submitting a list. I apologize if at any point I said something that offended or annoyed anyone (if so, it was unintentional) or if I bored people with repetitive defense of Shawn Michaels and the standard Shawn Michaels matches like the Mind Games one. The best thing about this was how much discussion it seemed to create, and ideally that won't go away now that it's coming to a close.
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    Reactions to the List: 10-1

    I'm surprised that Flair got that many second- and third-place votes.
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    Reactions to the List: 10-1

    Is there going to be a thread in which everyone can list their ballot?
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    Reactions to the List: 50-26

    Happy to see that Michaels did well, and maybe it's good that he didn't do well enough for people to really get mad and start making a bunch of threads about how he's overrated. With him I guess that we've already had those, though. I also like that El Dandy was ranked as one of the truly great luchadores. I'd have predicted him to fall closer to Blue Panther, so I was happy to be wrong about that.
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    Reactions to the List: 25-11

    The only Bret matches from his peak that I found overrated were the 1997 match with Sid (Bret did too much slugging and not enough treating Sid like a monster for me) and the Survivor Series '96 match. I will never understand the greatest-of-all-time praise that one gets. There's that spot where Vince shouts, "They're going underneath the table!" like it's the craziest thing that he's ever seen, when really it's just two guys rolling around punching each other and they happened to be near a table. Then there's the classic spot where Bret whips Austin to the ropes, but Austin reverses the whip, but then Bret reverses the whip again, and it's one of the bigger moments in the match. There's the technical stuff that isn't particularly brilliant technically. Maybe I'm just annoyed that anyone could rate it above Mind Games for 1996 WWF MOTY, but the truly great matches don't have that many flat moments. The Final Four match doesn't get praised much around here. I had my gripe about the list last week, but at the end it's going to have Eaton, Anderson, Rhodes, and Regal very high; a smattering of names that don't get talked about much on most wrestling sites; and a top-30 ranking for John Cena, above Shawn Michaels. It's not a perfect encapsulation of this site, but it's decent, and it's certainly different from what you'd get with this type of poll in other places.
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    Dropoffs from the 2006 SmarksChoice Top 100

    Not in a world where Angelo Poffo exists.
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