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Top 5 Most Over-Rated Wrestlers In WWE History

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Second blog in as many days...I'm on a roll I guess...

Anyway, I'm usually a positive guy who chooses to acknowledge the positive aspects of the wrestling industry as it unfolds rather than to bury it every time I disagree with a decision. I recognize the challenge of producing a monthly PPV along with 2 weekly telecasts and typically give some leeway in the decision making process.

That being said, even I find reasons to question the decisions of the powers-that-be and find myself utterly frustrated at the valuable airtime given to individuals who, quite frankly, have little to no positive impact on the product in the long run.

So here are the rules that I've made up off the top of my head to be eligible for the prestigious list: (1) must have held a title, (2) must have had a storyline/push in which the individual or team was the primary focus, (3) must not be currently active or a regular on-air contributor in WWE (i.e. Cena is disqualified), and (4) must have been with WWE since they began regularly scheduled telecasts (Saturday Night Main Event, Raw, etc.).

5. Bob Backlund
I may be alone on this one since it seems most of the IWC has a hard-on for this man, but in my eyes this "great in-ring technician" has been living off a reputation formed in the territory days and was nothing more than a pudgy, pale guy with mic skills that range from abysmal to mediocre. Many cite his matches with Bret Hart and in my eyes, those matches are vastly over-rated, especially when compared to the Hitman's body of work. I mean honestly, if we listed Bret Hart's top ten matches would any of his bought with Backlund even qualify?....and yes I have seen and own their matches at Wrestlemania and Survivor Series: above average at best.

4. The Ultimate Warrior
Ok, I loved him as a kid. I like him way more than Hogan. I had the Ultimate Warrior wrestling buddy stuffed toy. But once anyone gains an understanding/appreciation/common sense about wrestling you begin to see that the Ultimate Warrior was horrible in ring and, if possible, worse on the mic. How many hilariously-awful promos by the Warrior have been posted on this site? Exactly.

3. Brock Lesnar
Athletic freak who put together a healthy resume of quality matches. I don't have many complaints about his in-ring work. However, many individuals on this site and on other speak of Lesnar as if he could have been the saving grace of professional wrestling and that he was on the brink of being the greatest performer ever. Bull****. His promos were weak, his face looked as if he were constantly on the verge of tears, and his quality matches that I previously mentioned were the result of being put over by the biggest stars in the industry. In his short career, Lesnar got legit wins (i.e. put over) on The Rock, The Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Royal Rumble Victory, etc., etc. My point is that there are a plethora of wrestlers who could have had the same impact with the size of the push that Lesnar received.

2. Sid Justice/Sid Vicious/Psycho Sid
Is it just me or was anyone else completely bored by this man? He has had a handful of decent matches, but this man has had multiple runs as WWE and WCW champion and even headlined two Wrestlemanias. This is a guy who was physically superior than virtually everyone with his height, tone, build, power, and speed and yet continually put forth slow-paced matches to equal his slower-paced promos.
I want to be clear: I have no problem with Sid, but I believe it was ridiculous for him to receive the pushes as a main eventer that he did.

1. Ric Flair
We all know that Flair had his major WWE push in '92 when he won the Royal Rumble, but I am taking his whole career into account.
Ever since I was a kid I've been told and heard that Ric Flair is the greatest wrestler of all time and is the gold standard in the ring and on the mic. But in my mind falling flat on your face in the middle of a match does not make a good show, and screaming into a microphone until you're incoherent doesn't not make you a good promo man.
I firmly believe that the best angle Flair was ever involved with was the "win or you're fired" angle which culminated in his loss to HBK at Wrestlemania the day after he was enshrined into the Hall of Fame. It was emotional and poignant never required the use of a title belt to advance the importance of the story. Other than that Flair's career runs together as a series of screaming, red-faced promos and over-rated matches in which Flair would win or retain a title by some sort of tom-foolery.
I like the guy. I've seen him put on great matches and conduct very good promos. But I have never, in my life, tuned into WCW or WWE thinking "I have to see what happens with Flair this week." For me he is nothing more than a wrestler who has an occasional good angle whose hype has exceeded the quality of his work.

There it is. I'm sure there are guys I've left out and guys that you disagree with. I welcome and enjoy any and all arguments/criticisms/inflammatory name calling and so forth.

At the very least I hope you enjoyed the article.

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  1. The Real Choosen One's Avatar
    Having Ric Flair on this list at all is insane, but to have him at number one is pretty morronic(no offence). Anyone who says these things about Ric Flair didnt see his career, they are only going by the McMahon molded Flair,,,and thats not fair to Flair.

    You say you are taking Flair's who career in to account, but then mention his "Win or you're fired" angle as his best....come on!!! Flair's angle(s) with Dusty Rhodes blow the HBK angle away big time. Not to mention his angles with Sting, Ricky Steamboat, Von Erichs, Harley Race, or Randy Savage.

    Flair has gone in to every NWA territory in the states and over seas and put over every face in that territory in front of sold out crowds.

    Ric Flair has become a joke of a person now. He made poor descions with his money and now can't get out of the business because he needs the money. You can't base anything on his wrestling career for what he has done over the last 10 years.

    Ric Flair is WRESTLING!!!! One of the greatest of all time, far....very far from over-rated.
  2. BIGZrudypoo812's Avatar
    damn idk about you but i love when ric flair screams into the mic and goes crazy it is entertaining and funny as hell
  3. JoePublic's Avatar
    I disagree with a lot of this list. Backlund was dull as a personality that's for sure but as an in ring performer he was an excellent technical wrestler.

    Lesnar has one thing that most people wouldn't have in his position, authenticity. He is still proving that now, Lesnar also left before his potential peak. His matches with Angle are something else, as was his atheleticism.

    Flair? He has certainly done his legacy no favors but he is certainly not THE most overrated wrestler ever. I agree with some of the other comments here, he had incredible matches and feuds with Steamboat, Savage, Rhodes Funk etc but what about the people the people he made look like a million bucks that weren't even in his league, Kerry Von Erich, Tommy Rich, Ronnie Garvin, Lex Lugar?? A very harsh criticism of someone who is probably doing more than anyone to erase the amazing things he did.
  4. Parallax's Avatar
    5. Disagree - People like Backlund for his crazy persona. I know I do. After being a vanilla performer during his first run with WWE, he came back and managed to be entertaining. The guy deserves credit for that.

    4. Warrior has NEVER been "over-rated. Except by his super-marks. Not sure why you even listed him.

    3. Brock pulled his weight. Yes, his best matches were with better performers, but the fact that he was still relatively green when he had those matches is proof enough that he had what it takes. If he had stuck it out, he'd be one of the best in the business right now.

    2. Sid was boring at times. But he was entertaining. Didn't draw a dime, but entertaining. But like Warrior, I don't recall Sid ever being over-rated.

    1. Flair was the man until about 1991. Everything after that, yes, he was over-rated for the most part. Except for his crazy promos. Sorry, but a guy losing his shit completely the way Flair does is hilarious. Then again, I'd be perfectly happy never seeing him wrestle another match again.
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